You have surely heard of IPTV, Internet TV. A very popular term in this period. But what is meant by IPTV? Is IPTV legal? Here is what this term means and above all what it is associated with.
Let’s find out what IPTV is and how it works, or, literally, digital TV that uses internet protocol technology.
Is IPTV legal?
The term IPTV does not, in itself, indicate an illegal activity. As we will explain in more detail below, it is in fact a type of transmission of television content. Today it is also widely used by traditional broadcasters, as well as by new services generally called over the top.
So IPTV can be legal or illegal. Some services like Top Dog IPTV (https://iptvsubscription.site/top-dog-iptv/) allows you to to watch the Iptv of Sky UK (https://www.sky.com/shop/offers), while it is obviously not permissible to watch the games on sites of dubious origin, which illegally record the signal from Sky or other foreign televisions and broadcast it using IPTV technologies.
Watching IPTV from foreign sites for football matches, we repeat, is not legal and is also very dangerous. If you want to watch exclusive content then, subscribe to one of the IPTV providers operating in our country.
For example, here you can find our complete review of Sky’s Now Tv. A decidedly rich offer that allows viewing of high-quality Sky programs through the internet.
How does IPTV work?
IPTV (acronym for Internet Protocol Television) is a modern technology that allows you to watch TV programs over the internet. To work, it uses the Internet’s IP protocol (hence the name IPTV) and is designed to guarantee quality in broadcasts.
IPTV broadcasts are (generally) of the unicast type: they are therefore direct streaming flows to each user of the service, so as to guarantee the stability of the live broadcast.
The video content started in MPEG-2 format, but this was soon supplanted by the more efficient MPEG-4: this in fact allows less bandwidth usage, with the same image quality.
We must not confuse it with Web TV, which is always a television service visible through the Web, but is characterized by transmission mechanisms that are unable today to guarantee neither quality nor technical priority.
Internet Protocol Television
From a technical point of view, Internet Protocol Television is based on streaming, that is, the flow of digital data capable of transmitting video and audio information over the internet. The protocols it uses are 3:
RTP (real time transport protocol)
RTSP (real time streaming protocol)
UDP (User Datagram Protocol) – at the transport layer of the internet
Online (but not only) there is a lot of talk about IPTV lists. These often contain TV channels and those of Sky, Dazn, TimVision and Mediaset Premium. As mentioned, these much sought after lists are illegal.
IPTV lists work in a simple way, in fact in practice they are playlists (text files with links to stream streams) of the various channels.
There are two lists on the Internet:
Public IPTV, free, but not always stable
Private IPTV, for a fee, often sold by fences in exchange for the payment of a monthly fee (stable, often also in HD, and illegal)
Users look for these lists because they are attracted by the possibility of seeing Sky’s content for free (or paying a few euros a month).
Viewing the IPTV lists is subject to the use of software: this is created to read the video stream (multimedia player) and to take advantage of a source that broadcasts videos in streaming and on demand.
But why do IPTV broadcasts cause delays in live streaming?
The cause of this delay is due to buffering, that is the mechanism that stores and releases the video data in a progressive way to prevent blockages in the event of slowing down the connection (or network saturation).