I have researched and looked for what is possible with IPTV with Android TV … and am now streaming more than 400 channels.
I will explain how to do this below.
Extensive update with EPG feature
Probably the most extensive update to our IPTV tutorial is at the start and it took me a few weeks of freaking around to find the software that was perfect for me. If you want to use the EPG function and probably the best player at the moment on your Android TV (or smartphone / tablet ), just scroll in the direction of the “Perfect Player” paragraph. There you will find the detailed details of this platform.
IPTV or an end to cable TV
It has been exactly 9 years this summer since I turned my back on Germany and first went to the US of A and then ended up in my beloved Taipei. Despite the internet and the various (and absolutely great media libraries), I always missed one thing: German television and above all the public television channels!
I like good reports and political magazines. I just find them there and that also prompted me to write to the stations more than 6 years ago. I wanted to voluntarily pay GEZ fees if I could receive the stream in Taiwan (without a proxy or VPN. I am a convincing person and like to pay for good content).
I wanted to pay GEZ fees voluntarily if I can receive the ARD and ZDF streams in Taiwan
Well, you can imagine the answer. Rights, countries, copyright, blah blub and hate never seen.
Please don’t get me wrong … I can understand that, because they are simply in this corset. But in the second decade of the 21st century it doesn’t get any further. If something is not available within a few clicks, you make it available.
I ask you to refrain from “the Internet is not a legal space” in the comments. I pay for pretty much every streaming service that is available internationally: Amazon Prime, Hulu + and Netflix . Of course, Spotify and soon there will also be NVIDIA’s Grid Gaming. Cost point? So I spend about $ 50 a month on it and I would love to put a fuffy on top of it.
Game On, your transmitter out there
In the summer of 2007 I had a key moment and that made me finally switch to the dark side of moving picture consumers. I really wanted to see a run of the DTM and a friend of mine agreed to stream it via Skype and a webcam. He turned his laptop towards TV, then started the Skype video stream and said goodbye with the words “I have to go to a birthday quickly”.
Of course, he had forgotten to switch his towing vehicle’s standby mode off. Exactly 2 minutes before the start of this important run his notebook switched off and it was dark for me too. What was considered a brilliant hack for YPS secret service agents half an hour ago now brought me to 180 completely. Something just had to happen.
In the coming years I used various web TV services like “Schoener Fernsehen” and of course also Miro, where I created a wonderful download list for my favorite programs. It worked wonderfully, but I still had to use damn illegal platforms for live events. Too bad … I want to pay!
What can I say? I now have a solution that I have of course only carried out here to simply research what is possible in the colorful world of the Internet. Let’s do it.
Over 400 TV channels via IPTV & Android
In the past few weeks I have carried out extensive research and found various providers of IPTV boxes. Most of them come from Thailand and some sell their service with their own Android set-top boxes. Madness! It looks something like this:
1. Do a Google search for IPTV M3U
First, we need a suitable playlist with the various channels. If you google for “IPTV M3U”, you will stumble across hundreds. Read in peace and take your time. Some of these lists no longer offer current streams, but you can find a lot of content within 1, 2 hours and then compile your own list with the “Best of” channels in the editor. Please understand that I do not explicitly refer to “good” lists … here you are asked, but I know you can.
2. VLC and M3U is no problem – on the PC
When you have your list at the start, just open it in the VLC player … It looks like this:
My list is long, very long. I have a total of over 400 TV stations, with over 100 streaming in HD. You can see how that looks in the featured video above this article. Well, opening a M3U playlist in VLC is something that every grasshopper can do today. I find it anything but comfortable. I want to use this transmitter on my ASUS Nexus Player and switch with the remote control.
Unfortunately, there is a fundamental problem here … VLC on Android does not create M3U playlists and other players only play the last stream in the list. So what to do? Research, try out, optimize and then … share with you.
3. Use IPTV and M3U on Android TV
We now need a little software and this is also available free of charge. First, I recommend ES File Explorer (you can also use others like Ghost Commander, but ES can be used wonderfully with the Nexus Player remote control):
Price: Free +
And last but not least, we still have to read out the individual streams and send them to the MX Player. For this I found the small app IPTV, which is also available free of charge:
Of course there are also alternatives here , but I’ve really tried half a dozen and I simply drive best with this combination.
I found my M3U list on the PC and also “processed” it, then connected it to a USB stick and connected to the Nexus Player via OTG cable.
Then you open the ES File Explorer, navigate to the USB stick and open the M3U playlist with IPTV. Well and then the following picture spreads for me:
You can now navigate through the channel list and as soon as you select a channel with the remote control, you can open it in the MX Player:
Here you can see SKY channels and for comparison RTL HD on the far right and what the stream looks like with the VLC player on a PC. The fact is, it works on both platforms and is butter-soft. In theory, you can also enjoy the streams on your Android smartphone or tablet … with the apps described, this works without problems.
Lazy IPTV – playlist management made easy
Over the weekend I tried various new apps, including for my Samsung Smart TV. The vast majority here was not only catastrophically designed and programmed, but also did not really run on Android TV. Ok, sideloading is not really a problem, but still left usability to be desired. With one exception and that is Lazy IPTV.
The advantage of Lazy IPTV (here you also have to get the APK and then install it accordingly, because there is no Android TV compatibility shown in the Play Store) is the management of the playlists and it looks something like this:
You can easily add a good dozen lists and also search for stations and shows across all lists. What I have not yet managed to do is the EPG. It just doesn’t want to pull the updates from the server, which is a little disappointing. You can download the Soloman list shown on the screenshots >>> HERE <<< . Just save it as an .m3u file and everything will be fine.
Perfect Player – THE best app including EPG
If you’ve read this far, you have pretty much everything you need to know to turn your Android TV Box into a great IPTV player. But believe me, I have really tried out a lot of platforms in the past few weeks and have now come across the perfect one for me. Nomen est Omen, the app is called Perfect Player and is now available in version 1.2.
You can download the APK directly from the website , because it cannot be installed from the Play Store on Android TV. Then you simply follow the steps above to install the app … with one crucial difference. You still need the Sideload Launcher (yes, you could also theoretically start the app under “Settings”, but that’s too complicated for me):
I know the video is a little shaky and I really shot it from the edge of the bed, but I think you can see what the Perfect Player can do.
The 3 different list views offer you a quick overview of the current and future programs. I decided on the first layout because I get the most content.
Additional settings can be done easily and conveniently using the remote control. I can even switch subtitles on / off. That’s how it tastes!
Let’s not talk long about the bush, the Perfect Player is the best piece of software that has ever made it onto my Nexus Player. Who still needs cable TV or a smart TV here? For less than 100 euros I get the perfect hardware platform with ingenious software … can you tell that I’m just a little bit happy? Right, I’m happy. It only took 7 years until I found such a solution for my TV consumption in Taiwan.
IPTV.INK – Community with channel list, EPG and logos
If you are still looking for channel lists, I would like to recommend IPTV.ink . They have built a great community around Kodi, whereby the channel list, EPG and logos can also be used for Android apps. You can find the right URLs:
Channel list : http://tv.iptv.ink/iptv.ink
EPG : http://epg.iptv.ink/iptv.epg.gz
Channel logo : http://logo.iptv.ink/
Within the community you will get lots of tips and updates, not just about Kodi and the station lists. Who wants to have the channels I use (Sky, HBO and Co.) has to google a little or have a look here in the comments. There is definitely a hint or two.
Anyone who knows other Android IPTV apps that are really recommended … I would appreciate a mention in the comments.
Conclusion: IPTV under Android runs great, but …
All my research, all the fuss with the different apps and how I can best use them … hach, I “burned” a whole weekend, but also had a lot of fun doing it. A huge market opened up before my eyes, served by dozens of suppliers.
If you think about how Netflix operates, the TV companies would do well to finally find a solution here. I would like to get the streams directly from you, report them here to mobile geeks and at least make my contribution so that you can continue to produce good content in the future. At the moment this is not possible for me, ergo you will not harm you in principle.
Nevertheless, I would like to ask you to consider one thing. You will also find pay TV providers and at that very moment you are entering a legal gray area. I am currently enjoying my status in Taiwan, a country that is not recognized by Germany and is unlikely to “deliver” because of the number.
Note: Thank you for all your emails and great feedback. I have to disappoint you … unfortunately I can’t give out my m3u playlist. If you google 2 minutes after “Stream German TV Stations”, you will certainly find providers. I really ask for your understanding here.
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If you liked this how-to, then I would be very happy to receive feedback in the comments, especially if you already use your own solutions. Are there still a few IPTV frickers here? How do you do that with the playlists and what hardware do you use?
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