Streaming Glossary

The following terms are often used quite frequently when speaking about streaming.  The following glossary should help you get up to speed with the proper lingo.

Application: A downloadable software program that provides streaming services that include movies, TV shows and more.

Catch Up:  A feature that allows you to view a past recording of a specific television show/event.  Catch Up episodes are usually only available for a few days after the show has aired.  IPTV services that do offer this feature usually only include popular channels.  You can think of Catch Up as a time sensitive DVR (digital video recorder).

Connection:  The number of devices that you can use simultaneously on an IPTV service.  Example: If your chosen package comes with three connections, you can use their service on up to 3 devices at the same time.  Some IPTV providers offer multi-screen and each active screen counts as one connection.  Additional connections can usually be purchased at time of purchase through most services.

EPG:  Electronic program guide.  This is an electronic listing of upcoming/past shows laid out in a nice graphical interface.

IP Location Locked: Whether or not the service may be used in different locations than where it was first registered from.  If the service is IP Location Locked, you may only use the service on the IP address that was used to register for the service with.

IPTV: Which stands for Internet Protocol Television. IPTV is live TV – News, Movies, TV shows, sports and more that are in real time. Full Stream Ahead TV provides only those software applications that display IPTV and a client subscribes to, and does not hold the actual streaming source.

ISP: Internet Service Provider.

On-Demand TV: Movies, TV shows and more that are available to stream at any time from beginning to end.  A video On-Demand section allows you to play movies and/or TV shows through a streaming service. Full Stream Ahead TV provides only those software applications that display On-Demand and a client subscribes to and does not hold the actual streaming source.

PPV:  Pay Per View sporting events.

Smart DNS: Domain Name System. DNS is a protocol that makes it possible for website names to be translated into IP addresses, and vice-versa. DNS is what makes it easy to connect to a website by just typing its name in the URL bar of a browser since it returns the IP address that’s associated with a website. A Smart DNS replaces your ISP-assigned DNS address with a new one – an address that doesn’t contain any information that can reveal a real geo-location. The new DNS address comes from a DNS server that routes traffic through it. The server can be located anywhere since the Smart DNS provider will use proxy servers located in specific countries to help bypass geo-blocks.

Streaming: Content that is provided to an open application that is not downloaded into a storage device.

Streaming Providers: Content holders of streaming sources; movies, TV shows and more.

Streaming Sources: Movies, TV shows and more that are held in storage by a content provider. There are thousands of content providers which are available by content providers of IPTV and On-Demand services.

VOD: Video On-Demand. See On-Demand.

VPN: Virtual Private Network.  Allows you to connect to the Internet anonymously by encrypting your connection.  A VPN will mask your IP address and prevent your ISP, government, hackers, and app developers from logging what you are doing online.


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