What is IPTV?

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite, as opposed to broadcast TV, cable TV or satellite signals. Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) allow you access to TV channels using your internet connection.

A brief history of IPTV

IPTVThe term IPTV first appeared in 1995 with the founding of Precept Software by Judith Estrin and Bill Carrico. Precept developed an Internet video product named IP/TV. Telecommunications company US West (later Qwest) launched an IPTV service called TeleChoice in Phoenix, Arizona in 1998 using VDSL technology, becoming the first company in the United States to provide digital television over telephone lines. The market for IPTV has been growing since then and is expected to be worth over $117 billion by 2025.

How does IPTV work?

IPTV uses your home’s internet connection to bring content to your television through a content delivery system such as a set-top box, IPTV App or  plug-in system such as a firestick. IPTV allows two-way interaction between the IPTV provider and the user.

Therefore, users can choose what they want to watch and when they want to watch it, i.e., Video on Demand (VOD).

Advantages of IPTV over traditional TV

There are many advantages of IPTV that make it an increasingly popular choice for TV viewers. Firstly, it provides access to a vast array of content from around the world, including live TV, on-demand movies and TV shows, and exclusive channels.

This means that viewers can enjoy a wider range of content than traditional TV providers can offer. Secondly, IPTV has servers for storing content which gives users the freedom to watch programs at will (if their IPTV provider allows this option).

Thirdly, with IPTV, viewers can watch TV programming and other video content on their own schedule, rather than being tied to a fixed broadcast schedule.

Disadvantages of IPTV

Although the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, one should know a few disadvantages of IPTV. Dependency on the speed of the internet – IPTV uses the same technology as other types of data used to send and receive information (Internet Protocol).

You may experience a temporary delay due to this. Another disadvantage of IPTV is that it needs a high-speed broadband connection to function, which may not be available in all areas or may be more expensive than other options.

Is IPTV legal?

IPTV itself is legal, but not all IPTV services are. For example, legal IPTV services like Hulu, YouTube, and Sling abide by the correct copyright laws1. However, if a service provider doesn’t hold the correct licenses for the content it provides, then it is considered illegal.

What are some popular IPTV services?

There are many IPTV services available. Some of the popular IPTV services include Kemo IPTV, Falcon TV IPTV, King IPTV, Philo IPTV. Other popular IPTV services include Dynasty IPTV, Sportz TV, Hydrogen IPTV, Sapphire Secure, and Apollo Group TV.

How can I set up IPTV?

The process of setting up IPTV varies depending on the device you want to use it on. Here are some general steps you can follow:

  1. Choose an IPTV provider that suits your needs and budget.
  2. Download an IPTV app or player that is compatible with your device. Current popular IPTV players are VLC, Plex, KODI, IPTV Smarters.
  3. Install the app or player and launch it.
  4. Enter your IPTV provider’s login credentials (username and password) when prompted.
  5. Start watching your favourite TV channels and shows on IPTV.

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