The 7 Best Free IPTV Apps How to Watch Live TV on Android

It’s easier than ever to watch on-demand TV shows and movies on your Android device. But what about live TV?

Yes, there are services like Sling and YouTube TV. However, you don’t need to subscribe to their expensive plans if you know where to look. You can use free iptv instead. All you need is an IPTV app and an IPTV source.

But which is the best IPTV app for Android and Android TV? Keep reading to find out.

What is IPTV App?

You’ve probably heard of Kodi. Well, IPTV apps are a bit like that. They’re media players, but empty shells that can’t stream any content without some user input. It is your responsibility to add channels, playlists and other sources. Thus, they are completely legal.

Typically, you can’t use apps to watch content directly from Netflix, Hulu, or other third-party providers. You need to have an M3U file that you add to the IPTV app. We do not recommend using them to access illegal streams.

1. Smarters Player

If you’ve ever subscribed to a paid IPTV service, there’s a good chance the provider gave you access to a branded version of the IPTV Smarters Player app. It is the software of choice among many distributors.

However, you don’t need to depend on the branded version. As long as you have your provider’s M3U URL, you can add it to the app and enjoy all the same features. Better yet, this “white label” version of Smarter Player can accept multiple logins, whereas branded versions typically cannot.

The app supports on-demand movies and TV shows as well as catch-up channels (if your provider offers them). It also integrates with external video players (such as Perfect Player and VLC) if you want to use their respective interfaces.

Smarter Player is great on mobile devices but really shines on TVs. This is definitely one of the must-have IPTV apps for Android TV.

2. Tivimet

In our opinion, TiviMate is comfortably the best IPTV app for Android TV. Unfortunately, it’s only designed to run on set-top boxes, not your phone.

The app supports multiple playlists, channels and categories renaming and hidden categories. You can import custom channel logos, rearrange the order in which channels appear in the TV guide, and take advantage of the search feature (which works for both channel names and currently playing shows).

The free version of TiviMate will suffice for people with a playlist they don’t watch often. If you’re an IPTV power user, it’s worth upgrading to the premium version. It costs $4.99 per year and allows you to install the app on up to five devices.

You also have the option of making a one-time payment of $19.99. If you’re interested in TiviMate Premium, you can test it out with a free 5-day trial.

3. OTT Navigator

OTT Navigator is the biggest IPTV rival of TiviMate on Android TV platform. Like the TiviMate, it is popular among power users.

There is only a slight difference between them; Both the apps have many similar features. OTT Navigator supports filters (by channels, categories, genres, seasons, years, favorite channels, ratings and country), customization of channels and categories, and a search tool.

In our opinion, the TiviMate interface is a bit more modern and the UI a bit more user-friendly, but you may think differently. Make sure you check out both options before deciding which is the best IPTV app for your needs.

4. GSE Smart IPTV

GSE Smart IPTV is one of the most popular IPTV apps for Android, and for good reason. First of all, it is one of the most well designed apps out there. Its crisp design and cable TV-like EPG layout make it easy to forget you’re even using the app.

Second, GSE Smart IPTV is available on far more platforms than most of its competitors. You’ll find versions for Android, Android TV, iOS, and Apple TV. The app is also Chromecast-compatible. And remember, you can also install Android apps on Amazon Fire TV devices if you know how to sideload APK files.

Feature-wise, GSE Smart IPTV supports EPG content in XML, ZIP, and GZ formats. It also offers native parental controls and subtitle (SRT files) support. It can play live streams from HTTP, HSL, M3U8, MMS, RTSP, and RTMP sources. The app is ad supported and suitable for both Android TV and mobile Android devices.

5. Perfect Player IPTV

Perfect Player IPTV is another very popular app. It is especially popular among Android TV users looking for an alternative to the native Live Channels app. It supports M3U and XSPF playlists. And if you want to add an electronic program guide, you can use XMLTV (ZIP, GZ, XZ) and JTV.

There are also a few different decoder options to choose from, including Auto, Native, Software, Hardware, and HW+.

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