IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television and is a system that delivers television content through an IP Network. Your IP Network is the same one used to access the internet, allowing IPTV to deliver a wide variety of content, beyond just television. While the key technologies behind IPTV remain constant regardless of how IPTV is used, there is a significant difference between consumer and commercial IPTV.
There are 3 kinds of consumer IPTV:
Internet IPTV is when content is sent via internet to and from anywhere. This IPTV content is viewed from a web browser and requires buffering and loading times, as it is delivered through public internet connections.
Telco IPTV is when content is sent via phone, internet or cable by your Telecommunications provider. TV programs are often distributed via IP networks, like internet and some phone connections. However, Telco IPTV allows the provider to apply Quality of Service (QoS) systems on their network to ensure live and on-demand content are delivered reliably.
Broadcast IPTV is when regular television providers make their content available online for public viewing on personal computers. This is a service that can be offered for free, or for a subscription fee. Like internet IPTV, the provider cannot control the quality and bandwidth.
The key feature these solutions have in common is that content is delivered via the internet, which is not recommended for businesses due to issues regarding quality, access control and the cost of bandwidth.
Local IPTV, sometimes referred to as Building IPTV, allows an establishment to deliver content across their entire facility using their Local Area Network (LAN). This means the content is sent directly into a building’s network rather than through the internet firewall. Doing so provides three significant advantages over consumer IPTV:
NOT Delivered via Internet
This point is perhaps one of the most frequent misconceptions Streamvision has come across. Commercial IPTV is NOT delivered via the internet. All data is harvest locally, and is delivered via a venue’s much cheaper LAN bandwidth.
An organisation’s LAN opens up a nearly limitless bandwidth that can deliver an almost unlimited number of channels simultaneously, at a much higher quality.
Security is increased as access to content can be controlled on an individual basis, or by groups, rooms or even entire buildings, etc.