Screenshot of PPS.tv homepage
|Initial release||1 June 2006|
|Stable release||188.8.131.5277 / (30 March 2015)|
|Operating system||Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, iOS, Android|
|Platform||Peer-to-peer streaming Internet television|
|Available in||Chinese, English|
|Type||Run in peer-to-peer streaming media|
PPS.tv (PPStream) is a Chinese peer-to-peer streaming video network software. Since the target users are on the Chinese mainland, there is no official English version, and the vast majority of channels are from East Asia, mostly Mainland China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Programmes vary from Chinese movies to Japanese anime, sports channels, as well as popular American TV and films.
It had an 8.9% market share in China in Q3 2010, placing it third - behind Youku and Tudou. In May 2013, the online video business of PPS.tv was purchased by Baidu for $370 million. After the acquisition, PPS.tv continued to operate as a sub-brand under iQIYI, Baidu’s online video platform.
It can broadcast TV programs stably and smoothly to broadband users. Compared to traditional streaming media, PPS adopts P2P-streaming technology and supports high-volume traffic; several hundred thousand users can watch a live stream at 300-500 kbit/s using only one server with a 5-10 Mbit/s connection.
However, the nature of peer to peer serving means that each user of the system is also a server. The upload speed of standard home broadband connections is usually a fraction of the download speed, so several upload sources may be required by each additional peer. Additionally, on services with high contention ratios or poorly configured switches, large numbers of people attempting to use the service may slow all internet usage to unusable speeds. Acting as an upload server to the limit of ones upload bandwidth increases the round trip time for webpage requests, making web browsing while using PPS.tv difficult.
- PPS Internet television official website, The Global Biggest Internet television service, 2010. (Chinese)
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- Shu, Catharine (7 May 2013). "Baidu Confirms $370M Purchase Of PPS, Underscoring Online Video’s Importance For Internet Companies Around The World". Tech Crunch.
- "FBSA: A Self-adjustable Multi-source Data Scheduling Algorithm for P2P Media Streaming", S. Chen et al., in Multimedia content analysis and mining: international workshop, MCAM 2007, Weihai, China, June 30-July 1, 2007 : proceedings, ISBN 3-540-73416-3
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