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What is IPTV?

IPTV explained
Everything seems to be powered by the internet these days, and TV is no different. Internet Protocol TV is sent to the screen via the broadband connection, as opposed to via radio frequencies used in standard TV. The same effect happens when you stream video on demand like Netflix online, but IPTV is very different in that it sends a TV signal via the internet designed for use by TV sets. The efficiency gains of this service is why IPTV is said to be the technology of the future.

The efficiency and capabilities of IPTV mean that users can get an extremely broad range of channels through the service. This is enabled with a set top box, which most providers (including TalkTalk, BT, Sky and Virgin Media)will install without fees and give the service for a very low introductory rate. This also allows easy recording of shows to watch later.

IPTV is offered by the main providers of broadband in most cases. These include BT TV from BT, Now TV from Sky, and YouView which can be used with a subscription to TalkTalk or Plusnet among others. Amazon Fire TV and Android TV are also interesting offerings.

And if bundled with your broadband and phone services, you can stand to make substantial savings overall as well as availing of the benefits of IPTV. A common bundle is Voice-over-IP (VoIP), broadband, and Video-on-Demand (VOD).

There are several factors when considering if IPTV is a good solution for you. Firstly, consider the savings you can avail of when bundling it with other services. If there are significant savings, you should then try factor in if the installation costs will make it still worth it. Even if it’s not, maybe the benefits of IPTV still outweigh the costs, especially if you already have a fast connection. This can also be a reason to make the switch to IPTV, since with many providers like Virgin Media have very fast broadband offerings – so if you switch to them you could upgrade your broadband and TV in one go.

What’s important to note is that your options are further increased with the advent of IPTV, and since it is offered by the best broadband providers there are substantial upgrades and savings to be gained with a bit of research.