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IPTV Services in Australia
You may have heard the term IPTV and wondered what it actually means – understandable, since it’s one that’s not used very much these days. It stands for Internet Protocol Television – not the catchiest of names, but it describes exactly what IPTV is. “Internet Protocol” (IP) is the way all data is transferred around the internet from one place to another – you’ve possibly heard of an “IP Address”, which is your unique identifier on the internet – like a phone number for other devices to contact.
IPTV covers several different ways of delivering and viewing TV via the internet. And in this age where streaming TV is everywhere, you’ve possible used all of them at some point, without even realising! There are several different flavours of IPTV.
What is Streaming Video on Demand (SVOD)?
This is the most common form of IPTV today, and you’ll know it well from your time with everything from Netflix and Stan to YouTube and the various free-to-air catch-up services. You choose what you want to watch from a library of content, start it playing and the service starts sending the video stream to you – which then starts playing while it continues to download. For some services, you’ll just see the term VOD, leaving out the “streaming” part for a very good reason – they download the content completely before playing it. A common example of that would be the iTunes movie store, but VOD also applies to downloads of shows from streaming providers onto your mobile devices.
What is Live Streaming?
While it’s much harder to set up and keep running seamlessly, live streaming IPTV is what many thought of originally when IPTV was first developed. The concept is simple – a remote server continually streams live video that’s available for any device to connect to – like “tuning in” to a TV station. Video then plays on your end continuously, as a “live” channel. Examples of this include the phenomenally popular Kayo Sports with its interactive live streaming, Foxtel Now’s many live-streaming Foxtel channels, or the live news channel feed on Ten All Access. At one time, the plan was to deliver all free to air TV via the NBN using IPTV, and the NBN was designed with that in mind.
What is Delayed Streaming?
While live-streaming IPTV is technically a little bit delayed anyway – it has to be, so it can be encoded and sent out to those watching – you’ll also run across delayed-broadcast IPTV services that let you “tune in” to a delayed live stream of a service when you’ve missed the start of the content. While not especially common, when it’s used properly it can be incredibly useful. One of the most notable examples is the “Look Back” feature available on Foxtel’s iQ boxes (which let you use the program guide to go back up to 24 hours and stream what was broadcast on each channel). Even more useful is the seamless delayed streaming available on Kayo Sports, where you can start viewing a live broadcast from the beginning, even if it’s well in progress by the time you load the app or web site.
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What are the best Australian IPTV Services?
With the internet fast becoming the way we consume almost all entertainment, IPTV is everywhere in Australia these days. Some prominent examples are:
The logical evolution of Foxtel into the IPTV realm, Foxtel Now delivers many of Foxtel’s live channels as well as on-demand content, accessed via apps on devices as well as in web browsers.
With a mountain of IPTV tech and innovation working to keep it running behind the scenes, the seamless, easy-to-use Kayo Sports is an example of how IPTV can be leveraged to take TV beyond mere streaming from menus, and into a world where live, delayed and on-demand TV all work together as a cohesive service. Available direct, or at a special discounted price on your Telstra bill via Kayo From Telstra.
A hugely successful IPTV-based service that seamlessly blends live IPTV, on-demand streaming services and live broadcast TV channels in the one versatile device. With a range of its own premium channels and downloads – and access to apps like Netflix and Stan – it’s all types of IPTV in a box!
Foxtel’s newest satellite set top box has a lot of IPTV magic going on under the hood, from the “Look Back” delayed streaming feature to its extensive library of on-demand content available to stream or download onto the device.
10 All Access
Ten All Access is Network Ten’s answer to the rise of streaming TV, in partnership with CBS in the US. For just under 10 dollars per month, you can get an ‘all access’ pass to some of TV’s classic hits plus new releases even before it arrives on Network Ten. That’s over 7000 ad-free episodes that you can binge watch — and best of all, you can kick things off with a 1-month risk-free trial.
A streaming service that’s solely dedicated to docos, DocPlay features an extensive range of the best documentaries from all around the world. From biographical to true crime, social to nature and wildlife, plus many more in between, you’re bound to find a gem or two — or more — that would provoke your thoughts and possibly change your perception. Start your doco-binge with a free 30-day trial.
The Future of IPTV
Some may say that the future has already arrived, with millions of hours of IPTV content being consumed annually. But as Kayo Sports has shown, there’s plenty more that can be done to take TV to the next level, and we’re sure to see IPTV bring us more innovations in the future.
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