IPTV is a relatively new concept and the next technological step in the development of television. Over the last few years it has been growing from scratch and it’s already in use by millions of people worldwide, with that number increasing every day. IPTV allows you to watch whatever you want, whenever you want – there is nobody in the TV station that decides what’s on your limited number of channels today. While using IPTV, you have access to thousands of channels from all over the world that you can watch live, but there are also often large libraries of movies and shows that you can watch on-demand. Using IPTV requires only a stable internet connection, unlike traditional TV which is normally set up with cables and complicated equipment. If you want to stream it to your TV, all you need is a set-top box, which will still cost you less than a yearly subscription to your typical cable.
What is IPTV?
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is very simple – instead of getting your TV signals through a cable, a satellite dish or an antenna, you get them through the internet. You can stream those signals from your computer or you can divert them to a set-top box specifically made to work with IPTV, which in turn connects to your television set. From the eyes of an IPTV company owner, the concept of IPTV looks a bit more complicated, since you need storage, access to channels and a very fast internet connection to stream to users around the world. IPTV companies are usually cheaper than normal TV and require less fuss to set up, since all you need to do is pay, receive your set-top box if you need one, input your unique code and watch all the TV you could possibly ever want. But, there’s more than one type of IPTV.
Types of IPTV
There are three types of IPTV:
- Live IPTV
- Time-shifted IPTV
Often, you will be able to enjoy all three with a single service.
Live IPTV is when you watch the thousands of channels with content that’s essentially broadcasting at the moment, even in faraway countries. Services will often offer 5000+ channels to choose from, and you can easily get lost while sifting through them, but there will always be something to watch!
On the other hand, video-on-demand is watching a certain movie or show that you pick out of a library your service possesses. Usually, you will be given access to a library containing most or all of today’s popular shows and movies.
The third type is time-shifted IPTV, which allows you to watch the same amount of channels as live IPTV, but you can choose what to watch. If your show was an hour ago and you missed it, you can rewind and see it from the beginning. You can even pause and fast forward through what was only hours ago, live television!
How does IPTV compare to normal television?
IPTV is often considered to be the next logical step in the development of television. If we can eliminate the complicated setup, the large companies which hold a monopoly in many places, the high prices and the endless customer support calls with one step, this would definitely be it. IPTV doesn’t require any skill to set up, and yet you get far more than what you would get with a cable or a fiber-optic connection. Also, TV tends to be far more expensive than IPTV, which can cost as little as a few dollars per month. There is no complicated infrastructure to break and bad weather conditions are not a problem anymore. You would be getting your stream wirelessly and aside from a power failure in your home, nothing can happen that will cause your IPTV to stop. This has been a major concern over the years and IPTV has demonstrated that it’s reliable enough to be in mass use.
Benefits of IPTV
The benefits of IPTV are obvious. First of all, if you get a service with all three types of IPTV, live, time-shifted and with a library of on-demand files, you are not simply buying TV from a new provider – you’re changing your entire TV experience. You now have access to an exponentially higher number of channels numbering in the thousands, and you pay far less than your cable bill, all while requiring almost no setup at all and ensuring complete reliability of your stream. All you need is an internet connection and if you want to stream to a television set, a set-top box. IPTV is perfect for both young people, looking to explore various channels from around the world, as well as senior citizens which will definitely find it interesting. If you don’t want all of those channels but just a select few, you can do that too – most services offer various packages such as ‘Sport’ or ‘USA’ or ‘Spanish’ to give you exactly what you need. Most of the time, all of these packages will come integrated in your complete channel list, but you can request just them as well.
IPTV is an emerging concept, but from what we’ve seen so far and from how fast the industry has developed, we can say with absolute certainty that it is going to be one of the new major household technologies. A few years ago, the telephone was generally upgraded to smartphones as the default tool for communication. It became one of these new major technologies and now we’re looking at another upgrade – the television set has been transformed into an online database of files, as well as all the live channels you could ever want – now or up to a week ago! IPTV functions globally, so wherever you are, you can order a set-top box and with a stable internet connection you’ll be able to watch TV from any country in the world.