Today, we are going through a shift from conventional methods of broadcasting such as satellite or cable TV towards online or internet-based streaming, and when it comes to streaming online, there are numerous ways to do this. The IPTV system is one and plays a key role in this transition.

If you aren’t keen on or unenthusiastic about the media landscape, there’s a good possibility that you haven’t heard of or aren’t familiar with IPTV, but are most likely subscribed to it and are making use of it, just like


Internet Protocol Television is similar to the one in your VoIP or IP address or VoIP. This basically means television programs are being transmitted through the internet.

With the traditional cable TV or satellite TV, broadcasters transmit signals which viewers receive and are only able to watch what is transmitted or broadcasted. You as a viewer don’t have a choice or don’t get to determine what is on and when to watch it, not unless you record it. So you only get to watch what is broadcasted.

IPTV is different. Instead of sending content through signals or waves from a cable or satellite, IPTV transmits contents or programs via your usual internet connection. Hence, you get to watch a variety of programs anytime rather than on a particular schedule or time of the day.

If you have used online streaming services such as Netfilx, you’d get the idea since IPTV is similar to it but with TV channels rather than syndicated shows or movies.

How does it work?

To know how IPTV works, we have to take a look at the three types of IPTV formats.

Video on Demand (VOD)

Video on Demand streaming is precisely how it sounds. You are able to get video content whenever demanded. Sites where you stream movies are excellent examples of VOD. No viewing time limit is imposed; however you only get to watch movies that the service has the rights for. So basically, you tell the service what you want to view, they send it to you through the internet, and then you watch it.

Time-shifted Media

Today, a lot of broadcast networks let users view shows that they may have missed, much like “catch-up TV.” However, unlike VOD, the content shared on of Time-shifted media has a shelf life that’s limited. You can’t watch an episode of a TV show or program that you missed a few years back. But if you want to, opt for VOD.


Similar to broadcast TV, you could watch live shows on IPTV as well such as sporting events. Even if you are on the go, you wouldn’t miss these live shows since you could use your mobile phones for IPTV.