Integrating Personal Media and Digital TV With QoS Guarantees Using Virtualized Set-Top Boxes: Architecture and Performance Measurements

Date Added: Apr 2010
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Now-a-days, users consume a lot of functionality in their home coming from a service provider located in the Internet. While the home network is typically shielded off as much as possible from the 'Outside world', the supplied services could be greatly extended if they were able to use the information available in there. In this paper, an extended service is presented that integrates the user's multimedia content, scattered over multiple devices in the home network, into the Electronic Program Guide (EPG) of the Digital TV. The authors propose to virtualize the settop box, by migrating all functionality except user interfacing to the service provider infrastructure.