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PLAY Terminal IPTV para Visualização de Sessões de Colaboração Multimédia
The recent increase on bandwidth availability and its geographical reach is challenging telecom operators to develop new applications that add value to their commercial offers. Moreover, the extending communication capabilities between both modern and traditional multimedia devices and their collaboration with networked services allows developers to come up with new applications that induce users to acknowledge those devices not as single individual components but as an integrated element of a multimedia platform. The purpose of this thesis is to plan, develop and implement a colaborative client fully integrated with the user's subscribed IPTV service, allowing to effortlessly establish a multifeatured communication session between multiple participants using the interfaces the user is accustomed to. A phased plan was established to accomplish the proposed goals. First of all, a survey was conducted on the IPTV service distribution market to analyse each one of these different systems capacities and how they integrate with external applications and devices developed by other people. The following step was the thorough analisys done on the current implementation of the platform that provides applications with collaborative functionalities, evaluating the amount of changes and effort necessary for the integration of a specific IPTV terminal. Finally, an application to validate the previous steps was developed, assuring that a home user can enjoy on his TV set a whole aggregate of colaborative communication services. Having already on the market a fully operational IPTV platform, PT Inovação may find in the future the system proposed in this document to be a differentiative and enriching asset to their offer.
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