What's in store for the IPTV industry in 2011?

Jim O'NeillAll of a sudden, it's 2011, and that, of course, means it's time to look ahead at what's likely to be the big news in IPTV in the coming year.

Cord cutting., OTT delivery, and Netflix were all big news in 2010, and likely will continue to shape much of the news in 2011.

Non-starters? How about 3D TV? Or, more surprisingly, Google TV. While both will make the news again in 2011, until CE retailers learn how to sell them both, it could be an uphill battle.

This was a pretty solid year for IPTV; AT&T and Verizon both saw strong subscriber gains, and one research company expects the number of IPTV subscribers to reach 102 million by 2014, from 28 million at the end of last year.

The surprise news in 2010 was content, whether over the top or on demand, it became the center of everyone's attention. I think you can bank on that taking center stage in 2011, as well. What else is ahead for 2011? Check out my predictions here, and let me know what you think.-Jim

P.S. I'll be in Las Vegas for the CES this week. Drop me a line.

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