6 questions about IP tv

6 questions about IP tv

This week we tell you everything you need to know about IPTV, and lift the veil on some confusions about its legality. The next part of our article, in 2 weeks will explain how to protect your content against IPTV piracy.

What is IP tv ? 

IP tv is the acronym for Internet Protocol Television. It allows the viewer to watch television channels, programs, sporting events, etc. through the internet ... You only need Internet access and a subscription to get access to IP tv.

What are the differences between IP tv and regular television ?

The traditional means of broadcasting television are cable, fiber optic cable, satellite or the classical antenna. However, these methods do not allow the viewer to control what they can watch. They have to follow the schedule set by the channels.

With IPTV, you can watch programs on a delayed basis, which allows much greater flexibility.

is IPTV illegal?

IP tv is a technology, a protocol that allows access to television on demand. As such, IP tv is neutral.

SVOD (Netflix, Amazon prime etc.) is a form of IPTV, and services like Hulu or YouTube TV are also legal IP tv services. 

These legal IP tv services respect the regulations and have bought the rights allowing them to broadcast multimedia content on the Internet. These services can be used with a paid subscription.

Legal IP tv should not be confused with IP tv piracy.

What is illegal IP tv? 

Illegal IPTV is sold by resellers who pirate signals transmitted by TV channels and make it available to others. These resellers do not own any rights.

As pirate resellers do not have to pay for the rights, this explains the low price of illegal IPTV. 

How to distinguish between legal and illegal IPTV? 

What are the risks of illegal IPTV? 

Any use of a pirate service always involves technical risks. The risk of viruses or personal data collection is present with illegal IPTV.

To pay, you have to communicate your financial details.

They can be stolen, and used maliciously. It is also possible that the service sold is not what you think you bought. Since the headquarters of companies offering illegal IPTV are often located in countries with which it is difficult to take legal action, and that the service you bought is illegal anyway, you won’t be able to contest anything. 

Different countries have different regulations so the legal risk will vary.

In France, HADOPI monitors and punishes the use of illegal IPTV services.

The UK punishes illegal IPTV based on the Digital Economy Act 2017.

The United States relies on the famous Digital Millennium Copyright Act

In most countries, the user of an illegal service can be charged for complicity and can be prosecuted – using illegal IP tv is thus not different from illegal downloading and streaming. 

The reseller is always legally responsible, pirate IP tv is an obvious violation of intellectual property rights.

Some lawyers are also starting to look at laws about counterfeited products and unfair competition to take actions against these resellers.

If it is illegal, why are there so many offers? 

If the ad is reported, Kijiji will remove it (after 24 hours), but nothing will stop the user from creating a new one. Even if a user is banned, he can easily recreate an account on the platform, the process is extremely simple and fast.

Most of the sales are indeed done by private message. 

Nevertheless, if the groups and posts published on the marketplace are reported to Facebook, they will be removed, but only of the network is monitored by the owner of the rights or an agent acting on their behalf. 

In 2 weeks, join us for the second part of our article - how to protect your content against illegal  IP tv.

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