The OP never mentioned iptv. Why all the discussion about it? In fact, we don't even know what the problems the OP experienced as the OP never said, not in this thread anyhow.
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All we can do is guess. Unfortunately the fellow said he was not going to reply again and may as well close the thread. This is not required because open ended debate is better. Someone may see this closed and think we do not embrace a different opinion. That somehow things are biased and there is a bot auto-closing threads. There is no bot required here. There is a bot required on some other forums to keep people from bringing up old threads that may no longer have relevance. There is no bot closing threads here or a reason to close this thread.
The odd thing here is the community polices itself. There is rarely a situation where you have people bringing the hate just to bring the hate. If you have a problem please mention what it is. It doesn't just help get us there in the future but it helps sell your argument. That indeed you have found a fault.
IPTV is mentioned because it is a fault of Emby at the moment. Emby is not strong in that area as it could be. That is mostly because of what IPTV can be. It can be illegal. So we cannot direct play these for the most part in any app. That would be against the terms of service of these app-stores that any illegal streams be streamed directly to the device. So Emby server acts as the gateway/guardian and repacks these streams. In this way Emby is insulated sort-of when people decide to use Emby in ways it was not intended. This precludes these app stores from seeing the stream URL from the IPTV provider you use. Now only Emby sees the real url and the app sees a url with your server IP instead. This is done both to protect you as an individual and Emby as a whole. It is not done to protect the person selling illegal streams via Emby. Those people do it until they get caught. You can't stop them. You can only protect yourself from their abuse.
So knowing all that you can partly see why IPTV is the way it is. Each country has laws that make IPTV different regarding what can and cannot be done. Emby cannot find itself being guilty in these countries of any wrong doing. Hence IPTV will never be direct played unless it is from an app not dependent on any app store ecosystem or terms of service. Sorry.
As far as why the fella really dislikes Emby? He mentions he paid. So something in the benefits that Emby provides is an area where he finds fault. IPTV is in that wheel house. It might be IPTV. It might be he wants piracy and direct play IPTV on his app store version of an app. That will never happen. Now or in the future. Sorry again.
Edited by speechles, 07 June 2019 - 04:04 PM.