I invested some time in the SS IPTV Application installing it and testing it out on my Samsung Smart TV. SS IPTV has been around for several years developed initially for the Russian/Ukrainian market. The app itself is an IPTV stream player but the service supporting it now also extends to its own streams (in Russian).
SS IPTV application was developed initially for the LG Smart TV but over the recent past has extended itself to the Samsung Smart TV as well. There are instructions on how to install it on your Samsung TV and they vary by TV Model/Series. The app was recently also added to the Samsung app store. It can be found in the Lifestyle section along with Smart IPTV.
The SSIPTV application is FREE.
Installation across different types of TVs will vary, some need a development login others are via the official TV app store. One of the challenges with SSIPTV is that the forum and help are mostly in English but not all of it.
Once you have the SS IPTV application installed you will need to create an External Playlist. There is now an online platform through which you can manage your playlists without having to directly enter them on your TV (was very painful). This new platform is much easier to use and it entirely online.
Navigate to: http://ss-iptv.com/en/users/playlist
When you setup your SS IPTV application you will see a connection code. Please note this as you will need it when connecting your TV to the online platform. The Connection Code is in the settings area.
Once you enter the Connection code your TV will appear in the list with a reference to the model. Now it is time to create an external playlist. Use the screen shot below as reference. Once you have loaded the details click OK to ensure that you Save the list. Remember this is all completed via the Playlist online panel.
Once the Playlist is saved, go back to your TV and the SS IPTV Application and try and view the list by restarting the SS IPTV Application.
Whilst the setup is complicated as it is not on the Samsung app menu, the SS IPTV application itself is free of charge compared to the Smart IPTV app which is approved but requires a donation to be activated.
I have run both apps on my Samsung TV for a while now and they both work well. My preference is still the SIPTV application because it is what I started with.
Having used the app several times over the past week, I have found it pretty easy to use. The concept of internal vs external playlists needs getting used to (I haven’t explored internal playlists). The app has quite a few options as well which need further exploring. The Facebook support page is useful but having some online tutorials would be better than having to ask questions.
I haven’t worked out how to integrate an Electronic Program Guide, the SIPTV app does this automatically for me for most of the channels that it can recognise.
Being free of charge, this app is a very good alternative to the SIPTV app and offers much the same capability. See video below.