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IPTV & KODI - how to get yourself setup (UK and US channels in particular)

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Like many members here, I've also just switched from 3BB to AIS fibre cable in north-east Bangkok, and the speed and reliability improvement is quite noticeable. It was a good decision, and enabled me to cord-cut TrueVisions and move over to IPTV via cable internet, which proves to be much cheaper and with a much greater choice of content. Being able to watch F1 races was the priority for me, and I finally found a great alternative in the dedicated Sky Sports F1 channel. I spent a few weeks researching the process, and so, for what it's worth, here's what I did, for anyone else considering the move. It's nowhere near as difficult as it seems.

 

The first thing you need is a really quick Android-powered IPTV box to run KODI, a streaming media player on which you add your IPTV service. You simply connect the IPTV box to your wi-fi, like a computer, and run an HDMI cable from the box into your TV.  There are many out there, and probably some available in Thailand (AIS even give you a box with some subscriptions though it's quite low-end), but this one got the best reviews on Amazon and other forums so I bought a LEELBOX Q3 unit from AliExpress, the Amazon-version of Alibaba in China. It includes an HDMI cable, a neat little remote, and comes pre-installed with KODI, Netflix and YouTube, and of course the Google Play store so you can add any other app to the box that you might have on your Android phone if you want to. The only other thing you might want to consider buying is a wireless keyboard, because the on-screen keyboard makes setup a bit slow, though it's not a deal breaker.

 

The supplier in Shenzen was really polite with his limited English and efficient with email queries about performance etc, and I took the DHL delivery option for an extra $6.84 and it arrived 3 days later with no Customs duty payable. I was a bit hesitant about using online purchasing and my credit card in China, but Alibaba are pretty solid I think, and it was a cheaper option that Amazon from the US considering freight charges. I notice that today it's advertised at $199 on AliExpress, but two weeks ago the supplier pointed me to AliExpress and sold me a couple of them through there for $68.00 each, and it's currently advertised on Amazon at $64.99, so email this address and ask him for the same price - he's clearly negotiable :wink:: support@leelbox-tech.com. The box is on AliExpress here: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Leelbox-Q3-Android-TV-Box-2GB-16GB-5G-2-4G-Dual-Wifi-bluetooth-4-0-Amlogic/1280496_32701502753.html?spm=2114.8147860.0.0.IOIsM5, and on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Leelbox-Q3-Bluetooth-Amlogic-Android/dp/B01H1H6OPO/.

 

I then started researching KODI, a streaming media player app for almost every platform (www.kodi.tv) and tried a lot of the add-ons simply by Googling "kodi f1". They all suffer from delay even with a hi-speed internet connection, but the best add-on I've found for UK, European and US channels is called Project Cypher, and you can download the repository (all the bits to make it run) at http://repo.run/cypherrepo.  Project Cypher has all the IPTV streaming channels, and Cypher TV has all the TV series and movies - they're in the same repo (repository) package. There are plenty of videos on YouTube which explain how to install these add-ons, and the clearest instructions I've found are here: https://seo-michael.co.uk/tutorial-how-to-install-the-project-cypher-tv-add-on-kodi/. You get a lot of free sports channels including all UK football and global F1 races, however because everyone on the planet uses the same resources through all the other add-ons - they all point to the same server group - you sometimes get a lot of buffering. That seems to be the problem most add-ons have if they offer free channels. It takes about 5 minutes to install the add-ons to KODI and get the thing working.

 

I've been talking with the guy who built Project Cypher via Facebook this week (he calls himself "Cypher" until you subscribe, when you'll find his real name on the bank details), and discovered that he has a Premium service called Cypher Media, which gives you 909 channels, mostly in HD with no buffering at all because they run on a dedicated server group, checked and updated daily, and you can get it for as low as £12 per month on a 6-month subscription. That's about 520 Baht per month for 909 channels at today's rates! AND he gives you a 24-hour free trial to test it. I did, and it's fantastic! You also get an EPG (electronic program guide) so you see what channel is currently screening what game/program, and future start times, just like the menu on TrueVisions.

 

It's all done through the standard KODI app, and he has his own custom build of KODI with lots of other features if you want it when you subscribe. I've finally broken the shackles of Thailand's monopoly cable provider which I only ever needed for F1, and the Sky Sports F1 feed on Cypher Media  is a dedicated 24-hour channel with way more race coverage than you get through Fox Sports out of Singapore. His Facebook page is here: http://facebook.com/cyphermediaiptv, and he said if you mentioned me (Buffy) he'd personally look after any other expats in Thailand messaging through the Facebook page from TVF. He might even be open to giving you a couple of quid off if he gets enough enquiries from TVF and if you ask, though I didn't get a discount. The minor hassle is that he accepts Skrill or bank transfer to the UK only, so it adds just a few more Baht to the cost for bank fees which is why I did the 6-month subscription. It's £15 per month on a monthly basis, plus transfer fees, still a good deal for 909 channels I guess. It gets cheaper as you subscribe for longer.

 

I have no business or financial relationship with any of the sellers mentioned. I'm just sharing the experience and recommending them because of the superb service and products I bought from them at the prices I quoted, and the freedom of choice I now have, having finally figured out how to crack the IPTV solution. I hope this helps you if IPTV, and F1 or football games (and the best TV series and movies), are of interest. You're welcome to message me if you need any assistance.

 

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Flawless is about 6 quid a month, and I don't know what "transfer fees" are but they don't charge any.

 

If you just want their sports package it's 52 quid a year.

 

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Some people are made happy easyly it seems.

 

Cypher media doesn't have even close to 900 channels, and even then half of them are Arab channels.

 

https://www.freewebstore.org/cypher-media/page/channels

 

The so called best box in the world Leelbox Q3 is a soc S812 with Android 5.1 installed,  for which there is no support from Amlogic. So good luck with that.

 

Plenty of reliable IPTV subs available for 5 gbp per month.

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The Flawless channel list is here:

http://pastebin.com/3vprHNLb

 

I have the "Full" subscription which is Multiroom (two subs), Entertainment and Sport. It runs on everything.

Works out at 4 quid a month per sub.

 

So I run it on a Fire Stick in the office, an Avov and a Mag at home, although I can run it on Kodi as well obviously.

 

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Flawlessly works great unless they are under a ddos attack as they have been the last few days.

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1 hour ago, Phuket Man said:

Flawlessly works great unless they are under a ddos attack as they have been the last few days.

 

I never noticed it.

It didn't sound like a particularly sophisticated attack, as it didn't take the streams down..

They reckon one of the people who's lost the most customers to them was behind it, but he's only reselling stalker so no loss there.

 

:giggle:

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Chicog. I am guessing their servers are in UK.
Why does it work so much better than outfits with servers in Thailand?

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26 minutes ago, Phuket Man said:

Chicog. I am guessing their servers are in UK.
Why does it work so much better than outfits with servers in Thailand?

 

For the same reason that CCcam lines from China work so much better than those from Thai suppliers, and that is because the Thai suppliers always oversell their capacity.

 

In one word, GREED

 

 

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2 hours ago, Chicog said:

The Flawless channel list is here:

http://pastebin.com/3vprHNLb

 

I have the "Full" subscription which is Multiroom (two subs), Entertainment and Sport. It runs on everything.

Works out at 4 quid a month per sub.

 

So I run it on a Fire Stick in the office, an Avov and a Mag at home, although I can run it on Kodi as well obviously.

 

 

Is it correct that the Flawless IPTV already exists a whole 2 months?

 

If that's correct, please report back about their consistency in 6 months or so.

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1 hour ago, Phuket Man said:

Flawlessly works great unless they are under a ddos attack as they have been the last few days.

DDos attacks are another word for, we can't keep up with our service.

 

Dexter, OTTTv, Stealth streams and many others are under constant DDos attacks.:whistling:

 

 

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28 minutes ago, Anthony5 said:

DDos attacks are another word for, we can't keep up with our service.

 

Better tell that to Twitter and the likes then.

 

:clap2:

 

 

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1 minute ago, Chicog said:

 

Better tell that to Twitter and the likes then.

 

:clap2:

 

 

 

I don't deny that DDos attacks exist, but with the pirated stream iptv's it is mostly a poor excuse because they can't deliver on their promises.

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21 minutes ago, Anthony5 said:

 

I don't deny that DDos attacks exist, but with the pirated stream iptv's it is mostly a poor excuse because they can't deliver on their promises.

 

I'd agree with you if they didn't return to service so quickly.

 

Most of the time when they are overwhelmed they stay like it for a while or fold.

 

Mind you, I'm almost wishing this bloody cricket wasn't working.

 

:blink:

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I'd agree with you if they didn't return to service so quickly.
 
Most of the time when they are overwhelmed they stay like it for a while or fold.
 
Mind you, I'm almost wishing this bloody cricket wasn't working.
 
:blink:


A great series. A shame we are not up to beating Bangladesh

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