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The 2009 Global IPTV Market Leaders Report Tracks the Top 100 IPTV Vendors
[April 15, 2009]

The 2009 Global IPTV Market Leaders Report Tracks the Top 100 IPTV Vendors

(M2 PressWIRE Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Dublin - Research and Markets( has announced the addition of the "IPTV Market Leaders Report - 2009" report to their offering.

Ranking This IPTV Market Leaders Report (MLR) identifies which IPTV systems and software companies are leading each of the six IPTV market segments: Access, Video Headend, Video-on-Demand, Middleware, Set-top Box, and Content Protection/Digital Rights Management. We have identified and are tracking well over 100 vendors and product divisions for this report. The MLR further includes a breakdown of Asian, European, North American, and Rest of the World (ROW) regions, as well as global leaders. Market position is measured by tracking actual numbers of active IPTV subscribers that are using (or being supported by) each company's products. MRG then gathers all the subscribers' numbers and breaks them down by IPTV sector and regional segment, coming up with rankings.

MRG uses a combination of primary and secondary research, including press releases and briefings with IPTV Operators and vendors. Additionally, we verify subscriber counts by triangulating data from multiple vendors, using a top-down and bottom-up approach. Although we strive to verify as many IPTV vendors as possible on any given IPTV deployment, there are a small number of IPTV vendors have not been identified.

For the Video Headend (VHE) category, we measure market position based on the reported number of encoders used for broadcast IPTV channels provided (rather than subscribers) using each VHE company's products. Since a Video Headend may support two thousand or two million subscribers, the number of channels is a much better measure of a company's market position.

Overall, we believe that these methodologies give a good measure of each company's relative position and ranking, as well as their future growth prospects.

Growth Prospects In addition, the growth prospects for each company is rated based on the number of large IPTV service deployments the company is participating in. We include tables that count each vendor's significant deployments both globally and within each region. A significant deployment is one that has been announced and is expected to be one of the world's top 25 systems by number of IPTV subscribers in 2012.

MRG's Global IPTV Market Leaders Report Mixes Continued Growth with Volatility MRG Inc. announces new leaders in the Global IPTV Market Leaders Report - 2009, which tracks the top 100 IPTV vendors in 24 regional sub-segments based on the installed base of 6 video systems products in over 700 IPTV Operations. Continuing growth of subscribers is reflected by increased deployments of IPTV products in Europe, Asia, Rest of World, and especially in North America.

While the closing of Tiscali/Italy and the reorganization of Nortel leave ripples of change throughout the industry, over 35 new IPTV operations began trials or deployment in the past six months in all 4 regions, leaving ripples of opportunity for existing companies. For the first time, Microsoft has moved upward to second position globally in Middleware and Content Protection, and first in VOD, as its competitors brace for further rolling swells from the software giant. Yet, sixteen VOD vendors remain in the race with each of the top 10 having well over 1 million subscribers. In Content Protection, Verimatrix again scores #1 globally*"far ahead of Microsoft*"in a sector clearly leading the industry in its sure-footed march to provision the converged 3-screen services markets worldwide and regionally.

Despite the competition in Middleware, over 22 companies continue to compete as if this were a marathon rather than a sprint, despite the fact that each of the six top vendors has well over 1 million subscribers. A similar situation exists with Set-top-Boxes (STBs), with the top 8 suppliers each having well over 1 million subscribers while Motorola and Amino (including its recent acquisition of Tilgin) are beginning to pull ahead. "Because of widely disbursed engineering, sales and manufacturing, the IPTV STB sector supports more competitive suppliers on a sub-regional basis than earlier multi-channel industries like cable or satellite," states Gary Schultz, CEO of MRG, Inc. "In many ways IPTV as an industry looks more like a triple-play version of the mobile phone industry than older models of the multichannel video industry." An example of regional volatility is Asia, where UTStarcom has moved into first position for Access, VOD, Set-top-Boxes, Middleware and Content Protection due to its strong gains in China. "This kind of a regional category-take-over is unprecedented," states Jose Alvear, IPTV Analyst at MRG. "Larger regional vendors (and Service Providers) are starting to 'pull out all the stops' on their regional strategies, on the belief that the economic contraction is offering unique opportunities to move aggressively into unserved markets." "Some IPTV market segments are more volatile than others and will certainly see some changes in the future," says Jose Alvear. "However, one thing is certain: the IPTV market is still going strong. Not only are subscriber numbers rising, but new Operators are also in the midst of deploying IPTV systems all around the world." Key Topics Covered: - 1 Executive Summary - 2 Access Systems Market Leaders - 3 Video Headend Market Leaders - 4 Video-on-Demand Server Market Leaders - 5 Set-top Box Market Leaders - 6 Middleware Market Leaders - 7 Content Protection/Digital Rights Management Market Leaders - 8 Analysis of Key Companies - 9 Index of Companies - Table of Tables Some of the Companies mentioned: - Alcatel-Lucent - AT&T - Bell Canada - BT - Chunghwa Telecom - Cisco Systems - Deutsche Telekom - Espial - Fujitsu-Siemens - GCT-Allwell - Huawei - Joost - KPN - KT (Korea Telecom) - Latens - MTS Allstream - Nokia Siemens Networks - Occam - Panasonic - PCCW - Pirelli Broadband - Sagem - SoftAtHome - Softbank Yahoo - Swisscom - Telefonica del Sur - United Telecoms Limited - Verizon - YouTube - ZTE For more information visit Source: Multimedia Research Group ((Comments on this story may be sent to [email protected])) (c) 2009 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

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