IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television.
IPTV is a modern technology for TV broadcasting that uses internet protocol (IP) instead of satelite. It is the product of the recent technological revolution and the expansion of the use of different types of devices to watch TV channels, and IPTV came to the stage to enable to keep up to news feeds, their favorite TV shows and games easily and felxibly that traditional means of TV broadcasting is unable to provide.
It is no exaggeration if some say that the traditional TV satelllite is outmoded. There is some reason in this statement. With cable or satellite TV, broadcasters transmit their services in the form of signals and waves. But while viewers receive thse signals, they lack full control on what is sent and and when to watch it, unless of course they have some sort of recording device. They have only one choice that is to stick to the broadcasters’ schedule.
IPTV is another story, a promising sort of story! Instead of sending content via light pulses in fiber optic cable or radio waves, IPTV transmit news broadcast, shows, movies and sports games via Internet Protocol (IP) – that is through your standard internet connection.
IPTV on the other hand, is not confined with specific broadcasting schedule which characterise cable and satellite TV broadcasting. Instead most IPTV providers make use of VOD (Video on Demand) or Time-Shifted Media – we will discuss both below when we talk about the types of IPTV broadcasting.
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Set-Top Box for your TV to run IPTV
Although there are nowadays TVs that are equipped to run IPTV playlists and files, most TVs do not in fact have this feature. But the problem is solved by set-top box which serves as an interpretor that stands between what you receive over your internet connection and you TV- translate IPTV content into a format (language) that TV can read.
To run IPTV on computer, you almost need nothing. You can go about for it right away. You may only need to set up the free VLC media player.
The same with smartphones and tablets.
See how you can set up IPTV on android and iPhone.
Also how to set up IPTV on Smart TV.
Types of TV broadcast via IPTV
There are three main types of bradcasting formats:
VOD or Video on Demand
As indicated by its name, with VOD you get your video whenever you demand it. Movie-streaming websites are typical examples of VOD (Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video). Video on Demand take you out of the limits on what you can watch!
With Video on Demand VOD, you are able to watch your movie or show at any time without having to abide by the broadcasting schedule of the service provider.
The idea is that viewers can watch shows when they missed them at the timeof their first broadcast. The Time-Shift Media is an IPTV Type where broadcast services providers display TV shows on their own specifc Apps or even simply on standard browsers, shortly after broadcasting them on satellite.
What makes Time-Shifted Media different from VOD is the time limit. While VOD type is limitless and you can request your video at any time, Time-Shifted Media is available only for a limited period.
This type allows you to watch live streaming shows on IPTV on your device. In this case, live IPTV is much like the ordinary TV satellite broadcast, unless live IPTV is transmitted via internet and is more felexible and easier for different kinds of devices.