Cable TV is expensive. We can agree on that. Let me help you find the best streaming device to replace cable and you can finally save $$$. No contract.
The system I am going to tell you about is strictly no contract. Not only that, they give you a 3 day FREE trial to test it for yourself. Plus, they have a 14 day catch up service so you can sell your DVD recorder too!
I live in Malaysia and I was previously signed up with Astro TV. The subscription was costing around $60 (USD) per month which doesn't sound a lot. But I desperately wanted TV channels from UK and USA.
When I discovered NTV I decided to start this website to share this exciting news with fellow expats all over the World. I had some previous experience with web design so I knew the basics.
What I didn't know was how popular my IPTV provider would become! I now have customers from every corner of the World and I am so pleased I decided to share this.
The Standard Cord Cutters
You may read about these on several websites. I am of course talking about the streaming devices that have been doing the rounds for the last few years.
These devices were built for VOD (video on demand). Services like Netflix and Amazon Video are still offering on-demand content but if it is live TV you are interested in, you need to check out my provider.
Some of these TV services are not expensive. Netflix is very affordable but why pay for VOD content when you can watch it for free on Kodi? These streaming devices will work with Kodi, it's only really live TV channels where Kodi falls down.
Best Alternative To Cable TV
Before I discovered NTV, I had to use Kodi (or XBMC as it was known then) to watch UK or US channels live. This wasn't ideal because I always faced problems with buffering.
The internet wasn't very great then but it has improved immensely over the last 12 months. Back in the day, I would access Kodi on my Android device as a back up to my cable TV system.
Then I discovered an IPTV subscription on a MAG TV box. What's a MAG TV box you may ask? It's a streaming device that is built for IPTV. The system is Linux-based but it offers a user-friendly way of watching TV.
The MAG box allows you to access content that is stored on a server. For instance, NTV also have a Video Library containing Movies and TV Shows that are available to view on-demand.
This can only be accessed on a MAG box, not the other platforms that are also supported. To be able to access recorded programs that go back 14 days is something I have always dreamt of.
The MAG box is really easy to use and once you have the box in your possession there is very little set up. This is great if you're not a tech head like me.
Living overseas has its pros and cons. The biggest disadvantage is the time difference to the UK so if I am interested in watching a live sporting event it can involve burning the midnight oil.
But, with the catch up feature I can watch it the next day when I wake up. To access the catch up is easy. You go to the channel that the program was on and press the right button on the remote.
This opens an EPG interface that lists all the recorded programs. You then scroll to the recorded program and press the okay button on your I/R remote. It is that easy.
The Prices for NTV
The MAG TV Box subscriptions start at €29.95 per month for the English package. If you opt for the Android English package the price would be €14.95 per month.
They have different packages available but any one of them could replace your cable TV subscription but if you still want access to your local channels there is another option.
This involves using a hybrid TV box with an external antenna. More on that later.
How to get FREE cable TV for 3 days
This is a tad misleading, for that I apologize. You don't actually get cable TV, but you do get access to the channels. We all like something free don't we? Well I do anyway.
NTV support various platforms and the 3 day trial is available across all of them. For the purpose of this article I will focus on the MAG TV box since it offers the most. If you want more information on other platforms please contact me.
How to get the NTV trial on a MAG box:
Once the MAC address is received I can then hook you up with the 3 day trial and you will have access to 350+ TV channels from UK, USA, Canada, Scandinavia and a few others.
The TV Channels
If you opt for the Ultimate Package you will have access to 350+ channels. The English package gives you 200+ channels. This is the package that I subscribe to.
You get premium channels like Sky Sports Main Event, BT Sport 1, 2 & 3, NFL Network, NBA TV, HBO Now, Sky Movies, TSN, SportsWorld, Fox Sports, Sky Sports Football, etc.
The channels are available in SD mostly but they do have some HD channels. I tend to avoid these because they use more bandwidth. I find the SD channels are almost as good.
For a full list of channels you can check out NTV website but here's a little snippet showing some of them.
What About Multi-Room?
Hold the Press! Let me tell you how I can watch TV in my main living room and also access the TV channels in my bedroom. All using the same account so I only pay for one subscription.
The key here is the MAG box subscription. When you sign up to this (month by month, not on a contract) you can access the channels on other devices.
So, what I do is use my MAG box for the living room and in my bedroom I have an Android TV box plumbed in to my TV and accessing NTV through a STB emulator on wireless.
What's that you may shout? A STB emulator is software that emulates a set top box (STB). With NTV, it's a simple case of downloading Matrix TV Browser and MX Player from the Play Store and hey presto! You have access to all the live TV channels.
Please note, this won't include the 14 day catch up or the VOD content but you will get full access to all of the channels that are in your subscription.
Customer Service Live Chat
NTV have an online chat so if you do encounter any technical issues you can contact them immediatley. It's not 24/7 so please bear this in mind.
NTV are based in Gibraltar which is a British territory island off the coast of Spain. For that reason this service doesn't work in Spain and it is blocked in the UK.
If you are in Spain you can use their sister company White Label. NTV also update their website regularly if there are any issues so before shouting for help it's worth checking the home page to get the latest updates.
Why Watch TV Without Cable or Satellite?
There's plenty reasons why you may be attracted to streaming TV over the internet. With the rapid advancement in internet technology we can now stream more effectively.
More and more countries are harnessing this technology instead of cable or satellite. You no longer need to stick an ugly dish on the outside of your wall or wait for a cable provider to supply your area.
Another reason is to keep costs down. Cable and satellite TV prices are on the rise and some of the prices are getting ridiculous. I had one customer in the UK who was paying almost £200 per month.
Unfortunately I could't get him hooked up with NTV but I did explain to him how he could get the channels on Kodi. If you are Stateside you are possibly paying upwards of $100 per month and you will no doubt be tied into a contract for 2 years!
With NTV there is no contract. You can pay monthly or sign up for longer if you want to get a small discount. I should mention that there are other IPTV suppliers out there but I haven't found one that can match NTV for quality.
How to get Basic TV Without Cable
This is possible and you could get free-to-air local channels and use the same system to watch NTV premium channels.
If you use a hybrid Android TV box like the WeTek Play 2 this would allow you to access your local channels wherever you are in the World - absolutely free of charge.
Of course, you will need an external antenna which should be connected to the TV tuner on the WeTek device.
You could also access NTV by installing Matrix TV Browser on the Play 2. This will give you free TV channels and the NTV premium channels - WIN WIN!
If you decide to go down this road you wouldn't get the catch up channels but your subscription would only be €14.95 per month.
If you think I have harped on too much about NTV, don't take my word for it. You have nothing to lose by taking the trial. If you don't have a MAG TV box or Android TV box you could even take the trial and watch the channels online with an internet browser.