What is IPTV? How does IPTV work?

IPTV is a television that is used by internet protocol (IP) networks. Non-IPTV or other televisions transmit signals through cable and satellite that viewers receive and can only watch broadcasting. Internet protocol television is different from other types of television. For watching IPTV, users must have a broadband internet connection.

How it Works

Internet browsing is as much the same as IPTV. The architecture of IPTV is based on two types: distributed and centralized. Distributed architecture is useful in centralizing the model. Though all media are gathered on a centralized server, so there is a centralized architecture that makes the model simple and easy.

On the other hand, this is a video on demand (VOD) system television here; viewers can watch unlimited channels, shows, or programs continue through the internet. Users can get a video or anything else that whatever users want. Viewers are allowed to watch everything to their demand with no limit for this, users only have to tell the service of their choice, and they deliver the videos through the internet connections.

There are also some VOD services like Amazon prime video, Netflix, Hulu, etc. IPTV is a satellite, cable, and terrestrial format system which offers streaming media. In streaming media, viewers can play anything such as content like without delay. It is a broadly Web-based telecommunications system that holds 1-10 Mbps within million bits per second.

Use of IPTV

From the 1990s, people may have an old TV model that cannot allow viewers to connect to the internet. For using the internet, viewers have to use the set-top box (the set-top box top box is an adapter that helps show the internet programs on the television and connect the internet with the television) for streaming videos. The Set-top box manages to connect the internet between TV content and the internet router that delivers the video to the users. Whenever the user wants to see the videos or TV Shows via the internet, then STB allows the different VOD catalog with IPTV services.

In these televisions, Viewers can watch programs, live shows with computers and set-top boxes. If viewers don’t have a set-top box, then they can be used as a dongle instead of this. The dongle mostly looks like a USB flash stick. Users can connect the Wi-Fi with the internet to see the music, TV programs, and movies directly by dongle. Well, anyone may want to know the difference between the set-top box and the dongle. Here, we must say there is some difference between these two things or models: generally, dongles are self-sufficient, and the set-top box is a speedy processor with a bigger box.

Storage System and Streaming

To make available, all video viewers need an accurate storage system. There are also IPTV channels that promote watching movies, getting fit, learning magic, learning to dance, etc. Users also can share anything with the world through this internet protocol television.

These televisions provide channels with excellent quality and also afford a minimum of 5000 channels with streaming solutions. The television services can be connected easily to the PC or laptop, mobile phone, tablet, etc. on demand. Download to rent (DTR) and electronic sell-through (EST) are the two parts of TV on demand. DTR gives their movies and shows rent to the viewers for a fixed time, and EST offers to purchase the shows online to the viewers.

Types of IPTV

Three types of IPTV are available in the market that’s are given below with some useful explanation:

● Video on Demand

The first type of IPTV is commonly used already, known as video on demand (VOD). VOD is connected with an online movie website called Netflix. This VOD offers viewers a wide range of movie or TV video programs. People are always curious to watch their choices. Here, just viewers have to pay the money to watch Videos on it, and then Viewers can watch programs according to their interest by spending the money. This television refers to the viewers to purchase TV shows or movies on a weekly basis.

In VOD services, there are probably some themes that exist that deliver advertising. To go to the website and discover more advertising, users have to click on the advertisement. Some popular broadcasters In the UK, like BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), are also granted IPTV for streaming video players. Netflix is another example of a video on demand; there are 182.8 million subscribers on Netflix, which is vast.

● Time-Shifted IPTV

The second type of IPTV is called time-shifted IPTV. Viewers can watch listed broadcasters’ channels through this. In this system, there is a limited directory. It assumes store data, records data on users’ demand.   

● Live Television

The third kind of IPTV is called live television. Here, viewers can watch the shows or programs and sports which are live broadcast over the television. It gives the viewers enjoyment by displaying the favorite award shows, cricket, and football. People can also provide the votes to their favorite contestants or acts at any talent TV shows on live television. It also represents the thousands of audience live to the viewers that they can give an instant review; at the same time, millions of people can watch the world cup final via the internet. Viewers can easily ask the question in life in any TV shows through this and can get answers within the shortest time.

All three kinds of IPTV are useful for the users and can work much better in a web browser.


On the above, we try to explain what IPTV is and also how it works. We hope this content will be helpful for those who are interested to know about IPTV. This satellite and internet-based television is the future of TV. With this IPTV, viewers can be unlimited and can also enjoy unlimited access yet. In short, this is the face of digital media in the upcoming future.