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IPTV and KODI: the favorite binomial of pirated TV channels in Europe

IPTV – Internet Protocol Television – applies to any television broadcast that is being distributed over the Internet and not by traditional means. It is, in itself, a legitimate creation, but used for a variety of purposes including illegal broadcasts, or pirated television that has grown exponentially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The phenomenon is felt in Europe and in various parts of the world like Brazil, among other regions. It is, for thousands, an easy and inexpensive way to watch television online, but it is important not to confuse it with open-air television channels with online transmission.

The IPTV service is very comprehensive

IPTV system

The structure of IPTV, the Internet Television Protocol encompasses all types of transmission of television channels via the Web, whether through online TV, television channels that operate exclusively online, apps with TV networks, even IPTV services with third party subscription. In other words, there are several forms of IPTV, with the majority being perfectly legal.

In other words, IPTV can be described as a video transmission technology in streaming online. Something that allows us to see the content without having to download the files first, always allowing the transmission in real time.

This service has undeniable advantages and merits such as the possibility of personalizing, through the management software, what we want to see on TV, selecting and organizing favorite channels and types of featured content. Something that we are unable to do simply and conveniently, in the traditional cable television services provided by the operators.

The IPTV system architecture

IPTV system architecture

What we commonly call “IPTV List“it is nothing more than a file – similar to a text file – where the IP addresses of the various television channels and other multimedia content that we can watch via streaming are gathered.

They are files in constant rotation – the first indicator of non-legal activity – which we access, for example, through Android Boxes, the television boxes that use KODI, MUVI, among other platforms for managing these contents.

Again, platforms like KODI, MUVI and the like are perfectly legal tools. However, they are instrumental in viewing and having access to online pirate TV channels, IPTV lists, and are often used for this single purpose.

KODI is open source software

The genesis of KODI – Kodi Entertainment Center – is legal and benevolent. Very briefly, it is a software for organizing multimedia content to facilitate access and consumption of the same, currently belonging to the XBMC Foundation.

It can be used to manage access to various sources and types of online content, from podcasts to movies and series on the internet. Again, this is legal software that can be used for innocuous and legal purposes. But, it can also be used to go further.

We also emphasize that there are several alternatives to the KODI player, such as MUVI, but we could also mention Plex, among others. In summary, it is relatively safe and legal to use KODI, unless they use it to watch pirated TV channels online.

Currently KODI is instrumental in IPTV piracy

The technology is used to distribute lists of IPTV channels, selected, maintained and managed by various agents in this shadow economy. Illegally distributing the signal from TV channels premium, paid cable TV channels, with a monthly or annual subscription, usually with an almost symbolic value compared to the packages and subscription to the services provided by the operators.

IPTV’s appeal to this end is easily understood. Whether due to the low offer in UK of competitive cable television services, or the “soft” competition between the main telecommunications operators and service providers.

That said, the lists of IPTV channels abound that circumvent the protections of the respective owners and copyright holders in UK. To this is added the risk to the user’s privacy and security, even though the price is low and the temptation is great.

We have no doubt that this unobserved economy will only continue to grow, at least in the near future. Nevertheless, we reject any kind of piracy and crime of an economic nature, as well as content that fosters such practices.

Piracy is a crime of usurpation according to the provisions of article 195 of the Code of Copyright and Related Rights.

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