Feeds

Arqiva swallows IPTV-on-Freeview upstart

All your channel are belong to us

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Not content with a virtual monopoly on broadcast, UK giant Arqiva has bought Connect TV, the outfit that has been slipping IPTV channels into the Freeview Electronic Programme Guide for the last year.

Neither company will say how much the UK broadcasting services firm paid for Connect TV, but reps from the company did admit to a "champagne-fuelled haze", so we can assume the deal was beneficial to the London-based start-up. Connect TV started streaming internet television into standard Freeview boxes last September.

Connect TV runs channels above 100 in the Freeview EPG, which (once selected) are streamed over the internet rather than broadcast. It's able to do that thanks to the "Freeview HD" specification, which mandates MHEG-controlled video streams – allowing not only video-on-demand but also channels within channels, selected by carousel.

Screen shot of CCTV Freeview interface

Customers include previously internet-only operations such as Sports Tonight as well as channels such as CCTV and The Christian Faith Network, which have limited demographic appeal. Its biggest customer is Vision TV, which delivers several language-specific services over the platform, but it isn't expecting the acquisition to impact that service.

The viewer numbers are tiny – one needs an up-to-date Freeview HD box connected to broadband link supporting a few megabytes... and even then it's something of a lottery – but the potential is enormous, and Arqiva is clearly in it for the long term.

It's not Arqiva's first foray into IPTV. The SeeSaw platform provided streaming video to computers, populated with content from Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide, but being stuck on a computer was fatal. Arqiva managed to get shot of SeeSaw last year, selling it to a consortium which ran it into the ground within six months.

Arqiva is also involved in YouView, the set-top platform delivering content from existing broadcasters, but the first YouView box is only just out and the platform needs to get cheaper to be more widely adopted.

Connect TV is running now, already streaming video to existing televisions, providing not only a research platform to understand IPTV but also a server farm capable of delivering streamed video as the world of television moves away from broadcast towards IP distribution. Arqiva is the UK's (near) monopoly broadcaster, and as such the investment in an IP-video delivery company is entirely unsurprising. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'
PM urged to 'prioritise issue' after Facebook hindsight find
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Right to be forgotten should apply to Google.com too: EU
And hey - no need to tell the website you've de-listed. That'll make it easier ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.