While there are several sources to watch and download content online, there aren’t a lot of sources that allow users to stream live TV content. This is where services like IPTV come into the picture. With something like this, users are fully capable of streaming live television using nothing but their Android devices.
The concept of IPTV is quite simple, really. Instead of using a cable connection or similar mode of connection that requires wiring and cabling, IPTV requires only an internet connection.
This means that even if you have an IPTV app on your smartphone, you will still need hosts that let you watch all the content seamlessly on your phone. While there are plenty of IPTV apps out there, picking the best one can be quite a challenge.
This is why we’ve decided to make your lives easier by offering you a list of apps that can help you stream live TV using IPTV. What’s even better is that some IPTV apps come with Chromecast enabled, allowing you to mirror the contents of your Android smartphone onto a bigger screen. So without further ado, here are a handful of our favorites.
This is a well designed app that gives you a set top box like user interface, but in an Android app. Once setup with the IPTV source of your choice, you can scroll through all the channels you have and even check out the programming that’s on next.
Taking these things into account, this is surely one of the more popular IPTV apps available out there. The app also allows you to use it simply as a media player by playing contents of a USB flash drive or a microSD card that’s on your phone.
The developers of this app have also launched Perfect Cast IPTV, which is a remote control app specifically designed for Perfect Player. It supports playlists in M3U and XSPF while the supported EPG formats include XMLTV and JTV, so there’s something for everyone here.
This is an excellent alternative for people who use VLC to stream online content on their desktops. Think of this as a similar app, but just for Android devices. It supports playlists in M3U and XSPF formats, while it can also remember your playlist history so that you can dial back the clock to check out what you’ve been watching in the past. Much like any other IPTV app, this one lets you choose your sources as you please, thus opening up thousands of options on the internet.
As is the case with apps like these, this version is free but comes with ads. The company also has a Pro version of the app which removes ads and brings forth features like the ability to reconnect when you’re accidentally logged out of the connection due to some issues. Naturally, the app doesn’t provide the playlists for you to stream content from.
This will have to be done individually and a single Google search can take you a long way in determining the best source for IPTV. We recommend trying out the free version before getting the Pro version for obvious reasons. You will require an Android device running version 4.0.4 or above to use this app.
This is a pretty comprehensive app that lets you get the most out of your IPTV experience. No, it doesn’t give you access to sources, but once you have that figured out, this app is an absolute delight to use. First and foremost, the app supports playlists of multiple formats, thus helping you broaden your search to a great extent. It comes with support for dynamic language switching (up to 31 languages as of now), so it’s a great app to have if English is not your native language.
Users can also choose to add subtitles (.srt) files onto the playlists to give them the full TV experience without having to invest in a cable connection. Furthermore, it supports Google Chromecast and automatic live stream reconnection. For concerned parents, the developers have built-in parental controls as well. So as far as features are concerned, this app by droidvision has you covered. It’s a free download but comes with ads and in-app purchases.
As the name suggests, this is ideally suited for those lazy customers who don’t want to spend too much time fiddling around with IPTV and its features. However, you still have to procure your own playlists (preferred in the m3u or xspf format).
To save users the trouble of starting from scratch, Lazy IPTV also comes with a backup/restore option that allows you to wind back the clock and get back your history of playlists. The app also supports auto-updating of playlists and using of cache data when unavailable.
We feel the UI could’ve been a tad better, though. This is an ad-supported app and is devoid of in-app purchases. Be sure to check it out.
This is one of the few apps out there that doesn’t seek to monetize with its offering. OttPlayer is a pretty refined player and has support for multiple protocols including HLS, RTSP, TS by UDP, and RTMP. You will require the playlist in the M3U8 format to get things working. The setup process is pretty simple with OttPlayer and involves registration on the company’s site and uploading the playlist to find them easily accessible on your smartphone or tablet. It goes without saying that OttPlayer doesn’t offer playlists or TV channels, which will have to be procured from your ISP or other sources online.
OttPlayer is a simple app and does what it’s supposed to. It is completely free and has no ads or in-app purchases. You will need a device running Android 4.0.3 or higher to use this app.
Next up, we’re looking at Tubi TV. You can watch thousands of hit movies and TV shows for free on Tubings TV. All of the content is free, and while that might sound sketchy at first, Tubi is 100% legal. You don’t even need credit cards or any subscription to use this service.
Tubi TV makes it simple — choose what you want to watch, whenever you want to watch it. You can watch it straight on the TV, or you can take these apps not he go for mobile entertainment. On top of that, Tubi adds new free shows and movies every week, so you’ll never run out of content to watch.
And last, but certainly not least, we have Pluto TV. This one is really similar to Tubi TV, offering you free streaming for TV shows and movies. You can watch well over one hundred live TV channels, and then Pluto TV also has a library of thousands of movies on-demand. There are plenty of TV shows on-demand, too.
Pluto TV, just like Tubi TV, is one hundred percent free and legal — no credit cards, contracts, or bills required. You can either watch free TV on your small screen with the Android app, or you can enjoy it on your Smart TV. You can even cast content straight to the big screen with a Chromecast or similar device!
As you can see, there are plenty of excellent apps that you can use to stream television over the Internet. You can use any one of these IPTV applications to stream your favorite shows; however, Pluto and Tubi TV are some of our favorite choices. They will bring you the most variety of content, as well as some of the best titles on the market today.
Do you have a favorite IPTV app? Let us know in the comments section below.