Today’s television viewers are increasingly using the Internet to download, share, and consume media on a variety of devices. Traditionally, DTV and IPTV service providers have relied on DVB MPEG-based technologies to deliver linear television services and IP technologies like multicasting or RTSP for VOD. However, to meet the consumer demand for a richer media experience on set-top boxes (STBs), including OTT streaming and in-home media sharing, service providers must now support a wide range of different audio and video codecs and formats.
Under a conventional STB architecture, this can be extremely challenging as today’s STBs do not feature a standard interface for OTT streaming. Deploying next-generation STBs that rely on a unified media framework — which supports all of the popular audio and video codecs, subtitles, and file formats — and modern browser technology, service providers can successfully deliver high-quality streaming media services to set-top boxes.
As technology evolves, consumer expectations about quality of experience will only increase, as will the technical complexities involved with delivering a rich and engaging digital television experience. Relying on Albis Technologies’ unified media framework, today’s DTV and IPTV service providers can successfully deliver a superior multimedia experience on subscriber set-top boxes. Providing a differentiated service offering is key to maintaining a service provider’s competitive advantage, increasing subscriber satisfaction, and generating additional revenue streams.
Downloading, sharing and consuming music, pictures, and videos; all have become mainstream. Households today have digital cameras, music players, etc. plus the TV remains the entertainment centre and the place to converge.
Traditional digital TV as well as IPTV services are based on DVB; therefore MPEG technologies. IPTV services leverage IP technologies and protocols like IP multicasting or RTSP to setup VoD sessions, but still rely on standard DVB or MPEG standards.
Albis Technologies takes advantage of both worlds and has defined a “Unified Media Framework” supporting different sources including in-home media and a broad range of formats. Using the Unified Media Framework and Albis Technologies' open APIs, third party application and middleware developers can build unique, differentiating service environments.
DLNA based media sharing allows users to integrate personal content into the TV experience. Albis Technologies DLNA compatible Media Center stack include local music, video and pictures into the service platform.
Open APIs allow integration into existing middleware applications and UIs, generating a unique user experience.
For a "simple" TV service MP3 and WMA may not be required but for a fully fledged Media Center application this must very well be available. In order to optimize licensing costs Albis Technologies offers different licensing packages to meet requirements for different applications.
Learn more about the Unified Media Center and DLNA capabilities.
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