What is IPTV?
Put simply, IPTV is a method of providing you with a TV service to your home TV via the internet using a Set-Top-Box (STB), therefore there is no requirement / need for an ariel or satellite dish.
Consequently wherever you are in the world, as long as you have a good internet connection you will be able to watch all of your favourite UK TV channels and programs with the use of a STB.
In many respects if you are living outside the UK, IPTV will either be the best or only method that enables you to continue viewing UK TV.
Furthermore our STB is not only easy to set up and use, the resulting customer experience is better than normal TV for a number of potential reasons including a Greater Range of Channels, access to 7 Day Catch-Up Service, Movies On Demand and Complete TV Box Series.
What internet speed do I need to run an IPTV box ?
Every IPTV provider will have there own system requirements but these generally range between 1.5mb and 2.5mb download speeds
Do I need a smart tv for IPTV ?
IPTV boxes are compatible with any type of tv. It does not need to be a smart tv nor does it even need to be a HD tv. IPTV boxes will have a HDMI output aswell as a AV output so that they are compatible with any type of TV.
Do I need a satellite dish ?
No, you don’t. IPTV works over your internet connection, so no more ugly dishes on the side of your house!
Do I need a UK ip address to watch UK tv online ?
Unlike some online services such as BBCiplayer, IPTV boxes do not need a UK ip address. In fact, they will work anywhere in the world with the correct internet speed.
I have heard about catchup TV ? What is it ?
Catchup TV is simply a service that allows you to watch a program that has already been shown on tv without having to record it. The provider stores the programmes on there server so that you can access them when you like. Typically they provide a 7 day catchup service but not all iptv packages will have a catchup service.
Will IPTV boxes be affected by the satellite changes ?
IPTV providers get there signals from a data centre (for example in the UK) who then distribute this signal to there clients via the internet. Therefore any necessary changes are made by these IPTV providers and the set top box will update automatically.
What is the best IPTV box out there ?
We have tested many iptv systems over the last year and the most popular iptv box out there right now is the Mag250. This is because it is extremely easy to use and is also pretty good value compared to some of the others out there. Many companies have opted for the Mag250 box to use but this does not mean that there services are all the same. Whilst the box may appear the same the quality of the service from the various companies will vary as well as the exact channels they are providing. A box is only as good as its provider !!
I’m not sure if my internet is good enough, how can I check ?
It is very important to check your internet is going to be good enough to support IPTV as your download speed may not be adequate. You can check your internet speed yourself by using sites such as www.speedtest.net. Go to this site and click on ‘Begin Test’. It will give you a download speed, upload speed and a ping. The download speed is the most important for streaming tv.
Can I connect the box via my wifi ?
Some IPTV boxes may have wifi capabilities built in. The Mag250 does not. However it is possible to connect a wireless dongle via a USB port on the box. This will work fine as long as the distance is not too far! Its difficult to say how far you can use wifi, it always depends on the number obstacles (walls etc) between the box and the router. If the wireless signal is not strong enough and a cable run is not possible or desired then we can also recommend Homeplugs. These devices (which work in a pair) use the mains in your home to send a internet signal from one room to another. They simply plug into a normal wall socket, one goes by the router and is connected by a cable and the second is plugged in by the set top box and is cabled into the box. Using the electrics of the building the 2 devices communicate to each other to send the internet signal from the router to the box.
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