With the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones coming to a wrap, the hype surrounding this award-winning television series has been enormous. Whether or not you are part of the 30 million viewers that have been following the blood feuds and rivalries or George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, the show’s “win or die” truism would appear to have broad applicability, well beyond Westeros.
The stage for a real-life war among content streaming providers is set as well. The prize here is not some rusty throne cast from the swords of a thousand vanquished opponents. Rather, it’s an ever-growing market of streaming media customers. Consumers keep “cutting the cord” from “take-it-or-leave” bloated, conventional programming bundles, creating a huge opportunity for the winner.
Of course, reality is stranger than fiction. The number of companies with claims to the content “throne” is much greater than the six kings and queens vying for the iron throne. With so much future revenue at stake, greater competition, from both incumbents and new entrants, is here in the form of new offers. Many would agree this space has already become over-crowded with established brands and potential disruptors. Consider the intense competition to deliver Video on Demand (VoD) services in the U.S.:2
More competition is also emerging from “old school” pay TV providers; desperate to retain customers and revenues, they are finally motivated to break up “one size fits all” programming bundles into more tailored packages or à la carte offers and include subscriptions to popular streaming sites within their own service bundles.
Regardless of ancient origins in the pay TV world, or new origins in the world of digital streaming, content providers will face common challenges—maintaining subscriber growth and rising content costs—and these challenges will be further exacerbated by the very nature of the competition.
Winning the battle
To stay in the fight, streaming providers must continue to focus on technological innovations. However, to win the war, they must give the greatest focus to the one point of potential differentiation—customer experience. Ultimately, the experience of consuming content is more important than the technology that delivers it. How consumers feel about that experience is what forms the core of the value proposition. While the content itself is a chief component in a customer’s experience, often taken for granted is the connectivity that delivers this awesome content (hint: that’s where we fit in the experience).
Which content providers will be successful in the technology and subscription models that create an experience that compels customers to want more content, and—specifically—to want that content from them? Time will tell.
Game of Thrones may be able to spawn a successful “prequel” series, but content providers can only move forward in time. Winter is coming—who will live to see the spring?
1 Mike Snider, “Avoiding the cold? You may as well binge. Streaming video is only going to grow in 2019,” USAToday.com (3 Jan. 2019).
2 “10 Charts That Will Change Your Perspective Of NetFlix’s Massive Success In The Cloud,” Forbes.com citing “Statista Global Consumer Survey 2018.”
As the new high-speed kid on the block, fixed wireless is not always fully understood by the people it could help most.
The short version: If you need carrier-grade, high-speed connectivity, and you need it ASAP, fixed wireless is in a league of its own – with speeds that rival fiber, very high reliability, and the shortest implementation time available.
Yet fixed wireless is often overlooked because of four persistent myths. Let’s examine the truth behind them:
Unquestionably, there are situations and locations where fixed wireless isn’t viable. But when it’s available, fixed wireless can offer an unbeatable combination of rapid deployment, resilience, scalability, and affordability. For a thorough exploration of the possibilities, partner with a fixed wireless provider who can walk you through its suitability to your specific needs.
NFL teams require a tremendous amount of manpower, and not just on the field. The Tennessee Titans today employ some 225 people at the team’s Nashville HQ, with responsibilities ranging from football operations to communications, facilities management, finance, legal, marketing and more. Their staff actually grew so fast they needed more space. Which they were fortunate to find just across the street.
While the location was convenient, moving a substantial number of people there posed an IT challenge: Everyone would need to function just as they did in the original building, which meant reliable IP voice and Internet traffic between the two locations. What made this especially challenging was that connecting the two buildings had to happen very quickly, and the budget had no room for a traditional point-to-point solution. Windstream Fixed Wireless, which is often thought of as a secondary connection, provided the perfect answer.
Connecting two campus locations – no wires attached
The customized Fixed Wireless system with MPLS VPN Windstream implemented for the Titans is built on digital microwave technology designed to deliver carrier-grade Ethernet and IP traffic point-to-point over short distances. By going this route, rather than the more common practice of linking two buildings with fiber, Windstream was able to get the annex site up and running within a few weeks–at a cost savings of about $1,500 per month.
More importantly, quick deployment and cost savings came without sacrificing quality of service or speed. Communications and collaboration run smoothly between the two buildings, and those who moved to the annex continue to work just as they had before, without any IT-related compromise–even in bad weather.
An ideal offensive call for campus-expansion needs
When an organization succeeds at what they do, rapid expansion of facilities will be a fact of life. In those instances where the new space is located nearby within potential line of sight, Fixed Wireless can ensure that extending the existing network can easily support the move, without breaking the budget.
It’s just one way among many Windstream leverages advanced technology to assist customers with agility and economy that wasn’t achievable with traditional technologies. For the Tennessee Titans, “wireless communications” isn’t limited to the free customer experience enhancing WiFi enjoyed by the 70,000 fans who pack Nissan Stadium on game day. Wireless also serves the Titans’ behind the scenes team, helping keep the entire organization running at its peak.
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