IPTV vs Internet TV-Difference between IPTV and Internet TV

This page compares IPTV vs Internet TV and mentions difference between IPTV and Internet TV.


IPTV architecture

The figure-1 depicts IPTV system architecture. As shown IPTV signal delivery requires completely new setup. This setup consists of reception of all the national and international channels. This location is known as super head end. Here contents are arranged, stored and prepared for distribution. This contents are mixed with other local contents as shown. Web Data and voice are also combined with IP video before distribution to the premises of the subscribers. From this it is imperative that IPTV needs completely new infrastructure to support IPTV based packets for the subscribers.
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Internet TV

Internet TV

The figure-2 depicts connectivity of Internet TV. Internet TV do not require any extra or new infrastructure unlike IPTV. It works on the existing internet broadband connection already obtained by the subsribers. The video contents are transmitted along with other web data contents in the form of internet protocol packets (IP packets). This IP packets are received at the subscribers end using modem/router. The modem/router helps in viewing the internet contents either on desktop PC or wifi TV.

Features IPTV Internet TV
About the technology It uses private infrastructure managed by IPTV service provider. The packets follow dedicated lines distributed by IPTV providers. It uses existing public internet infrastructure managed by ISPs. The IP packets are transmitted over internet highway with the help of TCP/UDP protocols.
Applications Unique features include video on demand, time shifting of programs, multiple programs on same display etc. all the applications which are available on internet protocols including music, live video streaming, internet browsing etc.
Installation requires IPTV STB (Set top box) and IPTV compliant television sets do not require separate STBs, existing modem/router will be enough. This service is most often used using PCs and not TVs unless wifi TVs are available.
Advantages/Disadvantages • It uses dedicated connections and hence privacy is maintained and it is secured.
• It delivers high quality contents.
• It uses public internet highway and hence privacy is not maintained and it is not secured.
• It delivers poor quality contents. Moreover it depends on factors such as bandwidth, traffic etc.
Cost The service is costly and includes monthly charges as well as charges specific to particular services/downloads. The service is freely available and will utilize downloads freely available for viewing.


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