What Is IPTV?
How Does IPTV Work?
Traditional TV sends analog signals directly to users via cables, who can only access the currently broadcasted content. In these cases, users can only control when or what they view via external recording devices.
How IPTV works varies significantly. Unlike traditional TV that can only broadcast content in real time, IPTV has servers it stores content on. That gives users the freedom to request to view programs at will. After a user selects a show they’d like to watch, that content will be converted into digital format and delivered in packets to their playback device via the internet protocol. The files transferred will be compressed and optimized for streaming before they reach the end-users.
What Is an IPTV Box?
An IPTV box or a set-top box is a device used to convert streaming signals received via the internet protocol into a format that a TV can read and reproduce. In other words, set-top boxes translate the language of the internet protocol. These boxes are often connected to the TV via HDMI or AV cables, or even through Wi-Fi connection for newer models.
If you choose to stream IPTV from your computer, though, you won’t need a set-top box as PC’s can already read the data received through the internet protocol. Those who’d like to save on a set-top box but still enjoy watching IPTV on their television screens can mirror their PC screens on the TV and watch from there.