IPTV stands for Internet protocol television, and it refers to the method of relying television content over a fast broadband internet connection that allows the user to have an interactive experience that is customised to their needs. The IPTV initiates a two way signal that allows the user to select content on demand, time shift and take advantage on all of the other exciting features that interactive broadband TV options.

IPTV has been developed over the years for many different purposes and it is becoming increasingly popular on the consumer market with big name brands such as Apple, ABC, TPG and Foxtel bringing out their own branded IPTV options for you to compare and choose from.

These commercial environments have developed and deployed IPTV for distribution and use as a live broadband TV format that will also include options like demand play channels as well as video on demand material that will be transmitted across LAN and WAN Ip network infrastructures which will be strictly quality controlled by the ip provider.

It really is incredible new technology which is opening up options that are beyond most of our wildest dreams, to be able to access interactive TV through a fast broadband connection where we can completely customise everything we want or need to completely build our own viewing experience exactly the way we want it. With the added features of being able to pause and replay live broadband TV, it really is going to do incredible things for the future of in-home entertainment.

Given that IPTV software is still new and in its development stages, the software does have its limitations. It is currently still very sensitive to packet loss and long delays when the streamed data is unreliable. The IPTV has strict minimum speed requirements, you must have a fast broadband connection so that it is able to create the right number of frames per second to create the moving pictures. Without this speed or an unreliable service then the picture will be stilted and delayed. This means that the limited connection speed/bandwidth available for a large IPTV consumer base will reduce the service quality that can be delivered.

The IPTV plans that are being offered on the market currently by the broadband providers mentioned before will allow you to watch selected TV channels via your Desktop or lap top which will be delivered directly through your broadband internet connection. This means you will be able to watch the new HD channels without the added expense of a set top box.

Most of the new modems on the market are specifically configured to support the IPTV software and you should ensure that you have one that does, or the IPTV just isn’t going to work. Some of the internet providers are offering free IPTV trials with their broadband connections so that you can test out this great new software, and like any new piece of technology the IPTV that is around today is going to advance in leaps and bounds over the future with addition of new channels and features being added all the time.