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IPTV- what are you actually watching?

April 05, 2021

Let’s be honest, we’ve all gone onto a website that’s allowed us to access a certain series or film that might not be available on our online TV subscription package. Or there’s that boxing or football match that we just can’t access and we’ve looked to random websites just to get a sneak peak. We are all guilty of it, as harmless it might be, the issue of piracy seems to be forgotten. 

So many of us access video and music content on a daily basis and we thought that shining light on this issue can ensure safety and security for our own personal devices.

Do you know what you are watching when you look to your media sources? No we’re not referring to Netflix, Amazon Prime or Apple Music in this instance, but rather Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) which is now replacing traditional cable and satellite services that allow you to access channels live and On Demand TV for cheaper rates or free of charge. This means you can access live TV channels from around the world or even see exclusive channels for sports and music.  If unlawfully purchased, IPTV access is considered to be piracy. 
 

What is Piracy?

You may have heard the term piracy when it comes to illegal downloads and streaming online content from certain websites. Piracy is the distribution of copyrighting-infringing audio-visual (AV) content (RUSI, 2021, 3). This can take the form of copying music, TV and film content that you normally pay for, and distributing it onto websites and apps where people are able to access this at a cheaper price or for free. 

Believe it or not, piracy is something that criminal gangs can thrive off for profit. A report released this year by RUSI has noted that in June 2020, law enforcement authorities across the EU dismantled a criminal network supplying IPTV to two million customers across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, worth €15 million a year in profit. 

Criminal networks that operate with IPTV usually create service providers and websites that aren’t regulated to provide access to thousands of live TV channels worldwide. Some groups also have individuals trained in backend web development which allows them to hack into secure subscription websites and download content to share on their own streaming platforms. Some criminal groups in the past also copied content onto DVD, Video and other storage devices to sell to consumers worldwide without permission.

How does this affect me?

We’re not saying that every site you access for TV on demand or to watch a specific channel is illegal. But what we are suggesting is that precautions are taken to make sure you know what you’re watching and what content you’re accessing.

We have come up with a few tips to ensure that the sites you’re accessing are safe and secure:
 

  1. Beware of Malware infections and malicious redirectors- we’ve all been there, going on to a website and you see pop ups loading every 10 seconds and sometimes you’re redirected to some ‘explicit’ pages. When it comes to watching On Demand TV or films, please avoid these sites. Chances are, they could actually do more damage to your smart devices. This includes hacking and creating viruses if you are using a computer.
  2. Too cheap to be true?- sometimes we see a deal for On Demand TV which is cheaper than your average Netflix bundle, sometimes even free of charge. But beware, it might be too good to be true and we suggest that you are careful with placing transactions with unknown service providers. Prices might be cheap, but as these providers aren’t regulated, their sites can easily vanish and prevent you from accessing what you purchased. Be sure to do your research on the website before securing a payment.
  3. Blocked access- sometimes we enter a website and the page no longer exists, or your internet service provider automatically warns you that entering the page is not permissible. In some cases this means that the site is unstable or there is something a lot more dodgy happening on the site. If you’re accessing IPTV on these types of websites, the chances are it is a pirate site with unlawful access to TV and film. 
 

Sometimes, finding an option of streaming for free or heavily discounted might seem like a dream come true but in the long run it can lead to damage to personal devices or even prosecution if you are caught accessing or downloading content unlawfully. As much as legal TV requires you to pay a little more, it’s definitely worth the investment!

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