• ANYTIME Networks
• The ANYTIME VoD Channel
• Broadband TV
• Conditional Access (CA)
• Digital Home
• Digital Rights Management (DRM)
• Electronic Sell Through (EST)
• IPTV (Internet Protocol Television)
• Near Video-on-Demand (NVoD)
• Progressive Download
• Set-Top Box (STB)
• Video compression
• Video-on-Demand (VoD)
Affiliates are owners of closed physical cable or xDSL distribution
networks over which the Channels’ of Broadcasters and Networks
are distributed and consumed by Affiliates’ customers using
ANYTIME Networks is the largest Video-on-Demand (VoD) content provider
in Asia Pacific. It provides Affiliates
with the ANYTIME VoD Channel - a complete VoD programming solution
covering content and metadata, data encoding and encryption, interface
development and promo and marketing support. ANYTIME Networks has
bigger output deals with more Hollywood studios and local content
creators than any other Video-on-Demand channel in the world.
• The ANYTIME
The ANYTIME VoD Channel provides Affiliates
and their subscribers with easy access to the most popular, up-to-date
entertainment from Hollywood’s major studios and local content
owners. The ANYTIME VoD Channel puts a wide selection of movies and
TV shows at viewers’ fingertips, available 24/7. It also provides
content creators with a streamlined process for getting VoD product
to market, giving fast access to new audiences and revenue streams.
Broadband TV is similar to IPTV, in that video
is delivered using Internet Protocol, however Broadband TV is not
wedded to one particular service provider or its infrastructure. Broadband
TV is delivered over an open network where the hardware and software
are chosen by the end-user. Unlike IPTV, Broadband TV is delivered
in a heterogeneous environment to multiple devices. Sometimes referred
to as ‘Over The Top’ video services or TV over Broadband.
• Conditional Access
Conditional Access is a form of security typically installed on a
user’s Set-Top Box (STB) that limits access
to content, such as video, to only those that have subscribed to this
The Digital Home refers to a network of digital content playback devices
within the home that cooperate transparently, delivering seamless
interoperability that enhances and enriches the users consumption
experiences of digital content.
Rights Management (DRM)
Digital Rights Management, or DRM, refers to technologies that control
or restrict the use and access of digital media content on electronic
devices. Content owners can use these technologies to control access
to digital data such as software, music, movies and hardware.
Sell Through (EST)
Electronic Sell Through is a digital distribution model for content
owners to generate revenue from legitimate downloads of content over
the Internet that mimics the physical sales model traditionally executed
in a physical retail model. Content is made available to consumers
on a download-to-own basis, as opposed to VoD services
where content is ‘rented’ for a specific period of time.
Encoding is the process by which analogue or digital content is ‘formatted’
for delivery and playback over particular technology ecosystems. Video
playback devices, e.g. STB’s or PC’s,
need specific technology (software and/or hardware) solutions to decode
the digitally encoded video for analogue or digital playback.
Encryption is the process by which digital content is packaged and
locked for secure transmission, delivery and consumption by authorised
• IPTV (Internet
IPTV is a system where video content is delivered using Internet Protocol
over a closed network, through infrastructure that is specifically
set-up or configured to receive an IPTV channel, or channels, from
a particular Network Service provider. Customers wishing to subscribe
to their Network Service Provider’s IPTV service require a
Set-Top-Box to play the content through a regular television.
Middleware is like glue. It is software that connects applications,
allowing them to interact across hardware or network environments.
For example, middleware allows a VoD User Interface to connect with
a billing database to ensure that content purchased by users is accurately
• Near Video-on-Demand
Near Video-on-Demand, aka Pay Per View (PPV), is video content that
is broadcast over a network at set multiple times. For example, a
particular movie may be screened at 15-minute intervals from a Digital
Cable Operator. Users pay a fee to watch the movie but must work around
the broadcasters scheduling. Users do not have the benefit of trick
play functionality and may only watch the broadcast once.
Progressive Download is a type of streaming.
It allows audio and video files to begin playback before the entire
file is downloaded. A certain minimum amount of data is transferred
first with the remainder downloading progressively. The benefits of
Progressive download over streaming are that it is less susceptible
to poor network performance or low bandwidth conditions and assures
a quality viewing experience.
• Set-Top Box (STB)
A Set-Top Box is a device linked between a television and an external
source signal provided by Pay TV service providers in a closed network
environment. The Set-Top Box turns encrypted video or broadcast signals
into viewable content that can be displayed on a TV screen.
Streaming is multimedia data transferred over a network in a stream
of packets that are rendered in real time by a software application
before consumption by the viewer. Whilst providing the benefit of
near instant playback of video content, the quality of playback is
dependent on ‘steady’ bandwidth.
Video compression is the process by which video content is reduced
in size in order to save network bandwidth or transmission time, with
little degradation of the quality of the content. Mpeg 2, Mpeg4 (H.264),
WMV9 (VC1) are some common formats of video compression.
Video-on-Demand is a system where video content is delivered over
a network as and when a user wants to view it. Typically, content
is streamed or downloaded
from a central source to a users PC or Set-Top Box. VoD content
can then be consumed as many times a viewer wishes over a defined
time period – typically 24 hours. It is similar to physical
video rental models and users have complete control of their viewing
experience. That is, VoD allows users full trick play functionality
– Fast Forward, Rewind, Pause, Stop and Play, together with
multiple viewing options. All of which, along the ability to choose
exact viewing times, is unavailable with NVoD.