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Online HDTV: Does Disney’s ABC Set the Standard?

by User Not Found | Jul 27, 2007

Disney's ABC Networks has recently beta-launched its new online HD service. US surfers can now stream HD versions of popular shows such as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and Ugly Betty. ABC is using Move Networks technology, a company it invested in December 2006. Other technology providers are also moving into the online HD space. In terms of video performance, we have been most impressed with Vividas, whose approach involves downloading video players on a one-time basis to the user's PC and thus, the company claims, avoids many of the pitfalls associated with traditional peer-to-peer streaming approaches. Itiva is another company to watch out for. ABC claims to be the first network to stream HD on a regular basis, but Fox has also been offering HD shows at It seems clear that online HD, in spite of the obvious network and technology challenges, is firmly on the roadmap for media conglomerates. As they explore this new approach to reaching and keeping customers, they are likely to find that traditional access providers, such as cablecos and telcos, may resist their attempts to bypass their carefully managed HDTV services. The net neutrality debate is not dead yet. Strategy Analytics clients can read more here. Add to Technorati Favorites
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