There are basically two ways to receive live TV from the Internet (IPTV). You buy an expensive subscription with
playlists from one or more vendors - or - with a bit of effort - search for such lists (keywords M3U EXTINF) with search
engines like Google or Bing and load them into your favorite player, e.g. VLC, MX Player, XMTV Player or the standard
Android Media Player.
UlangoTV and the related paid service (starting at 3 € / month) use exactly these components of the second kind. Just as a modern search engine uses machine learning to present only relevant search results to users, UlangoTV uses such techniques for classifying streams (URLs). by region, station, availability, quality and even legality and associates them with electronic program guides and other data.
The result is a TV app in which not all channels work perfectly, but where a huge number of channels (on average about 6000!) can be seen from all over the world, with occasional loss of quality and varying availability.
This makes sense to many users because they may see broadcasters from the distant homeland to which they otherwise have no access or because they simply want to learn new languages or cultures with the help of live TV.
Convince yourself in a free 7-day trial, if something interesting is for you and / or visit the website http://ulango.tv
An inherent problem with our search engine is that too many users are destroying the good performance of the discovered streams. So we introduced a new option called Premium Plus, which is only available to a few users who want to pay a premium price and now receive handpicked streams with tightly controlled connectivity.
Because this is an international app, we cannot control the availability in certain countries. It's the user's liability to decide what he or she is watching - similar to offerings in the major search engines. We try to identify probably illegal content with a color scheme and thus support the user with defining his search orders for our search engine.
In no way we are copying any content nor storing content for re-streaming. Streams are directly viewed by connecting the Black-Box UlangoTV Player with the Server where the stream URL points to. So content owners should blame the re-streamers it they think, their content is distributed illegally.
We have also integrated an open source Electronic Program Guide into our App. Because we are presenting live TV channels and not just streams, we can add informations like a description of the ongoing program, channel logo and other meta data. Usually the user gets a selection of streams from several sources an he can switch streams and thus give feedback to the system and other users on the quality of individual streams.
The UlangoTV app is tightly connected to the website http://ulango.tv. Many personalization functions are available both from the app and the website:
* Editing as many playlists as you want
* Upload your own m3u lists supporting all major protocols
* Definition of search orders with access level filters
* Feedback on unwanted adult or violent channels or wrong channel/stream matches.
* Selection of optimal internal or external players.
A Premium Subscription opens all search results for all 6000+ Channels for just 3€/month.
Users who want to get a more reliable TV experience may get a Premium Plus option. This option is given to a limited number of users. Details are given in the ulango.tv/shop
UlangoTV is presented in the social media on facebook and twitter and with a blog (blog.ulango.tv)