What is IPTV and how to use it

How IPTV works

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It is a system in which you can watch DTT channels on any device via an Internet connection.

Hackers often steal personal information through free IPTV lists.

Unlike cable, antenna or satellite TV, one method of accessing the IPTV signal on your device is by hiring a provider to give you a set-top box, which you connect to your router. In this way, a private network is established between the user and the provider company, which in turn ensures a part of the bandwidth to be able to offer you good image quality and stability.

Likewise, another way to access the IPTV signal is through lists. These are links to TV channels that are shared online. Many of these lists contain free IPTV channels and others are paid. You just need to download an app on your device to start watching TV. But are free IPTV lists safe? Here we explain some of the risks of using them.

Is it safe to use an IPTV?

As you have been able to observe, it is important to know how to differentiate between paid and free IPTVs. Obviously, the use of paid IPTV guarantees security, legality, good image and sound quality, among other aspects. However, some disadvantages of preferring this type of service are its high cost, dependence on a stable Internet connection, scarce variety of providers, etc.

On the other hand, while it is true that by using free IPTV you forget about the price issue, the reality is that you also expose yourself to some risks. Especially in terms of cybersecurity, since free IPTV lists may contain malware or malicious code.

Such malware can not only infect your devices, but they are also the gateway for cybercriminals to steal your information and trade it without your knowledge. In addition, you should be aware that free IPTVs usually infringe the intellectual property rights of the channels you play through them.

Finally, it should be noted that free IPTVs are extremely unstable and depend on the number of users that keep using them. Keep in mind that from one moment to another the links may stop working or simply change without notice.

Alternatives to IPTV

Unfortunately, very few free IPTVs are legal and reliable. For example, live broadcasts of TV channels via YouTube meet all the guidelines.

Anyway, a safer recommendation is to opt for streaming platforms or OTT (Over The Top) services such as Netflix, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, etc. These are more flexible and economical than contracting Movistar’s IPTV, for example.

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