IPTV Boxes - are they still a thing?

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Re: IPTV Boxes - are they still a thing?

Post by kieronf » November 15th, 2019, 8:31 pm

Let's clear this up. ALL streaming of subscription content - Sky and anything else like it - BT Sport and so on (not Netflix or Amazon Prime etc) - is illegal unless you subscribe to one of their packages, which we all know, you can't get here in Menorca. If you are watching any Sky (or other subscription content) you are watching it illegally. One by one these providers are being shut down. Individual punters aren't being hunted down - the number of providers - and the the content they offer, will shrink over time and when the time is right Sky will offer a streaming service.

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Re: IPTV Boxes - are they still a thing?

Post by missy82 » November 16th, 2019, 10:27 am

But can I buy a portable WiFi device in menorca? As I don't want to use my UK data from my phone.

One of the possible places that I might be moving to doesn't have WiFi

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Re: IPTV Boxes - are they still a thing?

Post by kieronf » November 16th, 2019, 11:32 am

missy82 wrote:
November 16th, 2019, 10:27 am
But can I buy a portable WiFi device in menorca? As I don't want to use my UK data from my phone.

One of the possible places that I might be moving to doesn't have WiFi
Wi-Fi is simply a wireless connection to an existing local internet source, sadly you cannot connect to wi-fi as a stand alone 'thing'. You will need a home internet connection to which you can connect to via wi-fi - look to pay around €30 per month at the higher end. Alternatives such as Amazon firesticks etc all connect to a domestic internet system.

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Re: IPTV Boxes - are they still a thing?

Post by Shuggie » November 16th, 2019, 12:45 pm

One of the possible places that I might be moving to doesn't have WiFi
Do you mean you can’t get broadband internet via a conventional hard wired cable?

It’s not usual in menorca to receive internet through a line of sight microwave antenna. That’s what I have. I only get 6mb speed but it ample for streaming TV.
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Re: IPTV Boxes - are they still a thing?

Post by Rickse28 » Yesterday, 3:13 pm

I have to muddy the waters here - but it might help a tad. In sarf-east London (for a little longer) my kids nagged me to join Netflix about a year ago. In the summer I decided to try one of the VPNs (virtual private networks) that are being touted everywhere. If you don't know what they are, the idea is to stop Big Business and Big Government finding out everything about you. You can appear online as being almost anywhere on the planet, ie your IP address does. For me it was more to stop or nerdlerise the infernal advertising I get, rather than the prying eyes of the state, as I have now handed in my licence-to-kill badge - freelance - and sold the DB5 for a Morris Traveller with EezyPark rollers.
My kids rapidly worked their way through the Netflix offerings, eventually discovering that if they chose the US on the VPN map they could access an even wider range of films and cartoons. This is costing me I think £8.99 for multiple units (I upgraded from the basic £5.99 a month for one TV/pc) plus about 2 quid a month for Nord VPN. We don't watch much terrestrial-type TV any more, but if I hear of any dramas I dial them up on YouTube and get up to speed very quickly.
I used to have some kind of dongle that I bought on a TV shopping channel, that gave radio and TV channels, but when Windows Vista and 10 came along it became junk. We also use a Google Home gizmo, which undermines my desire for consumer privacy, to ask about the latest atrocity or extreme weather etc. Mostly I ask it "Hey Google, what's the weather like on Menorca?" and usually fall into a deep depression when it tells me the skies are sunnier over there and the temperature is five or six degrees warmer than in London: eg today, 09/12/19 my outside thermometer is reading 9C, Menorca is apparently 14C. The joys of internet!

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