3rd International ICST Conference on Mobile Multimedia Communications

Research Article

IMS based IPTV services: architecture and implementation

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        author={Eugen Mikoczy and Dmitry Sivchenko and Bangnan Xu and Veselin Rakocevic},
        title={IMS based IPTV services: architecture and implementation},
        proceedings={3rd International ICST Conference on Mobile Multimedia Communications},
        keywords={Next Generation Networks Fixed-Mobile Convergence IPTV services IP multimedia subsystem Multimedia Delivery Architecture.},
  • Eugen Mikoczy
    Dmitry Sivchenko
    Bangnan Xu
    Veselin Rakocevic
    Year: 2010
    IMS based IPTV services: architecture and implementation
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.MOBIMEDIA2007.1818
Eugen Mikoczy1,*, Dmitry Sivchenko2,*, Bangnan Xu2, Veselin Rakocevic3,*
  • 1: T-Com, Slovak Telekom,a.s. Jarabinkova 1, 82109 Bratislava Slovakia +421 5 5881 2286
  • 2: T-Systems ES GmbH, Deutsche- Telekom-Allee 7 64295 Darmstadt, Germany +49 6151 9372512
  • 3: City University London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB, UK +44 20 70408136
*Contact email: eugen.mikoczy@t-com.sk, d.sivchenko@city.ac.uk, v.rakocevic@city.ac.uk


This paper presents a novel architecture for providing converged IP-based TV (IPTV) services specified by ETSI TISPAN standardisation for IPTV in ongoing NGN release 2 specifications. The described IPTV architecture is based on utilisation of the IP Multimedia Subsystem concept used by NGN architectural framework and its adaptation to provide the IPTV specific functionalities and services. Using the foundation provided by the IMS based architecture, we propose a new functional architecture to enhance the functionalities and features needed for scalable converged networks, flexible media delivery and advanced IPTV service scenarios. The proposed architecture, leveraging on the FMC architecture that operators may deploy to provide IPTV service across different access networks in future deployments (mobile, wireless, fixed) has prototypically been implemented in the ScaleNet* demonstrator testbed. This paper analyses in detail the main principles for such a converged reference architecture. The paper also presents the IPTV service scenario prototype called Click-to-Multimedia which shows some basic features and advantages implemented on top of the presented architecture by prototyping demo applications as proof of concept reference.