As we said last week, IPTV (Television by Internet Protocol) technology allows the distribution of television signals over the Internet. It is basically a TV service without cables or antenna since it only needs an Internet connection.
You can read part 1 here.
What is IPTV technology (Part 2)
It is a technology increasingly associated with Android boxes, due to the great demand that exists for transmission links of television services over the Internet, which makes perfect sense as IPTV technology is growing exponentially in the world of SmartTVs, computers and Android and iOS smartphones (via apps).
The great advantage of this type of TV is the fact that it works a little like ‘on-demand’ services. That is, you can see what you want when you want. In addition, the transmission quality is also higher, due to the reservation of a certain bandwidth for this purpose.
Is the use of IPTV legal?
This is where things get complicated. It can be legal, but it can also be illegal!
Each television service provider has its own rules for making its content available. Therefore, the signal can be transmitted from open (free) channels, but also from closed (paid) channels.
Thus, if, by chance, you want to have access to closed channels, you must respect the rules of the copyright owner of the content sought. After all, if the signal from the paid channel was shared through streaming services, this re-transmission is considered an illegal act. That is, piracy.
This is because when you sign the TV package contract, use is limited to the plan’s contract.
What are IPTV channel lists?
As we said in part 1 of this article saga, IPTV works with lists of channels that can be found on various websites. Playlists that at the bottom are like playlists of various web addresses (URL).
These lists are then inserted into compatible devices/software that will handle the content reproduction. That said, there are paid and free lists. (There may also be piracy here)
In short, if you pay for a service, it is very likely that the transmission will not stop because there is an independent control of what is going on in the network in order to ensure that the customer receives all the signals to which he is entitled.
In the case of free lists, the reception of the signal will be more conditioned, and therefore, subject to ‘breaks,’ depending on network congestion.
In the case of free lists, there may be paid channels included in the package. And so, those responsible (website and list users) can be penalized with fines or even imprisonment.
How to use IPTV legally?
Therefore, as you may have noticed, there are several companies using IPTV technology to broadcast series, films, sporting events, etc … In a completely legal way, charging a monthly fee or equivalent for the payment of their services.
Just look at the market to see the success of Netflix, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, etc … These are all paid IPTV services.
However, if you don’t want to pay but you want to have ‘boss’ TV content, there are several applications that give access to IPTV technology, in a completely legal way! Like Kodi (XBMC)
Very briefly, Kodi creates a Media Center on your device of choice, which will support lists of IPTV channels. Other applications of the kind are Ace Stream, Wiseplay, and Perfect Player. (Warning! Many of these apps can also be used for hacking)
Furthermore, what do you think about all this? Share your opinion with us in the comments below.