Click to enlargeCreating RFPs for<br>IP Television Systems

Author: Lawrence Harte
ISBN: 1932813624
Page Size: 8 1/4 x 11 soft cover book
Number of Pages: 78
Number of Diagrams: 12
Copyright: 2007

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This book explains the typical objectives and processes that are involved in the creation and response to request for proposals (RFPs) for IPTV systems and services. It covers the key objectives for the RFP process, which is involved in the creation and management of the RFP, and how vendors are invited, evaluated, and more....

There are more than 12 explanatory diagrams in this book

Key IPTV System Requirements

This figure shows the many requirements that are commonly considered when creating a request for proposal (RFP) for an IPTV system. This diagram shows that some of the requirements include combining multiple services such as telephony and Internet access services. IPTV system requirements also include gathering content and management of distribution programming (playout control) along with on demand (VoD) services. RFPs requirements usually include installation, testing, and support requirements along with disaster recovery and security considerations.

RFP Document Creation Process

This figure shows that the creation of a request for proposal (RFP) document typically involves content and feedback from multiple departments within a company. Approval and formatting requirements come from the purchasing department, terms and conditions from the legal department, financing terms from the accounting department, company background information from the public relations (PR) department, and critical date requirements from the operations (Ops) department.

Table of Contents

Request for Proposal (RFP)

Request for Quote (RFQ)
Request for Information (RFI)

Using RFPs for IPTV Systems

Key RFP Objectives
-Optimal Solutions
-Vendor Selection
-Successful Service Launch
Contracting Authority
Decision Criteria

The RFP Development Process

RFP Needs Assessment
-Advisory Committee
-Visioning Session
Issuing and Approval Authority
-Public Notice
Existing System Evaluation
-Distribution Plant
-Access Systems
-Back Office Systems
Requirement Dates
-Pre-Proposal Conferences
-Site Review
-RFP Release Date
-Pre-Response Conferences
-Clarification Requests
-Clarification Responses
-Closing RFP Submission Date
-RFP Award Date
-Contract Negotiation Date
-Final Signing
Implementation Plan
Initial Operational Capability (IOC) Date
-Alpha Testing Date
-Field Trial Date (Beta Testing)
-Full Operational Capability (FOC)
-System Cutover
-Acceptance Testing
RFP Response Procedure
-Financial Qualifications
-Technical Qualifications
-Operating Information
Supporting Vendors
Pricing and Financing Options

IPTV System Overview

Programming Sources
Content Acquisition Network
Digital Asset Management (DAM)
Distribution Plant
IP Access Network
Premises Distribution Networks (PDN)
Access Devices

IPTV Service Requirements

Linear Television Channels
On Demand Media (Time Shifting)
Remote Access Media (Place Shifting)
Ad Insertion

Subscriber Forecasts

Access Devices per Household
Number of Linear Channels
Number of On Demand Channels

IPTV System Requirements

Television Services
Content Sources
-Network Feeds
-Off-Air Feeds
-Stored Media
-Studio Feeds
Playout Control
Asset Management
Emergency Alert System (EAS)
Distribution Network
Network Architecture
-Data Capacity
Digital Rights Management (DRM)
Public, Educational and Governmental Access Facilities (PEG)
Disaster Recovery
Access Devices
-Soft Clients
-IP Televisions
Electronic Programming Guide (EPG)
Customer Care
Television Commerce (T-Commerce)
Ad Insertion
Testing Capabilities
-System Diagnostics
Premises Distribution Equipment
Conditional Access System (CAS)
System Administration
-Service Provisioning
-Remote Administration
Billing Systems
Internet Access Requirements
Telephony Requirements

RFP Contents

Company Background
RFP Submission Procedure
Issuing Company Information
Respondent Company Information Request
RFP Transmittal Process
Warrantees and Guarantees
-Performance Bond
Conditions of Proposal
-Change Orders
-Nonresponsive Proposal
-Performance Guarantees
-Proprietary Information
-Testing Requirements
-Regulatory Compliance
-Right to Reject
-Training Requirements
Pricing Options
Financing Terms

RFP Issuance

Prospective Suppliers
RFP Requirements
RFP Approval Process
Pre-Proposal Review
Releasing RFPs

Receiving RFP Responses

RFP Response Review
Clarification Questions
Clarification Response Review
Issuing Clarification Updates

RFP Response Evaluation

Evaluation Criteria
Decision Matrix
Criteria Weighting
Winner Selection
Notification of Award
Notifying of Rejection
Protest of Award

IPTV RFP Template IPTV System

Appendix 1 - Acronyms


Creating RFPs for IPTV Systems Acronyms-Appendix 1

AUD - Authorized Dealer
CapEx - Capital Expenses
CAS - Conditional Access System
DAM - Digital Asset Management
DRM - Digital Rights Management
EAS - Emergency Alert System
E-commerce or ECommerce - Electronic Commerce
EPG - Electronic Programming Guide
FOC - Full Operational Capability
ICS - Implementation Conformance Statement
IOC - Initial Operational Capability
IP Headend - IP Television Headend
IP STB - Internet Protocol Set Top Box
IPPV - Impulse Pay Per View
ITV - Interactive Television
MIS - Management Information System
NDA - Non-Disclosure Agreement
NI - Network Interface
OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
OTS - Off the Shelf
PDN - Premises Distribution Network
PEG Channels - Public, Education and Government Channels
PEG - Public, Educational and Governmental Access Facilities
PPV - Pay Per View
PUC - Public Utilities Commission
RFI - Request For Information
RFP - Request For Proposal
RFQ - Request For Quotation
ROW - Right of Way
SHE - Super Headend
SOW - Scope of Work
STB - Set Top Box
T-commerce - Television Commerce
TSTV - Time Shift Television


This book explains the typical objectives and processes that are involved in the creation and response to request for proposals (RFPs) for IPTV systems and services. It covers the key objectives for the RFP process, which is involved in the creation and management of the RFP, and how vendors are invited, evaluated, and notified of the RFP vendor selection result.

You will learn what are RFPs and RFQs and why and when companies use and RFPs for IP Television Systems. Covered are the key objectives that RFP must satisfy along with the general creation processes used by most companies to create and manage the RFP process. Companies usually involve multiple departments in the creation of the RFP process to identify communication requirements for the entire company. You will discover who is involved in the Creation of an RFP and the typical steps performed during the creation of the RFP document.

Explained are the methods used to issue and manage RFPs including how and when companies typically communicate questions and how clarifications are sent to vendors when new options, objectives, or features are discovered in the RFP response process. Also included is sample outline of a typical RFP. Some of the most important topics featured in this book are:

What are RFPs and RFQs
Why use and RFP for IPTV Systems
What are the Key RFP Objectives and Processes
How to Identify Company Communication Requirements
Who is involved in the Creation of an RFP
The Typical Steps in Creating an RFP Document
How to Issue and Manage RFPs
Evaluating RFP Responses
RFP Communication between Issuer and Responder
Outline Template for a typical RFP

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