Free M3u list are great because they are free, but they can be unreliable sometimes, and will need changing if channel links become broken. Another alternative to setup live TV on Kodi is paid IPTV subscriptions. These normally come in the form of a M3u list file which you can point to within IPTV Simple. A great source of paid M3u subscriptions is Ebay, have a look at these
are very reasonably priced considering the amount of channels you will receive. In many cases this will be many channels you would normally have to pay a lot more for, with a years subscription costing what just one month would normally cost for similar packages.
Bearing this in mind, and the piece of mind that the channels are reliable, it is a defiantly worth considering.
You will probably need to point IPTV Simple to where you have placed the file that you download after purchase. This is done at step 7 above. Instead of choosing remote path, you will need to choose local, then browse to the folder you have placed the file in.
If you are using a laptop or desktop then placing the file in a suitable place is easy because it can be anywhere on your network. If you are using devices such as Wetek boxes, Raspberry Pi’s or Andriod boxes, then you will need to place the file in a location accessible by Kodi. There are lots of ways you can do this such as a Samba share, ftp, or using programs like Putty and FileZilla from your Windows or OSX devise. Another option would be to pop the file onto a usb pen drive and put in one of the USB slots on your kodi device. You can then copy the file over to Kodi using File Manager within Kodi.
Some M3U lists come with EPG’s. To add them it is similar to the way you would add a new channel list.
In the configure screen as in Step 7 above, choose EPG settings and do the same as you did for the channel set up but put the URL for the EPG into the XMLTV URL. (Please note that the example in the screenshot may not work, you will need to search for them on the internet)
Again ensure the Cache at local storage is unchecked.
Some EPG’s are set in a different time zone. If this happens, use the EPG Time Shift setting to move the hours accordingly.
You should be able to access working links without a VPN. However if you want to be completely hidden and have full access to all Addon content then you should consider PIA. Please head over to Kodi VPN Setup – Full Content Access for all the details.
If you have any questions please ask.