So many people keep asking me how I watch ThaiExpatTV and 365Sport on my big screen TV that I thought it would be easier just to write a blog about it. Other people might have other ways of doing this, but this is my own experience. The normal way to watch these IPTV services is on your computer. However, as I work on my computer all day, this was never a good option for me. Plus, I never found the quality of the streaming video as good on my computer as it is on my LCD TV. If you have an old computer then you might find it better to stream to your TV instead.
I use two different ways of watching these two IPTV services on my LCD TV. The first is by using my Apple TV. Despite the name, this is not a TV in itself but a small black box which fits nicely into the palm of your hand. If you already have an iPhone or iPad then you probably know about Air Play. This enables you to mirror or stream anything that you see on your iPhone/iPad onto your big screen TV. The Apply TV connects to your TV with HDMI leads. Your iPhone/iPad device then connects to the Apple TV via WiFi. When I bought the latest iPad I kept my iPad 1 as it is useful for this and other things. An Apple TV costs 3,800 Baht in Thailand. I am told that you can stream from an Android device to Apple TV as well.
The second way I watch ThaiExpatTV and 365Sport is by using an Android box. Both of these services sell Android boxes for 3,999 Baht. To be clear, if you subscribe to both IPTV services you don’t need to buy both boxes! In fact, if you already have an Android box or any other box that has a browser like Chrome then you don’t need to buy anything more. The way this works is that I plug my Android box into my LCD TV using a HDMI cable. The box then connects to the Internet via WiFi, though like the Apple TV you can also plug it into your network. The android box comes with a wireless mouse. Use this to open the browser and type in the web address of either or both of these IPTV services. On the next screen enter your username and password and you are good to go. It’s that simple.
Some people have asked me which of the two boxes I prefer. Really, they are much the same, but as I have an iPhone/iPad the Apple TV is more convenient for me. I have two of these devices. One in my bedroom and one in the living room. The Android box is in my office. If you have any experiences of using ThaiExpatTV or 365Sport please share information on your set-up in the comments below. In a separate blog, I will write about other IPTV services.