LG Elite of Korea has introduced a flexible, stable, video-on-demand software system that it claims will enable both content providers and viewers to interact with text, images, audio, and video smoothly and seamlessly via the Internet or an Intranet.
At the heart of this technology is a new way to use a kernel driver, the part of a computer’s operating system that provides system-level commands to access various devices, allowing the computer to run faster by executing and displaying images in the same machine.
The disadvantage of kernel-based systems is that it is difficult to share computer resources over a network.
Using a kernel driver on the server-side of a real-time streaming engine, LG Elite has eliminated the need for multiple stream copies and interactions between the user and kernel mode.
This is said to enable the system to be configured simply by any computer using Web browsers such as Explorer and Navigator and system administrators can manage content via Web pages.
An SMIL (Synchronised Multimedia Integrated Language) player synchronises the delivery and presentation of the multimedia data.
The player section incorporates Microsoft’s ActiveX technology, enabling viewers to access content through Web pages using VCR-like operations including section repeat, fast forward, and rewind.
Powerful authoring tools allow anyone to create synchronised multimedia documents combining text, still images, audio, and video.