What is IPTV, How it Works, How it Differs from Internet and Traditional TV?

Though it is no news to many people now, I usually still stumble on the same question asked over and over, it has to do with what IPTV is, or how it works. This root question drifts to many other of its kind, like inquiring about the worthiness of using IPTV after all.

This is where I understood that IPTV what and how questions are yet beyond being exhausted, and that a great deal of content is still demanded in the web to fill the gap that the rapid expansion of this technology created; that is the uneven development of the usage of IPTV compared to the knowledge, information, and tutorials that are accompanying the phenomenon.

In this post, I am going to briefly cover two basic questions. The first is what IPTV is, where I will provide a definition to the IPTV, as well as discussing the basic types of it. The second will be how IPTV function, and here I will dwell into the basic structure, concepts, and processes that make IPTV possible.

What is IPTV?

First of all, IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. As the name explicitly suggests, IPTV implies some kind of use of the internet connection to transmit TV broadcasting and streaming. It is the act of making use of IP to provide a secure and reliable media content delivery to the subscribers by the IPTV service provide. This content is usually audio/video type and can include Video on Demand (VoD), Live TV, Catch-ups, and Interactive TV (iTV).

IPTV vs Internet TV or Digital videos

Though both IPTV and digital videos shared the same general property of being delivered via internet, they still are not the same and should not be mistakenly confused with each other. Internet TV, or the simple act of providing digital video online, either free like the standard version of Youtube or in paid subscriptions, uses shared internet protocol to serve their content to the users, i.e. use the public open, and global internet.

Conversely, IPTV services use a dedicated privately managed network to deliver their TV content to their subscribers.

IPTV vs Cable or Satellite TV

While IPTV utilizes internet protocol to serve content to their end users, tradition TV Services broadcast their TV programs from delivery or distribution centers. Cable TV services uses a dedicated physical network interconnected with coaxial cable.

They have a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, which helps distribute the fiber and cable bandwidth into 6-MHz channels. Satellite TV providers, on the other hand, are obviously using a satellite which receive and retransmit TV signals in the form of radio waves from and back to the earth.

How IPTV Works?

As we have mentioned before, IPTV relies on internet protocol in content delivery. IPTV service providers combine IP with a dedicated private network to transfer media content to their subscribers. When a user requests a particular content, the request is sent to their IPTV provider’s server, either use via internet or a dedicated network. The IPTV provide then delivers the content in question in small packets via their network to the end device.

That is all for this brief post. I hope I was able to cover those questions to an extent that make them clear to the reader. If you have any further question, or inquiries related to the point discussed in this short article, please do not hesitate to ask. You can use the comment section for this purpose.

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