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got feedback?back)TVoIP = Television Over Internet Protocol
got feedback?back)TVoIP technology allows for something far richer than just channels; instead, service providers can store pre-recorded content purchased from studios and use their existing bandwidth to create a variety of new revenue-generating bandwidth and pricing bundles that satisfy a wide variety of viewing needs. As TVoIP technology becomes more widespread, more types of providers will emerge offering new types of content.
Today's TVoIP models employ four main components--an encoder, a server farm, a set-top box and middleware--that all exist today.
•The encoder works as a media gateway, preparing video content for distribution throughout the IP network. It encodes analog signals into digital format (e.g., MPEG, Windows Media) and demodulates, demultiplexes and transcodes digital formats such as Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB).
•The server farm hosts pre-recorded television content and feature films. A network personal video recorder (PVR) function lets viewers rewind, fast-forward and replay television programming stored on the server farm.
•The subscriber's set-top box receives the media stream, typically via a customer premise equipment (CPE) device such as an asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) modem, and decodes it for display on a television set. The box's user interface lets customers interact with video servers.
•Middleware software integrates the elements of TVoIP into a complete system. It handles media asset management, channel management and scheduling, billing, security and conditional access, system management and other management functions.
back)Our main forum sidebar links contain some links as well, and here are some member suggested links:
4 Links to More Info
•»[Other] A TV Guide For IPTV: 100 of the Best Internet TV Channel
As submitted by illJazz
•8 Internet TV Apps In 8 Weeks
As submitted by Straphanger
•Video Sites directly sponsored by TV networks
As submitted by DracoFelis
•Online TV Player
As submitted by cdr1000
•TVUnetwork Submitted by ztmike
got feedback?back)Everything from hardware and software, VoD, Formats and Streams to RSS and user content
An extremely well written compilation
You can find it here:
got feedback?back)Free Players
To watch the internet TV channels you need a player.
A fast connection to the internet is recommended.
•On a Windows machine you can use Windows Media Player to play 'Media' streams, on a Mac you need to install the Perian - and Flip4Mac Quicktime components.
•'Real' streams can be played using Real Player and 'Qtime' streams with Apple's Quicktime Player.
•On many platforms (including Windows, Mac OS and Linux) TV streams can be played using VLC or MPlayer.
* There also is TVUnetwork This addition submitted by ztmike
got feedback?back)It seems all are roughly equal in terms of performance. If they are fast enough to stream TV smoothly and reliable enough to be there when you need it, then just go with the cheapest option. They range from £40 to over £100 for an annual account with no real difference in terms of reliability and bandwidth. Performance depends on where you are based, rather than the company you use.
Some use non-standard (non-native or open source) VPN which means you'll have to download and install their software. For most of us, that's worth avoiding; so go with something using VPN's de facto standards (Microsoft, Cisco, etc.) Also make sure you pay with a reliable service like Google payments or PayPal, and make sure the merchant is a verified user of that service, so that your purchase is somewhat covered by a guarantee.
Other than the above considerations, what you're really looking for is a reliable company that is established and that gives you a fuzzy feeling about working with them. PayPal verification and their response to your initial inquiry should tell you a lot.