Internet television is a type of over-the-top content."Over-the-top" (OTT) is the delivery of audio, video, and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple-system operator (such as a cable television provider) in the control or distribution of the content.It also supports video on demand—browsing a catalog of videos (such as movies or television shows) which might be unrelated to the company's scheduled broadcasts.
Delivered using HTTP (TCP), a connected transport protocol.
Emerging trends using adaptive streaming technologies like HLS (Apple), Smooth Streaming (Microsoft) and HDS (Adobe).
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.
DRM (digital rights management) software is also incorporated into many Internet television services.
Sky Go has software that is provided by Microsoft to prevent content being copied.
A display device, which could be: IPTV delivers television content using signals based on the Internet protocol (IP), through the open, unmanaged Internet with the "last-mile" telecom company acting only as the Internet service provider (ISP).
As described above, "Internet television" is "over-the-top technology" (OTT).
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.
A few years later television networks and other independent services began creating sites where shows and programs could be streamed online.