How to Set Up IPTV on Kodi

The PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on of Kodi allows loading an M3U playlist. By loading the playlist, you can watch free IPTV with thousands of channels from all around the world using the powerful live TV of Kodi. M3U is a file format for defining multimedia playlists by storing the locations of various media files. Moreover, this tutorial includes a list of free M3U playlists you can use to watch your favorite TV channels.

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Here are the instructions on how to install PVR IPTV Simple Client:

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click Add-ons
  • Click the add-on browser icon  add-on browser icon
  • Click Install from repository
  • Click Kodi Add-on repository
  • Click PVR clients
  • Click IPTV Simple Client
  • Click Install
  • Wait until you see Add-on installed message

After installing the add-on, there are two ways to configure it. The first is using a remote path, which is a URL of an M3U playlist found on the net. The second is using a local path, which is an M3U file stored on local storage.

Here is how to configure PVR IPTV Simple Client using remote path:

  • Click IPTV Simple Client
  • Click Configure
  • Change Location to Remote Path (Internet address)
  • Click M3U Play List URL
  • Enter the URL of the M3U playlist you what to load and click OK
  • Click OK in the PVR IPTV Simple Client settings menu
  • Go back to the Kodi homepage
  • Click the power options icon  Exit button
  • Click Exit
  • Launch Kodi
  • Wait until you see a message that all the channels were loaded
  • Click TV

Later in the tutorial, you can find our list of M3U playlists.

Here is how to configure PVR IPTV Simple Client using local path:

  • Click IPTV Simple Client
  • Click Configure
  • Change Location to Local Path (include Local Network)
  • Click M3U Play List URL
  • Choose the M3U file you what to load and click OK
  • Click OK in the PVR IPTV Simple Client settings menu
  • Go back to the Kodi homepage
  • Click the power options icon  Exit button
  • Click Exit
  • Launch Kodi
  • Click TV

How to manage channels and groups:

An M3U playlist can contain many channels you don’t need and other channels you often use. Therefore, managing the channels that appear in the list of channels is essential. It can be done by arranging them by groups, so it is easier to filter the needed ones. Also, other ways like hiding unwanted channels, hiding unwanted groups, and adding channels to favorites will help you get a better live TV experience.

Hide unwanted channels from the list

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click TV
  • Click the menu button
  • Click Manage…
  • Click Channel manager
  • Hover over the channel you want to hide
  • Click Active to disable it
  • Click OK

Hide unwanted groups

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click TV
  • Click the menu button
  • Click Manage…
  • Click Group manager
  • Hover over the group you want to hide
  • Click Hide group to enable it
  • Click OK

Add a favorite channel to favorites

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click TV
  • Hover over the channel you want to add
  • Click the menu button
  • Click Add to favourites

The Favourites are located under the Kodi home page.

Using M3U playlists has several advantages over the regular live TV add-ons:

  •  The live TV of Kodi is based on M3U playlists, and it fits perfectly for watching IPTV. Its functionality includes showing recently played channels, recording, built-in EPG (Electronic Program Guides) support, power saving, parental control and other useful features
  • You don’t need to install any add-on
  • The playlist is played directly by Kodi without any intervention of add-ons, which can affect the stream
  • You can replace your current playlist at any time, it only requires changing the URL or file

Here is our list of free M3U playlists:

  • Cineverse TV – https://www.apsattv.com/cineverse.m3u
  • Distro TV – https://www.apsattv.com/distro.m3u
  • Fire TV – https://www.apsattv.com/firetv.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: All Channels – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/index.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: English Speaking Channels – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/languages/eng.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: United States – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/countries/us.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: United Kingdom – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/countries/uk.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: North America – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/regions/noram.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: Europe – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/regions/eur.m3u
  • IPTV-Org Playlist: Latin America – https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/regions/latam.m3u
  • Klowd TV – https://www.apsattv.com/klowd.m3u
  • LG Channels – https://www.apsattv.com/lg.m3u
  • Local Now TV – https://www.apsattv.com/localnow.m3u
  • Redbox TV – https://www.apsattv.com/redbox.m3u
  • Samsung TV Plus – https://i.mjh.nz/SamsungTVPlus/all.m3u8
  • Tablo TV – https://www.apsattv.com/tablo.m3u
  • The Roku Channel – https://www.apsattv.com/rok.m3u
  • Tubi TV – https://www.apsattv.com/tubi.m3u
  • Vizio TV – https://www.apsattv.com/vizio.m3u
  • Xiaomi TV – https://www.apsattv.com/xiaomi.m3u
  • Xumo TV – https://www.apsattv.com/xumo.m3u

If you want, it is even possible to create your own playlist.

The PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on works great but has one limitation. It can load only one playlist at a time. That is to say, when loading a new playlist, it overwrites the old one. If you want to load multiple playlists, use the Playlist Loader add-on.

That’s all, now you can watch IPTV with the live TV of Kodi. Enjoy it!

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