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Ultimate Geek

#150554 26-Jul-2014 15:55
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Hey guys, I'm not going to give out the links to my provider, for obvious reasons, but I was wondering I bought a Mag 250 IPTV box fom ebay, and I signed up with a provider offering a full sky UK package, It's SD, and it has all the channels one could expect on the NZ sky package, including the UK FTA channels, and the UK sky sports channels. It costs me $40 monthly.




I was just wondering, is anybody else doing this?


At first I expected it to buffer non stop, and for it to be unusuable, as NZ is so far away from the UK servers, but 98% of time time the picture is clear, and rock solid, and never buffers, although sometimes the channels do go down, the time going from minutes to hours, and buffering may effect one channel, but never the rest, and overall I'm happy. I've set it to record to my 1TB DVD Recorder, if there's something worth watching, when I should be sleeping.


It's so good breaking out of Sky NZ's, and TVNZ's monopoly, and not forced to watch stuff so far behind, with a massive amount of advertisements, and in Sky's case, pay an overpriced amount for channels which are mostly poorer quality then SD. Even with IPTV, the picture comes in clearer.


I don't want to name the provider I use, as Sky has a reputation of bullying other providers, who shoudn't be broadcasting here, with content that they consider a threat, to cease broadcasting. (SBS, that was on the D1, is rumoured to be an example), and Sky NZ may try to take action.

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  #1096202 26-Jul-2014 15:56
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that sounds illegal :P

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Wannabe Geek

  #1096259 26-Jul-2014 17:23
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Can't see too much of a problem with this, TBH.  Sky in the UK and Sky NZ are not associated, and as you are not breaching any Terms & Conditions locally with Sky NZ, I wouldn't be too bothered. You're not using their equipment or services after all.  What you do on the internet is up to you.

If your IP Service Provider is based in UK ( unlikely ), there would be infringements of UK law.  As it is, Sky UK is available on mainland Europe in just about any country within the footprints of the Astra2 & Eutelsat28A satellites, both at 28.2/5E.  Together with packages and viewing cards from companies on mainland Europe.  They haven't been shut down, and Brit expats can get their 'fix' of Sky channels with the normal Sky stb's, although On Demand content is not available ( geo-locked ).

Even Sky Go can be accessed outwith the UK using an appropriate VPN, although Sky's Terms & Conditions for UK subscribers specify use within the UK only.  Policing these Terms & Conditions just isn't worth the candle.  They have better things to address, currently the acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, now underway.

What the eye doesn't see, the heart won't grieve over.wink


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Uber Geek

  #1096427 27-Jul-2014 03:42
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Many of these "mag250" iptv service operate out of Euro countrys. As to the legality of them you can bet that none of them are paying rights to redistribute commercial networks.

You can download a Mag250 STB emulator for Android. Many services offer a free trial of their services. The users subcription is usually linked to the MAC address of the Mag250

Buyer beware, don't invest in a long term sub to any of them.

As for SKY NZ making an issue, they wouldn't care, unless someone is actively selling and promoting the service locally in New Zealand and selling the boxes here with subs.


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Ultimate Geek


  #1096572 27-Jul-2014 12:36
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Can you run these iptv services with an Xbox one or 360?

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