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What is IPTV?

December 1, 2014
What is IPTV?

If you are interested in modern technologies, you may have come across the concept of IPTV more than once. Let's talk more about what it is.

IPTV - a new type of television

IPTV is an abbreviation that stands for: Internet Protocol Television - Internet Protocol Television. IPTV is called the new generation of television, it is one of the technologies of digital interactive TV when transmitting data over IP. It is a mistake to assume that IPTV is television that broadcasts over the Internet. IP in this abbreviation means only that this data transfer protocol is used, but it is not connected with the Internet in any way.

This type of television can be compared with cable, where the signal passes through the Internet cable. IPTV can be viewed on a computer, set-top box, media player, SMART TV, various mobile devices. Broadcast is conducted in MPEG2 or MPEG4.

To use IPTV, you need to either install one of the special applications, or use the device’s Internet browser. Read more about installing IPTV in our article How to set up IPTV.


After installing IPTV, the user also receives a large number of additional services. These are various video services, various services related to content consumption and much more. All this is possible thanks to the integration of video, sound and data based on IP-protocol and services on a single technological platform.

If you compare IPTV with cable TV, you can highlight the following advantages of the first:

  • Better picture and sound;
  • Interactivity - for example, you can find out information about a movie or leave your own review about it;
  • The use of video sequences of two or more channels of sound;
  • The possibility of timeshift (TV pause) and video-on-demand (individual video delivery on request).

The possibilities of IPTV are extremely wide. Using it, you literally adjust the television to fit your needs and requirements. For example, you can create your own personal playlist.


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