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Old 14-12-2019, 11:30 PM   #2596
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Alternative to Android TV boxes. Take note Amazon FireTV devices runs Android and Starhub Go Streaming Box runs Android TV OS.

This is to complement my posts in Page 94 of this thread.
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/t...678618-94.html

1. SingTel TV box and Starhub boxes, no 4K contents.

User friendly, subscription may be expensive especially for sports related packages.

2. Apple TV 4k
Netflix 4k supported but not YouTube 4K. Very good for Apple users. But there are less apps available for example IPTV and VPN apps.

3. Google Chromecast dongle and Chromecast Ultra (4k)

Good for the apps supported the Google Cast protocol. Chromecast Ultra is rather pricy for the function but it does support Ethernet for more stable streaming.

4. HTPC
Very flexible with all kinds of apps. More difficult to set up.

5. Gaming console like Xbox One S /X and PS4 /PS4 Pro.

Capable stream box but still lacks apps.

6.Samsung/LG smart TV

Very good for Netflix for high picture quality. Lack of apps, for example VPN.

7. Smart TV running Google Android TV OS, like those from Sony and TCL.

Good app support but need to be careful not to install too many apps which may slow down the system.

8. Smart TV running on modified Android OS, like Xiaomi Patchwall based smart TV.

Not as good as Android TV OS if you need Netflix 4K and YouTube 4k.

9. Roku device
Very good in US but not as good in Singapore.

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Old 14-12-2019, 11:32 PM   #2597
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Apple TV
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/a...209888-61.html

Latest Android TV boxes.
1) Nvidia Shield TV is still king of Android TV boxes.
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 is good for streaming.
Nvidia Shield TV Pro 2019 is good for gaming.

2) Latest Amlogic S922X (or similar) based boxes
Amazon FireTV Cube Gen 2 2019 is a very good device on the higher end (FireTV Stick 4K is good value in the low end side).

Then there are boxes like Beelink GT-King and GT-King Pro, Ugoos AM6 and AM6 Pro. They are pretty good boxes but may not really worth buying unless you want to play more demanding Android games.

3) New Amlogic S905X3 based box like Beelink GT1 Mini 2, ugoos design X3 Cube and Tanix TX3 are out and will be even more popular and lower cost in 2020. This will make it not worth buying generic boxes based on other CPUs.

4) Unfortunately other than the new Nvidia Shield TV 2019, there are no really much new boxes running official Android TV boxes and certified by Netflix. So Mi Box S remains the best value under sub-S$100.

5) Amazon FireTV Stick 4k is still of good value. Amazon FireTV Cube 2nd Gen is also worth looking at.

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Old 15-12-2019, 02:49 PM   #2598
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You can also consider (pre-loved) Nvidia Shield TV 2017, it can be under $200.

Even the 2015 version still wins the latest boxes.
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Old 15-12-2019, 05:13 PM   #2599
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You can also consider (pre-loved) Nvidia Shield TV 2017, it can be under $200.

Even the 2015 version still wins the latest boxes.
also Nvidia's support is top notch!
out of warranty console. bricked while updating. they replace it foc.
even fedex the shipping and return... u just need to print the pickup slip they prepared and call fedex to pick up the package
and u'll get ur new console + a new power adaptor in 2 days ^^
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Old 16-12-2019, 08:50 AM   #2600
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Just brought a samsung qled tv and learnt that samsung remote can be program to control android tv boxes as well, however evpad is not under the listed brand when trying to setup the ONEREMOTE function. Anyone have luck how to use samsung remote to control evpad?
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Old 17-12-2019, 09:08 AM   #2601
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xiaomi box S is the way to go if u are looking at a cheaper one
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Old 19-12-2019, 07:42 PM   #2602
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Can watch any Taiwanese or Korean tv shows on Mi Box S?
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Old 19-12-2019, 10:38 PM   #2603
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Can watch any Taiwanese or Korean tv shows on Mi Box S?
It all depends on the app.

For example you can subscribe SingTel Cast Chinese Plus Pack.
https://www.singtel.com/personal/pro...t/chinese-plus

And Viu for Korean shows.
https://www.singtel.com/personal/pro...st/viu-premium

Mi Box S supports SingTel Cast. And you can cast to TV with Viu Premium and Mi Box S' built-in Chromecast function.
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Old 23-12-2019, 03:07 AM   #2604
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Having some issues with my Mi Box S hope the bros here can help me out.

I have it paired with a Mi TV 4S Global version, and notice that when i scroll through the apps, or within the Netflix app, scroll from show to show, the screen will flicker once before the preview/auto-play starts playing. When playing YouTube or Netflix videos however, buttery smooth with no flickering. It only happens when scrolling through apps/videos.

I have tried different HDMI cable, different HDMI port, and even put the Mi Box S on another TV, not able to replicate the problem. I don't think it's the TV issue as my Mi TV 4S is global version so comes with Playstore (only no Netflix) and it doesn't flicker as i scroll through the apps or in YouTube.

Might be an issue with the resolution in Mi Box S but i've tried 4k/1080p/etc still flickers.

Have searched Google but doesn't seem to have anyone else facing the same issue.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Will try to take a video and post here soon.
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Old 23-12-2019, 07:30 AM   #2605
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Having some issues with my Mi Box S hope the bros here can help me out.

I have it paired with a Mi TV 4S Global version, and notice that when i scroll through the apps, or within the Netflix app, scroll from show to show, the screen will flicker once before the preview/auto-play starts playing. When playing YouTube or Netflix videos however, buttery smooth with no flickering. It only happens when scrolling through apps/videos.

I have tried different HDMI cable, different HDMI port, and even put the Mi Box S on another TV, not able to replicate the problem. I don't think it's the TV issue as my Mi TV 4S is global version so comes with Playstore (only no Netflix) and it doesn't flicker as i scroll through the apps or in YouTube.

Might be an issue with the resolution in Mi Box S but i've tried 4k/1080p/etc still flickers.

Have searched Google but doesn't seem to have anyone else facing the same issue.

Thanks in advance!

P.S. Will try to take a video and post here soon.
This one is strange. No idea from my side. I have not encountered this issue with my Mi Box S on my monitor or dumb TV (both 1080p).

You may want to ask in the Mi Box thread.
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/h...537957-71.html

Or maybe the Mi TV thread.
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Old 23-12-2019, 09:09 AM   #2606
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This one is strange. No idea from my side. I have not encountered this issue with my Mi Box S on my monitor or dumb TV (both 1080p).

You may want to ask in the Mi Box thread.
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/h...537957-71.html

Or maybe the Mi TV thread.
Thank you bro! Yeap i tried the box on 2 other TVs no issue. Only on my Mi TV 4S. And not able to display 4k 60hz, only goes up to 4k 30hz.
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Old 23-12-2019, 10:38 AM   #2607
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Dear Bros and Sis,

Are there any Chinese alternatives (paid) that can compete with Spotify, which I can download on my phone or use on my TV Box?

A few of the Chinese alternatives I was researching, would say they may not have SG copyright for instance......

I had previously ignored Chinese apps, as I dont have wechat or alipay. Now that Alipay has opened up, things are different and I thought it's worth a 2nd look at cheaper Chinese alternatives to Spotify..... Thanks.
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Old 23-12-2019, 10:43 AM   #2608
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there are a couple of music apps. but most of them have "geolocked" tracks due to yea copyright issues.

examples are qq music, xiami, kugou etc.
for qq, there is option to purchase vip subscription to bypass some track locks.
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Old 23-12-2019, 11:03 AM   #2609
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there are a couple of music apps. but most of them have "geolocked" tracks due to yea copyright issues.

examples are qq music, xiami, kugou etc.
for qq, there is option to purchase vip subscription to bypass some track locks.
Thanks Bro..... Yah, "geo-locked" is the main issue for me, compared to say Spotify which has a far more comprehensive list, at least for SG market. Eg some Chinese apps dont have Jay Chou songs for SG market.

Of course, Spotify is also more ex compared to the Chinese apps.....
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there are a couple of music apps. but most of them have "geolocked" tracks due to yea copyright issues.

examples are qq music, xiami, kugou etc.
for qq, there is option to purchase vip subscription to bypass some track locks.
music's bit rate is not high.

it is easy to get free china vpn to unblock.
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