With Foxtel and everyone else marketing IPTV, consumers are faced with a tough question.
Should they go for regular PayTV or jump over to IPTV? Let’s examine both of these, so that you can make an informed decision.
Pay TV is the regular TV subscription where the content is broadcasted via satellite direct to home, or to centres in each locality and then carried home via the cable network. A set-top box decodes the content and displays it on the TV. PayTV providers normally bundle channels together with certain bundles like sports and business costing extra. The content is usually SD (Standard Definition). The HD (High Definition) channel package again comes at an extra cost. PayTV normally requires a 6 month or longer contract.
With IPTV the content is broadcast over the Internet. It requires an IPTV set-top box, as well as high bandwidth broadband connection. IPTV costs are normally lower than PayTV, since the infrastructure requirements are lesser. IPTV subscribers can get a live broadcast, just like regular TV or video on demand. Many IPTV providers do not have contracts, meaning you can pay monthly. Delayed or time-shifted broadcast is a great feature if you happen to miss your favourite shows – you can still catch shows that were broadcast hours, or a few days earlier. You can only get this feature with Foxtel. Most IPTV providers have huge storage buffers where they hang on to content for a certain amount of time. However, IPTV services still have a limited reach, depending in part, on the availability of high bandwidth broadband connections in that location.
At the moment, PayTV offers a wider range of channels to choose from, and reaches most homes in Australia. Both satellite and cable providers have a stable distribution. Though IPTV may work out cheaper, it is still catching up in terms of content, and the outreach. Also, being dependent on your broadband connection, services are likely to be disrupted or slow, if there’s any problem with your network connection.
So now does that give you a better picture of which of these would be suitable for you? Visit our comparison page to compare providers and choose which is best for you.