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Streaming television (or streaming TV) is the digital distribution of television content, such as TV shows , as streaming video delivered over the internet. Streaming TV stands in contrast to dedicated terrestrial television delivered by over the air aerial systems, cable television , and/or satellite television systems.
The mid 2000s were the beginning of television programs becoming available via the Internet. itunes began offering select television programs and series in 2005, available for download after direct payment. 1 The video-sharing site youtube also launched in 2005 allowing users to share illegally posted television programs. 2 A few years later television networks and other independent services began creating sites where shows and programs could be streamed online. Amazon video began in the United States as Amazon Unbox in 2006, but did not launch worldwide until 2016. Netflix, a website originally created for DVD rentals and sales began providing streaming content in 2007. 3 In 2008 Hulu, owned by NBC and Fox, was launched, followed by tv.com in 2009 and owned by CBS. Digital media players also began to become available to the public during this time. The first generation apple tv was released in 2007 and in 2008 the first generation Roku streaming device was announced.4 5 Amazon’s version of a digital media player, Amazon fire Tv Was not offered to the public until 2014.6 These digital media players have continued to be updated and new generations released. Access to television programming has evolved from computer and television access, to also include mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers. Apps for mobile devices started to become available via app stores in 2008. These mobile apps allow users to view content on mobile devices that support the apps. In 2017 YouTube launched Youtube Tv, a streaming service that allows users to watch live television programs from popular cable or network channels, and record shows to stream anywhere, anytime.7 After 2010 traditional cable and satellite television providers began to offer services such as sling Tv, owned by Dish Network, which was unveiled in January 2015.8 Direc, another satellite television provider launched their own streaming service, Direct Tv, in 2016. 9 Smart Tv took over the television market after 2010. As of 2015 smart TVs are the only type of middle to high-end television being produced. 10 As of 2017, 28% of US adults site streaming services as their main means for watching television, and 61% of those ages 18 to 29 site it as their main method.11 As of 2018, Netflix is the world’s largest streaming TV network and also the world’s largest Internet media and entertainment company with 117 million paid subscribers, and by revenue and market cap.
The Hybrid Broadcast broadband Tv (HbbTV) consortium of industry companies (such as SES , Humax, Philips, and ANT Software) is currently promoting and establishing an open European standard for hybrid set-top boxes for the reception of broadcast and broadband digital television and multimedia applications with a single-user interface.
As of the 2010s, providers of Internet television use various technologies to provide systems and live streaming. BBC iplayer makes use of the Adobe Flash Player to provide streaming-video clips and other software provided by Adobe for its download service. CNBC,Bloomberg and S Showtime use live-streaming services from BitGravity to stream live television to paid subscribers using the HTTP protocol.
BBC iPlayer originally incorporated peer to peer streaming, moved towards centralized distribution for their video streaming services. BBC executive Anthony rose cited network performance as an important factor in the decision, as well as the unhappiness among consumers unhappy with their own network bandwidth being consumed for transmitting content to other viewers.
Samsung TV has also announced their plans to provide streaming options including 3D Video on Demand through their Explore 3D service.
Some streaming services incorporate digital rights management The made the controversial decision to adopt Encrypted Media Extensions due in large part to motivations to provide copy protection for streaming content.sky go has software that is provided by Microsoft to prevent content being copied
Additionally, BBC iPlayer makes use of a parental control system giving parents the option to “lock” content, meaning that a password would have to be used to access it. Flagging systems can be used to warn a user that content may be certified or that it is intended for viewing post Honour systems are also used where users are asked for their dates of birth or age to verify if they are able to view certain content.
Stream quality refers to the quality of the image and audio transferred from the servers of the distributor to the user’s home screen. Higher-quality video such as video in high definition (720p+) requires higher bandwidth and faster connection speeds. The generally accepted kbit/s download rate needed to stream high-definition video that has been encoded with H.264 is 3500 kbit/s, whereas standard-definition television can range from 500 to 1500 kbit/s depending on the resolution on screen. In the UK, the BBC iPlayer deals with the largest amount of traffic yet it offers HD content along with SD content. As more people have gotten broadband connections which can deal with streaming HD video over the Internet, the BBC iPlayer has tried to keep up with demand and pace. However, as streaming HD video takes around 1.5 GB of data per hour of video the BBC has had to invest a lot of money collected from License Fee payers to implement this on a large scale.
For users who do not have the bandwidth to stream HD video or even high-SD video, which requires 1500 kbit/s, the BBC iPlayer offers lower bitrate streams which in turn lead to lower video quality. This makes use of an adaptive bitrate stream so that if the user’s bandwidth suddenly drops, iPlayer will lower its streaming rate to compensate. A diagnostic tool offered on the BBC iPlayer site measures a user’s streaming capabilities and bandwidth.
In the last few years has started providing HD content on its On Demand platforms such as iOS App, Android App and Channel4.com website. Although competitors in the UK such as have not yet offered HD streaming, the technology to support
it is fairly new and widespread HD streaming is not an impossibility. The availability and content on is predicted to prove incredibly popular as series such as ,and others become available in a simple, straightforward format on a website which already attracts millions of people every day.
Internet television is common in most US households as of the mid 2010s. About one in four new televisions being sold is now a smart TV.
Considering the vast popularity of and devices such as the Roku and Chromecast, much of the US public can watch television via the internet. Internet-only channels are now established enough to feature some Emmy-nominated shows, such as Many networks also distribute their shows the next day to streaming providers such as Some networks may use a proprietary system, such as the utilizes their format. This has resulted in bandwidth demands increasing to the point of causing issues for some networks. It was reported in February 2014 that is having issues coping with the demand placed on their network infrastructure. Until long-term bandwidth issues are worked out and regulation such at net neutrality Internet Televisions push to HDTV may start to hinder growth.
was launched in March 2012 in New York City (and subsequently stopped from broadcasting in June 2014). It streamed network TV only to New York customers over the Internet. Broadcasters filed lawsuits against Aereo, because Aereo captured broadcast signals and streamed the content to Aereo’s customers without paying broadcasters. In mid-July 2012, a federal judge sided with the Aereo start-up. Aereo planned to expand to every major metropolitan area by the end of 2013.The Supreme Court ruled against Aereo June 24, 2014
Many providers of Internet television services exist—including conventional television stations that have taken advantage of the Internet as a way to continue showing television shows after they have been broadcast, often advertised as “on-demand” and “catch-up” services. Today, almost every major broadcaster around the world is operating an Internet television platform.Examples include the BBC, which introduced the on 25 June 2008 as an extension to its “RadioPlayer” and already existing streamed video-clip content, and Channel 4 that launched 4oD (“4 on Demand”) (now All 4) in November 2006 allowing users to watch recently shown content. Most Internet television services allow users to view content free of charge; however, some content is for a fee.
Broadcasting rights vary from country to country and even within provinces of countries. These rights govern the distribution of copyrighted content and media and allow the sole distribution of that content at any one time. An example of content only being aired in certain countries is BBC iPlayer. The BBC checks a user’s IP address to make sure that only users located in the UK can stream content from the BBC. The BBC only allows free use of their product for users within the UK as those users have paid for a television license that funds part of the BBC. This IP address check is not foolproof as the user may be accessing the BBC website through or Broadcasting rights can also be restricted to allowing a broadcaster rights to distribute that content for a limited time. Channel 4’s online service All 4 can only stream shows created in the US by companies such as for thirty days after they are aired on one of the Channel 4 group channels. This is to boost DVD sales for the companies who produce that media.
Some companies pay very large amounts for broadcasting rights with sports and US sitcoms usually fetching the highest price from UK-based broadcasters. A trend among major content producers in North America is the use of the system. Especially for live content, the TV Everywhere system restricts viewership of a video feed to select usually cable television companies that pay a or subscription fee to the content producer. This often has the negative effect of making the availability of content dependent upon the provider, with the consumer having little or no choice on whether they receive the product.
Profits and costs
With the advent of broadband internet Connections multiple streaming providers have come onto the market in the last couple of years. The main providers are Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Some of these providers such as Hulu advertise and charge a monthly fee. Other such as and Amazon charge users a monthly fee and have no commercials. Netflix is the largest provider; it has over 43 million members and its membership numbers are growing The rise of internet TV has resulted in cable companies losing customers to a new kind of customer called “cord cutters”.are consumers who are cancelling their cable TV or satellite TV subscriptions and choosing instead to TV shows, movies and other content via the Cord cutters are forming communities. With the increasing availability and streaming services, there is an alternative to cable and satellite television subscriptions. Cord cutters tend to be younger people.