An Internet TV systems is a transmission system that provides video and
audio (television) information on a communication channel that is delivered
through the public Internet. These television signals can be viewed in computers, standard televisions (using an adapter), or other types of multimedia devices that can receive streaming video signals (such as game consoles).
Internet TV is sometimes referred to as over the top television (OTT)
because the TV signals travel over the top of the Internet rather than
through a broadcast television system.
Because Internet TV signals can reach many types of connected devices
located almost anywhere, virtually any company or person can become a
global television provider. Internet TV systems are similar to regular broadcast television stations, except they send TV signals through the Internet.
This book describes the way Internet TV operates, the types of equipment
needed, and how to run an Internet TV system.
Internet TV content sources can range from live TV networks (such as CNN)
to niche, on-demand content from micro-producers. Internet TV systems can
deliver an unlimited number of channels as each television set only requires
one TV channel connection, which can be linked to any other TV source the
Internet TV service operator (broadcaster) can provide.
Internet TV service providers obtain the rights to transmit media programming to people that they allow to view their signals (free and/or paying subscribers). While Internet TV service providers may focus on providing TV
services in geographic areas (such as where they own or control TV distribution rights), they can technically provide programming anywhere they can