Do I need SmartMEDIA if I don’t deliver channels, I only want to provide VoD?
If you are only providing VoD services, you will only need SmartMEDIA system when using certain delivery protocols of VoD stream:
- If you are using HTTP (HLS, DASH) based protocols, you will not need SmartMEDIA or other media servers for stream delivery; a single server for content preparation will be sufficient. After the preparation the content is published on regular HTTP servers where it can be accessed by the subscriber.
- If you need RTSP protocol support (for example, for old STBs not supporting HLS or DASH), you will need SmartMEDIA or other media servers for stream delivery. You will also need to purchase a separate license. Note: in this case it could make more sense to replace the old STB with another one supporting HLS or DASH protocols.