TV, IPTV and OTT TV Brief Talk


Regarding to the really hot topic “TV is dying”, it would be a great idea to collect those basic information, about all types of TV: Antenna TV, CATV TV, IPTV and OTT TV related service knowledge & development history.

TV is everywhere

TV is everywhere

Antenna TV

Once upon a time, there is only one line from the street that was wired into your home, it was the phone line and not surprisingly enabled your landline phone service.

Then came TV and then antenna pick up UHF and VHF channel signals transmitted from TV towers and send it to the individual television set.

Cable TV

That work well for a time, but people wanted more, they wanted hundreds of channels and better picture quality.Cable TV was born, and with it, a second wire into your home.People buy the millions plugged in and fell in love with cable.Things were simple, the phone line enable your phone service, in the cable TV line enabled to television service.

Cable vs DSL

But things didn’t stay simple for long.
With the emergence of the world wide web, the telephone companies and cable companies rushed in to provide data services to power internet usage.The cable vs DSL wars began with telcos and cable operators battling it out to retain control of the critically important customer relationship.

Triple Play

So it wasn’t too surprising, when the cable operators and the phone service began offering the so-called triple play, of cable TV, high-speed internet and digital voice services.Not to be outdone, the telephone carriers countered by adding TV to create a triple play of their own.The consumer embrace of online video with, soon send the cable companies and the telcos hurting each other on a collision course.

OTT and Cable companies

Thanks for the present, consumers can now watch high quality programming over the internet, using free or low priced over the top services from the likes hulu, netflix and apple itunes etc.This let a lot of cable customers to cut the cable cord, it is said that, more than 710000 in the Q2 of 2010 alone.

TV, IPTV and OTT TV Brief Talk

TV, IPTV and OTT TV Brief Talk(FOT) 

The cable companies is fearing more subscriber defections, they responded with a new concept. they’ll still tight hundreds of channels of cable programming to your TV set.But they’ll also transmitted over the internet to all the other popular devices, with which people watch video, laptops, tablets and smartphones.

The cable industry has devastated service offering TV everywhere, you may know about one of its brand names like Comcast, but nothing comes for free.
To enjoy TV everywhere, you will still need to subscribe to purchase speeding cable service and be authenticated on each of your devices.

OTT and Telephone companies

While cable companies work to move their content on the web devices, telephone companies are going in the other direction, putting web content onto TV.
Why? Because the traditional phone business is in decline, as consumers switch their phone service cable offerings, or worse, cancel their landline accounts and use their mobile phones as a primary phones.The telephone companies obviously need to replace that lost landline phone revenue and prevent customer from canceling other services, or cutting the telephone cord completely.


Without online video service swelling, telcos have placed their bet on internet protocol TV, IPTV for short. As a means to shore up their product and grow their customer base, or at the very least, returning their current customers.At its most basic, IPTV workspace streaming television content over private network to set top box(STB), that is connected to your TV.One of the biggest challenges for IPTV services is to match the picture quality with cable TV.

IPTV Solution

IPTV Solution 

It’s far easier to deliver acceptable video resolution of a small screen smartphone, than to reproduce HD like resolution on a big screen TV.


To match cable like quality IPTV, providers are relying on content delivery networks, or CDNs.That store content across the network geographically distributed servers, rather than one central location.So for instance, when a request is made from Manchester England to view a video that originates in Los Angeles, you can take a long time to cover that distance.Better instead to catch the video somewhere close like london, and serve it from there.


By distributing content, in this way close to the end customer, CDNs help reduce bottlenecks.The resultant start-up delays stall out, or video that strains of the lower quality resolution, the types of performance attributes the collectively contribute to quality of service(or QoS).
Consumers win because their content is delivered more quickly and with better quality.IPTV providers win, because they increase customer satisfaction.

Last mile solution

As we know, because telephone companies owned the last mile, that final leg of delivering the video content to a customer.They are close to the consumer, and can offer better quality and more bandwidth savings and third party CDNs.To assure the highest quality viewing experience, the IPTV providers must monitor their content delivery networks to isolate quickly fix problems, and make sure that they have enough capacity to handle peak demand.

Right here Fiber Optic Telecom(FOT) are supplying last mile solution and related equipment, to help TV operators, Broadband/FTTx ISP and telcos to win every project.

  1. Your Analysis is very correct and a good guard to start ups,

    • Thanks Oliver.
      Glad to know you are interested in this topics.

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      Best Regards

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