IPTV Set Top Box Streaming Hardware Options

By | August 5, 2016


IPTV is a a good option when your looking for specific video content. Using the name IPTV is generic since it covers so much in the way of streaming TV and Movies.
 
The first step with any IPTV setup is to find a reliable service provider for the content you are looking for.
 
For example to get Filipino or Spanish TV channels you would need to find a good IPTV provider that streams them.
 
The same for others things such as sports, if sports is what your looking for than first find the IPTV provider that is streaming the content you are looking for.
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Keep in mind IPTV providers have gotten a bad name as there have been many fly-by-night companies that stop streaming leaving the customer with no streams.
 
For this reason unless you know they are a good provider don’t spend too much upfront and only pay monthly.
 
There are many free options available also but these rarely last for long and go down quickly.
 
Use a Computer
Using a laptop or desktop computer is a good way to stream IPTV content.
 
The only real downside is they can be large and unsightly sitting next to a TV if you wanted to watch your shows on a big screen TV.
 
This is a good option since most everyone has a computer there is no need to go out and but new equipment.
Using a laptop or desktop computer is a good way to stream IPTV content
Also a PC especially newer ones can pack in a lot of hardware that makes streaming no problem along with a familiar operating system.
 
There are many software packages to stream IPTV with a computer such as VLC media player which is a popular free option.
 
Use an Android TV BOX
Android TV has taken over many peoples TVs as the source for their streaming video content.
 
There are many boxes available from cheap to top-end units that also can do gaming such as the Nvidia Shield.
 
If you have a android TV setup than using software such as STB emulator will allow you to emulated most any IPTV setup.
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The setup may not be for everyone but there is many YouTube videos showing how to go through the steps including adding a Mac address if needed.
 
Most IPTV setup boxes use android based boxes so if you already have one it likely just needs to be setup.
 
If you already have a android TV box than definitely check out the YouTube videos or how-to articles, to see if it is within your technical ability.
 
Pre-configured IPTV boxes
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There are also many pre-configured set top boxes that come ready to run with popular options being the Mag 250 / 254 boxes.
 
Here is an example one on Amazon
MAG 254 IPTV Full HD 3D Media Streamer STB – WiFi & HDMI Bundle Pack 2016 v2.7 Model

 
Buying a pre-setup box may be the best option if you have limited technical knowledge, although with the many YouTube videos and how-to articles most should be able to setup one up themselves.
 
Summary
The above are options for streaming IPTV video content into your home over the internet.
 
If you are just starting out with IPTV than I would suggest using hardware you already have such as a old computer or android box.
 
There will be some technicality but with the many guides online shouldn’t be too much of a issue for most.
 
Everything comes down to what is the best option for you to stream video content into your home, often what works for one person doesn’t work for another.
 
One person will have no problems with a large computer next to there TV while another will want a nice box that fits neatly in place.
 
If you do decide to buy a box be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or other sources to be sure it is a right fit for you.

One thought on “IPTV Set Top Box Streaming Hardware Options

  1. John Gentel

    My service provider is bankrupted and I have no more service. On my tv the message says to contact my service provider ??? What can I do to set-up my IPTV box?

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