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IPTV Glossary

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It is a technology that delivers television content and live TV over the internet using internet protocol (IP) packets instead of traditional terrestrial, satellite, or cable television formats. IPTV allows for a more flexible and customizable viewing experience, as it can stream live and on-demand video content to a variety of devices including TVs, computers, smartphones, and tablets.

The following terms are used frequently when discussing IPTV.

Catch Up:

A feature that allows you to view a past recording of a specific television show/event.
Catch Up episodes are normally only available for 1-3 days after a show has aired.
Not all services provide this function.


The number of devices that you can use simultaneously on an IPTV service.
Example: If your chosen package comes with 2 connections, you can watch the service on two different devices at the same time (and different channels).


Electronic Program Guide. This is an electronic listing of upcoming/past shows laid out in a nice graphical interface.


A URL that enables you use IPTV Players such as TiviMate. Not all service providers make the URL available.

IP Location Locked:

If a service is IP Location Locked, you may only use the service on the IP address that was used to register the service with, e.g. an Android box connected to your TV. (This restricts your ability to use different devices to access the service).


Internet Service Provider. This is the company that provides your Internet service.


Pay Per View sporting events. Popular airings include MMA, Professional Wrestling, Boxing, etc.


Video On Demand. A video-on-demand section allows you to play movies and/or TV shows through the service.


Virtual Private Network. Allows you to connect to the Internet anonymously by encrypting your connection.
A VPN will mask your IP address and prevent your ISP, government, hackers, and app developers from logging what you are accessing online.

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