We seem to get asked this a lot, so we have put together some of the basics about the differences in the services.
The primary difference between the two systems is the way in which the TV content is delivered to your Set-Top box. While Internet TV travels over the open, public, global Internet, IPTV uses a completely private, managed network to deliver your TV content directly to you.
Most Android Internet TV boxes uses free TV channels distributed over the public internet, thus itís completely unmanaged. This is normally used on the No Subscription Android TV boxes being sold.
IPTV is multicasting of TV content within a controlled managed network, so allowing IPTV provider to maintain and deliver and pick their own content, as well as giving a rock solid service. IPTV providers (like ourselves) do not allow open public connections.
IPTV delivery is a higher quality, more reliable, and more consistent viewing experience while Best-effort Android Internet TV boxes can be subject to delays due to lower bandwidth, high traffic to channel feeds or poor connection quality stream. This is why some people think internet TV is poor quality and channels keep moving or need reprogramming, as itís all unmanaged!
With IPTV a digital set-top box is used to access and decode the video content delivered via an IPTV system whereas an Android TV box nearly always use public open source players to access Internet TV services.
Courses for Horses - Yes, a significant percentage of TV and video content delivered over the public Internet is available to consumers free of charge. However if you are looking for a reliable service, with channels being there when you switch your TV box on, with a provider that manages their own TV content, then connecting to an IPTV service provider on a monthly subscription is by far the best way.
The age old saying is still the same today "You get what you pay for.Ē
We hope it gives a basic idea about the differences. If you would like further information or a free trial of our IPTV service please feel free to ask.