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Acquisition secures Ericsson's lead in IPTV space

Posted: 11 Apr 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IPTV  set-top box  Ericsson  Mediaroom  pay-TV 

Mediaroom?s installed base is expected to expand based on the success of its existing Tier-1 customers, especially AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, the Canadian Bells, Swisscom and Portugal Telecom. This forecast assumes that Mediaroom neither gains nor loses a major customer during the four-year period.

While IPTV is nearing saturation in the United States and some other developed markets, it continues to compete successfully against incumbent pay-TV providers?and even expand the overall pay-TV market?in countries with limited interactive cable footprints.

IPTV is enjoying particular success in China, which is forecast to account for 41 per cent of all IPTV households by the end of 2016. China's 3 per cent IPTV household CAGR is driving the majority of the growth in the IPTV market.

Microsoft's entire Mediaroom team appears to be moving to Ericsson. Mediaroom is no longer part of the Windows Embedded revision cycle, and it has been operating as an independent software ecosystem for a few years.

As a result, no resources for Microsoft other than cash are freed up. The selloff does alleviate some potential conflicts of interest if Microsoft wants to pursue a more aggressive over-the-top video strategy with its Xbox video game console platform, but those issues were relatively minor in the first place.

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