Streaming vs. IPTV. What are the differences ?

Well, I just stumbled across a pretty cool article. This article is more than 15 years old!! And that’s why I find it super interesting. I didn’t think I would write on the subject of streaming and IPTV now, I will complete my article later to give you feedback and give my vision. but in the meantime, you will have this translation and can see what has changed (or not)

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IPTV Definition and Meaning

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television and it is another model for distributing television programs over the web instead of via antennas, satellite dishes, or fiber-optic cables. IPTV streams video content directly over the internet, and this may sound confusing because OTT is delivered in the same way, so what’s the difference between OTT vs IPTV? 

IPTV is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) suite. An IPTV service, typically distributed by a service provider through a dedicated network, like Digital Subscriber Line connectivity (DSL), which guarantees a higher level of monitoring over the video traffic, as well as ways of making sure that service quality is high enough. Like OTT, IPTV is delivered without traditional cable or satellite devices but it is a more isolated ecosystem, and that’s why they require set-top boxes connected to a router to operate.

IPTV content delivery shares some of the conveniences of the OTT platforms in that it allows users to access video on demand (VOD) content on a subscription-based approach and watch live broadcasts. It means that consumers can still enjoy their favorite shows while still having the option of watching live events just like on traditional television.

Setting up an IPTV service is more expensive, time-consuming and complicated than OTT.  IPTV providers must provide customers with appropriate hardware because the service relies on a closed, controlled network to deliver content.

What is Streaming

Streaming refers to any media content – live or recorded – delivered to computers and mobile devices via the internet and played back in real time. Podcasts, webcasts, movies, TV shows and music videos are common forms of streaming content. Modal.

IPTV and streaming: Understanding the differences

Streaming and IPTV have been around as technologies or concepts for over a decade, but the excitement that started with streaming in the late 90s seems to have shifted to IPTV in the last two years. , especially among premium content owners. IPTV and streaming are not two mutually exclusive technologies, and distinctions between the two become less relevant as bandwidth continues to increase and compression codecs become more efficient. What are the differences between IPTV and streaming, and how will these differences evolve in the future?

First, the definition of technology. “IPTV is a switching service that allows a cable operator or telecommunications company to offer more services over the same line, while saving bandwidth and money,” says Shelly Palmer, president and CEO of Palmer Advanced Media and Chair of the Advanced Media Emmy Awards Committee. “IPTV should theoretically have a decoder and be seen on a television. Streaming is an almost identical server-side technology that ends up on your computer. This basic tenet also explains why streaming is still a hard sell to broadcasters. “The reason no one talks about streaming at the NAB (American Association of Broadcasters) is because streaming isn’t a big TV technology and it doesn’t leverage the TVs that already exist,” Palmer continues. “If you’re a TV guy, you don’t really think of computers as part of your world. In fact, you wish they didn’t exist because they take your viewers away from you. »

IPTV was specifically designed to deliver high quality content through an internet pipeline to a traditional TV. “To the consumer, IPTV is going to look and feel very similar to the experience the consumer gets over cable or satellite,” said Ed Graczyk, director of marketing and communications for Microsoft’s TV division. “IPTV is a form of streaming at the most basic level. All the technology of our solution is based on the streaming technologies that we have developed; At the heart of our streaming server is the Windows Media Server. IPTV is a way to take this technology and adapt it to a new use and a new market. You shouldn’t think of them as two different things. Think of IPTV as industrial broadcast-grade streaming. »

This is a bit wrong, however, because IPTV and streaming differ in a very specific way. “The difference is really in control,” said Ken Pyle, co-founder of “With IPTV, a network operator controls the entire process from assembling content to delivering that content to the consumer’s home. They can define the quality of the service and control its security. With traditional streaming, the signal may have to cross different networks. So network operators don’t have the same bandwidth control. This need for end-to-end control has also affected the deployment of IPTV. “IPTV is implemented by owners across the entire network,” says Pyle. “It’s not really sent from one end of the world to the other; it’s much more regional or local than the streaming service. 


Is IPTV a streaming service?

Internet-based Protocol Television (IPTV) refers to the streaming of TV programs through broadband Internet rather than the traditional cable or satellite. This TV content is streamed to a set-top box. Selecting an IPTV service provider can be challenging because of limited information about the quality of the service.

How is OTT different from IPTV?

OTT video is mainly delivered using an open network without any infrastructure investment or necessary carriage negotiations. In contrast, the IPTV distributes content through a closed, proprietary, and optimized high bandwidth network via a specific ISP.

How is IPTV different from Netflix?

In practice, IPTV services offer live streaming broadcasts. Netflix, in contrast, offers on-demand entertainment. It’s possible to have one service offer both. For example, Hulu offers IPTV channels as a bolt-on subscription to its basic on-demand video service.

What is the difference between IPTV and Internet TV?

Internet TV and IPTV have one major difference – the method in which they are broadcast. Internet TV is offered on a public domain, while IPTV is on a private network. This does mean that the content is protected and the speed might be a little faster, but that comes at a cost that many people are not willing to pay.

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