What is the Media Player:
Anyone with a PC and an Internet connection can watch IPTV, including on a television or a laptop screen. Video files (MPEG2, MPEG4, or whatever format they are in) have to be played by a specific software. This is where Media Players come into use.
Media Players receive input from your Internet connection, decode this signal, and then display high-definition picture on your laptop. Instead of using a plethora of servers and control panels to manage just one feature, which would be difficult and time-intensive to service, media players can run all of the above features through a single 1U server. Handled by only one WEB user interface, this server will minimize the time as well as energy required to locate and correct any issues that come up during the process.
What does the Media Player do:
Media players enable both corporate and individual users to view a variety of video data streams retrieved from the Internet. They can allow users to view and hear a range of media events, including movies and other types of video media, directly from the Internet or previously stored as a file on the computer.
Four media players account for the vast majority of PC usage: Microsoft’s Windows Media Player, Apple Computer’s QuickTime, Real Networks’ RealPlayer, and Macromedia’s Flash Player. Although the four products possess many similarities, there are also some differences. Concerning similarities, all four products handle both video and audio and are capable of displaying certain types of stored images. The differences between each of the four products have to do more with their functionality, because they basically perform the same types of operations differently.
How does the Media Player work:
In an IPTV environment, the media player is required to view video only on a PC. When IPTV enters the home on a DSL or fiber connection, it will primarily flow to a set-top box, which will then distribute the selected channel via a home network to an applicable television located anywhere in the home that has a connection to the home network or to a TV directly connected to the box. Although a media player is not required to view video on a television, as PCs and TVs converge there exists the possibility that the media player will evolve to not only display video on televisions but, in addition, allow many other features, including displaying caller ID information, enabling video conference calls, permitting remote gaming, and supporting to be developed applications that are limited only by one’s imagination.
Most Media Players have built-in support for I-1.264, which provides a significant advance in compression technology over MPEG-2. The 11.264 compression standard was selected for use in HD-IBMs and enables users to watch video that is crisp, clear, and colorful in a window that is up to four times the size of windows typically used to view video when an MPEG-2 codec is used. As more Internet IID programming becomes available for user access, one can expect that all media players will likely obtain maximum capability and development.