Well, folks, it seems that it’s very possible for DIYers to make an IPTV system using VideoLAN.
Here’s some insights into it if you are interested:
VideoLAN is a project that was started by students at the École Centrale Paris in France. The software was first released under the open source GNU General Public License and is now continuously being developed by contributors worldwide. It originally consisted of two programs – the VideoLAN Client (VLC) and VideoLAN Server (VLS). They were later merged into one program, the VLC Media Player.
VLC can be used to do the following applications:
- Play back CD, DVD or audio/ video file from the network, hard disk and other storage media.
- Recording of audio and video materials into DVD or other storage media using different file formats like WMV, AVI, MPEG-2, MP4, MOV, DivX, VOB and others.
- Transcoding audio/ video material from one file format into another. (ex. Converting DVD VOB file from DVD to AVI file).
- Streaming audio and video materials into a network for point-to-point application using UDP unicast transport protocol. (ex. Videoconferencing between two sites).
- Streaming audio and video materials into a network for point-to-multipoint application using UDP multicast transport protocol. (ex. IPTV system)
- Video-on-Demand (VOD) application across a network using the HTTP transfer protocol.