Date Added: Dec 2009
This paper discusses home networks as they move to ever-greater sophistication and capacity. Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) is a rapidly maturing technology for the delivery of broadcast TV and other media-rich services over a secure, end-to-end operator managed broadband IP data network. IPTV broadly encompasses a rich functionality that ranges from the acquisition, encoding and decoding, access control and management of video content, to the delivery of digital TV, movies on demand, viewing of stored programming, personalized program guides, and a host of interactive and multimedia services. IPTV is distinctly different from "Internet Video" that simply allows users to watch videos, like movie previews and web-cams, over the Internet in a "best effort" fashion with no end-to-end service management and quality of service considerations.