Internet TV vs Satellite TV
Written by: Jenny Buehl
With the advent in technology, the telecommunication industry has seen a number of changes.
One such change concerns television and virtual contents. The world has managed to move
from days of purely terrestrial TV to more sophisticated forms of tv service. The 21st century is
now synonymous with terms such as internet TV and satellite TV among others.
Difference between Internet TV and Satellite TV
Internet TV and satellite TV, these two terms are often used to talk about pay TV. It's common to
come across adverts about subscription to each of them. In fact, it isn't surprising to find a
telecommunications company which claims to offer both of them. This begs the question, what
is the difference between internet TV and satellite TV?
To better distinguish between internet TV and satellite TV, it's important that you take a look at
them individually. Here's is an indepth look at satellite TV, Dish TV, and Internet TV.
Internet TV is also known as online or web television. It refers the distribution of TV channels via
the public internet. The World Wide Web (www) is known to transmit tonnes and tonnes of
data. In the same way that it can transmit data such as emails and shared files, it can also
effectively deliver television contents to users in any part of the world.
IT professionals usually refer to internet TV as OTT. This is an abbreviation for 'Over The Top. It
alludes to the delivery of media content over the internet. Television service providers are in this
case able to reach their customers directly without having to go through an intermediary. The
latter in this case can be a cable service provider and so on.
Examples of internet TV service providers include Netflix, Ditto TV, Amazon Video, and Qello
among many more. These distribute television and digital contents to millions of customers all
over the world. You need to have internet connection and TV or computer devices in order to
access these contents.
Satellite TV is a telecommunications service that relays TV programmes to viewers via
communications satellites. In order for this to happen, the service provider's satellite needs to
orbit the Earth directly to the viewer's location. The satellite sends out signals. It is through these
signals that subscribers are able to access the TV programmes. As a satellite TV subscriber, you're
required to have a satellite dish for signal reception. This dish is usually in the form of an
outdoors mounted parabolic antenna.
In regards to reception and viewing of satellite TV programmes, you need to have either a set top
box or an inbuilt television tuner. Your satellite dish will decode the programmes it receives then
consequently relay them to your set top box or inbuilt tuner. You will then be able to view the
programmes on your TV.
Examples of satellite TV companies include DISH, Max, Astra, and BBC News to name but a few.
Internet TV vs Satellite TV
Internet and Satellite Tv's both have their pros and cons. Internet TV for example has the
advantage of not being affected by factors such as weather and climate. Satellite TV on its part
has the advantage of reaching remote areas and covering a wide geographical location. It may
however be affected by rain. Just choose whatever works best for you.
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