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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (October, 2007)

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IPTV Part 6 - More Implementations and Final Thoughts

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 23 2007, 2:06pm

This is the concluding article in the IPTV series of articles and covers specific IPTV implementations by Sony, TAVI 030, UTStarcom, Xbox 360, Verizon, and a smattering of other worldwide solutions and final thoughts on the big picture.


IPTV Part 5 - Additional Implementations

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 16 2007, 2:02pm

This is a continuation of the IPTV series of articles and covers specific IPTV implementations by Falcon Communications, Minerva Networks/Siemens/Espial, MyTVPal.com, and Sasktel.


IPTV Part 4 - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 9 2007, 2:58pm

Some IPTV Implementation Lessons

Canby Telcom

This Texas company's president Keith Galitz commented "It hasn't been easy, but it's been a great experience for us".

Canby is a 100-year-old telephone cooperative with 11,000 phone lines that started offering IPTV a couple of years ago, invested about $3 million by Dec 06, and has 900 IPTV subscribers of about 100 channels and VOD, no HD yet.

Galitz added...


IPTV Part 3 - The Methods and a Working Technology

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Oct 2 2007, 2:51pm

When using standard MPEG-2 compression, an HD channel requires about 19 Mbps of bandwidth to be transmitted. If using DSL or cable modem, although it is considered hi-speed for typical Internet services, it currently has the capacity to transmit only a small fraction of what raw HDTV requires.

Even when re-compressing the 19 Mbps with more efficient compression algorithms like MPEG-4 or VC1, and even when using additional transmission-saving techniques to fit HDTV content into those typical hi-speed Internet services, the approach would be a challenge, not to mention that after making use of this bandwidth for HDTV there will be little or no headroom left for Internet downloads of music, files, photos, etc.

Additionally, it becomes less feasible to...