UMIPTV Investigation

Service Status

The existing UMIPTV service has reached end-of-life.

Help Test a New IPTV Service

ITS is investigating a new IPTV service that can be accessed from Ann Arbor on-campus locations using a computer or mobile device. If you'd like to check it out and provide feedback, please go to on a computer, or download the Philo app for your mobile device from iTunes or Google Play.

You will need to authenticate with your umich unqiname and password and follow the on screen instructions.


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.