Mobile disruption sheds new light in broadening DTH opportunities

Direct-to-home (DTH) is undoubtedly one of the most reliable and consistent video delivery mechanisms. But as media consumption on mobile devices continues to proliferate, DTH has to continuously evolve in search of its new standing in the future of TV

The keyword for TV of the future is mobile, declares Terry Bleakley, managing director of sales, Asia-Pacific, Intelsat.

Long gone were the days where viewers only watch TV from the comforts of their home, Bleakley tells APB, as consumers today are moving towards watching programmes on-the-go.

“Whether it’s watching video on mobile devices as they ride a train to work, or from tablets as they fly from one region to the next, or while riding in a connected car and watching the dashboard, TV of the future has to be accessible anywhere, and at anytime,” he adds.

Suggesting that programmers require solutions that will enable them to deliver content quickly and in multiple formats, he highlights that satellite technology is “well positioned” to support this TV on-the-go trend alongside direct-to-home (DTH), which still continues to be the “most dominant and reliable platform in the Asia-Pacific region as it offers great advantages for pay-TV operators”.

With over-the-top (OTT) becoming more prominent, delivering OTT content in Asia-Pacific has increasingly become a challenge, says Bleakley. “In more developed countries with good fibre infrastructure, OTT will become an alternative or a complement to DTH.

“However, the reality is that many Asian countries have poor broadband infrastructure, and rely on their mobile infrastructure to meet broadband demands outside of metropolitan areas.”

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