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A Focus on IPTV in Canada

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Executive Summary

The purpose of this white paper is to provide a definition and background to Internet Protocol Television (IPTV). Technological and market opportunities as well as challenges will be reviewed with a focus on the Canadian market. IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It is the delivery of television programming via IP Networks. Traditionally, television broadcasts have been delivered to viewers via one-way networks such as satellite (e.g. Bell Xpress Vu, DirectTV) or cable (e.g. Rogers TV, Comcast). The prevalence of two-way Internet broadband access networks provide operators the opportunity to layer on additional services on their network pipes such as voice (VoIP) and now video.

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