UlangoTV Free IPTV – New in Google Play Store

UlangoTV Free IPTV – New in the Google Play Store –   More than 2000 Royalty Free Channels

This will please all IPTV friends who do not like to spend money and who are fed up with the constant time-consuming search for new m3u lists On the internet.

If you look around for free IPTV streams with the search engines , you will find some in long lists. But much is re-streaming of unlicensed content and thus not legal. UlangoTV is a project that analyzes such search results in terms of quality and license status and compares them with our vast TV channel database.

In the app UlangoTV Free IPTV we only show those streams whose URLs have been publicly known for at least 6 months (yellow) or 6 weeks (blue). If a stream has been publicly known and still works for a long time, then we assume that there is no objection by the content owner to show their streams to the public in this way.

If 6 weeks are too short for you, you can limit yourself to yellow streams which, after all our 4 years of experience, can certainly be viewed royalty free.

If a content owner disagrees with his streams in the UlangoTV Free IPTV App, then he can notify us via abuse@ulango.tv and we will immediately delete the streams from the lists. Because our app always gets the URLs online from our database, deleting them everywhere takes effect immediately.

In addition to these streams, we show channels where we have been explicitly licensed by the content owners. Everyone is welcome to give us their live streams, which we then highlight in our app.

Live Streaming of TV Channels from around the world

The URLs used by the app are constantly updated, so that only functioning streams are displayed im most cases. Currently 2216 Channel from around the world .

Spain: 166 – Germany: 145 – Russian Federation: 140 – Italy: 129 – United States: 127 – Romania: 126 – Turkey: 101 – Brazil: 82 – Great Britain: 65 – France: 56 – Hungary: 52 – Poland: 49 – Albania: 45 – Mexico: 41 – Ukraine: 32 – India: 31 – Greece: 31 – Argentina: 31 – Netherlands: 27 – Colombia: 27 – Serbia: 26 – Bosnia and Herzegovina: 26 – Czech Republic: 26 – United Arab Emirates: 24 – Dominican Republic: 24 – Bulgaria: 24 – Republic of Moldova: 21 – Slovakia: 21 – Peru: 20 – Arabic: 20 – Switzerland: 19 – Austria : 19 – Chile: 18 – Denmark: 16 – Canada: 16 – Thailand: 16 – Honduras: 14 – Iran: 14 – Costa Rica: 13 – Sweden: 13 – Belgium: 13 – Egypt: 13 – Portugal: 12 – Morocco: 11 – Iraq: 11 ……..

How to get the app

This app itself is freely available on the Google Play Store and is also free of advertising!. But if someone wants to make a donation (half of it is always to nonprofit organizations), please contact us at donation@ulango.tv .
On devices that do not have access to the Google Play Store, such as Android TV or Amazon Fire TV, the app can also using the Downloader app (to be downloaded from the Play Store from AFTVnews.com) directly from our website: http://ulango.tv /uploads/f4.apk

Visit us on the refreshed page ulango.tv . If we have time, you can talk to us there in our chat.

Gernot Ullrich
Ullrich IT Consulting / UlangoTV

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UlangoTV – Golden Key Incentive Program

WARNING! THE PROGRAM DESCRIBED HERE WILL APPLY FROM NOVEMBER 16, 2018 AND REPLACE THE OLD UlangoTV – Golden Key Special

Two months Premium Plus or € 15 per new customer


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With the Golden Key Incentive Program , we are enabling our users to profitably disseminate Ulango TV. Users distribute their personal Golden Key and benefit from every new customer who makes a first 3-or-more-month-order with this key.

Background

Much better than any advertisement is the recommendation of satisfied users to friends. Many of you already do that through benevolent reviews and have already found new customers under the old rules. In this new version we want to increase the incentive even further.

The Golden Key – what is it?

It is a code up to 8 characters long, which is uniquely generated for each Ulango TV registered user. So it identifies the user without disclosing his personal information.

The user finds his golden key in his account summary on the website.

What is the Golden Key used for?

The recipient of the Golden Key gets a discount

The Golden Key can be distributed by the user without restrictions. A Golden Key can be used for every first order of a 3-or-more-month UlangoTV+ Premium Plus subscription. In each case a discount is granted – currently € 2. For a Golden Key to be used, certain rules must be met – see more below.

The giver of the Golden Key gets credit

Each time the key is redeemed when a subscription for 3 month or  more is placed first, the Golden Key giver receives a credit of 2 months Premium Plus! which becomes effective immediately when the new subscription has been started.

Golden Key award rules

  1. The use of a Golden Key will only take effect when the GK-Giver has already had a Premium Plus subscription (this is, because we assume that the GK-Giver will save us some support expenses and should know our service 🙂
  2. The use of a Golden Key will only take effect if the order is the first Premium Plus Order for at least 3 month.

How are Golden Keys applied?

The product is placed in the shopping cart as normal. In the last step of the checkout, you will find the box for entering the Golden Key. Case does not matter. After updating with the button next to it, the discount is activated. The Golden Key is valid as long as the donor’s account exists.

What happens to the credits?

The credits are accumulated and consist of 2-month extensions of the Premium Plus. As soon as at least 4 such credits accumulate, the credits can be paid out as cash in the amount of 15 € per credit! The donor can also find out about the status of the credits on the account page.

Users who try to override our rules with multiple accounts are retroactively excluded from the GK program.  Valuations of credits can be tracked by the donor and the recipient. The procedure is handled by us to the best of our knowledge and belief. Occasional time delays must be accepted. The legal process is excluded.

Hamburg d. 15/11/2018
Your Ulango TV team

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Explore the IPTV world with the UlangoTV+ Explorer!

Meanwhile, there is so much to report about UlangoTV that we have decided to post another blog entry. This post is specifically for people who currently have a Premium Plus subscription and are using the UlangoTV+ app or have already tested UlangoTV+.

Content:

  • New website ulango.tv
  • Premium Plus vs. Premium
  • Video on Demand (VOD)
  • Common operating errors
    a) “plus_only” – network change
    b) No Premium Plus Streams in Test or Subscription – Wrong App
  • “Buffering” – what to do?

New website ulango.tv

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on our new website , which is now structured much clearer and comes in a more modern look. We get far fewer complaints and error messages because the most important things are now handled by FAQs on the start page and because the users get detailed informations by e-mail in context. Please read our mails!
We are still open to suggestions for improvement of any kind!

Premium Plus vs. Premium

Meanwhile, 4 out of 5 orders are Premium Plus which mostly get 5 star reviews. Unfortunately we are not listed in the Google Play Store any more.  We hope to be back there soon. We want to keep prices low and continue without advertising. Spreading the good news by recommending to a friend or acquaintance is the best way to go. We will rework and communicate the old Golden Key Program shortly, so that the recommendation is rewarded even better.

The special thing about our services is that it is not a static M3U list, but that our offer is constantly on the move.

This blog post has been written to draw attention to important features and pit falls. UlangoTV+ can certainly do more than you already know!

Video on Demand (VOD)

An extension are the new VOD sections. New stuff is added every few days.
So e.g. under Europe -> UK there is a new area VOD IMDB Top 250. From the well-known cinema database IMDB, the most important international 250 films were compiled – each in the original languages.

A new section of VIP Sports will regularly host live events.

Much of our new adult coverage can be found under VOD Misc -> Adult. Prerequisite for the view is the release of the “FSK18” filter in the search queries.

VOD folders are located under AL, DE, ES, FR, IN, IT, SCAND, TR and UK.

Many movies have short descriptions and classifications. Whenever possible they are written  in the language of the movies in both the app and on the website.

As for all our streams, these are only available for as long as we can find streams on the net.

Common User Pitfalls

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A common problem is that sometimes, without any special notice, the Premium Plus streams (CSID 84341) appear as “plus_only” and the stream can no longer be played – even though a Premium Plus subscription is active. The reason is always a network change (call with a new external IP address). Such a change happens e.g. when a router is restarted and the provider assigns a new IP or when switching from WLAN to mobile (WAN). In such cases, the change from our server is not immediately granted. Only if no access has been made on the previous network for 30 minutes will it be switched over. UlangoTV needs to be re-invoked to take over this change.
We need to do that so that our streams are not misused by third parties. The provider detects concurrent access from different networks and locks the streams. The stream would be unusable and the money would be gone!
So when “plus_only” shows up, please wait 30 minutes and restart UlangoTV! 

No Premium Plus Streams in Test or Subscription – Wrong App

Occasionally it happens that after completing a premium plus subscription or during the 24h test only the normal Premium streams are seen. The reason is usually that the user still runs the app UlangoTV (2.x), which is reserverded for the simple Premium subscription. Premium Plus requires the most recent version of UlangoTV + (currently 3.1.17).

Fire TV users need to download the app from our website using the “downloader” (http://ulango.tv/uploads/3.apk) – see also our instructions .

“Buffering” – what to do?

Some time ago we had already a blog post on “Stuttering, Freezing, Disconnection: The ongoing Struggle with Free IPTV Streams“. In the meantime, we have gained a lot of new insights and know that there are an incredible number of causes for the same phenomenon over and over again: buffering and freezing of the streams.

With the Premium Plus we were able to exclude major sources of error caused by disconnections by the stream provider. Nevertheless, there are still buffering problems, but much less common. There are conditions that can not be influenced by us or our customers. In these cases, only the decision remains that UlangoTV may not be suitable for this customer in his region, with his provider and with his selection of streams . The Premium Plus subscription can be terminated monthly. This must be announced 14 days in advance. The price will be refunded pro rata with a small administration fee of 3 €. So the risk is very low for our customers and as we think a very fair solution, especially since there is also a free 24h test, as well as the purchase of small daily subscriptions.

So what are the main reasons for buffering despite Premium Plus?

1. Too much bandwidth of the streams. There are now many streams in FHD or even 4k quality (you can always see the resolution of a stream immediately, if you switch in the player on the view “Centered”: the larger the picture the greater the required bandwidth). These streams need at least 100Mb or more, which must be available to the app for their transfers. With a simple WLAN this just doesn’t work.

We know about IP providers, especially in the UK, but also in DE, that bandwidth restrictions are imposed on individual connections and on certain sources (IP addresses), although in sum with multiple transmissions, the bandwidths could be significantly higher.

If such bottlenecks occur, we recommend trying alternative streams at a lower resolution. They are not so sharp, but work seamlessly.

VPN networks to other countries are one way to bypass bandwidth blockers. For this we can not give general recommendations. Everyone has to explore this for themselves, as there are different conditions in each region and with each provider.

2. Too little memory for the APP UlangoTV. The app includes a player that takes as much free memory as possible for buffering. If the device is very busy with respect to memory, it can lead to buffering. Clean up occasionally, especially with the small sticks (end unused apps via the settings or throw them out altogether)

3. Quality issues with the original stream provider. Especially on Match Days (Bundesliga, Champion League, F1 etc.) the run on individual streams is very big. This can lead to bottlenecks at the provider. We try to choose our sources so that sufficient capacity is available. But this is not always possible. Incidentally, weather conditions can also be a cause. We have relatively little influence here.

Summary

As you can see, we continue to strive to provide our customers with a comprehensive, affordable and fair service. In particular, we are intensively supporting new customers in their first steps with UlangoTV. Please use preferably email from or by specifying your account email and for subscriptions give us the order number (Rnnnnnnnn).

We wish you much pleasure in exploring the vast IPTV world!

Your Ulango TV team.

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A Warm Welcome to our New Users

updated on 2018-10-03

Great – you found your way to UlangoTV. We are promising an interesting journey and some new TV experiences!  Thousands of  world-wide channels are waiting for you to be discovered – more than anywhere else!

You probably saw it on our website already: UlangoTV comes in two flavors now: UlangoTV IPTV Explorer and UlangoTV+ EPG-IPTV Explorer

  • UlangoTV is the entry version for Free IPTV Viewing, for Premium subscribers and for Premium Trial Users
  • UlangoTV+ is the comfort version for Premium Plus subscribers and Premium Plus Testers

The App is under continuous development. The newest Versions of UlangoTV are available from our website: (UlangoTV, UlangoTV+).

What can you expect from UlangoTV?

For us it is very important that the expectations of our users are set correctly, because UlangoTV is in many ways different from most other products in the IP-based TV world.

We do not get content from content owners or illegal re-streamers for re-streaming via our own servers – which of cause would be illegal! Rather we search the web with our highly specialized search engine for stream URLs, which we then pass filtered and enriched with channel infos to our player – the UlangoTV IPTV Explorer. So every user connects directly to different streaming servers. Often there are several alternatives to a stream, which can be selected via arrow keys.  This way we get a long term dynamic coverage of channels which is far ahead of other iptv app providers.  Currently coverage is up to 6500 channels worldwide!

Our Service

If you have already searched the net for streams, you know that millions of stream URLs are easy to find in so called M3U lists, but of which only a very small fraction actually works.

Our job is to screen this giant mass of thousands of new streams daily for easy viewing and to disable bad or expired stuff as fast as possible. This is a huge constant effort that we offer as a service for a small monthly fee of just 3€ per month (on a 12 month subscription).

Quality of Streams and some Tips

With this huge amount of streams that changes daily, it can happen that sometimes a station is not covered at all or only with very bad streams. Please do not complain about the quality of streams. We do our best to keep a good channel coverage. Make us aware of problems via our StreamFeedback form (Position the selector in the channel list on the stream and press the menu key or long-touch on the information on the right). E.g. you can tell us when there is no audio on the stream, or the stream has been associated with a wrong channel. Our most active users are granted extra viewing months on a regular basis.

Sometimes patience helps when a stream freezes, because in such cases the player tries to apply a time-shift to get a better streaming quality. There are streams that have a time-shift of several minutes.

Fast browsing of the channel list sometimes puts a heavy load on the servers which results in connection problems.

There are also significant variations at times of the day. At prime time, many of the servers are heavily loaded. The way you are connected to your local network via the provider and its backbone to international networks, has great influence. Cable service users tend to be better off on HD or FHD streams. Wi-Fi is a bad solution if there are many networks in the neighborhood that are on the same wavelengths.

New in Version 2.2.8(UlangoTV) and 3.1.8(UlangoTV+): EPG and Premium Plus Option

The app includes an electronic program guide. We obtain the data from an open source project Rytec. We show information on the current program and the following program and for quick orientation.

With the Premium Plus options, we serve users who have special quality requirements for the streams and are willing to spend a little more on them. You should ask for a short Test of this option, when you are experiencing to many connection problems.

Your Opinion matters and is important to us!

We answer some frequently asked questions in our FAQ (see the link at the bottom of our home page).

Of course, we appreciate any positive review in the Amazon Store oder Google Play Store. But please let the valuation of individual streams aside and make a valuation in our context. Usually it’s the stream – do not blame the UlangoTV concept.

We also welcome feedback via the red feedback button on the left of our website and promise to answer every question in a timely manner.

It’s still cheap!

An annual subscription costs regularly €48 and €98.40 for the Premium Plus. For a 3-month subscription we take 16€ and 27,6€ with Premium Plus. We accept online orders in the Ulango TV Shop (https://ulango.tv/shop), but only with PayPal or Bank Transfer.  May be our offering does not fit your needs – no problem – there is a 14-day money back – no questions – guarantee. Our recommendation is a 3-month-subscription for 16 € and probably a short test of our Premium Plus option. The real value of UlangoTV can only be recognized with in depth usage. Example: You like music videos? With UlangoTV you’ll find channels you never heard of.

Finally

Questions? Feedback?

Please do not hesitate to contact us – as said, either with the red feedback button on our website ulango.tv (http://ulango.tv) or email to support@ulango.tv.

We know UlangoTV is a fairly complex service with thousands of TV channels served by a constantly changing set of streams of varying quality from the free internet. We are the platform that makes most stations worldwide visible on TV with just a few clicks. We need your feedback for further improvements.

We wish you many helpful experiences and much fun while using UlangoTV IPTV Explorer!

Some important Links for Ulango TV

Ulango TV Website
Ulango TV Shop:
Channel-Listen

My Search Orders
My Playlists
M3U Import
Ulango TV Blog
FAQ und FAQ Blog Artikel

UlangoTV App Downloads:

UlangoTV , UlangoTV+

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UlangoTV , UlangoTV+

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UlangoTV 2 – Yellow – Blue – Magenta now makes sense!

Now it’s colorful! From UlangoTV 2.0, IPTV streams and channels will in the future be divided into 4 color categories of usability to provide us and our users with a legally secured status. For a long time, we have been working on how to bring a version of UlangoTV to the App Stores, which can not lead to complaints from content owners and is completely safe for the users. Result is a color scheme, which we now introduce with this version. The colors are already known from our logo: yellow, blue and magenta. In addition, color red, with which we identify channels, which are adult or for which there is an official request, do not show these channels.

In the Yellow basic version the app is free for all registered users, but will be delivered with advertising in the future. In the Blue version, users can access more channels via their own search queries, but they are likely to be legal broadcasts too. The magenta version also covers streams, which are only covered by short-term test streams of possibly illegal broadcasters.

Yellow: Streams for all registered users free!

Gelb: Streams für alle registrierten User kostenfrei!

Yellow streams have been known to us for more than 6 months. Registered users can see these streams for free. Adult streams are excludes from this category.

For yellow streams, we assume that they are sent legally by broadcasters. Typically these ‘official’ streams are without license problems. Restricted to yellow streams the app can therefore be used by anyone without problems.

Once we learn that a sender  is protected with exclusive global distribution rights, the corresponding streams are red for all users.
As soon as we learn that a channel is protected in a region with exclusive distribution rights, it will be red for registered users from the region.
As soon as we learn or see 😉 that a station is adult, all the related streams are red.

Yellow streams take a special status in that they no longer participate in the short-term periodical quality control. So we can not remove them so easily from the system. This is done manually only by administrators, if there are a lot of corresponding user reports. The yellow streams run in the long term, but their quality is often less good.

The higher resolution streams are often found among the blue and magenta.

Yellow streams are free for all registered users..

Blue: Streams for Premium or Trial with unknown license status

Blau: Streams für Premium oder Trial mit ungeklärtem Lizenzstatus

Blue streams have been known to us for at least 6 weeks. Also these are usually ‘official’ streams without license problems. Trial users can see these streams, but you must explicitly give us search orders so that we can search for them on the Internet.

After 6 months, blue streams will automatically turn yellow.

For blue streams, too, we assume that they are legally sent by broadcasters. 6 weeks availability on the net is a long time and one can assume that the operators of the server are either particularly bold or have a license for the distribution.

However, we are cautious in these cases, and the user must give us a special search order on the “My Search Orders” page of our website, which we then execute in his responsibility to release the streams. He can take back the release at any time.

Analogous to the yellow streams:

Once we learn that a channel is protected with exclusive global distribution rights, the corresponding streams are red for all users.
As soon as we learn that a channel is protected in a region with exclusive distribution rights, it will be red for users registered from the region.
As soon as we learn that a channel is adult, all the related streams are red.

In the settings on the website you can adjust, that only yellow or also blue streams are visible. Yellow is the default setting.

Blue streams require at least a trial subscription, which registered users can only use at most once within six months. In special cases, e.g. now with the introduction of 2.0 this 6-month interval is reset.

Magenta: Probably illegal streams only for Premium users under tight restrictions

Magenta: wahrscheinlich illegal gesendete Streams nur für Premium User unter Einschränkungen

Magenta streams are usually short-lived and have only been known to us recently. These streams are likely to originate from unlicensed sources. Premium users must give us a special search order to search for such streams at their own risk. The streams with the best quality can be found in this category, but with high fluctuation, since they are mostly test streams with a very short period of validity.

After 6 weeks magenta streams turn blue automatically.

For magenta streams, we are even more cautious and the user has to give us a special search order, which we then execute in its responsibility to unblock these streams. He can take back the release at any time.

In the settings on the website one can adjust that yellow, or also blue or also magenta streams are released. Yellow is the default setting.

Only premium users can see magenta streams. A premium subscription can be ordered via the UlangoTV Shop on the website.

Red: Protected streams for users who know what they are doing.

Rot: geschützte Streams für User, die wissen, was sie da tun.

There are always users, who find ways to make protected streams visible. The method is simple: one searches the network for appropriate m3u lists and then hand it over to one of the many available players. Also UlangoTV can be used as a player in this way. The premium user can raise his self-restriction to the red level in the “My Search Orders”. Legal restrictions differ in various parts of the world. The user himself is liable to comply with local restrictions.

 

General Remarks

General remarks

The color of a stream is indicated in the app by a colored button.

The color of a channel is displayed on the website by a colored button. Yellow is not displayed in the app, in order not to disturb the appearance of the lists unnecessarily. All channels also appear in the search engines. In the case of the blue and magenta streams, it is explicitly pointed out that a user can only access these stations via search queries or uploaded m3u lists.

You can test and use the functionality of the system without paying. Effectively, the app is free for free (yellow) streams – which are currently at least 2000 streams

It is now solely the responsibility of the users, what they take from the search results for IPTV streams. With the color scheme, we are the only service provider to differentiate the set of streams and make it visible and controllable for everyone, what is to be included in the search results. Because we deliberately do not distribute URLs and make the streams visible only in a “black box player” UlangoTV, we also prevent the possibility that a user uses the URLs to create illegal copies or for “re-streaming”. This allows us to meet the requirements of content owners, so that the app can now be distributed without any doubt in the app stores like any other IPTV player.

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Ulango TV – Golden Key Special

ATTENTION! THE PROGRAM DESCRIBED HERE WILL TERMINATE ON NOVEMBER 15, 2018 AND IS REPLACED BY THE NEW UlangoTV – Golden Key Incentive Program </ em>

golden_keyThe Golden Key Promo allows our Usern to make money by helping us to spread the news about Ulango TV.   Users distribute their personalized Golden Key participate on every order with the Golden Key attached.

Background

Unfortunately we had to withdraw from the Google Play Store, because a few content owners claimed illegal content distribution and did not recognize that content is never distributed from our servers.  Each time we had to argue and fight wich took our energy which we better would like to invest into new developments  So we are more dependent on individual recommendations.  So the idea was that users get rewarded when helping us to spread the news..

The Golden Key – what’s that?

It is a string up to 8 characters long, which is uniquely generated for every user that registers with Ulango TV.  So the Golden Key identifies users without making personal data open to the public.

The user may look up the Golden Key in the Account information of the Website.

What is the Golden Key used for?

The Consumer of the Golden Key gets a Discount

The Golden Key can be distributed by the User and everybody else.  On each Order with Ulango TV with a total value of more than 15 € a single Golden Key can be applied.  A Discount is given – currently 2 €.  A Owner must not consume his own key.

The Owner of the Golden Key gets a Credit

With every key usage the owner of the Golden Key gets rewarded with a credit (currently 2 months Premium or 4 €).  The Credit becomes available after the 14 day refund period of the consumer of the key.

How are the Golden Keys applied?

The product is placed into the shopping cart.  At the bottom there is a field to enter the Golden Key.  Input is case insensitive.  After refresh with the button to the right of the key input field the discount get’s applied.  The golden key is valid als long as the owner’s account exists. A Golden Key can be used everywhere at any time.

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What happens with the credit?

The credits are accumulated as 2 month extensions of the owner’s Premium subscription. When the resulting runtime of the subscription exceeds 20 months, the user may convert the excess runtime into cash – 4€ per 2 months and may request a money transfer.  Each money transfer may be not less than 16€. The owner of the Golden Key can watch the usage on the account page, from where he also can request money transfers, if applicable. When a subscription of a consumer is terminated and is refunded in part, the credits are reduced proportionally.

Credit status can be monitored by the Owner. The whole procedure is performed ordinarily by Ulango TV.  Short delays during the work flow are have to be accepted.  Recourse to the courts is not permitted.

Hamburg/Berlin d. 23.12.2016
Euer Ulango TV Team

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UlangoTV 1.9 now from both Amazon App Store and Google Play Store

Update (UlangoTV 1.9.17): More Improvements on the Player

We are using now the brand new libVLC 2.1.0 from the VLC-3.0 development branch. Result is a better viewing of many problematic streams Stream! Thanks to the VideoLan team for it’s great job!


Update (UlangoTV 1.9.9): Improved Player

We have changed our default player. We ale now using the rock solid libVLC 0.9.10, which many of you may know from Version 2.2.1 of VLC available for many platforms. The result is in may cases a much better and stable rendering of streams!


 

After 3 months of development, we have now been able to place the latest version of our app into the Amazon App Store. Thus, the new features are now available on all devices running Android 4.2.2.

The new features are briefly summarized

  • Support for keypad and touch operation.
  • 20% more streams through RTMP support
  • Account Management (Login / Registration / Device assignment) in the app
  • Mark the “stable” Streams to separate them from the “wobbly”.
  • “Vertical” navigation of stream alternatives for a channel
  • Server-based management of playlists now out of the app
  • Stream feedback popup for notification of errors and corrections
  • Evaluation now without trial with time constraints

Support for Keypad and touch operation.

A major challenge in the app development is the simultaneous support of different types of devices with different input options and form factors.

TVs are typically controlled using the keypad on the remote control. It must always be clear where the focus is and what will be triggered by pressing the OK button.
With touch devices this not required. There is no OK button. The actions are triggered by direct interaction and gesture control.
A further complication arises from the mixing of the two techniques, for example, by using a wireless mouse, such as the Mele F10.

Furthermore, you can rotate touch devices, which already requires different layouts in one device. TV boxes as Amazon Fire TV or MBox (OrbSmart) have to cope with different resolutions of TVs.

UlangoTV 1.9 has addressed as a universal app all these problems.

20% more streams through RTMP support

StreamFeedback - Player UmschaltungThe only drawback of the Android version compared to Samsung SmartHub solution has so far been the lack of support from so-called RTMP (Flash) streams. In UlangoTV 1.9 we use as an alternative to the standard Android MediaPlayer library libVLC of the Videolan player. This library is still in beta testing and we expect further improvements.

Flash Streams will automatically switch to this player. Switching also happens if the default player is not able to process the video signal. The change of the player is also possible manually using the stream-popup (menu button or long click when playing stream)

Account Management (Login / Registration / Device assignment) in the app

MenuThe coupling of new devices to an Ulango.tv account has now become much easier. Login with Facebook or Google or by email / password in the app – that’s all. After that a login is no longer necessary, since the device is identified with a unique address.

For orders, however, you must still visit our web site https://ulango.tv/shop. PayPal currently is the only supported payment method. Using the feedback button you may call us to give you the bank account for direct deposit.

The account management at any time can be reached from the menu, which is itself accessible by swiping from the left or the menu button.

Marking the “stable” Streams

It is in the nature of our concept that we constantly have to fight with inferior quality streams. For better identification we mark the currently good streams with a green dot. That does not mean that the other streams are unusable. The quality of the streams is always a snapshot and can change at any time in both directions.

“Vertical” Navigation Stream Alternatives to Channel

VerticalNaviVery often – particularly for the “wobbly” streams there are more alternatives. Instead of looking at various places with different stream quality, it is now possible to directly navigate to the the alternate streams. If a better playable stream is found, this is detected by the system and we can optimize the entire presentation to the user.

Navigating on touch devices is done with virtual buttons and on keypad with the fastforward and rewind buttons.  (Keys Up and Down are used for fast horizontal navigation between channels.

Server-based management of playlists now out of the app

StreamFeedbackAlle playlists are stored on the central server and are immediately available on all devices. Previously, these could only be maintained through the website. An important step is the setting and removal of channels into the playlists directly in video mode. Given at KeyPad Menu button is used. On touch devices, a long click is made on the video screen or in the description of a stream.

Stream Feedback popup for notification of errors and corrections

043016165028For our concept there is an urgent need to identify and correct bad streams as quickly as possible and incorrect assignments to broadcasters (Channel). At the end, we have built a reporting system, which is also accessible via the stream popup.

Evaluation now without Trial with time constraints

As our development is still in its infancy, new features will be introduced at relatively short intervals. Our Trials were restricted so that only after 6 months new trial could be ordered again. Now only registration is necessary and everyone has the ability to test up to 15 minutes per day.

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Updates on UlangoTV for Amazon Fire TV and Samsung SmartTV

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Betatest UlangoTV on Amazon Fire TV

We are overwhelmed by the response to our app on the Amazon Fire TV devices. Although the app is still in testing stage we were able to climb the first places in the Amazon store for important keywords relating to IPTV.

In the last update we have first done a lot for the stability. For this purpose we have implemented, like we did for the Samsung SmartTV devices, an anonymous monitoring, which gives us information about the quality of the streams. We use this information to improve and adapt the selection of the streams to the specific hardware.

Changes

  • Bug fix: avoid termination for unknown video states
  • Feedback at the start of a stream
  • Implementation of an anonymous Stream Quality Monitoring

Plans for the near future

  • Support for other protocols in streaming player and better stability
  • Definition of playlists from within the app

UlangoTV on Samsung SmartTV – J-Series (Tizen)

Unfortunately, again, Samsung changed the installation of user apps. After the update of the J-Series to  the 1422 firmware, installation of apps via USB no longer functions. Apps can now be loaded only directly from the Samsung App Store or with the Samsung SDK for developers.

We recommend our customers to postpone upgrading the firmware for Tizen.

We strive to get our app officially into the Samsung App Store as soon as possible.

UlangoTV on other Android Devices

So far UlangoTV been tested only on TV boxes. We are working hard to offer UlangoTV on other Android devices like tablets or smartphones. Schedules, we can not call now.

UlangoTV on other OSes

We get lots of requests for Ulango TV on other operating systems (IOS, Linux, LG, Sony, Philips, etc). Unfortunately, we are still very limited in our development capabilities currently and need to focus on a few platforms. So no promises on this issue.

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