What is the Difference between IPTV and Analog MATV?



IPTV provides you with zero downgrade of picture quality. On the other hand, an analog MATV system is quite susceptible to poor image quality and disruptions like snowy pictures and ghost images. IPTV also doesn’t need any kind of separate cabling besides the LAN infrastructure but when it comes to the MATV, you will need a separate coaxial cabling. When it comes to the number of channels provided, IPTV offers you unlimited channels as long as the proper LAN infrastructure is in place and in an MATV the maximum number of channels that can be broadcasted is limited to 80. When it comes to interconnectivity, IPTV comes with 2 way interaction providing access to amazing features such as VOD or Video on Demand, internet browsing, and personalized hospitality features, unlike the analog MATV which only has a one way system. IPTV is based on an IP technology, the solution has the ability to be widespread in such a way that there are now many providers who provide IPTV services over the web. Get more info on IPTV here.

IPTV challenges

Based on the benefits aforementioned, you must have a look at its challenges too.

  1. It needs a good LAN infrastructure

IPTV systems just cannot work over just any current data network. You need to ensure that your existing network is actually able to support the needed bandwidth for the IPTV multicast packets and that the network switches are able to support the features like the IGMP Snooping. If not possible, you will end up with a flooded data network and jittered TV images.

  1. High equipment costs

As the IPTV sector is thriving, the prices of the IPTV system and equipment are plummeting down as well. The extra costs is the only decisive factor here.


If there is a lack of a strong LAN infrastructure, replacing your poor quality SMATV with IPTV is simply not feasible. But there is an alternative to this, DVB MATV or Digital Video Broadcast. These systems are also operable over the same coaxial network which is used by the MATV, however they broadcast the channel in DVB or digital format to be deemed feasible without any need to change its cabling structure.

Future of TV

Without an ounce of doubt, it would now be safer to say that the analog MATV systems are quickly becoming outdated and replaced by the IPTV systems. Now is the right time to do it.