An enterprise IPTV headend system works by converting various video data streams to the IPTV format for re-broadcasting over the IP network, unlike the traditional television that uses cable or satellite signals.
Television services delivered via IP are:
- Live television
- Time-shifted television or DVR
- Video on demand (VOD)
- Stream Live to Desktop PC, Smartphone, Tablet, Smart TV, Set-top boxes, TVs and Displays
IPTV system are used by enterprise for corporate communications and training, distance learning and e-learning, digital library, business TV, digital signage, and government and military operations.
Its head end equipment enables the conversion of video content to use a compression format. It uses the two of the most popular compression formats: the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 codec formats.
MPEG-2 is an older compression format that still provides an outstanding amount of data compression and will thereby enable your IPTV system to function more effectively. Consequently, by using a compression format, you will be able to save bandwidth while still delivering your users a high-quality video image.
Moreover, MPEG-2 was first invented in 1995. Therefore, it is a format that has been around for a long time. The benefit of using this format is that it is a tried and tested format and you can, therefore, be confident that it works as advertised because it has been used for so many years. However, the composition does not provide as significant a level of compression as the MPEG-4 format.
MPEG is an abbreviation that means the Moving Pictures Experts Group. This group has been responsible for many of the video encoding standards that different companies working in the video industry have utilized for many years. Furthermore, you should be aware that MPEG-4 is highly advanced. MPEG-4 is highly sophisticated because MPEG-4 is newer than MPEG-2. Therefore, MPEG-4 takes advantage of new advances in video compression technology.
By providing a higher level of video compression, the MPEG-4 format will offer significant savings with regards to your bandwidth usage.
The MPEG-4 format was developed in 1998, and it was for the most part especially designed with the objective of enabling a higher compression setting. Therefore, this format can reduce the data transfer usage yet at the same time provides the users with a premium level of sound quality as well as a high level of graphical excellence when compared with the previous MPEG-2 data format.
Moreover, with a commercial IPTV headend system, you will be able to insert ads into your video data stream. You will also be able to use advanced techniques like multiplexing to combine different data streams and reduce your infrastructure usage. Furthermore, you will have the capacity to cache data and store the video for usage later.
All of these functions are available with commercial IPTV headend systems, and the head end equipment will help you to ensure that your commercial goals are achieved effectively.
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