M3U url vs Portal system, Which one is better to watch IPTV?

In this article we are going to explain the systems which IPTV providers use to stream IPTV channels.
There are 2 common system:

  • base devices
  • Portal system devices

For portal system you need to give your box MAC address to IPTV and they will give you a portal after add MAC in their database.

In M3U url system, the IPTV send you a url to setup IPTV and no need to add any MAC  in their system.

M3U url system vs Portal system in IPTV

The portal base devices like old  boxes or TVIP boxes are not the best devices to watch IPTV. The portal system will disappear from market soon because it's NOT secure and efficient.

If we want to list some old model of these devices we can mention 250, 254, MAG 256 , TVIP 410 and etc.
Even in the new model of MAG boxes, there is problem with portal system too. The IPTV providers do not support MAG 420 or MAG 520 with portal system because of different Stalker Middleware.

Migrate to devices and applications

So what we can do?
The answer for this question is M3U base devices.

m3u url

We will explain 3 easy solutions to replace portal base boxes:

Setup IPTV on Smart TV

If you have a Smart TV in any brand Samsung, LG, Sony and etc, replace your portal base box with it to watch IPTV.
You can simply setup your IPTV on Smart TV with below applications:

IPTV Smarters app:

Smart IPTV app:

Smart STB app:

SS IPTV app:

Buy an Android box

If you don't have a Smart TV or you own an old Smart TV but still desire to watch IPTV programs on TV, we recommend you to buy an Android box which are not too expensive and use modern M3U list technology.
They are many different model of Android boxes but if you want a brand name from us, we can offer you “MI box 4k”.
MI box specifications
You can make a simple search in google where you can buy it your country.

There is also another model of boxes in the name of Formuler box.
Formuler boxes support both M3U url and Portal system, so it can be a good replacement.
Formuler box website

Load M3U url on Computer or Smartphone

If you do not insist to watch IPTV on your TV. You can simply load your m3u url on your Computer or Smartphone, here are some tutorials for setup IPTV on them:

IPTV Smarters on windows:

VLC on computer:

IPTV Smarters on phone:

GSE Smart IPTV on phone:


The M3U url system is more secure and stable. Also there many different applications available for this system with useful features.

So if you intend to buy a new device to watch IPTV or want to change your old IPTV box, we surely recommend you to use M3U base devices.

We will be happy to hear your experiences about M3U and Portal base devices in comments.

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