Our mission is to identify and explain the
technologies and applications that allow television services to
be provided through Internet Protocol (IP) data networks.
Readers learn the options and the system to implement IPTV along
with new features and applications and business opportunities
that are available in the IPTV industry today.
A set top box is an electronic device that adapts
internet television data into a format that is accessible by an end user. The output of an
set top box can be a television RF channel (e.g. channel 3), video and audio signals or digital video signals.
Set top boxes are commonly located in customer homes to allow the reception of
internet video signals on a television or computer.
A STB may have limited functionality, such as offering only IPTV service, or it may be a combined unit that can receive signals from other sources such as standard television channels (RF Tuner), satellite receivers or digital terrestrial television (DTT).