Have you ever been in a scenario, when you wished to watch a sport event on a premium HD sports channel but running low of money?
OR You missed a TV serial and desperately want to see that ?
Well IPTV links can solve this problem in seconds. Yes, I am serious.
Below we have categorized the internet protocol television channels on the basis of the encoded versions of the files that people generally use to watch channels on their media players like kodi.
The Ultimate Guide to IPTV and How does it works?
If you are new to the technical jargon of the Internet Protocol Televsision, be it IPTV m3u streaming, media players or anything that you don’t know about internet protocol television.
Then we will guide you through each and every thing!!!
First things first !!
What is IPTV?
In simple terms IPTV refers to an online television service, that is used to render media content over an internet network. This network is either Private Internet Network or WAN.
Earlier in 1995, the term “IPTV” referred to the sites like youtube.com or any other site that posted/displayed videos or other media content on them. “IPTV link” was the url of that video or media content.
Today it has became a very common solution to render television services in the hospitals, hotels, waiting rooms and NOW has also become prevalent in the mainstream with the availability of free links and media players like VLC and Kodi.
Here’s What Wikipedia has to say about it:
IPTV is defined as the secure and reliable delivery to subscribers of entertainment video and related services. These services may include, for example, Live TV, Video On Demand (VOD) and interactive TV. These services are delivered across an access agnostic, packet-switched network that employs the IP protocol to transport the audio, video and control signals. In contrast to video over the public Internet, with Internet Protocol Television deployments, network security and performance are tightly managed to ensure a superior entertainment experience, resulting in a compelling business environment for content providers, advertisers and customers alike.’ Source: Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions.
Below mentioned are the types of services rendered by the iptv provider:
- Live television: Using IPTV links To live stream an event/function or sports matches.
- Time-shifted: Replays the programmes or the events that were broadcasted a few hours ago or a few months ago.
- VOD (Video On Demand): Viewing the events that are stored in a catalogue and can be accessed by the user at anytime he/she wants.
Some Technical Jargon That You Need To Know
Below are some technical terms that you need to know before diving deeper into it’s working. These are just a few terms that we felt every user must know.
DVB – Digital Video Broadcasting
EAN – Emergency Alert Notification
EPG – Electronic Program Guide
HTML – HyperText Markup Language
HTTP – HyperText Transfer Protocol
HTTPS – Secure HyperText Transfer Protocol
IBB – Integrated Broadcast and Broadband
IGMP – Internet Group Management Protocol
JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group
LIME – Lightweight Interactive Multimedia Environment
MPEG – Moving Picture Experts Group
NDK – Native Development Kit
NCL – Nested context language
OTT – Over-The-Top
P2P – Peer-to-Peer
PIP – Picture-In-Picture
RTP – Real-time Transfer Protocol
RTSP – Real Time Streaming Protocol
SDK – Software Development Kit
UDP – User Datagram Protocol
VCR – Video Cassette Recording
IPLS – Stands for IPTV links
VoD – Video On Demand
How IPTV works?
When we talk about IPTV and it’s network we are basically referring to 2 types of method by which you can get access to all your favourite channels.
These 2 types are:
- Subscription Based: Netflix is the great example.
- Free links or apps: Apps like Kodi.
There are 2 endpoints of every connection. At the one end is the user and at the other end is your service provider.
So we will be taking care of both of these ends. And Would be exploring the functionality at both the ends.
You might think to yourself: “What’s the need of it?”
Why I need to know the working of iptv network?..Well the better you know how the things work the better you will be at solving problems on your own.If you have them in future!!
So, Let’s start with Subscription based connection.
In the subs based network. You have to pay for what you want to see. Like: NETFLIX. You pay Netflix a particular amount of fee-based on your subscription and then Netflix gives you access to all those movies and tv shows.
You can find many such providers if you search on google with the search strings like: “adult channels IPTV provider” /“m3u iptv usa provider” / premium IPTV links.
You will be provided with the login id and password to access your account to view all the channels that you paid for.
IPTV Service Provider End
What basically they do is, they take your mac address (if you are doing it from your pc) or Your device id. They have a panel allocated for you at their servers, this is where they add your mac address. This panel has all the channels based upon your subscription package.
Whenever you you upgrade your subscription package they simply, they simply update your panel with all the new channels that you just buyed.
Below is what a user panel looks like:
Now let’s talk about the free links and apps that generally available for public use on forums and websites.
WARNING!!! These apps are illegal because none of the provider or developer has the copyrights of the channels that they show to their users. They just are reselling under their own brand name which is illegal indeed!!
First talking about what user sees or do to get access to the channels and movies for free.
As told earlier these apps and channels urls are free of cost. All you have to do is to download the apps like Kodi, Mobdro.
And that’s it now you have access to all the channels for free
SO HOW DO THEY EARN FOR LIVING?
The answer is Ad popups. The ads which appear when you watch movies and tv shows on these apps are the sources of earning for these developers.
The same goes for the sites that are providing free IPTV links m3u playlist. They have private ad networks enabled on their websites, through which they earn money whenever a user clicks on the ads.
Now let’s talk about what is actually happening at the server end.
All these developers have their own private data servers. Where they have all the channels listed in it. Once you download the app your device id and server gets connected through an end to end connection and panel is created for your device using your device id or mac address (if you are a pc user.)
VOILA!!! You get access to all channels for free!!
Talking about the sites which are giving away free links to all the premium IPTV channels. All they are doing is providing you with the stream urls of channels, listed on some source somewhere on internet.
And to stream those channels you have to install media players like Kodi, VLC Media Player or MX Player. T
Then follow the below steps:
- Install the media player. You can use VLC media player, it works nice.
- Click on Media -> Open Network Stream. (You can also do it by using the shortcut key Ctrl+N)
- A pop-up window will appear. Click on the Network
- Then, Paste any one of the IPTV links, that you want to stream, in VLC media player
PRO TIP: To watch more channels like this Just change the last 2 digits of the URL.
Say for an example, the current channel‘s link that you are watching is: http://220.127.116.11:88/live/21050/21050/145.ts
So, to watch the next channel in the row just change the “145.ts” to “146.ts”. Doing so you can watch the next channel. Change the last digit to any number of your choice, to switch between the channels.
Types of IPTV URLS and Which One should you choose?
If you are reading this then congratulations..because you are just one step away from finishing this guide.
So, Keep Reading….
If you have closely observed the IPTV links freely available on blogs or the m3u8 playlist. The prefix of every channel’s link is either HTTP:// or UDP://. Basically, these are 2 types that people generally encounter
What’s the difference between HTTP and UDP?
HTTP stands for “Hyper Text Transfer Protocol”. This is basically used to transfer the web pages and other small media files over the internet connection. It’s slow and lags a lot. That’s why it’s not preferred for the streaming media. It’s often said as “Unicast Stream”
UDP stands for “User Datagram Protocol”. It’s connectionless, hence faster than HTTP’s IPTV links. That’s the reason why it’s preferred over HTTP. It’s often said as “Multicast Streams” because they implement a networking concept of Multicasting.
I am not going to lie to you…
The channels links that you generally get from blogs like THIS. Are HTTP:// based URL because this is what all the IPTV providers use. Implementing UDP can be costly and not many providers use it as it will cut short their profits.
Below are more guide that would help you to choose the right IPTV service provider if you wanna go for the premium service. [These aren’t the affiliate links so don’t hesitate to click on them]
That’s all for now!!
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