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We all have various means of watching television programmes. These include but not limited to; IPTV/WEB TV/Internet tv, DTH Tv and cable tv. Of all the earlier mentioned, IPTV is the newest/ However, its growth and popularity are growing at an alarming rate. Today’s article is all about IPTV vs Satellite Tv. And for the purpose of this write-up, I will categorise television broadcasting into two.

On one side, we have IPTV(also often being referred to as video streaming, Web TV or Internet TV). On the other hand, we have satellite TV(this also includes card sharing) and cable TV. Suffice to say that I am not going into the architecture of IPTV or satellite tv as I have already talked about that here and here. Moreover, this post will focus on these features that separate IPTV as technology in terms of how the program is delivered from Satellite Tv. I will try as much as possible to cover both the known and the unknown distinctions.

IPTV vs Satellite tv

IPTV vs Satellite tv – Basic definitions and similarities

Truly, it is very difficult to totally separate IPTV from satellite tv in the sense that, it is possible to use both simultaneously. Also, you can use more of one and less of the other in everyday situations. To elaborate more on this, you can have a streaming app from your satellite service provider along with your satellite tv subscription. That streaming app is IPTV. Furthermore, this streaming device may be acquired independently of any paid satellite tv provider. This can be legally or illegally. To learn about legal issues involving IPTV or satellite TV, you can search through my site.

Another area of similarity is that both technologies satisfy the television need of their consumers. Finally on the similarities.

What is Satellite TV?

     According to Wiki, Satellite television is a service that delivers television programming to viewers by relaying it from a communications satellite orbiting the Earth directly to the viewer’s location. The signals are received via an outdoor parabolic antenna commonly referred to as a satellite dish and a low-noise block downconverter.

Cable and satellite TV are different in more ways than just how they deliver television programming. Cable TV is less likely to be affected by the weather but is typically more expensive than satellite TV service.


By definition, IPTV refers to Internet-based Protocol Television where internet is used to deliver TV programs & Videos that are either live or on-demand. IPTV is a system where digital television service is delivered to the subscriber through Internet protocol technology via the medium of broadband or internet connection.

Forms/types of IPTV services
  • Live television:
    Live streaming means broadcasting as it happens. It’s like watching live television on the computer screen or on your TV. In this kind of format, we can’t pause or skip through the broadcast that doesn’t interest us.
  • Video on demand:
    This is similar to the playlist. Here videos, clips or episodes are arranged by titles or in categories like news, sports or music videos.
  • Near Video on Demand: It is a pay-per-view video service intended for multiple users subscribed to nVoD service. The content broadcasting schedule is compiled beforehand and subscribers can look at the schedule and watch content according to their interest.
  •  Time-shifted TV: Time-shifted TV lets subscribers view live broadcasts later so they can playback and resume at their convenience. Rewind option is also provided for TV programs
  • TV on Demand (TVoD): Selected TV channels are recorded so they can be viewed whenever convenient.

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IPTV vs Satellite Tv – The full differences 

  1. Data consumption: IPTV consumes a load of internet data bundles which is born by the subscriber. With satellite TV,(from paid providers) the consumer/subscriber needs note invest in data plans Even the updates are done free of charge by the providers.
  2. Uplink/downlink:  Satellite tv combines uplink and downlink(downloads)/ Although this might not be known to the end-user. IPTV – Only works on download
  3. Internet connection speed: This affects IPTV more. If your internet is poor, it will cause problems. This problem ranges from lagging, distorted audio and blurred visuals. In the opposite, satellite Tv requires no fast internet. Even card-sharing can work well with 2g network. This distinction is why IPTV is not performing so well in Africa currently
  4. Reliance on the internet: IPTV will not work without internet. Satellite or cable tv will
  5. Availability of contents:  For example, you will hardly find a satellite tv provider that is openly offering Porn in Africa. I know Tvsat and canal does. however, it is highly restricted. IPTV, on the other hand, has more than enough access to adult contents. Moving forward to other programs. It is only on IPTV that you can be in Nigeria and be watching Hulu, Netflix, sky sports, Bein and so on. Satellite tv only gives you programs that are available in the package of your satellite tv provider. By extension, you can only watch programs within your SSP’s specific territory. This is one of the reasons why IPTV will never die.
  6. No special Installation: IPTV offers a stress-free installation. It is simply a plug and plays kind of service/ I mean, you don’t need a dish, neither would you need a professional installer. Satellite tv, on the other hand, requires an antenna and all that comes with it. You need to properly install it to get it working.
  7. Cost: IPTV is comparatively cheaper than cable tv as far as the subscription.
  8. Effect of weather: There is no correlation between bad weather and IPTV services. whether it is windy or raining, thundering, as long as you have your internet, you will have an uninterrupted viewing on IPTV. Satellite tv signal is susceptible to bad weather.
  9. It offers pay-as-you watch or Video-on-demand solution: You can save data bills by not watching unnecessary programs on IPTV. Also, you can choose to watch the selected contents. As for satellite tv, you get both what you need and what you do consider relevant to paying for a particular subscription. Many credible IPTV service providers offer you services you need only.
  10. The mobility of service: It is going to be very weird for any sane person to move around with a complete satellite tv package. This means you need to move the dish, receiver and cables. IPTV can go with you everywhere you have internet. Even your palm can accommodate IPTV. No wonder many SSP now offer it as an add-on service. You can also use this across the border.
  11. The issue of freezing: Generally, a good IPTV service is as smooth as your internet connection. In other words, you will not notice any lag or hang if your internet is fast. Satellite tv, on the other hand, can freeze for a couple of reasons. 1. if you are using Cardsharing, overloading of the server will cause freezing. 2. If the weather is bad, it freezes annoyingly.
  12. Time lag problem of IPTV: Due to the uplink before downlink, IPTV time tends to lag compared to satellite tv. This can spoil some fun when watching live events. The only solution is for you to be far away from those using satellite tv to watch the same events as you. Your live program transmission on IPTV can be 2 to 5 minutes behind that of satellite tv. That is huge, especially for die-hard soccer fans.
  13. Device compatibility: Satellite tv offers you a close-end package. IPTV can work across many platforms and screens. All you need to do is get the right one. Android, Windows, Ubuntu, iOS are all supported by IPTV
  14. Image quality: The best IPTV offers a better collection of HD channels. To get Full HD on most satellite tv, you will need to change your hardware and subscription. Even at that, you will get fewer compared to IPTV
  15. It’s a two-way communication where the consumer will be able to interact with the service provider. For example, a consumer can request for watching a movie from the TV guide and the service gets delivered to him.
  16. Freedom of choice: The consumer has a greater choice over what they want to watch because of higher functionality and content than regular broadcast or cable television services.
  17. Security and privacy concern: To be safe and free from identity theft, hacking or virus infection, you need to use a VPN with your IPTV service. Also, you must make sure you subscribe to a credible IPTV service. Free IPTV can cause a lot of problems for your computer. On the other hand, your satellite tv provider has the duty to protect you and your device. And you can sue them if any privacy issue arises
  18. Heath concern: IThere instances whereby I had an electric shock as a result of water entering through the LNBF>>LNBFcable down to the receiver. In rare occasions, after unplugging the decoder, I still feel the shock. Please always watch your dish installation especially after heavy downpour

IPTV vs Satellite tv – Summary and conclusion

In my introduction, I specified that we use both satellite tv and IPTV either interchangeably or simultaneously. However, for poor countries of the world, they may have no choice than to opt-in for a cable tv or even card sharing. Give a poor man a full IPTV box and he will throw it back at you. In a nutshell, it is difficult to disentangle one from the other. Overall, I will give it to IPTV as the technology enjoyable mostly by the few privileged while satellite tv is for everyone. Now that you know the distinctions, you can decide the extent to which you prefer one above the other. If the post makes common sense, please share it.


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