Introduction

This document describes the new features, open issues and closed issues for Cisco Infinite Video Platform (IVP) Release 18.3.1.

New and Changed Features

The following new or changed features have been introduced with this release.

Managed Device (ATV) Features

Feature

Description

VOD Trailer

If VOD Trailer is supported for the selected VOD content, an action button is displayed in the action menu for playing the trailer video.

PIN confirmation on every parental rating protected content

Service Provider Operators can require that the user to enter a PIN for all parental rating protected content (linear, recorded content, VOD, and catchup). The user can set the threshold of the parental rating in Settings.

ABR playback resiliency: keepalive enhancement

The device sends client information periodically to OVP as part of the keepalive session update.

Purchase PIN ON/OFF

Users can enable or disable PIN validation for purchases on the device. This option is in Settings > Preferences.

PC and MAC Features

Feature

Description

Bookmarks for TSTV events

When a user returns to watching a previously viewed TSTV (Catchup) event, the event resumes from the last viewed position within the program.

VOD Series Page

The Series page for VOD/SVOD displays episode information, which includes:

  • Series Name

  • Season Number

  • Episode Number and Title

  • Production Year

  • Genres

  • Series Rating, Creator and Image

  • Principal Cast

  • Synopsis

The following Action buttons are displayed:

  • Watch—Playback of the episode from the beginning.

  • Resume—Playback of the episode from the last stopped position.

  • Play from Start—Playback of the episode from the beginning.

  • Add to Watchlist—Add the episode to your watchlist.

  • Trailer—Playback trailer video.

Swimlanes are displayed for each season, starting with the first season to the last season. If the user has watched one or more seasons, the season currently being watched is displayed first.

Each swimlane contains assets/tiles for each episode. The user selects the tile to playback the episode. If the episode has been partially watched, it begins playback from where it was last watched (bookmarked).

Dynamic default poster for events/programs

If the event/program poster is not available or ingested, the event or program title is displayed in place of the poster.

Parental Controls: Reset PIN for user

Users can reset their PIN in Settings.

Cloud based Timeshift (Live Pause/Review buffer)

Users can pause an event and resume watching. On pause, the review buffer is utilized for scrubbing to the past or forward, up to Live.

Unsubscribed Channel Indicator

For channels that are unsubscribed, an indicator displays in the following areas:

  • Now Playing Banner

  • Asset (Swimlane, full content)

  • Action menu

  • Timeline view

  • Guide

Android Device Features

Feature

Description

KV3-Phone/Tablet Screen UX: Guide-Filters

The Guide screen provides users access to programs that are scheduled to air on linear TV channels and catchup programs. The Guide is presented in the form or a grid and can be filtered per the channel genre configure in IVP (All Channels, Entertainment, Kids, News, Sports, and Movies).

The grid displays programs for a given day (both future programs and catchup). User can jump to the beginning of the catchup on the grid or jump to the current time on the grid.

The following actions can be taken on the channel (grid row header):

  • Go to Channel page

  • Add to favourite

  • Block channel

Bookmarks for TSTV events

When a user returns to watching a previously viewed TSTV (Catchup) event, the event resumes from the last viewed position within the program.

Quick access to linear channels

The On Air swimlane contains the list of linear channels that are available for the device.

The currently playing linear program event information is displayed for each channel. Select the program to begin playing.

The See All option (if available) launches the full content with all programs displayed for each linear channel. The Sort option is not available.

Watershed

Service providers can configure the parental rating for which watershed is enabled so that content (linear only) can be watched without PIN validation.

VOD Series Page

The Series page for VOD/SVOD displays episode information, which includes:

  • Series Name

  • Season Number

  • Episode Number and Title

  • Production Year

  • Genres

  • Series Rating, Creator and Image

  • Principal Cast

  • Synopsis

The following Action buttons are displayed:

  • Watch—Playback of the episode from the beginning.

  • Resume—Playback of the episode from the last stopped position.

  • Play from Start—Playback of the episode from the beginning.

  • Add to Watchlist—Add the episode to your watchlist.

  • Trailer—Playback trailer video.

Swimlanes are displayed for each season, starting with the first season to the last season. If the user has watched one or more seasons, the season currently being watched is displayed first.

Each swimlane contains assets/tiles for each episode. The user selects the tile to playback the episode. If the episode has been partially watched, it begins playback from where it was last watched (bookmarked).

iOS Device Features

Feature

Description

KV3-Phone/Tablet Screen UX: Guide-Filters

The Guide screen provides users access to programs that are scheduled to air on linear TV channels and catchup programs. The Guide is presented in the form or a grid and can be filtered per the channel genre configure in IVP (All Channels, Entertainment, Kids, News, Sports, and Movies).

The grid displays programs for a given day (both future programs and catchup). User can jump to the beginning of the catchup on the grid or jump to the current time on the grid.

The following actions can be taken on the channel (grid row header):

  • Go to Channel page

  • Add to favourite

  • Block channel

Bookmarks for TSTV events

When a user returns to watching a previously viewed TSTV (Catchup) event, the event resumes from the last viewed position within the program.

Quick access to linear channels

The On Air swimlane contains the list of linear channels that are available for the device.

The currently playing linear program event information is displayed for each channel. Select the program to begin playing.

The See All option (if available) launches the full content with all programs displayed for each linear channel. The Sort option is not available.

Watershed

Service providers can configure the parental rating for which watershed is enabled so that content (linear only) can be watched without PIN validation.

IVP Operations Hub Features

Feature

Description

Support for multiple Channel Posters for a Channel - bootstrap UI

Service Provider operators can add more that one poster for a channel to allow different poster layouts on different devices through the bootstrap UI.

Online Video Platform Features

Feature

Description

Backward compatability with CableLabs ADI 1.1

The VODIS system will ingest, delete, or update an asset when using an ADI that complies with the CableLabs specification and Cisco ADI 1.1. This allows for compatibility with the Standard ADI specification.

Known Issues

This section lists open and resolved issues for Cisco IVP Release 18.3.1. The issues describe unexpected behavior in IVP software releases.

Open Issues

The following open issues have been identified in IVP and have not been resolved.

Managed Device (ATV) Open Issues

Bug ID

Description

DE23497

HUB > MY LIBRARY > Blank screen displayed in MY LIBRARY if no data is available.

DE23498

HUB > MY LIBRARY > My Recordings field is missing in MY LIBRARY even if any current events from linear/single episodes are scheduled.

DE23499

FSV > Player Banner > Record option missing in player banner but available in Action Menu.

DE23500

FSV > Sometimes player banner cannot be launched after changing the channels by pressing Up/Down buttons.

DE23501

Add to Favorites > The logo and text to set Favorites (Add/Mark and Remove/Unmark) is different in different screens (inconsistency).

DE23502

Action Menu > The text “Favorites” is missing in Remove From Favorites option.

Android Device Open Issues

Bug ID

Description

DE23426

Duplicate entries are displayed when we add and view Favorites from Guide > Favorites channels.

DE23428

The App closes when we select and play different Series VOD asset multiple times (Observed 4/10 times).

DE23430

The poster is flickering when we add or remove from Watchlist (Action Menu).

DE23431

When VOD assets with Trailers are played and then on selecting "Info" from FSV, in Action menu metadata and posters are not displayed.

DE23432

For Parental blocked service in FSV, the play and -15 icon is displayed instead of lock icon and sometimes "Pin error code" message is displayed (Inconsistent).

DE23435

Parental blocking is not retained when we close the App and relaunch again.

DE23438

The App closes when we stop/cancel a recording while playing the same (FSV) from "Next to see recordings".

DE23459

Resume option in VOD is not displayed for Series (Inconsistent).

DE23461

When we record a current event it is displayed in Bookings and not playing.

DE21709

For Series, the poster is not displayed; "No Title available" is displayed under My Library.

iOS Device Open Issues

Bug ID

Description

DE23401

On Channel List (Now & Next), most of the Events are listed with "No title available". Whereas in Guide & Channel Page, event names are properly displayed.

DE23402

Performance of Channel List navigation is not smooth; when navigating fast Up & Down, some times the Channel List freezes. Reproducible 2/5.

DE22455

iPad RTL Guide sometimes gap appears between channellist and negative grid.

IVP Operations Hub Open Issues

Bug ID

Description

None

Online Video Platform Open Issues

Bug ID

Description

MDO-5583

CUE custom parameters are not exposed to pillar.

MDO-5384

Docker Image creation/patching during production upgrades fails.

MDO-4946

Tizen: Controlling access to the Publisher S3 Bucket.

MDO-4915

goSRM missing /srv/pillar/comp2stacks.sls.

MDO-4891

COE Install: Please add host port for goSRM.

Closed Issues

The following issues have been resolved in IVP 18.3.1.

Managed Device (ATV) Closed Issues

Bug ID

Description

DE22571

TVOD price does not appear in pin-prompt notification and rent action.

DE23225

Android_TV_performance_improvement_HUB.

Android Device Closed Issues

Bug ID

Description

DE22887 Launch channel list form player banner, tapping twice on channel logo of non-tuned service dismissing channel list.

iOS Device Closed Issues

Bug ID

Description

DE23240 Collapse swimlanes for catch up and future events in channel page.
DE23259 Asset not responding on click.
DE22442 RTL Guide channel list UI back ground is not full align to parent.
DE22918 Guide channel number middle - not favourite channels.
DE22979 Guide iPhone filter not swap - catchup selection from filter.

IVP Operations Hub Closed Issues

Bug ID

Description

None

Online Video Platform Closed Issues

Bug ID

Description

MDO-6036

PPS not honoring onlyFirstRun.

MDO-5960

PPS is not sending delete messages to the headend services.

MDO-6000

MultiDRM can't connect to PlayReady.

MDO-6034

SEARCH history available only in English.

MDO-5812

Add pillars to set rotation keys period in KSM and MDRM.

MDO-4615

Search-index log compliance is poor.