As digital TV arena grows increasingly competitive, offering multi-screens TV has become “a must”. The multiple-set-top-box (STB), initially used by content service providers to deliver this service, is no longer financially viable with the rapidly increasing number of retail IP devices such as smart TVs, tablets, Blu-ray players, game consoles and PCs.
Home networking solutions, using a master STB, offer the best cost-performance ratio for multi-screen TV. In these solutions, the master STB enables content service providers to push a variety of services to connected devices within the home.
The expectations from home networking solutions are high and vary from one stakeholder to the next.
VO Home Networking solution is designed to provide straightforward interoperability while ensuring a high level of content protection. To achieve this, the solution utilizes the Commercial Video Profile (DLNA-CVP), a new DLNA profile enabling the streaming of premium content between devices in home networks.
The VO Home Networking solution controls the security policy for each channel/content.
It uses DTCP-IP link protection, which is approved by content owners and mandated by the Commercial Video Profile, for streaming content between devices. The profile also defines the remote user interface feature providing a consistent UI and brand display across all device types.
Depending on the agreement signed between the content service provider and the content owner, VO Home Networking solution can dynamically define whether a channel can be streamed to another device or not. It enables providers to define commercial options that limit inter-device streaming to specific subscription packages.