The continued growth of the global IPTV industry, specifically in Europe, Asia and North America, hinges upon the misunderstood "Middleware" that glues together the many working parts of the IPTV end-to-end system. "Without flexible middleware that can easily and predictably increase the number of subscribers and the breadth of services, IPTV operators will not sustain long-term growth or stability," states Steve Hawley, MRG Sr. Analyst. "Middleware can make or break the success of an IPTV service."
Although "fast channel change" is discussed, it is only one of many issues reviewed in this definitive report. "Growing their IPTV services from the basic stage, through intermediate, advanced and eventually, the 'converged' stage (where video, wireless and wireline services are all
integrated) is what IPTV operators really need to accomplish -- all within carefully defined bandwidth and financial budgets," states Len Feldman, Director of IPTV Analysis for MRG. "This report shows how to accomplish this either with existing or new middleware."