TV Internet Box
The term IPTV started in 1995 by a company called Precept Software. The company created and engineered a software application that could transfer video and audio over the internet using an Internet Protocol. The application was created to offer distance training solutions for businesses.
Precept Software was hired by Cisco Systems in 1998. Cisco was looking to integrate video streaming with network management technology to create a network platform for giving and delivering high-quality video over IP. Cisco still owns the rights to the IPTV patent and trademark, and is considered a big player in the internet TV arena.
Television is the largely used medium in telecommunication for broadcasting moving images. Before, TV was distributed through satellite, terrestrial systems and cable. Nowadays, with the development in technology, increase in number of people online, cheap connection costs and the increase of connection speed, it's easy to get television programs accessible to the internet.
A TV internet box or Catch up TV for some, lets users to pick TV programs they want to watch from a channel listing. A user can either view the internet TV via streaming to a media player or download the television show the viewer's computer.
Accessing Catch up TV depends on the internet streaming speed. Upon selecting a program, users may have to wait a while to let the preferred program to run smoothly. It is called buffering; it lets the program to stream easily rather than stopping to allow the show to run seamlessly.
Most service provider's challenge is to control the content in the Internet. They try to make sure that a certain user is allowed to view the program. One feature used is parental control which constrains access to television and Internet contents.
Companies came up with a gadget called TV internet box. The TV internet box is used to connect television to the worldwide web. Apple came up with Apple TV. It has its own remote and connects to the internet through Ethernet or wireless. For Windows users, Dell has Zino HD. Another company that manufactures TV internet box is Orb that let users stream Hulu on their TV for free. Another genre is web television which is often referred to as Web TV. Delivered originally online, web TV or web series are episodic and created in seasons.
There's also the Internet TV receiver which is a plug and play device with embedded internet stations worldwide and records music and programs. The Internet TV box is really small and can be put everywhere in the house as long as it stays connected to both the TV and the computer.
If you have problems installing the device then you can go to the website of the company that manufactures the Internet TV boxes and look at the FAQ's, the answer to your question will most probably be there. Therefore, you can enjoy an evening with the family watching a favorite movie.