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Top 3 Things You Must Know Before Deploying an IPTV Headend System

Last updated Oct 9, 2023 | Published on Aug 6, 2018 | IPTV

The IPTV Headend System delivers digital television services to the relevant users through the use of Internet Protocol over the corporate IP network. Subsequently, IPTV Headend Systems enables the distribution of live DirecTV, Cable TV, over-the-air TV, internal video feeds. Studio feeds, video on demand libraries, digital signage, emergency alerts and more all streamed over the network to smart TVs, set-top boxes, desktop computers, mobile devices, and tablets. The system will improve corporate morale, communications, and safety.

For one to successfully deploy an IPTV head end system, the following things must be observed.

  1. You should ensure that the corporate network is ready to distribute multicast IPTV video streams to your employees.IPTV Headend

It is essential that you ensure your corporate network is ready to distribute multicast IP video streams. It is necessary to enable IGMP or Internet Group Management Protocol across the entire enterprise. The entire corporate network needs to be multicast ready and enabled.  In rare circumstances, customers are not able to support live video via the multicast protocol for security reasons. In this case, the live video streamed to each endpoint via a unicast stream. A unicast network configuration will require an extra media server at the IPTV Headend System to generate the unicast streams. One of the most significant challenges we face in rolling out a new IPTV Headend system is that the corporate network is not ready. This is particularly true during installations in new buildings or buildings undergoing a major refurbishment. VidOvation cannot install and test the IPTV headend system until the network is fully operational and all endpoints are connected.

  1. You should ensure that the IPTV Headend System feeds your Core Network Switch

It is best to feed the multicast television streams into the core switch of the enterprise network. This will deliver the multicast streams to the backbone of the enterprise network. This will prevent any potential network bottlenecks. Most corporate networks have a 10-gigabit ethernet backbone or higher which is sufficient to support 100 or more IPTV multicast TV channels.  When planning an IPTV headend system, it is essential that we have conversations early in the process with the enterprise IT department so we can discuss the network requirements and address any concerns IT may have with the system.

  1. You should have access to multiple live television sources.

Not all IPTV headend system support multiple choices for live television content.  The VidOvation IPTV Headend System will aggregate live TV channels from DirecTV satellite, the local cable operator and free over the air TV channels for distribution to end users across the corporate network via a multicast IP stream.  The distributing of live television from DirecTV and your local cable operator requires an approved digital rights management system. For the system to be legal and meet the security requirements of the major studios, an IPTV system is required to provide the proper encryption using one of the two approved encryption protocols, Pro:Idiom and Verimatrix. The VidOvation IPTV headend system supports both Pro:Idiom and Verimatrix encryption. 

You will prevent many costly mistakes by calling VidOvation today at 949-777-5435.    


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