Creating Custom IPTV M3U Playlists



There is now a Roku private channel for custom .m3u8 playlists.  But, what is a .m3u/.m3u8?  Think of them as URLs to live streams that can be watched on Roku.

Are IPTV .m3u8 streams LEGAL?

Yes & No.  NASA public is legal.  TWiT LIVE provides a legal public .m3u8. There ARE many legal .m3u8 streams.  There ARE questionable .m3u8 streams as well. The two FREE ROKU IPTV players do not supply or include content.  What you feed them, as the viewer, is up to you.

What is a .m3u8? (Basic:  The link to a single stream URL)

A file with the M3U8 file extension is a UTF-8 Encoded Audio Playlist file. They are plain text files that can be used by both audio and video players to describe where media files are located (a URL).

Example .m3u8 for NASA TV Public:

http:[email protected]/master.m3u8

What is a .m3u? (Basic: A playlist of multiple .m3u8 streams)

M3U is a computer file format for a multimedia playlist. … Although originally designed for audio files, such as MP3, it is commonly used to point media players to audio and video sources, including online sources.

Our example Playlist & same playlist on Pastebin:

#EXTINF:-1,Channel One - NASA
http:[email protected]/master.m3u8
#EXTINF:-1,Channel Two - TWiT
#EXTINF:-1,Channel Three - BipBop
#EXTINF:-1,Channel Four - BigBuckBunny

Where can I find IPTV streams for my own custom playlist?

  • Search Pastebin for other shared playlists or pick favorites to make your own playlist.
  • Search Google as there are many IPTV websites & forums dedicated just to IPTV streams.
  • Be careful, IPTV websites can be shady.

How can I make my OWN custom Playlist?

  1. Use PASTEBIN for creating/uploading/sharing playlists
    • Create a free account.  Paste a playlist (see above example).  Grab the RAW URL.
    • FREE, quick and easy.
  2. Enter into the raw playlist URL into the Roku IPTV channel(s)
  3. Watch your favorite LIVE streams. FREE.