What Is SET TV?

Advertised as the best premium IPTV service, SET TV’s plug-and-play technology promises to provide access to more than 500 high-definition channels, including sports, along with thousands of on-demand entertainment options.

And unlike cable subscriptions, your set-top box will not only allow you to enjoy these channels at home on up to three different devices but also while you’re on-the-go.

Considering the amount of content they claim to deliver, in conjunction with their rock bottom month-to-month pricing (especially compared to a traditional cable subscription), SET TV is an undoubtedly compelling concept. But once it’s set up in your home, will this technology deliver a lot of value for the money, or should you consider other options?

Even if this is your first introduction to set-top boxes like SET TV, over the next few minutes, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know in order to make an informed, empowered decision

How Does SET TV Work?

IPTV Basics

Writing for ExplainThatStuff, Chris Woodford reports that, “instead of receiving TV programs as broadcast signals that enter your home from a rooftop antenna, satellite dish, or fiber-optic cable,” Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) streams content through an Internet connection.

In general, there are three main types of IPTV, most of which you’re likely familiar with:

  • Live TV – Live broadcast television, just like through a standard cable signal.
  • Time-Shifted – Originally aired live, but available to viewers hours or days later.
  • Video on Demand (VOD) – This media is stored on servers, which can be viewed and played on-demand by users.

Regardless of the type, this streaming data is watched “on your computer or with a set-top box (a kind of adapter that fits between your Internet connection and your existing television receiver, decoding incoming signals so your TV can display Internet programs).”

Because of the processor size, he notes that set-top boxes (STBs) like SET TV often deliver better streaming performance. Other popular options you might be more familiar with include Apple TV and Roku, and even gaming systems like Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

In addition to standard STBs, this content can also be decoded by dongles like Amazon Fire and Google Chromecast, which plug into the HDMI socket on your TV.

SET TV’s APK, Android App, Set-Top Box, & Channel Selection

Based on what we just learned, we know that in order to view the content provided by SET TV, we need a device that decodes the signal. According to their site’s FAQ, this can work via a PC (Windows or Mac), any Android phone, tablet, or smart TV, Amazon Firestick, as well as any Android STB running 5.1 or higher. The company also sells their own Android STB version, which we’ll talk more about below.

While this certainly encompasses a wide variety of devices, they emphasize that it can’t be used with Roku devices or Xbox, although we’re told they’ll soon release a version that works on iOS.

With these details in mind, getting started involves downloading the Set TV app from the Google Play store and installing on the appropriate device. Based on what we learned from their FAQ, the exact process will vary depending on device type. Furthermore, in order to update, will have to manually uninstall and reinstall the app each time.

Pro tip: If you need additional assistance for either of these aspects, other than what’s provided in SET TV’s FAQ, we encountered a large number of helpful user videos on YouTube.

Set TV App Home ScreenAfter downloading the app and setting up an account, SET TV claims to provide access to more than 500 channels and thousands of on-demand movies, all for an ultra-competitive price. Credit: Google, Inc.

After successfully downloading the app and setting up an account, the company will email you an access code so you can begin enjoying content on up to three devices using the same IP address. This could take up to 10-15 minutes.

Keep in mind, however, that each device will need its own access code, and in order to de-link a device from your account, you’ll need to contact support via live chat, email, or phone (keep this important point in mind, as we’ll return to it shortly).

How Much Does SET TV Cost?

The SET TV app is free to download, although a subscription will cost you $20 per month. You can decrease this per-month cost by purchasing three ($55), six ($110), or 12-month ($200) plans in advance.

A three-day free trial is also available, which doesn’t involve entering your credit card number. And as mentioned earlier, the company sells their STB for $99.99.

All plans are pay-as-you-go and do not involve long-term commitments, activation or cancellation fees, or credit checks. According to their FAQ, though, subscriptions do not automatically renew, which means you’ll need to manually renew your account each time it expires.

All SET TV hardware purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H, which you can request by reaching out to their support team at (813) 295-8442, setvrefunds@gmail.com, or via the site’s contact form.

What Can We Learn From SET TV Subscriber Reviews?

While the SET TV website emphasizes that they provide professional support to their customers, this doesn’t seem to be what many of them are reporting online.

For example, in the Q&A sections of their FAQ, customers repeatedly complained about frustration when setting up the system, bugginess (e.g., frequent picture loss, constant buffering, system errors, login working one day and not the next, etc.), and inability to access adult content.

Also, multiple customers didn’t appreciate the fact that SET TV required a PIN/service code to work, which was often difficult to obtain. In fact, more than one reported they had to sit in the chat room and wait for a company rep to show up, since they never received a service response via other methods.

One customer also claimed they were sent nine codes, and none of them worked—we think this last part is especially important to keep in mind, since as we discussed earlier, you’ll have to enter a new PIN every time your account renews.

Pro tip: If you’re planning to start your SET TV three-day trial to coincide with a pay-per-view weekend event, one customer noted that it won’t work.

We found much of the same feedback on Reddit, although one user indicated SET TV worked as close to cable as they’ve experienced, and that picture quality was usually very clear. However, they also balanced this by emphasizing that certain channels—or sometimes the entire service—can go down for hours or days at a time.

On Google Play, 75 customers had given the SET TV app an average rating of about four stars, with common compliments referencing quality content and ease of use. On the other hand, complaints related to many of the same issues noted above.

From a company perspective, the IPTV service is brought to you by SET Broadcast LLC based out of Seminole, FL, who’s been in business since March 2017. They held an F rating with the Better Business Bureau as of 12/14/17, based on one negative review and five closed complaints—none of which the company responded to.

Are There Other IPTV Services Competing With SET TV?

A quick online search for the term ‘IPTV service’ returned a lot of meaningfully similar companies to SET TV, which offered streaming access to hundreds or thousands of channels, at prices much lower than the cost of a traditional cable subscription. However, we learned that the majority was available only in Europe.

With this in mind, here are some of the more popular US-based options:

Company Price Content Selection/Features
SET TV $20/mo 500+ channels, thousands of on-demand movies
Plex TV From $4.99/mo Also allows users to upload their own content to access from other devices, includes DVR capabilities
RocketStreams From $8.99/mo 1,500+ live channels and videos, supports iOS
USA IPTV $10/mo 500+ live channels, thousands of on-demand movies, available for iOS
Tronics City $19.99/mo Up to 2,800 live HD and SD channels, free PPV events, includes music, no KODI support
PrimaVisual $29.99/mo 5,000+ streaming channels and VOD titles, supports Samsung & LG Smart TVs
The IPTV Guy From $15/mo None provided
Lite IPTV $14/mo Hundreds of channels, including international and adult
IPTV Private Server From $85/mo 900+ channels, 3,000+ movies and TV shows, supports Roku and iOS devices

In addition to these options, we encountered numerous sites offering links to free IPTV lists, often refreshed daily, although we didn’t verify their content quality or overall safety.

Given all these choices and price points, how can you decide which IPTV service is right for you?

The ExplainThatStuff article earlier emphasizes that if you’re looking for optimal performance from your IPTV service, “a set-top system is a bigger box that contains a faster processor with more memory, so it can give higher quality video output.”

Similarly, they point out that IPTV services work best when you have high-capacity broadband service (one Redditor commented that SET TV recommends a minimum 4MB download speed), so be sure to factor this into your overall budget as well.

Outside of this, it largely comes down to each specific provider: Do they have competitive pricing? Do they offer the amount and types of content important to you? Which devices do they support? What are customers saying about their experiences?

Let’s carry this last question over as we come to a conclusion about SET TV.

Our Final Thoughts About SET TV

On the upside, SET TV seems to offer access to more than 500 live television channels, in addition to thousands of on-demand movies, for a relatively competitive price. If you decide to purchase their Android set-top box, they also stand behind it with a 30-day refund policy.

However, it’s important to balance these positives with the sheer amount of negative online customer feedback we encountered during our research for SET TV, including common complaints related to almost non-existent support.

These were often compounded by the fact that subscribers are required to enter access codes whenever their subscriptions renew, which was often reported to be a multi-hour (or even multi-day) process, with a lot of frustration in between. And even when it works perfectly, based on what we viewed in the how-to videos, installing and updating the SET TV app doesn’t exactly appear to be user-friendly.

As consumers ourselves, these factors might make us fully investigate all the IPTV competitors before deciding on a SET TV subscription. To figure out if an IPTV service is in your best interests in the first place, though, as well as to provide actionable insight into the process, we’d recommend reading 3 Easy Steps for Cutting the Cord & Saving Money next.

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46 Consumer Reviews for SET TV

Average Consumer Rating: 3.1
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 16 4 star: 6 3 star: 3 2 star: 7 1 star:  14
Bottom Line: 52% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    SET TV is a scam

    • California,
    • Jul 5, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Good thing I only subscribed for one month but was only able to watch for 1 and 1/2 weeks. It just shut down, and I was never refunded the money. Besides, it always buffered and I was never able to watch a full show without interruption. Very annoying. Not worth the savings, especially when one is being ripped off from them shutting down and not refunding the money. I wouldn't dare subscribe again. SET TV, you lost your customers by scamming them.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Very, very dissatisfied

    • Las Vegas, NV,
    • Jun 28, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased that TV because a friend of mine mentioned that I could get the same thing that I was currently receiving with my case. However, I was disappointed because there were certain channels that I could not get and the other channels were not accurate with the present time. To make a long story short, one day it went down and I tried everything under the sun to contact SET TV. I sent numerous emails trying to contact Amazon and try to contact the cable company and literally was on the phone and the computer trying to get through over an eight-hour time span. I could not get through to anyone and this lasted a whole two weeks. They never responded to my Customer Support, in short, I ended up switching back to my cable. Do not get this, you will be disappointed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Refund of money for system down

    • Hogansville, GA,
    • Jun 25, 2018
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    The system is down. I feel that they should be refunding money to your customers until the system is up and running. It has been down for an unacceptable amount of time for the money. There should be a better way to get in contact with them when there is a problem. Not only should they receive a review, they should have customer service support with a phone number to call.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    SET TV was great, but what do I do now...

    • North Carolina,
    • Jun 24, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    We've been using SET TV since May of this year (2018) and to be honest, even though we had a few issues we still really liked it. Downloading it to our Fire Stick was pretty simple but entering the PIN was a little challenge. Once we got past those things, it was great. Picture quality was great. Variety of channels was great. Being able to watch programs even before or after they aired was great...

    But every now and then you get an error message, but their support was very effective and very fast. Now it's not working at all. I would love to stay loyal to SET TV because the price of the service they provide is awesome compared to the $320 I was paying to DIRECTV every month. But I have four boys at home and not having a TV for any amount of days is not an option. So with that said, can someone tell me if there is a service that is similar to SET TV and is dependable? I'm sure there are options out there but has anyone tried them personally?

    P.S. I would recommend SET TV if they can work out the kinks that make their service unavailable for days at a time.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    • South Carolina,
    • Jun 22, 2018
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    Right now it has been two weeks, no service, try to contact, not available. I paid for three months, coming up on renewal, which is an auto, and now I am going to the bank to stop any more auto withdrawals. Both firesticks are registered with them. Don't waste your money; they are in infringement lawsuits, so they probably closed down. CAUTION.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Lawsuit

    • Bull Shoals, AR,
    • Jun 21, 2018
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    We loved this after trying out for a month, went to renew and find out they've been shut down for pirating basically. Too bad! If you're wondering why you don't have service, there you go!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Rip off

    • Baton Rouge, LA,
    • Jun 21, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I paid $25.00 for this service. A lot of the channels we couldn’t get. They take this money and do not put money toward providers like Netflix does, so basically hacking the system and stealing the channels. Now there is no service at all, and they are not answering their phone or offering money back. I paid for the service and 500 plus channels and couldn’t even watch it for a whole month. Halfway through started missing channels. If you are going to turn off services, then you should be willing to give credits or money back.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Bullcrap

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Jun 19, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I haven’t had this service for two weeks, and it has stopped working. NO ONE answers the phone! Then whoever is fake replying to the email address can't type, let alone send the needed information to appreciate this thing. Two hundred dollars I paid on the twenty-third of May, and I haven’t had service since the sixth of June. These people are a JOKE.

    I want my coins back. Or you people need to fix this issue and compensate me for your foolish mistakes.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jun 20, 2018

      Helen P.

      I want a refund. For something I only had a week.

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Worst application in the world!

    • California,
    • Jun 18, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    It has been a year that I have a membership with SET TV. I paid $20 in fees for the membership per month. I always had problems with SET TV. Bad connection, worst customer service. For example, when you file a claim on the website to SET TV, nobody gives you an answer. On the phone, people are very nasty and rude. Now, for two weeks I don't have any more access to my SET TV since 05/11/2018. I wrote and called a lot of times to know the reason why SET TV is not more reachable. It is impossible to reach someone, and I have not received an answer to my emails.

    It's unacceptable, and SET TV are thieves. Never, ever will I pay one month more for a membership. If you want to waste your time and your money, take a membership with SET TV!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Ottawa, Canada,
    • Jun 15, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    You know, I have been reading reviews on SET TV. I'm not sure what the beef is, my guess is Netflix and other such companies don't want to share the wealth when it comes to providing nice service. Don't forget SET offers up to five hundred LIVE channels. I like the service and have always got a response back from the help desk no matter what others may say. Stop the BS already and keep the service running.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    SET TV

    • Kansas,
    • Jun 13, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Why is my SET TV not working?

    The website says "not available" for some reason. I have paid my bill and two days later, no TV. I'm not very happy right now. I hope they get it fixed, I really like it. But I'm not liking it right now.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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