IPTV: How Does It Work?

Internet Protocol Television is Changing the Game

Hello, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Setplex we want to provide the best IPTV solutions possible. We wholeheartedly believe that Internet Protocol TV is the future of consumer media consumption and will displace traditional broadcasting methods sooner rather than later. While this passion and drive have allowed us to become experts in the IPTV world, we realized that the people reading this blog might not even understand how IPTV works. To remedy this situation, we are going to spend today’s blog explaining the exact process that Internet Protocol television follows. We hope that by the end of this blog you have an increased understanding of exactly how IPTV works.

How Does Internet Protocol Television Work?

To understand how IPTV works, you first need to understand how it does not work. With traditional television, programs are broadcast as radio waves which are beamed through the air and captured by an antenna located on the rooftop of a home. The antenna converts the waves back into electrical signals that can be read by a television set. While cable is slightly different than this (it uses fiber-optics instead of radio waves), the main concept is still the same. IPTV, on the other hand, does things a little differently. Below, we have listed the steps that IPTV requires.

  • Storage: One of the most important aspects of video on demand services, VOD for short, is storage. While live programs are broadcast as they happen, prerecorded programs need to be stored until they are sent out to the viewers. As a result, VOD services must limit the amount of content they have available in order to conserve storage and overall bandwidth use.

 

  • Preparation: With Internet Protocol television, certain steps have to be taken before a program can be delivered to an audience. First, the program, whether it is live or prerecorded, must be converted into a digital format that can be delivered using the Internet Protocol. Luckily, many programs are already recorded in a digital format, so this step is oftentimes not even needs. After the program is confirmed to be in a digital format, it must be compressed. Limits on bandwidth mean that compression is the best method for delivering programs because it ensures that the programs stream smoothly without having to constantly buffer. At the very end of the process, any ads that will be included in the programming are inserted and the entire thing is encrypted.
  • Streaming: When you stream something from the internet, you are essentially pulling information from one computer to another. In this way, your computer can take advantage of the true powerhouses of the internet, servers. Servers are the reason that streaming video over the internet is even possible, and the IPTV network is largely built around these machines. Think of it this way, while your computer is receiving all of the information it needs, it is able to do so because the server is there to provide it. By taking on the bulk of the work, servers keep laptops small, affordable, and convenient.

From storage to preparation to delivery, IPTV is quickly changing the way that people think about media. Gone Are the days of large cable companies and networks being in control of how and when people can view their favorite programs. At Setplex, we think this is a wonderful thing. As the producer of IPTV software and hardware, we cannot wait to see what the future of IPTV holds not only for our business but for the rest of the world. If you’d like to learn more about our products, or Internet Protocol television in general, visit our site today. Don’t let cable companies control your viewing habits any longer, experience the world of IPTV today.

What to Look For In a STB

Ready to take the plunge into internet protocol television (IPTV)? Then you’ll want to start with a set top box (STB). There are a ton of choices when it comes to set top boxes and most of them are super affordable, making it easier than ever to ditch watching television on your laptop or tablet and bring it to the big screen that’s sitting in your living room. But what do you look for in a IPTV STB? Here are five things you’ll want to look for when you start to look for the right STB for your home.

Factors to Consider in a Set Top Box

What content is available?

There is no point in getting an IPTV STB if you can’t get the content that you want. The good news is that most STBs make it easy to access your favorite content. Apps like YouTube and Netflix are widely available, and most systems will support other distributors like Hulu, Spotify, Crackle, Pandora and more. Think about what media you are accessing on your laptop or through other devices and make sure you can access it through your new STB. Don’t neglect to consider file support, too, meaning you can send files from your computer to your big screen (great for downloaded content). If you can’t access the media that you watch on all of your devices, getting an STB might not be worth your money.

Can you watch live TV?

While IPTV allows you to access more content than ever from around the world, you might find that you still want to access live television. Things like sporting events, the local news, and other television isn’t as easy to access online as it is on live television, and you might not want to wait for it to become available in your area. Finding a system that still allows you to watch live television allows you to have the best of both worlds. Eventually, though, you might find that you are relying on live television for entertainment is less than less…although it’s nice to know it’s there if you need it.

How much storage does it have?

Storage is going to be a major consideration for a set top box. That’s because a lot of systems will allow you to store media so it’s available when you want it, often times without access to the internet. More apps are allowing you to download content so you can watch it when it’s convenient, whether or not you have internet access at the time. That’s a life-saver if your internet goes down. Other systems allow you to record live television and play it back later. That’s a great feature so you never miss your favorite shows, but if your STB doesn’t have enough storage space, you’ll end up being more frustrated than entertained.

Does it have good streaming quality?

This is a vital statistic when it comes to finding a set top box that you’ll love. If you’ve become used to watching high-quality content in high-def quality, you aren’t going to want to start watching television in standard definition. Keep in mind what your television is capable of displaying; some televisions aren’t going to display 1080p definition no matter how good your set top box is. If you want to watch movies and streaming content in 1080p, look for higher-end boxes capable of delivering it to your television.

Is it easy to use?

Finally, make sure the set top box that you choose is easy to use. You want a system that is user friendly and no more complicated than watching traditional television. You should be able to turn on your system, locate the content you want to watch, and hit play. If the system isn’t easy to use, it’s not worth your time or your money.

Looking for a system that can deliver it all to your customers? We recommend Setplex. It offers great streaming quality with a terrific content delivery network and an easy-to-use interface that helps consumers find the content they want to watch, no matter where it’s at online.  Learn more by contacting our team through our website and learn how you can bring your content to the Setplex system.

Five Big Advantages for IPTV Consumers

Not everyone is sold on IPTV…yet. A lot of people feel that watching shows and movies on their traditional terrestrial or cable television is good enough for what they need. Once people experience IPTV, though, there are so many advantages that consumers are unlikely to return to traditional media delivery methods. So what are the big advantages for consumers when it comes to internet protocol television? Here are five of them that content creators and consumers should both know about.

Why Consumers Should Switch to IPTV

Content is available when you want it.

One of the biggest advantages of IPTV is that you can access content when you want to watch it. You aren’t tied to a television schedule or have to wait for a new episode to air on a particular night of the week. With IPTV, most media is on-demand (you’ll have access to live television, as well) so you can start the next episode of your favorite show when you are ready for it, whether that’s with your morning coffee or late at night after you’ve been out on the town. It’s ready when you are, making it more convenient than ever.

You can watch content in a variety of ways.

It used to be you could only consume television shows on your television. That’s no longer the case. Media can be streamed on your television along with your computer, laptop, tablet, smartphone, and a multitude of other devices. So not only is it more convenient because you can start your shows whenever you want, you can watch them virtually wherever you want as well. Catch up on the latest episode on the train into work or watch the latest blockbuster while waiting for your appointment at the dentist.

More media entertainment options.

Your media programming is no longer dependant on what the networks want you to see. Now you can be the master of your own media programming, pulling in content from live television, on-demand movies, catch-up television episodes, radio, podcasts, along with apps and websites. It’s easy to customize programming to your needs and interests for a media experience that’s tailored to you and only you.

Many systems don’t require long, expensive contracts.

Cable companies used to be able to force you into their long, expensive contracts because they had the shows that you wanted. If you didn’t sign for the contract, you ended up with whatever channels you could get over-the-air on your antenna for free. That usually led to missing out on the latest and greatest shows. But with IPTV, you can often get the shows that you want for less expense and without signing long term contracts. Some systems allow you to pay for the particular channels that you want or to purchase shows or movies on an as-wanted basis. You may even find monthly payment options that give you full access without the long contracts, so you can cancel when it’s convenient. That means media is more customizable and higher quality without the higher price tag.

Global entertainment at the touch of a button.

Internet protocol television allows you to bring media from around the world into your home. You can enjoy television from the BBC even though you live in the United States. Or maybe you want to catch the latest must-see-TV from the States even though you like in Germany. Wherever you are and whatever you want to watch, IPTV has opened up global entertainment options. And thanks to CDNs that gap the bridge between the origin server and the end user, content isn’t slowed down no matter where you are and what you want to watch.

Ready to Make the Switch to IPTV?

Internet protocol television is less expensive and offers more options and customization for the consumer. If you haven’t tried IPTV, it’s time to try it and experience its superiority to traditional television. Start by finding a reputable IPTV service with a high-quality, set-top box, IPTV software, and a strong content delivery network for the best quality at the highest speeds. We recommend Setplex. It’s a complete A-to-Z solution for bringing internet television into your home. Learn more on our website and unlock IPTV now.

What’s a CDN and Why Do You Need One?

The world is a big place but the internet has done a lot to make it feel much smaller. With the help of the internet, we can talk to anyone around the world instantly. What you might not realize, though, is that distance still matters when it comes to the internet, particularly when it comes to the speed of data and content delivery. The further away that you are from the origin point, the longer it’s going to take for the data to reach you. The closer you are to the origin server, the faster the content is going to make it through the cables and into your television, computer, or tablet. For consumers, faster data transfers offer higher quality sound and video. For content providers, they are much more likely to retain customers because of their high quality content. If pictures lag, sound stutters, or content is slow to load, customers are much more likely to move on to other content (and there is plenty of content to choose from these days). So how are content makers, distributors and providers supposed to compete for audiences around the world when their servers are based in one static location? That’s where a content delivery network comes in.

What’s a CDN?

It stands for Content Delivery Network. The network is made up of servers around the world that cache data that can be passed onto the consumer. For example, let’s say you are a content provider who keeps their media on a server in San Francisco. Your customer in New York wants to watch a video that you’ve produced. Instead of waiting for the data to transfer from San Francisco to their home in New York, they can instead connect to a server in Philadelphia in order to get the content. The download time is much faster, the streaming quality is better, and the consumer gets what they want, when they want it at the highest quality possible. Content delivery networks work on a global scale, too, giving your content consumers the best quality no matter where they are accessing the content.

Why You Need a CDN

At this point, the answer should be pretty clear. A CDN is all about providing your customers and end-users with the highest quality content possible. It’s reliable, uninterrupted content that provides high customer satisfaction and keeps customers coming back for more. Consumers want to access content from around the world and they want to do when they want and how they want. A CDN makes that possible and creates a better end-user experience and the potential for bigger profits for content makers due to higher customer satisfaction.

Which CDN Is Right For You?

Now that you know what a content delivery network is and why you need one, it’s time to find the right one. That’s easier said than done. Just like there is plenty of content out there to choose from, there are plenty of CDNs to choose from, too. We recommend Setplex. This CDN provides fast connections, guaranteed bandwidth, and high quality, three things that are invaluable to consumers and creators. The Setplex system can be configured for multiple features and streaming for resolutions from standard definition to beautiful clear, crisp HD.

Want to learn more about getting the right CDN for your content? Want to ensure that you are delivering the highest level of quality content to your consumers? Then it’s time to explore the benefits of a Setplex CDN. Give us a call or contact us through our website to learn more about how we can set you up with a CDN, STB, and other solutions to bring your content to the word.

A Guide to IPTV Lingo for Beginners

When you decide to take control of your television viewing experience and make the change to IPTV, you might be confused by all the acronyms you find. Our guide will help you decode terms like IPTV, STB, and more. Still have questions about something after you’ve read our guide to IPTV lingo? Give our team a call and we’ll make sure you have all the information you need to find the right content delivery system.

Why You Need to Know These Terms

When you start to consider how you want to bring internet television into your home, you’ll discover a multitude of different options and configurations that can help you do it. But sometimes that can become confusing, especially if you aren’t sure what exactly you are reading about. Just like most things on the internet, there are a lot of acronyms used in the terminology of internet protocol television. Knowing what those acronyms stand for and what they mean can help you make more informed, smart choices and get the content delivery system you actually need and want to use.

Acronyms for IPTV Explained

CDN

Content delivery network. This is the system by which your content is delivered to your television. The network is made by servers placed around the world and delivers content to consumers based on where they live and where they are watching the content. The network includes where the content originates from, where it’s stored, and the final destination where it’s consumed.

IPTV

Internet Protocol TeleVision. This is the method of delivering content to your television over the internet as opposed to via an antenna, radio signals, or cables. IPTV uses your home’s own internet signal to bring content to your television through some sort of content delivery system via a set-top box or other plug-in system.

OTT

Over The Top. While you might be more familiar with this term as internet or teen slang, OTT is also a term that you’ll come across when it comes to internet protocol television. Over the top content is content that’s sent over the internet without the control of a distributor. This is becoming more common in the internet age, with more content available to view without the use of systems like video on demand through systems like set top boxes or even gaming consoles.

STB

Set Top Box. A set top box is often part of the content delivery system for internet television. These boxes typically plug into a consumer’s existing television, turning the television into a media entertainment center where you can access live television along with radio, on demand movies, catch up television and content from apps and websites like YouTube and Netflix.

VOD

Video On Demand. This is video content that’s available to play whenever the consumer wants to watch it. This might include television shows, movies, or other video content. Video on demand puts the viewer in control of their watching habits, including start and stop times. It’s more convenient than live television for many users. It relies on the user’s internet connection to deliver the content when and where they want to watch it.

Top Ten Things to Love About Nora IPTV Software

Nora is sophisticated IPTV software that delivers content to consumers from the internet. Technically, it’s considered “middleware,” because it bridges the gap between applications and an operating system. We worked hard to create both a front-end and end-user experience that pleases everyone, and according to the feedback we’re getting about our IPTV software, we’ve done it. There is so much to love about Nora, but here are the top ten things that sets it apart from other options available on the market.

10 Things to Love About Nora IPTV Software

  1. It transforms a standard television into a media center.
    A lot of consumers are reluctant to give up their old television set in order to buy newer smart TVs with built-in functionality. Maybe they only bought their standard television a few years ago and don’t want to reinvent in a new one, or maybe they think that the way they watch live TV now is just fine. In either case, Nora can help. This IPTV software can turn any television into a sophisticated media entertainment center, even if it’s not a so-called “smart TV.”
  2. Flexible solutions for both telecom and cable operators.
    We wanted to make sure that our IPTV software worked for everyone. That’s why we made sure that it will work perfectly for both telecom and cable operators. You’ll get a flexible IPTV software that can be customized to both you and your customers’ needs.
  3. Delivers an incredible user experience.
    IP television shouldn’t be anymore complicated than turning on your television to watch traditional television. Our IPTV software has an intuitive interface that helps consumers find the programming that they want on all the different ways of finding it, whether that’s through an app, Live TV, or another method. New users will be navigating the system like experts in just minutes.
  4. Works with a variety of set top boxes.
    We know there are a lot of set top boxes out there available for businesses and consumers, but not all of them have the kind of IPTV software you’d want. That’s why we made sure that you can use Nora on a huge variety of set top boxes, so you can get the boxes that you want and pair it with the software you need. The end result is a system that’s right for your company and your customers.
  5. Brings favorite online media right to your television.
    There are so many ways to get media entertainment now and most of them are on the internet. The problem is how many websites, apps, and other delivery methods there are to choose from. Nora brings them all to your television so you can enjoy them in one, easy-to-use platform.
  6. Adaptable design can adjust to bring new features to consumers.
    Times change and you need an IPTV software that can change with it. Nora can do that for you. This IPTV software is adaptable and can change to meet the evolving needs of your business. Want to roll out a new feature? Nora makes it easy to adjust the user experience and introduce those new features and benefits.
  7. Customizable to meet consumer’s needs.
    As well as being customizable for businesses, Nora is an IPTV that’s customizable for the consumer’s needs, too. You’ll be able to set up an interface that delivers exactly what customers need, all in an intuitive design that makes it easy to deliver media to their television.
  8. Easy billing system is easy to integrate with your current system.
    Nora can handle your billing for you. Whether you use a monthly subscription service or a pay-per-view system, Nora takes care of everything. You’ll be able to capture customer information and payments easily and send the information to your own system, making it flawlessly simply for both you and the consumer.
  9. Allows consumers to control live TV.
    Consumers can control live television with features that allow them to pause live TV and resume it when they are ready. This is a highly in-demand feature for consumers and one they’ll appreciate a lot with their busy lifestyles.
  10. It’s available now.
    You can start using Nora today. If you’ve been searching for IPTV software for your set top box or need a complete system for content delivery from start to finish, Nora is an important part of that equation. You no longer have to wait to find a high-quality software that does everything you need. Nora is ready to get to work now!

Are you interested in learning more about using Nora for your content delivery system? Get in touch with us today and learn more. We can answer any questions you might have about the software or show you more feature and benefits to prove this is the IPTV software that you need. Give us a call or contact us through our website to get started.

Why Choose IPTV?

What Benefits Does IPTV Offer?

Television is changing. For decades people have had to deal with large cable providers to deliver content to their television sets, however, this model is currently being disrupted by new innovations in technology. Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have made large gains in the home entertainment market and, if the current trends continue, are set to disrupt the traditional cable model even further. Here at Setplex, we believe that Internet Protocol television is the future for delivering content to the televisions of the world. In today’s post we wanted to talk a little bit about what Internet Protocol television is, how it is being used, and why we feel that it is a better model for delivering media for both media producers and media consumers.

What is Internet Protocol Television?

Although the name might sound rather technical, Internet Protocol television is a simple concept. Rather than receiving television signals as broadcast signals that enter your home through an antenna, fiber-optic cable, or satellite, IPTV allows the viewer to stream media content to their television through their internet connection. Increases in broadband speed and innovations in technology have finally made IPTV a viable alternative to traditional media delivery methods. With IPTV, viewers are able to watch their favorite shows and movies from a multitude of devices including laptops, smart phones, tablets, and televisions. IPTV has made it more convenient to consume your favorite media content more than any other time in history.

What are the Benefits of Internet Protocol Television?

The most obvious benefit that IPTV offers is that it allows viewers to watch their favorite programs pretty much anywhere or anytime at a price that is usually quite a bit cheaper than a traditional cable package. Most streaming services are priced at around ten dollars a month and offer subscribers thousands of titles to choose from. Before IPTV became a viable form of media delivery, consumers were forced to purchase cable packages that may or may not include programs that they actually wanted to watch. IPTV has given viewers the opportunity to “unbundle” the programs that they want to watch from a bloated cable package, and has made it possible for people to enjoy their favorite shows without having to pay for additional programming that they may have no interest in.

Is IPTV a Better Media Delivery Method Than Cable or Satellite?

Although we may be a little biased, we here at Setplex whole heartedly believe that Internet Protocol television is a better way to both deliver and consume media than other more traditional methods. IPTV has allowed viewers to shed the shackles of bloated, over-priced cable packages and has made it possible for people to pay only for those programs that they wish to view. Additionally, as streaming services like Netflix have shown, IPTV has provided a new avenue for people to get their television show or movie funded and streamed to audiences. Netflix has plut out a wide variety of original series that may not have been able to produced five years ago. By taking chances on shows that the large cable networks would not or could not produce, Netflix is starting to establish itself as a real player in the television production world.

The Future of IPTV

If current trends are any indication of the future of IPTV, we believe it is safe to say that this sector of media delivery is only going to keep growing. People have seen the benefits that IPTV has over traditional media delivery methods and demand is only set to increase as more and more people “cut the cord”. It is now estimated that around one in five households in the United States have completely ditched cable or satellite and receive the majority of their media content through streaming and IPTV services. As the producer of the world’s first end-to-end IPTV solution, we find this data to be very exciting news.
To learn more about IPTV or the products that we offer visit our website today. At Setplex we don’t just offer a streaming set top box, we offer Middleware, Encoders, Downlink/Collocation, and full installation and training of the IPTV solution with 24/7 monitoring of all equipment. When you are ready to experience the full potential of IPTV contact the experts at Setplex.