What is IPTV and how does it work? IPTV is a method of distributing television signals over the Internet and to cell phones. Because the bandwidth of the Internet is limited, the video must be compressed. If the video is to be distributed live (in real time) a hardware device such as an MPEG H.264 encoder is required. If the video is not “live” (pre-recorded) it is called VOD (video on demand). In this case, the video can be compressed using software.
Why you should own an IPTV Station
On rare occasions there is an inflection point where a new paradigm is made possible by emerging technologies. Those who are able to understand and employ these new capabilities are positioned to make billions of dollars.
Recent advances in video compression algorithms combined with infrastructure improvements have made it possible to stream high definition video over the Internet. Billions of dollars have been committed to continue expanding the Internet so as to provide more and more bandwidth capacity. The newest generation of television sets has inputs that enable them to be directly connected to the Internet. In three to five years most of what we view in our homes and at work will be delivered via the Internet.
TV Pro Gear is a technological leader in the deployment of streaming media as evidenced by the projects listed below:
Universal Studios made a $300 million dollar partnership with Verizon to stream video to cell phones. TV Pro Gear was contracted to build the new Network Operations Center. The company also built mobile trucks to stream NASCAR and Motocross races to cell phones.
When AT&T needed two ultra portable, ultra high-resolution, robotically controlled multi-camera production systems, they hired TV Pro Gear to design and manufacture them.
Recently, NBC and the NFL started live HD streaming of Sunday Night Football to the Internet. TV Pro Gear created the CAD drawings and wired the NOC (Network Operations Center) to achieve flawless viewing to millions of viewers..
Apple, Panasonic, Harris and ND-Satcom partnered with TV Pro Gear to build the FileCaster™ and Flypak™. These HD mobile content creation systems are optimized for webcasting using V-Sat satellite transmission to the Internet.
TV Pro Gear sales and design engineers are in a constant dialogue with manufacturers of equipment used to create and distribute IPTV programming. In addition, TVPG staff attend and often speak at industry related seminars, conventions and meetings. This constant monitoring of IP and Video technology ensures that IPTV systems designed and built by TV Pro Gear utilize the highest quality, most cost effective solutions.
Six Reasons to Have TV Pro Gear Design and Build Your IPTV Station
All TV Pro Gear IPTV designed systems are:
Designed to be easy to operate and maintain.
Able to ingest and output in a variety of formats
Designed to be easily expanded
Built to be “Fail-Safe” with redundant components and battery back-ups.
Complete solutions from content creation and ingest to output to the Internet
Fully documented with complete and accurate “as built” CAD drawing and operations manuals.
TV Pro Gear IPTV systems deliver long-term savings because they are built to operate efficiently and reliably. If you are planning to build or upgrade your IPTV, call TV Pro Gear to schedule a “needs analysis” meeting. Our staff of designers and engineers will create a detail proposal to help you achieve your goals. We can even help you get financing. Call (818) 246-7100.
What is required to operate an IPTV Station? An IP television station (IPTVS) requires a lot of the same equipment and staff as a regular television station but on a smaller scale. The IP station will usually stream live material such as news, talk shows and pre-recorded content. The equipment needed is as follows:
A Stage with a three wall curved cyclorama, at least three cameras, telepropter, tripods, and dollies, lighting and grip equipment. Sets, stage flats and drapes, two dressing rooms and a makeup hair room.
A MCR (master control room) with a switcher (to do cuts, dissolves, wipes, superimpose graphics and titles), a title / character generator, remote controls for the cameras to adjust brightness and color
An audio mixer, monitors and speakers
Test and measurement equipment and
Intercom stations (1 for each operator)
A Machine Room with a video router, video players for ingesting pre-recorded material, a programmable automated play-out server, an encoder (MPEG, Adobe Flash, ect.), test and measurement equipment and intercom stations.
Editing Rooms with a high end computer (usually Apple) with a video capture card (in the computer), monitors and speakers, editing software, an editing console.
Audio Sweetening Room with a high end computer (usually Apple) with audio mixing software, a sound mixing board, monitors, speakers, microphones, an ergo-nomic desk/console, a midi keyboard and a sound effects and music library
Scheduling Room with computer software for scheduling staff & equipment, computer software for playout scheduling.
Engineer’s office and repair shop with tools and test equipment, spare parts
and a repair bench
Office Infrastructure including staff cubicles, a conference room, a kitchen, a reception area, a supply and janitorial closet, an accounting room, sales dept. room, shipping and Rec.