IPTV Explained (Is it legal?)

What is IPTV?

IPTV stands for internet protocol television and entails users receiving television programs over the internet instead of antennas, satellite dishes, or fiber-optic cables. Basically, IPTV streams video content directly over the internet. Those who use IPTV services tend to save thousands on their bills.

By using IPTV users are able to cut the cord from their cable provider while still getting access to their favorite channels. They are able to do this at only a fraction of the cost.

Unlike cable providers, IPTV offers thousands of channels including but not limited to sports, news, local, entertainment, movies, PPV, and much more. IPTV services offer these categories with their standard plan, unlike cable providers who charge extra.

You may be asking yourself how can these IPTV providers provide this type of content at such a low cost? Is it legal? We will be covering all that and more.

Different Types of IPTV

Is IPTV Legal?

What are the requirements for IPTV?

  • You must have high-speed internet. The suggested download speeds are 10mbps and higher
  • Next, you will need a device to stream IPTV on. Most cord cutters use devices like Amazon Firestick or Nvidia Shield. Although you can stream on your PC it is best to use a dedicated streaming device.
  • It is recommended that all IPTV users have a VPN installed on their devices. By using a VPN you can easily hide your online acitvities from your ISP.

Access to high-speed internet

IPTV Services

The main reason users need access to high-speed internet is so they can stream HD content without having any buffering issues. When it comes to IPTV, it is highly recommended that users have download speeds of at least 10mbps or more. Anything lower can and will cause buffering.

Some IPTV services do have SD channels that can be streamed at lower download speeds however the quality is just not as good as HD. As you stream IPTV your device is constantly downloading the content and “streaming” it back to your device so you want to ensure you have a good reliable internet connection with decent download speeds. 

Best streaming devices

IPTV Streaming Devices

There are many streaming devices on today’s market. Finding the right device can be a hard task if you don’t know what you are looking for. There are several things you want to keep in mind when looking for the right streaming device.

  • Memory
  • Storage
  • Internet speed

Since IPTV can be resource-heavy you want to ensure you have a device with a decent amount of memory. This will ensure you can update your IPTV EGP Guides while streaming without having to worry about running out of memory. Another thing to keep an eye out for is storage space. Some IPTV providers/players allow for video recording aka DVR. You want to be sure you have enough storage so you can download content without worrying about running out of space.

Lastly, when it comes to finding the right device you want to read up on the device’s specs. Mainly looking for the internet speeds. We suggest looking for the fastest internet speeds possible for a device. You don’t want to spend $40 on a device that can only handle 50mbps when you can spend $60 and get access to higher speeds. Keep in mind, the higher the speeds the better your streaming experience will be.

Below are some of the best streaming devices in 2021:

Protect yourself with a VPN

Some IPTV services are infringing on copyrighted content and you could easily be breaking the law if you are not properly informed. We will discuss verified vs. unverified IPTV services later in this post, but for now, we will discuss how you can protect yourself.

If you are not familiar with IP addresses then you may not know that you have what is called a “public IP address”. This address is assigned to you by your ISP. It cannot be changed! This public IP address basically links that address to your location. So what does that mean? In short, basically, anyone who has your public IP address can trace your activities back to you and your location.

When it comes to streaming IPTV not only can your ISP see what you are doing but so can others. Primarly the IPTV service provider. If you are streaming IPTV it is highly recommended that you setup a VPN to mask your public IP address. A VPN basically allows you to connect to a server of your choice (for instance New York) so that while you are connected in “Florida” your public IP will show that you are in “New York”. This basically masks your identity and location not only protecting you from your ISP but from others as well.

What is the difference between verified and unverified IPTV services?

Verified IPTV

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These are services readily available through popular app stores such as Amazon App Store or Google Play.

We assume that these are 100% legal due to the fact that they have been approved to be in these popular app stores.  Both Amazon and Google would probably be liable for copyright infringement if they allowed illegal IPTV services.

Unverified IPTV

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We then define unverified services as those that aren’t available within the popular app stores. These are IPTV providers that require their subscribers to sideload an application that pulls in the live TV channels.

Since we can’t determine whether these services carry the proper licensing, we call them unverified services. Some of these are definitely delivering channels that they don’t have proper licensing for.

Since most verified IPTV services cost just as much as a cable/satellite service this has most cord cutters seeking the unverified IPTV sources. We can’t tell you which service to go for nor which services hold the proper licensing. We do strongly advise everyone to only access content that falls within public domain.

We do want to warn you that by going with an unverified IPTV service you are taking the risk of them not holding the proper licensing which in turn holds you accountable for accessing content that is copyrighted. 

IPTV has been under attack over the past couple of years with some of the big media providers going after the owners of IPTV services. Some of these class actions lawsuits have not only included the owners but their customers as well. We strongly advise anyone looking for an unverified source to not only do their homework on that service but to protect yourself with a VPN.

Is IPTV legal?

As we previously mentioned, there is no way for Myfirestreams to verify whether or not an IPTV service is legal or not. Unverified IPTV services that do NOT hold the proper licensing are and should be considered illegal. The end-users are solely responsible for determining if an IPTV service is legal and the end-users are responsible for any streaming app or service on their device.

IPTV from verified sources should be considered legal as they are normally distributed through reputable providers like Amazon and Google. There are so many new IPTV services hitting the market that it is almost impossible to determine if they are in fact legal or not. If they are not being provided through reputable sources like Amazon or Google then we suggest that you proceed with caution. As mentioned before, if it sounds too good to be true then it normally is. 

If an application or service we cover here at Myfirestreams is found to be illegal then we will always update our content to reflect that. Until then, it is solely the end-users responsibility to determine whether or not an IPTV service is legal or not.

There have been cases during recent IPTV takedowns where they not only went after the owner but their customers as well. In most cases, they merely ask that the end-user stop using the service and in some cases, they have asked that the user pays forever how long they had the IPTV service. So again, if you think an IPTV service is illegal we highly suggest you proceed with caution. 

Protect yourself with a VPN like IPVanish!

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