Many owners of smart TVs are wondering how to watch IPTV on them. This technology is a broadcasting signal broadcasting and is usually provided by providers.
Why watch TV over the Internet
Digital television is by far the most modern and optimal technology for watching TV channels. In the case of IPTV, the data stream enters the apartment via an Internet cable. Theoretically, a provider can provide an unlimited number of channels in the highest resolution. In addition, a subscriber can access a package of options and services such as:
- Detailed TV program
- announcements of television shows and films,
- cinema hall.
With IPTV you can watch a huge number of channels
IPTV is an interactive technology with real-time feedback and network access. In this context, IP television is qualitatively different from the analog, satellite and cable options. In real time you can:
- manage various options and services,
- Receive and send messages
- use calling services.
What is IPTV?
The technology in question stands for Internet Protocol Television and uses digital packet transmission. IPTV should not be confused with Internet television distributed over the network, the content of which the user has free access from anywhere where the network is available.
Smart TV connects to the Internet like a computer
IPTV transmission is also carried out using the Internet protocol, but does not depend on the global network in a global sense. The provider distributes data in digital form, including using closed channels.
Pros and Cons of IPTV
IPTV, as already noted, is an interactive television with all the ensuing advantages. As a rule, on Smart TV you can additionally carry out:
- air recording
- pause broadcasting with the possibility of resuming broadcasting at any time.
The possibilities of IP-television are not limited to the standard set of channels of federal or regional broadcasting and even an expanded entertainment or cognitive selection of cable (satellite) operator programs.
Using a TV with your phone has several advantages, including advanced functionality
Free and therefore the most common IPTV, which is transmitted over unencrypted networks, as a rule, includes 100-150 television channels, including cognitive and thematic. This service is usually included by default in the packages of most Internet providers, but there are few high-quality HD content here.
An undoubted advantage of IPTV is that it does not require additional and often expensive equipment to view it, for example:
- TV with digital receiver.
In many cases, you don’t even have to pay for services related to connection, such as:
- and other work.
Installing an Internet cable, as a rule, does not cost a penny
By the way, in addition to a smart TV, IPTV is quite suitable for watching;
- the tablet,
- TV with a set-top box or media player with support for the relevant protocols.
In addition to the already listed advantages of IPTV, one can also note:
- the ability to view third-party streams through special playlists;
- the ability to configure channels individually or together, as well as compiling their lists;
- recording a program with saving to a media file;
- display of volume, recording indicator, channel name and other information in the information window (s);
- a scheduler for viewing and recording a program with the ability to save multiple threads in the background;
- remote control of playback and other functions from a smartphone or tablet;
- multi-channel audio.
Significant disadvantages of IP television are “cut-offs” of the stream and distortion of picture quality with slow or unstable Internet. For proper transmission, a connection of at least 10 Mbps is required.
Other disadvantages of technology for transmitting television over the Internet protocol are not so significant and manifest themselves in certain situations when playing content on personal computers, laptops or televisions of old models. This is for example:
- the need to purchase and connect additional equipment,
- the inability to use some options due to the specifics of a particular gadget.
Lack of IP television signal on slow internet is common
Modern Smart TV devices do not have these drawbacks.
Installing the program on the TV and setting it up
Since Smart TV contains multifunctional software, it is important to be able to use it correctly. Developers offer smart TV users a large number of applications for viewing IPTV, however, when installing a specific program, you need to consider the model of your device and the region of residence.
After downloading and then installing the program for viewing IPTV on a smart TV, which is not much different from installing applications on a personal computer, you should enter its menu. On different TVs, the subsequent actions may differ (depending on the model), but the common thing is that each user needs to create an account on his device and activate the latter via e-mail using a smartphone or computer. After you have created an account, further actions are carried out through your account from the menu of the installed program.
As an example, installation and configuration instructions for viewing a program for viewing free IPTV on a Samsung smart TV from the Fork Store App Market (the method works on many other Smart TVs as well). One of the advantages of this solution is that your favorite channels can be sorted by lists.
First of all, you need to go to the Forkplayer.tv resource. Install Forkplayer (the site has the ability to select software for different brands and models of TVs and installation instructions), launch the application, find the Fork Store App Market.
Application menus on TVs of other brands may look different
You can also install other widgets, but some of them may be paid.
The final stage of application installation
The installed widget is a list of files
The folder contains files for viewing IPTV
In our case, playlists are in the public domain
If a channel stops working (but this, as a rule, happens temporarily), try looking in other lists
At the bottom of the screen is a prompt for quick setup and sorting of the channel list by pressing two or three buttons
It does not make sense to list all available applications for viewing IPTV on a smart TV within the framework of this article, since their list is extremely wide depending on:
- regional location of the user and provider,
- the presence or absence of local channels,
- TV models
- and much more.
Watching IPTV is carried out by launching the program from the remote control of your TV. The content of the playlist (a special text file with channels usually in m3u format) depends on the provider and type of subscription. You can add any third-party playlists to the section, including those compiled independently, but you need to know where to get them and how to edit them.
Where to get playlists
Free playlists for watching IPTV on Smart TV can be “wired” into the program for watching TV channels, or you can get them from your provider (if it provides such a service). Free content can be downloaded from the Internet, but its use can face many problems, for example:
- low quality pictures
- this or that channel at any moment can easily stop working.
Free playlists can also be found on specialized sites, but in general, this method is not very practical and reliable.
Self-updating and more stable playlists can be downloaded from specialized resources.
Among other services, widgets (both paid and free) for Smart TV of various manufacturers can be noted, but among them playlists with only a paid subscription are functioning stably again.
recently, terrestrial antennas on the roofs of houses have been replaced by satellite dishes and cables, and now the era of Internet TV has come. IPTV has a lot of advantages, the main among which is the interactive factor, when not television controls you, but you television.