How IPTV Content Transmission Networks Function

While IPTV is a relatively new technology for transmitting and enjoying all manner of TV content, it has caught on fast. However, even as many people around the world warm over to this novel technology delivered on the medium of the internet, not many people are aware of the underlying infrastructure that makes IPTV possible.

Here is a brief guide to the basic elements which make IPTV to function:

1. The TV Head-End

The term TV head-end is used to refer to the set of equipment, procedures and set up used to encode the TV content before it is transmitted to the final consumer via internet's multicast streams.

2. The Video on Demand Platform

Video on demand is a very central feature of any IPTV subscription. You will therefore notice that leading providers such as the ones touting their services on invest a substantial amount of money in putting up the VoD platform.

3. Interactive Portal

The key to the success of any IPTV venture lies in the amount of interactivity it can offer the final consumer. As such, it is important that a dedicated portal is put in place to enable consumers provide instant feedback and incorporate their choices as well as customize their experience on the chosen IPTV platform.

4. Delivery Network

As intimated previously, IPTV content is delivered wholly on the web. This is beneficial for both the service provider and the consumer. The former needs not invest in putting up and maintaining an expensive distribution network while the latter can enjoy the content wherever they can connect to the internet.

5. Home TV Gateway

This marks the end of the transmission for the IPTV content. The gateway serves to the access link from the web to the user's TV, PC or set top box.