What is IPTV
IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. This new low-cost technology is superseding the traditional satellite and cable subscription for many users around the world.
IPTV, the abbreviation of Internet Protocol Television, is a service which delivers the television channels through the logical Internet protocol (IP) instead of traditional methods such satellite and cable televisions. Such, service can bring numerous advantages along with other IP-based services.
Some of the privileges of IPTV
Interactivity: Users can search for their favorite programs based upon the title of the program, name and time of the sports match, and even the actors’ name. From this, users can save their time by watching specific shows in a particular time and never leave their favorite programs unwatched. You can use the IPTV anywhere and with any device you have. All you need is just an internet connection. You can have more channels without the need to installing dishes on different sides of satellites.
Video On Demand (VOD): This is a unique service by which IPTV customers can rent movies or programs and play, pause, fast-forward or rewind it just like what users do with DVD players.
Economical: By using IP-based service, customers can utilize different service instead of buying several separate services and this is economical.
How can I watch IPTV?
There are several ways in which IPTV streams can be watched based on IPTV hardware and software. The first thing you need to consider is the operating system of your device. Then look for the best Application on that operating system. For example: If you have an Android-based device on you can use the Perfect player App on Android or download the latest version of Kodi on Android.
IPTV setup boxes (STB)
Possibly the best method to watch IPTV channels and bring a whole new world of entertainment to your home is these new Android setup boxes. These setup boxes will become very useful especially when your TV doesn’t support a compatible operating system for IPTV or doesn’t support an App for streaming IPTV channels.
There are other types of STB’s available on the market such as MAG box and Enigma2 receivers, as well as AppleTV. We listed these setup boxes in order of popularity among IPTV users.
Personal Computers (PC)
One of the easiest and fastest ways for streaming IPTV channels is by using a computer such as a laptop or pc (desktop computers) that has a Windows OS or Macintosh and Linux.
he most commonly used Application on these mentioned operating systems is the VLC media player. VLC offers the best solution for IPTV usage and is compatible with most of the hardware and operating systems.
Smart TVs are becoming very common these days and you can at least find one in every home. In order to install IPTV on a Smart TV, there are several ways which we will be going to mention in this section. The most popular way is by downloading an application called SIPTV App (Smart IPTV App) on your TV and uploading your M3U playlist with your TV Mac address on SIPTV website.
Another great method for streaming IPTV channels on your Smart TV is by using Kodi. Kodi is not available directly on Smart TVs, however, you can sideload Kodi to your TV if your device supports the Android operating system.
Smartphones are everywhere and play a major rule in our life. One great thing about having IPTV channels on your Smartphone is that you can have all the channels you need anywhere, anytime. This means that you never miss a big sports event or a TV series that you can’t miss. Based on your operating system, you can select different types of apps.
The last but not least platform for using IPTV channels is your gaming console. IPTV on Xbox and PS4 makes these wonderful devices to a complete entertainment unit. In order to have IPTV channels on your Xbox One, you can download Kodi from Xbox Live store which is a great addition to Xbox.
On the other hand, having IPTV channels on PS4 is little complicated comparing to IPTV on Xbox one. On PS4 you must use a screencasting application called “Plex” and this application must be open at all time while you are using IPTV channels on your PS4.