How to Setup PVR IPTV Simple Client on Kodi

The PVR IPTV Simple Client add-on allows loading an M3U playlist to Kodi. By loading the playlist, you can watch 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.

PVR IPTV simple client logo
PVR IPTV simple client logo

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 PVR 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 PVR 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
  • Restart Kodi
  • Wait until you see a message that all the channels were loaded
  • Click TV

At the end of the tutorial, you can find URLs of popular M3U playlists, which can be used freely.

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

  • Click PVR 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
  • Restart Kodi
  • Click TV

How to manage channels and groups:

An M3U playlist may contain many channels you don’t need or other channels you often use. Therefore, managing the channels that appear in the list of channels is essential. The channels may be arranged by groups, so it is easier to filter the needed channels. There are several ways to manage the channels.

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 (if it is enabled)
  • Click OK

Show only a  specific group of channels in the list:

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click TV
  • Click the menu button
  • Click Manage…
  • Click Group manager
  • Click the group you want to show
  • Click Hide group to enable it (if it is disabled)
  • Click OK
  • Click back
  • Click TV

Add a favourite channel to favourites:

  • 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 advantages over using add-ons:

  • The live TV of Kodi is based on M3U and it fits perfectly for watching IPTV. The live TV functionality includes 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

There are good sources for M3U playlists, we recommend this one:

Collection of 8000+ publicly available IPTV channels from all over the world: https://iptv-org.github.io/iptv/index.m3u

Also, you can use the following playlists based on the same collection of channels instead:

There are many other M3U playlists you can use, or you can even create your playlist.

This add-on works great but has one limitation. It can load only one playlist. 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 using the live TV of Kodi. Enjoy it!



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