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The very first step of purchasing an IPTV subscription is to get a free test account to be able to evaluate and trial the IPTV provider. After all, you need to know what you are paying your hard-earned money for.

Every honest and responsible IPTV provider should provide all new customers with at least 24hours of free test account. That is the minimum period which should be provided. The ideal period would be 48 hours. Now this trial, although it is free, is the actual example of the paid subscription. From the buyer's perspective, It should include all the features that the provider is promising on the paid account. From provider's eyes, it is the most important step to convince a customer to pay for the service.


There are levels of expectations from an IPTV free test account:

-The period of the test and the right time to ask for it

-Content of the free trial

-Things to do and pay attention to while on trial

-Things to pay attention to when upgrading from the test account to paid IPTV subscription


-The period of the account and the right time to ask for it

The ideal period for an IPTV trial subscription is 48 hours. That's should be enough time for any client to evaluate a service and get to know the content and the provider. However, since providers are giving this for free, it is logical to be sensitive about it. In other words, IPTV providers tend to check trial requests carefully and make sure this free service is not being abused. Therefore, a customer should schedule the trial period before request for it to make sure he could get the best out of it. Usually the listing of the channels is long and takes time to evaluate them patiently. It is best to request for the IPTV test account right before hot live events so you could evaluate the service at least during one live event. This will show how the provider's servers and feed perform during peak hours. Clients from the UK should also test the service during English Premier League to make sure there are no EPL Blocks unless provider's service has built-in vpn connection or the client already has a VPN.

There are IPTV providers who tend to close free trials at least 24 hours before live events: 1-to avoid abusing of the free trial for live events 2-to avoid certain "parties" to get their hands on it for scanning their IPs during events.

Piece of advice, if a provider gives away free trials like halloween candies, think twice before joining that service.


-Content of the free trial

I did mention this on another article: a provider MUST be open and honest. A trial should be a touch of the exact same service a client is going to get through the paid service. Things like "Those channels are VIP and not available during trial" ... I'm sorry, BS! Whatever a provider is going to offer to a paid client, should also provide through free test account, end of discussion. If you are a client and see a provider treat you otherwise, close the page and move to the next one.


-Things to do and pay attention to while on trial

Most important thing to do while evaluating an IPTV service, is to test the content patiently. Focus on the channels which are you favorite not the total amount of channels included in the IPTV free test account. If you want NFL channels to work spot on, focus on those during live event, no matter the provider offers 1000 channels or 30000 channels.

Another thing you should do during the free trial period is to contact support, especially during peak hours, hot live events or weekends when you know they are busy. Provider's response time is key.

For security reasons, some providers prefer applying security measures on their IPTV test account including ISP Lock, IP Lock, Country Lock and User Agent Lock.

ISP Lock: It detects the ISP of the first connection attemp made to the free trial and locks it to the trial, meaning only that ISP is allowed to use that test account. For instance if you are using Virgin Media UK as your ISP while trying to make the first connection to the trial, ISP lock records that and you can not, for instance, connect a VPN and run the account.

IP Lock: Same as above only locks the Internet IP Address. If you want to know your Internet IP address, click here.

Country Lock: Same as above only locks the country.

User Agent Lock: Each IPTV player app has a user agent showing what type of an app/software they are. The IPTV CMS can detect the agent and some providers lock that to a trial. For instance you can't run the free trial on Smart IPTV app on Samsung TV and then go and run it on Enigma 2 box although you are using the same ISP, IP and country.


-Things to pay attention to when upgrading from the test account to paid IPTV subscription

So the free trial ran fine and you have come to a decision that this service is for you. When you pay for the service, the ideal scenario is that the provider upgrades the same free trial account to your paid without any changes. If the paid account is a new one, different from the trial you had, and the server address of the free trial you had is different from the new paid sub, then you can call it suspicious.

It is always advised to start with a 1 month period unless the service is recommended to you by someone you trust who is already using it and confirms the stability.

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