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Old 26-09-2020, 10:30 PM   #3391
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Upcoming Google Chromecast running Android TV OS 10 (or Google TV) leaked.

https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/25/2...sions-features

Around US$50.
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Old 26-09-2020, 10:41 PM   #3392
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Any tvbox model with in built digital tv receiver? Just need to buy the antenna...
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Old 27-09-2020, 02:41 AM   #3393
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I see. It seems that Starhub really locks it down then if that option is disabled.

Worse case you have to get a separate box like Mi Box S (around S$70+) or Minix NEO T5 (S$99 from Shopee), to side load apps.
Dang it starhub :'( Thanks for the help tho! You've been very helpful. I'm gonna try the long route with adb before I finally give up.
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Old 27-09-2020, 05:57 PM   #3394
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Hi guys, is there an app on android phone that I can use to type into andoird box, MI box s?
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Old 27-09-2020, 07:14 PM   #3395
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Hi guys, is there an app on android phone that I can use to type into andoird box, MI box s?
Yes. "Android TV Remote Control" app from Google.
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Old 28-09-2020, 10:32 AM   #3396
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any android box to recommend?
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Old 28-09-2020, 10:50 AM   #3397
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any android box to recommend?
It all depends on your need.

Best boxes:
Mi Box S -- best below S$100, around S$70+
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 and Pro 2019 -- best above S$200

Other boxes to consider if you do not need Netflix HD.
Minix NEO T5, S$99 from Shopee

Other boxes to consider if you need Netflix HD but not Chromecast.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon Fire TV Cube 2nd generation 2019

If you want preloaded boxes which you can watch all kinds of channels like Soccer for free, then none to recommend, as there are no such good boxes exist.
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Old 28-09-2020, 10:53 AM   #3398
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Any tvbox model with in built digital tv receiver? Just need to buy the antenna...
Very few Hybrid boxes and they are expensive. Much cheaper to buy separate.

Mecool K7 is relatively new and powerful enough.
https://androidpctv.com/review-mecool-k7-opinion/

Amlogic S905X2 Quad core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU
4GB LPDDR4 + 64GB EMMC
2.4GHz + 5GHz dual band WiFi
1000Mbps Ethernet
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Old 28-09-2020, 11:02 AM   #3399
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hi, I have bluray iso in my NAS. Any recommendation on which box can play bluray ISO from NAS with menu without skipping frame/buffering apart from Nvidia Shield?
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Old 28-09-2020, 12:12 PM   #3400
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hi, I have bluray iso in my NAS. Any recommendation on which box can play bluray ISO from NAS with menu without skipping frame/buffering apart from Nvidia Shield?
minix neo t5
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Old 28-09-2020, 12:12 PM   #3401
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hi, I have bluray iso in my NAS. Any recommendation on which box can play bluray ISO from NAS with menu without skipping frame/buffering apart from Nvidia Shield?
Those good ones (dedicated UHD media player optimized for Blu Ray rip files) will be similar or more expensive than Nvidia Shield TV.

Example:
Zidoo Z9X at US$229 is the cheapest current model from Zidoo. Old models may be cheaper.
https://androidpctv.com/review-zidoo-z9x-opinion/

Himedia Q10 Pro is old but still good.

Egreat is another brand.

If you can use Chinese version without GMS, then HiMedia Q5 Plus can be considered at RMB799.
https://item.m.jd.com/product/100003432394.html

Or you can consider older model of Zidoo like Z9S or Z10. A quick glance shows that they are available from Lazada at around S$199 for Z9S and S$279 for Z10.

Z9S seems to be good enough.
https://androidpctv.com/review-zidoo-z9s/
Z10 is of course better.
https://mediaplayers.gr/zidoo-z10/

These players will have better user experiences than Nvidia Shield TV for your use case.
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Old 28-09-2020, 12:59 PM   #3402
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It all depends on your need.

Best boxes:
Mi Box S -- best below S$100, around S$70+
Nvidia Shield TV 2019 and Pro 2019 -- best above S$200

Other boxes to consider if you do not need Netflix HD.
Minix NEO T5, S$99 from Shopee

Other boxes to consider if you need Netflix HD but not Chromecast.
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon Fire TV Cube 2nd generation 2019

If you want preloaded boxes which you can watch all kinds of channels like Soccer for free, then none to recommend, as there are no such good boxes exist.
great list. Is it worth to get (saw on Qoo10/Shopee) boxes that have higher amount of RAM, cheaper yet unknown brands?

example these kind: https://shopee.sg/🔥10.10-Big-Sale🔥Pu...078.5129122814
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Old 28-09-2020, 01:07 PM   #3403
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great list. Is it worth to get (saw on Qoo10/Shopee) boxes that have higher amount of RAM, cheaper yet unknown brands?

example these kind: https://shopee.sg/🔥10.10-Big-Sale🔥Pu...078.5129122814
This particular T95 is a "Do not buy!!!" because of the thermally challenged H616 CPU. It is slightly better than the infamous H6 CPU but not much better.

In general, you should not buy non branded generic Android TV boxes unless you know really what you want.

If you really want to buy cheap generic no brand box, then buy S905X3 CPU based boxes like A95X F3 Air, X96 Max Plus, H96 Max X3, OEM Tanix TX3, etc. But quality may vary from batch to batch so you are depending on lucks.

Of these no brand boxes, Tanix used to offer some good ones like TX3 Mini, TX3 Max, TX5 Max, TX5 Plus, TX3, etc. But now it is producing junk boxes like TX6, TX6S, etc.

OEM boxes from Tanix (no Tanix logo) are worse than Tanix original boxes.

FYI, my OEM TX6 suffered thermal issues from the beginning and died slightly after one year+ of light usage.
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Old 28-09-2020, 01:30 PM   #3404
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Very few Hybrid boxes and they are expensive. Much cheaper to buy separate.

Mecool K7 is relatively new and powerful enough.
https://androidpctv.com/review-mecool-k7-opinion/

Amlogic S905X2 Quad core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
ARM Mali-G31 MP2 GPU
4GB LPDDR4 + 64GB EMMC
2.4GHz + 5GHz dual band WiFi
1000Mbps Ethernet
Thanks! Will get hybrid for convenience...
Please add if there are more recommendations.
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Old 28-09-2020, 01:39 PM   #3405
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Thanks! Will get hybrid for convenience...
Please add if there are more recommendations.
No other recommended hybrid box.

Only two major brands are producing Hybrid boxes, MeCool and Magicsee.

Magicsee C400 is okay if you do not mind older box. Or Mecool KII Pro or KIII Pro.
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