Here are the instructions on how to setup IPTV M3U to view on VLC ie. the VideoLan’s VLC media player; to stream and run an IPTV-based TV service, to view TV programmes from around the world.
Using the newer versions of VLC, you can stream IPTV through the VLC player if you configure the player properly. You can download the standard VLC Player for your operating system (Windows, Linux, MacOS, IOS, Android) from Videolan.org.
Method #1 If you have an existing M3U Playlist File
1: Open the VLC media player.
2: Click the “Media” button on the top navigation bar to show the menu.
3: Click the “Open File” option, then locate and select the M3u playlist file that you have in your computer.
4: To change channels, look for the ‘Toggle playlist’ icon which is the 3rd square icon from the far right to left at the bottom of the VLC app.
Method #2 If you have a paid IPTV Subscription
If you do, then you should be able to obtain a single line statement (select the M3U with Options choice) for your own secure IPTV service access, that looks something like this:
( serviceprovider= the name of your iptv service provider’s site)
(xyz=confidential details from your provider for your secure access)
If you have a paid subscription, then the fastest and most easiest method to get up and going is to use VLC with your ‘M3U with Options’ line statement. This is applicable for both VLC on Windows and VLC on Mac OSX.
1: Click the “Media” button on the top navigation bar to show the menu and select “Open Network Stream”.
2: Click on the “Open Network Stream” option. Next, key in the complete line statement as provided by your service provider. Click on the “Play” button below.
3: To change channels, locate the ‘Toggle playlist’ icon. It is the 3rd square icon from the far right to left at the bottom of the VLC app.
Note: If your TV device happens to be Android-based, be it an Android-smartphone, tablet or an Android TV Box; then please refer to this blog entry here.