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Top 5 Tips for Buying a Smart TV

In this article we will offer you ten tips for buying a smart TV.


1: Determine your price limit.


TV prices have come down a lot in the last 3-5 years, and right now, less than a thousand dollars will buy you a great 42-inch 4K smart TV with almost every possible bells and whistles. Spend more, and you can bring home the same thing, but at 65 or 75 inches… and with every feature under the sun.

2: Choose your TV size.

3: Choose OLED or LED.


OLED is more expensive, it’s by far the better picture technology.

To be precise: While OLED gets the picture contest, a good 4K LED TV still offers a spectacular viewing experience – and the good ones come with the same smart TV features found in OLED TVs. Plus, 4K LED TVs cost less than OLED TVs.

What are the specific differences between LED and OLED?

Price: LED TVs are less expensive than OLED TVs, although OLED prices are falling.

Picture: LED TVs are backlit, which means that a light shines through a crystal panel to create the picture. OLED TVs are not backlit. Instead, each pixel on a 4K OLED TV (and we’re talking 8847360 pixels in total) turns on and off and adjusts itself.

The result = image that is much better and more realistic.

Brightness: LED and OLED work well in all lighting conditions. LED is especially good in well-lit spaces and can be made even brighter for sunny rooms in Florida. OLED is spectacular in dimmed rooms.

Contrast: LED TVs can’t go completely dark, so shadow detail suffers. With OLED, colors pop, black is really black, and contrast and shadow detail are true to life.

Black Levels: The deeper the blacks, the better the contrast. And the higher the contrast, the better the image. Add to that: it’s not just the depth of the blacks, it’s the detail in the blacks that makes a great image.

4: Choose the resolution of your TV.


4K is exactly four times better than the old HD standards, and four times better is not a subtle improvement. And while there aren’t a ton of 4K channels available yet, content providers of all kinds are gearing up to release almost everything in 4K… and your new 4K TV will be equipped to handle that exciting future.

5: Unnecessary features…


If you get a good quality TV, you’re already covered below.

Refresh rate: The faster or higher the rate, the smoother the image, which means it’s ideal for sports, games and movies.

Contrast Ratios: Each brand rates them differently and some don’t even mention contrast ratios.

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The best IPTV boxes

The best IPTV boxes. Have you just stumbled upon the world of IPTV for the first time and are overwhelmed with questions? Do you wish there was an article that could explain everything you need to know about IPTV services and devices in one go? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Below, we will cover not only some basic facts about the nature of IPTV . But we’ll also have a useful overview that covers the best IPTV boxes I’ve ever reviewed. In addition, we’ll also cover some very interesting topics about how IPTV use relates to privacy and legal issues.

What is an IPTV Box?

Before we define what an IPTV Box is, we must first determine what the acronym IPTV stands for.

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. As the name suggests, IPTV services and devices transmit television content over the Internet. This can be live video or on-demand content.

This may sound a bit ambiguous, as this definition seems broad. For example, IPTV does not include popular websites such as Netflix or Youtube. Instead of connecting to a specific website. Using IPTV services connects you to a specific server through your internet connection and a separate player (hardware or software). By subscribing to a particular service, you will have access to its channels and content. Which will then be retransmitted on your TV screen. But to view the IPTV content first, you will need your own IPTV box.

An IPTV box can be thought of as analogous to a cable box. It is essentially the intermediary between your TV screen and the host of the content you want to view. Part of the reason Netflix and Youtube aren’t really considered IPTV services is that you don’t need an IPTV box or specialized software to access them.

All you need is an Internet connection and a web browser. IPTV boxes, on the other hand, are the gateway to specialized services that can bring you specialized media packages so you can get exactly the kind of content you want.

The best IPTV boxes available

I’ve reviewed several IPTV boxes and finally have the best of the best, all conveniently compiled below. This list is meant to be a definitive summary of my most highly recommended IPTV boxes, with links to the full reviews included. If you’re considering buying an IPTV set-top box to stream shows from IPTV service providers, be sure to choose one of the boxes below.

Formuler Z8

Formuler is one of the most well-known IPTV box manufacturers in the world, and for good reason. The Z8 is an amazing device that is as satisfying as it is cutting edge.

The Formuler Z8 has a lot going for it (one of the best user interfaces, an excellent EPG, and support for many applications), but one of the most notable is the external antenna. It has a very long range and will allow you to stream heavy content even if your router is on another floor.

Speaking of heavy-duty content, the Formuler Z8 is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to stream in ultra-high definition or 4K resolution. It’s also compatible with High Dynamic Range technology, making it a great choice for someone with an equally capable TV.

The Z8 has some very impressive hardware features, such as its processor. Loading and navigating the menus is a breeze. This makes this machine not only powerful but also fast. Plus, with 16GB of internal storage, you’ll be able to record and save a significant amount of content with the DVR.

Overall, the Formuler Z8 gives you a lot of bang for the buck and I would be surprised if anyone was disappointed with this masterpiece of an IPTV box.

MAG 324

The MAG 324 is a great choice for anyone who wants to do IPTV streaming. Which is not necessarily state of the art but still satisfies all the basic aspects of what makes an IPTV box interesting.
If you need something that can do 4K and HDR. Unfortunately, the MAG 324 won’t satisfy you, as it only goes up to 1080p in resolution. It also can’t do 3D or HDR images.

BuzzTV XR4000

If you’re looking for a fast, powerful IPTV box with excellent picture quality. Then you’ll want to check out the BuzzTv XR4000. This is without a doubt one of my favorite IPTV boxes of all time.

Not only is it a phenomenal choice for people looking for 4K and HDR picture. But it has a great user interface that is intuitive and very easy on the eyes. Menus load almost at the speed of sound and it also has a great remote control that can be customized with shortcut inputs.

The XR4000 may be the perfect choice for someone who really wants to customize their settings, not just their remote. You can set the IPTV box. To turn on and take you to the main menu, electronic program guide, channel list and other areas.

IPTV v.605

Although the brand is not very well known yet, TVIP really impressed me with the v.605. It’s a very powerful and intuitive IPTV box with a quad-core processor. The v.605 was easy to install and use.

Why choose an IPTV box over an Infomir or Formuler box? Because in many ways, it’s just as good. The 4K resolution, great streaming capabilities and solid hardware keep it in the running.

It’s a no-delay IPTV box that would be especially good for someone in the mood to upgrade to a new device. Additionally, I was very impressed with its dual-boot feature that allows you to use Linux or Android 8.0 as your operating system.

Although it is still only an IPTV box. And that it lacks the versatility of a device that supports applications. This feature is still quite unique and deserves to be praised for that.

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The best IPTV applications

IPTV applications


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.

2-Lazy IPTV

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.

3-TiviMate

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.

5-OTT Navigator

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.