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IPTV and Internet Video, 2nd Edition by Howard Greenfield, Wes Simpson

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1 What Is Internet Protocol and Why Use It for Video

 

Nothing is really real unless it happens on television.

Daniel J. Boorstin, American social historian and educator

 

Before we try to define Internet Protocol (IP) and why it is a good solution for video, it's appropriate to consider what may be obvious—that video transport over IP networks is not only here today, but is poised to further dominate video service delivery for many years to come. As this occurs, new media communications services that can only be imagined will continue to arise along with it. We are at the dawn of what may be the most fascinating phase in broadcasting history.

We will discuss the reasons more in this chapter, and the spread of IP will form a subtext throughout ...

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