Android TV has been around for quite some time now, it has slowly been adopted by many manufacturers as it’s TV operating system, big names like Sony and Phillips use Android TV in their flagship OLED TV. Even TV operators such as TiVo have adopted the flexible Android TV OS.
Google has officially relaunched their Chromecast as an Android TV device ‘Chromecast with Google TV’. The new Chromecast has a redesigned home screen that aggregates content from some of your favourite streaming apps.
It’s safe to say that Android TV will be around for a very long time, which is great news as Google has a habit of closing down apps and services that don't do so well.
The only problem with Google's new Chromecast with Android TV, is that the current implementation of the Live Tab on the home screen only supports YouTube's Live TV service, which isn't available in the UK and doesn't come cheap.
There is some hope that other live channel providers will be supported in the future, for now you have to manually install the Live Channels App . You can only launch the Live Channels App by using a third party launcher or by using your voice, this bug will apparently be fixed in a future build.
There are many different apps that you can use to consume your favourite media, today we will look at all of the best IPTV apps for Android TV and Chromecast with Google TV.
IPTV is one of the best ways to watch your favourite channels without paying exorbitant amounts to TV operators, of course we have that issue of the legality of it all.
If you're worried about this, I would advise you to use a VPN such as NordVPN to make sure you’re protected and don’t receive any penalties from your ISP.
Some Internet Service providers block access to certain IPTV services, so it's useful to use a VPN in order to bypass the block.
It's a little daunting if you're new to the IPTV World, there's so many different providers out there, I wouldn't blame you for being confused.
I can only recommend Iconic Streams IPTV, as it's been a reliable service, which is hard to find these days.
Iconic Streams IPTV has very high quality streams and EPG content, the channels are either 1080p or 720p and load instantly.
Tivimate & Tivimate for Fire TV Free & £4.49 per Year
Tivimate is one of the best IPTV app's you can use on Android TV and Google TV, its fast and intuitive, the design of the App is very similar to Android TV's Live Channels app.
This app is fast becoming the most popular IPTV App for Android TV and Amazon Fire TV, The Developer is very passionate about this app and frequently pushes out updates based on user feedback.
The Developer has worked hard over the years to bring you all of the features that you've asked for, he has now added the ability to view IPTV in a picture-in-picture window, watching up-to four channels on the same screen, this is great for sports. Now you can record your IPTV channels using Tivimate, with the added benefit of choosing the location of the recording such as a Network Drive or NAS.
The recording feature can be a little buggy, part of the reason for this is that Tivimate isn't a system app, so it cannot wake up your device to start recording when the content is scheduled to be broadcasted. PVR Live and TVirl do not have this issue as it uses the Live Channels app (which is a system app) to record in the background.Take a look at the Tivimate review for an more in depth look.
Modern user interface designed for big screens
Support for multiple playlists
Scheduled TV guide update
and much more
TiviMate doesn't include any TV sources, you need to add playlists from your IPTV/OTT provider to be able to watch live TV channels
Only Android set-top boxes are supported (mobile version is under development)
This Video will show you how it all works
PVR Live 99p Per Month or a One-off cost of £4
PVR Live allows you to pause live TV and record any upcoming TV Shows and Movies from your IPTV Provider.
This is all done in the Android TV’s Live Channels App as Google intended, choosing something to record couldn’t be easier, simply, open the TV Guide, find a TV Show in the future and click on it to schedule a record.
If you’re currently watching something that you fancy recording, press the record button and the App knows how long it needs to record for.
A unique feature on Google's Live Channels App, if you schedule a recording because you won't be able to watch a TV Show live and you made it home before it ends, you don't have to wait until the recording ends to start watching the recording from the beginning.
You can start watching the recording straight away even though it hasn't finished, I can see this as being a handy feature.
Live TV with Live Channels
Completely integrated in your TV if it's based on Android TV (e.g. Philips, Sony)
Program guide (EPG)
Logotypes in EPG
Multiple audio tracks
Multiple languages (English/Spanish/German/Swedish)
Watch recorded programs(*)(**)
Home screen / Recommendations with latest recorded programs(*)
Use multiple PVR sources at the same time(*)
(*) requires Plus-version
(**) requires Android 7.0+ as well as device support
Currently the following PVR sources are supported:
DVBViewer (Recording Services or Media Server)
Enigma2 (Dreambox, VU+ and more)
Playlist (m3u/m3u8 and xmltv)
These videos will show you how to set up PVR Live and how it works.
TVIrl - £0.89 – £22.49 per item
TVIrl allows you to use your favourite IPTV Service with the Native Android TV Live Channels App.
We made another article that explains how to set it all up.
You will have to edit your M3U to allow you to have categories in the Live Channels App, it will be worth it afterwards since you can use Google Assistant to find what you want to watch.
Load M3U playlist (local or from internet)
Programs (EPG) in XmlTV and JTV formats
Load channels logo
Multicast/UDP, DASH, HLS, HTTP Progressive, RTMP
h364/h365/MPEG-2/AC-3/MP2/MP3/… etc. (depends on decoders installed on the device)
Add your own archives with logo or EPG
These videos will show you how to set up TVIrl and how it works.