There exist a secret that many people in the IPTV and VOD industry do not want you to know. It’s incredibly easy to set up an IPTV network. Anybody can do it, but if you knew it, you would have built your own and nobody would benefit from selling proprietary products with massive markups.
What you will need:
- A television
- A set-top box
- A webserver
- A video server
- Sample video material
- A multicast-capable router
What are the reasons to set up your IPTV server? You may want to:
- Create an internal television advertising, training, or information display.
- Create IPTV showcases for your clients to visualize opportunities
- Evaluate the prevailing IPTV technology without huge expenses
- Turn your client websites and apps to IPTV versions.
- Cross-train your web developers to gain IPTV skills
- Simulate IPTV network to test out ideas and apps
- Put your services and products on an IPTV demo platform
- Build a great new application or plan that could work well on IPTV.
- Integrate your existing web-based systems into an IPTV environment.
Basically, IPTV networks are intranets. Only the browser is not on a computer, but it’s on the set-top box. If you have an intranet or public website set, you can start up your IPTV network and do everything you want with it. With the right software and hardware, it should take you less than four hours to set it up.
- Finding a new home for the kit. Your IPTV system doesn’t require much space.
- Choosing the right set-top box. All boxes run different software, and they have different capabilities, but all connect to the television by use of standard scarf cables, and they display NTSC/PAL videos at standard resolutions.
- Setting up the network. You have a router that your desktops are connected, but you may need a separate network for your TV to avoid traffic.
- Streaming live broadcast. Simulate your IPTV system with a live TV that can be turned into. You can do this by multicasting your broadcast IPTV 24-7 over the IP network, coding your encapsulation programs using the vendors SDK, and buying industrial hardware that does it for you.
- Preparation of VOD content. Creating DVD quality videos is divided into two different parts: ensuring the videos file is in the correct format and set up the video files for streaming from video servers.
- ShowTime. Once your network is set up, you can start creating screens and menus as well as adding video content into your server, which can be played back via the television. You can now also relax and watch IPTV on mobile with your family and friends.