If we, as an end user, want to subscribe to IPTV services. How much will we spend each month?
Usually, we can see below:
If you are a hotel owner, how much subscription fee do we have to pay every month?
If we subscribe to IPTV programs from Telecom or subscribe to cable TV stations, we will need to pay a minimum of $10 to tens of dollars per month.
If we spend $ 10 per month per end user.
A hotel with 200 rooms needs to pay $2000 per month and $24 000 per year
$120 000 for 5 years and $240 000 for 10 years
This fee does not include on-demand fees and other value-added fees
This will be a huge expense.
If we build an IPTV ourselves, we don't need to pay the monthly subscription fee. It can be said that it is an investment that will benefit for life.
So how much does it cost to build your own IPTV system?
Usually, we think that building an IPTV system is very complicated, however， with the development of IPTV technology, almost only a few devices are needed to build a complete IPTV system with rich functions.
this cost is very acceptable. An IPTV server only needs more than one thousand US dollars to upgrade IPTV for hotels, community hospitals, etc.
We can get the channels from satellite or cable systems or the Internet.
we can use a professional FTA receiver to receive free channels, and use IRD (receiver with CAM/CI) to deal with encrypted channels from satellite;
while just using several STBs to receive cable channels from CATV, only pay for this STB subscription fee. Then use the encoder to encode the video/audio signal to digital streaming.
Or if you want to distribute channels from the internet
Just one unit device; IPTV gateway Server (integrated Middleware)
It can receive TV signal sources through the Internet or LAN distributes programs to terminals, manages terminal users, realizes interactive communication, on-demand, high-definition program live broadcast, portal customization and advertising value-added services, etc.
We can use TV and STB, or smart tv, mobile/tablets as we need.
Just install the IPTV app on them.
From the figure above, we see, we just need:
IPTV server(integrated Middleware)+ DVB-S/S2 to IP receiver (or HDMI/AV to Encoder for options)
No need for extra devices, just make sure the IPTV server has a hard disk.
The middleware includes a video-on-demand function.
IPTV, Internet Protocol Television, differs from traditional cable TV as it relies on a digital signal sent through the Internet rather than coaxial cables. This allows for a more interactive and personalized experience for users, as they can choose what content they want to watch and when they want to watch it.
Compared with cable TV which only provides live broadcast function, IPTV has too many functions
Take the hotel as an example, it supports:
*Live Programs Management
support UDP multicast, HLS protocol and HTTP protocol live broadcast, HLS protocol is recommended; live broadcast supports watermark picture display function;
The management interface is as shown in the figure below, which supports station logo upload and program code rate display:
* Hotel IPTV System-OEM Version
* Clients Welcome Words
Language selection can be realized on Boot welcome interface
Customize background, like promotional pictures or promotional videos, displaying weather information, etc.
* Hotel introduction
* Food Ordering
* Scenery Introduction
* Room Services
* Goods Rental
* Evaluation System
* Order Processing
* Client Group Management
* System Setting
*Support integrated PMS
Explain with a practical case:
Lennox told us his client has a small hotel and wants to build a DVB-T system and they want to have a bar generator, which allows us to create a bar and to be displayed on all the Tv channels.
Based on the requirement, it requires an extra advertising system, including a server and advertising software, which is also a considerable expense, at least extra 4 thousand dollars.
While for IPTV, the Ads function is included in the Middleware.
We can edit ads in web management as below:
Add rolling subtitles:
For building an own IPTV system in a small hotel, only one server and gateway are needed to receive satellite programs, and the cost is less than 3 thousand dollars.
Hospitals, hotel, or communities build their own IPTV systems, which are more suitable for their own conditions and give full play to the customized needs of IPTV.
The hospital can integrate the nurse call system, hospital introduction, department introduction, information display of each patient in each room, etc.
Customized publicity for hotels, customized welcome interface for check-in customers, and integrated PMS system to realize online ordering, online viewing of paid on-demand programs, and payment of paid items through TV.
The customized welcome interface not only brings a better experience to users but also provides revenue-increasing services for hotels.