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Understanding IPTV

1st Edition

By Gilbert Held

Auerbach Publications

208 pages | 48 B/W Illus.

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Driven by a combination of technological improvements and commercial pressure, interest in IPTV services has increasingly grown. IPTV refers to the use of the Internet protocol required for delivery of television content. IPTV represents an emerging technology that could change the manner in which homes receive entertainment, personal computers operate, and people use cell phones.

Beginning with a comprehensive introduction, Understanding IPTV examines concepts, applications, and possible impacts of IPTV. The book covers market drivers and developing IPTV infrastructure. It explains television concepts, including several popular compression standards, and considers the TCP/IP protocol suite. It also identifies so-called "last mile" solutions and details the operation and utilization of hardware and software components required to view television content delivered over different types of IP networks. The author addresses the industry players and alliances, providing an understanding of companies that are working with the technology. Concluding with examples of the use of IPTV, he illustrates the potential of this evolving technology.

Exploring the current state of the IPTV market, business opportunities, and trial services worldwide, Understanding IPTV discusses the advantages that IPTV offers network operators and the new revenue streams that may emerge. It presents different IPTV technologies and the products that manufacturers are bringing to the market.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION TO IPTV

The Concept of IPTV

Applications

The Potential Impact of IPTV

MARKET DRIVERS AND DEVELOPING IPTV INFRASTRUCTURE

Telephone Company Landline Erosion

The Pay-TV Market

TELEVISION CONCEPTS

Analog Television

Digital Television

Lossy Compression

THE TCP/IP PROTOCOL SUITE AND IPTV

The TCP/IP Protocol Suite

Delivering IPTV

LAST MILE SOLUTIONS

VDSL

Distribution into the Home

HARDWARE COMPONENTS

Set-Top Boxes

Media Center and Center Extenders

Servers

SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS

Microsoft's Windows Media Player

Apple Computer's QuickTime

Other Media Players

Summary

INTERNET TELEVISION

Internet Television vs. IPTV

Internet Television

Summary

Index

About the Series

Informa Telecoms & Media

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC007000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electrical
TEC041000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Telecommunications
TEC061000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mobile & Wireless Communications