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IP TV Distribution


Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) is a system through which television services are delivered using the internet protocol suite over a packet-switched CAT5 or CAT6 network, instead of being delivered through traditional coaxial cable television formats, thus eliminating cable losses.

IPTV securely distributes video content to televisions over a managed two-way network IP infrastructure that enables a more customized and interactive user experience. IPTV can enable interactive content, such as interactive advertisements and real-time network based PVR functionality, on a regular TV set.

IPTV uses a two-way path using a downstream multicast or unicast video signal sent through the provider’s backbone network over IP and from IP-based video servers, allowing viewers to select content on demand, time-shift, and take advantage of other trick and interactive TV options. At the access interface, IPTV is a unicast service; only one copy of a program is sent at a time on the access pipe connecting the user to the network.

When a viewer changes the channel or selects a program, a new stream of content is transmitted directly to the viewer’s set-top box. There may be a large number of streams of video being sent into the IP core network, but only one is switched into the user’s access network.

IPTV enables more interactivity and flexibility, but also introduces the requirement for more intelligence in the network. It should be noted that, in all IPTV delivery mechanisms, the intent is to deliver video to the user’s TV, not just to the user’s computer.


TV head-end: where live TV channels are encoded, encrypted and delivered in the form of IP multicast streams. In most cases the live TV channels are deilvered from either Freesat or Sky decoders via A/V or HDMI cables.

VOD platform: where on-demand video assets are stored and served when a user makes a request in the form of IP unicast stream.

Interactive portal: allows the user to navigate within the different IPTV services, such as the VOD catalog.

Delivery network: the packet switched network that carries IP packets.

User's set-top box: the piece of equipment at the user's home that decodes and decrypt TV and VOD content and displays it on the TV screen.

Multiple SKY Decoders 







Multiple SKY decoders housed in space saving shelf solution

Woodsons has developed a solution to incorporate the streaming of multiple encrypted SKY channels across exisiting IPTV networks, such as Bazeport and Snap TV.


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QuoteThe e-SEA™ system from Woodsons is great. We've got a wireless connection through out the vessel and I have my Blackberry tuned into the network, so I have instant access to all my emails all the time. I also use Skype on our PC to keep in contact with my family at home and it makes going away much easier when you can have a video call to home at any time. If I had to choose between the broadband and the TV for onboard, I'd choose the broadband… magic Quote

James West
Skipper of the Golden Sceptre (Fishing Vessel)

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