ECE 6613: Broadband Access Networks
The Future of IPTV and IP-Video
Ji Hwan Kim
Georgia Institute of Technology
325050 Georgia Tech Station
Atlanta, GA 30332
Abstract— This paper describes the various IPTV architectures and components, which enables large-scale integration of current and future IPTV network. IPTV technologies are transforming how we perceive TV services today and global television industry as whole. However, there is pressing need for improvement on IPTV side to meet the Quality of Experience that is equal to or better than traditional TV services. In recent years, we have seen tremendous growth in Information Technology industry with the emergence of smart phone. Various new technologies are in its development to meet the demand of higher data rate, reliable data transfer, and readily available resources with distributed cloud servers to improve quality of service to the customers. With growing number of smart phone users, IPTV service has become ever more popular in telecommunication companies to provide streaming videos through the different new infrastructures. The biggest competitors in IPTV service in the U.S. are Verizon FioS (FTTP) and AT&T U-verse (FTTN) providing triple-play bundle service to the customer. In this paper, we are going to discuss IPTV service architecture difference of Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Cable Company, and Netflix as well as current IPTV research and development to increase quality of experience through multicast and cloud computing. Also we will analyze some of the emerging IPTV application in the future.
Key Words — Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), Verizon FiOS, AT&T U-verse, Multicast
Today’s IPTV services
IPTV technologies are transforming how we perceive TV services today and global television industry as whole. It is a collection of modern technologies in computing, networking, and storage combined to deliver high quality television contents through IP network. It is becoming a platform which changing how we access information and entertainment. In recent years, we have seen tremendous growth in video and networking technologies with the emergence of smart phone. Various new technologies are in its development to meet the demand of higher data rate, reliable data transfer, and readily available resources, distributed cloud servers, to improve quality of service to the customers. The figure below  is an example of IPTV broadband network inside a home.
Fig. 1. Diagram of IPTV Broadband Network Inside Home.
With IPTV service, video contents are not only limited to the TV but can utilize in multiple platforms to enjoy video content anywhere, anytime, and anydevice. IPTV alter the way the customer consume video content like personal video recorders have done and lets customer have complete control of their entertainment experience to a next level.
Fig.2. U.S. Multichannel Video Subscriber Census
Above is a figure of U.S. Multichannel Video Subscriber Census by SNL Kagan . In 2011, the cable industry lost 1.8 million video subscribers whereas IPTV providers gained 1.6 million. This shows that IPTV industry is gaining market share on video content provider and it is expected to grow even more. Cable TV delivers entire line-up of broadcast content channels all the time which requires huge amount of bandwidth being delivered all the time into the home and cable companies are moving toward IPTV delivery services to reduce bandwidth on their infrastructure. IPTV architecture is very different in that it only delivers the single channel that is requested by the consumer’s individual TV. Therefore, IPTV architecture can greatly reduce bandwidth by only providing specific request from the consumer at any given time . [pic]
Fig. 3. Expected Growth in IPTV subscribers.
However, there is pressing need for improvement on IPTV side to meet the Quality of Experience that is equal to or better...
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