8 Technologies used in the Distribution of Web Television

Web Television is becoming an increasingly popular way to watch TV. People really like the idea that they can watch a wider range of different television programs on the Internet without being tied to their television. There are a number of different technologies which can be used to distribute Web television. If you want to develop your own web show, then you will need to find out about these different technologies so that you can use them to your advantage.

Distributing Web Television can be a challenge. With some research, you should find it much simpler to get to grips with the technology and learn how you can make it much more useful.


The most common technology used to deliver web television to an audience is using IPTV. IPTV stands for Internet Protocol TV. This is where the television is delivered through the Internet's architecture. The most common access is using broadband Internet connections. There are several different types of IPTV, and these include Live Television IPTV, Time Shifted IPTV and Video on demand.

2. Live Television IPTV

IPTV can be used to deliver live television, and this means that it competes with normal television broadcasts. There are a number of live television IPTV clients including AntTV. There are also services like Kylin TV, which use an IPTV set top box (which makes it easy to watch the Web Television on your Computer. Live Television IPTV is also known as Multi casting.

3. Time-Shifted Programming

Another useful form of IPTV is using it for time shifted programming. This is where some existing television networks use the Internet to broadcast their programs at different times to normal.

4. Video on Demand

Video on Demand is perhaps one of the most common uses of Internet Television. Almost all of the major networks have their own video on demand services. These include Hulu and iPlayer. The video on demand is normally delivered over the Internet and some can also be delivered to set top boxes on your TV.

5. Online Video Sites

There are also many different types of online video sharing sites which can be used as an easy way to distribute your television programs to an audience online. Services like YouTube and Google Video are very easy to use and a fantastic way to upload and share your videos online to many different people.

6. Streaming

Streaming videos can be uploaded to your website. This makes it really easy for people to watch the videos without needing to download or do anything else.

7. Downloadable Videos

The advantage of downloadable videos is that they can be loaded onto mobile video players with ease. You can easily create a video in MPG or AVI format which can be played on many different devices. It's also possible to convert these into DVDs if you wish.

8. Other Technologies

There are many different types of technologies which can be used to deliver Web Television to an audience. These technologies include SMIL, RTSP, RSS, HTTP, Dirac, WTVML and of course Bit Torrent.