What IPTV service is best?

Luke7777

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Mainly interested in US College sports, so I'm currently using WatchEspn thru SlingTV. Having a quick trial look at stiptv via VLC (Windows). Only VIP channels showing in channel list, can't seem to get to any of the others ?

/Update : I can change my channels in the dashboard to US for instance, but it still only shows the first 25 entries...
/Update : Don't worry .. sorted
Ok, how do I get the EPG to work ... from this file
 

Naks

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Tested out TVLuux (http://tvluux.com/)

By far the best quality: absolutely no lag, minimal buffering, etc,

However, channel selection is rather thing - no Sky Sports F1 FHD, some HBO channels, no Showtime, AMC, no Canal+, etc.

Most of the Movie channels are fullHD/1080p though

IMHO, not worth the $25pm
 

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Also tried out Fast IPTV (https://www.fastip.tv/): so far the best selection of channels: all the major countries with their own HD F1 channel, so if Sky Sports bombs out, you can always watch it on the French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese ones. But at $15pm, it's a bit steep, although the channel selection of TV, Movies, and pr0n is extensive.

Very impressed with the late night response from https://www.streamiptv.co.za/ - got a trial after 10pm, and everything worked fine. Only one F1 channel - Sky Sports HD, so not great for redundancy, but at R150pm, probably the best bang for buck.
Do you get a full sport package with siptv? I only care about watching football.
 

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RapidTV https://rapidiptv.org/ is also very good, plenty of 1080p streams, including F1, and all the major BBC and Sky channels.

It also has some Asian channels - Chinese, Korean, etc.

Of all the providers I have tried, this one has the most comprehensive EPG so far - most of the others have dummy ones, so it's almost impossible to know what's playing currently or next in line.

19 euros, not bad
 

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I use Vader Streams (https://www.vaderstream.net/) on my MiBox. It's a popular IPTV service. Costs $15 pm.

Why I like it so far:
  • Channels are full HD
  • Minimal to no buffering
  • Has an EPG
  • Has all the usual channels you'd expect
  • 3 device connections
  • You can watch channels straight from their website, after you've logged in
  • Customer service is really good and fast
A few things I don't like:
  • Some channels buffer more than others
  • Sometimes streams would just stop. Going back into that channel will kickstart the stream
  • Can't hide non-English channels. This just creates unnecessary clutter on screen
 
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I use Vader Streams (https://www.vaderstream.net/) on my MiBox. It's a popular IPTV service. Costs $15 pm.

Why I like it so far:
  • Channels are full HD
  • Minimal to no buffering
  • Has an EPG
  • Has all the usual channels you'd expect
  • 3 device connections
  • You can watch channels straight from their website, after you've logged in
  • Customer service is really good and fast
A few things I don't like:
  • Some channels buffer more than others
  • Sometimes streams would just stop. Going back into that channel will kickstart the stream
  • Can't hide non-English channels. This just creates unnecessary clutter on screen
Grabbed a 2 day trial package at $5 and I must say, I'm quite impressed, good grief! Runs superb via the MiBox and the interface is quite smooth. Struggled a bit to find the sports category, lol, but managed to get it in the end.

Think I might sub to this from time to time.

BTW, the LightStreams option that they have available, does it also have all the channels? I see a monthly sub is $6 dollars, which is much cheaper than the normal $15. I guess I'll get a 24hour trial sub to check it out and see for myself. I'm mainly interested in it for the sport and some of the regional channels :)
 
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https://geniusiptv.com/

Out of all the service I've tried this past weekend, this is by far the best: very comprehensive EPG, most channels are in full HD, and some pr0n channels are even in 4K.

It also has the most channels I've seen so far: 94744!

The only gripe I have is that with that huger number of channels, the loading time for the channels is quite long.

At 15 Euro pm, definitely worth it

EDIT: after the first time loading, now nothing is working - the channels are not loading nor are any channels working.

definitely not recommending this service
 
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Ismail_ct

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https://www.vaderstream.net/ required [recommended] speed 25mpb [mbps].??
Way out of 90% of of our line speed?
Enjoy.
Yes, most people don't have high speed internet. This is a drawback in SA when you're trying to cut the cord from DSTV. A lot of IPTV services require a high speed connection if you want stable streams with no buffering.

I'm very fortunate to have a fast fibre connection.
 

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Yes, most people don't have high speed internet. This is a drawback in SA when you're trying to cut the cord from DSTV. A lot of IPTV services require a high speed connection if you want stable streams with no buffering.

I'm very fortunate to have a fast fibre connection.
Just curious; what speed is your fibre running at?
 

Naks

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if you have fibre, the lowest speed you should get is 50Mbp, anything less is a waste.
 

Ismail_ct

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Just a note about IPTV buffering. I discovered that I get way less buffering when viewing IPTV on a PC than on my mibox. Conclusion; the specs of your device plays a role in how well your channels stream. I'm guessing CPU, GPU and RAM come into play.

As a test I tried this software - http://www.progdvb.com/, to stream IPTV on my windows PC. Wanted to see if I'd get less buffering and yes, buffering was WAY LESS and channel switching seemed faster.
 

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Last night I tried BeamTK (https://beamtk.com)

Very good channel selection, especially if you want all the Sky from all EU countries - I got to watch the first episode of Das Boot on Sky Deutschland, but no Enligsh subs unfortunately.

Everything is in HD and also FHD, so will suit most bandwidth.

What was really impressive is that the grouping is very logical and the cleanest I've seen so far, looks like they put in a lot of effort to group things logically into small lists, e.g., UK Series, UK Sports, UK Movies, UK News, US Sports, US Entertainment, etc.

For the F1 fans, there is a grouping of the F1TV channels: official stream and all the driver helmet cams. Obviously couldn't test these as the season is over.

The EPG is also very very extensive and accurate.

Most definitely worth it at 10 pounds pm.
 

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Best service I have found is http://hydrohosting.org - their focus is especially on the South African market.
Their service runs through kodi (m3u url) and comes with a full TV guide that is adjusted for our time zone so you can always see whats on. Literally hundreds of mostly UK and some US channels - also grouped into categories like sport, entertainment etc to quickly find a specific channel. Easiest setup is through the simple pvr addon in kodi.

Their 'Full Hosting Service' gives you the full premium bouquet dstv premium provides excluding local content channels like kyknet obviously. All other channels are same as dstv except it being uk based channels. They also have the most prominent US channels but focus is on UK channels. Sport is provided by Sky sports, Eurosport etc and provides same as supersport content 95% of the time.

They have lots of on demand movies and tv series as well (mostly 1080p). New on demand content is added monthly. When I joined they even had an Afrikaans VOD section which provided lots of afrikaans movies - something you wont find anywhere else.

Another unique feature they have is providing about 75% or more of all channels in 3 qualities: SD, HD and FHD. Which means they cater for all connection speeds. Their SD channels I have streamed without buffering on a 2mbit adsl line. HD (720p) requires about 4Mbit minimum and FHD (1080p) 8Mbit. I find this useful especially when I travel e.g. on holiday where I have slower wifi I can still successfully stream in SD.

Lastly they have a catchup addon (runs in kodi) that is basically an internet pvr which provides catchup for about 75% of all their live channels for up to 3 days.

Cost (month to month) is R208 but quarterly cost is R470 (R157 p/m) which is the option I have been using for the last 9 months as it works out cheaper. They have a 24 hr trial if you want to try them which includes most channels I think except sport.

edit: another feature they have I forgot to mention is that they provide you with a shadowsocks proxy which encrypts traffic to stop your ISP from doing packet inspection during peak times (typically 19:00 to 23:00 daily). I am on fibre and even on a 20mbps connection there sometimes seems to be shaping of traffic during this peak time. Using their proxy resolves this.

edit 2 Sept 2019: Things have further improved since my review and there is multiple android apps you can use that also have catchup facility on them. See their knowledgebase here: https://hydrohosting.org/index.php?rp=/knowledgebase/3/Hosting
 
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Best service I have found is http://hydrohosting.org - their focus is especially on the South African market.
Their service runs through kodi (m3u url) and comes with a full TV guide that is adjusted for our time zone so you can always see whats on. Literally hundreds of mostly UK and some US channels - also grouped into categories like sport, entertainment etc to quickly find a specific channel. Easiest setup is through the simple pvr addon in kodi.

Their 'Full Hosting Service' gives you the full premium bouquet dstv premium provides excluding local content channels like kyknet obviously. All other channels are same as dstv except it being uk based channels. They also have the most prominent US channels but focus is on UK channels. Sport is provided by Sky sports and provides same as supersport 95% of the time.

They have lots of on demand movies and tv series as well (mostly 1080p). New on demand content is added monthly. When I joined they even had an Afrikaans VOD section which provided lots of afrikaans movies - something you wont find anywhere else.

Another unique feature they have is providing about 75% or more of all channels in 3 qualities: SD, HD and FHD. Which means they cater for all connection speeds. Their SD channels I have streamed without buffering on a 2mbit adsl line. HD (720p) requires about 4Mbit minimum and FHD (1080p) 8Mbit. I find this useful especially when I travel e.g. on holiday where I have slower wifi I can still successfully stream in SD.

Lastly they have a catchup addon (runs in kodi) that is basically an internet pvr which provides catchup for about 75% of all their live channels for up to 3 days.

Cost (month to month) is R208 but quarterly cost is R470 (R157 p/m) which is the option I have been using for the last 9 months as it works out cheaper. They have a 24 hr trial if you want to try them which includes most channels I think except sport.
I’m also with hydro hosting. They are awesome and locally run.
 
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