How to select an IPTV Provider Primer: Best practices and general guidelines for selecting an IPTV provider that works best for you
If you expect and want channels with 100% uptime then IPTV is not for you. You are better off with Sling TV or PS Vue or something similar or sticking with your current cable or satellite service.
If you post a request for an IPTV provider, you will surely get resellers and providers pimping their warez(repeating this again for emphasis)
My best advice is to do your own research. Start by reading here https://www.reddit.com/r/IPTVReviews/ Then Google research the provider you are interested in, then join the provider forums and READ as much as you can.
IPTV has many variables affecting the stability of the channels
Source channels providers (content generators) <— Your provider is only as good as the content generators. Not much you as a customer can do here.
IPTV provider ßthis is who you are looking for
ISP <— they might throttle you which might require a VPN. They might block the IPTV provider altogether using something like. Sky Shield or BT websafe. You want to disable these blockers. I see people saying they have a gigabit link but still buffering… Sorry, it’s most likely you. You have a gigabit link to the next hop and that’s about it. A provider that buffers usually does not last long. Customers will leave in droves…. so chances are it is probably your issue.
Customer Network <—- Your home network might not be up to par. Do you have wifi/wired? Do you live in an apartment building with a lot of WIFI competition? Get a wired link.
Customer device <— is your device underpowered? An old enigma or a cheap android box might not cut it for HD or FHD.
Customer application<— is it updated or has known bugs? VLC is the best test application on a wired computer.
This means what works for someone may not work for you. A certain provider may work great for one person (most likely a shill) but it may not work well for you.
… which leads us to IPTV TRIALS
TRIALS TRIALS TRIALS
Do as many as you can.
Resellers and newer providers do offer free trials but usually on the weekday since they are trying to establish their base.
WEEKEND TRIALS are usually never free due to a large number of sporting events.
As many have mentioned, instead of doing trials, buy a month at one provider then go to another provider. and cycle through them .. after about 4 months or so you will be an expert.
What do I look for?
CHANNELS Definitely do not go with providers who got 5000 channels. Let me give you a hint, you will not watch all 5000 channels. No provider will give you high uptimes on all channels if they have to maintain 5000 channels. Go for a provider more targeted for your needs and language (500-2000 channels) is optimal.
Do they offer VOD/ondemand as an additional service? Is the selection deep? Are the shows in your language? Can you request new VODs to be added?
SD OPTIONS Wooo hoo my provider has all FHD channels! and you will buffer all day every day until your subscription expires. Keep in mind if you watch on your mobile you want a provider with some SD options. If you have data transfer caps you will want SD channels. FHD/HD left on is a crapload of traffic. Ideally, ones that have HD and SD options for your favorite channels.
SUPPORT How responsive is your provider? Do they respond quickly? Do they treat you fairly? Are they reasonable? Do they provide channels or VOD requests? Do they fulfill these requests? Do they help you configure your device and offer post-purchase support help?
COMMUNITY Does they have a community of other users that can help each other with support and tips and tricks or does your IPTV provider leave you isolated on an island. I see people come here to ask questions they should be asking their provider directly.
PRIVACY Are they protecting your privacy? Do they need your personal information Facebook Support group? AVOID if possible. Facebook requires you to request help with your real information. Do you want your Aunt Sally to ask why you are posting to “HellonEarthHOSTINGSolutions”? Facebook tracks all your post to request help on IPTV. IMHO, it is plain lazy on the provider’s part to only have Facebook.
Can you pay with a prepaid card? How about cryptocurrency?
ISP BLOCKED AND TARGETED PROVIDERS Does the service require VPN during EPL matches? Are our providers actively throttling the provider? If a provider has been on the news (of any kind) do you really want to sign up with them?