EXTERITY - Executive Predictions 2020

Over the past couple of years, the terms ‘IPTV’ and ‘AV over IP’ (AVoIP) have frequently been used interchangeably, which has led to some confusion at both a technical and application level. With both technologies set to continue to grow and exist side by side in 2020, it’s important to understand the benefits of both as well as the similarities and key differences. Our finding has been that focusing on the use case can help determine the right technology for your video distribution. IP-based video distribution offers many well-recognised advantages over legacy analogue technologies, including reliability, flexibility, reach and cost – especially as Ethernet-based networks are deployed into new buildings as standard. Although similar in certain aspects, the strengths, weaknesses, use cases and cost profiles for IPTV and AVoIP are in fact very different. In broad terms, IPTV is suitable for a wide range of use cases for distributing lower bandwidth, broadcast quality video, while AVoIP has proven useful for more specialist scenarios requiring the highest levels of video fidelity along with extremely low latency – providing the underlying network infrastructure is suitable. Exterity has developed a useful guide that offers a candid look at the different technologies and use cases. Aimed at both newcomers and experienced specifiers, integrators and end users, this guide aims to help to demystify the subject and provide a deeper understanding of IP video technologies to enable organisations to determine whether IPTV or AVoIP is most suited for their particular use case. Find out more at www.exterity.com/ipvideoguide

Colin Farquhar


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