Internet protocol television (IPTV): Architecture, trends, and challenges

Sherali Zeadally, Hassnaa Moustafa, Farhan Siddiqui

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Internet protocol television (IPTV), a technology that delivers video content over a network that uses the IP networking protocol, has been receiving a lot of attention over the last couple of years. The increasing interest in IPTV is being driven by remarkable advances in digital technologies and consumer electronic devices, broadband networking technologies, Web services, as well as more entertainment demands (enabled by decreasing costs of hardware and software technologies) from both consumers and content providers. In this paper, we briefly discuss IPTV standardization initiatives and present the design of both next-generation network (NGN)-based and non-NGN-based architectures that have been recently proposed to enable the deployment of IPTV. In addition, we describe the challenges and solutions associated with mobile IPTV and peer-to-peer IPTV systems. We finally present some IPTV trends and identify some of the IPTV challenges that must be addressed to enable the ubiquitous deployment and adoption of IPTV.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6031895
Pages (from-to)518-527
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received November 1, 2010; revised March 29, 2011; accepted April 3, 2011. Date of publication September 29, 2011; date of current version November 23, 2011. The work of S. Zeadally was supported by a National Science Foundation FAST Award 634115A. The work of H. Moustafa of France Telecom was supported by the European Celtic Project UP-TO-US (User-Centric Personalized IPTV Ubiquitous and Secure Services) under the Eureka Cluster.


  • Internet protocol television (IPTV)
  • mobile TV
  • networking
  • next-generation network (NGN)
  • personalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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