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An Introduction to IPTV (Television via Internet Protocol)

Published: 19 October 2005

ID: G00130866

Analyst(s): Donald A. Stuart


With the addition of IPTV, telecom providers will be able to deliver a full suite of consumer services (including local/long distance voice, Internet access and, in some cases, wireless services), allowing them to better compete with the cable TV companies. Understand what's needed to deploy IPTV.

Table Of Contents
  • What Is IPTV?
  • How Does It Work?
    • Video Headend and Video Server Equipment
    • Telecommunications Network
    • CPE
    • Software/Middleware
    • Content Providers
  • What Vendors Offer the Equipment and Software/Middleware?
    • Video Headend/Video Server Vendors
    • CPE Vendors
    • Software/Middleware Vendors
    • Other Vendors
  • What Are Service Providers Offering or Planning to Offer IPTV Services?
  • What Services and Capabilities Are Being Offered now and What’s Planned for the Future?
  • What Are the Issues (or benefits/risks) Associated With IPTV?
  • What Video Compression Standards Are Involved in IPTV Technology?
  • What Are the Alternatives to IPTV?
  • Insight

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