Programme producers and broadcasters are beginning to embrace broadband networks as alternative distribution channels.
Network operators and infrastructure suppliers typically insist that internet protocol television requires closed, managed networks to deliver quality of service and billions are being invested in building next generation networks. Meanwhile, programming providers are increasingly experimenting with delivering streams and downloads over the top of existing networks on a best efforts basis, and in many cases that may be good enough. With multicast enabled networks, live streams can be efficiently distributed to millions of users, while peer-to-peer systems can already deliver millions of downloads.
How important is the open internet for the delivery of future television and video services? As ever, we welcome your views.