Inetsat vs. Satellite vs. Streaming

Below we present the main differences between the different distribution models for Pay TV Networks distribution: Inetsat, Satellite and Streaming over point to point IP connection.

  Inetsat Satellite Streaming
Content distribution to the Operator Only premieres are distributed (ranging from 50 to 100 hours monthly) because the video servers located on each cable operator stores around 1000 Hours of content previously broadcasted. The monthly 720 hours of content are required to be distributed (for a 24x7 linear channel) The monthly 720 hours of content are required to be distributed (for a 24x7 linear channel)
Required connection between the Broadcaster and the Operators Low costs internet broadband connection with an average bandwidth of 1 Mbps per feed Satellite feed with guaranteed bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps per feed Point to Point connection (typically Fiber) with guaranteed bandwidth of at least 5 Mbps per feed
Reliability Given its architecture, Inetsat has no system wide points of failure as each video server generates the channel and can continue operating for hours when there is no internet connectivity or if the content distribution and playback backend of Inetsat is temporarily unavailable Multiple system wide points of failure (Playout server, encoder, uplink, dish, etc.), that require expensive redundant equipment throughout the transmission value chain generating high Capex and Opex expenditures Multiple system wide points of failure that require expensive redundant equipment throughout the transmission value chain generating high Capex and Opex expenditures
Pricing Model Proportional to the amount of headends receiving the channel with a cap per feed so you always pay less than satellite distribution Fixed High Proportional to the amount of headends receiving the channel
Time Zones Optional between fixed time zone or local time of each cable operator that receives the network channel Fixed per feed to all receiving operators Fixed per feed to all receiving operators
Localization Requires an additional feed but with a minimal incremental costs Requires a new feed that duplicates existing costs Requires an additional feed but with a minimal incremental costs
Live Content Not supported. Each hour of new content must be distributed at least 5 hours previous to its air time. It can be combined with satellite distribution in the case of Networks having sporadically live content Supported Supported
Technical flexibility in the Network received by the Operator The Operator can adjust the compression, bit rate and other technical parameters within ranges authorized by the network channel Defined at the Playout facility Defined at the Playout facility

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