Thomson launches push VOD

From Colin Mann at the IPTV World Forum in London

Media, entertainment and communications technologist Thomson has launched new modules to its Smartvision video service platform designed to deliver video on demand over hybrid broadcast networks (Digital Terrestrial Television and IP or Satellite and IP).

The platform now comprises a push video mechanism which allows delivery of video on demand applications via DTT or satellite networks to personal video recording (PVR) set-top boxes, without the need for a return request path or IP network and with the same comfort, security and revenue generation opportunities as with standard VOD services. It combines now both push and pull VOD capabilities, offering progressive downloads, file transfer and streaming solutions via the IP connection to set-top boxes.

“As the demand for bandwidth-hungry services such as VOD and HD video grows, many operators are turning to hybrid modsels as a solution for optimising network resources for video delivery,” said Tiaan Schutte, General Manager of Thomson’s Software Service Platforms, within the Systems division. “

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