Where will all the data go? - What does media streaming and connected TV mean for the future of the Internet and television
The Internet was technically and economically developed for equal and neutral exchanges of data, where anyone can be both sender and receiver. Increasing use of audio-visual media via the Web, including IPTV services, streaming and (S)VOD platforms, has heralded the world of TV’s entry to the Web. This is not only leading to new bandwidth requirements and massive increases in data volumes, but also to unequal amounts of data streams used on the Web. Web capacities are starting to reach their limits, which is raising questions as to how future developments in Internet infrastructure are to be financed. How can we secure the needed infrastructure investment, how can we create a level playing field for all competitors in the audio-visual market? How will all this influence the principle of Internet neutrality?
This also leads to questions of how the ecosystem will change, now that Web-based services and SmartTV manufacturers are also entering - through programme content and platforms - into the realm of classic television services. Does the Internet platform contribute new diversity to services and content or market dominance by a few, powerful players? We will discuss the effects on the industry sector, as well as on the user.
Dr. Wolf Osthaus (Senior Vice President Regulatory & Public Policy, Unitymedia KabelBW)
Dr. iur. Till Kreutzer (Co-founder and editor at iRights.info)
Dr. Hans Hege (mabb)
Jochen Wegner (Chief Editor at ZEIT ONLINE)