IPTV or Internet Protocol Television, is the means to distribute television channels over an area network - the same kind of network people use to surf the internet and exchange emails. The signals from the terrestrial, cable or satellite transmissions are encoded to become IP streams – each stream will be one channel with its own IP address.
This technology enables an organisation to use an existing IP network to carry much more than just television. You can easily distribute terrestrial and satellite television as well as radio, video, DVD, Video on Demand (VoD), digital signage, information boards and web content throughout your facility. All of this multimedia content can be viewed on standard and high-definition TVs and various kinds of AV display equipment, as well as PCs on every desktop.
The receiver device needs to be able to browse to that stream and have a suitable video codec, either through software (VLC, MediaPlayer etc.) or hardware (Digital Signage or SetTop box) in order to decode the stream into the required video and audio signals.
Further benefits of IPTV include:
- Cost-effective: Using your existing IP network, TVs, PCs, and AV display units without requiring a separate satellite/aerial signal distribution system within the building
- Flexible and Scalable: Enterprise IPTV allows the addition of new TV and video sources and users anywhere there is a network without picture degradation
- Rapid deployment: IPTV scalability and ease of management enables the rapid rollout of new TV, video and broadband services
- Save costly internet bandwidth: IPTV multicasting technology makes better use of LAN bandwidth, by streaming each channel once over the network regardless of the number of end viewers
- Stream content beyond the wired LAN: Recent technology advancements enable mobile consumers to keep up to date with the latest news, events and favorite entertainment channels on their chosen device, wherever they are.
- Lower management costs - IPTV brings AV distribution under IT control for lower management costs and more efficient network planning.
One of the other uses of IPTV is to distribute corporate or institutional ‘TV’ to staff, students, patients etc. Usually, this is in the form of a computer presentation, which is encoded in a similar fashion to a TV channel.
There are numerous systems on the market from companies such as Triple Play and Exterity,
Please call our specialist sales team to get the best system for your application.