I was just watching Convergence (Net 25) now and saw a segment where Erwin Oliva is interviewing several personalities from cable operators and organizations about IPTV in the Philippines, specifically the Triple Play offering — video, voice and data.
The discussion was held during the Philippine International Cable Convention last March 29 -31, 2006.
Discussions revolve around the basic benefits of delivering all three services (video, voice and data) by cable companies and telcos. Whether this offering is more beneficial to existing cable operators as against telcos is still unasnswered although I am inclined to side with cable companies being able to affordably offer this (and stick with the current connection rates).
My cable provider sent me a flyer last month which contains a teaser for a telephony service bundled with my annual subscription which they will eb offering soon. There wasn’t any additional details but I guess this could already be part of their IPTV offering.
Another topic that was discussed was about cable theft (see House Bill 4665) and how moving to IPTV would solve this growing concern by the cable providers. They added that cable connection pilferage might be as high a 3 or 4 illegal ones for every single legal connection.
With IPTV though, there is still the question of required bandwidth and cost.