Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)

Industries are born every day in this new era of technology, some of these industries are evolving or reinventing themselves. One of the latest industries that has been changing drastically is the way TV is viewed from using the common satellite dish to what it is now evolving into Internet Protocol Television (IPTV).

Satellite dishes are slowly becoming obsolete and part of the past. This can also be seen in other industries, for example the current slow transition that is occurring in the auto industry, where consumers now have the choice between purchasing a gasoline or an electrical car. Something quite similar is happening in the television industry, where consumers are choosing between having a satellite dish or an IPTV device to view their television.[1]

The Internet Protocol Television industry is still young and changing constantly, one could say that when looking at the diffusion of innovations (diagram that explains the stages in which an innovation enters a market and is accepted by consumers), that IPTV devices have really only been accepted by innovators, however the number of users is growing rapidly.[4]

Diffusion of InnovationsCredit:[1]

New innovations have always been introduced in the market, some make it while others don't. Speaking of innovations, when it comes to 3D printers, they are becoming more and more common to the point we should expect a market phenomenon where the main population will have easy access to owning one. For IPTV the this market phenomenon is still to come and shall be interesting to see which devices will emerge has industry leaders.[2]

Looking at specific IPTV devices, one company that comes to mind because of its popularity and international presence is ZaapTV, which they now are at their 4th generation device called the HD409N.  This is not a promotion for the company, but a great example to use when talking about IPTV. In summary what the ZaapTV HD409N device does is stream live channels using a system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol and delivering those channels to the users' television set, in simple terms what an IPTV device does. It streams over 1,200 live channels from all over the world and has the ability to play channels seven hours behind to keep viewers from missing specific TV shows because of their respective time zone. The best part is that has an IPTV receiver it can also record live what the user is viewing, it is quite an advance device compared to its predecessors.[3]

In an industry as young as the IPTV one, it is impressive to see the high level of competition that is shown. It could be said that the competitiveness presence shown is mainly because of the ease of entering the IPTV industry if one has the available resources. Now to do it right, stable, trustworthy and long lasting is a different story that seems to only have been accomplished by ZaapTV. They are not only the industry leader but one of the oldest companies in the IPTV market and still growing today.

It is obvious to mention that Internet Protocol Television is one of the most influential inventions of this era. Mainly how it is revolutionizing how people view TV without using the old satellite dish, instead only needing an internet connection. Now it has to be seen how the industry leaders will stay at the top with an industry that is evolving constantly!