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Release Notes for IP/TV Viewer
Release 3.0
October 1999
These release notes cover information relating to the IP/TV Viewer Release 3.0.
These release notes summarize the following topics:
New and Changed Information
Limitations and Restrictions
Open Caveats for Cisco IP/TV Viewer Release 3.0
Release 2.0 Caveats Resolved in Release 3.0
Documentation Updates
Related Documentation
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Documentation CD-ROM
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New and Changed Information
The IP/TV Viewer may be freely distributed when used in conjunction with an IP/TV 3400
Series Server, IP/TV Server or IP/TV Content Manager. The IP/TV Viewer software is
included with all IP/TV 3400 Series Servers, IP/TV Server, and IP/TV Content Manager
products. Technical support for the IP/TV Viewer will be covered by any service contract
associated with the IP/TV 3400 Series Servers, IP/TV Server, and IP/TV Content Manager
IP/TV Release 3.0 introduces the following new features:
Video enhancements
Quality for low-end and high-end video for live and prerecorded has been improved.
IP/TV extends high-quality video by including MPEG2 at full resolutions (720 x 480).
Additionally, IP/TV enhances low-end quality by supporting MPEG4 for low-bitrate
Audio enhancements
Quality for low-end audio has been improved with the inclusion of MP3 and Windows
Media Audio support.
Management enhancements
Management of IP/TV video services has been extended to support multiple IP/TV
Server Clusters and IP/TV Viewer proximity groups. IP/TV Server Clusters allow the
user to group servers based upon video content, geographical locations, or any
combination thereof. IP/TV Viewer proximity groups allow the administrator of an
IP/TV system to create viewer sets that pull content from specific IP/TV Server
Clusters. The enhanced management features allow for flexible video service
management schemes.
Data integration enhancements
Data Integration has been greatly enhanced for easier delivery of nonvideo and audio
data types. Web Presenter provides the ability to send information via web pages along
with audio and video. IP/TV has incorporated the ability to supports Streaming Format
(ASF) content, which support many features such as content markers. Content markers
are used to 'mark' specific places within a stream for quick location indexing.
Windows Media Technology (WMT) integration
IP/TV has integrated Windows Media Technology (WMT) with IP/TV to provide the
best of both intranet and Internet streaming video.
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Important Notes
Client enhancements
IP/TV client enhancements include easier to use video controls and enhanced plugin
Additional Enhancements
Relative file paths, based on the defined Server MediaRoot, are now supported for
scheduled programs and recordings. There is now multihomed server support for SDP
Important Notes
The standard CD-ROM installation does not prompt you to enter your name, company
name, and serial number. Ignore Step 4 on page 3-3 in the IP/TV Viewer User Guide.
The DEMO CD-ROM does not prompt you to enter your name, company name, or
serial number. Instead, the User Information window (Step 5, page 3-5) displays two
radio buttons: Demo and Full.
Select the Demo installation option to begin streaming video quickly. Use this option
in conjunction with the Demonstration installation of the IP/TV Server.
Use the Full installation in conjunction with the Cisco 3400 series video servers or if
IP/TV software is installed on your own computer. The Full installation will not work
with the demonstration of the IP/TV Server.
In order to retain the current Content Manager setting when upgrading from IP/TV
Viewer 2.0 to IP/TV Viewer 3.0, you must edit the setup.ini file to enable the Admin
Mode Install (EnableAdminModeInstall=1) and you must specify the desired Content
Manager in the Guide Server parameter (GuideServer={CM}) before the upgrade.
When IP/TV Viewer is configured for a Content Manager with a program listing of
greater than 200 programs and the polling value is set to the default of 10 minutes, the
amount of time repeatedly needed to complete a program listing fetch may cause
synchronization issues and frame droppage. In order to prevent these symptoms, set the
polling interval under Settings>ContentManagers to 12 hours (720 minutes) or, if
possible, turn polling off.
If you receive the error message Error loading amovie.ocx. The specified module
when trying to view the IP/TV Introduction Video, install Active
Movie from the following location on the CD: IPTV\Support\mpfull.exe.
could not be found
Release Notes for IP/TV Viewer Release 3.0
Limitations and Restrictions
Limitations and Restrictions
DirectX foundation must be installed before you install Optibase VideoPlex XPress
driver. DirectX foundation can be found on the VideoPlex XPress CD under
\DirectX6.0\DirectX Foundation\ directory.
If you are installing the Optibase VideoPlex XPress MPEG decoder board, you must use
the latest driver installation image included in this CD under \Optibase\VPXpress after
you install DirectX foundation.
When using the Optibase VideoPlex XPress MPEG decoder card with the IP/TV
Viewer, the fullscreen mode works only on Win95 or Win98 when the VideoPlex
XPress is in the VPE mode and used in conjunction with an ATI VGA card.
The Printing program listing is not supported.
The DSP Group Truespeech ACM codec is not capable of handling packet loss and is
unsuitable for streaming in the IP/TV environment. Audio distortion occurs after tuning
in for a long period of time (greater than 24 hours). Once the audio problem occurs, you
must close the program and retune into the same program.
Indeo codecs are not supplied with IP/TV. You can download them from the following
website if needed:
Minimum requirements are: 100-MHz Pentium processor (133-MHz for MPEG1,
300-MHz for MPEG2 at 3 Mbps,400-MHz for MPEG2 at 6 Mbps). Frame rate may
vary depending on your VGA adapter and network interface card.
When viewing a program containing a video stream, The Edit>Copy Image menu item
in the client video window may result in a blank image copied to the clipboard. This
problem is due to limitations in some graphics cards and video codecs.
When using the Optibase VideoPlex XPress to watch video over a long period of time,
on some PCs the video may eventually break up into a blocky static. This problem is a
result of a bug in the hardware of the Optibase card.
The Optibase Live Capture Video Card is not supported on Windows 95 for the Demo
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Open Caveats for Cisco IP/TV Viewer Release 3.0
Open Caveats for Cisco IP/TV Viewer Release 3.0
Presenter program fails to work with Web pages using ShockWave plugin.
Slow systems (less than 166MHz) may experience audio/video out of sync problem for
MPEG4 encoded programs.
Viewing multiple MPEG2 programs simultaneously is not supported at this time.
CSCdm40410 You cannot add a Content Manager as new, if that Content Manager was
previously removed.
CSCdm45187 The Window>Scale Down command on the video window is not
working properly. If used, the toolbar buttons disappear.
CSCdm44407 The IP/TV Web Presenter feature does not support web pages that have
both audio and video streams.
CSCdm46300 IP/TV Viewer cannot properly decode G.723 audio due to a codec
CSCdk86892 The URL Flipping option on the Select Stream dialog box appears
unenabled, but is enabled.
CSDdm08011 There is no indication on the IP/TV Viewer Program Listing window if
a Windows Media Multicast Station contains URL flips.
CSCdm30247 Only one MPEG2 stream is supported by IP/TV Viewer.
CSCdm64603 When shifting focus from an IP/TV program to a WMT program, the
audio streams from both programs are heard simultaneously.
CSCdm64241 When you detach a password protected plugin program using the Detach
button, you are prompted for the password again.
CSCdm59843 The scale up and scale down feature does not work for WMT programs
in Fullscreen mode.
True Speech audio served with MPEG-4 video may experience audio distortion in rare
CSCdm49161 The Source Port and Encoding fields on the advanced Program
Information dialog box are currently not implemented.
CSCdm63174 Both audio and video pause when selecting Pause Video in an
on-demand WMT program.
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Release 2.0 Caveats Resolved in Release 3.0
CSCdm19108 The URL flipping feature does not work unless Internet Explorer 4.0 is
or later installed on the same computer as IP/TV Viewer.
CSCdm83439 When enabling the SDP Listener in Demo mode, you need to assign a the
Content Manager as and the UDP port number as 8080. This only applies to
the SDP Listener in Demo mode.
Release 2.0 Caveats Resolved in Release 3.0
CSCdk66203 Set MaxRenderersPerSession in IPTV.INI file to restrict the number of
concurrent streaming windows.
CSCdk71168 ATL.DLL is added at install and registered.
CSCdk40509 IP/TV Viewer can be installed over older version of the IP/TV Viewer.
CSCdk42518 SDP Listener registry settings updated for NT.
CSCdk61017 The sample program file “sample.sdp” uses TTL of 15.
CSCdk72968 SDP Parse accepts program when there is no text after the SAP attribute
CSCdk45095 Switching sources on multiple sessions no longer causes IP/TV Viewer hang.
CSCpr03526 You can now simply drag a program into the subscription window.
CSCpr03884 Exiting IP/TV with an empty VOD program video window up no longer
causes a GPF.
CSCpr04713 Program listing fetches secondary Content Manager only if primary the
primary Content Manager fails.
CSCdk52821 Time limit for http time out when CM fails and SDP listener is used.
CSCdk35309 Plugin no longer crashes on IE or Netscape.
CSCdk40513 Plugin in IE no longer shows failed to initialize properly.
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Documentation Updates
Documentation Updates
The manuals for the IP/TV 3.0 release have been reorganized as follows:
The IP/TV Administration and Configuration Guide includes installation,
administration, and configuration information for IP/TV Content Manager and IP/TV
Server. It also includes information about completing a network installation of the
IP/TV Viewer.
The IP/TV Content Manager User Guide includes information about how to create
scheduled programs, on-demand programs, and recordings. Also includes examples
showing how to create these IP/TV elements within the context of a sample network
The IP/TV Viewer User Guide includes information about how to install and use IP/TV
The following information lists corrections to the IP/TV Viewer User Guide Version 3.0:
Page 4-4: The following paragraphs should read: “You can display scheduled programs
by the current day, week, month menu item or clicking column headers.
Page 5-6, Table 5-1: The Source Port, Encoding, and Default FPS fields are currently
not implemented.
Page 5-19: Omit the following paragraph: “If you have subscribed to more than four
programs that simultaneously, you will only receive four programs at one time. When
one program ends and you close that viewer window, another program will begin
Page 5-24: The Slidecast window does not contain a Pause and Restore button. The
Copy Image button is not currently implemented.
Page 5-30, Table 5-6: Omit the Administrator field.
Page 5-33: Omit the second paragraph. The beginning of the third paragraph should
read: “Click Settings>Advanced Options.”
Page 6-4: The first paragraph should read: “To access the docking command, place your
cursor in the Content Manager pane gripper bar and click the right mouse button.”
Page 6-7: Step 1 should read: “...click Settings>Customize Toolbars.”
Release Notes for IP/TV Viewer Release 3.0
Related Documentation
Related Documentation
Use this Release Note in conjunction with the following documents:
IP/TV Content Manager User Guide
IP/TV Administration and Configuration Guide
Cisco IP/TV 3400 Series User Guide
Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for Cisco IP/TV 3400 Series
Release Notes for the IP/TV Content Manager and IP/TV Server
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