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Old 16-01-2017, 18:09
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Brentwood UK
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Default IPTV (Internet Protocol TV)

IPTV (Internet Protocol TV)

Last year I got lots of advice from this forum on ways to access UK television. I thought that I might summarise my experiences in case others wanted to do something similar.

As my apartment has Movistar fibre-optic broadband, using the internet to access UK television channels seemed logical. I first tried the free version of FILMON which was OK but not particularly user friendly with average picture quality. Because it is free, programmes are constantly interrupted by adverts. I upgraded to Premium service which was advert free and high-definition picture quality. This cost 14.99 euros subscription per month. I was using an old lap-top computer and if I continued with FILMON is would need a new model. I still found navigating to different channels was fiddly.

IPTV was something new to me and consists of two elements; a dedicated set-top box and a broadcast supplier. Independent reports suggested that the MAG250 series boxes work well. These vary in price, with a local northern Mallorca supplier selling them for 250 euros, whilst IPTV MALLORCA will supply one for 180 euros. I bought a brand new and boxed MAG254 over the internet for just over £50. You will need an HDMI lead for TV feed and a 10/100 Ethernet cable to attach to your modem. If your modem is someway from the television, a wi-fi dongle for the MAG250 box costs about 12 euros. The box has a remote control, power leads and perhaps the most useless ‘instruction manual’ ever. However, if you search MAG250/4 on Youtube there are dozens of short tutorial films.

The next task is to search on-line for an IPTV supplier. There are loads of them, mainly small operations and the packages vary with a wide range of prices and content. I opted for a 'UK Lite' service which is limited to main UK channels (similar to Freeview) with most available in high-definition. This costs 14 euros per month or 120 euros for the year. Payment is via Paypal so both the customer and seller are protected. My supplier has a website, Facebook page and provides email and telephone support.

Setting up can be a bit fiddly and you need the MAC Code which is printed on the underside of the box, to connect to the IPTV provider. Again there are loads of step-by-step tutorial videos on Youtube. The picture/sound quality is superb and stable. You can also access many UK radio stations.

I have been running this for a month with only minor glitches. One downside of IPTV is that I have been unable to find a service with sub-titles. My partner has a hearing deficit and often needs subtitles to follow the screen image.

I am a bit of technophobe but it work for me.
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Old 28-10-2017, 14:41
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: CSV
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Great post, thank you! Has anyone tried and have any reviews on Ocean TV / OceanPalma? They provide the box with no subscription fees. Many thanks.
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Old 29-10-2017, 17:13
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Sheffield
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Good post.

As an alternative, you purchase an Android TV box (these are as good as any: https://wizardtvbox.com/). They work just like an android phone. Similar to the MAG box you can connect it via a HDMI cable (as you do a sky box etc).

In terms of suppliers of IPTV, I have tried three different ones and all have been good.

These guys are not the cheapest but the service has never failed (slow to respond to queries though). They do have the easiest interface to use and dead simple set up:

Bit more fiddly set up, cheaper but his customer service is absolute fantastic and he has the patience of a saint:

Cost £45 for 6 months which is a bargain!

Both of the above have 7 day catch up feature as well for most channels.

There is one more which is a lot more messing around and more technical so won't bother putting on here but message me if interested and I'll let you know.

Just worth pointing out, if a group of people are interested, it is dead easy to buy something like 200 one month subscriptions for about £200 from a wholesaler. Not really worth it for one person, but if 16 or so wanted to do it then you could have a years subscription for £12.
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Old 29-10-2017, 18:18
Join Date: Nov 2008
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Just a work of caution, IPTV is illegal in most countries (Spain included), just like fully loaded Android boxes!!!
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Old 29-10-2017, 19:32
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: West Yorkshire, UK
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Hi Bircho We are using a similar system to you as recommended by our fab next door neighbour in PP. You might know him? It transformed our holiday this Sept/Oct as I got to watch Strictly. XX The folks from 2B
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Old 30-10-2017, 08:15
Join Date: Nov 2015
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Originally Posted by waterboy View Post
Just a work of caution, IPTV is illegal in most countries (Spain included), just like fully loaded Android boxes!!!
Fully loaded Kodi boxes are definitely illegal as decided by the EU court earlier this year. The boxes I mention above are not fully loaded.

As for IPTV - whole different kettle. If IPTV in itself was illegal then Netflix would be illegal as that is an IPTV stream. Indeed, in Spain, Movistar offer their own IPTV service (if you take their fusion service you are automatically enrolled on to it). Third party add-ons (such as what Kodi programs use) are what is illegal. It is the hosting. Therefore, some people reselling IPTV services may be offering an illegal service - you by purchasing that service are not performing an illegal act. However, many of the channels do offer reseller licenses at wholesale rates and they do not widely advertise it. It is a very muddy field - if you can pay for the service using a credit card then generally you've nothing to worry about.

Just to add, the wizardhosting service is also available on an Amazon Firebox or Amazon firestick

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Old 31-10-2017, 18:15
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We use a VPN, then simply stream sky, iplayer, amazon, and all channel catch ups through a lap top connected to TV via HDMI cable. Works a treat.
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Old 19-12-2017, 15:45
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Originally Posted by graham View Post
We use a VPN, then simply stream sky, iplayer, amazon, and all channel catch ups through a lap top connected to TV via HDMI cable. Works a treat.
Out of interest, how have you managed to get round the geo-block for SkyGo?
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