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    Help Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Hi all,

    I'm in the market for an Android TV box. I'm not looking to game on it, only for playing and streaming media.

    What's a good cost effective solution ?? I'm not looking to spend much because at the moment I just want to dip my toes and see how it works out - by this I mean can I get the wife to use it comfortably.

    Plug1 kindly recommended a h96 max via PM. I've had a hunt around and I'm not sure if there aren't a few variants.

    Anyone else got any recommendations ?

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    I had the H96, in fact i had 2. One got totally fcked up after i was fiddling with superuser and the other i think died into its 2 year. I did like the unit, i even modded one of them so it had the extra 2 USBs that were there but covered over.

    My current box and i have had this for over 3 years now without any major issues is a X92, it has 3 gig of mem and a 32 gig storage which is more than enough to stick all my APKs on.


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    on a side note the H96 max uses i think the rockchip CPU which on paper looks awesome, but i have seen people complain about its over heating and poor performances when useing it as a tv box. This was also mirroered by Raptor in a previous post.

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey View Post
    I had the H96, in fact i had 2. One got totally fcked up after i was fiddling with superuser and the other i think died into its 2 year. I did like the unit, i even modded one of them so it had the extra 2 USBs that were there but covered over.

    My current box and i have had this for over 3 years now without any major issues is a X92, it has 3 gig of mem and a 32 gig storage which is more than enough to stick all my APKs on.


    H96 pro thread i did
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    X92 thread here
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    on a side note the H96 max uses i think the rockchip CPU which on paper looks awesome, but i have seen people complain about its over heating and poor performances when useing it as a tv box. This was also mirroered by Raptor in a previous post.

    Review and showing poor playback below
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    I'll watch the video thanks and thanks for the other option. How is that box with 3GB Ram ? The H96 ones I've seen are all 4GB and I was going to ask what you've answered, is 32GB enough ?

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    3 gig mem and 32 gig storage is fine matey, unless you want to stick loads of games on the thing which i have and its only used up 7 gig of the 32.

    My next box will be i think a AM6 plus, but they are retailing over £100 at the moment.

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Why not just go with a firestick?
    Stick a IPTV sub on it and your set not to mention all the free stuff you can add if you wanted too?

    They are on offer at the minute for £24.99
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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by MrTeajunkie View Post
    Why not just go with a firestick?
    Stick a IPTV sub on it and your set not to mention all the free stuff you can add if you wanted too?

    They are on offer at the minute for £24.99
    I think I'd want the 4k one and also that £25 offer seems to have finished ?

    Also the problem I have with those is I hate typing via a dpad and enter on a remote, we have a wireless keyboard/touchpad combo thing with our current HTPC and I'm thinking I can just shove it's dongle in a usb port on an android box and off we go. Can you use bluetooth keyboards with fire ?

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Usb keyboards.work with fire dongles, used one until recently when I swapped it for a Nvidia shield.

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    Default Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Iím using a 4K fire stick and canít fault it, Iím not sure about the keyboard Iíll try one tonight when home and let you know.

    *from post above seems they do work, I should have thought so seeing as I use a wireless joypad for emu.

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    For Fire TV , download the app and you can use phone as a keyboard and mouse. Deffo makes typing much easier.

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by mitchb View Post
    For Fire TV , download the app and you can use phone as a keyboard and mouse. Deffo makes typing much easier.
    Yeah thatís really handy for copy and pasting long m3u things


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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Yes i use my phone or my ipad for the keyboard
    It also comes in handy if you loose the remote
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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Nail on the head ... "Also the problem I have with those is I hate typing via a dpad and enter on a remote"

    for the same money you can plug in a mouse in and the pain is gone (and a usb drive with the apk), and it runs proper android with play services .
    as for android amlogic or mtk
    as long as the codecs are on the soc , 2gb minimum ram , 16gb storage , you wont see much difference , just build quality and support with ota updates .

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    As said above you can't go wrong with a 4k Firestick.. there's loads of ways of improving them...
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    MRZ IPTV is an awesome Free Live TV App for Android. It's very similar to Ola TV with tonnes of content world wide. Let's see How To Install MR ZIP TV.

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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    I have had Firesticks and the 1st Generation one is now obsolete. The 2nd Gen is also starting to run slowly - obviously due to the updates Amazon send out to force you to upgrade.

    I have the FireTV 4K which cost my £90, but is awesome.
    My next one will either be the latest 4K Firestick (replaced the Cube and FireTV) or I am starting to sway towards the Roku Stream Stick+ ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ]). The only thing putting me off the Roku is because it doesn't appear to run on Android. Roku aslo cannot install Kodi, which might be a complete deal breaker for me. FireSticks can at least side-load it.


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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by DejaVu View Post
    I have had Firesticks and the 1st Generation one is now obsolete. The 2nd Gen is also starting to run slowly - obviously due to the updates Amazon send out to force you to upgrade.

    I have the FireTV 4K which cost my £90, but is awesome.
    My next one will either be the latest 4K Firestick (replaced the Cube and FireTV) or I am starting to sway towards the Roku Stream Stick+ ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ]). The only thing putting me off the Roku is because it doesn't appear to run on Android. Roku aslo cannot install Kodi, which might be a complete deal breaker for me. FireSticks can at least side-load it.
    And like the old nowtv boxes with plex roku can withdraw any app they like.
    That Left me in the shit when now tv did that.

    Now I use 4K firestick for the main tv and we have the latest fire sticks on our bedroom and daughters room.
    My folks use 1st gen fire sticks still for iptv and they love them.
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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    I think to be honest that I'm going to hold off for the moment. I might look at getting a 4k firestick when Amazon next have a prime day or whatever. For now I'm sticking with my HTPC (an Alienware Alpha). It's just a shame the streaming services don't allow 4k streaming via a browser.
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    I've tried allsorts of android boxes over the years and they're all shit in comparison to the Nvidia Shield. I've currently got a 4k firestick and an H96 and the difference between them and a Shield is like night and day. Do yourself a favour and get a second hand one. They just work.

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    My 2p on this, I have spent good money on Android Boxes over the years (Open Hour Chameleon springs to mind!)
    The expensive boxes were as well supported as the cheap ones, if your looking to just play media on a few apps then anything with a half decent spec will most likely do.
    The Nvidia shield is the one I keep hearing good things about but I have not used one myself.
    Never been impressed with Roku or Firesticks as I found them clunky and slow when moving through large plex libraries for example.
    The biggest problem is the amount of them available, after browsing for 20 mins you get blind to the specifications after reading so many!
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    £10 off the 4K firestick at the moment. £39.99
    i think half price Standard ones too. £19.99
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    Default Re: Android TV box, looking for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by MrTeajunkie View Post
    £10 off the 4K firestick at the moment. £39.99
    i think half price Standard ones too. £19.99
    Yea noticed that this morning. £30 for the 4k and I'd snap it up. I think £40 is still more than I'd want to pay.
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