A couple of months ago we published a post on how to watch TV from your mobile with KODI. For this we use the public IPTV channels of the Spanish DTT channels that broadcast free. The good thing about all this is that it is perfectly transferable to an Android TV Box, and it is perfect if we have a television with signal cuts, without a decoder or any other similar problem.
In today's post, we do a little rehash to explain step by step how to configure KODI for watch TV live, free and over the internet from an Android TV Box. It's thrown away!
How to see all the Spanish DTT channels open from our Android TV Box
Before we start, we remember that this "trick" is completely legal. We are not adding any paid or premium channels, but rather capturing the official online broadcast of the channels that broadcast free-to-air television here in Spain. These are known as IPTV channels and they are the ones that we are going to configure on our Android device below.
Step 1: Download the KODI player from Google Play
Many TV Boxes usually come standard with the KODI app pre-installed. If you have doubts, take a quick look at the list of apps in your box, and if you don't have it, download it through the following link to the Play Store.Download QR-Code Kodi Developer: XBMC Foundation Price: Free
Step 2: Download the IPTV list of Spanish DTT channels
In order for KODI to be able to play the TV, we first have to pass the connection data to it. These are some files in M3U8 format that we can download from the following Github repository: //github.com/LaQuay/TDTChannels
If we want a list with all the channels we will have to select the link "Download the full .m3u8”. If we only want some individual channels, we can download them individually from "Complete list of TV channels”.
Note: At this point, perhaps the most comfortable thing is to download the file from the PC and copy it to a pendrive. Otherwise, we will have to use the TV Box browser and then look for the M3U8 file in the downloads folder. Having said that…
Step 3: Set up IPTV channels on KODI
The last step is to load the M3U8 files into KODI.
- We open KODI and from the left menu we navigate to "Add-ons -> Install from repository”.
- Let's go until "PVR Clients -> PVR IPTV Simple Client”, Click on«Install»And then in“Configure”.
- Now we scroll to "General -> M3U Play List Path”And select the M3U8 file that we just downloaded from Github. We press "OK".
- With this, we will return to the main menu of PVR IPTV Simple Client. To finish, we will click on "Enable”.
Once this is done, we will have all the channels correctly configured and loaded in KODI. To view any channel, we will only have to go to the TV section and select any of the available channels. That easy.
Alternative: Use the VLC player
If you do not have KODI installed on your TV Box - which you should, since it is a very complete player - or the configuration process seems too complicated, you can achieve the same objective in a simpler way. To do this, install the popular VLC player and follow these steps:Download QR-Code VLC for Android Developer: Videolabs Price: Free
- Download the M3U8 file with the list of IPTV channels from the TDTChannels GitHub web.
- Open the VLC app and go to "Folders" from the options menu. Locate the M3U8 file and open it.
- The system will automatically start playing the live content. You can change channels by accessing the playlist.
As you can see, it is a more direct method of being able to access the content stored in IPTV lists, without the need to install plugins or additional configurations, which is very good.
Difficulties to watch a television channel?
Finally, it should be remembered that public IP relay channels often change. If we stop watching a DTT channel we just have to go back to the Github repository and download the most recent list - they usually keep it quite well updated.
Another important fact is that some channels can only be viewed when they are visited from Spain, because they broadcast geolocated content. Nor do they broadcast at certain times when they do not have the rights to broadcast the content outside of Spain or over the Internet. So if we have a problem it is also possible that it is for this reason.
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