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For businesses of all sizes, communication is key. Being able to clearly communicate with your employees, executives and contractors can give your business a measurable edge in response time and its ability to quickly execute on new projects.
From email to in-person meetings and conferences, enterprises rely on a variety of methods of communication. One increasingly popular and important communications channel is enterprise IPTV — internet-based video.
Enterprise IPTV has several benefits for businesses. It’s fast, affordable and easy for a business in any industry to implement. It can also be a valuable communications tool for speaking directly to your team or communicating with customers.
Below, we’ve listed five benefits of enterprise IPTV for businesses in a variety of industries, from professional services to hospitality, manufacturing and more.
IPTV uses your existing network
One of the biggest advantages of IPTV is that it uses your existing network instead of requiring a new one. As such, there’s no need for new cabling or large amounts of hardware to be set up throughout your building.
IPTV distributes content using an IP-based network, meaning there’s no need for cabling, media satellite dishes or other communications hardware.
If you want to use IPTV within a single building, it’s easy to set it up using your existing ethernet technology. For companies with multiple locations, IPTV integrates easily with your existing web server, allowing people in remote locations to easily access content online.
It’s compatible with a large range of devices
Unlike physical media, such as DVDs or solid state storage, which often can specific hardware to operate, IPTV is easy to watch using any display technology. You can stream IPTV content to a smart TV, a computer display, a smart device and a wide range of other devices.
This makes IPTV a great option for enterprise businesses with employees in an office setting, in manufacturing plants and work sites, and in the field. Instead of depending on specific hardware to view content, you can easily broadcast important content to almost any device.
IPTV scales easily, with no viewing point limit
Because IPTV uses an IP distribution network, there’s no limit on the number of people that can watch your content at once. This makes it easy to enterprise IPTV to broadcast announcements and other business-related content to your entire workforce at once.
From conferences to training exercises, this lack of limitations makes IPTV highly effective for businesses that thrive on communication. For example, you can broadcast an announcement about a new policy, product or service to your entire team at once, instead of doing so locally.
IPTV gives viewers more control than ever before
Traditional broadcast TV limits what viewers can and can’t do. If someone misses an important detail and wants to backtrack to find it, they might not be able to do so. If a viewer wants to go back and rewatch certain content, they might need to wait until the next broadcast.
IPTV, on the other hand, gives viewers almost total control over how they watch content. In case someone misses an important detail, they can “rewind” and watch it again. If a team member is absent and needs to watch content after other people, they can easily do so at their own speed.
IPTV is extremely cost effective
From the low costs of enterprise IPTV hardware to the improvement in productivity IPTV makes possible, the overall cost of IPTV is extremely low. In fact, for most businesses, IPTV creates a significant positive return on investment in improved productivity, efficiency and output.
Instead of buying hardware specifically for the purpose of watching video, IPTV gives your staff the power to watch video from any internet-enabled device. Lean, efficient and effective, IPTV is a cost effective communications channel from which any enterprise business can benefit.
Add IPTV to your company’s technology toolkit
At VidOvation, we specialize in helping businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to large enterprises, get started with IPTV technology. Our experienced team can help you with every aspect of IPTV, from design and engineering to systems integration, project management and more.
To learn more about our services, please contact us now. Our experienced team is available to learn more about your business’s needs and provide the expertise you need to make IPTV part of your business.
Here is a list of 17 mistakes or necessary questions to ask your current or potential In-house IPTV and Enterprise IPTV provider.
1. No support for distribution to desktop, laptop, smartphone and tablet
A typical RF coaxial television system is only going to allow for the distribution of specific displays and tvs. Do you need to access video content over the corporate wide area network at the desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet, set-top box, Smart TV, TVs, and Displays? If yes, VidOvation TV is the right choices. The way users function and interact in the corporate setting is rapidly changing. We are not bound to the displays in our offices, break rooms, hallways, lobbies, etc. We need to access our corporate content right at our fingertips on ANY device. This is an absolute necessity for your enterprise content delivery network.
2. Getting stuck with one content provider (CATV/SAT) or without open architecture
The biggest down-side to working directly with a content provider is their tendency to control the content allowed on your network. Even if you were able to switch, the hardware and software provided by them will “miraculously” be incompatible with everything others content. You will want to ensure that you can pick and choose the content for your network as you like as well as implement open architecture equipment as to keep your options open all the time. This is important for cases in which, say one provider raises rates, you can have the ability to switch to another vendor. Also, it allows you to mix and match the content from multiple different satellite and cable providers.
3. No support for Digital Rights Management or DRM.
In the case of DirecTV and Dish Network, they use encryption called Pro:Idiom and it can be quite problematic. DirecTV and Dish Network will not turn off encryption unless you have an approved DRM system or digital rights management system. You want to make sure you ask your IPTV vendor, “Do you have an approved DRM system approved by DirecTV and Dish Network?” There’s a very short list. Our solution happens to be on that list. You need to ask those questions. We’ve had clients try to go it on their own. “Well, I’ll put my own IPTV system together,” and what happens is you’ll be stuck with standard definition. You won’t be able to get high definition or the system just won’t work at all. This is what you need to ask your vendor to make sure that they have the capability to help you with all these different hurdles that may come up.
4. Not allowing integration of your own VOD content with your providers
A great enterprise video networking system has the capacity for the storage and dissemination of corporate content to employees. Stored video can be relevant information, updates or training for employees. An example of this may be a corporation-wide HR video that must be watched by everyone by the end of the day. With your own content distribution, an activity that cost a large amount of time and money can now be accomplished very efficiently within the hour.
5. Not allowing for Your Own Live Video Distribution
Live content distribution can be incredibly valuable in the enterprise world. Today’s businesses are expected to respond quickly to news, changes, and emergencies, and this is the best way to do it. The ability for an executive to reach his entire team instantly in regardless of location is priceless.
6. Insufficient or Non-Existent Video Conferencing Functions
Whether you are in separate offices, abroad, or connecting to potential clients across the globe, the video conferencing functions of enterprise video networking are often undermined by potential providers. Whether you are picturing top level conferences or live video networking and collaboration among employees, make sure you aren’t missing out on this important piece of the picture.
7. Lacking Scalability, Security, and Flexibility
Choosing a scalable and flexible system is the only way to ensure your investment has longevity. You may want to add more channels and more viewers to your system at a future date. Additionally, you want to have the capacity for selective user upgrades without changing out set top boxes.
8. Non-Friendly User Interface
Designers get too crazy. The best GUI (graphical user interface) is a familiar user interface. You don’t want to get stuck with a video system on your corporate network that everyone hates. We prefer to use an intuitive design for the menu with a CSS (cascading style sheet) editable format enabling simple customization and tailoring to your enterprise. Make sure you can easily brand and customize your IPTV system.
9. Creating Hell for IT Administrators
For IT Administrators, it’s always about keeping trouble off the network, and video, using large amounts of bandwidth, is perceived as trouble. It is important to ensure that you have a sophisticated design that can allow for video to have the smallest impact possible on your networks bandwidth.
10. Limited User Authentication Options and Weak Traceability Features
Top executives may need access to critical corporate information and everything below while entry-level employees may only need some training materials. You may have your unique set of administrative rules allowing access to a particular network and television assets. Furthermore, being able to trace a particular person’s usage or viewership is something you may desire. For example, in the case of important content, you will want to be sure that everyone has watched an important video. VidOvation TV systems tie into the corporate network active directory to control all video access and authentication options.
11. No Integration with Digital Signage
Digital Signage is prevalent in every industry. Depending on your application, you may want to run breaking news, welcome information, live event coverage or advertisements to the lobbies, hallways, break rooms, etc.
12. No Integration with Property Management System
When there’s no one around, let your enterprise video networking system stay on security watch. Allow your security team live and recording access to your facilities security cameras and let them be able to access it from any of their devices.
13. No Personal Recording Functions
We take enough notes on paper. In many cases, this is not the ideal format to record something. With personal recording functions built into your enterprise video network, you can record video clips for personal storage.
14. Foregoing High Definition Video Quality
With the increasing demand of HD video quality, there’s no doubt you will want this as an option. With the right implementation, you should be able to upgrade from standard definition as needed and do so with minimal disruption to network bandwidth.
15. Lack of Customization
Hospitals may seek extra features to play in telemedicine applications. Hotels may desire the help desk messaging features. Military implementations may include 16 streams simultaneous playback functionality. Universities may want advanced solutions for their classroom e-learning applications.
16. No integration with Catering and Food Services
You’re in your VIP suite, and you have an on-screen menu. We have done integration with some venues where this page is more of a template, with an XML file that pushes the menu items there, and then you can click on an item. Depending upon your needs, if you just want a simple electronic menu that you can edit and update that displays on a food channel or a food ordering channel at the venue, that’s very simple to do. We can do some custom programming and integrate an interface with Aramark or your food service provider at your venues. We can work on customizations for you. Ask your vendor, “Can you do some professional services to integrate catering and food services into the IPTV system?”
17. Lack of Low Latency and Synchronous Video
In sports venues, some owners and facility managers have been very upset by this where displays that are in proximity to a live sporting event are way out of sync or delayed. There are many systems out there that have a second of delay or hundreds of milliseconds of delay between displays, and then seconds of delay between the action on the field and the live action on the IPTV system. VidOvation customized the firmware on the Amino set-top box to guarantee synchronous video and a minimal delay between the live action and the IPTV system.
Turnkey IPTV System for Enterprises Now Includes Full DirecTV Integration
VidOvation TV Now Bundles DirecTV Content With DRM, VOD, and DVR Capabilities for End-to-End IPTV Services in Broadcast and Media Facilities
IRVINE, Calif. — March 22, 2016 — VidOvation today announced that VidOvation TV, the company’s turnkey IPTV system for enterprises, now includes full DirecTV integration. As one of only two digital rights management (DRM) systems now approved by DirecTV and other satellite content providers, VidOvation TV is now a comprehensive, end-to-end IPTV solution that bundles DirecTV content with DRM, video on demand (VOD), and digital video recording (DVR) and enables streaming to the full range of consumer devices and set-top boxes.
The DirecTV COM2000 fully integrates with the VidOvation Enterprise IPTV System for the distribution of Live TV & Video-on-demand across your enterprise network to the Desktop, TVs, Smart TVs, Set-top Boxes, Mobile Devices, Tablets and more. The DirecTV COM2000 system has been designed specifically for hotels and enterprise installations where there is a need for a single wire solution for multiple rooms. The COM2000 system offers up to 48 tuners in a scalable system that takes up a small space in an equipment rack. It creates a head-end system where every TV can be tuned to its own channel without interfering with other TVs.
VidOvation TV is a flexible and scalable IPTV solution that empowers organizations to incorporate live TV programs, live internal video broadcasts, and VOD to increase the efficiency of training and communications. Television stations, studios, media facilities, financial institutions, government agencies, and any other type of enterprise can use VidOvation TV to deploy their own internal TV channels to communicate, train, and guide employees, including broadcast of timely instructions during critical emergency situations. The solution delivers digital television programming directly to employees’ smartphones, tablets, desktop players, and smart TVs, and it allows scheduled recording and on-demand time-shift viewing.
With support for live TV content such as DirecTV, broadcast or media facilities can use VidOvation TV in a range of applications. For instance, a sports league can watch and archive live broadcasts for game analysis, a media studio can manage its content and view its own live broadcasts for quality control, and news or financial institutions can watch markets and competing stations to stay competitive.
“IPTV video delivery offers a cost-effective, flexible, and highly interactive over-the-top alternative to traditional terrestrial, satellite, and cable TV formats. These traditional approaches have many shortcomings for enterprise or corporate deployments, such as an inability to distribute to multiple end-user platforms, a lack of open architecture, and a lack of support for DRM,” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer, VidOvation. “With VidOvation TV, we’ve overcome these shortcomings by giving our customers a truly comprehensive IPTV system that includes DRM, VOD, DVR capabilities, and now – in response to customer demand – live television content from DirecTV. Plus, the entire VidOvation TV experience is fully customizable, allowing customers to deliver IPTV services in line with their own branding and corporate image.”
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University & Schools – Video Networking Webinar
Join the Video Networking & IPTV Webinar for Universities and Schools on Thursday, Oct 2nd at 11 AM PT!
What will I learn?
- How to use IPTV for the university campus and dorm rooms
- How to stream live video to the classroom or devices and E-learning applications
- How to store a digital library with Video-on-Demand accessibility
- How to integrate with or upgrade your digital signage and surveillance
We want to educate you on cutting-edge video networking design in the university setting. We’ve developed a particularly low cost way to implement this system. It’s easily deployed, maintained, scaled and expanded. Not to mention it eliminates the need for RF Coax & it’s HD compatible. Feel free to join our webinar to learn more!
We offer the best way to learn the best way to implement this type of system. There are many ways to cut your costs and still achieve great quality. We’ve already uncovered the best way to go about this. Each implementation has it’s own unique set of hurdles, we will try to cover the more common ones in our upcoming webinar.
Government & Military – Video Networking (IPTV)
The applications of Video Networking & IPTV Video Distribution vary between Government & Military. However, one may offer features that can be useful to the other, so we find it reasonable to pack them into the same webinar. This webinar will go live at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. Come learn how to save big with the best system.
We know that in government & military applications, you need the best quality on a budget. We’ve designed a way to implement a reliable Video Networking & IPTV Video Distribution System at a very low cost. It’s flexible and scalable, and supports many applications.
Partial list of Government & Military Applications:
- Surveillance for military bases, sea ports, highways, etc.
- Live video streaming to TV/Dsiplay, computers, smartphones, etc.
- Any large venue After-Action-Reviews systems
- MOUT (Military Operation in Urban Terrain) ranges
- Congressional digital meetings
- Stored channels and Video on Demand
- Synchronized Simultaneous Playback of up to 16 video streams
In all Goverment & Military applications, operations need to flow smoothly. One of the scariest things is implementing an expensive clumsy video communications system. This is why here at VidOvation, we take the approach to find the most reliable, flexible, and best cost ways to design systems such as this. As an educator, we feel obligated to inform you of what we learn. Therefore, since we feel we hold the key to great Video Networking & IPTV Video Distribution Systems, we feel the need to put on this webinar. To truly know all of your options and make the best possible decision, it’s vital that you ensure you become an expert before pulling the trigger on a big project. This is where you will become an expert.