IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. This new inexpensive technology is replacing the traditional cable and satellite services for many families around the world.
You can think of IPTV as cable television on steroids, through the Internet, but for a fraction of the price.
Most IPTV services provide hundreds to thousands of channels in addition to the professional sports season passes for football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and more. Most also provide full access to Pay-Per-View sporting events.
What is the Best Device for IPTV?
Currently, the most popular way to watch IPTV is through a media streaming device such as the Amazon Firestick.
This device’s popularity stems from the ability to install 3rd party apps such as IPTV APK’s. This is often referred to as “jailbreaking”.
With a jailbroken Firestick, users can install an IPTV application for live streaming, as well as other apps for viewing Movies, TV Shows, Music, and more, ALL FOR FREE.
TROYPOINT has created a detailed guide that will show you the best way to Jailbreak your firestick for the ultimate streaming experience:
What is the Best IPTV Service?
When it comes to selecting an IPTV Service, a little bit of research may be required. Here are the things to look for before purchasing an IPTV Provider:
- Payment Options
- Number of Connections
- Provided Channels
- EPG Availability
- VPN Compatibility
- Customer Support
- Premium Sports Options
There are literally hundreds of options for IPTV streaming. Many of these provide similar structure and content, but not all services are the same.
One thing to look for when searching for a provider is payment options.
Because of the uncertainty of these apps, TROYPOINT always suggests paying for IPTV services on a month-to-month basis. That way, if your provider goes offline or you find a better one, you are not tied down.
Another thing to consider when choosing a service is the number of connections it offers. Sometimes, users can view IPTV on up to five devices simultaneously, while others allow only one. (Oftentimes, different packages are provided with connection and price options)
IPTV Services come in all shapes and sizes and prices will vary. However, these usually range somewhere between $5-$20 per month, saving users hundreds of dollars a year.
Some of the higher priced options may provide added benefits such as VOD (Video-On-Demand), 24/7 Customer Support, and more.
One of the more popular benefits of a higher priced IPTV Service is a working EPG. An EPG or Electronic Program Guide, allows users to lookup programs in advance and search for viewing content.
This is a similar guide to those available with a cable box or DISH/Direct TV installment, but for a fraction of the cost!
Many companies offer users the chance to test their product out with a free-trial. I always suggest testing any IPTV Service prior to purchasing to make sure it suits your needs.
Protect Yourself with a VPN
One thing to note when testing different providers is whether or not their service works with a VPN. ISP’s (Internet Service Providers) often block IPTV Services and connecting to a VPN will make this impossible.
Some ISP’s even throttle download speeds for anyone using 3rd party apps to stream live television. For example, I have found that Area 51 IPTV will not work for me unless I am connected to my IPVanish VPN.
This TROYPOINT IPTV resource page will help you setup live TV channels on your streaming device.
How To Install IPTV
As stated above, IPTV Services are available for installation on just about any device you prefer. Usually, you can install these apps as a standalone APK or within a media center such as Kodi.
I always prefer the standalone APK’s but this is solely based on personal preference. Many prefer adding them to Kodi to keep all their cord-cutting apps in one location!
The application used to install the IPTV Services below is called Downloader.
If you are using an Android TV Box, NVIDIA SHIELD, Mi Box, etc. you can follow along with these guides by installing Downloader on your device. Use the link below for that tutorial.
Best IPTV Services
Sportz TV – Starting at $14.95 per month
This includes a working VOD Section with tons of Movies along with over 6,000 HD Channels. Sportz also has the ability to use an external video player such as MX Player which can help with buffering issues.
Sportz TV currently costs $14.95/month with 24/7 Customer Support. Follow the link below to learn how to install Sportz TV.
Their default package consists of 3 connections which means you can use their service on up to three devices at the same time.
This is TROYPOINT’s #1 recommendation when it comes to IPTV.
Kodi Solutions – Starting at $5.00 per month
Kodi Solutions serves over 4,000 HD channels at an unbeatable price.
Their default package comes with one connection but you can purchase extras at the time of purchase.
This service has had ups and downs over the past twelve months but it appears that they are back to normal again.
The user interface is the familiar IPTV Smarters spin-off which makes the application easy to use.
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on an IPTV service, we suggest starting with this one.
Gears TV IPTV – Starting at $19 per month
Gears TV is one of the most popular IPTV platforms available on the Internet today.
Yes, their price is higher than the others but their current users rave about this service.
Gears TV rolled out their new product called Gears Reloaded and this is what we suggest if you use this provider.
Gears IPTV only offers 400 channels which is slim comparing to the others on this page that offer thousands. But, if you are looking for USA channels, more than likely they will have what you want.
The Players Klub – Starting at $8.00 per month
The default plan comes with one connection but you can add extras at the time of registration.
Unlike many other IPTV services, this one still includes a Video On Demand (VOD) section for both movies and TV shows.
The user interface is very similar to many other and appears to be a derivative of the IPTV Smarters application.
As of now, Players Klub is no longer taking new customers but keep checking back if you are interested.
Area 51 – Starting at $7.00 per month
An Adult Section is also available within Area 51 but can be restricted within the app’s settings. Users can join the A51 Discord Group which will keep you in the know on updates, news, and more.
Due to Area 51’s popularity, they frequently turn off registration for new subscribers. A great alternative at approximately the same price point is The Players Klub (above).
Follow the link below to learn how to install Area 51 on your preferred device.
Free IPTV Services
While the options for paid IPTV Providers are unlimited, there are a few free choices as well.
These services will not be as reliable as their paid counterparts, however, the price can’t be beaten.
One thing to note about paid vs. free IPTV Services is that the free ones usually only stream content in Standard Definition. If HD is an absolute must, I suggest one of the services listed above.
Live Net TV
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