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Video Over IP, 2nd Edition by Wes Simpson

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13 IPTV—DELIVERING TELEVISION TO CONSUMERS

 

 

IPTV is a method for delivering traditional, linear television programming to consumers over a private IP network. It can be considered a direct substitute for broadcast, satellite, or CATV systems, because it accomplishes the same purpose: delivering hundreds of channels of continuous programming that are displayed on a television by way of an STB. Contrast this with Internet video, which consists of millions of video clips that are viewed by means of a PC display and delivered over a public network. (Internet Video will be covered in Chapter 15.)

The distinctions between IPTV and Internet video are not merely semantic; there are significant differences in the technologies used to provide these ...

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