Watching movies and TV shows has never been the same, and that’s all thanks to the revolutionary IPTV technology – now we can stream videos through the internet and watch hundreds of different channels from all over the world. We can even watch it anywhere we want in any time that is convenient for us without worrying if we are missing out on an episode. IPTVs have made entertainment easier and more fun than ever.
Video-on-demand (or sometimes called VoD) is a type of IPTV that lets you watch any video you like without a specific broadcast time. This is done through the Real Time Streaming Protocol, or streaming for short, meaning that you don’t have to download the video file and wait just to watch a certain video; you are downloading a part of the video and simultaneously downloading the next part of the video while you are watching it, so it will be ready to play the moment you finish the previous one.
iflix. Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, iflix is a subscription VoD in which its library could easily compete with that of today’s IPTV giants. It has partnerships with over 150 studios and content producers all around the world, such as Warner Bros, Paramount, Metro-Goldwyn Mayer, Fox, NBC Universal, and BBC. It also has exclusive rights to thousands of TV shows, movies, and other contents.
One of the best things about iflix is that it lets subscribers watch videos even when they are offline using the Download and Watch Offline features. Users may also adjust the resolution of the videos from high, medium, and low to maximize their device’s storage capacity. Through these, their mobile data usage can be reduced.
Subscribers may share their account with another person and watch videos through their laptops or smartphones, since they allow users to access up to five devices with just one subscription, plus watch videos with two different devices simultaneously. They also have a Playlists feature which boasts curated playlists personally handpicked by over 150 celebrities, and a Collections section where the media are filed by quirky themes and genres.
iflix is available at Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Brunei, and is still continuing to expand its availability.
Vimeo. Founded way back in 2004 as a place where its creators could put all their creative and personal work, Vimeo has become a website for individuals who want to upload or watch contents of all sorts. Whether you are looking for videos on fashion, photography, food, and documentaries, Vimeo is a great place for creating and watching videos.
For those who are itching to create wonderful videos but have no idea how to do it or where to start, they have a Video School where you can learn about the basics of videography through tutorials, and tips from their very own staff plus other professionals. From lessons on how to buy the perfect camera to making your videos pop with color, Vimeo has got you covered so you can unleash your creativity and share your videos with the rest of the world.
If you are just a mere spectator, you don’t have to worry because Vimeo also has a massive collection of content that you can browse through for entertainment or education – what you want to do is all up to you.
Metacafe. If you’re looking for a quick entertainment, then Metacafe is the website for you – whether you want to laugh at funny videos or watch the latest Hollywood scoops, they have got you all covered. It showcases short-form videos about video games, movies, TV shows, sports, and music from users all over the world, so you won’t have to worry about running out of fresh new content all the time.
You can even upload your own videos, rate those which are submitted by other viewers, comment on them, and join their discussion boards. If you are truly dedicated on sharing videos, you can create your own channel where other viewers can subscribe to, much like YouTube.
The good thing about Metacafe is that they really pay attention to their viewers’ entertainment. All the videos found there are fun and humorous without the annoying pile of nonsensical ones. Plus, they make sure that there is no duplication of videos – the 40 million unique viewers all over the world will also take care of uploading new and entertaining videos for you constantly.