If you are not familiar with IPTV, it is the distribution of television services over the Internet as opposed to traditional cable or satellite lines. While IPTV has been around since 1995 in some capacity, it has not been widely used until the last few years. As the use of high speed Internet increases, IPTV becomes a much more viable alternative to standard television.
At Expat Television, we would argue that IPTV is the future of television for a number of reasons.
Price of Internet Continues to Drop
As the price of Internet drops and more people across the world gain access to high speed Internet, IPTV will continue to gain in popularity. Internet access has been the primary barrier to the success of IPTV, but as providers lower prices and some municipalities begin to offer totally free Internet service, people are turning to the Internet for their television content as opposed to their TV set.
Interestingly, prices for Internet access in the US are some of the highest in the world. A recent report titled Cost of Connectivity mentions that you can purchase a 500 Mbps connection, which is over 50 times the US average, for around $300. This is much higher than somewhere like Amsterdam where this high-speed connection would only cost you $86. Hopefully as internet technology becomes more common, US companies will begin to lower rates to that are more comparable to other countries around the world.
Consumers are Tired of Expensive Cable Bills
Just a few years ago having cable television was almost a necessity to keep up with the latest current events and to be able to watch high quality programming. This is no longer the case with the advancements in IPTV. Providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and ourselves are offering online options that allow consumers to watch more content for pennies on the dollar compared to expensive cable television rates.
One way that IPTV providers have begun to gain popularity is by producing original content that cannot be found anywhere else. Netflix has created wildly popular shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, which have allowed them to increase their subscriber base considerably over the past few years.
Unless cable companies reduce their rates considerably, more and more people are likely to “cut the cord” in favor of IPTV providers. While cable companies have had a monopoly of sorts in terms of television content for decades, this is no longer the case with the rise in popularity of IPTV.
IPTV Providers are Typically Cheap
Most IPTV providers offer extremely affordable options for their content. Both Netflix and Amazon cost less than $10 dollars per month and provide thousands of movies and TV shows that can be viewed at anytime. This allows viewers to access all sorts of content exactly when they want rather than being locked into the time when their favorite TV show airs. As we become busier and busier, we want to consume video content when and how we prefer. This means that traditional television is just not nearly as advantageous as being able to view content from a number of devices wherever an Internet connection is available.
Mobile Internet Access Is Incredibly Important
As of February 2014, according to CNN, more people access the Internet from their mobile devices than they do from their personal computers in the US. This shows that mobile devices are here to stay and content providers must cater to this growing audience. Many Americans no longer want to be tied down to their living room to view the latest video content. With content from IPTV providers, users are able to view content wherever they have an Internet connection. This means that customers can easily view content on their tablets or smart phones from almost anywhere.
IPTV Offers Opportunities for Everyone
With IPTV providers like Expat Television, literally anyone can easily publish their content online alongside the likes of Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. This may sound like something that is too good to be true, but this is not the case. Expat Television allows anyone with a video camera or even a smartphone to instantly publish video content to their online IPTV channel for the whole world to see.
Whether you are an aspiring band, a growing business or non-profit organization, you can easily broadcast your content online with the help of Expat Television. The guesswork of publishing your content is taken away thanks to our user-friendly online interface as well as our top-notch customer service staff that is available by phone, email or web chat.
Cost Savings for Businesses and other Large Organizations
Another huge benefit of IPTV is how it can be used to bridge the gaps between people. Companies are beginning to use IPTV to broadcast company meetings, conferences, training and much more to help reduce costs. Think about how much companies typically spend to fly all of their employees from around the world to meet together for various meetings and conferences. These trips require expensive airfare, hotels and the huge costs associated with putting on these expensive events.
With IPTV, the same content can be disseminated to employees from one central location. Employees can simply login to an IPTV channel from wherever they are located for a fraction of the cost associated with traveling to a far off locale. While IPTV is often thought of as mainly a benefit to consumers, businesses also stand to benefit considerably from this technology.
Ready to Launch Your IPTV Channel? Contact Expat Television Today!
If you are ready to broadcast your content via IPTV, contact the professionals at Expat Television today. Our customer service representatives can talk through your needs and determine the best solution for you. We work with individuals and companies of all sizes, so we are sure that we can meet your needs at a price that you can afford. Contact us today and take advantage of the growing IPTV audience!