This short guide takes you step by step by recording an IPTV stream with either Windows or macOS.
With what I consider to be the world's best media player (VLC), it is fairly easy to record a video stream. Just follow these steps based on your operating system, Windows or macOS.
How to record an IPTV stream in Windows
- If you do not have VLC installed yet, visit their website and make a copy. When you are done with the installation, start VLC and load your .m3u file or select Media from the main menu and then Open Network Stream … from the drop-down menu to open your IPTV stream. To start recording, select Playback from the main menu and then Record from the list box.
- VLC records the video stream ̵
- When you are ready to stop recording, simply select Playback -> Record again.
- If you think you might be doing a lot of recording in the future, select View and then Advanced Controls
- This will place a "recording" button right in the control bar at the bottom of the VLC that you can use instead of Playback -> Record
- All done!
How to record an IPTV stream in macOS
- If you do not have VLC installed yet, visit their website and make a copy. When you are done with the installation, start VLC and load your .m3u file or select File and then Open Network … from the drop down box to open your IPTV stream. To start recording, select Playback from and then Record from the list box.
- There will be no visible indication on the screen that VLC is recording.
- If you select Playback again, this time there should be a "tick" next to the Record – this indicates that VLC is currently recording. When you have finished recording, select Playback again and then Record again.
- You can find the recorded video file in the Movies folder. It will have the file name vlc-record-date-and-time-channel_name.mp4
- That's it!