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International Journal of Digital Multimedia Broadcasting
Volume 2009, Article ID 617203, 9 pages
Research Article

A Software and Hardware IPTV Architecture for Scalable DVB Distribution

1BayCom GmbH, Guardinistr 47 81375 München, Germany
2Lehrstuhl für Netzarchitekturen und Netzdienste, Fakultät für Informatik, Technische Universität München, 85747 Garching bei München, Germany

Received 1 February 2009; Revised 3 September 2009; Accepted 30 September 2009

Academic Editor: Maurizio Murroni

Copyright © 2009 Georg Acher et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Many standards and even more proprietary technologies deal with IP-based television (IPTV). But none of them can transparently map popular public broadcast services such as DVB or ATSC to IPTV with acceptable effort. In this paper we explain why we believe that such a mapping using a light weight framework is an important step towards all-IP multimedia. We then present the NetCeiver architecture: it is based on well-known standards such as IPv6, and it allows zero configuration. The use of multicast streaming makes NetCeiver highly scalable. We also describe a low cost FPGA implementation of the proposed NetCeiver architecture, which can concurrently stream services from up to six full transponders.