NBN Co to launch video services in 2012

NBN Co to launch video services in 2012

Summary: The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has unveiled plans to launch its multi-cast video product, which will allow video services such as Foxtel to be delivered through the NBN in the middle of 2012, but the product will only be available for premises in the fibre footprint.

TOPICS: NBN, Broadband

The National Broadband Network Company (NBN Co) has unveiled plans to launch its multi-cast video product, which will allow video services such as Foxtel to be delivered through the NBN in the middle of 2012, but the product will only be available for premises in the fibre footprint.


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The multi-cast product will be made available for customers with NBN internet services who reside in the 93 per cent of Australian premises to be covered by fibre. Retail service providers (RSPs) will need to pay $250 per month per 100Mbps capacity at each point of interconnect (multi-cast domain), and will also be charged $5 per month for the first 20Mbps each household uses on video services, with an additional $5 per extra 10Mbps up to 60Mbps.

NBN Co predicts that standard-definition video can be delivered at between 3Mbps and 5Mbps, while high-definition video will be delivered at between 6Mbps and 8Mbps. Users will need a minimum of 6Mbps to 16Mbps once dual-mode set-top boxes, which allow users to watch one channel while recording another, are taken into account.

At the point of interconnect, however, retail service providers will need to account for all of the channels that they wish to broadcast. For example, if a company wishes to broadcast 20 standard-definition channels at 5Mbps each, and eight high-definition video channels at 10Mbps each, this would be a total of 180Mbps required, and the company would be required to buy a 200Mbps Multi-cast Domain at each of the 121 points of interconnect that it serves.

NBN Co's head of product development Jim Hassell said that the multi-cast offering would let any retail service provider offer video services to customers through the NBN.

"This should give consumers more choice and freedom to select the content they want, and it should encourage the development and production of new content by creating a more diverse market of service providers who want to purchase content to broadcast," he said in a statement.

For now, the product will only be available to customers in the fibre footprint of the network, but NBN Co indicated that the service may be made available through the company's long-term evolution (LTE) fixed-wireless service and satellite service in the future.

NBN Co plans to start testing multi-cast services later this year, with a full launch of the service in the middle of 2012.

The company has released a discussion paper (PDF) accompanying today's announcement, and has called for industry feedback on its multicast product plan.

Topics: NBN, Broadband


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  • SO does that mean I will not be getting free to air channels via the NBN unless I pay for them?
    • No, not you, the RSP you're with. It's their fee to pay.
  • Thats 30k a month, not including consumer fees. For less than $1k a month, I can buy an unlimited bandwidth server in America or London, with a full 1 gig connection, and stream video from that. Full HD is over-rated, with current compression it's hardly noticeably different from 720p...

    Either way you do the math, this is a poor product.
    • This is a multicast product. It is in no way comparable to your single client stream from a server. This is the only way broadcasting can be efficiently done on the NBN, since RF has been ruled out.
      The dollars looks pretty reasonable to me. For approx $55,000 a month (+ per customer charges) foxtel could deliver 20-40 channels Australia wide.
      • Actually, my numbers are a little bit misleading. I underestimated the per customer charges. Assuming 10% penetration (1 million customers australia wide), the multicast CVC would be neglible compared to the $5M per month charges for the 20Mb that it would cost to connect 1 million customers to the multicast CVC.
      • Foxtel would never touch such an over-priced product that will only reach 93% of the population. They already have two sats for delivery of hundreds of channels to 100% of the country for efficient and cost-effective delivery of multicast/broadcast transmission channels. DVB-S2 beats IPTV hands down for cost-effectiveness.
        The NBNCo multicast product will only be of interest to small niche pay tv providers that don't have a satellite to lease sufficient transponders.
        Foxtel currently wants to exit from their agreement for using the Telstra HFC network (but are locked in till 2020). The last thing they would want to do is simulcast on yet another network when all they want is to broadcast from the one single satellite platform.
        Foxtel will use the NBN only for downloading on demand content, but not multicast IPTV. Plus the reality is that by the time the coalition gets into power after the next election the small number of households connected will be insufficient to justify the expense for Foxtel or any large pay tv operator from using multicast IPTV.
  • Maybe someone should be pulling the Government back to the original task of providing broadband internet and services to the bush...
    Wasn't this the original intent of the NBN?
    Then how is it that most of the NBN sites rolled out are to Metro areas???
    • "Wasn't this the original intent of the NBN?"

      The original intent was to provide 93% or the population with fibre and the other 7% with satellite and fixed wireless. Enabling a multi-cast video service for RSPs is not to the detriment of that planned rollout... perhaps NBNco should wait until the FTTH coverage is 100% complete in ~9 years before launching the video service, would that make more sense for you???

      "Then how is it that most of the NBN sites rolled out are to Metro areas???"

      False: http://www.nbnco.com.au/our-network/index.html
      Hubert Cumberdale
  • Here, once again, the 2nd class rural australians getting 2nd rate below standard (93%) services as usual,not only willwe not have a guarenteed ph service but we still wont get equal access to available services,100% FTTH or dont spend the money,rural tax payers will be paying per capita via taxes due to build a network they dont even get equal service from.
    what a joke on the australian public
    • And what does this have to do with NBNco launching a video service in 2012? Do you just like repeating your previous failed arguments against the NBN?

      btw newsflash with the coalitions patchwork plan you'll get even less than what NBNco is promising. FTTH coverage will be 93% and there is a possibility of expansion later but with coalitions patchwork plan that number is reduced to zero. They care even less about rural Australians.

      "what a joke on the australian public"

      I think we've just established what the joke is. Poorly constructed post, almost incoherent with glaring spelling mistakes coupled with factual errors... it does not belong on ZDnet.
      Hubert Cumberdale
      • Hubert,never said do it via liberal policy,said dont spend the money!and so I miss spelt a couple of words,only a dim wit couldnt read between the lines ecspecially one familiar with my historical posts
        personally think a if this network has to be built,a jv,NBN Telstra,Optus, etc.
        should build a 20Mb fttn including ALL of rural aust. at least that give rural aus EQUAL service guarenteed in ALL weather conditions.Given that the contractural agreements would be nightmare,but a solution to urban/rural comms inequity it would be
        Take your labour party tricks elsewhere please
        • "100% FTTH or dont spend the money"

          "said dont spend the money!"

          Which is just a ridiculous thing to say. 93% is a good place to start so quit acting like child.

          "20Mb fttn including ALL of rural aust. at least that give rural aus EQUAL service guarenteed in ALL weather conditions."

          FTTN does not guarantee anything given the state of the copper and the technology used. Rural users will still have to put up with fixed wireless and satalite with any FTTN plan. Are you goign to say 100% FTTN or dont spend the money???

          "Take your labour party tricks elsewhere please"

          LOL everyone that has been paying attention already knows that I dont vote for either or these parties. There is no bias here.

          Also you didn't explain what your post had to do with NBNco launching a video service in 2012. Do you want to elaborate or should I assume the worst?
          Hubert Cumberdale
          • LOL Peter... Gotta love the all or nothing approach.

            Is what the government are now building an improvement on what you've got? Or would you prefer to stick with what you currently have?
          • Twit,
            not u rizz,
            12mbps wont support the vid feed,ie rural cust's get 2nd rate below par (93%), service access,AS USUAL,I'M on about EQUALITY in service provision,NOT @ 12%, of whats offered in larger towns and cities,(100mbps), but to ALL australians.Tax payers all,my tax dollars will pay to build this network why should I or others like me in rural araes, get lesser capability in/of service than you,who live in cities.again,you dont build a house without a roof,do it right the fisrt time,think ahead,dont get bogged in whats needed now,think about what might/may/will be needed in 15-20yrs and build for that need,a $ spent now in extra capacity/coverage will save $10 or maybe more over the life of the network.small minded people with no vision really annoy me,stop thinking about your own worries and think (if your capable),about your grand kids,
            Rizz, No I dont like what i've got now,but at least I know it will work when I need it to,unlike the wireless/satelite non-service guarantee offered by NBN
          • Sorry after that incoherent dribble I have no choice but to assume the worst now... everyone else reading this is thinking it too I dont have to say anything.
            Hubert Cumberdale