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Frequently Asked Questions about IPTV

What is IPTV 2.0 ?

It is an OPEN system developed by Netgem where video content is transmitted in the form of IP-data packages and where STBs are becoming edge servers.

What is IPTV? What is Internet Protocol TV?

IPTV describes a system where a digital television service is delivered to subscribing consumers using the Internet Protocol over a broadband connection.

What is OTT ? What is Over-the-top ?

It is an alternative way for delivering video content with Netgem’s technology

What is an EPG (electronic program guide) ?

Netgem has designed a fluid channel list and a smart EPG that allows viewers to see what programs are available on their channels.

What is social TV?

Netgem in its nCloud software suite has developed a new concept of Social TV to allow viewers to know what their “friends” in the social networks are watching? The TV programms are classified by number of friends viewers. Thanks to Netgem’s multiscreen features, viewers can also react on their Facebook account to what they are watching live.

Who is Netgem?

Netgem is a leading provider of Connected Home solutions and technologies. Netgem provides its technology and solutions to telecom operators enabling them to add value and services to their broadband offerings in a challenging multimedia and multi-screens environment. Based upon Netgem’s hardware and software technologies, operators are able to develop innovative convergent services and a unique broadcast TV experience, enriched by the power of Internet. Netgem is present in more than ten countries around the world with an install base of more than 3 million.

Who are Netgemā€™s customers?

Netgem has the flexibility to support a wide range of digital television customers, with demonstrable experience in supporting a wide variety of contexts (Pureplay IPTV, cable, satellite and Hybrid IP). Customers include: 

Viaplay in Sweden, YouSee in Denmark, Iusacell in Mexico, Telstra in Australia, SFR and Virgin Mobile in France, P&T in Luxemburg, Monaco Telecom, Netplus in Switzerland, Telekom Slovenia, H1 in Slovakia, Toshiba in France, Melita Telecom in Malta...

What is Netgemā€™s offering?

We propose our IPTV technology to telecom operators, and enable them to provide connected entertainment by enriching the broadcast TV experience with the power of Internet content. Our offering is based on our software and on the integration of mixed solutions (software and hardware) that we supply.

As the multimedia market is becoming mature, we intend to focus on a strategy more focused on our software experience and know-how.

Our vision is to allow our operator partners to respond to challenges such as the growing demand for multiscreen services within the home and consumers’ appetite for nonlinear multimedia content.

What are Netgemā€™s key success factors?

Netgem’s differentiation comes from delivering a solution that fully addresses these four key success factors for operators.
  1. Integrated Software
  2. Open platform
  3. Rich/heavy client architecture
  4. Internet-based middleware
It is important to note that Netgem is the only OTT provider on the market with a pure IPTV background. This experience is critically relevant when creating next generation hybrid TV services.
Netgem is the only hybrid IPTV middleware and hardware (STB) provider to integrate the best of broadband and broadcast content into a seamless user experience. Netgem offers the lowest IPTV entry price point for Greenfield operators and is able to bring a digital TV service to market significantly quicker than competitors. Netgem offers a cost effective alternative for operators that are forced to update legacy technology.

What are Netgemā€™s plans for expansion and growth over the next year to 18 months?

Netgem has rapidly expanded internationally over the past two years and is the world’s 3rd largest IPTV vendor. We will continue to build upon our strong foothold in Europe and the Pacific, and see enormous potential in the Americas and Asia.  We expect to continue working primiarily with telecom and cable operators, however, we see enormous opportunities with green filed Pay TV operators and OEMs who look to implement cost effective and swift OTT services to extend reach and generate new and recurring revenues.

What is Netgemā€™s IPTV 2.0 strategy?

IPTV industry is structuring and growing rapidly, especially in Europe and in Asia. Telecom operators around the world are feeling the pinch from a vibrant pace of innovations in our industry, and they need to differentiate from their competitors, with multimedia services and applications for their customers. They wish to improve their customer’s loyalty, find new revenue trends, and they want to optimize their investments and manage their costs.

In the meantime, end-users want to consume non-linear multimedia content on all their connected screens, TV, smartphones, tablets.

To help operators respond to the challenges they are facing, Netgem has a solution to enable their users to share their video services across all screens within the home through a seamless user interface, and with innovative place shifting capabilities.  IPTV 2.0 is based around the concept of the intelligent software platform (within a STB, or not) as a home hub for reformatting and redistributing content to multiple screens within the connected home. This technology enables what we have called the Home Cloud platform.

To Netgem, IPTV 2.0 is opening our technologies, our software platforms to many applications and services, to new content, across new networks (OTT or hybrid, unmanaged networks) and across new connected devices.

What is the Netgem nCloud software platform?

The nCloud software platform is our solution to enable bridging legacy digital TV (pay or free) services and new pure IP services (VOD or CatchupTV) with an access from any connected devices. IPTV 2.0 is based around the concept of the intelligent software platform (within a STB, or not) as a home hub for reformatting and redistributing content to multiple screens within the connected home. This technology enables what we have called the Home Cloud platform. Using the intelligent STB as the server allows content to be consumed on any connected device regardless of OS.

Is the nCloud by Netgem a new set-top box? or the next generation set-top box?

No, the nCloud is a software platform. It means that we open our IPTV technologies to suit the operator needs. Some of them need our help with an integrated solution combining our know-how on software installed in a hardware, some of them only ask us for our software. Netgem is open!

Why Netgemā€™s IPTV software is OPEN?

It means that we open our IPTV technologies to suit the operator needs. Some of them need our help with an integrated solution combining our know-how on software installed in our hardware, some of them only ask us for our software. We are open!

We also carry our software on different chipsets, such as Intel or Broadcom.

Does Netgem enable multiscreen?

Yes, with our nCloud software platform, within a box or not, the content will really be shared across all connected devices, so not only multi-room or multi-screens but also place shifting will be possible. You will really access to your content and services (legacy digital TV or pure IP) from any device within the home or elsewhere in the world, using the cloud.

Why did Netgem feel the needs to launch a SDK?

We focus our strategy on our ecosystem of partners. With our Home Cloud SDK, operators and their developer partners have the framework to develop live and on-demand TV and multimedia applications and services.

How does Netgemā€™s SDK work?

We provide fully documented APIs to the developers who can develop their local ecosystem of applications for a smart TV. Netgem acts as a pure technology vendor, and does not interfere with the economics of the relationship between operators and developers. They are able to share 100% of the revenue.

What does the Intel chipset bring to Netgemā€™s software?

With Intel chipset, our software finds a booster. With this integration, Netgem’ set-top boxes will have the power to open to new contents and services. Several applications, Consumer Electronics content and new services will be supported simultaneously on screen, running in parallel, unified by a common user experience. Integrating the Multi-Application Framework will allow multi-tasking, virtualization, rapid time-to-market, and a faster access to the whole web and third-party applications stores.

 

With Intel’s Atom CE4200 media chip, Netgem’s operator partners will be able to offer their customers enriched functionalities, enabling multiple users to enjoy a broad range of multimedia services, accessible simultaneously on connected devices, throughout the home by the media server STB. Netgem STB will become “Universal boxes”, with Blu-ray player and Gaming console integrated. Enriched functionalities will also include visio conference, multi-room PVR, metadata management with a Universal search feature, or recommendations and profiling functions.