The Broadstream IPTV Transport Network has been designed from the ground up to
integrate with your current or future network. Broadstream's IP Virtual Head-end
Service is built around industry standards to ensure complete interoperability with your
selected access network, middleware and set top box providers.
Broadstream removes the complexity of owning and operating an IPTV video head-end
and teleport by delivering the elegantly simple solution and interface with the service
Broadstream’s digital satellite-based network minimizes capital and operational
expenditures for the service provider, accelerates TelcoTV delivery, and improves
viewing variety and quality for the end consumer. Key technical components of
Broadstream’s solution include:
1. Content and Programming
Broadstream has secured the industry’s largest library of linear IPTV transport
rights agreements with national programmers and broadcasters to offer a one-of-
a-kind channel line-up - simplifying the acquisition process for the service
provider. Broadstream receives this content directly from the programmers, and
feeds it into our encoding platform. Content is primarily video programming but
also includes a number of digital music channels.
Broadstream encodes the video into MPEG-4 AVC transport streams at a
constant bit-rate, ensuring high quality viewing while giving the service provider
the confidence to guarantee two simultaneous streams per household over
ADSL. Broadstream’s high-end encoding platform provides superior viewing
quality at a 30% bandwidth savings compared to self-built systems.
3. IP Streaming
The MPEG-4 transport streams are encapsulated in UDP/IP and sent as
individual multicast streams to the satellite uplink. The IP streaming platform
also applies IP QOS and applies the IP multicast address for that channel.
4. Satellite Transport
Broadstream uplinks the IP multicast streams in a secure DVB format to
Broadstream’s satellite. At the service provider’s central office or POP,
Broadstream provides and installs the receive platform – including the satellite
dish and receivers, and decryption & demodulation equipment - required to
convert the DVB format back to IP for handoff via redundant Gigabit Ethernet
connections. The service provider can then deliver the video streams as native IP
or encapsulate them in ATM.
5. Local Encoding/Streaming (optional)
Broadstream also offers on-site encoding services to locally encode and stream
local off-air (including Emergency Alert System) and regional and/or
community programming. This service is installed, configured, tested, and
supported by Broadstream and is fully compatible with Broadstream’s national
6. System Architecture
Each component and stage of the Broadstream network is fully redundant, and
proactively monitored and managed from Broadstream’s Video Operations
Center (VOC). This level of management and reliability far exceeds that of the
cable and DBS competition.
Frustrated TV consumers are demanding more and better services.
IPTV delivers. It is a new way, a better way to watch TV: simple, personalized,
S Custom Guide View that allows easy navigation of channels.
Use Live TV Browse to navigate other channels with picture-in-picture (PIP)
capability while also watching a show.
c Tunerless picture-in-picture (PIP) navigation capability anywhere. You are no
longer limited by the number of tuners in the box.
P Get live TV notifications such as Caller ID, SMS and e-mail notification while you
w Choose your view with picture in picture streams. View multiple angles of a game
or event and receive information about the program you are watching.
o View personal pictures or photos on your TV.
Use Remote DVR capability to program using your mobile phone or PDA.
Personalize your parental controls, television and account settings.
P Instant channel change like TV was meant to be
Supports DVR functionality -- schedule recordings of your programs either once or
on a recurring basis
o Advance search by title, genre, actors, etc.
b Videos categorized like a video store. Browse choices by looking at the DVD covers
or check out the top recommended pictures.
Cisco IP/TV delivers a complete, highly scalable, bandwidth-efficient solution for
high quality including training, corporate communications, business TV, and
distance learning over enterprise networks.
Part of the Cisco Content Networking family, Cisco IP/TV is a turnkey solution
for delivering networked video with unparalleled ease-of-use and integration
with IP network services. Cisco IP/TV supports live video, scheduled video,
video on demand (VOD), synchronized presentations and screen captures, and
a wide range of video management functions.
Cisco IP/TV is designed with scalability in mind, addressing the need to deliver
high quality video broadcasts safely across the largest enterprises. It leverages
IP multicast to deliver one stream throughout the network regardless of the
audience size, and enables detailed monitoring of quality and usage from every
desktop during an event.
THE EDGESTREAM SOLUTION
EdgeStream's Video on Demand and IPTV Streaming software cost effectively enables
error free transportation of high bit rate video over the public Internet (HTTP/TCP-IP).
The software works with standard media players, uses standard compression formats
and network protocols to allow uninterrupted data flow from source to client, even over
20 router hops, so that end users get uninterrupted video streams on a PC or on a TV
through an IP set top box.
EdgeStream's proprietary Continuous Route Optimization (CROS) and Congestion
Tunnel Through (ICTT) technologies mitigate the effects of network latency, packet
loss, and congestion for impairment free video streaming applications
The EdgeStream platform is made of five integrated software modules that work
together to provide a seamless interruption free premium video experience, every time,
over public Internet to broadband enabled Set-Top-Box/TV and PC users across the
globe from a handful of content sites. All EdgeStream server software runs on standard
Intel server hardware platforms. All server modules may be combined to run on a single
server, or run separately to provide automatic fail-over capability, load balancing, and
unlimited capacity scalability
The EdgeStream value proposition is very unique, compelling and disruptive. The
platform ensures uninterrupted DVD quality video streams over consumer cable or
ADSL modem connections all over the world, even over paths that have 20 router hops
between server and end user.
The EdgeStream Software Platform is enabling operators and enterprises to transform
the ubiquitous public Internet into an effective and profitable premium quality video
distribution channel, enabling many new video centric applications and businesses for
Other companies: Akimbo Systems, SBC Communications, Cisco IP/TV
Other companies like Telstra canceled the proyect.