IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) is a system that distributes television signals and any other audio or video content through a broadband connection that uses the IP protocol. It works without cables or antenna, since it only requires an Internet connection. In general, the distribution of television content is offered in subscription mode and is managed by the same Internet access provider as the client.
What is IPTV
Mainly associated with televisions and set-top boxes, IPTV abonnement technology is increasingly being used by Android and iOS computers and mobile devices through applications. The only prerequisite is an Internet connection that has at least a data transfer speed of 5 MB / s (electromagnetic waves do not intervene as in conventional televisions).
The differentiating element of this technology is that it works like a television system on demand, that is, the user can choose what and when to watch. In addition, it guarantees transmission quality, since the signals are distributed through its own networks.
Is IPTV legal?
Each television channel has its own rules for making its programming available. You can transmit through open signal (free) or paid. Therefore, in the case of pay channels, the rules pre-established by the broadcasters and operators that offer those channels must be respected.
If the signal of a pay channel is available through streaming services and is shared on the network, this retransmission is considered an illegal act. That is, if you have signed a contract with a television provider and decide to make the signals of a payment package available to other users, you will be committing piracy, since one of the clauses of the contract signed with the TV service provider limits its I use only the plan contractor.
What are channel lists
IPTV-compatible programs work with channel listings that can be found on various Internet sites. The listings are a set of Internet addresses (URLs) from which pay television signals offered by IPTV services can be accessed, but illegally.
The transmission of content carried out by authorized IPTV operators, available through servers, is not blocked or has problems of slowness because there is an independent control of the video flow for each subscriber. On the other hand, the visualization of the content of the free lists, in which a pirated signal is shared, will have very low quality and will be subject to all kinds of inconveniences, since the IP addresses of the channels are copied by millions of people at the same time .
Since many websites are dedicated to broadcasting channel lists or offering low-cost IPTV services in order to receive more advertising revenue, their use is considered illegal. Thus, if an IPTV list found on the Internet has payment channels that are freely available, those responsible (site and users) can be penalized for violating copyright laws.
How to legally use IPTV services
Currently, several companies use IPTV technology to transmit television programs, movies and sporting events legally from the collection of subscription plans. This market, on the other hand, has grown in recent years from the growth of services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
Applications that provide access to IPTV, such as Kodi (XBMC), are also not considered illegal. Kodi is a Media Center that supports the playback of channel lists broadcast by the IPTV system. Other similar apps are Ace Stream, Wiseplay, and Perfect Player. However, it is worth remembering that the use of all these applications requires the legal use of IPTV (through paid services).
Also bear in mind that the aforementioned applications may be modified by pirates, who, willing to circumvent the law, develop extensions and plugins to illegally transmit channels offered by subscription television services.
Lastly, set top box devices are data-to-image receivers and converters. They are offered by the IPTV providers themselves or can be purchased from electronics stores.