You have several options if you want to watch streaming TV on a PC. On the one hand, the various services linked to television broadcasters – RaiPlay, Mediaset Play, Sky Go, and Now TV, to name just the most well-known ones – allow you to watch live programs and access their on-demand content.
However, you must download clients or hope your browser supports the service’s protocol to do this. Otherwise, you won’t be able to see anything. On the other hand, you can decide to use the services of IPTV on a PC and, through a single software, access a large variety of television channels.
Are you interested in this last solution but don’t know how to watch IPTV on a PC?
Don’t worry, I’m here to help you. Like you, I don’t give up watching my favorite programs, even if I am away from home without a television. In the following guide, therefore, I will explain in detail how to install IPTV on a PC and access the Rai, Mediaset, and La 7 TV channels and various local broadcasters that would otherwise be unreachable.
How to watch IPTV on PC
Before we continue, I want to take your time with a legal note. Sometimes, the IPTV is used to watch Sky for free from a PC or access content from other pay TVs without paying a subscription. I don’t need to tell you that this practice is morally incorrect and illegal. If you were to install IPTV on your computer to watch Sky for free, you would be committing a criminal offense.
Having made this necessary premise, I also tell you that the guide is written and published for information purposes to use the IPTV service on PC legally. Proceed reading according to your responsibility.
What is IPTV
Acronym for Internet Protocol TelevisionL’IPTV is a technology that allows you to watch television channels directly on your PC, using your home or office Internet connection. This technology allows you to convert the digital terrestrial or satellite signal into data packets “digestible” by our telephone network and, thanks to ad hoc software, see all the channels you want without needing a TV system at home.
Furthermore, to be able to watch IPTV on PC in the best way, you also need to have an Internet connection: to watch high-definition content, it is advisable to travel at a speed of at least ten megabits per second (a 20 megabit ADSL is more than sufficient), while for 4K films and TV series it is better to have a connection with a speed of at least 20 megabits per second (in this case I recommend a 100 megabit fiber connection, to be safe from possible surprises). If you don’t know how many Mbps you have, take a free speed test.
Free software for IPTV
As I mentioned, though watching IPTV on PC it is necessary to install software that converts the data packets into images of your favorite television programs and broadcasters. To tell the truth, these are very normal media players capable of reading particular files, allowing you to access all the TV channels you want.
Among the best known and most used, we find Kodi, VLC, And Plex: all free and open source, they work indifferently on Windows, macOS, and various Linux distributions, including those of the best home NAS (which act as a multimedia video server).
You must choose your preferred media player (perhaps also considering the other features and functionality offered), download it from the developer’s website, and install it on your PC. Once this is done, you will be ready to watch IPVT on PC.
Watch TV on PC
Before watching IPTV on a PC, even if you have already configured everything, you need to find the TV channel lists compatible with IPTV technology to watch the program you prefer. Usually, TV channel lists are found in format M3U or M3U8: search for them online and download the one that best suits your needs (read the description to find out which channels are included in the list).
Once you have found and downloaded a list, all you have to do is check whether it is already connected to the downloaded media player or not.
In the first case, double-click to access the list and select the TV channel you like most; in the second case, however, you will have to open the software, click on “Open”, search for the file you downloaded and open it with a double click. Nothing too complicated.