A Method, Equipment and System for Starting a Service of the Network Television

A method for starting an Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service is provided, which includes the following steps. Before the terminal accesses an IP network, an Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)-based join request message carrying multicast program channel information is sent via a physical link connection. Then, a media stream of a multicast group which the join request message requests to join in is acquired. A device and a system for starting an IPTV service and an IPTV terminal are also provided. The IPTV service startup speed is accelerated, and the time spent on waiting for the startup of the IPTV services is shortened.

EP 2,202,974

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