Sunday, December 5, 2010

A New Type of TV Middleware – Distributed Network Management Functions and Processes

Traditional TV middleware forces the centralization of service processing which can limit the services and capabilities that TV broadcasters can offer. Michael Repplinger from Motama explained to me at the IBC show that TV middleware systems often use a client/server structure which forces devices to communicate with a centralized server system each time they want to access services. TV broadcasters can dramatically benefit from a distributed middleware system that can transfer service processing to other points within the network. This can allow TV broadcasters to develop new services without having to dramatically increase their headend equipment and connection speeds. It also allows devices to more rapidly obtain and interact with media and services.

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