The main objective was to show how to reliably distribute multiple live broadcast Satellite TV channels over a wireless IP network using multicast to multiple mobile client devices. In this R&D project we have aimed to develop an initial demonstration / proof of concept that would allow us to engage with prospect customers and specify market- or broadcaster- specific products. The demonstrator would support switching between two transcoded video streams that are multicast over the wireless network (and received via satellite). To assure video quality we have applied FEC and we have aimed at also enabling the use of broadband over the same WiFi access point.
For this initial proof of concept, there were a few critical challenges that we were trying to resolve. While we are confident that we can deliver a solution for the transcoding, it was possible that the available transcoding options to support the processing of many streams would result in an impractical or cost prohibitive device. In addition, we believed that implementing FEC will be workable, however it is possible that most optimal way to integrate FEC and SAT>IP is a larger work task than estimated.
Previously end users could potentially watch live TV in public spaces using internet-streaming applications, either over a mobile data connection or via a free WiFi access point. Both of these options have drawbacks:
The Sat>IP WiFi Hotspot however provides the possibility to
Below is a list of the major features that we have implemented:
A block diagram of the SAT>IP WiFi hotspot is shown in the diagram below, it consists of several key components and technologies:
WP4 Multicast / IP configuration
WP5 Network testing and understanding
WP6 Mobile / Tablet client Application
WP7 Integration of Demonstration Platform
WP8 Proof of concept demonstration
WP9 Project Management
All technical work has now been completed following CCN001