This tutorial will guide you through the simple setup instructions for viewing IPTV on a Linux based computer.


VLC Player Setup

  1. Download and Install VLC Player from
  2. Run VLC Player and click onto ‘File’ -> ‘Open Network..’.
  3.  Paste your USmart IPTV m3u URL into the address bar, then click onto ‘Play’
  4.  In order to view the full channel list click onto ‘Preferences’ then uncheck ‘Show video in main window’. This will display the playlist in the main window and the video in a new window.
  5. In order to simplify future viewing, you should also save the playlist URL to a file. To do this, click onto ‘File’ -> ‘Save Playlist’ and save your USmart IPTV playlist to a safe location (such as documents) in Extended M3U file format.

Watching Live TV after initial setup

  1. Run VLC Player -> Click onto ‘File’ -> ‘Open File’ or ‘Open Recent’.
  2. Select your USmart IPTV m3u file.
  3. Wait for the playlist to load, this can take a few seconds.

Troubleshooting Live TV

If you have any problems viewing IPTV please follow this recommended fix.

  1. Flush your DNS. In Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint, open ‘Terminal’ then enter: sudo /etc/init.d/dns-clean start
  2. Reboot Linux and your Router.

If you notice the stream has pixellation or a grey screen please try the following

  1. tools > preferences > all > input/codecs > set ‘file caching’ to 6000ms
  2. tools > preferences > simple > video > uncheck ‘accelerated video output (overlay)’
VLC Player
Open Network Stream