IPTV has been coming for almost a century and it seems that it is finally starting to get traction amongst many in the first world. But is South Africa, with its notoriously slow average internet speeds ready for it?
IPTV, or Internet Protocol Television, is a system whereby television programs are streamed via the internet to your computer or smart tv allowing you to watch your favorite shows and movies on demand. The concept isn’t new: the basis for streaming has been around since the beginning of the 20th century, but it was only in the 1990s that technology began to reach a point where is was practically feasible. While the original system designed by George O. Squier in the early 1920s was used later for the transmission of music over electrical wires, modern streaming is focused on the complete multimedia experience.