We all have various means of watching television programmes. These include but not limited to; IPTV/WEB TV/Internet tv, DTH Tv and cable tv. Of all the earlier mentioned, IPTV is the newest/ However, its growth and popularity are growing at an alarming rate. Today’s article is all about IPTV vs Satellite Tv. And for the purpose of this write-up, I will categorise television broadcasting into two.
On one side, we have IPTV(also often being referred to as video streaming, Web TV or Internet TV). On the other hand, we have satellite TV(this also includes card sharing) and cable TV. Suffice to say that I am not going into the architecture of IPTV or satellite tv as I have already talked about that here and here. Moreover, this post will focus on these features that separate IPTV as a technology in terms of how the program is delivered from Satellite Tv. I will try as much as possible to cover both the known and the unknown distinctions.
IPTV vs Satellite tv – Basic definitions and similarities
Truly, it is very difficult to totally separate IPTV from satellite tv in the sense that, it is possible to use both simultaneously. Also, you can use more of one and less of the other in everyday situations. To elaborate more on this, you can have a streaming app from your satellite service provider along with your satellite tv subscription. That streaming app is IPTV. Furthermore, this streaming device may be acquired independently of any paid satellite tv provider. This can be legally or illegally. To learn about legal issues involvingIPTV or satellite TV, you can search through my site.
Another area of similarity is that both technologies satisfy the television need of their consumers. Finally on the similarities,
What is Satellite TV?
According to Wiki, Satellite television is a service that delivers television programming to viewers by relaying it from a communications satellite orbiting the Earth directly to the viewer’s location. The signals are received via an outdoor parabolic antenna commonly referred to as a satellite dish and a low-noise block downconverter.
Cable and satellite TV are different in more ways than just how they deliver television programming. Cable TV is less likely to be affected by the weather but is typically more expensive than satellite TV service.
IPTV DEFINITION AND FORMS
By definition, IPTV refers to Internet-based Protocol Television where internet is used to deliver TV programs & Videos that are either live or on demand. IPTV is a system where digital television service is delivered to the subscriber through Internet protocol technology via the medium of broadband or internet connection.
Forms/types of IPTV services
- Live television:
Live streaming means broadcasting as it happens. It’s like watching live television on the computer screen or on your TV. In this kind of format, we can’t pause or skip through the broadcast that doesn’t interest us.
- Video on demand:
This is similar to the playlist. Here videos, clips or episodes are arranged by titles or in categories like news, sports or music videos.
- Near Video on Demand: It is a pay-per-view video service intended for multiple users subscribed to nVoD service. The content broadcasting schedule is compiled beforehand and subscribers can look at the schedule and watch content according to their interest.
- Time-shifted TV: Time-shifted TV lets subscribers view live broadcasts later so they can playback and resume at their convenience. Rewind option is also provided for TV programs
- TV on Demand (TVoD): Selected TV channels are recorded so they can be viewed whenever convenient.
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