IPTV and Smart TV Explained

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When we browse the internet, we choose which websites we want to view and when we want to view them. However, TV viewing has always been limited to a schedule of programmes on specific days and at specific times. Well, not anymore.

The combination of internet technology and sophisticated television sets has revolutionised our viewing experience. ‘On demand’ capabilities means that viewers now have the control and flexibility to watch what they want, when they want thanks to IPTV and Smart TV.

Here’s a look at how IPTV and Smart TV work.

Television remote control changes channels thumb on the blue TV screen

Internet Protocol TV

Every single computer with internet access has an Internet Protocol (IP) address that allows you to send and receive information over the internet. An IP address is basically your computer’s version of a phone number or street address.

Instead of receiving TV programmes as a broadcast signal from an aerial, satellite dish or cable, with IPTV, programmes are downloaded via an internet connection. This is called streaming.

The two most popular types of ‘on demand’ services are Netflix and BBC iPlayer. You can watch programmes as they are being streamed on your computer or using a set-top box or adaptor cable connected to your TV set. iPlayer also has the added benefit of ‘catch-up TV’, which allows you to watch programmes that have already been aired in the last week.

Smart TV

If you use IPTV services often, then it’s worth considering a Smart TV. Smart TVs have built-in internet connectivity and come with a range of apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Web browsers. Top brands have dedicated apps stores and some models even have touchscreen, voice and gesture recognition technology. A Smart TV is literally a cinema screen, TV, computer, smartphone and tablet all rolled into one.

For more information contact Midland Digital today.