This question comes up a lot for new subscribers for the services. I'll list which options you have in order of configuration difficulty, and pros/cons for each. Click on the red links to get to the release thread or tutorial:
For clarification, IPTV Stalker is a Video Add-on, found in the Video Addon Section in Kodi. The PVRs are found using your Add-on's browser in System Settings. Most users should settle on one of the three following 'clients', as they do not work well in sharing a linked MAC.
- IPTV Stalker "Plus" v10.2+
Simple video add-on that accesses channels and VoD. Can provide a served m3u list to external devices.
IPTV Stalker Plus Lite - based on couch potato's 10.3.4, but reduced to add filters only. More tolerant to server errors.
IPTV Stalker Plus 10.3.4 (couch potato's mod) - Adds features including epg, and integration with pvr simple, for experienced users only.
Pros - All you need for configuration is your donation number, the linked MAC associated with the donation and to "Send Device Info" to connect to the server. No need to use the LiveTV settings in Kodi. Video on Demand movies are now available. No connection timeouts... it either works or doesn't.
Cons - No frills, no native EPG.
- PVR Stalker or PVR Stalker NFPS
A PVR function is available natively in Kodi. There are two versions, the built in PVR Stalker, or the PVR Stalker NFPS.
The built-in PVR Client allows for configuration of device info (serial number, device id's and signature) so you can use the same MAC in different configurable clients.
The PVR Stalker NFPS already has the most of the configuration done for you except the server and your login/password information.
Pros - The built in version is the most flexible of the options, as it does allow you to connect to different IPTV Services. Already installed in Kodi 15+. Best PVR Client to use if you want to use your donation and linked mac on other machines. Can be configured to use either the provider epg.
The PVR Stalker NFPS already has most of the configuration details filled in behind the scenes.
Cons - The built in version does require configuration. Configuration is straightforward for most people, however some find it difficult to load channels with a limited Connection Timeout. You do need to separately configure the location of the epg, to a downloaded guide from that server.
The PVR Stalker NFPS is not installed by default by the Kodi installer, you will need to download the necessary zip file and install.
Electronic Program Guides:
- iVue Guide integration with Clients
For some that want to use an EPG add-on like iVue, you can integrate PVR Stalker, PVR Stalker NFPS or IPTV Stalker. Once the guide and source add-on is configured, you can directly access channels from the guide.
Pros - Uses an external EPG that may be more attractive than the guide provided by the PVRs.
Cons - Configuration of iVue can be tricky, and you do need to learn how to use iVue to properly use it. iVue epg is limited to primarily English language channels offered in the US, UK, and Canada. Many guides, like iVue are now membership addons (iVue is free)
- PVR IPTV Simple Client w/ IPTV Stalker v10+ [Moderate]
For some that can not use PVR Stalker due to an older Kodi Version, you can serve m3u channels from IPTV Stalker to the PVR IPTV Simple Client.
Pros - Useful for those who want to use a PVR instead of the video client. Method can be used with other live TV addons that serve m3u lists.
Cons - You need to configure IPTV Stalker, the EPG Updater service and the PVR Simple Client. Follow the directions in the linked tutorial.
The following no longer work:
- IPTV Stalker (Any version less than v10)
These versions do not authenticate with Stalker Middleware Servers.
- EPG Updater service addons
No EPG updater services work with the supported IPTV servers
No questions please, but if you have more pros/cons, you can help to expand on those.