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IPTV: What is it? What are the advantages?

IPTV is an Internet television training transmission service. Stay reading, to know more about its functions, advantages to obtain it, number of channels, in this article you will learn much more.

What is IPTV?

It is a service that some operators offer their users, to access their online television package, in addition to having extra functions such as live rewinding of programs. That is, you will be able to watch your programs without missing anything.

IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) or Internet Protocol Television is a different method from the one used by streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Netflix, etc. And it is used in Spain, by certain operators such as Movistar.

Traditional television channels are generally broadcast through an antenna, satellite, or cable. However, both terrestrial and satellite digital channels transmit their broadcasts simultaneously live or on low demand.

Although, the protocols that these two technologies follow are different from those we are used to on the web. And, having said this, we find one of the differences that there is with that of IPTV.

How does it work?

IPTV creates a private and direct network between the contracted operator and the Internet Protocol Television service. Offering the channels and the user, to customers, to access exclusive channels, without the need to connect to the Internet.

These channels will be broadcast on demand, while your operator takes the reservation of a part of your bandwidth for IPTV. That is, if your contract is for 100 megabytes, it is possible that IPTV will assign you about 30 or 40. And the rest for conventional Internet use.

By having a bandwidth, specifically dedicated to the reception of transmissions with excellent quality and allowing more television channels, IPTV is the best option, so that your operators allow you legal access to a package of streaming channels without problems.

IPTV uses special software to compress the video of channels. Which is sent to the IP address of the client that requests it. When the address reaches the users, you only need to have a special decoder.

Said decoder will serve to receive the signal, decompress it and decode it and thus be able to see it clearly. And, as for the receivers of the operators, these tend to have more functions, such as allowing the recording of programs.

IPTV vs OTT services

We will mention some advantages and disadvantages of IPTV compared to Over The Top (OTT) or those we know better as streaming. Although, in the case of operator services such as Movistar, you have the option of contracting both services, having the OTT in its Movistar + Lite version.

OTT services, unlike IPTV, are not associated with any television or telephone operator. In addition, while they broadcast their signal, everyone can register to enjoy their programming and other content.

As for IPTV, in addition to registering you need a special decoder that does the entire process of receiving, decompressing and decoding the signal. So, for less complications it is preferable to use OTT.

However, IPTV has a fully reserved bandwidth, which means that the reception quality is better compared to OTT. Therefore, the image quality is an improvement. And also, with decoders you will be able to obtain functions that you will only have in IPTV.

Record entire days of your favorite shows and movies or even restart or fast-forward episodes, while you’re watching. Without leaving aside the ease for users to easily buy content for OTT services, paid version.

On the other hand, IPTV services are usually quite expensive – although it will always depend on the services provided by each operator. In addition, having a reserved of megabytes for limited internet use makes it almost impossible to take full advantage of it as it should. And finally, if you are not at home you will not be able to enjoy anything. With streaming services, you can access and use it where you want and when you want. But with IPTV, it is impossible.