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How does an IPTV work?

Whether you watch programs when they are broadcast or you select and watch content on demand, you’ll have to make a choice on how you receive television. All options allow users to watch videos and programs through different technology or modes of transmission.

Carefully look at the benefits of each TV option, as well as features, packages, and pricing. Here are the three types of TV services to choose from:

Cable TV

Cable Television is a system for distribution of content to viewers and subscribers. This type of TV service involves distributing television channels to subscribers through coaxial cables or optic fiber and broadband amplifiers. Note that there is a central location (head-end) where the TV programs are received or created before transmission over a coaxial cable network. Users are required to have a TV connection set up.

Best Cable TV Providers

Videotron

Videotron is a leading company in Canada offering internet plans, Cable TV plans, and other services. When it comes to Cable TV, they’re one of the best choices.


Telus

TELUS is a Canadian internet and communications company that covers Western Canada, offering a wide range of internet and value-added services backed by a wide network of pure fibre optic infrastructure. You’re highly likely to find the best Cable TV plan for you at Telus.


Cogeco

Cogeco is one of the best choices you can go with for Cable TV. Compare plans and pricing and choose one of their plans and get the best offer.


Axion

With affordable plans and lots of channels to watch, Axion is a leading choice when it comes to Cable TV in Canada.


SaskTel

One of the most popular Internet and TV providers in Canada. Quality of service, great plans to choose from, and reliability that comes with every plan. If you need Cable TV, SaskTel is a great choice.


Shaw

Shaw has been offering Cable TV for a long while. With years of proved quality service behind them, Shaw is a top choice for Cable TV for most Canadians.


Rogers

Rogers is the biggest carrier in Canada and has the most extensive list of products and services to cater to business, enterprises, and personal use. The company was founded in Ontario in 1995, and has come a long way since, as an all in one communications providers. Most of the time they’re the #1 choice for Cable TV for everyone.

While there are various similarities between cable TV and IPTV, they are different in many ways.


Satellite TV

Satellite television involves the delivery of TV signals. The stream of digital content is usually received by set-top boxes and satellite dishes. The positioning of your dish should point toward a specific satellite.

Best satellite TV Providers

Bell

Bell is a popular company when it comes to most services – including internet, phone, and TV. If you need satellite TV, Bell is one of the best choices.

IPTV

IPTV is a service for the delivery of different interactive multimedia services over a managed IP network. Users can either receive IPTV signals using personal computers or set-top-boxes.

Best IPTV Providers in Canada

Here are some of the best IPTV providers available in Canada:

Vmedia

Founded in 2013, VMedia Inc. is a Canada-based telecommunications company and broadcast distribution, provider. It provides cable and DSL internet services in:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan

You may sign up for its IPTV services from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, or Quebec. Its VoIP telephone and home security services are available across the country.


Distributel

Distributel has been offering IPTV services to Canadian customers for quite a while now. Lots of plans to choose from and compare.


Bell

One of the leading names in internet, TV, and home phone services in Canada, Bell provides a wide range of services to provinces across the nation. It is a reliable fibre-optic internet provider, offering some of the fastest speeds in the industry.


Beanfield

Beanfiled is a known company when it comes to internet and IPTV plans in Canada. Compare their plans and choose the one that suits your needs the most.


What Makes IPTV different?

Storing Content

Content delivered by IPTV companies is either managed or owned by a TV channel. Therefore, the IPTV service provider must acquire the rights to collect and redistribute the content before building a head end facility for processing and distributing it to the end user. You can stream live programs while they’re being produced. However, when it comes to movies and pre-recorded programs, the IPTV service providers have to store them to allow for streaming on demand.

Modern storage capabilities allow providers to store thousands of popular movie titles for their Video On Demand offerings. Well, bandwidth consumption is a key factor that providers consider when making programs and content available. Limiting the amount of content available is critical because the internet has to serve other purposes. They don’t want to slow down the network or negatively impact the internet.

Preparing Content

Preparation, in this case, means converting all the available content into a format that will allow distribution and transmission. Whether it’s live video or pre-recorded content, delivery of the content is only possible in packets. The content stream in standard definition should be encoded in MPEG4 or MPEG2 format before it’s delivered using the internet. These are the correct digital formats.

You know how frustrating it feels when you have to wait for a video to buffer for before it continues streaming. IPTV providers usually compress the videos so that users can stream without periodic delays. The next step involves embedding advertisements and encrypting the information.

Streaming Content

Let’s take a look at what happens when you’re browsing a website. What you need to understand is that browsing involves temporarily linking two computers whereby one gets information from the other. Technically, your computer is pulling content from the other. The server provides you the information you’ve requested while having a brief, intermittent conversation. When the conversation involves one user’s server and another server, the process is referred to as IP unicasting. In this case, the client computer links directly to an IP address corresponding to whatever you’re looking for before it gets content from the server on the other end.

IP Multicasting

IPTV channel transmission involves transferring television media from a television gateway or server to the end user. When the transmission is copied and sent to multiple viewers at the same time, it’s referred to as multicasting.

During multicasting, the packets are sent simultaneously through the network to many destinations despite the fact that each of them leaves the server once. That’s the reason why the content from one server can be sent to many different clients almost the same way as it is for a single client. If you’re a football enthusiast, you now know why hundreds of thousands of fans can stream the World Cup final at the same time. What’s happening in such a case is that a single server is sending packets of streamed video simultaneously to all these people using IP multicasting.

IPTV protocols

It’s important to understand what happens when you’re streaming content on the internet. First of all, streaming a program involves downloading small bits of a given file while still playing it. It doesn’t happen the same way when you’re downloading an ordinary file because the file is not stored for a long time. This is achieved through different IPTV protocols which allow for communication and linking between computers across the world through the internet.

Which Devices Can you use to Watch IPTV?

Viewing IPTV is possible for anyone with a personal computer and internet connection. Multicast streaming content can play on most software media players. The fact that most people don’t love watching television on computers means that IPTV might consider launching set-top boxes to allow users to subscribe to the service.

The role of a set-top box is to receive a transmission from the internet connection before decoding it and displaying a picture and sound on a screen. It produces higher quality video output as a result of its big memory and faster processor.

IPTV vs. Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast

We’ve already indicated that IPTV is a service for the delivery of broadcast television, videos on demand and other interactive multimedia services over a managed IP network. The set top box is the hardware item associated with IPTV service providers. However, they require a middle-ware solution in order to be used.

When it comes to Apple TV, streaming content is managed using a slimmed-down operating system. Simple apps run on this operating system using a set-top box as well. Users can opt to use a dongle instead of a set-top box. A dongle works almost the same way as a set-top box since users can still have secure access to Internet television programs.

While some providers such as Amazon Fire and Roku don’t need any help from a mobile device or personal computer when using dongles, Google’s Chromecast can be used with these devices. Chromecast allows users to stream television programs or videos from the internet as well.

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