IPTV applications are somewhat similar to Kodi; they are empty shells that can’t play any content without some users’ contribution. You are responsible for adding channels, playlists and other resources.
In general, you cannot use these apps to watch Netflix, Hulu or live content from other providers. You must obtain the M3U file, which you add to the IPTV application.
1-IPTV Smarters Pro
If you subscribe to a paid IPTV service, chances are the provider will give you access to a branded version of the IPTV Smarters Pro application. This is the preferred program of many distributors.
However, you don’t need to rely on a branded version. As long as you have the M3U URL from your provider, you can add it to the application and enjoy all the same features. Best of all, this “white label” version of Smarters Pro can accept multiple connections, whereas branded versions typically cannot.
The application supports on-demand movies and TV shows, as well as catch-up channels, if your service provider offers them. It integrates with external video players (such as Perfect Player and VLC) if you prefer to use their respective interfaces.
IPTV Smarters Pro is great on a mobile device, but it really shines on a TV. It’s definitely one of the must-have IPTV apps for Android TV devices.
Lazy IPTV supports M3U playlists in Open View, ZIP and GZ formats. The application can also read playlists in XSPF (Shareable XML Playlist Format).
Adding new content to Lazy IPTV is easy. You can access media on your local file system, as well as paste URLs directly from the web or your device’s clipboard. The app works with HTTP and UDP streams and can play videos directly from YouTube and the VK social network. There is also a built-in audio player for Internet radio channels.
Most importantly for an IPTV application, Lazy IPTV supports electronic program guides (EPG). It can read XMLTV ETV files saved in Open View, ZIP or GZ format.
From a usability perspective, Lazy IPTV allows you to add favorites, supports nested folders, and allows you to create playlist groups. You can export your playlists if you decide to switch to another application. The app’s home screen is also fully customizable, offering the ability to add shortcuts to your most-watched channels and change the way content is displayed.
Lazy IPTV is ideal for mobile devices. On the other hand, it is less suitable for large Android TV screens.
In our opinion, TiviMate is the best IPTV application for Android TV comfortably. It is not available in portable version.
The app supports multiple playlists, channel and category renaming and hidden categories. You can import logos for your own channels, customize the order in which channels appear in the TV guide and take advantage of the search function (which works for both channel names and current shows).
The free version of TiviMate is sufficient for people who have a single playlist and don’t watch it often. If you are an IPTV user, you need to upgrade to the pro version. This one costs $4.99 per year and allows you to install the app on up to five devices.
4-GSE Smart IPTV
GSE Smart IPTV is one of the most popular IPTV apps on the Google Play Store, and for good reason. First of all, it is one of the best IPTV apps designed for Android devices. Its clean design and cable TV-like EPG layout make it easy to forget you’re using an app.
Second, GSE Smart IPTV has many more platforms than most of its competitors. You’ll find versions for Android, Android TV, iOS and Apple TV. The app is also compatible with Chromecast. And don’t forget that you can even install Android apps on Amazon Fire TV devices if you know how to avoid APK files.
In terms of features, GSE Smart IPTV supports EPG content in XML, ZIP and GZ formats. It also supports parental controls and subtitles (SRT files). It can play live broadcasts from HTTP, HSL, M3U8, MMS, RTSP and RTMP sources. The app is ad-supported and suitable for both Android TV and Android mobile devices.
OTT Navigator is the biggest IPTV competitor of TiviMate for Android TV. Like TiviMate, it is very popular among experienced users.
There is a slight difference between the two. Both applications share many similar features. OTT Navigator supports filters (by channels, categories, genres, seasons, years, favorite channels, ratings and countries), channel customization, categories and search tool.
From our point of view, TiviMate’s interface is more modern and the user interface is more user-friendly, but you may think differently. Be sure to check both options before choosing the best IPTV application for your needs.