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How to build IPTV Playlists for the m3u Playlist Player

IPTV M3U Playlist Player will let you build, add and play some amazing custom M3U playlists that can contain many free Live TV channels, Movies, TV Shows and even Music.

Once you learn how to create IPTV playlists, you can end up with a massive IPTV list that could be very similar to the XTV Roku channel. The process we show you below will work with any IPTV player and we included a link at the end to an IPTV Player app you can use on your Android Devices

You will first need to obtain and add link to a current M3U playlist. This channel will do nothing without one.

STEP 1. Add the Public Roku IPTV m3u Player PlayList channel above. The Private channel which used the Code: IPTVM3U is no longer working it will direct you to install this new one. (TIP: If going from this private beta channel to the new public channel be sure to write down your m3u links or you will lose them.)

STEP 2. Use M3U search engine that can be found on our News Page (It’s near the bottom of the page under IPTV SEARCH). Use it to search for current M3U playlists.

TIP: To see only the most current results click the Sort by Date button up near the top of the results window. This will filter the list with the most recent uploaded M3U lists shown first. Also, try using the search term “Premium m3u” for some good HD playlists.

M3U URLS look like this:

#EXTINF:-1,SPORT CLUB 3
http://1.342441.info/sjk_sport_club_3/index.m3u8

An M3U Playlist can contain many of these links and each will show up as a separate channel from within your IPTV app. If you find a direct hosted M3U Playlist and you don’t plan on editing the playlist, skip to STEP 8. Some lists may require a login and password so be sure to copy and include this as well.

STEP 3. From the IPTV SEARCH results, click IPTV links that looks interesting. This will open up a page with a list of M3U URLS. Copy and paste the listed URLS as shown above into a text file. Your list can combine several different URL lists if you like. Just make sure to put each URL on a separate line. Save your text file as any name but be sure to end it with the extension m3u. For Example: myplaylist.m3u

STEP 4. Because typing individual M3U links into the IPTV Playlist Player is tedious on your Roku open up VLC. If you don’t have it installed download VLC here.

STEP 5. Open VLC and import myplaylist.m3u file you saved by dragging it into the window. This will open up a list of channels from your URL list. Click on each one to make sure they work. You can edit your list by right clicking and deleting any links that do not work. When you are happy with your list click File\Save Playlist. This will save your changes and give you an updated m3u file. Now you can link to it from your computer, NAS, or you can even upload it to your favorite file storage site like Google Drive. If you want to share it publicly, you can upload it to Pastebin. Pastebin is also a nice place to find public uploaded M3U lists as well.

Step 6. To share it from Google Drive, find your playlist.m3u file you uploaded then right click on it and Get Shareable Link. Then make sure you copy the entire link shown.

Step 7. Open up Google Drive Direct Link Generator. If you don’t do this step, your file will not be playable from Roku directly. Paste the link you copied in Step 6 from Google Drive. Into the top box then click the button Create Direct Link. Your new direct link will be in the bottom box below. If you want to save yourself a ton of typing, shorten this URL with a link shortener like bit.ly URL Shortener.

Step 8. Type the direct link from Step 7 into the IPTV Playlist Player channel on your Roku by selecting the New Playlist button at the bottom right of the screen. This will open up the keyboard where you will need to type in the entire URL. Once you have saved your Playlist. You should be able to play everything on your Roku directly that was on your M3U playlist.

If the filed doesn’t play, once you add the link to your IPTV Playlist Player on your Roku. Try leaving the channel and go back into it and this will refresh the channel and your m3u playlist should then begin playing.

Also, don’t waste your time with lists ending in .ts these won’t work on Roku. The lists you want should end in m3u, or m3u8.

How to Stop HD Video from Freezing while Playing in VLC

How to Stop HD Video from Freezing while Playing in VLC

When high definition videos of large sizes are opened in VLC Media Player—the HD video doesn’t play perfectly at all times. The HD video freezes and skips a few frames while the audio plays perfectly. The video might hang a few seconds and loop around the same point again. This is an error that is not so rare to the users of VLC. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can try to fix the video lag.

There isn’t a single or perfect solution to fixing the choppy videos. If you have to play movie files that take up large GBs of space there are a couple of things we can do. The basic idea is to increase the number of seconds videos are cached. It doesn’t matter whether the videos are being played locally from a hard drive or from a network location. VLC needs to cache the video in the player itself while playing. We can increase the cache to ensure that the videos play smoothly. The other thing that improves HD video frame rate is switching the video output to DirectX DirectDraw or OpenGL. Make some changes in the video FFmpeg codec also seems to help.

So, to fix this video freezing issue try a combination of these methods till the video plays smoothly:

Increase Cache Values

Even when playing an offline video, VLC needs to cache it. It preloads a certain portion of the video from the hard drive to your computer’s main memory or RAM. From there, the player accesses it and plays it. It happens constantly as a video is being played. For HD videos, buffering larger portions to the memory helps with the constant lag.

Here’s how to increase file caching

  • Open Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
    VLC Tools Preferences
  • In Show settings select the All
    Switch to Full Preferences
  • In Advanced settings, click on the parent option that says Input / Codecs.
  • In Input / Codecs scroll down to the options under the heading Advanced.
  • Change the values for File caching (ms) from 300 to a higher value like 1000 or 2000. The value is in milliseconds.
  • Inputs / Codecs Advanced Preferences

Note: You can also change the values for Network caching (ms) and Disc caching (ms) to see whether it improves your playback performance. Network caching is for files that are stored on a network but are being played in your current system.

Change Video Output Settings

  • In the menu bar, click on Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
  • From the options present, click on Video.
  • In Video Settings, under Output change the value from Automatic to DirectX (DirecDraw) video output. Try OpenGL video output as well.
    DirectX (DirectDraw) Video Output
  • Click Save.

FFmpeg Loop Filter Skipping

  • Open up Tools > Preferences [CTRL + P].
  • Under Show settings click the radio button that says All to switch from Simple to Advanced Preferences.
  • Navigate to Input / Codecs > Video Codecs > FFmpeg.
  • Under FFmpeg audio/video decoder find the option that says Skip the loop filter for H.264 decoding.
  • Change it from None to All.
    Video Codec FFmpeg

Additional and Optional Step

  • In the same FFmpeg audio/video decoder settings, find Hardware decoding and ensure the value is Disable.

Click Save at the end.

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