Internet Protocol television (IPTV) is a system through which television services are delivered over the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal, and cable television formats. There are many ways you can watch IPTV. Some are even free. But free comes at a cost of not being so easy to find or convenient to use. To make it easier, several companies collect these channels together and present with a more user-friendly menu. I have already talked about 365Sport and ThaiExaptTV which are subscription services. Today I’m going to talk about Maige TV.
Maige TV comes from China. You basically get a box with a remote control that you plug into your TV. You then have a number of English language channels like HBO, CNN, National Geographic and also thousands of videos on demand. It is not possible for me to have a free trial of this as you have to buy the box for 14,500 Baht which includes 12 months subscription. It then costs you 6,000 Baht per year which is about 500 Baht per month. Geoff Lever, who is a visitor to my blog, sent me his experience. He at first was interested in buying the Super English IPTV box and Thai IpTv box. But they were out of stock.
“I then had a call from satellitetv-Thailand saying they had just received a new stock of the Maige box, this box has all the Astro Sports channels plus various other Sports channels. They strongly recommended this box over the Thai Iptv box (which apparently only works in Thailand. The Maige box can be used anywhere in The World and is capable of being used with wi-fi (with the use of a wireless 802.11n usb adaptor dongle priced at 690 baht. So I took their advice and bought The Maige Box plus WiFi adapter. I received the box a couple of days later by EMS to the Pattaya Post Office in Naklua, Cash on delivery.
“The box was unpacked and plugged into mains, then plugged in my network cable from my router, then connected the HDMI cable to the TV and hey presto everything was fine. The only thing that was a little awkward at first was learning how to use the remote which mainly had Chinese symbols, but this took only a few hours messing about to fathom out which button did what. The picture quality has been excellent so far. I have it working at the moment in the WiFi mode in the same room as my router and it works just as good as with the wired connection. There are no instructions that come with the unit but common sense usually prevails. During the next day or so I will take the box into another room and connect to another TV and use wifi to see if any degradation in the quality of service.”
In Thailand, there seems to be two “authorized agents” for the Maige TV box. They are IPTV-Thailand.com and SatelliteTVThailand.com. They both advertise the same prices. I need to be clear here, they are agents that re-sell the box and services from China. If they go bankrupt then you might not be able to renew your subscription and will end up with a box that cannot do anything. There’s another website called iptv-china.com that seems to be a China based source for this box. The official website seems to be maige.tv though it is only in Chinese.
If you want to watch the English Premier League but are unable to use CTH then this might be another option. It has all the AstroSports channels. Like I said, I haven’t used this service and so I will have to rely on visitors to my site to give honest reviews. If you have a Maige TV box then please post in the comments with your experiences. Good or bad.