IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. An IPTV system deployed within an organisation enables hundreds of channels of live or prerecorded TV and video to be viewed on an unlimited number of TVs and PCs or MACs connected to your data network.
TV or video signals are converted into streams of data which pass over the network alongside other data traffic. A particular form of data transmission known as IP multicasting is used to minimize the demand on network bandwidth. At the viewing point, all the available channels are listed and the viewer can select which stream or channel is displayed.
TVs are connected to your network by a small IPTV Receiver controlled using an infra-red remote control handset. PC/Mac users do not require any additional hardware and select channels using a web browser interface and view the channel in a sizeable window or full screen.
By using an IPTV solution to stream TV and video over your data network, wherever you have a network outlet you can connect a TV or a PC to display the channels you choose and control.
IPTV systems distribute TV and video from any source. Satellite TV, Freeview TV, studio outputs, HDMI or DVI or VGA sources, pre-recorded educational and training programs and corporate broadcasts are all displayed consistently at the highest quality at all points.
IPTV brings new levels of control and flexibility to TV and video distribution. The screen based interface through which users select channels can be customized to your exact requirements reflecting corporate colours and branding whilst a text message board enables information to be disseminated to users. The same interface can provide access to an indexed library of video content which, depending on your industry, might contain training material, Health and Safety information, films, multimedia presentations or recordings of live performances or TV programmes.
In public areas and work spaces, IPTV enables TVs to be used to project high quality digital signage and information displays under centralized control providing the perfect tool for communication, imaginative marketing, projection of corporate image and publicity.
IPTV distribution offers managerial control of which channels can be viewed at which points and office moves become simple, quick and non-technical. Costs, space and energy are saved by dispensing with Set Top Boxes, video recorders and even TVs where PC viewing is adopted.
A IPTV solution leverages the investment in your data network to extend TV to the desktop and bring stunning quality pictures to your big screens.