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Access to Internet television has evolved from computer and television access, to also include mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.Apps for mobile devices started to become available via app stores in 2008.The mid 2000's were the beginning of television programs becoming available via the Internet.ITunes began offering select television programs and series in 2005, available for download after direct payment.Both IPTV and OTT use the Internet protocol over a packet-switched network to transmit data, but IPTV operates in a closed system—a dedicated, managed network controlled by the local cable, satellite, telephone, or fiber-optic company.In its simplest form, IPTV simply replaces traditional circuit switched analog or digital television channels with digital channels which happen to use packet-switched transmission.
Emerging trends using adaptive streaming technologies like HLS (Apple), Smooth Streaming (Microsoft) and HDS (Adobe).
While a web browser has access to any website, some consumers find it inconvenient to control and interact with content with a mouse and keyboard, inconvenient to connect a computer to their television, or confusing.
Manufacturers of Smart TVs, boxes, sticks, and players must decide which providers to support, typically based either on popularity, common corporate ownership, or receiving payment from the provider.
These mobile apps allow users to view Internet television on mobile devices that support the apps.
In 2017 You Tube launched You Tube TV, a streaming service that allows users to watch live television programs from popular cable or network channels, and record shows to stream anywhere, anytime.