Our mission is to identify and explain the
technologies and applications that allow television services to
be provided through Internet Protocol (IP) data networks. Readers learn the options and the system to implement IPTV along
with new features and applications and business opportunities
that are available in the IPTV industry today.
IP television is the
transmission of television (digital video and
audio) through data networks such as DSL, cable
modem or wireless broadband. IP television services may be on a
subscription basis (paid for by the recipient) or may be funded
by commercials or government agencies. IP television
broadcasters transmit multimedia data signals to end users or
they can send the media to multicast distribution points that
redirect the digital television signals to end users. Even if a
person connects to the Internet through a virtual
private network (VPN),
they will still be able to watch IP television.
IP Television magazine
explains how and why people and companies are using IP
television and Internet television services. You will discover
how global television services are already
available through managed broadband networks (DSL and Cable
modem) and unmanaged networks (the Internet) and how it is
possible to use standard television to watch global television
channels using analog television adapter boxes.
Through IP Television magazine, you
will discover how IP television (IPTV) can be watched
on different types of viewing devices such as
standard televisions with adapters, dedicated
IP televisions, multimedia computers and mobile
IP television service allows viewers to have more control
of television services. This control ranges from instant service
activation to real time television on demand controls. Some of the
advanced Internet television features such as personal media channels,
anywhere television extensions, global television channels and
multimedia programs are described.
In addition to the traditional ways of television channel
selection, you will learn about new ways television channels can be search
and selected using interactive electronic programming guides (EPGs).
The different types of media formats that are used for IP television
services are explained along with their control protocols.
Not all IP Television systems and services are the same.
There are cost and quality tradeoffs along with common problem areas and
risks. You will discover how the audio and video service quality can range
from poor to above the quality that is already delivered to standard TV.
Because each IP television viewer has a unique address,
this allows advertising messages to be sent to specific viewers (addressable
advertising). The ability to direct advertising messages to
specific target audiences is more valuable to companies than traditional
broadcast advertising and this may result in reduced viewing costs.
Some of the most important topics covered in the magazine