By far the most popular media player for viewing IPTV media is through the use of the VLC application. This is mainly because most PCs have it installed by default and even if they don’t it is a free application. VLC is also accessible on Macs and on many mobile devices today as well. Using VLC for IPTV is really easy but there are a few tips we can share which will assist you when viewing IPTVFlicks.
This images on this post are from a Mac version of VLC but they apply equally to a PC. Once installed all you need to do to enjoy a live IPTV stream is to open you VLC application and load your IPTVFlicks link.
Go File > Open Network > Network, then add your IPTVFlicks link in the URL field (see image below).
It is as simple as that. If you have an M3U file you can also upload the file via the File tab.
If the link you have is valid, VLC will now load the Playlist and show you what it has found. In most cases it will also begin to play the first channel in the list.
Using VLC for IPTV
To select your channels you can simply click on the channel link.
Use this control panel to manage what you are watching.
One of the most popular mistakes users make with VLC when watching a service such as IPTVFlicks is to save the link we provide as a Playlist file and then to load it each time. I have made this mistake myself and which it works OK for a M3U file of channels it doesn’t for IPTVFlicks because our playlist and the underlying channels change every day. If you save the file then each time you load it, you are loading a list from days ago which has likely changed and the channels are not longer linking. Most people will then think that the link itself is faulty.
The best thing you can do is to save you link somewhere on your PC/Mac and then to manually add it each time (like I have shown you above) to the Network section. This will ensure that your link goes to our servers and searches for the most updated list of channels. This will also ensure that your link works each time and your experience when using VLC for IPTV is a happy one.
When using VLC for IPTV you can change a few settings to assist with buffering:
- Open VLC and select tools then click on preference
- At the bottom of the screen click on ALL radio button this will open all options to edit.
- Using the left panel that opens, find Stream Output and Increase the Stream output muxer caching(ms) to 5000 from the default 1500ms this mean we want to keep cache of 5 seconds in advance. Please adjust to your liking.
Here is a temporary fix for when watching
- At the time of playing a network URL or streaming format .TS or .m3u file, you can select the cache size.
- Open VLC player and click on Media and then select Open network Stream(ctrl+n) to play a live url
- Type the url which you want to play and then click on Show more options check box.
- Now increase the cache size according to your network speed.
Common problem with VLC is this error – VLC is unable to open the MRL
This means that your firewall or your internet security options are now allowing VLC to access this link. This issue is not the channels being available but your security options.