What is IPTV and how does it work?

If you are not part of the media landscape, chances are you haven't heard of IPTV. But you've probably been using it for years.


And chances are you'll use it more in the future. IPTV is growing rapidly, with new providers and services appearing alongside traditional TV providers and offering more IPTV offerings.

But what is IPTV? What does IPTV mean? How does it work and is it illegal?

And, how can you use it to improve your viewing experience?


Let's start with the basics. What is IPTV?


IPTV stands for "Internet Protocol Television". The IPTV IP address is the same as your IP or VoIP address. It simply means that the television programming is communicated via the Internet Protocol.


To understand what it means, you need to know a bit more about how the non-IPTV system works. If you want to know more about IPTV addons for Kodi, you can check IPTVKODI site.


With cable or satellite TV, broadcasters send signals that viewers receive - you can only watch what is being broadcast. Unless you have some sort of recording device, you can't dictate what or when. Just log in when you can and see what's available.


IPTV is different. Instead of transmitting content in pulses of light in the form of fiber-optic cable or radio waves from a satellite, IPTV sends shows and movies through your standard Internet connection. (You may be using a cable or satellite internet connection, but these connections are separate from the ones that typically carry your TV signals).


Instead of broadcasting a series of programs on a set schedule, most IPTV channels use video on demand (VOD) or offbeat media - we'll cover that point, along with a third format, in a moment.


Its operation is based on a complex network architecture, in particular on the transcoding of traditional signals into IP compatible signals.


But the important thing is that you don't have to watch what's on the air. You can tell your provider what you want to watch and they'll send it to you immediately. King365