How to Setup IPTV & Watch IPTV on PC with IPTV M3U Links?

Posted by Kaylee Wood | Last update: October 29, 2021 | 5 Min Read

How to watch IPTV on PC Windows/laptop? When a live broadcasting of UEFA Champions League between Juventus and Atlético Madrid is on, yet only have a connected computer at hand, a quick access to an IPTV sports channel which streams the game can save your asses. But first, you need to know how to setup IPTV on computer and watch IPTV streams on computer.

Below is a complete guide on setting up IPTV and play IPTV streams of live football games, TV shows, News reports, TV replays and VODs on Windows computer/laptop/desktop.

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Best Free IPTV Player Windows to Play IPTV M3U/M3U8 Playlist

This IPTV player - 5KPlayer supports smooth playback of IPTV M3U/M3U8 streams with quickest response speed to deliver quality streaming visual of IPTV channels. Input any M3U/M3U8 IPTV links of, say football games, News express, TV shows of US/France/Canada, to this IPTV player, and you can get instant playback with highest resolution, best frame rate and lowest latency possible.

Part 1. Choose the Best IPTV Player for Windows (11/10) Computer/Laptop

We have listed several free IPTV players on this page, and we will keep updating the list as new IPTV players comes along. You can pick the one you prefer there, of course. And here, we will take 5KPlayer and VLC media player as examples to help you watch IPTV on PC Windows.

Both 5KPlayer and VLC are versatile IPTV player for Windows computer/laptop capable of analyzing .m3u/.m3u8 IPTV playlist links and then playing them in high quality. The two PC IPTV player can play downloaded .m3u/.m3u8 files, .m3u/.m3u8 URLs as well as download IPTV M3U8 videos. If interested, you are also allowed to stream IPTV to smart TV from computer with these two players.

Free IPTV Player

Part 2. Find Free IPTV Links for 5KPlayer/VLC and Other IPTV Players

There are both free IPTV list channels and charged IPTV services to help watch IPTV on PC, including IPTV Shop, IPTV Subscription, Gears TV, ThePlayKlub and Insight IPTV, are all good names to try. Here we will list some .m3u/.m3u8 links of IPTV channels to help teach how to watch IPTV on computer, while the full list of IPTV playlist links are provided for you who need more TV channels to play.

Free IPTV Playlists to Download:
Reddit Free IPTV List: https://www.reddit.com/r/freeiptvdotlife/
Fluxus Free IPTV List: https://pastebin.com/raw/dzBiY3sw
m3UIPTV Free IPTV List: https://m3uiptv.xyz/
IPTV M3U USA playlists download: https://en.tousecurity.com/category/usa-iptv-2019/
IPTV M3u Sports playlists download: https://en.tousecurity.com/category/sports-iptv-2019/

Notice: If the IPTV playlists URL is ended with .m3u or .m3u8 extension, you can directly copy the full URL to 5KPlayer or VLC to stream IPTV playlists. If you only get an .m3u file like an .mp4 file, you can open the .m3u file with Notepad and then copy the .m3u8 link to 5KPlayer and VLC. To say more, an .m3u8 link stands for a specific IPTV channel.

Part 3. How to Watch IPTV Streams on Computer Step by Step?

Here will give detailed explanations about how to use 5KPlayer and VLC media player to watch IPTV on computer.

>> How to Setup IPTV and Watch IPTV Streams on Computer with 5KPlayer

Step 1. Get 5KPlayer

Click on the Free Download button below, install and launch it on your computer.

Step 2. Stream IPTV

Method 1. Drag and drop a downloaded IPTV .m3u playlist file to 5KPlayer to play.

Method 2. Click on "TV & Radio" icon on the main UI of 5KPlayer, then input an IPTV .m3u/playlist URL in the box and hit Analysis button to playback. If needed, you can go to Radio section to input .m3u8 link to play. 5KPlayer will instantly reach the channel and play IPTV stream within a blink of eyes.

Watch IPTV on Laptop
  1. If you want to get an .m3u8 link from an .m3u file, you can open the .m3u file with Notepad and find complete IPTV link http://xxxx.m3u8 link you want.
  2. On the panel, maximum 5 recent played IPTV links will be listed below the URL box for you to have quick access to previous channels, and you can selectively remove some from the recent IPTV playlist history. Further below are 12 preset radio stations, covering categories of music, sports games, news and more.

>> How to Setup IPTV and Watch IPTV Streams on Computer via VLC

After installing VLC IPTV player, you also have various choices to watch IPTV via VLC.

a. Like 5KPlayer, simply drag and drop the downloaded IPTV .m3u playlist to VLC to play. All the IPTV links contained in the M3U playlist file will be shown in VLC playlist.
b. Click on "Media" on the top bar > Open Network Stream > Under "Network" tab > enter an .m3u or .m3u8 IPTV link in the box and hit "Play" to play.
c. Click on "Media" on the top bar > Open Location from clipboard > input the .m3u or .m3u8 IPTV link and hit "Play" to start streaming.

Watch IPTV in VLC

Notice: Do remember to add IPTV playlist to VLC media library so that next time when you open VLC, you can directly navigate to the IPTV playlist without dragging files again.
Also read: How to Create VLC New Playlist M3U/IPTV >>

VLC Stream IPTV Playlist