IPTV: How is it changing the sports broadcasting industry?
In the old days, watching your favorite sporting event meant only two things: buying tickets to watch the match
live and waiting for it to be televised. Things have changed these days as sports fans now have a better option in the form of IPTV or Internet Protocol Television. IPTV is a broadcasting method that uses internet lines to provide video feeds. It does not need a browser to work. Instead, an IPTV provider connects a decoder box to your television so you can watch videos. The videos are given to you online and in real time. The only major requirement to take advantage of the IPTV service is a high-speed Internet connection (especially high-bandwidth broadband).
How does IPTV work?
To receive IPTV content, you must have a set-top box or an IPTV box. This box is connected to your TV source or internet line/broadband. The box receives packets that it reassembles so that the video stream is decoded into an acceptable format. The setup box is like the menu or foundation of what a viewer wants. An “operator” takes content from producers and broadcasters and converts it to IPTV video format. A high-speed internet connection is required to ensure packets are received without interruptions or delays.
What can it offer sports fans and TV companies?
In the past, it was pretty hard to keep track of game progress if you got stuck in traffic or dealing with tons of paperwork at the office. Today IPTV has made it possible for channels to offer games anytime, anywhere. Viewers are given three choices for how they want the content delivered to them. Linear of Broadcast TV offers live streaming of games and sporting events. With VoD or Video on Demand, users can choose what they want to see and how they want to see it. They can pause, fast forward or rewind the video. This way, they are sure to capture every breathtaking moment in their favorite sports game. IPTV users can also choose to use their personal video recorders whenever there is a match or sporting event they want to record.
Here are other IPTV advantages that both sports fans and TV stations can enjoy:
Since IPTV broadcasting is in high definition, it is definitely a higher quality experience than traditional TV viewing technologies. Unlike satellite TV, IPTV is not easily affected by storms and similar weather conditions. For sports broadcasters, this means presenting sports events in the smoothest and easiest way possible. For sports fans, this equals unmatched excitement while watching their favorite sporting events. More engagement compared to traditional TV broadcasting means users can control what programs they watch and when (via VoD).
The interaction function makes the viewers more interested in the program or the game.
For example, they can vote for their favorite player in the game using their remote. Thanks to IPTV, they can be a part of the most important sporting events. Sports fans can use the camera selection feature while watching matches or events. This provides a more personal way of watching videos. Watching live