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Topic # 215086 11-Jun-2017 23:05
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I have started playing with IPTV and would like to learn more about it. I am not interested in pirated content but whenever I do any kind of search, I get lots of hits and everything that comes up looks fairly dodgy. How does one tell the difference between legitimate playlists and pirated ones? Where can I find the legit ones? Where can I learn how to make my own playlists to FTA sites, if they don't already exist? The illegal ones seem to have links to nearly every site on the planet. To start with I would like to find some links to FTA and public service broadcasters, like SBS and ABC iview, just to experiment with. How can I find out more about this?

 

 





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  Reply # 1798236 12-Jun-2017 00:50
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The only real IPTV service is offered by vodafone over UFB. The things you are looking at are just streaming video over the internet.





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  Reply # 1798239 12-Jun-2017 02:13
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  Reply # 1798241 12-Jun-2017 05:07
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Legit streams look something like
http://fnurtmp-f.akamaihd.net:80/i/FNRADIOHDS_1@92141/master.m3u8

 

They often use akamai

 

dodgy ones from illegal iptv services look similar to this

 

http://newtv.dyndns.org:25461/live/toze/moreira/3.ts

 

They usually end in .TS or have a user name login for a playlist

 

http://newiptv.zapto.org:8500/get.php?username=ssfgsfgjfvFPr&password=cjhdgufyEX&type=m3u

 

note i edited above so that its not valid just an example

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1798333 12-Jun-2017 09:43
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Thanks for the replies but now I am confused (nothing new there). If what I am seeing is not IPTV then can someone explain the difference between the playlists that end with M3u or M3u8 and normal HTTP streams? Is the playlist format the only difference? Why, when I do a google search for IPTV do I get all these playlists instead? I think all of the playlists I have seen contain links in the .ts format, though I have seen different playlist formats that I did not explore further. What interests me about this is the possibility to use it instead of http to link to FTA content. 

 

 





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  Reply # 1798339 12-Jun-2017 10:01
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I've had the same experience while looking for links to load into my TVStreams app. I've had the best luck at this site - it has a list of individual streams. I've had some of them working, though they may be outdated now. I haven't tested them in ages.





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  Reply # 1798346 12-Jun-2017 10:16
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A playlist is just a text file of sources, it means that the providers can change the servers in the list at any time and your playlist will still work. If you have a http link to a video stream and that server goes offline, your link becomes useless.





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  Reply # 1798349 12-Jun-2017 10:27
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I am clearly confused about just what IPTV actually is. I would still like to learn more about it, but what really interests me is the way these playlists just open a link and start playing it full screen without any of the fiddling a URL shortcut usually involves. I would like to be able to re-create these app-like point and click controls.

 

 





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  Reply # 1798360 12-Jun-2017 11:02
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excluding the ones from Vodafone and other content providers etc, im talking about the ton of random PAID IPTV providers around, are generally all pirated streams.

 

the random free ones you find will be a mix of legal and not legal generally, they (the free iptv m3us etc you will find) are generally unreliable/crap quality tho and not worth the effort imo

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1798371 12-Jun-2017 11:15
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I am clearly confused about just what IPTV actually is. I would still like to learn more about it, but what really interests me is the way these playlists just open a link and start playing it full screen without any of the fiddling a URL shortcut usually involves. I would like to be able to re-create these app-like point and click controls.

 

 

 

 

Basically, IPTV just means video delivered via a web link instead of terrestrial/satellite broadcast TV. Depending on what streaming device you use, there are apps in which you can load the links and those apps give you a point-and-click interface to access each stream (such as the TVStreams one I mentioned on iOS). As pointed out, many of the streams are illegal, so the challenge is in finding legitimate links to load into your app for services that are free to air or for which you have paid a subscription.





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  Reply # 1798394 12-Jun-2017 11:57
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You can say that again! Since I have started looking into this, I am being overwhelmed by free illegal streams to everything. What about the Reddit live TV master channel links? Surely that can't be legal. There are free links to almost every TV content provider in America, and most of the rest of the world. It is advertising-supported, but that is hardly noticeable. How can any provider make any money at all with this going on so blatantly? I don't get it. Even completely non-technical types can find this stuff with a simple Google search. How is it allowed? This goes way beyond the torrents of yore.

 

 





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  Reply # 1798408 12-Jun-2017 12:22
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The reddit live ones are links to PAGES with illegal streams embedded in them. I rip a lot of legit links, often found on the broadcasters website. You can use network inspector in your browser and look for the raw .m3u8 stream link. Then you can use the raw stream url in other software.

 

urlhelper is another tool you can use for ripping the full stream.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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  Reply # 1798412 12-Jun-2017 12:39
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OK thanks for that. Very helpful.

 

 





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