Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A New look for IPTV

d219tv_homeDistrict 219 is in the process of upgrading and replacing the existing IPTV video site to a more robust video portal using Kaltura.  Kaltura is an open source project from kaltura.org which will allow us to manage video content centrally, more effectively, and easily.  These are among the highlights of what we can now do with our videos using Kaltura:

  • Upload, create, and convert videos directly from the administration console rather than using a conversion software and then uploading to the server.
  • Convert multiple video formats to web standard formats such as flv as well as new HTML5 formats for the Iphone, Ipad, Blackberry, and Android devices which will allow them to be viewed using these devices.
  • The videos that reside within Kaltura can be linked or embedded from multiple websites.
  • There are plugins for Wordpress and Drupal so videos can be managed through these sites but will still reside and ultimately be managed through the kaltura administration.
  • We will have more flexibility in managing the playback of the videos on the internet - when and who can view.
  • Due to its open-source and extensive api, we can find and/or create add-ons and customize them to fit our needs.
  • Videos can be displayed using customized players created within Kaltura.
  • We can allow users to interact with videos via ratings and/or comments.
  • Videos can also be edited directly from Kaltura.
  • Kaltura provides a more concise analytics.

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