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Downside to IPTV on Firestick?

Discussion in 'IPTV Guides Support and Discussions' started by danhenshy23, Aug 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM.

  1. danhenshy23

    danhenshy23 Registered

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    Hi all,

    I'm currently looking at options for getting IPTV up and running and was wondering if there were any real downsides to running it on an Amazon Fire Stick?

    I have an Edision OS Mini which has been locked away in a cupboard since the satellite blackout if that would be a better solution?

    I was put off IPTV when I last looked into it about a year ago by people saying it was unreliable and not worth the money. Is this still the case?

    As it's live sports which I'm mostly bothered about, is IPTV only good for televised games or does it also give options for other matches?

    Thanks
    Dan
     
  2. NazoDoop

    NazoDoop Forum Supporter

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    Firestick can handle IPTV no problem ( from what i've heard )
    You would need to try a few servers to find which one suits you
     
  3. dt99

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    IPTV will run fine on a FireStick, but navigating FireStick menus can be slow and clunky.

    IPTV has come on a long way, sat or cable will always be better, but obviously a lot of the main channels have gone from sat, but there is still a lot left.

    If you are only wanting it for sport, you should be fine, but get lots of tests before settling with a provider.

    Pretty much every match is on somewhere, if it's not on Sky Sports/BT, then it will be on another channel somewhere, but not necessarily with English commentary.

    If you have a FireStick, I would certainly give it a try on there first, no point in buying another box just yet.
     
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  4. NazoDoop

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  5. RavingLoony

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    I installed stbemu (pro), put aspect ratio on auto, changed the random profile name to something easier, added the portal address in the portal section of settings, and matched the mac address in stbemu to that of the stick. Activated the profile and runs perfectly.
     
  6. danhenshy23

    danhenshy23 Registered

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    Thanks all, I'll give it a go with a few tests will go with the method RavingLoony mentioned and see how I get on.

    Out of interest, would I be missing out on anything other than speed and a hard-wired option if I used IPTV through a fire stick as opposed to a dedicated box?
     
  7. NazoDoop

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    You get more customisation if you use a box, if you just want to stream stuff then firestick is fine
     
  8. bazcfc1

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    Not only that firesticks run wireless where as with a box you can have it hard wired for better speeds
     
  9. lamblamb

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    the big one that nobody has mentioned.

    firestick is amazon branded.

    nowtv box is sky branded.

    sky locked down iptv on the nowtv.

    i wouldnt be surprised if amazon do the same.

    its happening with samsung tvs :D
     
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  10. bazcfc1

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    Get where your coming from.. thought I was on a different thread just edited my response
     
  11. lamblamb

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    ah, i must have misread.

    i thought he said

    Hi all,

    I'm currently looking at options for getting IPTV up and running and was wondering if there were any real downsides to running it on an Amazon Fire Stick?
     
  12. bazcfc1

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    Sorry he did my mistake you was right mate I do apologise I must have missed read post
     
  13. lamblamb

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    i do it regularly ;)
     
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  14. pupuqiop

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    I'd say trial it on your firestick then consider a box you can hardwire if you're happy to spend a bit. Watched IPTV all weekend and it's never skipped a beat, every EPL match is on somewhere in the world so don't just go with a UK package.
     
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  15. Zakutd

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    Yep download STB-emu app on your firestick and add a test
     
  16. pieeater2015

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    There is an adapter for the fire stick to hardwire it.
     
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  17. Zakutd

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    You should be fine as long as you have good internet speed and stick isn't to far from modem
     
  18. RavingLoony

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    On the firestick go to Search and search for Downloader - the icon is an orange pointing downwards, download and install that.

    Then open Downloader and go to the following URL - https://en.aptoide.com/thank-you?app_id=37560314&store_name=mr-robot

    Download and install that. Open it. It will take you to a page similar to GooglePlaystore and offer to download etbemu-pro. Download and install. Don't open it.

    You might get a screen pop up going on about Java - ok it.

    [You might also get a pop up going on about installing\downloading 3rd apps is disabled and give you 2 options. OK and Settings. Select Settings and enable the 3rd party thing. OK it. You might need to press the back button on the remote to go back to the screen prior to the pop up.]

    Then go to Settings, Apps and installed apps. Find Aptoide and uninstall it. Then go to settings and About. Get your MAC address. Make a note of it.

    Then go back to Settings, Apps, installed Apps and find stbemu - open it.

    The initial screen - Configure it.

    Profiles - highlight the profile with the jibberish name and click OK. Takes you to the Profiles settings menu. Click OK on the Profile name and change it to something like

    iptv

    then OK.

    Down to STB config, into STB Model & check Mag 250 is ticked. Press Back button remote.

    Come down to Mac Address - ok on that and type in the MAC address that you made a note of before [from Settings, About]. OK it.

    Press Back button remote. Go into Portal Settings. Click on Portal URL and type in the URL from your provider. Highlight OK and click OK.

    Press Back button on remote. Back again to the single profile. You should be at the main settings menu - with Common Settings at the top. Go into Profiles again and your profile should be correct;y named now.

    Press back until you are at the blue screen that says something about a wiki. Press the settings button on the remote - 3 horizontal lines. Down to Aspect Ratio - select Auto. Press settings button on remote again, down to Profile, highlight your profile (called iptv or whatever you set it to) and click OK (the centre round button on the remote) and the round circle next to the name should go green.

    At this point stbemu should connect and you might get a horizontal bar saying loading portal and it should fire up.

    Note: at some point it might take you back to downloader and offer to download something and install it. Click done as it's just a leftover from downloading the actual stbemu file.

    Hope the above helps someone.

    RL
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2018 at 4:07 PM
  19. RavingLoony

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    You don't get IPTV player on the Firestick so I installed Kodi (base build) and tried a few builds but found the Durex build a lot faster than some others. A few minor tweaks and performance is really good.

    If you want any help\pointers on that, let me know.

    Cheers

    RL