Internet Protocol Television or IPTV for short is a system whereby internet television services are delivered through a packet switched network i. e. net
through broadband internet as opposed to the more traditional radio frequency, satellite or cable services that you might otherwise use to receive television services.
Though it is hard to know exactly where and when IPTV TV services can first be attributed, it is worth noting that the first television show was broadcast over the internet in 1994 and IP TV services
appear to have been launched in the several years that followed. Now, with broadband becoming available to more and more homes and the speed of these services ever on the increase, it is thought that
this medium of television will continue to grow in popularity.
Amongst those to profit from this technology are of course the major telecommunications organisations who for some time now have been exploring internet protocol television as a new source of
generating revenue, especially with the existing television markets on the decline as more and more people watch tv online.
The main advantages of IPTV over other forms of television are that it is easy to integrate this with other IP-based services, for example VOIP and high speed internet services about IPTV
. You can also deliver more functionality and content than with regular broadcast or cable television services and ultimately the
consumer has greater choice over what they want to watch.
The other advantage of course is that you can reach a wider audience as the internet becomes so much more accessible. Across the world, around 2 billion people are internet users this accounts for
almost a third of the worlds population. The UK has the highest percentage of users with around 82.5% of people using the internet.
It is a given that IPTT tv will continue to grow in popularity as its flexibility and reach delivers more benefits to the end user than simply watching television through a standard tv set.