NMS IP-TV is as digital audio/video delivery system using IP protocol. Owing to wide broadband availability, audio/video content can be delivered utilizing already established Internet infrastructure. Video on Demand and live television are easily streamed over packet-based networks, providing reduced cost of ownership and initial equipment investments. Picture quality and resolution is only limited by available bandwidth.

IP television services can be classified in following groups:

  • Live feed with or without interactive features
  • Simple time shifting in fixed steps or to the start of show
  • Video on demand (VOD). Video catalogue separate from live show programming.

According to this concept, NMS consists of following parts:

  • Content sources (Public frovider IP feed, video archives, satellite receivers)
  • Steaming servers
  • Encoder servers for transcoding
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • End-user devices (Tablets, mobile phones, smart TVs, Set-top boxes)

Additional modules:

  • Media Asset Management. The module includes the functions below:
    • Provide workflow engine to fulfill content loading, audit and publish;
    • Store media metadata;
    • Support multiple media objects, such as VOD, serial, MP3, AD, etc;
    • Accomplish category management to media content.
  • EPG Management. EPG customization, EPG template distribution and EPG group management.
  • Resource Management. The functions include resource assignment and release, such as storage of resource, streaming resource.
  • Terminal Management. STB capability management, STB version management, STB life cycle management, STB information management, STB automatic updates, STB status monitor and control, STB log management.
  • Billing Management. Provide three kinds of billing methods: monthly payment, payment per view and charge by traffic; and incorporation with discount policies, it supports two kinds of charge mode: prepaid and postpaid.
  • User Management. Manage user information and maintain service order relationship.
  • Portal Management. It provides a unified portal for subscriber, SP and carrier.
  • Service Management. Perform the centralized management and maintenance for SP. IPTV service platform provides service application, service approval, service provisioning and service information query, etc.
  • Customer Service. It provides a unified WEB interface for Call Center Agent. Call Center Agent logon web to deal with users’ complaints and accomplish various services operation.
  • Statistical and Analysis. The module is designed to achieve statistical functions for carrier to analyse operation status so as to make the better business decision.
  • Authorization and Authentication. It executes user authentication and issues service list, and accomplishes service authentication while user orders the service.
  • CP/SP Management. Manage the information, life cycle and content of CSP introduced to IPTV system. Make statistic and rand the service development for SP. Provide operating data of CSP/SP.