Internet Over HDTV
Inactive. Developed 2002 - 2004.
Our customer was located in Sarasota. The initial pilot
tests were to be done in Great Falls, Montana.
A customer in Sarasota came to us with an application requirement for
rural areas in support of the "No Child Left Behind"
initiative. The application transported a uni-directional IP
data stream to the remote user encapsulated within MPEG High
Definition TV packets.
Unlike satellite systems, this system was designed
to take advantage of terrestrial HDTV transmitters (Vestigial
Side-Band). The low-speed transmit path from the customer was
provided by dial-up modem.
The system was designed to be autonomous, with all
access components managed by local TV companies.
(1) As more content shifts to cable networks, this helps the local TV
(2) As more HD content is served, available IP bandwidth is reduced..
(3) FCC changed non-profit station HDTV requirements to support the
migration to HDTV systems and transmitters.
(4) Requires routing at the Windows client end (Windows 95, 98, 2000
(5) Implemented using Cisco routers at the core.
(6) As many local stations are merely network affiliates, growth and
acceptance of this business proved to be slow and cumbersome.