Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) is a service that uses the Internet or a local area network (LAN) to deliver TV services, rather than via cable, terrestrial or satellite. It is generally very similar to cable TV (CATV) services in its implementation and functionality.
Often it is available through only specific providers or relies on hardware like a set-top box. An example of IPTV is Foxtel Over the Internet, or the Telstra T-Box.
Internet Television tends to be more open in its business models. It does not rely on a specific provider or device. Rather, it just uses the Internet in general to distribute its content. Examples of Internet Television are Netflix and Quickflix.
A complete definition of each of these terms is not the purpose of this article, so we won’t go into it any further. We’re here to run you through what is available for Aussies, and what the key differences between these services are.
A word of warning: being Internet-based services, any IPTV or Internet TV video content that you stream is going to use up your monthly cap. Streaming a film will use up just as much data as downloading it would, which is something to keep in mind if you have a limited cap. You’ll need a large monthly allowance if you’re planning on consuming a lot of content.
Some broadband plans do not count anything watched on specific services as counting towards your usage. These unmetered deals are worth looking out for, but not every service will have them available.
Speed is also a factor. If you have trouble streaming YouTube in HD then you might run into problems with any other streamed video, especially if you share your connection with other users.