Study: Broadband Video a Threat


Video delivered via broadband networks is becoming more of a threat to traditional pay TV services, according to a new study.

In ABI Research's "The Rise of Broadband Video," analyst Vamsi Sistla said, “Obviously, there are initial shortcomings compared to cable or DBS [direct-broadcast satellite]. [Broadband networks] won't be able to offer high-definition-quality content, for example: The data rate isn't high enough, and the compression isn't at that level.”

He added, “But in the future, xDSL [digital subscriber line] and fiber, or some combination of both, could be a very viable candidate to offer an HD stream just like cable or satellite.”