As the name suggests, Internet Television is TV distributed through the internet. Before, television could only be shared-out through terrestrial, satellite, or cable systems; however today, with the progress in connection speeds of the internet, as well as technology advances, increase in people using the internet, and the reduction in the cost of connection.
There are a lot of forms that internet television is presented including: be viewed on regular televisions through a Set-top box or on handy devices such mobile phones, or on computers; it may display a channel “live” (similar to regular TV) or permit viewers to choose a show and watch on demand; it may entail any budget, from simple home camcorders to the professional expensive productions; it may be guarded from copying or being easily duplicated like a perfect copy; it may be paid or free, and may be maintained by advertisements; and may be a passive or interactive medium.
On the other hand, one of the difficulties that hinder internet television for wider adoption is the streaming technology, which can sometimes be of poor quality, as well as high-cost towards providers. A project f BBC’s Dirac, seeks to solve this problem through creating a high-quality, scalable, free codec to stream video contents through the net. As internet television gets more invasive, attempts are being done by companies like JumpTV, to come up with the broadcasting of on-hand pay-TV channels to standard TV sets through the net, at the same time as maintaining control on how media is utilized. Such control is needed to guard existing pay-per-view models and subscription models.
Internet television services have basically two models: the fee based and free internet television. The fee based is a service usually supported and funded by big telecom providers and follows the systems of previous satellite, terrestrial, or cable, based on a fee for subscription, with added features such as high-definition television, digital video recording, and video-on-demand, with Europe and Asia being the leaders of this type of internet TV; the free internet TV is obtainable through the Web, and does not require a particular carrier, set-top-box to be accessed, or an operator. Its core and basic theme, as well as appealing video products now has the chance to be distributed to a bigger audience; something improbable with previous models of television distributing.
Internet television has become significantly common, where one can find conventional TV content legally and freely accessible on the internet. Additionally, the latest Internet-only TV content has come into view, which is not given out through satellite, terrestrial, or cable systems.
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