Watching TV channels for free has become quite a trend in recent times. With a plethora of IPTV websites available across the internet, you don’t need to spend hours searching for the content you want to watch. Earlier, we would enter a certain keyword and end up on phishing websites. Disgusted by the ads and misclicks, we would bounce off that website in no time. However, nowadays, with reliable free IPTV websites such as Squid TV, we have one of the most trustworthy websites to consume content.
What is Squid TV?
Squid TV is an IPTV website that has a vast directory of TV channels from across the globe. It’s a content aggregator website where you can find many free-to-air TV channels along with premium channels which you generally pay for to watch on via Cable or Satellite TV network. Squid TV provides you access to over 1000+ channels from each and every country. From Al Magharibia TV in Algeria to ZBC TV in Zimbabwe, you can watch the news, science, music, ethnic, entertainment, sports, shopping and religious channels for free.
Why should you stream on Squid TV?
One of the most attractive aspects of IPTV websites is that they are filled with content top to bottom. You can find a wide range of live programming from different niches. In each niche, you can browse based upon the location and choose from over 1000+ channels. For instance, if you’re in the US but would like to watch BBC News, you can simply do so by selecting the channel using the location or the content classification menu.
I like the efforts of developers to make the content accessible and consumable to its audience. On Squid TV, you can clearly witness the developer’s efforts on simplifying the categories so the users can find the content with relative ease. You can choose from a wide range of categories such as News, Scientific & Education, Music, Ethnic, Entertainment, Religion, Sports & Recreation, and Shopping.
Dual language options
I’m assuming that Squid TV is based in Japan. That’s the reason why you get two languages on the website. You can browse the website in English or in Japanese. I really feel that in time to come, they will add more languages since most of the people aren’t well-versed with Japanese or English. But as of now, having a dual option speaks volumes towards their efforts of offering more than their competitors.
Diversification via geographic location
Yet again, developers’ efforts to enhance the user experience is visible through this feature. Not only do you get to select the country but also the state. For instance, you might want to watch a news channel WRDE-TV from Delaware, the United States, you can do so by selecting the country first followed by the region.
Decent streaming quality
There’s no doubt that the website is like an ocean filled with fangs of advertisements. However, the discrepancies occur only until you find the content. Once you start streaming, there are little to no lagging issues and the stream is steady, given you have a decent internet speed.
How to access Squid TV?
Accessing Squid TV is quite simple. You can either type the keyword ‘Squid TV’ in the search engine or you can use the following link: Squid TV. Not only can you access the website, but also the inside pages directly from the search engines. You’ll find six main options under the initial results – USA, Americas, Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Upon clicking on any of the options, you’ll be directed to a specific page with content from that region.
Squid TV’s website feels empty. For me to drop a positive review, there have to be certain elements and stability across the website but Squid TV feels like an incomplete HTML project from a high school student. No disrespect but the functionality on this website isn’t justified by the design on it. And we’ll study why I feel it lacks a proper design sense through the categories below.
The header section is one of the first elements you see when you land on a website. However, Squid TV’s header section is just limited to a logo on the left and a search bar on the right. I know that many premium streaming services opt for this design, but in Squid TV, there’s no contrast or background color which can make the minimalistic header stand out.
The Hero Section is where the website gets a little livelier and at the same time messier. There’s a GDN banner right before the content begins. In terms of content placement, the layout is nothing to brag about. Different locations are present in a vertical category which has different continents in a different color. On the right, under the What’s New section, you have a list of countries and upon clicking them, you can access the channels from those countries.
As you move towards the body, you find two ad banners – a leaderboard ad at the center and a 336×280 ad in the left section. As you scroll further, you can find the Editor’s Picks section which has some of the top channels from around the world including Sky News, Bruzz, Al Arabiya, Bloomberg Quint and TRT News to name a few. Towards the left, you have an alphabetical list of all the countries available on the website.
As you move down, you’ll find social plugs on the left – Facebook, Twitter, and Search. Adjacent to it are the continued list of channels picked by the editor. Under that section, you once again have two ads of similar size covering both the sections.
You scroll further, you’ll find the ‘Search by Region’ option on the right. But yet again, it’s not necessarily searched by region as under the United States, there’s an option called news alongside New York, Florida, Missouri, Louisiana and more. This is either an error or a sign of slacking on design. If you thought that was enough, right under this section, there are two more ads to hinder your streaming experience.
At least the footer on Squid TV has a gradient which makes it look decent. There are five main options – Site Map, Alphabetical List, English, Japanese and Contact Us.
Inner Pages in terms of layout follow the same pattern as the homepage. The only difference here is that you have content categories before the ad banners. Thus, you can bypass the banners by clicking on any of those content categories. There are five different rows helping you find the content based upon the location. But after each of these rows, there’s a GDN banner which is quite frustrating to deal with when browsing through the phone.
Content is actually Squid TV’s stronghold. What it lacks in graphics, it makes up for it through content. There are eight main categories of content – News Channels, Ethnic TV, Entertainment & Cultural TV, Shopping TV, Music TV, Sports TV & Videos, Scientific & Education TV and Religious TV. Each of these buckets has a diverse range of channels from all around the world. For instance, if you click on News, you can find content from countries such as the US, the UK, India, Ghana, UAE, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Japan, New Zealand and many more.
It’s not a big reveal when I say I prefer streaming IPTV websites on my mobile phone. And this website is a fine example of why it is so. Just tons of ads all over the place makes the streaming quite cumbersome. However, I had to test the website on both the desktop and the mobile device. Though the actual streaming wasn’t that bad, the browsing experience was quite terrible, to say the least.
Suggestions I have for Squid TV
I don’t have any problems with the actual streaming capability. However, that’s valid if I stay on the page till then. The homepage and the inner page’s design are absolutely shambolic. I’d really request the developers to revamp the entire website.
Squid TV is quite popular which is evident in its Facebook following. People who want to watch free to air content and other paid channels for free can give it a try. Beware of the ads though.