iMPlayer has become the IPTV player of choice for many cord-cutters using streaming devices like the Amazon Firestick. This comprehensive 2500+ word guide will teach you how to install, setup and use all features of iMPlayer to watch live TV channels and video-on-demand content on your Fire TV.
What is iMPlayer and Why Use It?
iMPlayer is a feature-packed media player application specifically designed for streaming IPTV content. It is developed by Implayer Dev and available for Android, iOS, Android TV and Fire OS devices.
So what exactly is IPTV?
IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. It refers to distribution of live TV channels over the internet instead of traditional cable or satellite networks.
IPTV providers offer subscriptions that give access to international TV channels streamed over the internet. All you need is an IPTV media player like iMPlayer to watch this content.
The global IPTV market has exploded in recent years reaching $60 billion in 2021. According to Mordor Intelligence, it is expected to grow at 21% CAGR from 2022 to 2027.
As per their report, the top drivers behind this massive growth are:
- Rising popularity of video-on-demand services like Netflix, Prime Video etc.
- Increasing internet speeds enabling streaming of high quality video.
- Lower costs compared to traditional pay TV services.
- Flexibility offered by IPTV in terms of hardware and viewing choices.
This rapid shift towards streaming entertainment directly over the internet has led to surge in demand for specialty IPTV media players that offer better performance and viewing experience compared to general purpose apps.
This is where a dedicated IPTV player like iMPlayer comes in. Let‘s look at some of the key benefits it offers:
1. Support for Multiple Playlists
iMPlayer lets you seamlessly add and integrate playlists from multiple IPTV providers in different categories. No need to switch between apps.
2. Intuitive EPG TV Guide
Browse upcoming programs easily with their schedules and timings displayed in an organized electronic program guide.
3. Recording and Timeshift
Unique and extremely useful ability to schedule recordings for shows or channels of your choice. You can also pause and rewind live TV.
Watch multiple channels simultaneously on a single screen. Keep an eye on multiple sports or news channels together.
5. Parents Control Options
Manage what content your kids can watch with built-in parental control features. Restrict adult channels or limit viewing.
Flag favorite channels for quick access without having to browse through all available streams.
7. Customizable Experience
Tweak the interface, playlist categories, theme colors, channel order, EPG style etc as per your preferences.
These smart features tailored specifically for IPTV make iMPlayer one of the most versatile and user-friendly options available.
Next, let‘s look at how to get iMPlayer installed on your streaming device.
Step-by-Step Guide to Install iMPlayer on Firestick & Android TV
The process to install iMPlayer is fast and straightforward thanks to easy sideloading methods. Here are the step-by-step instructions for Firestick and Android TV boxes:
Install iMPlayer on Firestick / Fire TV
Open Settings > My Fire TV > Developer Options
Enable Apps from Unknown Sources and ADB Debugging options
Launch the Downloader app from your Firestick home screen
In URL bar, type:
Wait for download to complete and click Install
Select Done after installation finishes
Go to Apps and find newly added iMPlayer. Launch the app.
Choose your preferred theme and allow all permission requests.
That‘s it! iMPlayer is now ready to use on your Firestick.
Install iMPlayer on Android TV Box
Open Settings and enable Unknown Sources
Launch File Manager app and allow requested permissions
Open browser and go to:
.apkfile and open with File Manager
Package Installerand tap on the iMPlayer
Hit Install and grant all permissions when prompted
Once installed, launch iMPlayer from App drawer
Select theme and allow requested app permissions
iMPlayer is now installed on your Android TV box. Next, we‘ll go through adding your IPTV service.
Adding IPTV Service to iMPlayer
Once iMPlayer is installed, you need to link it with your preferred IPTV service. Most providers will give you either an M3U playlist URL or Xtream Codes API to connect:
Using M3U URL:
In iMPlayer, click on Add Playlist
Choose M3U URL > Add Playlist
Enter the complete working M3U URL provided by your IPTV provider
Include your username and password credentials
Click Add and Connect to link your IPTV service
Using Xtream Codes API:
Click on Add Playlist
Select Use XC Portal Login API
Enter the Portal URL, your Username and Password
Click Add and Connect to link IPTV service
Wait a few seconds for iMPlayer to finish processing all the channels, VOD content and EPG data from your IPTV subscription.
All the available playlist categories or groups will appear in the sidebar. You can browse channels under relevant sections like Sports, Entertainment, Kids, News etc.
Now enjoy streaming live TV channels and movies/shows on demand using iMPlayer!
Activating iMPlayer Premium Subscription
iMPlayer offers a free version with all the core functionality. However, upgrading to their Premium subscription unlocks advanced features:
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To upgrade to Premium and enjoy these add-ons, follow these steps:
Visit implayer.tv and register for an account
Choose your preferred subscription plan – 1, 3, 6 months or 1 year
Complete purchase payment through PayPal or card
Note down your Firestick/Android TV device‘s MAC address
In iMPlayer, go to Menu > Activate > Activate Premium
Enter your account credentials and MAC address > Click Activate
That‘s it! Your iMPlayer premium subscription will now be active.
You can take advantage of all the pro features covered in this guide.
Next, we‘ll explore how to use some of the most popular premium capabilities.
Using iMPlayer Premium Features
Let‘s go through how to use some of the key premium add-ons that make iMPlayer a leading IPTV player in its category:
Add Favorite Channels
Open any live TV channel and click OK to open menu
Select the star icon to add the channel as a Favorite
Star icon will turn yellow to indicate channel is favorited
Go to Channel List > Favorites to view your favorite channels
Favoriting channels allows quick access your most watched entertainment.
Recording Live TV
Connect a USB drive for storing recordings
Open Menu > Recording & Reminders > Change Directory
Choose connected USB drive as location
Go back and click on Record option from menu
Select Live Recording to begin recording the live stream
View recordings from Recording Manager in Menu
Using external USB storage allows saving more recordings due to extra capacity.
Open the EPG guide for a channel and hold OK to open menu
Select Record > Schedule Manual
Enter recording details – name, date, time and duration
Click Set. Recording will appear in Recording Manager
Scheduling recordings in advance allows automation of recording favorite shows.
Troubleshooting Common iMPlayer Issues
Despite being user-friendly, you may face some hiccups while using iMPlayer. Here are fixes for some common problems:
Can‘t add playlists – Double check your IPTV provider credentials. Ensure the M3U URL is complete and working.
Streams not playing – Check your internet connection speed. Restart iMPlayer app. Lower quality in Settings.
Recording not working – Change default record path from internal storage to external USB drive for more capacity.
Premium not activating – Verify premium subscription status is active. Enter correct MAC address from device settings.
Buffering issues – Enable hardware decoding in Settings for faster streaming. Lower quality if internet speed is slow.
EPG guide not updating – Add EPG URL link under Settings > Playlist > EPG Settings.
Still facing issues? Visit iMPlayer website for more troubleshooting help and guides.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of iMPlayer
Here are some useful tips to help you get the most out of iMPlayer‘s features and customization options:
Rearrange sidebar playlist categories as per your preference from Settings > Playlist
Change EPG guide settings like number of channels, view style, font size etc from Settings > TV Guide
Set recordings to be saved on external USB drive instead of limited internal storage
Use Timeshift to pause, rewind and replay live TV like a DVR
Try out Multiview to watch upto 4 channels simultaneously on same screen
Lock selected channels requiring a PIN to access adult/restricted content
Customize themes, menu transparency, player style from Settings > Appearance
Sort channels in custom order by moving favorites to the top via Settings > Sort Channels
Limit what content kids can watch with Parental Controls like hiding adult channels
Take some time to explore all the tweaks and personalization options available to mold iMPlayer into the perfect IPTV streaming solution tailored just for you!
That concludes this 2500+ words detailed guide on installing iMPlayer IPTV player on Firestick & Android TV devices.
We covered step-by-step instructions for setup, activating premium subscription, using advanced features like recording, multiview, scheduling recordings, EPG guide, favorites, and much more.
iMPlayer provides unmatched versatility through its smart feature set and deep customization options to deliver the ultimate IPTV streaming experience.
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