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HomePlug technology application: HDTV Networking

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 are coming to market with Ethernet connectivity built into the set. With this capability, the home viewer can connect via Ethernet cable (CAT-5), the TV or the BD player to the home’s broadband gateway and connect to a vast library of standard and high definition TV content over the Internet at sites such as CinemaNow, Netflix, Roku, Hulu, YouTube, and others.

The problem is that most homes don’t have an Ethernet cable in the living or family room where most TVs or players are located. With HomePlug technology, the solution is simple. Simply plug a powerline adapter into the outlet near the TV and connect CAT-5 from there to the TV’s Ethernet port. A second adapter in the room with the home’s broadband router or gateway is used to complete the bridge.

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

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. HomePlug-enabled devices can distribute content over customers’ existing power lines and are remarkably easy to set up and use.

Service providers today bring “Triple Play” services – video, data and voice - to the home. 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 the telecom provider to offer television service over the higher speed xDSL lines that come into the home. Once the video reaches the gateway, the service provider needs high-speed connections to move the content to the televisions within the home. Gateways and set top boxes enabled with HomePlug powerline ICs make this possible using the existing power outlets and/or coax jacks.

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