It is quite important to take note of what happens when Content Providers and Cable Networks or even TV stations that want to carry certain content can’t agree. Granted, that it won’t have any effect on us here in Jamaica.
But as for Jamaicans watching free American TV via Streaming , that’s not possible due to a block on content for non-US IP (Internet Protocol)Addresses for a lot of recent content, as the aim is for American viewers to see it first and then resell it to countries later, thus making more money from the same content.
Free TV –Myth and Legend?
For now, the only Free TV options online based on a little digging I did are:
- Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) services
- Google Play Apps
Here in Jamaica, our TV Stations already have their own Web Streaming:
- Television Jamaica
- CVM TV
These two stations stream their media through an app called “1Spot Media”. Though in this app everything is not free, you are still able to view media content from it.
In Jamaica, we only have access to older content on Netflix and Hulu, with the latest content being blocked, resulting in Jamaicans streaming decade old content.
To get around this and Stream the US versions of Hulu and Netflix is easy via using either Proxy Sites or VPN (Virtual Private Network).
I won’t get into all that tech mumble today. But what I will tell you is that, it is quite easy to watch Live Cable TV Content right here in Jamaica.
Now, from my list above, you must have seen that I merely mentioned Kodi. Though unfamiliar to most, it is actually an awesome media player that allows you to access thousands of channels being streamed worldwide. As stated on their website: https://kodi.tv/about
“It is an entertainment hub that brings all your digital media together into a beautiful and user friendly package. It is 100% free and open source, very customizable and runs on a wide variety of devices. It is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and a huge community.”
These communities can be accessed on Facebook in Facebook Groups. One such group is Free TV/KODI support (https://www.facebook.com/groups/configurator/). This group helps newbies conquer Kodi and be able to stream with no problems.
Now, with Kodi, one can access an immense span of media through a number of mediums. Kodi can be accessed through:
- A Personal Computer: Windows devices are capable of giving you access to this media player.
- Android TV boxes, which are now quite popular.
- Any Android devices really
Kodi can be complicated especially for a new user. Kodi can be setup easily using software called “Configurator for Kodi” (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.configurator.setup) . This software saves you headaches and allows for users to start using Kodi immediately. It is readily available on Google Play for those android users.
Internet Protocol television (IPTV) is the delivery of television content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. This is in contrast to delivery through traditional terrestrial, satellite, and cable television formats. Unlike downloaded media, IPTV offers the ability to stream the source media continuously. As a result, a client media player can begin playing the content (such as a TV channel) almost immediately. This is known as streaming media.
Users can also take advantage of Google Play apps. Several apps offer users the advantage of streaming live TV channels, free of cost! Yes, Free! Sure the developers of these apps may ask for a contribution but that’s just a drop in the bucket compared to what they could have charged for an awesome service. There are apps such as Exodus Live (http://www.kodiconfig.com/intv/exodus-live-apk/) that offers users hundreds of channels streamed from across the globe. And yes, I do get to watch TVJ and CVM on this app for free.