Thousands of TV channels and VOD with movies and recent series, for about twenty euros? Welcome to the world of illegal IPTV and Android devices.
When a geek acquaintance allowed me to test for two weeks his box IPTV (ie IPTV) Android, I thought at first a joke. Because this little square box, connected to the TV via an HDMI cable, looks like the boxes of Free, SFR, Orange … The big difference is that to work, it must be connected to WiFi … and that the thousands of TV channels and available VOD movies are accessible in a perfectly illegal way.
Concretely, this box, the Beelink GT 1 Ultimate, costs between 60 and 70 euros in the trade, and is quite close to an Android smartphone or tablet. It runs Android 7.0 Nougat, and allows, in addition to playing games and surfing the Internet, to install most of the Google Play apps – from Netflix to Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and more. Molotov IPTV service. For free, this (legal) internet TV distribution service allows you to watch 34 channels live or replay thanks to the cloud – to see more, you have to pay.
Everything would be fine if the Android TV box, the Beelink GT 1 to the Xiaomi MI 3 4k ( between 50 and 60 euros on e-commerce sites), through the X96 mini ( 30-40 euros ), which turn your television into “smart tv” thanks to the Net, did not allow to install also illegal applications and services, which offer access to a plethora of pirated multimedia contents. An offer in front of which Molotov pale …
More solid, more efficient, more industrial …
We do not present any more Kodi, the free Media Center from the Xbox, now used on Android TVs to play videos … including illegal streaming, thanks to the addition of plugins – as, for example, vStream, an add -on which allows access to videos stored on illegal streaming platforms and direct download such as DDL Island or Zone Download; or as Logan TV, an IPTV extension that offers several playlists with European TV channels, including sports channels.
But this system, although free, remains fragile: the quality of the videos is not always the rendezvous, the sites from which the IPTV flows and the films in illegal streaming close regularly, and it is easy to see its Box infected by a virus, by dint of walking on all these sites hackers. What I could test via my friend geek is more solid, more efficient, more industrial … Instead of going through Kodi, he went through an illegal IPTV subscription, responding to the sweet name of Volka TV Pro 2. Concretely, he installed an APK (Android Package Kit) file retrieved from the site of this hacker service, then installed on its Beelink GT 1 using a USB key. Then he found a code giving him access for 365 days … to thousands of TV channels around the world, movies, and series. All of this,
The HDCP flaw
Where did this code come from? A subscription to Volka TV bought on eBay, for the modest sum of 25 euros. So, to summarize, for 25 euros per year, it is possible to access most of the movies and series scattered on Netflix, OCS and Amazon Video, as well as TV channels of TNT, cable, Canal Sat, etc. You do not have to search on shady sites to watch the football matches: you go directly to beIN, RMC Sport and company.
With Volka TV Pro 2 (which can also be used on your smartphone, since it is an Android app), you can also access 1400 TV channels, some in HD in H.265 format. On the menu: TNT channels, Arab (Nilesat), American (ABC, Showtime, HBO …) and British (Sky) channels, as well as CanalSat, with OCS, Cine + Premiere, Canal +, Canal + Cinema, RMC Sport and beIN Sports.
These channels available on Volka are not strictly speaking live. There is indeed 30 seconds of lag compared to their legally accessible counterparts, which betrays the process used by hackers who market this IPTV subscription – the same process as that of “streamers” who broadcast live football matches on illegal streaming sites: the exploitation of a flaw in HDCP technology, which normally protects the incoming and outgoing streams of set-top boxes and Boxes connected to TV by an HDMI cable; then the recovery of the streams, their recompression and their rebroadcast in streaming.
Apart from a few times when the quality was poor (especially in the case of sports channels such as beIN and RMC Sport), that of the programs viewed is undeniable of good quality – equivalent to those you would access via CanalSat, or via the Freebox.