We hosted our first In Home Connectivity workshop this week. This forms part of our ongoing IP Manifesto work. The IP Manifesto is looking at how to protect the viewer experience as TV is being increasingly delivered over the internet. To support this technological development, the industry must take a closer look at the connectivity in, around and to buildings and how it can best serve the greater number of screens and data rates required for streaming services.
This new workstream has been set up to get the industry’s input on where support is needed for consumers, installers, landlord and building developers (amongst others) to provide best practice advice and ensure connectivity can support the requirements of the media industry.
The initial meeting was attended by a wide range of industry representatives from content and internet service providers to manufacturers and retailers.
During the workshop, Michael Philpott from Ovum highlighted some noteworthy points. The average UK household has 6 connected screens. By 2024 – accounting for higher frame rates and higher resolutions – data rates for video consumption are expected to reach 50-100 Mbps per device. Michael also pointed out the practical problems impacting Wi-Fi solutions currently. Signal interference and congestion are becoming prominent issues, and this appears to be due to the connectivity not being fully considered during building development. Subsequently, the connectivity may not sufficiently support a network’s devices.
Going forward, further workstreams will be set up to continue looking at in home connectivity and to produce tailored guides for each of the support areas highlighted.
In the meantime, we will make the presentations from the workshop available for members in the coming weeks so please keep an eye out for them.
If you would like more information on anything regarding the In Home Connectivity workstream, please get in touch with us via [email protected].
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