HDTV Networking includes both Internet Video On-Demand and IPTV from Service Providers.

Internet Video On-Demand

Many new TVs and Blu-ray Disc (BD) players have built-in Ethernet connectivity, so viewers can connect to a vast library of standard and HDTV content over the Internet at sites such as CinemaNow, Netflix, Roku, Hulu, YouTube, Prime Instant Video and others.

When you don’t have an Ethernet cable where your TVs or players are located, you can simply plug a HomePlug adapter into the outlet near the TV and connect your Ethernet cable to the TV’s Ethernet port. A second adapter in the room with the home’s broadband router completes the bridge.

Many HomePlug member companies offer adapters with multiple ports, QoS prioritized ports, filtered outlets and other features specifically designed to add value for such networked TV set-ups.

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IPTV from Service Providers

HomePlug solutions are currently in volume deployment in dozens of major service providers around the world, including AT&T, Brighthouse, Canal+, Dish Networks, France Telecom, Free, Comcast, Chung Hwa Telecom, Time Warner Cable, PCCW, and many others. HomePlug technology enables simple, reliable, and customer-installable products, making it the perfect platform for many of the applications that service providers offer to their customers, such as “Triple Play” services – video, data and voice.

Cable and satellite operators have been offering high quality television (video) service for many years, but telephone service providers have been limited to voice and data. IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) enables telecom providers to offer television service over the higher speed xDSL lines that come into the home. Once video reaches the gateway, HomePlug certified devices can be used to move the content to the televisions within the home.

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