Television has been one of the main sources of media consumption for decades. Because of that, you can see many living rooms are essentially built around TVs so that you can enjoy watching your favourite shows as comfortably as possible. It is not rare for whole families to sit down on a sofa and enjoy whatever program they want, from Superbowl to their favourite TV shows.
So, considering how important TV is in our lives, it’s a somewhat significant decision on how you want it delivered to you. Like many other things during our lifetime, television has evolved from in many ways, nowadays you don’t have to climb the roof to adjust the antenna because the picture went out during the storm and so on.
Since we’ve evolved past things like that, and they are no longer present in modern society, how do we receive the signal nowadays? Well, there are several ways and one of them is taking over the market by storm. We’re talking about IPTV. IPTV is the newest form of receiving a television signal compared to cable and satellite TV.
Strictly speaking, it’s not that new, it’s been around for some time, but, like it’s usually the case with technological advancements, it takes some time for it to make its mark on the market. Nowadays, you can see it more often than not and that is what we’re going to talk about today – reasons why the IPTV is better than the rest of the options out there.
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1. It is simple and inexpensive to install
We live in times where the internet is the thing that makes to the world go round and IPTV is the thing that utilizes just that – the internet. Unlike satellite, which requires you to have a satellite dish mounted on your house or a building, which can be a costly job, the only thing that you need for IPTV is a stable internet connection. Internet Protocol Television, which is what IPTV abbreviations stand for, uses an internet connection to deliver you the desired program from the server and nothing else.
No additional cables or satellite dishes. If you have an earlier model of the TV, you will, however, need a set-top box, which is inexpensive and is just plugged into a wall and a TV. The reason you might need this is that the signal you’re receiving needs to be decrypted for your TV in order to use it. Newer models already have hardware inside them that allows them to receive a signal without the STB. The great thing about this is, you can easily do it yourself, there’s no need for a TV provider crew to come to your house and install cables or mount satellite dishes.
2. It is cheaper than cable or satellite
Not only do you save time and money on installation, but the monthly or annual subscriptions to IPTV are more often than not far more inexpensive than the cable or satellite. Take VooIPTV.com for example, it’s less than a $100 for an annual subscription and you can start watching it before this article is over if you apply right now.
3. It is faster to obtain
We were not kidding when we said you could start watching before this article is over. Another great thing about this form of television is that it is essentially instantaneously available to you after you decide to get it. You go online, decide on a plan, fill up a form or two and that’s it – you have access to TV. That’s impossible if you choose cable or satellite. A crew will have to come to your house and install either some cables or mount a dish. Not to mention, those options are sometimes actually impossible, maybe your building doesn’t have a cable box in the neighborhood or the surrounding buildings are not allowing for a satellite signal to be properly received, but we’ll touch on that in a second.
4. It’s unaffected by surroundings/weather
This is a common problem for satellite users. Your dish must be positioned in a way so there are no obstacles in receiving a signal. That means, it can’t be placed in front of a large tree or any obstacle and it has to point in a certain direction. We’ve all witnessed a picture loss during a big storm, it’s not that uncommon. And imagine this, you have kids playing football in the backyard and one of them accidentally hits the dish with a ball, say goodbye to your program until is repositioned. Those things cannot happen with IPTV since there isn’t anything there that can be affected outside factors.
5. You can enjoy any program you want at any time
In case you didn’t know, IPTV does not broadcast in real-time, per se. The signal from TV station is received by a server and then distributed to viewers, unlike cable or satellite where the signal is directly transmitted from station to user. This allows for unparalleled user experience. Let’s say you’re 30 minutes late for a game. There’s nothing you can do about it but hope you haven’t missed anything important, right? Wrong. With IPTV, since the program is ‘pulled’ from a server, you can rewind and watch the game from the beginning. Of course, you won’t be able to see a game from a month ago since servers don’t have unlimited storage capacity, but you can certainly rewind a couple of days and catch up with anything you might’ve missed.
Another bonus of IPTV is that there are no restrictions which you may encounter with other providers. Sometimes a cable company will not have signed a contract with a certain television network and you won’t be able to watch those channels. That is never the case with IPTV.
6. It offers video on demand
A lot of IPTV providers offer a library of movies and TV shows that you can watch at any time – something like an OTT streaming service, but with the addition of live TV. It’s the best of both worlds for a fraction of price.
7. It is available on multiple devices
This is a feature that is available exclusively for IPTV because of the way it’s broadcast. Since it’s dependent solely on the internet, you can watch TV on a phone, tablet or a computer, even if you’re not home in front of a TV. You don’t even have to own a TV to watch TV.
These were some of the reasons for which IPTV is superior to cable or satellite. There are certainly a lot more advantages to this form of television, but these are the ones that are essential and most accurately describe the difference between them.