How to start an IPTV/OTT Turnkey Solution?
“IPTV is a complex technology with several required subsystems and proprietary interfaces.”
IPTV is a complex technology with several required subsystems and proprietary interfaces. In addition it brings significant requirements on the IP core and access networks, especially in combination with OTT video delivery. Design, launch and operation of a successful TV service are complex and challenging tasks, requiring extensive knowledge and experiences from the operator.
Especially for the green field operators that want to launch an IPTV or OTT service from scratch, it could be frustrating to choose the first steps in defining the turnkey solution. I highly recommend to start with the business requirements and then continue with the technical ones. It is always good if you have a partner with experiences from the IPTV/OTT that can help you with defining your TV offer, go to market strategy and content packages. Content is always a tricky part, as it requires hard and usually long lasting negotiations with the content owners. I’ll cover the business aspect of the IPTV/OTT service and how to get a content in one of the next blogs.
“Being new in the IPTV industry, one of the first things you need to do is get a high level overview on the IPTV solution. ”
Being new in the IPTV industry, one of the first things you need to do is get a high level overview on the IPTV solution, required components and available services. Once you do that, you are good to start defining your technical requirements, on your own or finding a partner/supplier that is committed to help you in this stage.
Another important task is to find out if your IP core and access network is ready for IPTV or OTT streaming. There are several requirements that needs to be fulfilled for multicast and HLS streaming as well as dimensioning properly the network with having enough bandwidth based on number of IPTV subscribers and streaming concurrency. Check out the blog Network Requirements for IPTV and OTT Service for more details.
Excellent starting point for getting a general description of IPTV/OTT is a document IPTV/OTT Turnkey Solution, by UniqCast that can be downloaded from this page. It is prepared in a way to explain you and guide you in the IPTV/OTT technology, allowing you to quickly understand new technology, learn which things you need to define or consider and confidently make the best decision on your next steps.