Friday, June 10, 2011

Smart Push Video on Demand – Hybrid Linear and VOD Service Delivery Platform

TV broadcasters are being forced by consumers to upgrade their linear broadcast systems to include on demand services. Derek Coetzee from Digisoft explained to me at the IPTV World show that broadcasters face multiple challenges for on demand systems including distribution bandwidth limitations and headend storage and processing requirements. A solution that can help is for broadcasters to use a smart push video on demand system that provides new services and a better user experience while reducing the burden on the broadcaster’s system.
A smart push video on demand system combines a hybrid electronic program guide - EPG with an advanced personal video recorder – PVR application that allows the viewer to access both broadcast and stored media. The Digisoft push VOD system is a Java based middleware. It includes Java object libraries and widgets that allow broadcasters to customize their applications and services. These new services include time shifted TV, personal digital video services, and interactive educational TV services.

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