Answer: YES. There are a number of media outlets and independent vodcasters that create/share their feeds FREE & LEGAL!
With a quick search, once can find 100’s of .m3u8/RSS streams and playlists. Many direct from the content provider. However, deep in the content providers Media Usage Guidelines is a little blurb: only to be used by written permission and/or within the intended official website player. Check the terms before streaming.
What is a m3u?
M3U is a computer file format for a multimedia playlist. One common use of the M3U file format is creating a single-entry playlist file pointing to a stream on the Internet.
#EXTM3U #EXTINF:105, Example artist - Example title C:\Files\My Music\#EXTINF:321, Example Artist2 - Example title2 C:\Files\My Music\Favorites\Example2.ogg
What is HLS?
HLS utilizes segmented H.264 MPEG-2 TS video and M3U8 descriptor files to deliver adaptive bitrate live and on-demand video. An M3U8 file is an index that lets the client know which streams, and which segments, are available at any given time