When Did IPTV Start and How Did It Change Over The Years?

When Did IPTV Start and How Did It Change Over The Years?


The concept of IPTV or Internet Protocol Television sounds like a modern and recent kind of technology, but it has actually existed for quite some time.  And in this post, we’ll talk about its humble beginnings as well as its changes over the years.

When Did IPTV Start?

IPTV was first introduced in 1995. While it existed in a form that is very different from today, the core process of delivering video data over multiple computer networks was still the main focus.  

When Did IPTV Start?

Over the years, the technology related to compression algorithms improved until IPTV was finally able to enter the mainstream and focus on entertainment. The main difference between IPTV of the past and the IPTV of today is the bandwidth and compression capabilities 

The IPTV connections of yesteryear were quite a lot slower than the ones around today, understandably. And over the next several years, we can expect the speed of these streams to increase dramatically.  

In fact, one of the goals of having a nationwide 5G is to be able to stream high-quality video, such as 4K, from your mobile device. That way people in the subway on the way home for example will be able to watch their favorite shows without so much as a glitch.  

Concluding Thoughts 

While IPTV may be thought of as a new kind of technology, it has been around for at least a couple of decades. IPTV’s recent popularity should not be confused with its actual inception which was as early as the 1990s. Although it’s quite different now and more advanced, the concept and general approach were started all the way back in 1995 

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About the Author Edwin

Edwin "The Streaming Dutchman" has been streaming IPTV and grabbing the latest media from torrents and Usenet for countless years. When he isn't streaming (or writing about it), he enjoys cooking and traveling.

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