If you are looking for an IPTV box you need to choose the right platform first. My IPTV set top box reviews will take a closer look at your options.
If you're reading this then you are probably in the market for a new IPTV box but there are different devices for different services so you need to weigh up your options first.
My reviews will check out some different IPTV boxes that can be used for free IPTV services and also some that should be used with a subscription.
These are not all full reviews but you can read my complete review if you click one of the links in the summary. The 3 types I will look at are MAG TV box, Hybrid IPTV box and Android TV box.
IPTV: The Future of TV?
Internet Protocol TV is basically television delivered over the internet. It's not a new concept but it's only really starting to take off with the improvements in internet speeds and data transfer hardware.
Check out this short (old) video below from 2010 and you will realize how far we have come in the last 7 or so years. Just listen to them debating - you will be amazed to hear what they say.
So, in 2010 nobody really knew where IPTV would take us. Nowadays we have many options for IPTV boxes and which package or software we would like to use.
Can you imagine? That video was published only 7 years ago and they are discussing how IPTV may be used in the future. Okay, without further ado let's get into the box reviews...
MAG TV Box
These boxes are Linux based and very much designed for IPTV and not much more! With one of these devices you can have a lower internet speed than most free IPTV services and it will function well.
The MAG box comes in different models and the older MAG 250 and MAG 254 models didn't have built-in wireless. There is a newer MAG 256 and MAG 257 model which has a wireless receiver built-in. They also have a MAG 325 which offers 4K support.
In any case, IPTV is better delivered via an Ethernet port and you will get a more stable and faster connection. You can use one of these boxes with an IPTV subscription.
The MAG 254 is the IPTV box I use. There are other earlier and later versions but as I write this is a relatively new box. It is a unique open platform which can be customized by the user if so desired.
As you can see it’s not big at all and at 190g it’s very light which is great if you want to travel with it. IPTV just needs a WiFi or Ethernet connection and you can access your TV anywhere. To use the WiFi option you need to add a WiFi dongle but you can pick these up for $10.
It is a powerful set-top box with a fast processor STiH207 but RAM is lacking compared to other devices.
Wherever you buy this or whichever portal you sign up to, you will find this box is absolutely ideal for watching IPTV. I bought mine on Amazon because they have the best deals and offer a money-back policy.
Main Specs/Features - MAG 254
- OS: Linux 2.6.23
- CPU: STiH207
- RAM: 512Mb
- ROM: 256Mb
- It has a built-in media portal. It has interfaces for Audio output S/PDIF HDMI 1.4-output Composite + stereo A/V output Ethernet 100 Mb/s USB 2.0 (WiFi-adapter can be connected)
- Audio Codecs: MPEG-1 layer I/II, MPEG-2 layer II, MPEG-2 layer III (mp3), Dolby Digital (optional), DTS (optional)
- Video Modes: 1080i, 1080p, 720p, 576p, 480р, PAL, NTSC
- Video Codecs: MPEG1/2 MP@HL, H.264 HP@level 4.1, MPEG4 part 2 (ASP), WMV-9 (optional), VC1 video, XviD; HD video supporting (up to 40 Mbit/s and above)
- Video containers: MKV, MPEG-TS, MPEG-PS, M2TS, VOB, AVI, MOV, MP4, ASF, QT, WMV
- Imaging formats: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, RAW
- Subtitles: DVB, SRT, text MKV
Pros and Cons
There are many IPTV providers who you can join and the MAG box has 2 available portal entries so you could even run 2 subscriptions on the same box. I'm not sure why you would want to do that because you can only watch one at a time.
This is what I use for my main TV system at home. I canceled my cable TV after trying a MAG TV box with an IPTV subscription and I get access to 200+ premium channels from UK, USA & Canada.
WeTek Play 2 Hybrid TV Box
I wrote a recent review for the WeTek Play 2 and I was very impressed. This is an Android-based device that comes with TV, cable and Satellite tuners so you can access free TV in your region.
You can use this TV box also for IPTV but you would need to install a STB emulator. This free software can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and used in conjunction with an IPTV service.
I published an article recently that suggest 26 million people are using Kodi to access pirated content. If you do decide to use Kodi that would give you effectively 3 x TV systems at your disposal.
The hybrid TV boxes appeal to a lot of users due to the flexibility that they offer. To access the local free TV channels in your area you would simply connect an external antenna.
Main Specs/Features - WeTek Play 2
- OS: Android 6.1 (update over the air)
- CPU: Amlogic Quad Core S905H Cortex-A53
- GPU: Mali-450 Penta Core
- 2GB of DDR3 RAM
- 8GB of flash storage
- Dual Band WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11 b/g/n
- Gigabit Ethernet 1000M
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Modular tuners DVB-S2 (sat), DVB-C/T/T2 (cable/terrestrial), ATSV (USA, South Korea)
- 1 x Micro SD card reader
- 1 x AV output 17mm jack only
- 3 x USB 2.0 ports
- External serial debug
- 1 x S/PDIF
- Stream support : RTSP, RTP, HTTP, UDP, IGMP etc.
- DRM: Google Widevine, Microsoft Playready, HDCP 2.2
- Video processing: H264, H265 up to 4k@60Hz
- Video codecs: H.265(10bit), H.264 AVC, H.264 MVC, MPEG-4 ASP, VC-1, AVS, MPEG-2, MPEG-1
- Audio codecs: MP3, AAC, WMA, RM, FLAC, Ogg, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS
- Subtitles: DVB, SRT, SUB
- EPG: XMLTV
Pros and Cons
Kukele S912 Android TV Box
This Kukele box is hugely popular and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage. It is an Android TV box and comes with a double external antenna for improved wireless speeds.
This is probably one of the best Android boxes that I have reviewed but you would have to install a STB emulator if you want to use an IPTV service, same as the WeTek Play 2 but without the TV tuners.
Kukele Electronics have really used Kodi to their advantage and they have a lot of tutorials on their website for setting up Kodi addons.
This box has better specs than the WeTek, so it's really down to what you want and which platform you prefer. These 3 boxes are all different but offer good alternatives to get IPTV and free TV.
The box has come down in price recently as you can see below. It's a good opportunity to get it at a bargain.
Main Specs/Features - Kukele S912
- OS: Android 6
- CPU: Amlogic S912
- RAM: 3GB
- ROM: 32GB
- 4K support
- Wireless keyboard included
- Gigabit Ethernet 1000M
- Dual Band WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz
Pros and Cons
These are 3 very different types of IPTV set top boxes but they all have one thing in common - each of them can be used with an IPTV service like the one in my review.
My IPTV supplier also offers a 3 day Free Trial so if you would like to try it out please contact me.