Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Loop Recording Video Servers Provide Time Shifted Services

TV broadcasters new have a new way to provide time shifted services to viewers. Paul Clark from Packet Ship explained to me at the IPTV World show that TV broadcasters need a way to upgrade their systems to offer time shifted services. The solution is to use a loop recording system on its video servers that capture both the media and their associated program metadata. This system can be used to provide new services such as catch-up TV, pause/rewind of live programs, and retrospective EPG. It allows for simple integration with existing systems with very low risk levels. It uses Linux-based software components which can reduce platform licensing costs and provide more flexibility for the modification and addition of features and services. Packet Ship video servers are able to support different types of streaming (RTSP, progressive HTTP, and HTTP Live Streaming – HLS) to multiple types of devices (STBs, PCs, Smartphones, and Tablets) using a single asset file.

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