In today’s world, we highly depend on the internet to perform all tasks. From communicating to someone to sending an important mail to a client, everything is done with the help of the internet. People are glued to their laptops, PCs and smartphones and are constantly, either watching movies or exchanging crucial data. In the past, the internet connection lacked pace and everything streamed at a tortoise’s pace, but things have drastically changed now. With an amazing broadband connection, media and other related items are transferable within few seconds.
Herein, we’ll look at two platforms, OTT and IPTV, which are slowly making its presence felt and delivering a wide variety of content with the help of the internet. To help viewers understand what the term OTT and IPTV means, we’ll take the onus to simply define it and also look at some pros and cons of these platforms.
Pros of OTT
Let’s first have a clear understanding of OTT. It refers to (Over the Top)which delivers media content over the internet. OTT services can be categorized into two sections OTT messaging and OTT videos. The exchange of communication over the internet is OTT messaging and Over the Top video is the distribution of audio and video content over the internet with the help of different service providers. There are so many advantages of OTT content. The main point is the price factor and monthly prices are really low, so the consumer has a wide variety of content at a minimum price. If you as a consumer are worried about the installation then don’t fret, because for OTT streaming content, all you need is a laptop or a phone. Another major advantage is the wide variety of content that can be watched. OTT Platform is the best thing that has happened to the human race.
Cons of OTT
Just as the functioning of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts, similar is the case with OTT services, it all comes down to your internet connection. If you have a slow broadband connection, your patience will be tested. Another negative aspect is that OTT providers sometimes they don’t acquire OTT rights of certain shows, which are strictly made for cable only. Coming to yet another drawback, is that many ISPs have cut down on how much data one can consume.
IPTV, popularly known as Internet Protocol Television is a platform through which television is delivered via the internet protocol. This medium is also bestowed with some pros and cons.
Let’s have a look at some of the positives and negatives of IPTV.
Pros of IPTV
There are so many benefits of IPTV. The best part of IPTV service is that it delivers high quality video, with less interruption than OTT streaming due to privately managed content delivery network. And a surprisingly good feature is the video-on-demand part and the date of release of new shows. But the best aspect of IPTV is that, it requires no special installation, only a set-up-box connection and a broadband internet. Content broadcasters see a lot of potential on newly streamed content and are buying IPTV rights new shows.
Cons of IPTV
Now, let’s come to the not so good news part of IPTV. It is sold as a subscription at comparable rates to cable TV. The quality might suffer during the peak hours as IPTV provider services are depended on the internet.
In both IPTV and OTT, the consumer requests and receives content via Internet Protocol yet OTT and IPTV differ on various prospects like quality of service, content, ownership, cost and business model. Both the technologies are good in their own respective manner.