IPTV what you can and can’t get free


What is IPTV

IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is the delivery of programming by video stream over the internet. IPTV is distributed by a service provider and can be free or fee-based and can deliver either live TV or stored video.

In traditional television delivery, all programming is broadcast simultaneously. The available program signals flow downstream and the viewer selects which program he wants to watch by changing the channel.

IPTV, by contrast, sends only one program at a time. Content remains on the service provider's network and only the program the customer selects is sent to the home. When a viewer changes the channel, a new stream is transmitted from the provider's server directly to the viewer.

Like cable TV, IPTV requires a set-top box (or computer). VOD

Smart TV = Internet Connection + Apps: browser, YouTube, Netflix

But we want: BBCiPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD etc

It is possible to change the default app region on a Samsung or Sony Smart TV.

But the channels themselves are still blocked. Unotelly SmartDNS can bypass this restriction. Not free $5 per month.

Better still, the latest 2015/16 TVs from Sony, Sharp, and Philips offer Android TV. i.e a Smarter TV. Users have access to the Google Play Store to download Android apps, including media streaming services Netflix and Hulu, as well as games. The platform emphasizes voice search to quickly find content or to answer queries (such as which movies were nominated for an Academy Award in a specific year)


Otherwise you need a computer or Set Top Box, either PC or Android.. To retrieve the streams and if necessary host a VPN client.


Apps for TV

One (free) solution is to use Kodi (was XBMC). Can be configured to retrieve programs of any of the following Channel Types

·         Live free to air TV

·         Live premium TV

·         TV Catch up

·         VOD

Uses Kodi video-addons, such as, Genesis, Navi-X, Icefilms, 1Channel to index available streams. Problem is, that like P2P torrent the seeds are not permanent and may disappear altogether. These add-ons work best if you use them frequently so that the links are always updated.

Kodi can be seen in operation on the club’s PC TV computer.


Alternatively use a managed service such as provided by Blu, Telitec etc or a company like ExpatTV. See local papers. Another benefit is that user interface is generally much more friendly but limited to 50-200 channels.


In contrast to the solutions so far, which have been technically complex, the following 3 solutions are extremely simple.



Since 2006. Available via major browsers that support Flash plug-in or via Android/Apple/Windows app.

200 Live TV channels the main UK FTA services that account for the bulk of daily viewing ratings. BBC One, Two, Three and Four, CBBC, CBeebies, ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Film4, Channel 5, 5USA, Dave, Really, Yesterday, CBS Reality, CBS Drama, Pick TV, BBC News.

Video On demand – mostly from 50s and 60s

Free DVR up to one hour stored up to one month.

SD streams require 400-500 kbps and HD streams require 1000-1200 kbps. Regarding the free service, the quality offered is an extremely low 500kbps on web browsers and Android or a far more acceptable quality reaching 1100kbps through iOS. This means that you will download approximately 230 MBytes per hour watching SD and 553 MBytes per hour watching HD. These numbers are average as bitrates

Paid subscription allows you to watch channels in HD quality and without advertising whereas free plan lets you watch in SD quality only with regular advertising.



Is a similar service for Android but may not be available in Play Store in which case the APK must be downloaded from the website.

Can be installed on Windows/iPhone/iPad/Mac using Bluestacks App Player.

Free but premium service is only 3€ per year and gives ad free service, download and Chromecast support.

BOOKMARK allows you to organize your streams and filter them by language and topic, or keep track of your player history.

In addition to FTA channels includes some Premium sports, documentary channels and movies.

Mobdro can be seen in operation on the club’s PC TV computer.


Showbox App

Android. Also PC, Mac using ARC Welder or Bluestacks

Show Box is a free movies and TV shows streaming app. It is regarded as one of the best free Android apps as it allows users to watch movies in HD for free.

Their videos are hosted on the Russian version of Facebook.


Popcorn Time

Movies streamed via torrents in HD with subtitles

Can be installed on Android, Windows, Apple, Linux.

Popcorn Time can be seen in operation on the club’s PC TV computer.



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