August 20, 2010

IPTV vs Satellite TV

With our internet connection getting faster nowadays, many media companies are jumping on to the bandwagon of Internet TV or IPTV. So the question that most people will pose is that how is IPTV compared to old, reliable Astro? IPTV or satellite TV?

IPTV services are delivered using the architecture and networking methods of the Internet, instead of through traditional radio frequency broadcast or satellite.

Of course the reliability and speed of the line will depend on your internet service provider. To be able to watch HD movies over the internet, you will probably need high-speed broadband which will be quite costly at the moment. However using a dedicated 1Mbps line is sufficient to deliver a good quality movie to your TV.

The main advantage of IPTV is that it has both a download and upload link. This means that users can send back information to the media operator. This is important when you are doing things like online shopping, multi-player games etc.

Best of all is that the programs can be on-demand rather than linear programming like the traditional TV channels. This means that you only pay for what you watch.

In terms of setting-up, all you need is an internet line which connects to a set-top box. That's need to climb up you roof to install that satellite dish. And of course raining will not interrupt your viewing pleasure.

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