iPad users have several options when it comes to streaming IPTV channels. Mobile devices are the ideal candidate for IPTV streaming. Streaming your favourite IPTV channels and content on your iPad is fairly straightforward.
We’ll be using an app called GSE SMART IPTV (17+) for this.
Note that streaming IPTV on a 4G data connection isn’t recommended.
IPTV can easily consume 2-5GB data per hour depending on the quality of the media, so it’s best for use on WiFi.
Let’s see how you can transform your iPad into your own personal television.
Installing The IPTV App
Head over to the Apple App Store. Search and download the app called GSE SMART IPTV.
It’s a free app and has several good things going for it, such as:
- The web-based playlist management interface
- Chromecast integration
- Support for Xtream codes API
- Cross-platform support (iPhone, Apple TV, iPad)
- Feature for managing favourites
- Importing and exporting playlists
- Recording live TV for later viewing
Once installed, you’re ready to go.
Adding Your Playlists
IPTV mainly works on M3U playlists. If you have your favourite playlists, just add them to the app. You can access the panel for playlist import via the hamburger menu on the top left.
The app additionally supports Xtream codes. Several IPTV subscription providers can be enabled with this feature.
Let’s assume you have a subscription a relevant provider. Here’s how you stream:
- Open the hamburger menu on the top left.
- Click on Xtream Codes API.
- Delete the example server by opening its hamburger menu.
- Click the red “+” button to add a new IPTV service.
- Enter your details (username, password, and your subscription’s playlist URL).
- You’ll be back on the list page. Click on the service you just added and tap Live.
You’re ready to enjoy your favourite content from your IPTV subscription service!
Other Options for Playing IPTV Media
There are other apps on the App Store as well besides GSE SMART IPTV. Here are a few to choose from:
- Ottplayer – intuitive user interface, channel order adjustments, upload and edit playlists, add or delete channel groups, etc.
- rIPTV – EPG support, add reminders, put programs to watch later, see what’s live, available on tvOS, IMDB integration, based on the VLC media player.
- IPTV Strike – sports IPTV player, daily updated videos on demand, robust servers for buffering-free streaming.
Depending on the slight variations in features and the significant differences in their user interfaces, you can choose the one that fits your needs and style.
Note: Only install IPTV players from the Apple App Store.
For Full Protection, Always Use A VPN
IPTV streaming isn’t without its flaws. Sometimes, you might run into restricted content. Or maybe you can’t stream certain types of content in your region.
To get around these and stay safe online without revealing your IP address, you need to use a VPN on your iPad device.
Let’s talk about VPNs in a little depth.
Virtual private networks, or VPNs, are a technology built to ensure that nobody can snoop on your internet usage.
Whether you’re streaming some media, surfing the web normally, or accessing content that’s blocked in your region – no one can identify your IP address if you’re using a VPN connection to connect to the internet.
VPNs work on the principle of “geo-spoofing” – the technique of hiding the real IP address of the internet user, and instead of serving a spoofed location.
Apart from geo-spoofing and the obvious privacy safeguards that a VPN connection provides, it also enables you to bypass your ISP’s throttling limits. In the case of your VPN server being close to your real location and not many people using the same connection, you’ll also receive a better streaming experience than a non-VPN connection.
Streaming IPTV channels on your iPad has never been easier. You had to tinker around in the settings of ugly-looking apps to get it to work right just a few years ago. Now, it’s all streamlined and much faster.
These are good times indeed to enjoy IPTV movies, TV shows, live shows, news, sports, cartoons, and more on your iPad.