What Is IPTV? 

  • By Troy Swartwood
  • 07 Jan, 2018

Let's get you familiar with what IPTV is.

IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the TCP/IP protocol suite as opposed to traditional cable or satellite signals.

An IPTV service, typically distributed by a service provider, delivers live TV programs or on-demand video content. An IPTV system may be used to provide video content over a private network in an enterprise, although such implementations are far less common than subscriber-based models due to complexity and scaling issues.

Three Types Of IPTV

There are three main types of IPTV today: VoD, simulcasting and catch-up.

VoD (Video on Demand)

Video on Demand systems allow users to select and watch video content at a time of their choosing. Because VoD enables viewers to “binge watch” through entire TV show seasons, VoD has already had a tremendous impact on the way that TV shows are produced and consumed.

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Some VoD services (like Netflix, for example) charge monthly subscription fees. In exchange for subscribing, customers get access to the entire site and can watch whatever they want, whenever they desire. Other VoD providers offer the option to buy either limited or permanent access to individual titles.

Simulcasting

With VoD, you have to wait a while for new content to show up online after it airs. But with simulcasting, you can watch new content live. Sports fans like simulcasting because watching a recording of a game the next day is not nearly as exciting as watching the action happen in real time. Simulcasting is in real time streams. There are a few different simulcasting services out there at the moment and more and more are popping up all the time. 

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SetTv is one of the companies that offer LIVE streaming. There app is easy to integrate on which ever device you prefer to use. This service offer a numerous English speaking channels, A few Spanish speaking channels, they have an adult section, every sports package you can imagine and includes all the premium movie channels. Their service is only $20 a month after a 24 hour FREE Trial.  They also have a VOD section. The user interface is easy to use. Among SetTv there is also FuboTv (Focused on Sports), RocketStreams and a ton of other LIVE IPTV services popping up. 

Catch-up

Catch-up IPTV is basically a limited version of VoD. With catch-up, you can access videos for free for a limited amount of time. After the time window has elapsed, you can no longer access the content and it becomes unavailable. Catch-up limitations ease server and bandwidth burdens, allowing platforms to offer discounted or free streaming services.

Most all the services mentioned in this article offers this feature. 

What is the future of IPTV?

IPTV has been on a continuous growth path in the last few years. The total number of worldwide IPTV subscribers has now passed the 130 million mark. The net additions of six million subscribers are the highest in last 24 months to end-2015. They were boosted to a large extent by the usual suspects such as China, which saw 3.7 million new IPTV subscribers sign up in Q4 2017.

Factors like expanding internet connectivity and broadband infrastructure, smartphones and live streaming apps, social networking and cutting-edge technology ...have transformed the television experience from linear to an era of “Anytime, Anywhere and Any Device” availability of content. Internet video doubled against linear TV in 2014. Internet video to TV traffic will be 17 percent of consumer Internet video traffic by 2019. Content delivery network traffic will deliver over half of all internet video traffic by 2019. By 2019, 72 percent of all Internet video traffic will cross content delivery networks. The volume, variety and velocity of content and data consumption, is increasingly paving the way for legacy content and the indispensability of investing in digital preservation, restoration, digitization and re-purposing of content to meet the exponential demands of the viewers.

By Troy Swartwood 12 Jan, 2018
Millions of Americans cut the cord on cable TV in 2017, finding refuge with a growing number of streaming services, which deliver lower prices and a competitive channel lineup over the internet.
By Troy Swartwood 08 Jan, 2018

Who doesn't love the Internet? It delivers information, answers, entertainment and connections to you, on demand, in seconds.

From anywhere and at any time from our desktop computers, laptops, smartphone and tablets.

It's a life-saver for students of all ages, moms, businesses, organizations...everyone.

But the Internet is not perfect. It has some built-in flaws that make you vulnerable when you're online. You should know that, because hackers, government and other snoopers and advertisers take full advantage of it.

A VPN changes that for you!

But you can make the Internet safer, more secure and definitely more private with the help of a VPN... a virtual private network .

You've probably been hearing more and more about VPNs for home use and travel. That's because it's more important than ever to be smarter and safer while you're on the Internet.

More than that, don't you want to go on the Internet without being tracked, monitored, and identified...without your knowledge? In today's world, that freedom is getting harder to find.


What are the unique benefits
of using a VPN?


Security. As already mentioned, security is a primary concern for anyone who’s online. The data on the internet may be intercepted, stolen or even altered. This can have serious consequences for users, including stolen credit cards and a leak of sensitive corporate information. Communication from you to the outside world can’t be fully protected by firewall and antivirus software installed on the computer.

Since the communication between your PC and a VPN is established through the protocols we described, the connection between your PC and remote resources is secure. If any of the routers get compromised by a hacker, it won’t be possible for him to decrypt the data flow between you and the VPN computers.

Privacy. Keeping your identity hidden while online is also very important. Without a VPN, your identity can easily be revealed by marketing agencies or anyone who’s curious enough and has sufficient skills. And when we talk about identity, we mean IP address, name, address and location. While you’re on the net, your device communicates with routers and web servers, leaving behind information about your IP and ISP.

A VPN successfully prevents this undesired disclosure of private information. While accessing content online through a VPN, the VPN provider’s identity becomes your own. You will appear to be online on a location other than your own, while your personal information, including the IP address, remains hidden.

Unrestricted Access. Many companies offer their online services with specific geographical restrictions. For instance, Netflix is still not available in many countries around the world. Similar to this, there are countries that forbid their citizens to access certain websites and companies who restrict their employees’ internet use. A VPN easily overcomes these obstacles.

Since there are VPN providers in many geographic regions, users can easily go around any geographical restrictions put in place either by a foreign company or their country.

Better Web Experience. Connectivity issues are a very common problem around the globe, especially when you want to access something that’s on the other side of the world. Due to poor internet routes and limited bandwidth, your overall online experience may be poor.


What to look for in a good VPN service?


The best VPN service is the one whose services completely meet your needs. This is why you have to identify those needs before selecting a VPN provider. That being said, there’s a consensus for what general services and features a good VPN service provider delivers.

Security. Since you’re going to place all information about your browsing, along with your personal information, into someone else’s hands, it’s of utmost importance to make sure that the VPN service provider secures VPN nodes, website and infrastructure.

Main driver for VPN use is access to streaming content. For example, almost 30% of all VPN users accessed Netflix in a given month

Good VPN service providers have regular security audits, PCI compliance, web application firewalls, dedicated server hardware and secured/reliable servers.

Software. A good VPN service provider also has user-friendly software. This is essential, because you don’t want to troubleshoot software with customer support every time you connect to a VPN. Good software is easy to set up and will get you online in no time. So make sure to see if the VPN provider has its own custom software.

Locations of VPN servers. Good VPN service providers have servers in more than one geographical location. This allows you to have unrestricted access to any content, no matter where it’s hosted. So make sure the VPN provider has servers spread around the globe before purchasing their services.

Keep in mind that the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, called the Five Eyes , have agreed to exchange information in order to enhance security. This means that a government of any of these five countries can compel a VPN provider, through a court order, to disclose any information it holds. This does not apply to VPN providers that are based in any other country in the world.

Customer Support. This is also a very important factor that differentiates the good from the not-so-good VPN providers. Customer support has to be accessible 24/7, so that you can get your problems solved regardless of the time zone difference. The good ones will have a self-service help desk and live chat support at their users’ disposal.

VPN usage for anonymous browsingAnonymous browsing is a major reason for VPN use, especially in Saudi Arabia, India, and Vietnam

No data logging. Most people choose a VPN solution because they’re concerned about privacy and security. If you want to stay completely hidden behind the VPN, you have to read the VPN provider’s terms of use and policy in order to make sure they do not log your data.

Speed. The bandwidth may go down when you’re accessing the net via VPN. You want to make sure that the VPN provider invests in new servers and software in order to meet the needs of a large influx of new users. You can get an idea of this by reading the reviews of their users. With a good VPN provider, you should only experience very small changes in speed.

Pricing. It’s good general advice to always go with a provider that offers multiple payment options and various subscription plans that you can cancel anytime you want without facing any penalties


Here are a few good VPNs we recommend. 

Ip Vanish

Keeping your personal data out of the hands of others is effortless with IPVanish .  Their  VPN app works as a tunnel that allows you to securely surf the web, all while keeping third party onlookers and trackers outside of the connection. ... IPVanish  is the only true commercial Top Tier VPN service in the world.

Their pricing is very reasonable. 1 Year $6.49 a month Billed at $77.99 annually. 3 Months is $8.99 a month Billed at $26.99 every 3 months. 1 Month $10.00 billed monthly.

Private Internet Access

Connect immediately to our private VPN service with their instant vpn setup. Featuring one-click installers, your VPN service will be enabled immediately. Buy a VPN account   to get started!


Pricing
  2 years $2.91 a month billed at $69.95 every 2 years. 1 Year $3.33 a month billed at $39.95 annually. Monthly $6.95 billed every month. 
  


By Troy Swartwood 07 Jan, 2018

IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the TCP/IP protocol suite as opposed to traditional cable or satellite signals.

An IPTV service, typically distributed by a service provider, delivers live TV programs or on-demand video content. An IPTV system may be used to provide video content over a private network in an enterprise, although such implementations are far less common than subscriber-based models due to complexity and scaling issues.

By Troy Swartwood 07 Jan, 2018
To install Kodi on the Firestick or FireTV follow this guide. This method uses the Downloader app method.

First, enable the Firestick to allow apps from unknown sources:

Open the Firestick
Go to Settings > System > Developer Options.
Then select “Apps from Unknown Sources”
Turn the option to “ON”.
Now exit settings

Now add the Downloader App:

Go to the home and select Search
Search for ‘Downloader‘
Select Download or Get
Wait for the download is complete notification.
Once downloaded. Go to Apps on the homescreen.
Launch the Downloader app

Run the Downloader app:

Once in the Downloader app select the input box to “Enter the URL of the file you want to download”
Enter bit.ly/downloadkodi173  (To download Kodi 16.1 use bit.ly/downloadkodi161)
Click Next to close Pop up box
Click download and the file will download
Select Install once completed
Select Open once installation is complete
Kodi should now be installed and available in Fire TV
By Troy Swartwood 07 Jan, 2018
The first and foremost install should be Ares Wizard . This wizard will help tremendously installing builds easy. This is anall-in-one setup for Kodi that automates installs of Add-ons, Builds, Maintenance and much more. Using a good VPN with Kodi is always suggested for privacy and security. If you need a good low cost VPN to use with Kodi Try IPVanish  it has multiple high speed servers with no throttling or logs.
By Troy Swartwood 07 Jan, 2018
Cutting the cord—canceling your cable or satellite TV service in favor of streaming or other options—is a hot topic. Whether because of the rising costs of TV service, declining interest in traditional cable programming, or other reasons, more and more people are dropping cable. 
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