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IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is a system where a digital television service is delivered using the Internet Protocol over a network infrastructure, which may include delivery by a broadband connection.

For residential users, IPTV is often provided in conjunction with Video on Demand and may be bundled with Internet services such as Web access and VoIP. The commercial bundling of IPTV, VoIP and Internet access is referred to as a Triple Play. Adding the mobile voice service leads to the Quadruple Play denomination.

IPTV is typically supplied by a broadband operator using a closed network infrastructure. This closed network approach is in competition with the delivery of TV content over the public Internet. This type of delivery is widely called TV over Internet or Internet Television.

In businesses, IPTV may be used to deliver television content over corporate LANs and business networks. Perhaps a simpler definition of IPTV would be television content that, instead of being delivered through traditional formats and cabling, is received by the viewer through the technologies used for computer networks.

IPTV covers both live TV (multicasting) as well as stored video (Video on Demand VOD). The playback of IPTV requires either a personal computer or a "set-top box" connected to a TV. Video content is typically compressed using either a MPEG2 or a MPEG4 codec and then sent in an MPEG2 Transport stream delivered via IP Multicast in case of live TV or via IP Unicast in case of Video on Demand. IP Multicast is a method in which information can be sent to multiple computers at the same time. The newly released (MPEG4) H.264 codec is increasingly used to replace the older MPEG2 codec.

As EONA Integrator in Italy, Pibiesse can provide fully customized IPTV solutions.

Designed for the hospitality market (hotels, hospitals and clinics, ships and yachts, residential complexes), D.E.S (Digital Entertainment Solution) provides beyond the TV set a large range of on-demand services for information, communication & entertainment.

"Access any time any service you want "

Thanks to D.E.S, Guests have in-room access to various on-demand and added-value services like :
. Watching their favorite movies
. Listening to their choice of music
. Surfing the web
. Receiving and sending e-mails
. Watching TV channels with digital quality
. Ordering room service
. Getting messages from the reception desk
. Viewing on-line their consumptions

Customers and operators improve the guest's services and develop additional revenues.

FEATURES
. All DVD functions in Video on Demand (VoD)
. All CD functions in Audio on Demand (AoD)
. All internet services : web, web portal, e-mail
. Public display solution for guest information (desk, conference rooms, meeting rooms .)
. Rich capabilities for customer-dedicated information (Hotel tour on video channel, web site, web portal to promote Hotel services .) . Full integration with a selection of PMS for easy billing of the services
. Complete Management tools
. Easy-to-use guest interface
. Customization according to customer requirements
. Modular and scalable solutions to suit any hotel size

RANGE D.E.S covers three product ranges to suit the customer's objectives and the size of each application: . D.E.S TV Plus D.E.S TV enables the management and the digital delivery of IPTV channels using Multicast mode.
. D.E.S Master Plus D.E.S Master Plus offers thanks to integrated streaming pump on-demand services : video on-demand (VoD) and audio on-demand (AoD) D.E.S Master Plus is proposed in several packages from 10 to 300 streams offering an optimized ratio between the VoD capacity (Number of simultaneous video streams) and the size of each application (Number of rooms).
. D.E.S Master Plus Crypto D.E.S Master Plus Crypto includes in addition to D.E.S Master Plus version, an encryption system to allow latest box-office content digital delivery.

ARCHITECTURE D.E.S can be integrated on to most of the supplier server platforms according to its range requirements.
D.E.S delivers interactive services to the room over an IP architecture either with standard Ethernet equipment that runs over Fibre/Cat5 cabling or with xDSL technology that enables to deliver the services over existing standard telephone networks.
D.E.S is based on recognized Set-Top Boxes tested and certified by EONA . All operations on the set-top box can be done via an infrared remote control and/or infrared keyboard.
D.E.S system runs with any kind of TV set or plasma screen.

In standards-based IPTV systems, the primary underlying protocols used for: Live TV is IGMP version 2 for connecting to a multicast stream (TV channel) and for changing from one multicast stream to another (TV channel change). VOD is RTSP. Currently, the only alternatives to IPTV are traditional TV distribution technologies such as terrestrial, satellite and cable.

Advantages
The IP-based platform offers significant advantages, including the ability to integrate television with other IP-based services like high speed Internet access and VoIP. A switched IP network also allows for the delivery of significantly more content and functionality. In a typical TV or satellite network, using broadcast video technology, all the content constantly flows downstream to each customer, and the customer switches the content at the set-top box. The customer can select from as many choices as the telecomms, cable or satellite company can stuff into the "pipe" flowing into the home. A switched IP network works differently. Content remains in the network, and only the content the customer selects is sent into the customer's home. That frees up bandwidth, and the customer's choice is less restricted by the size of the "pipe" into the home. This also implicates that the customer's privacy could be compromised to a greater extent than is possible with traditional TV or satellite networks.

Interactivity
An IP-based platform also allows significant opportunities to make the TV viewing experience more interactive and personalized. The supplier may, for example, include an interactive program guide that allows viewers to search for content by title or actor's name, picture-in-picture functionality that allows them to "channel surf" without leaving the program they're watching Viewers may be able to look up a player's stats while watching a sports game, or control the camera angle. They also may be able to access photos or music from their PC on their television, or even use a wireless phone to schedule a recording of their favorite show, or adjust parental controls so their child can watch a documentary for a school report, while they're away from home.

VoD
VoD stands for Video on Demand. VoD permits a customer to browse an online movie catalogue, to watch trailers and to select the movie he wants to watch. The playout of the selected movie starts nearly instantaneously on the customer's TV or PC. Technically, when the customer selects the movie, a point-to-point unicast connection is set up between the customer's decoder (SetTopBox or PC) and the delivering streaming server. The signalling for the trick play functionality (pause, slow-motion, wind/rewind etc.) is assured by RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol). The most common codecs used for VoD are MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and VC-1. In order to avoid content piracy, the VoD content (the movies) is generally encrypted.


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