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.
What do I need SmartMEDIA for? Why SmartMEDIA if there are also X, Y and Z products available on the market, and they are cheaper? How is SmartMEDIA licensed? Do I need SmartMEDIA if I don’t deliver channels, I only want to provide VoD? Can I provide IPTV and OTT services without SmartMEDIA? Can I transmit a signal from the satellite directly to the SmartMEDIA system? Can I decode or re-encode the stream with SmartMEDIA? How can I deliver a stream from my transcoder or receiving equipment to SmartMEDIA? Why do I need to encrypt my content? Which content protection system is better?