Chapter 12

IPTV Architecture


This chapter presents concepts you will need to keep in mind as you design and build your IPTV facility. It covers unicast and multicast, as well as over-the-top (OTT) video. We discuss capacity planning issues for IPTV, which will surely be your biggest bandwidth usage.


Bit rates; Buffering; Compression; IPTV; Jitter; Linear video; Multicast; Nonlinear video; Over-the-top; Quality of service (QoS); Scrambling; TCP; Tuning time; UDP; Unicast


Radio frequency (RF)-modulated broadcast TV, covered in the previous chapter, is the way television has been transmitted since the beginning of television—that chapter includes a lot of prerequisite material you will want to review before reading this ...

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