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What is IPTV? How does it works?

Acronyms aside, IPTV means that, instead of receiving TV channels through a satellite dish or cable TV unit, you get the same quality viewing delivered through your broadband connection via a set-top-box (STB).

A set-top-box is a mini-computer specifically designed to receive a digital television signal (actually, STBs do much more these days, but we’ll get into that later). Unlike TV aerials, cables and dishes, set-top-boxes don’t require special installation, so they work in apartments and units as well as houses, and can be shifted easily when moving house.

How does IPTV work?
IPTV data flows through the reserved portion of the pipe.

Think of your broadband connection like a large pipe with internet streaming through it – like water to your house – from your local phone exchange. The IPTV video stream is transmitted through a part of that pipe that’s reserved for a video stream.

This is often referred to as ‘quality of service’ as it enables IPTV service providers to cater for a specific standard, ensuring you get smooth TV-quality video with no interference from normal internet browsing. In turn, it doesn’t interfere with normal internet use either.
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