A number of University of Michigan academic and non-academic units have expressed a desire to be able to provide broader access to commercial and locally developed television content to students beyond the confines of their building or in locations that do not have access to the campus cable television infrastructure.
Distribution of real time television content on a campus IP network is by no means a technology breakthrough. ITS and other campus units are already delivering stored and real time video content to subscribers on a daily basis. The content is normally encoded in MPEG-2 format and delivered over multicast enabled IP Networks.
ITS Comm customized WOWZA® media streaming technology and Microsoft Silverlight® to create UMIPTV. UMIPTV adapts to changing network conditions, the video is encoded using MPEG4/H.264 format and the audio is encoded using AAC format.