Traditional television now has a new competitor with Internet television or Internet TV. Where traditional television is broadcast via antennae, or now satellite, or cable, internet tv is video and audio data transmitted through an internet connection or in other words IPTV (Internet protocol television).
It is possible to watch internet television through your computer, your television screen (via a set-top box) or through your mobile phone or ipod (i.e. anywhere where there is an internet connection).
There is much more variety in the programmes you can watch via internet television. In addition to the traditional television network companies which produce their own content via the internet, there are also a plethora of independent producers and smaller companies broadcasting their own material, which means there is more choice and greater access to more specialist subjects.
When reading about internet tv you will often hear the word “streaming”.
Streaming means being able to watch live content or on-demand videos without downloading a copy onto your computer. As it is live content you cannot pause, back-up or skip through parts of the programme that do not interest you. Although with technological advances some of these feature may become possible in the future.
Most major TV networks play live, streaming feeds of their programming on their official web sites.
On-demand videos allow you to choose what you want to watch, when you want to watch it. The videos are arranged in a directory, sorted by categories, allowing you to easily locate the video or programme you want to watch.
Iternet TV is an interactive means of communication compared to traditional television. Moreover the future of internet television is very exciting because as technology improves so will our whole viewing experience.