Everything You Should Know About IPTV


You might not know what IPTV is but you’ve probably been using it for a long time as it is growing quickly. 

So, let’s discuss everything you need to know about IPTV. 

What is IPTV?

First of all, let’s discuss what IPTV is. It stands for Internet Protocol Television. You might remember ‘IP’ from your computer classes in high school. So, this IP on IPTV is the same as that one.

Before we talk about what IPTV is, let’s talk about what it isn’t. You need to know about cable or satellite TV to understand what exactly IPTV is. 

In satellite TV, a broadcaster would release signals and the viewer would be able to catch them. So, you will watch whatever is being broadcasted on TV. This means that you cannot watch recorded shows (unless you have a recorded device). You can tune in a channel and watch whatever is being broadcasted. You might remember satellite TV from a few years ago when you couldn’t rewind your TV shows. 

With IPTV, it’s different. IPTV sends content such as shows, movies, and news through your IP address or Internet connection. The content is transmitted through fiber-optic cables as light signals or as radio waves from a satellite. 

In this way, IPTV uses a video on demand (VOD) feature. If you’ve used Netflix or Hulu, you will find that the idea is similar to that. 

It may seem simple but IPTV has a complicated architecture that makes it work smoothly. 

What is Video on Demand (VOD)?

VOD is just what it sounds like video on demand. You can watch any video whenever you want, even if it was aired a few days ago. 

Movie-streaming websites like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu are also VOD providers. 

You simply have to tell the service you want, and the IPTV service providers will send it over the Internet. 

What is Catch-Up TV?

This is another format of IPTV. Many broadcasting channels allow IPTV service providers to record shows so that users can watch it at any time they want. 

VOD is different from catch-up TV. For catch-up TV, there is a limited time you can watch the show you missed. For example, you might not be able to watch a show that was aired many months ago. 

If that show is available as VOD, then you can watch it. 

Now, many broadcasting networks provide applications so that viewers don’t have to use a set-box or IPTV. All you have to do is to download the app and stream whatever you want to watch. 

Set-Top Box for IPTV

Many people also ask whether they need a set-top box to stream IPTV. 

Most TVs are not made for IPTV. So, you will need a set-top box that will help to translate signals that you receive through your Internet connection into a format that your TV can understand. 

If you are watching IPTV on your computer or laptop, you will not need a set-top box. You just have to sign up for the service and stream whatever you want to watch. 

Hybrid IPTV

IPTV uses a huge bandwidth to transmit data at a high speed. Some TV providers offer a hybrid approach for IPTV so that they can solve all the issues. 

Hybrid IPTVs combined IPTV and conventional TV services into a single box. So, you will not have to purchase two separate boxes. This allows providers to offer their services to people who don’t use an Internet connection. It will be easy for subscribers to shift from a traditional TV model to an IPTV one using this approach. 

Final Words 

Now you know all the basics of IPTV. It’s nothing more than the television you watch at home. You just didn’t know what it’s called before!

4/21/2020, 11:21:45 PM