An Introduction to IPTV

by Bruce Stewart

Ars Technica has posted an excellent introduction to IPTV. If you've been looking for a big-picture overview of this technology, this is a good place to start.


IPTV describes a system capable of receiving and displaying a video stream encoded as a series of Internet Protocol packets. If you've ever watched a video clip on your computer, you've used an IPTV system in its broadest sense. When most people discuss IPTV, though, they're talking about watching traditional channels on your television, where people demand a smooth, high-resolution, lag-free picture, and it's the telcos that are jumping headfirst into this market.

5 Comments

Ajay
2006-04-21 11:28:00
Is there a free source to help educate the whole architecture of IPTV?
Michael
2006-07-30 19:53:55
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iptvSolutions
2007-03-15 07:27:49
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Em
2007-04-16 08:23:09
But the advantages of IPTV over cable TV are:
1. Capability to provide interactive services, like VoD (Video on Demand)
2. Easiness to encrypt video content
3. Capability to account for paid TV services
4. Triple play: TV, Internet access and Telephony over IP
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