IPTV Australia
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How to Get IPTV

OK, so you want to connect to the amazing array of content available through the IP network.

Put simply, if you do not have a Smart TV (ie Samsung Smart TV), then you will need a IPTV Set Top Box. These boxes sit near the television unit, and connect one end to the tv and the other to your internet connection (modem). It may be possible to connect wirelessly, but lets keep it simple to start with.

There are three forms that will be found most commonly.

Live Stream Internet TV

Live stream IPTV is basically just regular television like national TV or cable. The only difference being that instead of being delivered digitally over the air to your antenna through traditional channels, you're streaming it via the internet and your internet connection, either by phone line in ADSL 2+ or via cable broadband.

Delayed Broadcast

Delayed Broadcast (aka Time-Shifted IPTV or Catch-Up TV) replays a film or show that was broadcast hours, or sometimes even days beforehand. IPTV providers often have a storage buffer where they will hang on to broadcasts for a certain amount of time.

Video On Demand (VOD)

VOD is becoming an increasingly popular way to rent and buy movies. VOD is similar to the On-Demand service provided by cable television, or even just renting a DVD. Customers browse a series of titles and decide on whichever they wish. After making a selection the stream should begin momentarily.

IPTV Connection Services

In Australia there are: Fetch TV, Telstra T-Box, Apple TV, TPG, iiNet and FOXTEL.

Telstra T Box

Telstra T Box

Telstra T-Box

  • HD digital set-top box
  • Integrate internet and free to air entertainment including 11 BigPond TV channels
  • Rent and watch new release movies with BigPond Movies
  • Watch one free-to-air TV show while recording another
  • Record, pause & rewind live free-to-air TV
  • Access applications such as YouTube and Picasa
Your T-Box includes

Free-to-Air TV channels, BigPond videos and 11 channels including 9 Exclusive to BigPond TV.

Service not available in all areas. T-Box requires BigPond Cable or Elite ADSL2+. In order to get a T-Box, Telstra customers must have an eligible BigPond® Broadband service and be connected to the modem via an Ethernet or WiFi connection.
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FOXTEL on Xbox 360

FOXTEL on Xbox 360

FOXTEL on Xbox 360

FOXTEL on Xbox 360 is exactly what it sounds like; FOXTEL on your Xbox 360. To get it you will need:

A fast Broadband plan with a large download allowance.
An Xbox 360
An Xbox Live account

This is a great option for Xbox 360 owners to use their games console to get Pay TV from FOXTEL with no set up and no contact. Renters or those in apartments who want FOXTEL but can't get permission from their landlord/body corporate to have it installed now have this great option. Prices and packages are cheaper than traditional FOXTEL and there are no set up fees or contracts.

However, one disadvantage of this service is that you can't record the FOXTEL channels to your XBox 360 as compared to the traditional FOXTEL IQ packages. This is a live stream service only, streamed via a broadband connection.

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Fetch TV

Fetch TV

Fetch TV

Fetch TV is one of the most established IPTV providers in Australia and is supported by iiNet, Internode and Adam Internet. With Fetch TV customers have access to a similar style of product to the Telstra T-Box, with different channels and internet content.

As far as TV channels go, Fetch TV offers very few compared to cable TV or even Telstra's T-Box. However, they're soon bringing some very interesting, if esoteric, services to the table. Fetch TV is working on offering both a Hindi and Pakistani channel package with 11 channels each. These deals are obviously not for everyone, but should give them a strong stance with Australia's South Asian citizens.

Fetch TV does offer a few apps, such as Facebook, Wikipedia and Twitter. But you'll most likely find yourself still turning to your trusty computer to access these popular websites.

Fetch TV's one major strength over Telstra's IPTV service is their mammoth 1TB Hard Drive. That's around 1000 GB of space, around half of which is dedicated to smoothing out your streaming experience. The other half is reserved purely for your downloaded movie collection. With 30 movies available for free watching at any time and 40 for rentals, Fetch TV definitely has a strong product when it comes to movie streaming and storage.

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Google TV

Google TV

Google TV

Google TV is a sort of IPTV/universal interface hybrid. As well as providing a massive amount of online content for your TV, Google TV combines your cable STB, DVD player, Xbox, TiVo, sound system and just about anything else you have plugged in to your TV.

Bringing all of your media forms together and splicing them with the internet gives you a luxuriously hassle-free way to search for entertainment. If you're after a specific movie just put the title in to the search bar and it will scan everything in seconds. You'll get an easy menu of results from your recorded programs, movies saved on your computer, movies available online, movies available on any internet subscriptions (such as Apple TV, Netflix or Zune), YouTube results, Podcast results etc. It's really easy to spot the result you're after as well. You won't be intimidated by a hoard of useless search results crowding your screen as some other IPTV services are wont to do.

Integrating all your media also means you can control them all with the same remote. With Google TV there are 3 real options for remotes.

SONY has designed a 2-handed controller, similar to a PlayStation controller, which has a QWERTY keypad on it as well as just about any other function you could possibly think of. Logitech has released a lightweight QWERTY keyboard that sits on the lap. The keyboard has a trackpad as well as traditional controls such as play, pause, rewind etc.

The best and probably most exciting option is your phone. If you own an Android smartphone or iPhone you can use your phone as a remote control. That means no more searching for the remote to turn the TV on, just pull your mobile out of your pocket and off you go. The fact that modern smartphones operate on touchscreens is a great bonus here. You can scroll through screen after screen of buttons for different services, meaning you can have a tonne of functionality in a very small space.

Google TV does not require a contract. It is a one-time purchase that links all of your other entertainment technologies together while bringing the freedom of the internet to your TV.

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Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV

Apple TV is a purely VOD streaming service. Customers have access to a huge range of titles and can choose whether to rent them in either standard or high definition.

The Apple TV STB is tiny, fitting easily in to one hand. It comes with a minimalistic aluminium controller but can also be controlled by any iOS handset, such as an iPhone or iPad.

Streaming from the Apple store is fast, reliable and cheaper than renting DVD's in a traditional sense. If you're looking for an easier way to rent movies, Apple TV is definitely worth a look at.

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TPG IPTV

TPG IPTV

TPG IPTV

TPG IPTV is a very different kind of IPTV than the more popular services. TPG IPTV has no STB and is designed to be streamed to a computer, not a television set. Thus the only way to hook it up to your TV is to connect your television screen directly to your computer or laptop.

TPG IPTV runs only on TPG ADSL2+ broadband plans, which are cheap and offer generous data allowances. The service only provides 18 channels, most of which are unfamiliar channels such as Greek TV, France 24 and Channel NewsAsia. The company is working on bringing more channels to the mix but this IPTV service really does not offer much when compared to the major players.

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