IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is the new way to watch television when and how you want and the subscribers are increasing every day. It is the ultimate in user friendly programming. But if the broadcasters and cable operators have their way, IPTV will be so tightly regulated that the benefits will never be fully experienced.
Currently, IPTV is regulated like other internet technology. Broadcasters and cable operators would prefer that it have the same limitations and regulations as the television industry. The IPTV industry feels that these regulations will hinder the growth of the technology and give the established industries a leg up in competition. Telco giants are already controlling much of the cell phone industry and the internet access. It would be a shame to see them dominate television is all its arenas as well.
Companies, like Microsoft, are taking full advantage of the current regulations by introducing software that is user friendly and offers consumers the features that are most desired. This easy exchange of ideas is what will keep technology (like VoIP, IPTV, and the internet in general) something that is used and enjoyed by the masses.
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