It’s now easier than ever for you to view on-demand TV and movies from your Android smartphone. Live TV is another option.
Yes, you can use services such as YouTube TV and Sling. You don’t have to sign up for their expensive plans if you know how to find them. Instead, you can get free IPTV. All you need is an IPTV app, and an IPTV source.
Which IPTV app is best for Android and Android TV? Continue reading to learn more.
What is an IPTV app?
The IPTV app is a little like Kodi. They are empty shells and can’t stream content without user input. You are responsible for adding channels, playlists and other sources. They are legal and completely legal.
You can’t use these apps to access Netflix, Hulu or other third-party content. To add the M3U file to your IPTV app, you will need to first grab it.
Note Because of recent Google crackdowns, you can only download certain apps via trusted APK download sites. These sites are linked in this article. Many of these items are still available on the Apple App Store if you’re an Apple user.
1. Smarters Player
You have probably subscribed to an IPTV service and received a branded version. It is the preferred software choice for many distributors.
You don’t have to use a brand-name version. You can still add the M3U URL to the app, as long as it is from your provider. Smarters Player’s white-label version can accept multiple logins. The branded versions are not usually able to.
On-demand movies and TV programs are supported by the app, along with catch-up channels if offered by your provider. If you prefer to use their interfaces, it can integrate with external video players such as Perfect Player or VLC.
Smarters Player works well on smartphones but shines on TVs. Smarters Player is a must-have IPTV app for Android TV.
2. Lazy IPTV
Lazy IPTV can support M3U playlists, in open-view and ZIP formats. The app also supports playlists in XSPF, XML Shareable Playlist Format.
It is simple to add new content to Lazy IPTV. Access media from your local file system. You can also paste URLs directly from your browser or device’s clipboard. It can play video directly from YouTube or VK and supports HTTP and UDP streams. The app also includes an audio player that can be used to listen to internet radio stations.
Lazy IPTV can read electronic program guides (EPGs) which is a significant feature for an IPTV application. It can open XMLTV EPGs that have been saved as ZIP, Open-View, or GZ.
Lazy IPTV allows you to add favorites, create playlist groups, and use nested folders. If you decide to change to another app, you can export your playlists. You can also customize the home screen of the app by adding shortcuts to your favorite channels or changing the display.
Lazy IPTV works well on mobile devices. However, it is not as well-suited for larger screens like Android TV.
TiviMate is our favorite IPTV app for Android TV. Unfortunately, there is no mobile version.
Multiple playlists can be created, as well as renaming channels and categories. Hidden categories can also be added. The app supports custom channel logo import, rearrangement of channels in the TV guide and the search function (which works both for channel names and current playing shows).
For people who only watch one playlist and don’t use it often, the free version of TiviMate is sufficient. The premium version is worth the extra cost if you are an avid IPTV user. The app can be installed on up to five devices for $4.99 per annum.
A one-time $19.99 payment is also available. TiviMate Premium is available for a free 5-day trial.
4. GSE Smart IPTV
GSE Smart IPTV is a popular Android IPTV app. It’s also one of the most well-designed apps. Its sleek design and EPG layout, which is reminiscent of cable TV, make it easy for users to forget they are using an app.
GSE Smart IPTV can be accessed on more platforms than its rivals. There are versions for Android TV, iOS TV, Android TV, and Apple TV. The app is also Chromecast-compatible. You can install Android apps on Amazon Fire TV if you know how to sideload APK files.
GSE Smart IPTV features EPG content support in the XML and ZIP formats. You can also use native parental controls or subtitles (SRT) files. You can stream live streams from HTTP and HSL sources. It is available for Android TV and Android mobile devices.
5. Perfect Player IPTV
Another popular app is Perfect Player IPTV. It is especially popular with Android TV users who are looking for an alternative to Live Channels.
The app supports playlists in M3U or XSPF. You can also add an electronic program guide to the app using XMLTV (ZIP GZ, XZ, XZ, XZ).
You also have the option to choose from Auto, Native Software, Hardware and HW+ decoders. You can also view locally saved content and use UDP-toHTTP proxy server support. The app automatically syncs with the desktop version for consistent experiences.
Perfect Player, like GSE Smart IPTV uses an easy-to-use theme and draws its design cues form satellite and cable TV EPGs.
6. IPTV Pro
The IPTV Pro app for Android is a reliable and fast IPTV player.
You can add M3U or XSPF playlists as you would expect. EPG support is available in the form of XMLTV or JTV. You can play multicast streams if you have an UDP proxy installed via your local network.
You can also customize the app. The app can display channels that you have added in a grid view, tile view or list view depending on your preference.
If you own an Android set-top box you use to watch IPTV, you should consider upgrading to the Pro version. The app can auto-start on the host device’s reboot. Pro version includes ads removal and a resume-watching feature to allow you to auto-play your most recent channel.
7. OTT Navigator
OTT Navigator, the largest IPTV competitor to TiviMate’s Android TV platform, is the most popular. It is also popular with power users, just like TiviMate.
They are very similar and have little in common. OTT Navigator allows you to filter by channels, genres, ratings, years, favorite channels, rating, country, season, year, and channel. You can also customize channels and categories and use a search tool.
We think the TiviMate interface looks a bit more modern and user-friendly. But you may have a different opinion. Before deciding which IPTV app is best for you, make sure to check out both.
What about Kodi’s free IPTV?
This roundup focuses on IPTV-specific apps. Kodi is able to play IPTV content, but it does so many more that it doesn’t seem fair. Plex is also worth considering. Although it doesn’t allow you to add M3U playlists but it does have pre-loaded IPTV channels you can view.