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01-23-2005, 04:19 AM
Anyone know a nice program that will help me to build a interactive television setup? I am looking for something that will give me more than 4 channels with interactive functions and easy to deal with.

This is what it should be able to do:
Sending live (VT4), playing up media that has been archived. Looking at arena information, surfing the internet and more....


01-23-2005, 12:18 PM
Not quite sure what you're after, but Freevo (http://freevo.sourceforge.net) and MythTV (http://www.mythtv.org) are two Linux-based projects to create Tivo/PVR entertainment-media-center machines with lots of interesting functionality. Very beta (not easy to deal with), but very promising, maybe customizable to what you need.


01-23-2005, 02:24 PM
Thanks for the reply, but i am not quite shure if we are on the right track here. ( I can not go beta with this deal, its at least 34 pcs of machines we talking about)

Letīs see... I want to know if there are any entertainment Television products out there.

This product are goning to be in a big event area with everything from music conserts to sports event, like hockey basketboll and more.....
First of all i have to connect a lot of lounges to a network. Every lounge has there own plasma TV. The program i am looking for is like a infochannel but mutch more intelligent. I want a whole entertainment center in the touch of a button. The people should be able to call up a meny where they can change from seeing live TV direct from the arena, or select older clips that are from earlier recordings.

They should also be able to select music,games and more...and ordinary television of course.

All of this i want to be able to contol with somekind of wondertool :) that i am hoping to find with your help...


01-23-2005, 07:34 PM
I gotcha. Sounds like you need something similar to the internal TV systems which are used in many hotels (special TVs with special cable boxes to decode and display menus of channels and -ahem- on-demand movies). I'm not familiar with any of the companies that set those things up, maybe others here are. Probably not cheap, but if they do it all, very easy for you.

At the low end, I do know of home-automation oriented systems that let you add one to a few channels of video content to unused channels on existing cable TV systems. Reasonably cheap, but not interactive (except for changing the channel). www.smarthome.com.

If I had your requirements (and my usual $0 budget ;) ), I might try setting it up from a web server perspective... have a central web server with your prerecorded and live content (saved WMV files and live WMV streaming from VT), and at each screen have a simple computer running a web browser in "kiosk mode" (which hides the borders and controls). Then you would write web pages for your menus, with links to your content using the WMV plugin. If the links are fast enough, the video quality should be fair (probably not superb). Running a web browser also allows people to surf the web from any station, and there are lots of mature server-side systems which can generate dynamic web pages with any info you need. A fair bit of work to set up, though.

Maybe others here know of a more turnkey system? Good luck with your project! :) -MG.

01-23-2005, 07:56 PM
ah, sounds quite familiar..
i think the old multi-media co [when it really meant multi-media.. hehe back in amiga days..] Scala used to do stuff like this.
[IIRC, according to my old magazines, IBM at one time had this installed in one of their factories or something, and a hotel ran its internal tv/entertainment/info channels off this]

alas a quick search of scala looks like theyve been gone a long time..

- if you scroll down to the bottom there may be related links or alternatives for what youre looking for..

this is for one of their cheaper, low end of scale products but it might give you an insight into what they did:

hope that helps.. in some small way..?

edit :

looks like i was wrong, scala are still around..

is this what youre after?

01-24-2005, 02:13 PM
Scala was definitely The Bomb back in the day. Hopefully it still is! :D


01-24-2005, 04:57 PM
Thanks for all help. If i will get this deal there will be some backstage reportage.


Jim Capillo
01-24-2005, 07:02 PM
Scala is still around..... Click here (http://www.scala.com/)

02-04-2005, 11:02 AM
What you need is an IPTV sytem, uses MPEG2/4/ streaming and can create very cool menue choices, graphic overlays and steeam or on demand content.
vBrick and Adtek Inc do some good stuff
in the Uk we use trimedia.tv for that type of stuff..look at the site, se if the ideas are right then find the US supplier