Cutting the cord means getting rid of the high cost of your local cable company services.

Do you really need to have 275+ channels? Do you really watch them all? My guess is NO. American’s want to get as much as they can when they can regardless if they don’t utilize those services.

I think its overkill. Why spend so much money on something you don’t need and that extra money can go to something else you may really need.

For years I have done the same as everyone else and get as much as I can or could get from the local cable company for their “Special Promo” which usually lasts for 1 to 2 years and they you wind up fight with them to get some sort of promo at a discounted price if you’re lucky.

When I fell on hard times, I have to cut back on alot of luxuries such as the cable and internet service. I thought, “Why am I paying for all these channels I don’t use?” So, I tried to deal with cable company to get the least channels at the lowest price but it still was too much. I used to spend from $125 to $175 a month for those services and I never saw most of those channels they throw in there. So I reduced it to the most basic plan but still paying too much around $100 which included the WiFi internet service.

So, one day I decided why am I paying so much for channels I don’t use. I could be saving so much money.

So , I invested in a streaming video box which was limited and not too reliable.

Then I purchased the ROKU 1, then 2 and then 3 but it has its limits as well on which channels you can watch.

Then, Amazon Firestick came out and that was the best thing out there at a merely $40 to $50 bucks. Its streams flawlessly and you can add channels.

After awhile using that I wanted more as most Americans do, so I decided to look into something that was out there called IPTV Service. What is IPTV Service? Well, basically stands for Internet Protocol Television. Basically, its the delivery of television content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Unlike downloaded media, IPTV offers the ability to stream the source media continuously. And most services offer ALL the channels you get from cable service at a discounted price.

The question that has been asked lately is, “Is IPTV legal or not?

IPTVInsider.com states: [quote]

So, is IPTV Illegal?

IPTV is legal as long as it follows and obeys the rules of copyright infringement laws.

In this sense, asking whether IPTV is legal is very much like asking whether downloading data off of the internet is legal or not. The problem with such a question is that it is too broad to warrant a simple yes or no.

When does IPTV follow the rules? Well, pretty often actually. Just look at Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon Prime Video, Youtube and several other examples of famous online streaming platforms. Millions of people worldwide use these services with absolutely no issue whatsoever.

When does IPTV not follow the rules? This is a harder question to answer as while it is usually pretty clear when IPTV is legal it only gets murky when it becomes less legal.

When IPTV service providers acquire their content in illegal fashions such as spreading or streaming content that they do not legally have the right to (either through licensing, ownership, or some other way), then they are infringing on copyright laws and are breaking the law. The problem for viewers and customers is that it isn't always obvious when service providers are doing so. For obvious reasons, these companies do not publicly state or advertise when they are breaking the law. [unquote]

So, basically, IPTV Service in the U.S. is legal as long as the provider is following the DMCA rules. If you’re not sure, ask the provider. If they don’t answer in a precise and professional manner then you know. Of course, they could just say “Yes” and leave it at that in order to keep your business. It’s up to you to do make that determination.

Android TV vs. Android OS

Which operating system is better? Well, that depends on your preferences.

Android comes in two platforms.

Here are some videos of each android platform (both are used in streaming media players):

Android TV (aka Smart TV) Android OS
Some Android TV screens have a different layout but they are all pretty much the same. 

What's the difference between Android TV and Smart TV? The real difference is that Android TV has a huge marketplace (Google Play) from where you can download a lot more apps than you could on a Smart TV.

Like a smart phone, a Smart TV can have apps downloaded onto its storage. This means that using apps like Facebook, Youtube, Netflix or other popular streaming services typically installed on a smart phone can be used on streaming media player devices.

The Android OS screen is pretty simple and you have to choose a category to get to the app/channel you want. Most people who are familiar with this OS will tell you to install KODI (unless its already installed) which gives your look of the Android TV somewhat and they will rave about it. I personally tried it and it was okay but I didn't like the idea of clicking so many windows to get to the movie I want to see. But that's just me.

Also, if you are a beginner, its very hard to understand how to install KODI on a new box if it isn't installed already. It took me almost a week to figure it out and once I did I just couldn't justify all the work I had to do to get the results I got. I'm just saying.

And just to install a APK file (android package kit basically an app) takes a lot of steps. That was a big minus for me.

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