Key Tips for Iptc: How to Find TV on the Internet

The acronym IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It is a system in which digital television service is delivered using the networks, equipment and “protocols” (a fancy word for “certain specified procedures”) that are used for computer networking over the Internet.
IPTV requires a broadband connection, whether cable, satellite or DSL (a telephone company’s Digital Subscriber Line). A savvy computer user can get IPTV in a number of ways, but the more technologically-challenged may need it to be simplified and packaged by a third party. Companies are being founded every day, it seems, to help bring IPTV to the masses.
IN “package deals,” IPTV can be provided (or “bundled”) along with VoD (Video on Demand) as well as standard Internet services including web access and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol, as used in digital phone services like Vonage or Skype). In the marketing language that is developing in and around this growing technology, the combination of Internet access, IPTV and VoIP is referred to as a “triple play.”
The “how” and the “who”
There are any number of websites that offer a way to get IPTV. Certain sites stream the programs themselves, and/or offer you optional links to other “content aggregators” based on what you’re looking for. There is a wealth of viewing material out there, but don’t look for the latest NBC series or an NFL game, as most of IPTV material is independently produced for now. However, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and all the other major high-tech “players” are watching this technology as it develops, and it should accelerate soon.
IPTV sites, like multiple choice “stations,” offer various programs. Some could be from the “public domain,” programs whose copyrights and other protections have expired. You might find old TV series and even some Hollywood movies this way. But the strength, and the future hope, of IPTV is that it will provide strong, creative and ultimately popular new offerings across a wide range of topics and tastes.
The “where” and the “when”
There are various public service, not-for-profit and educational websites that are designed to familiarize new IPTV users with the changing landscape of digital entertainment. Of course, there are many other for-profit sites that can be visited in order to gather information on how to watch IPTV. Sometimes you pay a fee, sometimes you don’t, and there is a lot to be worked out in the competing business models.
However, there is one particular website, ConnectTV.ca, that heralds IPTV as a “Future Tecnology” [sic] and exists to provide “Information and resources for IPTV services, solutions and technologies developed for IPTV.”
The site provides definitions, explanations of services, lists of links and a user forum where visitors can ask questions and get answers from IPTV boosters around the world. IPTV seems to be carving out its place in the entertainment industry, if the discussions (and rumors) at this site are any indication.
One thing is clear: IPTV is definitely the wave of the future, and with all of the major media companies backing it up a critical mass of interest and progress will build quickly. At the end of 2007 IPTV already had over fifteen million users, and It is predicted that by 2008, 20 million homes worldwide will subscribe to IPTV services. There is little doubt that the numbers will keep on climbing.
Into the future
You may a few important choices to make in the near future when it comes time to set up your IPTV. Some companies are going to go with the “set-top-box” model vs. a direct computer connection. In the set-top-box, you will receive your signal via a broadband data feed of some kind, which is then fed to the “box” to interpret the signals and provide the proper interface for the monitor.
Once that occurs, your TV can be configured to handle multiple inputs. This means you can use a TV tuner on the monitor to get (old-style) over the air broadcasts, a cable box to get cable TV and a new “IPTV box” to bring in this latest kind of digital programming. It will be a true all-in-one solution, and even your TV guide listings will be on-screen.
It’s hard to say what the future holds for IPTV. Perhaps one day it will converge with all the other incoming signals, and it will all arrive through one huge conduit or cable. This has the potential to change the way everyone views the world, as it will open up access to broadcasting to many more people and organizations, since the “cost of entry” will be dramatically reduced. One day, and perhaps not long from now, television, cable, IPTV, graphical web browsers, e-mail and VoD – separate entities today, entailing different interfaces, technologies and costs – just might end up being siblings in one, big, happy family.