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May 05, 2009

ONELAN Releases IPTV Omni-Server

By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

ONELAN, developers of a standalone ‘Digital Signage Solution-in-a-box,’ has reportedly introduced the IPTV (News - Alert) Omni-Server, a single box streaming solution for networked delivery and storage of video content via Ethernet networks.

According to the company, the new Omni Server acts as an IPTV TV gateway to take in digital free-to-air TV broadcasts (DVB-T/Freeview or DVB-S/FreeSat) and re-broadcast out several TV channels onto a network.

Any device on the network can then play back the live TV stream using a desktop PC TV software player, or a media player such as ONELAN Net-Top-Box. A key benefit of this feature is the reduction in RF coaxial cable wiring required, said the company.

IPTV Omni-Server includes a Web accessible Electronic Program Guide (EPG) that allows a user to choose a TV program (or series of programs) to be transmitted at some time in the future and have them recorded to disk automatically.

With VoD Server utilities IPTV Omni-Server acts as a repository for TV media recorded by it or media created by the user themselves and placed onto the IPTV Omni-Server. Playback is via LAN protocols using standard PC desktop software player tool.

In addition to these, the IPTV Omni-Server is compatible with ONELAN NTB media players and with its web browser interface and is accessible from anywhere on a network.

“Our new IPTV Omni-Server is ideal for use in Corporate, Government or Education applications where access to both live broadcast video and stored video is desired across the organisation network," said Hugh Coghill-Smith, sales and marketing director at ONELAN, in a release.

The IPTV Omni-Server is available in a 2 slot or a 6 slot configuration to accommodate different requirements. Most of the Digital TV broadcasts require TV Tuner cards and the numbers usually vary with the number of TV channels required to be simultaneously viewable. Each tuner card can provide 5-10 TV channels but multiple tuner cards may be required to deal with 5-10 TV programmes spread across different broadcast frequencies. The IPTV Omni-Server fulfils such needs.

Since 2001, ONELAN has been developing hardware appliances and software products that deliver ease of use, manageability, network security and scalability to the world of digital signage.

Jyothi Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jyothi's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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