Should I use IPTV?
The reason I’m writing this article is to explain the different types of IPTV and why someone should think twice before registering for an IPTV subscription.
IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television and it’s currently the best way to gain access to live TV channels that you would normally pay a cable or satellite company for.
Due to the Internet, cable and satellite companies are no longer needed or wanted for that matter.
Customers have always complained about the price gouging through these various companies and the Internet is finally putting a stop to that.
Let’s face it, cable and satellite companies were a means to deliver live channels and that’s it. Now that we have high-speed Internet, these monopolies will eventually become extinct.
Do you really need an IPTV service?
Due to all of the available streaming services and free apps, we can access almost every TV show with the click of a button when our schedule permits.
The main reason people still want live channels is for daily news shows and live sports that can’t be found on the various streaming platforms and free apps.
Before exploring whether or not you need an IPTV service, you should first ask yourself if you still need live channels.
Unverified IPTV Services
Let’s start with Unverified Services because this is currently the most popular among cord-cutters.
These are the services that cost $5 to $20 per month and provide access to everything that you would ever need. Some of these services offer thousands of live channels from around the world and a large library of video on demand content. They also provide access to PPV, season sports packages, and music options.
The reason we call these unverified is because it’s impossible for TROYPOINT to determine whether they have the proper licensing to be broadcasting their channels. However, in each of our reviews for these services we do point out our honest opinion on whether we think they have the necessary licensing or not.
Please understand that our reviews for these services are simply that. Reviews! We are not recommending that you use any of these services and TROYPOINT does not receive any revenue from said services. These reviews and NOT considered promotions of these services.
Usually, these services don’t offer their apps through popular app stores such as Amazon App Store or Google Play. This is usually a red flag and users need to be extremely careful when engaging with these entities.
There are now literally thousands of these services available for purchase on the Internet but the end-user needs to be extremely careful when dealing with these outfits.
If users aren’t willing to take the necessary precautions outlined below, they should stay FAR away from these questionable offerings.
Who Shouldn’t Use Unverified IPTV Services
Those who expect excellent customer service
Don’t plan on receiving any type of customer service from these unverified IPTV services. There’s a reason that they can charge $5 to $20 per month! There’s no overhead. Typically, the only communication you will receive from them is your initial setup email and billing reminders. The good ones will have some sort of support mechanism but it may take days for them to get back to you.
Those who aren’t going to protect themselves with a VPN
Your identifying IP Address is logged every time you use a website or online service unless you are using a VPN. Keep in mind that some of these services have been tied to organized crime and I highly doubt that you want them having your identifying IP address.
Those who aren’t going to use a masked credit card or other form of anonymous payment
After registering for one of these services, you may start seeing strange looking charges on your credit card statement. Those who use these services should always pay with a pre-paid credit card, or masked card through a service such as Abine Blur. Middle-man services also work well such as PayPal or cryptocurrency. Anything that prevents the questionable IPTV service from fraudulently charging you should be used.
Those who aren’t OK with possibly losing money in their first transaction
We see this time and time again. People complaining that they got fleeced in their first transaction and never received any user credentials. This is why most experienced users start out by only purchasing one month of service or uses a trial if one is available.
Those who aren’t willing to read setup instructions and learn how to use IPTV
When people skim the information regarding these services they will have problems. There are specific setup instructions that are typically emailed to the customer once the transaction has completed.
Those who expect 100% uptime with absolutely no buffering
There will be problems from time to time with these unverified IPTV services. Many cord-cutters subscribe to multiple services to avoid any downtime and they use one as a backup.
Those who don’t have high speed Internet
Don’t even think about this unless you have at least 15 Mbps download speed. High speed Internet is required to use any type of IPTV service as you are receiving large HD files and this consumes a lot of bandwidth.
Those who haven’t read every word of our IPTV Guide.
Most people don’t understand this technology and our guide covers everything that you need to know.
Verified IPTV Services
Verified IPTV Services are the ones that you can usually find in the popular app stores. These services have obtained the proper licensing to broadcast the channels that they do.
The problem with these services is that they are starting to cost just as much as a cable or satellite subscription. This is why the Unverified Services covered above are currently the most popular. People are still willing to deal with the security problems and hassles that come along with the Unverified Services to save huge amounts of money.
The biggest complaint about Verified IPTV Services is the fact that they follow the same cable/satellite model. Usually there are different packages for sale that offer a certain number of channels. The Unverified Services mentioned above offer everything that you would ever need under one package.
At the end of the day, the end-user needs to make the decision that is right for him/her and understand the risks and legal problems that surround the unverified services.
TROYPOINT recommends using Verified IPTV Services however we do realize there is growing demand for the Unverified Services due to increased pricing and we will continue to cover both on this Website.
If you are thinking about using an Unverified service and you haven’t read this entire article, you will help yourself by reading every word of it.
To learn more about IPTV and the various services please visit our guide linked below.