OTT vs. IPTV. How Do They Function?


Throughout the world, IPTV and OTT technologies are gaining popularity. They allow you to get TV content over the Internet. In the article, we consider OTT vs IPTV and analyze in detail the differences between these innovations and their pros and cons.

What Is OTT?

OTT (over-the-top) television is a technology that allows you to watch TV channels, individual films, or programs over the Internet. You get content on any convenient device and without being tied to an Internet provider. That is, you do not need to sign a contract, go to the office, or meet with the manager. You can change the provider at least every month; this will not affect access to OTT. Television is tied to a registered account, and content is delivered via the HTTP protocol.

To connect over-the-top TV, you need to register on the provider’s website and download the application, if available. After payment, you will get access to the TV channels, films, series, programs, cartoons, etc.

As a rule, OTT services work on a subscription basis, so every month, you will be charged a certain sum for watching TV. If you want to stop using the service, you need to cancel the renewal of the service. You can do this in the settings of your account through the application or website of the OTT service. If you do not turn off auto-withdrawal, the service can withdraw money from the card, even if you do not use it.

What Is IPTV?

IPTV is a closed network where users are provided with TV broadcasts over IP (Internet Protocol). Such networks are created and controlled by Internet providers, so you will have to conclude an agreement with one of them to connect.

Now, it is easy to find a provider that sells Internet and TV in one package. Gradually, even small companies are starting to offer such a combo for their customers.

Accessing video content via IPTV is one of the most convenient ways to watch TV, especially if you are happy with your provider and are ready to receive two services at once. TV broadcasting via IP implies high-quality pictures and sound, many channels, and additional functionality, such as recording programs, viewing media content without ads, access to archives, and more.

IPTV has several drawbacks that you should consider before connecting:

  • Geographic link. IPTV infrastructure is tied to devices and locations.
  • High service cost. The cost of such television is usually higher than for OTT.
  • Optional equipment. To enjoy media content via the Internet, you need a special set-top box (TV receiver). And the plasma must be connected to the Internet via an HDMI/DVI cable or a Wi-Fi router.

When faced with a choice between two technologies, IPTV or OTT, it is important to focus on your preferences. If a high-quality picture is a priority, IPTV is much more suitable than OTT. If you want to watch TV anywhere in the world, OTT is the obvious choice as access to it is limited only by an Internet connection.


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