Cisco IP/TV is a client/server software product that efficiently and
reliably streams live or prerecorded audio and video over existing IP networks
to an unlimited number of desktops.
IP/TV is a network-based application that delivers live or prerecorded,
on-demand or scheduled programs to an unlimited number of users over any
IP-based local- or wide-area network. Synchronized presentations and screen
captures are also supported, in addition to a wide range of video management
IP/TV consists of three separate components:
IP/TV Content Manager
The IP/TV Viewer is the client component and is available as software
only. Both IP/TV Content Manager and IP/TV Server components are available
either as a software-only option or as a hardware appliance. As a software-only
option, these components must be run on Third party PC systems that meet the
minimum requirements of the specific IP/TV component.
Note: The Program Guide is optional, and is not necessary in order to
demonstrate the capabilities of multicast technology. The Program Guide is
helpful for configuration and program management.
There are no specific requirements for this document.
This document is not restricted to specific software and hardware
Refer to the
Technical Tips Conventions for more information on document
The IP/TV Viewer resides on the client and allows you to view programs.
A program is an audio, video, or text transmission over the network. The IP/TV
Viewer has a customizable user interface that displays a list of scheduled and
on-demand programs. The IP/TV Viewer allows you to subscribe to any of the
listed programs, and plays the program at the scheduled or requested time. You
can also browse among all currently running programs.
The IP/TV Viewer obtains program information from the IP/TV Content
Manager, and displays programs served by the IP/TV Server or other servers. The
IP/TV Viewer can also display programs multicast from the Multicast Backbone
(MBone) of the Internet or from other servers that transmit in MBone-compatible
The IP/TV Viewer can run as a standalone application, a helper
application activated by a web browser, or a browser plug-in. The IP/TV Viewer
is available as software only and runs on Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows NT
4.0, and Windows XP.
Refer to the
IP/TV Viewer User Guide for more information on how to install and use
The IP/TV Server, which is controlled by the IP/TV Content Manager,
serves and records programs. The IP/TV Server multicasts and records scheduled
programs, unicasts on-demand programs, and transfers files according to the
schedules defined in the IP/TV Content Manager.
The installation of the client and server includes some sample
Note: You must install the server and the client on
From the Server, select File > Launch Session
and choose sample.avi.
Wait for the server to start to send data. You do not see a picture
of the data going out of the server, but you do see the numbers for data output
start to rise.
From the viewer machine, select File > Open and
A new TV-style window opens, and the video begins.