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IPTV: Why a Wise Choice

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IPTV: Why a Wise Choice

The first question is: why do we want to have IPTV? The answer is that it can be viewed anywhere, at any time and on any device. It consists of digitally switched architecture and is not channel based.

With IPTV, you are able to stream the media in smaller batches directly from the source. This means that you can start playing your data (such as a favorite movie, show or the song you really like) long before the entire file has been transmitted.

What can you expect? Services such as Live Television, Time-shifted Television and Video on Demand (VOD).

An interactive programme guide allows you to search for content by title or actor’s name. Picture-in-picture functionality permits you to “channel surf” without leaving the programme you are watching. Other controls are available such as adjusting camera angle, accessing photos or music from the PC on the television set, using a wireless phone to schedule a recording of a show or adjusting controls for a child to watch a desired programme while parents are away.

Unfortunately, your IPTV can experience delays if the streamed data is unreliable. It has strict minimum speed requirements for delivery of moving pictures. Due to the limited connection speed and bandwidth available for a large IPTV customer base, service quality delivered can be reduced.

Streaming IPTV across wireless links within your home might prove troublesome due to issues with multipath and reflections of the RF signal carrying the IP data packets. Packets must arrive at the right time and in the right order. Improvements in wireless technology are starting to alleviate the problem by providing new and improved equipment. As the wireless area continues to mature, some IPTV service providers today may opt to use wired home networking technologies instead of wireless technologies.

You might ask: what is the bandwidth requirement for your IPTV service? Well, there is no absolute answer for this because the amount of bandwidth you need depends on the number of devices inside your household. In general, the more devices you have at home the greater your requirement for bandwidth will be.

If you are a residential user, your IPTV is often provided in conjunction with video on demand (VOD). At times, IPTV comes bundled together with VoIP and Internet access. If you are a commercial user this bundling is sometimes referred to as triple play service. If cellular service is added to this, it is called quadruple play.

Hybrid IPTV networks combining IPTV with conventional satellite TV deliver the highest levels of performance and reliability.

Hybrid IPTV’s popularity has increased with the emergence of online video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo and the service providers’ desire to offer analogue and digital terrestrial services in recent years.

Hybrid IPTV allows users to access a range of advanced interactive services such as VOD, video telephony, surveillance, gaming, shopping and e-government.

What does Video on Demand (VOD) do for you? It permits you to browse an online programme or film catalogue, to watch trailers and to then select a selected recording. You can then start playing the selected item nearly instantaneously on your TV or PC.

Encrypted VOD content allows you to avoid content piracy. You only have some time to play a chosen film following payment, after which it becomes unavailable.

Last but not least let us talk a little bit about IPTV Broadcast Technologies. One is Ethernet which is the dominant LAN technology. The other one is called ATM (or Asynchronous Transfer Mode). ATM solution fits all (WAN/MAN/LAN) and offers higher QOS (Quality of Service). Unfortunately, the drawback of ATM is that it is a complex technology that needs higher installation times and is more costly. Therefore if cost and time are really big issues for you, you should choose Ethernet as a broadcast technology for IPTV.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂

 

X96 Android Box: Why should you get one?

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Android 6.0 Boxes X96: Why Should You Get One?

Android 6.0 Box X96, also referred to as X96 Smart Box allows you to place your photos, music and videos on your TV Set. With X96 you get to enjoy 4000 pixel (horizontal) by 2000 pixel (vertical) 60Hz Resolution output, 32 audio channel, 1536 KHz audio sampling, dual video stream and audio and video dynamic-sync.

Each X96 Smart Box comes equipped with 9 input/output ports. These are: DC Power, Optical, High definition (HD) video, Ethernet, Audiovisual (AV) out, External Image Retention (IR), and TransFlash (TF) Card along with 2 USB ports.

What are some of the benefits of the X96 Smart Box? One is its small size of just 9cm by 9cm by 2cm which means that it is actually smaller than your hand. Its small size also allows you to save on transport costs, it saves you space and is easy to carry.

The remote for audiovisual output can be placed anywhere and at any angle. Your X96 Smart Box can be attached to the wall, TV or any piece of furniture in your house that is in close proximity to your TV Set. To facilitate this, your X96 comes equipped with a magic tape and is pothook designed in order to make attachments easy. It is also Dual Image Retention (IR) designed in order to make remote control easy.

Android 6.0 Marshmallow System consists of Amlogic S905X Quad Core ARM Cortex A53 CPU operating at 2GHz and Penta-core Mali-450MP GPU operating at 750MHz. It also has DDR3 Memory of 1GB, eMMC Flash of 8GB and WiFi of the type IEEE 802.11 b/g/n.

X96’s Amlogic Video Engine (AVE) is equipped with dedicated hardware decoders and encoders. It supports multiple “secured” video decoding sessions with simultaneous decoding and encoding.

X96’s AVE supports following file formats: mkv, mpg, wmv, mpeg, dat, avi, mov, iso, mp4, rm and jpg.

Video/Picture Encoding uses independent JPEG image and H.264 video encoder with configurable performance/bit rate.

Audio consists of low power Media CPU with DSP (which stands for digital signal processing) audio processing. It supports MP3, AAC (Advanced Audio Coding), WMA (Windows Media Audio), RM (RealMedia), FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) as well as Ogg and is programmable with 7.1/5.1 down mixing. It contains built-in stereo audio DAC (digital to analog conversion) as well as built-in SPDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface Format)/IEC (Interexchange Carrier) 958 and PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) serial digital audio input/output. It also supports concurrent dual audio stereo channel output with combination of analog+PCMo or I2S (Integrated Interchip Sound)+PCM.

What can you do with X96? Well, X96 Smart Box permits you to browse all video websites, support Netflix, Hulu, Flixster, YouTube and others. You can use local media playback, U Disk and SD (Secure Digital)/MMC (Multi Media) cards. You can likewise support HDD (high definition display), SKYPE video call, MSN, facebook, twitter, QQ and others. Wireless mouse and keyboard are also supported.

What do you get as part of a package? A single X96 TV Box, one power adapter, a remote control, HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) Cable and one User Manual.

Darius Romanek

Mission Repair Centre Team 🙂