Page Table of Contents
1. What Is IPTV?
2. What Makes a Good IPTV Service?
3. Known Legal vs Grey Hat IPTV Services
4. Who Has the Best IPTV Service?
5. Best Free IPTV Services 2020
6. Best Paid Known Legal IPTV Services 2020
What Is IPTV?
IPTV is short for Internet Protocol Television and has been around for many years.
It allows for a user to pick and choose what content they want to watch and see it live On-Demand.
For this reason, there is no best IPTV as it needs to fit the user and the content they want to watch.
There are many good all-around providers which offer hundreds of channels of just about everything imaginable, from sports to movies.
What Makes a Good IPTV Service?
- Minimal Buffering
- Use on Multiple Devices
- Free Trial
- Monthly Plans (Don’t Pay for 1 Year of Service)
- Pay with PayPal
A good IPTV Service will have many channels available that don’t buffer at a reasonable cost, usually around $5-$20 dollars a month.
Most will buffer once in a while but it should be minimal and not happen often.
Remember since it is streamed online your internet service will also need to be fast.
The average internet speeds needed are 10Mbps for Standard Definition, 15Mbps for 1080p, and 25Mbps for the new 4K Ultra HD, of course, faster the better.
The IPTV box hardware being used should also be fast and able to handle the streams along with playing HD resolution.
A good IPTV will also have Apps that can play the service on most any device such as an Android TV box, PC, Smartphone, or even the Fire TV Stick.
Another thing that is also important, at least to me, is the ability to use more than one device.
Like having a standard Cable TV service being able to use it in more than one room is nice to have.
Being able to test the service first with a free trial is also good to be sure it fits your setup.
Don’t pay a year worth of service up-front as to not lock yourself in with one service.
If possible use PayPal as they will mediate a refund if there is a problem.
Known Legal vs Grey Hat IPTV Services
The last few years have seen many IPTV services start streaming content to users.
With the many services available some do fall into a legal grey area that may or may not be legitimate.
In the past, I have listed some of them here but they have been constantly shut down by ACE (Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment).
ACE is an alliance of many top streaming companies including Warner Bros, Universal, Sony, Fox, Disney, Hollywood Studios, Netflix and Amazon.
This crackdown on gray/black hat IPTV services has made them very unreliable up one day and gone the next.
ACE has also stated that they are now seizing IPTV subscribers list and may go after users with fines and penalties although this has not happened yet.
For these reasons, gray/black hat IPTV services are no longer listed here.
There are known fully legal paid and free services which are listed below.
If you are new to online streaming and looking for a good online streaming service stick with the known good legal services.
If you do use one of the gray hat services it would be best to use a VPN such as IPVanish or Express VPN with both having multiple high speed servers with no throttling or logs.
So Who Has the Best IPTV Service?
Finding a good IPTV is always challenging often having to search through forums, websites, and all kinds of links to see if the work.
Below are some of the current most popular IPTV services in 2020 but there are many more.
I have also listed free IPTV services which have greatly improved over the last few years.
I am not recommending any single IPTV over another with this simply information on what is currently available.
Hopefully, this post can help you find a good IPTV service.
Best Free IPTV Services 2020
- Tubi TV (Legal and Free)
- Pluto TV (Legal and Free)
- Locast TV
- Snag Films
The downside is it doesn’t have the latest movies and TV shows but does have lots of content to find something to watch.
While free services will not have the best content it can be surprising what they do have.
Tubi TV can be set up on most any device, there is even a Kodi add-on to play content with.
While Tubi may not have the best content it is always working free source.
Like Tubi TV they don’t have the newest movies or TV shows but are loaded with content that is free and legal to watch.
It has a TV guide interface to show what is available with 1-click to play a stream.
The On-Demand section has videos that can be watched anytime along with play/pause options.
Pluto TV can be watched from a computer and has apps for smartphones and even works with the Fire TV Stick.
Click here for Pluto TV Website
Locast is a service that rebroadcast TV channels usually picked up with a TV antenna.
For those who have never picked up free over-the-air TV signals from a major TV market, there can often be 80 or more free channels to watch.
This includes all the major networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox and many more.
Currently, there are 16 markets available with a user needing to be living near the area to use the Locast service.
While Locast TV is free there is an annoying reminder to donate that will repeatedly come back until a donation is made for at least $5.
If you have a TV antenna the same channels can usually be picked up and watched for free with no need for the Locast service.
But is you have no antenna or difficulty receiving OTA TV signals Locast can be a real benefit.
It has a lot of classics such as All In The Family, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Barney Miller, Fantasy Island, Bewitched, Charlies Angles and much more.
It also has many newer TV shows such as Dr. Ken, Just Shoot Me, Men at Work, Rosanne and more.
The movie section has a lot of classics mixed in with newer 2000-2010 releases such as Anaconda, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Chappie and much more.
They have a lot of movies and TV shows you likely never heard of in all categories and genres.
Best Paid Legal IPTV Services 2020
- Disney Plus
- Prime Video (Amazon Prime)
Disney Plus is new for 2020 and has a lot of content with top movies and TV shows from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Nat Geo and more.
They had a big hit with the Mandalorian but mainly have lots of movies and TV shows from past Disney films.
They currently have a $6.99 Monthly plan, or a Hulu, Disney, ESPN bundle for $12.99.
Amazon is best known for the products they sell but is also a top streaming service with a lot of good content.
Amazon has created its own ecosphere with the Amazon Fire TV Stick and Box that streams Amazon Prime content.
Their service can be played on almost any device so there is no need for a Fire TV, but with the millions of Fire TV devices sold it shows how big their streaming community is.
If you have an Amazon Prime account for free shipping the Prime Video is included.
If you don’t have Amazon Prime account they have a 30-day free trial to test it out.
No list would be complete without Netflix as it is currently the go-to streaming provider for many.
While they do have lots of content unless you can find one of their original movies and shows interesting it can become stale quickly.
Don’t get me wrong many people love Netflix and it has lots to offer but not everyone will find their new movies and TV shows worth paying for.
They do have lots of older shows which is great for binge-watching.
Hulu like Netflix is another top online streaming TV and Movie service.
It has a lot to offer with many old TV shows and movies.
For example, it has Married with Children, Family Guy, South Park, Greys Anatomy, Top Chief and much much more.
There are many IPTV providers with the number only growing daily, some shady while others are good.
Finding a good one is always tricky and can be difficult at times.
For example, in the past, I used Set TV which was good for a while but shut down by ACE shutting off the service and communication.
This is why it is best to only pay monthly and pay with a service like PayPal since they will help get your money back if things go wrong.
If you are new to online video streaming it would be best to use the known legal services such as Disney Plus, Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu.
If one of the other grey/black hat services is used be sure to use a VPN for just-in-case protection.
Having a good IPTV service is much cheaper in comparison to many cable TV plans with many more channels to choose from.
Of course, a good internet connection is needed with at least 25Mbps or better speeds to watch HD 4K videos.
When choosing a plan be sure to shop around and get one that fits your viewing habits the best.