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Before we Proceed
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Best IPTV App for Kodi
Here is the list of apps giving the best experience for watching IPTV on Kodi. When making our list, we focused on the following:
• Number of IPTV channels offered
• Reliability of streams
• Number of countries/languages offered
• Ease of menu navigation
• Variety of options (e.g., sports, news, weather, etc.)
The real number of IPTV addons and live streaming Apps is huge. But the biggest issue you’re going to deal with is quality and functionality of each of them. With that in mind, our list is whittled down to only the ones that provide an easy, high-quality experience without minimal frustration.
We are actually big fans of cCloud TV here at AddonHQ. This wonderful live TV addon has one of the largest libraries you’re going to find for any addon, hands down. cCloud TV gives you access to tens of thousands of channels from across the world. This includes popular channels like HBO, CBS, AMC, and ESPN, as well as a fairly large number of local US network channels and networks from the UK, Japan, Korea, Germany and more. We often turn to cCloud TV when we’re suggesting an addon for different live sports.
CCloud is trated so good thanks to its organisation and this program. You can search by language or genre, such as News, Sports, Documentary, Family, Movies, and even Music. Interestingly, cCloud also has on-demand TV and movie sections, although these are not particularly well organized and only have limited content available. Still, if you’re serious about trying to watch IPTV on Kodi, you’ll add cCloud TV to your addon library.
BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW)
For those who want to find BBC content (we have really a lot) along with good quality, the BBC iPlayer addon is going to be the one you want. Indeed, if your primary goal is just UK channels and content, this would be the only addon you need. However, to access the BBC iPlayer addon’s content, you’ll need to access a UK server through a VPN. Once you’re in, you’ll find that the BBC iPlayer addon has an incredibly large quantity of IPTV options, and the crisp, clear quality of the videos is hard to beat.
Made in Canada IPTV
This IPTV addon is the most misleading addon on our list. Yes, the addon focuses on Canadian channels. No, that’s not the only thing you’ll get when using this addon. In fact, Made in Canada IPTV has a large selection of US and Canadian channels, as well as a good selection of UK channels. You won’t use this option if you’re into any channels outside of those regions, but what it does offer, it offers well. Made in Canada IPTV could use some sprucing up of its menu organization, but its separation of channels by country is passable.
Goodfellas is a addon available for TV on Kodi, and the 2.0 update improves the program a lot. With Goodfellas 2.0, you have access to a large number of US and UK channels, with a fair smattering of other options mixed in there as well. Perhaps the main reason you’ll want to add Goodfellas to your library is that it is one of the best iptv app for Kodi. The quality of the streams are good, the menu layout is easy to navigate, and the addon, in general, is very reliable. It’s also highly popular. The developer does a good job of keeping the addon updated and in good working order, which is important for a Kodi addon of this kind.
Goodfellas 2.0 offers a lot of interesting interesting categories, for example “Vaping”, “Fitness” and “Motor Headz”. It also has two sections that I find personally enjoyable – Webcams from random street corners around the world, and NASA live feeds.
Despite being not so popular, Sylvr is also a good choice. However, we won’t recommend this one as your go-to, premier choice. The variety is simply too lacking. As far as organizational, ease-of-use and quality of the streams go, Sylvr is great. However, there’s only a few dozen channel to choose from. You’d be wise to add it to your repertoire as a back up for some core live TV streaming, but don’t count on making it your #1 choice. Still, it’s a good program, and it deserves the slot we gave it.
To install Ultimate IPTV, do the following:
• Install the Fusion/Indigo addon (click here to read our Fusion/Indigo installation guide) following this guide:
• Go to Fusion/Indigo under Program App
• Go to Addon Installer
• Click on Live TV App
• Click on Ultimate IPTV
• Click on Install IPTV, then click Install on the confirmation screen
Ultimate IPTV is a actually a brand new addition and it turns to be a little bit different for others. Delivered by developer Whitecream (don’t ask), this addon barely scrapes by on the list due to having such a high-quality functionality. As far as layout goes, however, the navigation on this one is somewhat irritating, to say the least. The organization is overall relatively lacking, although this is somewhat mitigated by having folder names that rather clearly state the intention of each one. Still, it’s hard to say that this one is on the same level as something like cCloud TV or Goodfellas, but considering how well the streams work, that weakness can be excused.
How to Fix Streaming Issues: Taking Care of Buffering
New Kodi users have probabaly faced such scenario:
You’ve just loaded up your favorite new iptv addon (say, cCloud TV), and you’re trying to load up your favorite sports channel. After a while, however, you’re getting nothing but buffering. What gives?
There may be some problems. One, which you can’t fix on your own, is bandwidth. If you’re trying to watch a popular game and other people are also connecting in at the same time, there’s a good chance you’re going to get buffering, and even broken links.
However, if you’ve never increased your cache size for Kodi, you may just be experiencing buffering issues because Kodi’s cache has filled up.
What’s the cache?
The “cache” is a function that exists in Kodi to safe and store data so that you could play it in future. While cache issues are more common with on-demand streaming where some data is stored and then loaded while more data is streaming, a full cache can still cause problems for anyone streaming IPTV as well. Even live TV streaming will still need some space in the cache.
You can do only two things: either clear the cache or expand it so that you can store more data.
IPTV vs Live TV: What’s the Difference?
We have used both IPTV and live TV terms here and there as well as AddonHQ. Are they the same, or different concepts?
Fundamentally, IPTV and live TV streaming are essentially the same things. As Geoff Daily from Streamingmedia.com explains:
“IPTV theoretically wants to have a set-top box and be viewed on a television set. Streaming is an almost identical server-side technology that ends up on your computer.”
Functionally, IPTV and live TV mean the same. The only difference is that IPTV was more specifically designed to play on an actual television. The result will be how that video is rendered on the receiving end. As “live streaming” was intended to be displayed on computers, you may get situations where you have live TV streams that don’t fill the whole screen, for example.
IPTV was designed to be controlled by the company providing with TV and givig access to the web, while live streaming may use multiple sources before getting to the user. That means IPTV sources are more likely to be locked down and have security measures in place to prevent outside access, while live streaming may be used to circumvent such measures, but will also come with more bandwidth issues.
As a result, some IPTV options like BBC iPlayer (iPlayer WWW) require a VPN connection to access while outside of the UK.It also helps explain why some options you find on App like Goodfellas 2.0 and Made in Canada IPTV don’t always have the best quality possible.
It’s not always possible to find out which stream you can get from an IPTV App and wether it is purely designed for IPTV or simply for a live TV stream. That said, running Kodi through a TV box is a good idea for anyone trying to watch IPTV on Kodi. You’ll get excellent results, as the stream was designed to be delivered to by a television set through a TV box.
Fully-Loaded Kodi TV Boxes and UK Crackdown
The real advantage of Kodi program these days is to have preloaded Kodi TV boxes. We’ve written about this issue one a few occasions (here and here). All of our research and data leads us to say that the issue with preloaded Kodi TV boxes is complex, to say the least.
For most Kodi clients, however, the answer is simple. Buying any Kodi TV box is perfectly legal, and buying a fully-loaded Kodi TV box is still legal, although it does come with some risks. In particular, fully-loaded Kodi TV boxes often come loaded with less-than-stellar third party App that either don’t work, or are not completely trustworthy. In some instances, those selling the fully-loaded Kodi boxes are even working with or part of criminal gangs looking for “low-risk” ventures. This is not to mention the potential for data-stealing viruses and malware that might be installed on these devices as well.
You probably know what happens when you have just empty Kodi TV box, so what happens when they are full? Fully-loaded boxes have started getting such a bad reputation that even Amazon and Ebay are removing them from their stores. Considering how rare it is that either of those companies to remove anything from their stores, this should give a good indication of why fully-loaded TV boxes are a bit of a problem.
Frankly speaking: only fully-loaded Kodi boxes are getting the ax. Regular Kodi TV boxes or TV boxes that can be used to install Kodi or even come with the base Kodi program installed are not getting targeted.However, in the UK, Kodi streaming, in general, is getting focused and negative attention, especially when it comes to Premier League games. The Premier League itself is cracking down on online streams, while the UK government is starting to arrest fully-loaded Kodi box sellers.
Nevertheless, many news outlets (including Wired, linked just above), are still misreporting on the issue, going as far as labeling Kodi itself illegal and much of Kodi streaming illegal as well. This is not true. Kodi, and has always been, legal. What some users choose to do with it, and the selling of certain fully-loaded Kodi TV boxes can walk the fine line, and at times fall onto the illegal side. That said, most streaming through Kodi is legal. Still, all of the bad press is what gives us XBMC Foundation blog posts like this one.