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Jan 13 2009   1:18PM GMT

IPTV or Internet TV?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

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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  • Alex
    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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  • itpsoftware

    Cost of alternate options and access to entertainment via alternate sources is catching up but where to find content?

    Many local broadcast channels are available in High Definition-quality over the air, for free of charge providing maximum content. For many of us, that will cover a lot of our programming needs. But for programming beyond you’ll need to subscribe to one or more content providers. The other plus point of cord-cutting is that you can always simply unsubscribe when you don't require. In this way you can save your money, as well as you can get the content as you like at your convenient time.

    Most of these services let you view content on your mobile devices, desktop computer or laptop, what you can watch here is watch or buy your favorite past-season TV programming by the episode or a season at a time plus original content.

    If this has all sounded good concept till now, it’s time to do the homework and calculate. Consider that you would have been paying for Internet access anyway, so nothing new added. Amortize the hard costs of your antenna and other hardware, adding to them the cost of your monthly subscriptions for the content services you want and then checking if it’s really worth it to monthly subscribe and switch to digitization.

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