Cisco IP/TV® 3.4 delivers a complete, highly scalable, bandwidth-efficient solution for high-quality video communications over enterprise networks
Part of the Cisco content networking product line, Cisco IP/TV is a turnkey solution for delivering networked video with unparalleled ease of use and integration with IP network services. Cisco IP/TV supports live video, scheduled video, video on demand (VOD), synchronized presentations and screen captures, and a wide range of video management functions.
Cisco IP/TV is designed with scalability in mind, addressing the need to deliver high-quality video broadcasts safely across the largest enterprises. It incorporates IP multicast technology to deliver one stream throughout the network regardless of the audience size and enables detailed monitoring of quality and usage from every desktop during an event.
Built around industry standards to facilitate interoperability, Cisco IP/TV enables a broad spectrum of applications for enterprise communications including training, corporate communications, business TV, and distance learning.
Cisco IP/TV safely delivers a wide range of video and audio formats, most commonly MPEG-2 for the highest quality broadcasts; MPEG-1 for TV quality; and MPEG-4, the new ISO-standard format for high quality at lower bandwidths.
Cisco IP/TV is part of the Cisco content networking product line, offering a unified solution for content management, content-edge delivery, content routing, content switching, and intelligent network services. Cisco content networking solutions allow enterprises to intelligently and securely deliver any rich media content over a Web infrastructure.
The Cisco IP/TV and content networking solutions are based on Cisco AVVID (Architecture for Voice, Video and Integrated Data) and lay the foundation for converged enterprise communication networks. Cisco AVVID encompasses converged client devices, infrastructure hardware/software, directory services, call processing, telephony/data applications, network and policy management, and service and support.
- Integrated event scheduling allows producers to set up a live or scheduled events using an easy point-and-click browser interface. Scheduled rebroadcast capability allows time-shifted multicasts of the original event, either from the same broadcast server or a remote Cisco IP/TV server, minimizing use of expensive WAN bandwidth.
- IP/TV Program Listing offers an easy way for the audience to view IP/TV events and participate. Hosted by the IP/TV Content Manager, a listing is generated automatically and updated whenever events are scheduled or new content is added. Similar to a television guide, the Program Listing is accessible from either a Web browser or the Cisco IP/TV client.
- WebPresenter, ScreenCaster, and SlideCast eliminate the need for programming to deliver synchronized presentations along with the video stream to thousands of live viewers.
Using these tools, producers can deliver native HTML or PowerPoint files, create and broadcast screen captures of any application, or browse a Web site that the audience follows automatically. The combined video and presentation can be recorded for later viewing as a scheduled multicast or VOD.
- IP Multicast. Cisco IP/TV facilitates delivery over multicast networks to minimize bandwidth for live and scheduled video, broadcasting a single stream over the network regardless of audience size.
- Support for Source-Specific Multicast (SSM) simplifies the management and control of an IP Multicast network. SSM eases multicast deployment, removes address allocation problems, and improves multicast performance for one-to-many broadcasts.
- Quality of Service via the IP/TV Content Manager enables IP Quality of Service (QoS) using ResourceReservation Protocol (RSVP) to ensure bandwidth is allocated for an IP/TV event.
Cisco IP/TV also optimizes delivery for live events over wide-area networks (WANs) by using protocols designed for real-time streaming. Audio and video streams are delivered independently, with audio prioritized to minimize the impact of network congestion on the end-user experience.
- StreamWatch enables quality and usage monitoring from every desktop during an event and generates logs for post-event analysis. With Cisco IP/TV 3.4, StreamWatch can receive reports from tens of thousands of desktops to handle the largest enterprise broadcasts. It can filter the feedback based on quality, location, IP address, or other parameters to facilitate the success of a large broadcast.
- IP/TV Content Manager Enables central management of the environment.
- IP/TV Broadcast and Archive Servers Enables real-time encoding and delivery of live, scheduled, and on-demand video.
- IP/TV Viewer Provides high quality reception of video streams and synchronized media, either as a standalone application or browser plug-in for Web access.
The Cisco IP/TV Content Manager, Broadcast Servers, and Archive Servers can be purchased as preconfigured appliances or as software that works on appropriately configured Windows NT and 2000 servers. The Cisco IP/TV viewer runs on Windows 98, 2000, NT, and XP systems.
Through the Content Manager, administrators can create, schedule, and manage events, manage IP/TV servers, monitor QuestionManager, establish preferences and network settings, and move content among servers.
Both Broadcast and Archive Servers can deliver on-demand or scheduled rebroadcasts of IP/TV programs that can include synchronized media produced with WebPresenter, ScreenCaster, and SlideCast. Archive Servers are typically located on enterprise LANs at an organization's distributed sites, to enable rich media delivery without traversing a WAN.
By leveraging the existing IP multicast technology of Cisco routers, the Broadcast Servers deliver events as they happen, such as a CEO's speech to thousands of employees, while using the network bandwidth of an individual stream.
Broadcast Servers offer varying compression techniques, depending upon application requirements and available bandwidth. They are ideal for multicasting live events or prerecorded programs on a scheduled basis. They can receive content from analog sources such as video cameras, VCRs, satellite feeds, cable feeds, or existing ASF, AVI, or MPEG digital files.
Cisco IP/TV 3.4 now offers the ability to encode in ISO MPEG-4, the latest industry standard for high-quality streaming at low bit rates. Because encoding is done in software, a new software kit combines the IP/TV Server with a Winnov Videum 1000 Plus card for deployment on appropriately configured Windows servers.
Cisco IP/TV 3.4 also enhances interoperability among environments with support for the MPEG-2 Transport Stream, enabling delivery over cable TV networks via the Cisco uBR7200VXR Series Broadband Router. It can also stream directly over Ethernet to qualified set-top boxes, and of course to Cisco IP/TV viewers on standard PC desktops.
The Cisco IP/TV 3400 Series servers, with preconfigured software, preinstalled capture cards, network interface cards, and device drivers, offers an easy way to deploy network video throughout an enterprise.
Cisco IP/TV 3400 servers and software are fully backed by the industry-leading Cisco SMARTnet maintenance service and support program. SMARTnet support provides quick response to hardware replacement needs, 24x7 telephone support, and software upgrades. As the networking leader, Cisco provides full network support, from routers to switches, hubs, firewalls, Cisco IOS® Software, and systems integration consulting.
The Cisco IP/TV 3425 Broadcast Server captures real-time and prerecorded content and streams it over the network using television-quality MPEG-1 or broadcast-quality MPEG-2 compression techniques for the highest quality streaming.
The Cisco IP/TV 3432 Archive Server is the premium choice for businesses that plan extensive use of prerecorded video on demand or scheduled rebroadcasts from a site that is remote from the origin Broadcast Server.
The Cisco IP/TV 3417 Video Starter System introduces high-quality IP/TV network video to an enterprise that is evaluating future larger-scale deployments. This system combines the capabilities of a Broadcast Server, a Control Server, and an Archive Server into a single unit. It is ideal for a department or small group training. A software and encoder card kit is also available.
|MPEG1/2 Broadcast Server|
|MPEG-1 Broadcast Server|
|Server w/ MPEG-4 card & license|
|MPEG-4 100-client license|
|MPEG-2 Client Kit|
|Additional MPEG-2 Clients|
|1000-bundle MPEG-2 Client|
|MPEG 1/2 Full D1 Card|
|MPEG-1/2 Half D1 Card|
|Spare Encoder Cable Set|
|3412 ControlServer||3417 Video Starter System||3425 Broadcast Server||3425A Broadcast Server||3432 ArchiveServer|
|Live Encoding Formats*|
|MPEG Capture Card Support|
|Current @ 100-120 / 200-240 VAC|
*This represents only a sampling of many audio codecs that are supported. Please refer to http://www.cisco.com/go/iptv for a complete listing.