In this article, I will show you how to set up and then use Hive IPTV on Amazon Fire TV Stick, including FireStick 4K, FireStick Lite, and Fire TV Cube. I’ll also offer an overview of Hive IPTV, its pricing structure, and its legal status to conclude whether it’s a worthwhile investment.
Are you tired of keeping track of different TV shows, movies, and live TV channels across various streaming services? It surely isn’t an ideal experience, and you may be paying hundreds of dollars for these services per year. Enter IPTV providers, which not only offer more content but can even cost less than popcorn at the movie theater. One such IPTV service is Hive IPTV.
There is a huge collection of IPTV services out there. If you invest your time and attention in deciding which to get, you may end up with an IPTV provider that offers a below-average streaming experience. Some IPTV services even go down after a few months, wasting your hard-earned money. Thankfully, these issues haven’t applied to Hive IPTV.
Hive IPTV offers 1,500+ live channels from the US, the UK, Canada, and Spain. They are neatly categorized into various sections, such as Kids, News, Movies, VOD, PPV, and Sports.
Hive IPTV is available on most platforms and devices out there. It is accessible on iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, Android TV, FireStick, Apple TV, Roku, and the web. No matter which device you use, Hive has you covered. This is the widest cross-platform availability I have seen for an IPTV service.
Before I review this IPTV provider, let’s learn more about Hive IPTV in general.
Attention, FireStick Users!
Governments and ISPs constantly monitor your online activity, and accessing copyrighted content on your Fire TV Stick could lead to serious trouble. Currently, your IP is visible to everyone. I strongly recommend getting the best FireStick VPN to mask your IP address and securely stream your favorites.
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Read: How to Install and Use Best VPN for FireStick
What is Hive IPTV?
Hive IPTV is a service that offers live TV channels, TV series, and movies for a small monthly fee of $15. The company provides a native app as well as compatibility with IPTV players such as Flix Player, TiviMate, and IPTV Smarters.
Visit the Hive IPTV website, glance through the available plans, sign up, and wait for the instructions to arrive at your email address. Hive will email you account details, like your username, password, M3U link, EPG guide, and links to download IPTV players.
Don’t be overwhelmed by all these. We will simplify the whole setup process for you. You must be wondering how come Hive IPTV is so cheap compared to established streaming apps out there. And what about the legal status of the service? Let’s discuss them in detail.
Is Hive IPTV Legal?
It’s a burning question with every IPTV app out there. And I can’t answer that in a single sentence. Stick with me through the explanation.
First of all, Hive IPTV isn’t officially available on the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store. So how come apps like Netflix, Disney+, and Peacock are allowed in the Amazon App Store but not Hive? That’s because Amazon can’t confirm the legal status of Hive IPTV in the first place.
Hive IPTV carries thousands of TV channels to stream. Some of them may show unlicensed content in certain regions. FireStickTricks.com can’t audit every piece of content available on Hive IPTV in every region out there.
If Hive IPTV doesn’t carry all the required rights to stream popular TV series and movies in your country, you could unintentionally break the law if you try to watch them on FireStick with Hive IPTV.
The reason I say “unintentionally” is it’s quite hard to differentiate between legal and unlicensed content on Hive IPTV.
Based on your watching habits on FireStick and your IP address, your ISP (internet service provider), and therefore your government probably have a good idea of your location and the media you consume on FireStick. You are technically exposing yourself to potential legal trouble in the future.
Heavy internet consumption may lead your ISP to check what type of content you are watching on FireStick. If your ISP identifies IPTV apps you’ve been using, the company may terminate your contract, not to mention the legal hurdles that may follow after the investigation.
What’s the escape route then? Allow me to introduce you to VPN (virtual private network) services on FireStick. VPN apps like ExpressVPN shield your online identity and help you secure your account with anonymous browsing on FireStick.
Among the VPN providers, ExpressVPN remains our top pick for several reasons. The app is fast, has airtight security protocols to protect your account, and comes with a money-back guarantee.
Hive IPTV Plans and Pricing
Unlike many of its rivals, there is no free trial to check out the service before committing to a paid plan. The one-month plan costs $15.
The best part of Hive IPTV is the number of connections it offers with every plan. You can have five connections, even with the monthly plan. The only issue is it is restricted to three IP addresses. That means the five devices can’t be connected to five different Wi-Fi networks. They can be connected to a maximum of three Wi-Fi networks in total.
Five devices on three different networks are still better than the majority of IPTV services that charge you more to add extra connections to your plan.
All three plans provide the same service: five connections, three IPs, an EPG, 1,500+ live TV channels, TV series, and movies. The only difference is in the monthly price. Let’s break down the three Hive IPTV plans by their monthly prices.
- $15 for 1 month: $15/month
- $40 for 3 months: $13.33/month
- $70 for 6 months: $11.67/month
Looking at the six-month plan, you may be inclined to go with the $70 purchase, as it saves $20 compared to a monthly plan. However, I advise going with the three-month plan. In the world of IPTV services, it’s always recommended to go with short-term plans.
As for payments, you can only use PayPal or crypto as modes of payment, which is a shame considering not everyone uses PayPal or crypto. There is no way to pay for Hive IPTV using a credit/debit card directly.
Hive IPTV Overview
Hive IPTV is full of hidden gems and goodies. It’s not limited to TV channels. Here are all the major features of Hive IPTV.
- 1,500+ TV channels in various categories
- News channels
- Entertainment channels
- Kids channels
- EPG (electronic program guide) to view upcoming programs
- M3U link to integrate Hive IPTV with external IPTV players
- Compatibility with ExpressVPN
- Five connections across three IPs
- Customizable favorites list
- 24/7 support team
- PayPal and crypto as payment methods
- Cross-platform availability
- VOD (video on demand) support
- PPV events
- Native app
It’s a huge list of features, and it’s definitely worth paying $15 per month for them. Excited to give Hive IPTV a try? We are too. Let’s subscribe to Hive IPTV first.
Subscribing to Hive IPTV
Go to the official site for Hive IPTV https://thehiveiptv.shop. In case you’re hesitant to visit the site, I ran the URL through VirusTotal, and the results are below. In short, it appears safe to visit the website.
The subscription plans are nicely laid out on the Hive IPTV home page. Click on your preferred plan and go to the checkout page. Pay for the service using PayPal or Crypto (I paid with PayPal and the whole process went smoothly).
After a successful payment, you will receive a confirmation receipt at your email address. Within 24 hours, you will get another email with all the account details, like your username, password, and M3U link.
Now that you have all the details for Hive IPTV, let’s set it up on FireStick.
How to Install Hive IPTV on FireStick
As I mentioned before, Hive IPTV isn’t officially available in the Amazon App Store. You will have to use the Downloader app on FireStick to install Hive IPTV. Follow the steps below.
Legal Disclaimer: This tutorial is purely educational. FireStickTricks.com doesn’t own, host, operate, resell, or distribute any streaming apps, addons, websites, IPTV or services. The page contains some unverified services, and we are not certain whether they hold legal licenses to distribute the content. FireStickTricks.com does not verify the legality of each app/service in all regions. Do your due diligence if you use any of the unverified apps/services, and stream only content that is available in the public domain. The end-user shall be solely responsible for the media accessed.
Part 1: Installing Downloader App for FireStick
Here are the steps to download and install the Downloader app on FireStick.
1. Start up your FireStick and go to Find.
2. Click on Search.
3. It will open a keyboard on your FireStick. Type in Downloader, and then and click on it in the results below.
4. Select Downloader under the category APPS AND GAMES. You can identify the app at a glance by its orange background.
5. Select the Get or Download button to install the app on your FireStick.
Since we’ll use Downloader to install Hive IPTV on FireStick, you need to make small adjustments in your FireStick settings so that you don’t get an error during app installation.
Part 2: Enable Third-Party App Installations
The Fire OS is based on Android, meaning it has the capability to install third-party APK files, but that capability is disabled by default. You need to enable it from the settings menu. Follow these steps.
1. Start up your FireStick and select settings.
2. Scroll down and select My Fire TV.
3. Select Developer Options.
4. The following menu will probably show Apps from Unknown Sources. It’s turned off by default. Select it to turn it ON.
Note: If you see Install unknown apps instead, select it. Then select Downloader to turn the option ON for the Downloader app.
We have now installed Downloader and the made necessary adjustment in our FireStick settings to enable third-party apps to be installed from the web. We are all set to install Hive IPTV on FireStick.
Part 3: Install Hive IPTV App on FireStick
1. Go to view all on the FireStick home screen.
2. Click on Downloader in your list of apps.
3. On the Downloader home screen, click on the URL box. A keyboard will appear for you to type a URL.
4. After you subscribed to Hive IPTV, you should have received an email with a URL to download Hive APK on your device. On the Downloader app, use the keyboard to enter the URL you received in that email. Keep in mind that it can take up to 24 hours for you to receive the email with your information.
5. Downloader will start the download process. In a moment, it will ask you to install the APK file on your FireStick. INSTALL it.
6. After installing Hive IPTV, Delete the APK file. The APK file serves no other purpose. If you keep files like these and your FireStick storage fills up, you may start to notice glitches here and there.
Hive IPTV easily gets the job done with its browsing experience. However, power users may find it limiting in terms of its features and the capabilities of its default video player.
Those users are better off with an IPTV player like TiviMate or IPTV Smarters. Other than differences in the interfaces of external IPTV players, the steps to integrate Hive IPTV on any external IPTV player are the same.
In the example below, we will integrate Hive IPTV into the IPTV Smarters player on FireStick.
Your FireStick / Fire TV is now all ready to stream your favorite content. However, before you start, I would like to warn you that everything you stream online is visible to your ISP and Government. This means, streaming free movies, TV shows, Sports might get you into legal trouble.
Thankfully, there is a foolproof way to keep all your streaming activities hidden from your ISP and the Government. All you need is a good VPN for Fire Stick. A VPN will mask your original IP which is and will help you bypass Online Surveillance, ISP throttling, and content geo-restrictions.
I personally use and recommend ExpressVPN, which is the fastest and most secure VPN. It is compatible with all kinds of streaming apps and is very easy to install on Fire TV / Stick.
We do not encourage the violation of copyright laws. But, what if you end up streaming content from an illegitimate source unintentionally? It is not always easy to tell the difference between a legit and illegal source.
So, before you start streaming on your Fire Stick / Fire TV, let’s see how to use ExpressVPN to keep your streaming activities hidden from prying eyes.
Step 1: Subscribe to ExpressVPN HERE. It comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Meaning, you can use it free for the first 30-days and if you are not satisfied with the performance (which is highly unlikely), you can ask for a full refund.
Step 2: Power ON your Fire TV Stick and go to Find followed by Search option.
Step 3: Now type “Expressvpn” (without quotes) in the search bar and select ExpressVPN when it shows up in the search results.
Step 4: Click Download to install the ExpressVPN app on Fire TV / Stick.
Step 5: Open the app and enter the login credentials that you created while buying the ExpressVPN subscription. Click Sign in.
Step 6: Click the Power icon to connect to a VPN server. That’s all. Your connection is now secure with the fastest and best VPN for FireStick.
You can also read more detailed info on using ExpressVPN with Fire TV / Stick.
How to Use Hive IPTV with IPTV Smarters
Let me explain IPTV Smarters. It’s completely free to use. The IPTV player offers multi-account support so that you can integrate more than one IPTV service into the app.
I have been using IPTV Smarters for quite some time on FireStick, and the end experience is nothing short of amazing. The app offers one of the best video players around, with a sleep timer, subtitle support, external video player support for VLC and MX, an EPG, and more.
Here’s our detailed guide to installing IPTV Smarters on Amazon FireStick.
Let’s integrate Hive IPTV into IPTV Smarters by following the steps below.
1. Open the view all menu on the FireStick home screen.
2. Open IPTV Smarters by selecting it.
3. On the home screen of IPTV Smarters, you have several ways to integrate Hive IPTV. Click on Load Your Playlist or File/URL.
4. Give the playlist a relevant name, like Hive. Then choose M3U URL for the playlist type. In the box for FILE/URL, enter the M3U URL you received at your email address after you subscribed to Hive IPTV.
Note: Your M3U URL will look something like this: http://013tv.com:8080/get.php?username=test563587c&password=e374&type=m3u_plus&output=ts
You can type the URL with your FireStick remote, but it’s laborious. An alternative is to get the FireStick remote app on your Android or iPhone and use your smartphone’s keyboard to enter the URL on your FireStick. Another method is to use a URL-shorting service like Bitly and create a short URL from the M3U link. Either way will save you a good amount of time.
5. Click Add User.
6. IPTV Smarters will load Hive IPTV content using the M3U link.
Next time, you can simply open the IPTV Smarters app and select the Hive playlist you created. The app will greet you with all the content neatly organized in various categories. Let’s take a look at the channels now.
Hive IPTV Channels
Hive IPTV nails its categorization. This is coming from someone who regularly switches between many IPTV services on FireStick.
The service organizes the channels by US city or state, something that’s rare with an IPTV service. You can also browse channels in categories including Kids, News, Movies, VOD, PPV, and Sports. There are no adult channels here.
Most popular sports leagues are covered as well. However, the streams will only become available during live matches. You can watch sports from the US, the UK, Canada, and Spain.
Select any content or channel to view it through the IPTV Smarters player.
You can even use the EPG (electronic program guide) to take a peek at upcoming and previous programs on a TV channel. I’m sure you won’t miss your cable operator after this experience.
Hive IPTV has perfected the fundamentals of an IPTV service. It gets almost everything right: a good number of channels, cross-platform availability, low price. I say almost everything because the payment options are limited to PayPal and crypto, which is less flexible than many rivals out there. Otherwise, Hive IPTV sits comfortably among the current best IPTV services.
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