IPTV in Australia
Internet Protocol Television or IPTV is a television or pay TV service delivered through an internet connection. Some IPTV services can be similar to traditional cable with a mixture of live-feed and video-on-demand (VoD) channels while others supply only VoD.
Three Different Types of IPTV
Delayed Broadcast or Catch-Up TV replays a film or TV program that was shown hours, or sometimes even days before. If a subscriber misses a show, he can watch it in its entirety within a certain grace period. But once the allotted time has passed the IPTV provider will dump the show or movie from their list to make room for more recent broadcasts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]
Live Stream IPTV
Live stream IPTV is similar to a regular television like national TV or standard cable. Its only difference to a national TV/CATV is that its content is delivered through the internet.
Video On Demand (VoD)
VoD is similar to the On-Demand service provided by a cable television provider, or from renting a DVD or Blu-Ray. Subscribers can browse through a series of titles and choose which they want to watch. They’ll need to make an additional payment to watch the show or film they chose.
Here are some of the companies that offer IPTV services in Australia.
Fetch TV offers an IPTV service that is in many ways similar to familiar CATV services like Foxtel. It offers a wide range of services to its subscribers from paid TV channel packages to 30 free on-demand movies.
Foxtel over Xbox 360
This is a way to stream Foxtel channels and services through an Xbox 360’s broadband internet connection.
Foxtel on Internet
This is very similar to Foxtel on Xbox 360 but instead of using an Xbox 360 the user needs to have a compatible 2011 or 2012 (or later) model Samsung Smart TV.
TiVo is a brand commonly associated with IPTV/smart digital media management. It is one of the more popular IPTV services in Australia.
TPG IPTV focuses mainly on foreign language and foreign affairs news programs, but its subscribers can also free-to-air national TV channels.
Apple TV is a service from Apple that focuses on supplying VoDs to its users.
IPTV and the Future
Today, IPTV is still very limited in Australia. But its cheapness, ease of installation and wider-ranging geographical availability will make it more popular in the future.