One of the themes out of IBC and SCTE/ISBE Cable-Tec Expo last month was that the future of pay-TV relies not just on traditional broadband and video services but on how operators can harness “Big Data” to create new opportunities for services that are aligned with customer needs.
From improved search and discovery functionalities to IoT applications in healthcare and home automation, the ability of operators to gather, store, process and sometimes discard data is a key to making services more relevant to consumers, driving increases in usage and value propositions.
For pay-TV operators, creating a successful big data strategy requires overcoming a variety of challenges, including the need to:
· Ensure security of data at all points, including servers, in the network and within the home;
· Minimize the computational and network costs involved in collecting, transmitting and analyzing data in the cloud;
· Prevent the explosion of data from congesting networks, especially as operators deliver more and more higher bandwidth 4K UHD content; and
· Identify ways to keep storage requirements and costs – including power – from spiraling out of control.
In a new white paper entitled “Big Data: Expanding the Horizons of Pay-TV,” Alticast studies the opportunities operators have to capitalize on the potential of big data, and addresses steps the industry can take to unlock future services and revenue.