It's easier than ever to watch TV missions and movies on demand on your Android device, but what about live TV?
Yes, there are services like Sling and YouTube TV. However, if you know where to look, you don't need to subscribe their expensive plans. You can use free IPTV instead; you just need an IPTV app and an IPTV source.
But what is the best IPTV app for Android and Android TV? Keep reading to find out.
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What is an IPTV application?
IPTV apps are a bit like Kodi; they are empty shells that cannot stream any content without user intervention. You are responsible for adding channels, playlists, and other sources.
Generally, you can't use the apps to watch Netflix, Hulu, or direct content from other third-party providers. You must recover an M3U file as you add the IPTV app.
1. IPTV Smarters Pro
If you have already subscribed to a paid IPTV service, chances are the provider will give you access to a branded version of the IPTV Smarters Pro application, which is the software of choice among many distributors.
However, you don't need to trust a branded version. As long as you have an M3U URL from your provider, you can add the app and enjoy all the same features. Even better, this version white label of Smarters Pro can accept multiple connections, unlike brand versions.
The app supports on-demand movies and TV missions, as well as catch-up channels, if your provider offers them, and even integrates with external video players (like Perfect Player and VLC) if you prefer to use their respective interfaces.
IPTV Smarters Pro is great on mobile devices, but really shines on a TV, and is definitely one of the must-have IPTV apps for Android TV.
Download:IPTV Smarters Pro(free, premium version available)
2. Lazy IPTV
Lazy IPTV supports M3U playlists in open, ZIP and GZ formats. The application can also play playlists in XSPF (XML Shareable Playlist Format).
Adding new Lazy IPTV content is easy. You can access media on your local file system, as well as paste URLs directly from the web or your device's clipboard. The app works with HTTP and UDP and can play videos directly from YouTube and the VK social network. There is also a built-in audio player for Internet radio channels.
Especially for an IPTV application, Lazy IPTV supports electronic program guides (EPG). It can read EPG XMLTV recorded in open view, ZIP or GZ.
From a usability point of view, Lazy IPTV allows you to add favorites, supports nested folders and lets you create groups of playlists. You can export your playlists if you decide to switch to another The home screen of the application is also fully customizable, offering the possibility of adding shortcuts to your most watched channels and modifying the way in which the content is displayed.
Lazy IPTV is ideal for mobile devices, however, it is less suitable for the big screens of Android TV.
In our opinion, TiviMate is comfortably the best IPTV application for Android TV, and is not available in mobile version.
The application supports multiple playlists, renaming of channels and categories and mask categories. You can import your own channel logos, customize the order in which the channels appear in the TV guide and enjoy the search function (which works for channel names and missions being played).
The free version of TiviMate will suffice for people with a playlist that doesn't watch too often. If you're an advanced IPTV user, it's worth upgrading to the pro version. This costs $ 4.99 a year and allows you install the application on up to five devices.
Download:TiviMate(free, subscription available)
4. GSE Smart IPTV
GSE Smart IPTV is one of the most popular IPTV apps in the Google Play Store, and for good reason. First of all, it's one of the best designed IPTV apps for Android. Its clean design and EPG layout of Cable TV type allow you to easily forget that you are even using an application.
On the other hand, GSE Smart IPTV supports EPG content in XML, ZIP and GZ formats. It also offers support for native parental controls and subtitles (SRT files). It can play live streams from HTTP, HSL, M3U8, MMS, RTSP and RTMP sources. The application is ad-supported and suitable for both Android TV and Android mobile devices.
Download:GSE Smart IPTV(free, premium version available)
5. Perfect Player IPTV
Another extremely popular application is Perfect Player IPTV. It is especially popular among Android TV users looking for an alternative to the native Live Channels application.
The app supports M3U and XSPF playlists, and if you want to add an electronic program guide, you can use XMLTV (ZIP, GZ, XZ) and JTV.
There are also several different decoder options:native,software,equipmentandacclr equipmentOther features include the ability to watch locally recorded content, support for the UDP-to-HTTP proxy server and automatic synchronization with the desktop version of the application for consistent experience.
Like GSE Smart IPTV, Perfect Player uses an eye-catching theme and draws its design cues from cable and satellite EPGs.
Download:Perfect Player IPTV (free, premium version available)
The simple name IPTV app is one of the most downloaded IPTV apps for Android, with more than 10 million installations.
As you might expect, you can add M3U and XSPF playlists to the app. EPG support comes in the form of XMLTV and JTV. If you have a UDP proxy (installed through your local network), you can use the IPTV application for playing multicast streams.
The application also offers customization options. It can display the channels you have added in a list, grid or mosaic view, depending on your preferences.
Finally, if you have a dedicated Android decoder that you use to watch IPTV, it is worth upgrading to the pro version. It includes a feature that allows the application to automatically start when its host device starts up. The pro version also removes the commercials and adds a resume viewing function that can automatically read your most recently viewed channel.
Download:IPTV(free) |IPTV Pro($ 2.99)
7. OTT Navigator
OTT Navigator is TiviMate's biggest IPTV rival on the Android TV platform. Like TiviMate, it is popular among experienced users.
There is little difference between them; the two apps share many similar features. OTT Navigator supports filters (by channels, categories, genres, seasons, years, favorite channels, ranking and country), channel customization and categories and a search tool.
In our opinion, the TiviMate interface is slightly more modern and the user interface is a little more user-friendly, but you might think differently. Be sure to check both options before deciding which IPTV application is best for your needs.
Download:OTT Navigator (free purchases available in the app)
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What about free IPTV on Kodi?
In this overview, we focused on the applications specializing in IPTV. Kodi can play IPTV content, but in fact so much more that we didn't think it was a fair comparison.
If you prefer to use Kodi, you will not need to install third-party Kodi add-ons. M3U playlist support is a native part of the Kodi app: you just need to add the right component. To be operational, go to Add-ons> My add-ons> PVR> PVR IPTV Simple Client> ConfigureEnter your M3U playlist address when prompted.