About IPTV Boxes
The wide availability of broadband Internet is changing the way people watch television. Whereas in the past viewers were limited to the content of live channels on their TV, now they can access hundreds of channels and sources online. Viewing this content on a PC, laptop or tablet may not be convenient, however, especially when watching with others. IPTV solves this problem by allowing you to watch online content on your TV. The IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) box converts Internet content to allow the delivery of TV shows and broadband to a standard TV set. The quality of the delivery will depend upon the original quality of the content, the broadband speed, wi-fi signal and the capabilities of the IPTV set-top box.
The development of the XBMC standard is accelerating the adoption of IPTV boxes by providing a common, free and open source technology platform for the players. IPTV boxes differ in their technology, many having dual or quad core processors and 1MB or 2MB of RAM. The range of wi-fi connectivity is also a factor. Some systems also come pre-configured with connection to a selection of online content sources for ease of set-up. The IPTV box may finally transform the way television content is produced and consumed. It can be used for standard, real-time TV channel watching and is also suited to the increasingly popular ?catch-up TV? players and video on demand providers. With an IPTV box, the viewer has instant access to almost unlimited content, delivered straight to the TV screen.