Our Picks for Best IPTV Set Top Boxes 2018

By | August 2, 2018

Our Picks for Best IPTV Set Top Boxes
IPTV gives a user control over the content they want to watch.
For example, a sports IPTV provider can stream tons of sports content to a user.
Some IPTV setups are almost a necessity such as those who have recently moved from another Country and want their old TV shows and broadcast in their native language.
There are many providers from English and Spanish to Filipino, it really just comes down to finding a good one.
With the many IPTV service providers available which is the best depends on what content you want to watch.
So what is the best IPTV Set Top box to use?
As with anything opinions will vary as to what is the best. Here we give our options for best IPTV set-top boxes.
In full disclosure some of these units have been sent to us from companies to review which we have done with our own honest opinion and results.
*This post contains affiliate links which at no cost to you allows us to earn a commission on product purchases.
As always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
Our Picks for Best IPTV Set Top Boxes 2018
MAG boxes are the classic way to stream IPTV content with the 322 Box being the newest version.
There is also MAG 254, and 256 boxes with each version having better and faster hardware.
The interface on Mag boxes may look a little old but it gets the job done.
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It is a little old school as most streams will have no pause and play button much like before Tivio came along.
While Mag boxes have been the most popular in the past new Android TV boxes and Mini PCs have become better options.
Most any good IPTV provider will have an App for an Android Box or program for a PC and be up and running in no time.
Still, it does work well for many and allows them to play their favorite content without paying for cable or satellite TV.
The older Mag 254/256 units are still used by many IPTV providers and work well so getting the newest and greatest may not be necessary. Check with your provider.
The basic setup is to send the MAC address of the box to the IPTV service which adds it to their whitelist.
Beelink AP34 Pro Mini PC 6GB/64GB Dual HDMI Intel Celeron Apollo Lake N3450 HD Graphics 500 Gigabit/BT 4.0/Dual-Band WiFi USB 3.0 MINI PC

The Beelink AP34 is a small mini computer that comes with Windows 10 installed, but can also be setup with Linux.
It has a Celeron N3450 4 core CPU that goes up to 2.2 GHz along with 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
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It also has an internal 60GB SSD Hard Drive with 3 USB 3.0 ports and SD-Card slot.
The Beelink AP34 is a good unit that has the same hardware as a mid-range laptop at a lower cost.
The resolution can play up to 4096 X 2160 @60Hz, so it has no problems playing the new 4K Ultra HD videos.
Most all IPTV providers will have no problems loading software onto a Windows 10 PC, of course check with your provider.
Besides being used for IPTV it can of course do anything a Windows 10 computer can do which makes for a nice setup.
The AP34 is a good box for those who like to use a familiar Operating System as a home entertainment system.
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Android TV boxes can be used as IPTV hardware along with all the other functions android TV gives.
There are a few ways to turn an Android TV into a IPTV with most service providers now having an App that can be installed and used.
Another common method is to simply install STB Emulator which can emulate most any IPTV box, even letting you enter your own Mac address.
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The Nvidia Shield is a top-end box that is packed full of hardware including a Tegra X1 processor and 3GB of RAM.
Different editions can be bought for internal storage from 16GB or 500GB internal hard drive.
The Nvidia Shield can also play Kodi for streaming videos and even used as a gaming machine.
EASYTONE T95Z PLUS Android TV Box Android 7.1 HD Player Amlogic S912 Media Box Octa Core 2GB DDR3 16GB Emmc 5Ghz Wifi 1000M LAN Ethernet 64-Bit H.265 Bluetooth 4.0 DLNA UHD 4K Mini PC TV Boxes

The T95Z Plus is an Android TV Box running an S912 CPU and 2GB of RAM.
It is an Android TV box so a provider App or emulator such as STB would need to be used for IPTV.
A nice thing about android TV boxes if they can easily run Kodi which is a nice thing to have.
Depending on what you are trying to stream Kodi likely already has it, although Kodi is mainly used for Movies and TV shows.
Kodi has been slow at live sports or even addons that stream reliably with an addon working nice one day and not at all the next. Still, Kodi is a great thing to have and only grows with more content daily.
The T95Z Plus is a good low cost budget box that streams videos well.
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The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great low-cost introductory streaming device that is a good option for the tech savvy since most apps will need to be side-loaded.
It is a small stick the plugs into the HDMI port on a TV along with a small micro USB power plug.
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After hooking it up it turns a TV into a smart TV able to load apps or stream movies.
The hardware is not top of the line but is very good for the price and will stream up to 1080p content easily.
The one downside to the Fire TV Stick is most all the IPTV apps available will need to be side loaded which is not for everyone.
When choosing a box be sure of what boxes are compatible with the IPTV provider you will be using.
Most will have no problems with any of the above boxes but it is best to be sure before ordering one.
Android TV boxes are a great option to have since they can emulate a classic IPTV setup and be used to play content from Kodi.
Finding the right IPTV provider is a critical factor in getting good content. Many free IPTV streams are available but these don’t usually last long and go down constantly.
Doing some research on the best IPTV provider for the content you want is always a good idea.

84 thoughts on “Our Picks for Best IPTV Set Top Boxes 2018

  1. WGC

    I really like the Buzz TV box as it does not require an emulator to be installed, it’s interface is very good. In addition, I can also install other apks for movies and tv shows as this is a better option than IPTV VOD.

  2. Jay

    I am in LA, California. Interested to buy IPTV a box and services. Prefer Indian channels,sports. Any one can suggest IPTV Box & recommend IPTV provder.

    1. Albert

      I use a fire stick and nitro iptv. No DVR capability but the picture is good, I pay $45 a month for 10 connections and I get over 2400 channels.

  3. Don carlos

    I have read all your views but one thing is clear .. i have used mag 250 254 254w1 , 256 and 410

    I have had my reseller account for ages now but i would advise you guys to go in for the 254w1

    410 is an android box which doesnt support portals yet so its rubbish

    254 is okay even though an old design but it still works, i have clients who still use it

    250 well i will ask that you upgrade but thats doesnt mean it guarantees you better images without freezes

    One thing many of you dont know is, while setting these boxes you have to select a buffer size under 500. Lets say 300.

    That also helps go reduce the rate at which it freezes

    Mag 254 or 254w1 for me is the best because of logitivity and it still works fine,

    256 works for some but not many i know of but if it works for you then fine. I remember ordering some of these boxes without ios installed.

    Performance wise its ok but the i PREFER MAG 254W1

  4. KK

    Hello, I am located in western Canada. Is using NVidia shield better/faster than the iptv boxes?

    1. Bill Landreth

      I especially liked the streaming game service part of it; but I am not much for playing games beyond a casual inspection… KODI is awesome and I do miss it since I don’t install it anymore under Windows since I don’t want to suffer problems…I still have no way of viewing Live Leaks and other channels found on Kodi…
      I do like Windows and Best Player and IPTV seem good enough also VLC helps like for editing your playlists….
      Android TV does seem very limited…I wonder if the CUDA “cores” are ever used at all. When Transcoding I found that 4 streams was overloading the Shield whereas a really cheap i5 from years back can do 8 or so if dedicated…
      Microsoft is not perhaps a great source but if you really were around in the 1980s you will really remember both DOS and Windows both actually came from IBM before it was Microsoft. Well perehaps it was CP/M actually but after it was debugged it was from IBM.

  5. Jarhead

    Mag 256 is the best mag iptv but only if I have the right subscription provider since it is fairly new a lot of providers content is finicky

  6. Ron Ball

    Hi all I’m from New Zealand I want to be able to watch tv programs around the world like movies and sport channels and tv programs. I need it to be simple basically plug and search what I want to watch some help on what to buy.

  7. Eric

    Yes as an owner of a mag 256, I would agree with someone above…., it is pure rubbish. Continuously crashes, doesn’t seem to be any firmware fixes. Yes when it is working, it works well….., but when you turn your tv off for a few hours and turn it back on……, it freezes and you need to reset it. Works best with a fixed ip via Ethernet…., WiFi breaks up all the time, and makes watching hd channels a disaster. I also have an android system, and use Perfect iptv app on it…., works all the time perfectly.

    Wish I bought the mag254 instead of 256….., from what I read seems to have lots of the bugs ironed out by firmware updates.

    1. Mick

      Completely agree with you , my mag 256 box crashes every now and again , more so when watch videos on than live tv . Thought it might overheating put some small hole over the heatsink as the is poor ventilation but still crash watching a film from the video store.

  8. Knocky

    Anyone know if Amiko Alien2 or MXQ M8S box will work with IPTV?

    1. Riles

      I have a Q box and I use Nitro Tv which after trying a bunch including Set TV and Nitro is the best and most user friendly. All the IPTV apps work on the Q

    2. Pat

      Amiko Alien box will not work, the hardware is not powerful enough

  9. joe

    what is the best iptv box for MALTA please? i have tried a mag 256 only a couple of minutes for testing , it was good , but what do you suggest

  10. Dave

    Mag410 doesn’t work with most providers as the don’t use stalkerware 5.1.

  11. Lefkios


    I am interested in buying an IPTV box and I was suggested to get the 256 units
    The channels I am interested the box to have are Sports channels (Greek and UK Sky sports), Movies (English) and Discovery channels.

    Any recommendations? Thank you !

    1. Ged

      Hi Lefkios

      The Mag 256, is a very good box. There have been a couple of more recent Mag boxes released and these have enhanced specs Mag 410 for instance.
      I have used the Mag boxes for years with varying degrees of success, this largely being down to the tv channel streaming provider.
      I have eventually found one which is excellent quality and reasonably priced. It is also compatible with numerous boxes.
      My present supplier can also enable the channels on the newer smart Tvs, via an app.


      1. Rob Sharp

        Hi there, I too have experienced varied success with my Streaming devices and feel that my issues lie with the quality of service from my IPTV provider. Would you mind sharing your provider’s name so I can take a look and see if they would suit my circumstances?

        1. Angelo magnia

          Kodi solutions is very good also eternal tv is very good too. Both start at $5.00 and top $10.00 for 5 devices.

  12. Shay

    Living in the Caribbean. Someone suggested a Mag 254. Skeptical since I read it’s old technology. What’s the best alternative and most reliable Iptv service provider? Wanna get mainly US content and int’l cricket. Suggestions please.

    1. Jakub

      Hi Shay I live in Caribbean and no issues with 256 units, I would recommend stronger wifi adapter if your house is hurricane proof and solid walls. Easy to use for the wife and guests.

    2. vicki

      I like the amazon jailbroke fire stick. I sent one to my daughter in Italy and she gets all of the US content and other countries too. I had to set it up in the states and then send to her. She takes it to whatever country she is traveling to so she can watch it when she’s back in for the night. She loves it.

    3. clarence reingoud

      you can go for the mag256 i have that one also,
      i live in the Netherlands and i love this box,i hear that the Dreamlink T1 plus 4K is also a very good box but I’ve used only mag boxes so I’m more familiar what that

  13. Helder DaRosa

    I’m looking into buying an iptv mag 250 as I live in Cape Verde Islands and still like to watch my American sports etc. Will it work here in Africa. All I have to do is subscribe. Another question is which is better the mag 250 or mag 254? I have no idea. Do I just plug it in once I receive it.
    Any help will be appreciated.

    1. Kalle

      The MAG device will work anywhere in the world – you just need to connect the the right IPTV service. The higher the number, the better the device (so a MAG 254 is better than a 250 etc.) Personally I have a MAG256.

      1. Joseph Beggy

        I’m just about to purchase the Mag256W1 and I’m wondering is it possible to record on the box! Thanks.

    2. Ian Wright

      Hi Helder, you live in Cape Verde. I have a place in Santa Maria, Sal. Am looking for the best way to get UK tv in my apartment. This is new to me. Can you kindly advise me? Thanks, Ian

  14. Palmtreehugger

    Who wrote this article? The BuzzBox and Dreamlink T1 plus are both far better than anything mentioned here. Mag 254 is so old and outdated is not even funny. Looks like some lobbying going on here.

  15. Jon Benson

    I have a Mag 256. It’s junk! Absolute rubbish. It’s been nothing but trouble since the day I bought it.

    First it refused to recognise my wifi. After a lot of hassle we finally got over that. When, after not using it for a while, I tried to reconnect it informed me ‘your STB is blocked, contact provider. I did that, even tried new lines from several other providers – nothing.

    So, I contact Infiormir and explain the problems. After much to and fro, they give me s few things to try. End result.?….the box is now jammed altogether on the Informir logo and refuses to move, whatever is attempted.

    I wouldn’t recommend this junk to somebody I disliked

  16. Alison

    Hi, we have just invested in purchasing IPTV. The only question we have is that are due to go away and wondered if need to keep the box turned on due to the daily updates or if it would be better to turn it off.

    Look forward to bring from you.

    1. stuss

      what kind of iptv are you using
      mag ?
      if its a mag you can turn it off and use ota
      ehen you arrive back home.

  17. Luje

    I live in the Caribbean, what is the best IPTV box to get? Esp if I wanna stream mostly American content?

    1. Tony R

      Go with a buzz box. Best iptv box out right now. Came with a solid server, don’t really have any issues. Can’t remember the server but I can find the guys email if you need it.

      1. Nada

        I have Buzz 3000 and IPTV Subscription. Box was freezing and buffering on movies and VOD. I don’t know if it’s the programmer or server problems. Just tired of trying to get a decent box oh I also have ONLINEN2 box and links don’t work all the time on movies or tv shows. Is it who programs your box and IPTV subscription that causes all these problems. There are others believe me like TV guide is scrambled up, mode of tv or audio sometimes does not work.

  18. Bharat

    Hello … I am new to IPTV and don’t know much about box and service providers.
    I am interested in:
    Hindi Channels (Drama, Opera)
    Hindi Movie Channels
    English Movie Channels (Hollywood – Star Movies, HBO, MGM etc.)
    Please if anyone can suggest about hardware box and service providers to get above channels.
    I have Vodafone Fibre internet at my place.

  19. Birendra Pandey

    hey thanks for the info, awesome post. I have one question, wondering if you can answer. So, these boxes do they have wi fi , or i need to connect them with physical wire to get it working with internet?

    1. Deborah Marshall

      i can’t use mine without the box. Some people can use Wifi I’ve tried mine at three different locations. Only works hooked up to physical internet box.

  20. Albert de Laat

    I’m new at IPTV. I used a Minix box and find the picture quality washed out and not in HD quality. My speed is about 15 meg. Is that high enough. My next option is 50 meg. I’m looking at a M9S pro. or MXQ pro . Any thoughts?

    1. Darren L Cummingd

      M95 pro and Max are not iptv boxes they are Android boxes for kodi. Night He same iptv box for live tv

  21. Carl

    I live in Eastern Canada. Which would be the best provider for IPTV in that area. Cost? I am into Movies and Sports in HD please. I have a Kodi box right now and it is ok. Heard IPTV is much better. Your feedback is appreciated. Thanks.

    1. sam

      Hey Carl,

      Did you get any reply to this? I live in Ontario and I’m looking to get a box and IPTV. I can use Kodi for tv shows and movies but I’m looking into getting IPTV for sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, cricket etc) do you have any suggestions?

  22. AL

    Hi I want to get arabic iptv? Dont know if you know good provider and want to buy a box? Mag 256 but this is new and not sure if supported like the older mag 254. I havent looked at android boxes. Your advise is appreciated. Live in uk.

  23. Paul

    what is an emulator and STB? why is it required for a MINIX Neo UI Android box?

    1. bobe

      The STB emulator is only needed if you have a android TV box and have a IPTV service you want to use.

    2. Don

      Hey I’m interested in a good IPTV Set Top Box and provider. Mainly one that provides UK U.S. professional sports. and TV Anything else that it has will be just a bonus. Thanks.

    3. Ilda

      STB Emulator is an app you can download google play store or from the internet, if you search for a free/cracked version of STB Emulator Pro go for it, if not the free version in google play store will do the job.

      Once installed in the Android box, you will be able to get a MAC Address and subscribe to IPTV. The IPTV sellers require the MAC address to send you the feed to Android box.

      Hope this helps you get an understanding.

      1. Nada

        That is the simplest and understandable answer to what is the Emulator. So if anyone can download the emulator and get Mac Address why do we have to pay sellers from $5.00-25.00 monthly. You have the Resellers and developers. Who does this money go to. I bought Buzz 3000 top box and also another one I have Online N2. At moment I have online and pay $15.00 per month for IPTV service. His programming is not good . There is no google play store or browser or Showbox and Kodi works sometimes. So if you want to reprogram he says he is taking a chance which is a lie. This is such a money grabbing business and no trust. Just buy and subscribe for IPTV if you choose to. Then goodbye and no support. I understand this is not cable. So sad how Resellers treat people and it’s like they don’t care about retention of customers.

  24. Srigs

    One of iptv provider was offering pendoo box. Was wondering if this box is comparable to mag254 in terms of quality of streaming.
    Does anyone used this box

  25. Lovala Nwaimah

    Hello, I am an FTA hobbyist but a novice when it comes to IPTV and android TV. please, can someone help me with the difference between the two?
    Bes Regards,

    1. Bob

      I’ve had my iptv RUYA box for over a year. Got it in Malta and it is the best box watch anything on from all round the world. On a Saturday all the game at 3 o’clock just pick your game

      1. John

        How is refresh rate? Got mag254 and mx both of much less quality than when I had satellite dreambox

      2. Hareth

        Hi Bob,

        Could you please let me know who is the provider that you are using to get Ruya as most of the re-sellers are useless?

        I have used Ruya for couple of years from different re-sellers but stability was an issue. any recommendations?

      3. Ben

        Hey, where do you get your RUYA subscription from please? My sub has just finished and the guy is now selling his own cheaper version but not selling RUYA anymore which was far better than this?!?

  26. NyMedia

    Hi Jay I to am shopping for a good dependable IPTV service provider I would like to have one that has the majority of channels in english and hi Def

    1. Jay

      Hi Lisa, there is no such thing as good IPTV download. IPTV is a streaming service, you would have to pay monthly or yearly or whatever you wish like a cable company. But IPTV has way more to offer than cable or satellite as it streams anything and everything from around the world for a fraction of a cost from cable company. All you need is a good speed unlimited internet connection and a provider to watch TV instantly, and mostly in HD.

      Let me know if you need more help as I have access to get you started.


      1. Tiko

        Hey Jay. I’m interested in a good IPTV provider. Mainly one that provides U.S. professional sports. Anything else that it has will be just a bonus. Thanks.

      2. Dewang

        Hi Jay

        Instead of mag 25? Xaomi mi 4k is better?

        Also which one is best iptv provider for indian channels, mostly hindi.

      3. Daksha Patel

        I am from USA and would like to know which mag I should get so I can get all channels including Hindi and English shows and movies. How much will cost me and monthly charges.


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