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Austria is fast emerging as a key player in the world of IPTV. With the opening up of two new satellite TV stations from Austria, IPTV in Austria is sure to become more popular in the future. But with such great potential, the potential for abuse by pirates of the digital protocol is very high. Therefore it is important that owners of IPTV devices keep their subscriptions as secure as they can.



One way to ensure security is through an IPTV address whitening service. Such services are often offered by internet providers and online vendors and are available both in Austria and abroad. Such services work by requesting data from your web hosting provider and passing this on to the IPTV server. The server then checks the request and either whether or not it can be delivered based on the information that it has been requested. If it is able to access the requested data, the server will then grant the IPTV channel by applying a unique, IP-based “mask” which essentially varies from one IPTV server to another.


While this process is relatively inexpensive (free to most operators), it is important to note that it can also be abused by unscrupulous pirates. If an IPTV server is compromised, it will ask for the user’s IP address. If the user’s IP address is freely available on the Internet, the server will simply reply with a repeated request for the same movie channel. As if by magic, the requested movie then shows up on the pirate’s screen! This is because IPTV addresses are only used to identify users of that system and not to allow transmission of content on the Internet. Once the movie has been transmitted, the IPTV user’s address will no longer be visible to the server and it will be up to the legal authorities to trace and apprehend the culprit.


In order to protect its users from these problems, most IPTV operators have implemented a mechanism called HijackThis which prevents users from directly accessing free IPTV channels. This way, the IPTV system can only deliver movie channels that have been specifically sanctioned by the IPTV operator. To confuse one more, there are other countries that allow users to freely access their favorite IPTV channels without violating any laws or regulations. For instance, in Spain there are several TV channels that are transmitted via the Internet using a digital protocol called Flex Digital.


However, there are still several regions in the country that are still resisting the IPTV trend. There are still pockets where cable and broadcast TV companies are not willing to introduce IPTV technology. Most of them believe that it is only a matter of time before every household in the country has access to free IPTV channels. However, given the fierce competition and the fact that most countries are already providing free IPTV with flex Digital, it would seem like a dead-end block for a long time.


Given that almost every country is providing free IPTV nowadays, there is no reason why residents in one region should be left behind. What’s good about this idea is that it doesn’t require you to change your television set’s model or brand in order to enjoy the service. If you have an IPTV set in your home, all you need to do is make sure that you subscribe to an IPTV package from a reliable online provider in your region. It would be a good idea to check out various packages and deals available in an area before making a final decision. This way, you will be able to determine which one offers you the most for your money and which one is best suited for your lifestyle.



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