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Jan 13 2009   1:18PM GMT

IPTV or Internet TV?



Posted by: Ivy Wigmore
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When I selected IPTV for today’s Word of the Day, it was in response to seeing articles about iTV (Internet television) and assuming — silly me! — that it was the same thing.

Uh. No, as it turns out, they’re two competing delivery models. IPTV is like a replacement for cable TV and typically offered by the same carriers. And it isn’t always delivered over the Internet, as this Crash course in IPTV explains. However, I think I can say confidently that Internet TV is always delivered over the Internet. Robin Good explains the difference between Internet TV and IPTV in this post.

If this all seems unnecessarily complicated and difficult to untangle, maybe you should just wait. According to many Industry watchers, the two will eventually converge into a hybrid of some sort. What that will look like is still up in the air. Or will it be online?  

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  • Ivy Wigmore
    Thanks for that link explaining the difference between Internet TV and IPTV, Ivy. It's easy to conflate the two terms. Convergence is happening -- and quickly at that. I'm watching television on Hulu.com, directly through the websites of local networks, on YouTube, Google Video, through iTunes or using Apple TV and Boxee. We do have an old 31" CRT in the house hooked up to a brand spanking new DTV converter. It doesn't get much use these days. One note: i.TV is well-designed iPhone app that provides interactive TV and movie guides and previews. If nothing else, it's one of the shortest domains I've ever seen: i.tv!
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