It’s easier than ever to watch TV shows and movies on demand on your Android device. But what about live television?
Yes, there are services like Sling and YouTube TV. However, if you know where to look, you don’t need to subscribe to their expensive plans. You can use free IPTV instead; you only need an IPTV application and an IPTV source.
But what is the best IPTV app for Android and Android TV? Continue reading to find out.
What is an IPTV application?
IPTV applications are a bit like Kodi; they are empty shells that cannot transmit any content without some user input. You are responsible for adding channels, playlists, and other sources.
You generally can’t use the apps to watch Netflix, Hulu, or direct content from other third-party providers. You should take a M3U file, which you add to the IPTV application.
1. IPTV Smarters Pro
If you have ever subscribed to a paid IPTV service, the provider has most likely given you access to a branded version of the IPTV Smarters Pro application. It is the software of choice among many resellers.
However, you don’t need to trust a brand-name version. As long as you have an M3U URL from your provider, you can add it to the app and enjoy the same features. Better yet, this “white label” version of Smarters Pro can accept multiple logins, while branded versions generally cannot.
The app supports on-demand movies and TV shows, as well as update channels, if offered by your provider. It 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 it really shines on a TV. It is definitely one of the essential IPTV applications for Android TV.
Download: IPTV Smarters Pro (free, premium version available)
2. Lazy IPTV
Lazy IPTV supports M3U playlists in open view, ZIP and GZ formats. The application can also read playlists in XSPF (XML Shareable Playlist Format).
Adding new content to Lazy IPTV is easy. You can access the media on your local file system, as well as paste URLs directly from the web or the clipboard of your device. The application works with HTTP and UDP transmissions and can play videos directly from YouTube and the VK social network. There is also a built-in audio player for internet radio channels.
Importantly, for an IPTV application, Lazy IPTV supports Electronic Program Guides (EPG). You can read the saved XMLTV EPGs as Open View, ZIP or GZ.
From a usability point of view, Lazy IPTV allows you to add favorites, supports nested folders, and allows you to create groups of playlists. You can export your playlists if you ever decide to switch to an alternative app. The app’s home screen is also fully customizable, providing the option to add shortcuts to the most viewed channels and change the way content is displayed.
Lazy IPTV is ideal for mobile devices. However, it is less suitable for larger Android TV screens.
Download: Lazy IPTV (Free)
In our opinion, TiviMate is comfortably the best IPTV app for Android TV. It is not available as a mobile version.
The app supports multiple playlists, renaming channels and hidden categories and categories. You can import your own channel logos, customize the order in which channels appear in the TV guide, and take advantage of the search function (which works for both channel names and programs currently playing).
The free version of TiviMate will suffice for people with a playlist that they don’t see too often. If you are an advanced user of IPTV, it is worth upgrading to the pro version. This costs $ 4.99 per year and allows you to install the app 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 on the Google Play Store, and for good reason. First, it is one of the best designed IPTV applications for Android. Its crisp design and cable TV-like EPG design make it easy to forget that you’re even using an app.
Second, GSE Smart IPTV is available on many more platforms than most of its competitors. You will find versions for Android, Android TV, iOS and Apple TV. The app also supports Chromecast. And remember, you can even install Android apps on Amazon Fire TV devices if you know how to download APK files.
As for the features, GSE Smart IPTV supports EPG content in XML, ZIP and GZ formats. It also offers native parental controls and subtitle support (SRT files). It can play live streams from HTTP, HSL, M3U8, MMS, RTSP and RTMP sources. The app supports ads and is suitable for both Android TV and mobile Android devices.
Download: GSE Smart IPTV (free and premium version available)
5. Perfect Player IPTV
Perfect Player IPTV is another very popular application. It is especially popular with Android TV users looking for an alternative to the native Live Channels app.
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 a few different decoder options to choose from: Native , Software , Hardware, and Hardware Accelerated . Other features include the ability to view locally saved content, UDP to HTTP proxy server support, and automatic synchronization with the desktop version of the application for a consistent experience.
Like GSE Smart IPTV, Perfect Player uses a theme that’s pleasing to the eye and draws its design cues from cable and satellite TV EPGs.
Download: Perfect Player IPTV (free and premium version available)
The direct-named IPTV application is one of the most downloaded IPTV applications for Android, with more than 10 million installations.
As expected, 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 area network), you can use the IPTV application to play multicast broadcasts.
The app also offers some customization options. You can display the channels you have added in a list, grid, or tile view, depending on your preference.
Finally, if you have a dedicated Android set-top box that you use to watch IPTV, it’s worth upgrading to the pro version. It includes a function that allows the application to start automatically when your host device starts. The pro version also removes ads and adds a “resume viewing” feature that can automatically replay your most recently viewed channel.
7. OTT Navigator
OTT Navigator is IPTV’s biggest rival to TiviMate on the Android TV platform. Like TiviMate, it is popular with advanced users.
There is little difference between them; The two applications share many similar characteristics. OTT Navigator supports filters (by channels, categories, genres, seasons, years, favorite channels, rating, and country), channel and category customization, and a search tool.
In our opinion, the TiviMate interface is a little bit more modern and the user interface is a little bit easier to use, but you may think differently. Be sure to review both options before deciding on the best IPTV application for your needs.
Download: OTT Navigator (free in-app purchases available)
What about free IPTV on Kodi?
In this overview, we focus on applications that specialize in IPTV. Kodi can stream IPTV content, but it also does so much more that we didn’t feel it was a fair comparison.
If you prefer to use Kodi, you don’t need to install third-party Kodi plugins . M3U Playlist Support is a native part of the Kodi app – you just need to add the correct component. To get started, go to Plugins> My Plugins> PVR> PVR IPTV Simple Client> Configure . Enter the address of your M3U playlist when prompted.