You may have heard of IPTV, but not everyone knows what it is. The Internet TV broadcast format is quite popular for the wrong reasons, as it is very easy to hack cable channels that are paid for, but the technology itself is not illegal.
In fact, you can use it in compliance with the Law. And that’s what we’re going to talk about.
What is IPTV?
IPTV, an acronym for Internet Protocol Television is exactly what the name suggests: the transmission of a TV signal via IP protocol. That is, over the internet. This is the same television content transmission service. But, instead of using radio signals (open network), cable or satellite signals, the entire process is carried out through broadband connections, where the IP captures the signal from the source and retransmits it to users.
To access TV channels over the internet, the user needs to have a video player compatible with IPTV lists, which are lists of the addresses of TV channels, whether open or by subscription, so that he can watch from his computer, cell phone or other devices. connected. The most famous of them is Kodi, but there are others.
What is the relationship between IPTV and piracy?
The roll of IPTV technology with piracy is not about its existence per se, as it is used both to distribute free-to-air and pay-channel signals, in the latter case by the operators themselves as an additional service. The problem lies in sharing pay channel lists freely in forums and groups.
In general, subscribers redistribute IPTV listings on the internet in closed forums or by other means, which is considered piracy of audiovisual content by broadcasters, TV operators and copyright holders who charge for it.
Based on these shared lists, alternative set-top boxes emerged that already have pre-configured cable TV channel listings, with the user simply plugging the device into the TV and starting to watch, without having to pay monthly for a subscription. Around here, such devices are popularly known as “gatonet” and sell a lot, including by companies that shouldn’t have them available.
See that there’s a big difference between what’s cool and what’s not, so:
- IPTV as a technology is cool;
- The use of IPTV lists with free network channels is legal;
- The use of IPTV lists with channels paid by the subscriber and for their own use is legal;
How to use channel lists legally
There are two ways to access IPTV channels legally, both for free and for a fee. None of them are piracy if you do everything right.
If you don’t want to pay anything, you can access to abonnement IPTV lists that only contain broadcasters from the open network, whether they are VHF or UHF (Globo, Record, SBT, TV Senado, Cultura, Rede Vida, etc…) which, because they broadcast in an open way, do not the act of retransmitting them over the internet, as long as the source signal is not via cable, constitutes piracy.
For those who prefer to pay, French operators provide lists with cable TV channels to subscribers of plans, it’s worth checking support for more information.