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Problems with IPTV on campusnet 01-06-2012

Since Campusnet has been upgraded to Gigabit, there have been problems with IPTV. The problems only occur in the student houses. We are aware that these problems can cause some inconvenience with the approaching ‘summer of sports’ (UEFA Euro 2012, the Tour de France and the Olympic Games). Below, you can find more information about the problems, as well as how these are being dealt with.

Introduction
If you have been making regular use of IPTV (http://iptv.utwente.nl), you may have experienced the problem yourself: When watching a channel (a stream), it sometimes suddenly terminates and requires you to restart the stream. VCK manages the TV-signal on Campus. In the case of IPTV, the signal is broadcast via multicast on the switching equipment of the ICTS. Using multicast, there is one channel (VCK) available where the recipients (i.e. everyone using IPTV) “log on” to the stream, for example Nederland 1. Upon finishing viewing, you close the stream (“log off”).

What’s the problem?
Imagine that persons A and B are both watching Nederland 1. The problem with the streams is that sometimes, when person A stops viewing and logs off, the stream for person B is also terminated! This often means that person B has to log on again, which may take several minutes. Naturally, this is not the way it should be.

What will happen now?
With the approaching ‘summer of sports’, it is to be expected that many more people will make use of IPTV. As the same channel is watched by an increasing number of people, there will also be an increasing number of people who will log off again – increasing the chance that the stream is suddenly terminated. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done about this for now, other than restarting the stream.

During the last few months, VCK, ICTS and HP (the supplier of the switching equipment) have been hard at work to solve this issue. Although progress has been made, there is still no definitive solution to the problem. We are aware that this will cause some inconvenience with the approaching ‘summer of sports’.

Serious Request 2012

You can follow every second of Serious Request 2012 via IPTV. We are also the only provider of the Netherlands that has 101.TV analog on the cable. This way you can enjoy all the music all the time!

Amino STB

Perhaps you’ve heard or read about it, but as of today we’re offering something new for our members. With this piece of technology, called the Amino set-top box, it is possible to watch IPTV on your TV without using a computer. This means that you can watch more than 100 TV channels in digital quality, of which at least 12 are in HD! This number of channels will be extended very soon. Within a few months, it will also be possible to subscribe for extra channel packages for an extra fee. These packages may include channels like Eredivisie Live, other sports channels and movie channels. Also are working on the ability to record programs via USB.

Costs

To request a box, you must be a member of the VCK. The rental price of a box is €7.50 per month and one deposit of €50. This deposit will be refunded immediately after the box is returned.

Details Amino set-top box

The Amino set-top box is an A130 Amino IPTV set-top box that has an output of up to 1080i via HDMI and can also be connected via composite, component and scart. The box also has an S/PDIF output.

Interested?

If you like to have an Amino set-top box for your room or for your commune, you can order a box from us by clicking HERE. Be quick, because the stock is limited!