It has several elements: Examples include: For a more complete list, see List of Internet television providers and List of video hosting services.The public Internet is used for transmission from the streaming servers to the consumer end-user.
Manufacturers of Smart TVs, boxes, sticks, and players must decide which providers to support, typically based either on popularity, common corporate ownership, or receiving payment from the provider.
Other Internet-television platforms include mobile platforms such as the i Phone and i Pod Touch, Nokia N96, Sony Ericsson C905 and many other mobile devices.
Stream quality refers to the quality of the image and audio transferred from the servers of the distributor to the user's home screen.
Both IPTV and OTT use the Internet protocol over a packet-switched network to transmit data, but IPTV operates in a closed system—a dedicated, managed network controlled by the local cable, satellite, telephone, or fiber-optic company.
In its simplest form, IPTV simply replaces traditional circuit switched analog or digital television channels with digital channels which happen to use packet-switched transmission.
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This makes use of an adaptive bitrate stream so that if the user's bandwidth suddenly drops, i Player will lower its streaming rate to compensate.