How is IPTV Connection Different from DTH: Advantages, Significance and More

Unlike DTH, Digital TV of HITS, the Internet Protocol TV is the spearhead of broadcast technology as it uses the same connectivity as a broadband connection to establish a two-way channel between the subscriber and the service provider.

  • Advantages of IPTV include access to "triple play services", video on demand and more.
  • With IPTV, broadcasters can also make their channels interactive in the future.

In the past few years, just like the telecom sector has undergone a breakthrough via new technology, the broadcasting industry has also experienced something similar. The coming of modern technology has surely inflated and hastened the speed of this ever-growing industry, and now it offers services which were previously unavailable. We are talking about services like IPTV (Internet Protocol TV). While there exist other forms of television like the DTH, HITS, cable TV, Digital TV, what remains ahead of the curve is the IPTV technology. We have compiled this article so that you can take an in-depth look at how IPTV service differs from a standard DTH or cable TV connection.

IPTV vs DTH Connectivity and Differences

The first difference between IPTV or any other form of signal relay is seen in the form of connectivity. As the name suggests, the IPTV uses the line which is also usually used by the subscribers to get broadband connectivity to their homes. This is a digital broadcast methodology, and it is an addressable mode using the Internet Protocol. It is worth noting that currently, the IPTV technology remains in very nascent stages in India, so the Telecom Regulatory Authority has said that the existing regulatory framework for addressable systems applies to IPTV services as well.

Now to put things in perspective and to differentiate IPTV as compared to DTH it is crucial to know that the most significant advantage that DTH has over any other form of connection is the accessibility in any region. Unlike a wired connection, a DTH connection can be availed in any part since it is based on satellite communication and facilitated through a dish which is positioned in subscriber’s premises directly. DTH also comes with some of the advantages of Digital TV like quality programming, on-demand channels, and more, however, the only drawback with DTH is that the signal might break during rains and other weather conditions.

Advantages of IPTV Services

There are also some advantages to IPTV which remain exclusive to it and are not offered by other forms of TV connections. What makes IPTV different is the availability of two-way communications between the subscriber and the service provider, this capability allows the IPTV to offer a wide variety of services to the users.

The first of the many services that IPTV subscribers can enjoy is the video-on-demand (VOD), which is simply a method to explore a catalogue of videos apart from the usual TV broadcast programming. Under VOD, the subscribers can go through a repository of video-based content to pick the one they like the most and play it to their convenience and liking. This brings us to the next advantage of an IPTV connection, where subscribers can experience time-shifted television to watch shows at their time. Owing to IPTV, there is also the chance of making Live TV shows interactive for the users. Lastly, there is the benefit of “triple play service”, which bundles voice, video and data in the same bundled connection. Something that Reliance Jio GigaFiber is looking to rolling out in the country in its commercial launch.

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Arpit spends his day closely following the telecom and tech industry. A music connoisseur and a night owl, he also takes a deep interest in the Indian technology start-up scene and spends rest of his time spilling poetry and stories on paper.

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Bought new MiTV 4a pro 32 inch and using jiotv on it.Believe me,picture quality is awesome. Even the sd channels look like hd quality. The picture quality is far far better than normal dth service.It will be hard for me to switch to dth later if jiotv stops or restricts services.

Himanshu Singh
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Clearly Arpit her ehas not used IPTV before, therefore the benefits listed are just the key ‘technical’ ones. Practically other advantages are that IPTV is weather proof. Since it is coming a physical cable, cloud cover or even storms don’t affect its broadcast. Also, when it was there earlier, it turned out to be cheaper than DTH, although it remain to be seen if the new TRAI guidelines will play a spoil sport there in future. Earlier the content was limited to ‘HD ready’ only as the internet speed was not fast enough. But now since all broadband providers are… Read more »

Chakri Kudikala

Yeah, we did not. These are technical advantages, nice to see one of the major advantage being mentioned by you.


Yes. Earlier AP FIBER, IP TV provided by AP Govt. cheaper than DTH, but now it is in TRAI trap. Finally OTT apps will win.


What is new price of app fiber pls


The explicit carriage cost in new tariff regime is quite cheap at Rs.130 and Rs. 20 or so for addl. packs of 25 ch. It is the content that is costing us so much. I wonder how IPTV could be cheaper than DTH in terms of carriage costs. For an average Indian consumer DTH is not only versatile in terms of availability, infra/ CPE etc but also quite cheap.., as weather related outages are insignificant in percentage terms. And many would experience internet on a limited scale on their mobiles itself at much cheaper bundled rates, rather than paying for… Read more »

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