There are several TV systems available nowadays. Making a smart choice can be difficult, particularly when more is at risk than just your personal preference. In today’s post, let us concentrate on two TV system types; IPTV and Cable TV.
How can someone you never encountered decide what you can and cannot watch on TV? Admittedly, there seems to be a variety of channels to choose from with a traditional TV, but the collection is still pretty limited. You can only enjoy shows live, provided you save them beforehand.
Would it not be more likable if watching TV was more like surfing the web where you choose which shows you want to watch and when you want to watch them. This is among IPTV’s claims, leveraging web technologies to ensure “on-demand” television programming.
Continue reading to learn how IPTV is different from our traditional TVs and what it has in store for us. Before we dive in, let’s look at the working of both.
A Traditional TV’s working
A traditional TV requires a yagi antenna or a satellite dish to catch the broadcast signal. Antennas are connected to the TV sets in two ways: directly or indirectly. A balun is used to connect the antennas to the TV set directly. The indirect method involves installing the antennas at the cable TV provider.
These antennas receive input from domestic and international satellites. This input is then sent to the subscribers via cable connections alongside other video on demand. If a client wants internet services, they must purchase additional subscriptions. With the introduction of IPTV, this is no longer an issue.
IPTV necessitates its network infrastructure. This will aid in content development, delivery, and storage according to the user’s preferences. Video, data, and sound are all one signal transmission away with IPTV. This negates the need for a separate ISP, phone, and cable TV provider.
IPTV is straightforward from a TV viewer’s perspective. You stream them through an internet service rather than receiving radio transmissions through rooftop antennas, satellite dishes, or optical fibers. The signals are practically downloaded and played.
Even though IPTV can work on comparatively slow ADSL broadband connections, it performs better on fiber internet service lines. ADSL broadband connections can only manage 1-10 Mbps, whereas a fiber broadband service has a bandwidth of 10-100 Mbps.
When seen from a broadcaster or a telecommunications company, IPTV is somewhat more complicated. You need an intelligent storage system for the content you want to allow access to and even a browsing interface that allows users to pick and choose whatever shows they want to watch.
You must know encoding a video file in a compatible format for broadcasting, authenticate it, incorporate advertisements, and broadcast it across the Web to anywhere from one individual to thousands or millions of users simultaneously once a viewer has chosen a program. Moreover, you must find out how to do all of this while maintaining relatively high image quality. This is essential; if you integrate marketing because this is what your sponsors will expect.
Comparing a Traditional TV and IPTV
Provided below is a comparison between four aspects of IPTV and a Traditional TV;
If the antennas are linked directly to the TV set, a traditional TV does not necessitate a service provider. Whereas, with IPTV, special software is required for users to access its service.
Just one channel and one live stream feed are available at a time with a traditional TV. The user does not influence the content they are watching. Broadcast TV network operators are in charge of all of them.
Station streaming is available both live and on-demand with IPTV. Furthermore, many channels are available on a given display panel. The user can specify the station they want to watch and when they want to watch it. Alongside videos, additional services are also available like internet, voice calls, and so on.
The installation of a traditional TV is straightforward. It requires nothing more than a cable TV service provider’s balun and antenna for a direct connection and an essential coaxial line connection for an indirect connection. Nowadays, cable TV service suppliers necessitate a set-top box, STB, to access TV services.
IPTV’s installation necessitates using a particular IPTV set-top box and an IPTV-compatible television. Unlike the conventional system, IPTV can be accessed via laptop, mobile phones, or tablets.
The conventional approach requires three connections to access services from the TV, telephone, and internet service providers. With IPTV, all three services will be provided through a single connection.
There are no such credibility concerns with a traditional TV as everything you watch is monitored and controlled. On the other end, IPTV’s legitimacy is determined by the provider in consideration.
Your IPTV provider is legal if the content being offered has appropriate licensing. In other words, IPTV operators need the authorization of the copyright holder to provide broadcasts of copyright-protected content. For example, services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are legal. They have necessary permits for the media they broadcast.
Some IPTV providers, on the other end, acquire content illegally. Such companies violate the law.
While most networks are currently available, the coming years will see a growing demand for high-quality programming combined with third-party applications. Unlike many satellite TVs, IPTV uses optical fiber instead of coaxial lines.
Fiber optic innovation has progressed to the point that it now exceeds all other networks. As a result of these advancements, IPTV now supports input fidelity and uncompressed High definition.