The paper outlines an IP video architecture and determines the relative cost contributions from the major components.
For current equipment, the DOCSIS® downstream channel is shown to be the major contribution to infrastructure cost. As next generation Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) systems are deployed this will fall enabling a cost effective IP video platform to be realized. At this point other cost contributors become more significant. CDN and nDVR trade off options are discussed.
Finally the paper looks at spectrum migration options to release the bandwidth needed to deliver IP video service.