3 Biggest Differences Between OTT and IPTV

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One of the common debates these days is which internet network makes more sense to choose, whether OTT or IPTV. And to be clear, the final decision is not easy to make at all, because both streaming services have their advantages. Probably the biggest challenge for users is understanding the differences between these networks, because lack of information about it results in the inability to make the best decision for themselves. Well, we have decided to stand in the way of this and share with you the main differences between OTT and IPTV in order to help you make the right choice. Let’s dig in.

IPTV (Internet Protocol TV)

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IPTV is an abbreviation for Internet Protocol TV – a service that involves the use of a network based on IP (Internet Protocol), which can include managed service provider network, LAN (local area network), or WAN (wide area network). This service allows users to watch and listen to their favorite content on computers, using a dedicated broadband connection, while the content is transferred via the Internet to a dedicated set up box.

OTT (Over The Top)

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OTT (Over The Top) streaming service delivers content to viewers not by using a private internet connection, but by one that is publicly available, which is why it got its name. For the purpose of transmitting content, open internet is used, which means that the network is not completely controlled. The type of content is not premium as is the case with IPTV, but the practical thing is that the content can be watched on any device with available internet, regardless of whether data transfer or Wi-Fi is used.

Main differences between IPTV and OTT

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 1. The type of network used

As we mentioned, the main difference between these two streaming services is what type of network is used to deliver content to viewers. Over the Top services use the Internet (open network), while in the case of IPTV use networks that are closed (local or wide area network).

2. Need for additional network settings

Because it uses the open Internet, the OTT service generally does not require additional network settings in order for the content to be delivered, while this is not the case with IPTV. IPTV requires investment in additional network infrastructure to ensure the high resolution and picture quality that all viewers want.

3. The type of content they deliver

Another difference between OTT and IPTV streaming services is the type of content they deliver. These contents are completely different, so you will choose a particular service depending on what is important to you. IPTV subscriptions enable access to premium content that includes live TV and top VOD content. OTT on the other hand, offers so called freemium content such as Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and more.


Although people still have difficulty deciding which streaming service is the better choice, whether IPTV or OTT, with the right information that can change. IPTV and OTT differ in several things: the type of network they use, the need for additional network settings, but also the type of content they deliver. Depending on what you prefer to watch, one will make more sense than the other, so we suggest that you inform more about these networks and then decide which one is the better choice for you.