Playing IPTV UDP Streams on Android [Problem]

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A while ago I was tinkering with my Galaxy Tab (Android Tablet) trying to transform it into a live television using the apps and IPTV box’s UDP multicast streams provided by my ISP. I did my preparation, configured my IPTV Set top box and my ADSL router to broadcast UDP streams on WiFi. Then I downloaded the IPTV m3u8 extension playlist which contains IP addresses/port of UDP streams so I can play it on my devices. The streams worked flawlessly on PC via VLC Media Player, everything was fine, I was able to change channels via playlist.

But when I tried to do same thing on Android, it didn’t go as planned. I was unable to find a good application that can load IPTV m3u/m3u8 playlist and play UDP streams simultaneously like VLC media player did on PC. I searched intensively on Google play market thinking I’d find a good application but no use. I downloaded VLC Media player for Android and tried to run UDP multicast stream by entering its IP (udp://@xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx:1234) and surprisingly it worked but only for once then it never did.

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Then I came across this IPTV application. It was able to load IPTV playlist without any problem and provided options to play streams with any media player but same problem occured, the streams don’t run at all, “an error has occured or can’t play video file”. I tried using tons of media players for e.g. VLC, VPlayer, MXPlayer, RealPlayer for Android but no resolution. When I opened the settings of IPTV app, it asked for UDP proxy setup on a computer on Lan or WiFi to perform streaming operations and then I lost hope. So, that’s how I spend 4 hours trying to run IPTV on an Android tablet.

PS: If anyone knows any solution to this problem, I’d be really glad.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Yea. I found the main culprit behind the problem. It was my Wireless Router. It couldn’t broadcast multicast packets over WiFi connection. Therefore, I was unable to run UDP streams directly to my Android tablet.

    There are 2 possible workarounds for this:

    1. Setup a UDP proxy on your PC that is connected through LAN via your WiFi Router. Download IPTV application from PlayStore, input proxy details and run the .m3u8 playlist file.

    2. Get a powerful dualband WiFi router that can provide strong signals to support multicast. (Not tried this yet).

  2. Hi,
    Can you please provide details on how to get the m3u8 extension playlist of your ISP provider? How do you configure your Set Top box to transfer the stream to your PC?
    Isn’t your PC directly connecting to the Router? What is the role of set top box when viewing the channels on PC?

  3. i have an encoder so i encode video in stream and watch in my windows based pc with vlc player for this address udp://244.2.2.2:100 .playing properly

    but when i try to play this same stream in my android based tv box with vlc udp://244.2.2.2:100 its not work .why?

  4. Right at the moment Android mobile not supported multicast alonely ….so the 2 way to see live IPTV in mobile are…. install UDP in desktop or laptop… or buy a router wich support UDP… nothing is here yet to play in Android. . . May be we can see in window mobile but not experienced yet….

  5. Strange case, because the exact same software is being used on a Not4, and the default media player
    No problems at all. Generated new M3u lists, imported it from all kinds of country’s
    and hoppetaa ! Watching tv…… Everything a oke !
    Used a Not 4, ( with Os MarshMellow) and an installed version of Vlc 2.0.6. Used IPtvplayer pro wyh generated the Free IPTVlists generator., Spain, France Netherlands, Adult, sports etc)

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