Bosnia and Herzegovina like Slovenia, Austria, Croatia, and Montenegro are gradually becoming known as hot spots for IPTV. The former Yugoslavia (Yugoslavia) has a rich tradition of cultural and creative media. Bosnia has a diverse range of local television channels, both public and commercial. The government of this small but beautiful country is keen to promote its IPTV sector and is working diligently to provide its citizens with as much information as possible about IPTV. There are many ways that the government of this country is going about this task.
First, they have set up channels of IPTV Bosnia throughout the country, aimed at both residential and commercial markets. The government of Serbia has a plan to integrate all existing cable operators in the region into the process of IPTV consolidation, so that viewers can get access to IPTV from all over the country, not just in the city or town that they live in. This integration process has been in the works for some time, but it is still being refined. It will, however, bring greater competition to the already-overdue consolidation of several IPTV operators into one. There will be fewer IPTV packages available in the market, and prices will go down.
The second step, the government of Serbia is taking towards building its IPTV future is to launch a dedicated and controlled channel of television on the public domain – similar to the way cable operators in the US and UK have launched channel block systems. This move is part of the government’s plan to strengthen its position as an IPTV player in the region and to encourage local producers to come up with their own IPTV solutions. This is, of course, a major step forward for the fledgling industry. Television is the key gateway to IPTV, and it will help create more consumer demand for IPTV services. If it is successful, then the government can further push IPTV Bosnia into the international market, which would significantly boost its potential earnings.
The final step is to introduce a standard format for the content being sent to IPTV subscribers, similar to how cable operators in the US and the UK have tried to standardize how they send movies and TV shows to customers. This standardization process will allow both Serbs and foreigners to easily access IPTV stations across the country, in a way that is more convenient than traveling to each television set in the home country. Whether this format is adopted remains to be seen.
Another networking application in development is the integration of the social media systems of the two countries. Facebook and Twitter are both in the process of building applications that will allow IPTV users to interact with their favorite IPTV channels. This is likely to take the form of games, videos, and the like, rather than the traditional approach of simply being able to view the channel’s interface through the browser. In fact, Facebook has already released an iPhone application and is reportedly working on similar applications for the Android platform. This represents a significant advance in the development of the Bosnian media player.
Video sharing may seem to be the preserve of YouTube, but this may not be the case. Video playback applications are in development for both Facebook and YouTube for the Bosnian market. One such application is called “Videos”, which allows users to upload their own videos for the Android smartphone and then view them on their televisions. Although Videos does not yet have all of the features available on the likes of Meitivision or Vh1, it is a useful device in its own right and one that will most certainly be popular with the Bosnian audience.
If there is still no sign of Meitivision and Vh1 becoming available in the Bosnian market, then the only real option now is the android smart tv. The application will allow users to view live television streams from any place they happen to be, thanks to GPS technology and data provided by the internet. Viewers can book tickets online through an internet portal and can even book hotel accommodations through Google Places. This is a big step forward when it comes to using IPTV to connect the internet to the TV. Although Google is not releasing many details, it appears that the android smart-tv will be compatible with existing cable subscriptions and deals already in place in the country. It is also clear that Meitivision will not be making its way to this country any time soon.
The arrival of Meitivision has marked the beginning of a major shift in the way that television viewing is used in the country. The addition of Meitivision to the cable subscriptions has forced several Bosnian companies to begin offering IPTV packages at more competitive rates, with better service than is available anywhere else in the world. Although there is still a lot to come in terms of service and specifications, the already strong list of IPTV channels and movies available through Meitivision already looks like it will continue to grow in the coming months. With cable providers slowly becoming more open to the idea of offering IPTV services and with the release of the android smart, the uptake of IPTV in the country will likely increase dramatically over the coming months and years.
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