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France, because of the quality of its network, is one of the biggest consumers of TV programs and other VOD. In a society where every penny counts, more and more French people are asking the question of IPTV.
But in fact, what is this IPTV? are iptv services legal? Why is everyone doing it?

IPTV, Kezako?

Appeared for the first time in 1995 in the United States, it means Internet Protocol Television. It is a system that gives you the opportunity to receive television via internet. This allows you to enjoy your favorite programs on all your screens (Smartphone, PC, tablets, etc …).
To adopt a system of this type, it is better to have a pretty good connection to your home, otherwise you will have screen freeze (s). IPTV requires the purchase of a small Android box or other, which you can connect to all your screens to have access to TV and applications offered by the IPTV provider you choose. There are a multitude of sellers and offers.


Is it paying? legal?

Apart from the purchase of the IPTV box, you can receive the channels in clear in the same way as on a television. The new models already benefit from the integrated IPTV application. For pay channels, you will have to pay the subscription price as you would from a regular internet service provider.
In terms of legality, streaming content is not illegal as long as your provider pays the broadcast fees. There are 2 schools.


I was told it was free!


Yes there are indeed IPTV boxes allowing you to access some 500 channels including some pay (Canal +, BeinSport, etc …) for a pittance per year. This practice is totally illegal and exposes you especially to viruses and especially to sanctions. The risks incurred can be up to 3 years imprisonment and 300 000 € fine. Indeed, watching a program without paying broadcast or copyright fees is considered counterfeiting in the same way as downloading movies illegally (no longer show the T411 platform, see the article on Closing of T411).
However, the number of followers to this practice continues to increase. The main reason being financial when you look at the subscriptions of sports channels for example. Canal + is at € 35 a month, RMC Sport at € 19 at Orange and Bouygues Télécom, the BEIN Sport package is at € 15. Not to mention the other Eurosport, etc … Plus the subscription to the TV service of the internet provider this can represent a saving of up to a hundred euros monthly. Because the IPTV only requires an internet connection, no TV option or decoder, so no rental of it.


The surveillance of the authorities


In France, the phenomenon is not yet widespread. But this does not prevent the HADOPI (High Authority for the Dissemination of Works and Protection of Rights on the Internet) to monitor this new practice very closely before it becomes too large.

Are iptv services legal? and Recognize the illegality


These illegal IPTV boxes are for the most part bought on Chinese sites, at ridiculous prices (about 30 € to 60 €). You must then contact the seller. This one gives you a code and gives you access to all the paid channels, free of charge. This code is mostly valid for 1 year and also costs about thirty euros.
For their part, sellers of this type of equipment wash their hands and feel they do nothing wrong. According to them, they do not provide any hacker hardware but would just facilitate access to internet resources. The border being very subtle …
Some arrests have already been made in Europe, in order to dismantle a network of resellers …


So … In which cases are iptv services legal?


If you want to opt for this IPTV system, it is better to choose the legal option with a SmartTV Samsung or LG for example (TV including the service, count about 400 € for a model 32 inches). Or keep your current TV and buy an IPTV box like SFR OTT or other Android box / Apple TV. You will not necessarily save money but you do not risk financial penalties or worse.
This material will be particularly appreciated by the large families who will probably have several screens in their home. Everyone wishing to watch his program, it will be possible according to offers, to watch on various media, programs simultaneously. If you have teenagers and do not want a crisis, this system will also offer better audio and visual quality. No freeze or lag during the broadcast. Indeed, the use of the bandwidth will be optimized. Instead of being distributed as a multiple stream, each channel will have its own distribution.
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