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Old 17-04-2019, 01:20 PM   #1591
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hi xiaofan,
thanks for the infos u shared.

currently I'm using a xtreamer prodigy to playback pass through of mkv/iso files to my Atmos avr then to my tv which is not 4k yet but soon to be.
have a cheap android box but can't update further and still android 5 to play apps for tv live streaming.
Also subscribed to Miotv for local channels and some kids channel and may cancel soon.

Able to recommend an unit that can All-in-1 of the above and future proof for my soon 4K tv to enjoy the full glory of 4K and Atmos, local channels and android live streaming.

Thinking to get Zidoo but if there is cheaper good alternative, why not.

Thanks.
I think Nvidia Shield TV is the best device for your task. Not cheap but it does support Dolby Atmos along with 4K HDR. You can use Kodi app with your local/NAS media file including all kinds of formats.

For local channels you can cast from mobile phone using Toggle. Nvidia Shield TV box has built-in Google Chromecast function which is good for Starhub Go, HBO Go, SingTel Cast, SingTel TV Go, etc.

Nvidia Shield TV also supports Netflix 4k, unfortunately no Dolby Atmos support under Netflix. But hopefully your new 4k TV will take care of that.

For kids channel you can consider subscription of SingTel Cast Learning Plus pack at S$4.9 per month. You can cast from your mobile phone or just install SingTel Cast onto the Nvidia Shield TV.

Zidoo is mainly for ripped Blu-ray contents.

Mi Box S is much cheaper than Nvidia Shield TV but it does not support Dolby Atmos pass through. Its CPU is also a bit weak to handle some 4K media files.
https://androidpctv.com/review-xiaomi-mi-box-s/

Nvidia Shield TV box spec and latest reviews.
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shield/specs/
https://9to5google.com/2019/01/04/nv...eld-tv-review/

https://www.techhive.com/article/315...e-best-media-s
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Old 18-04-2019, 01:10 PM   #1592
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Check out Xiaomi Mi TV Box 3 Android 6.0 Smart 4K Quad Core HD WiFi Bluetooth Box at 13% off! $73.00 only. Get it on Shopee now! https://shopee.sg/product/61512439/1...927?smtt=0.0.9

Good deal right?
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Old 18-04-2019, 01:56 PM   #1593
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mypadtv ??

Anyone knows where I can pay to watch live channel like dmax, nat geo, mandarin movie and stuff ?
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Old 18-04-2019, 03:55 PM   #1594
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I think Nvidia Shield TV is the best device for your task. Not cheap but it does support Dolby Atmos along with 4K HDR. You can use Kodi app with your local/NAS media file including all kinds of formats.

For local channels you can cast from mobile phone using Toggle. Nvidia Shield TV box has built-in Google Chromecast function which is good for Starhub Go, HBO Go, SingTel Cast, SingTel TV Go, etc.

Nvidia Shield TV also supports Netflix 4k, unfortunately no Dolby Atmos support under Netflix. But hopefully your new 4k TV will take care of that.

For kids channel you can consider subscription of SingTel Cast Learning Plus pack at S$4.9 per month. You can cast from your mobile phone or just install SingTel Cast onto the Nvidia Shield TV.

Zidoo is mainly for ripped Blu-ray contents.

Mi Box S is much cheaper than Nvidia Shield TV but it does not support Dolby Atmos pass through. Its CPU is also a bit weak to handle some 4K media files.
https://androidpctv.com/review-xiaomi-mi-box-s/

Nvidia Shield TV box spec and latest reviews.
https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/shield/specs/
https://9to5google.com/2019/01/04/nv...eld-tv-review/

https://www.techhive.com/article/315...e-best-media-s
thanks, did heard about Nvidia. Will check out on it.
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Old 18-04-2019, 05:20 PM   #1595
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Check out Xiaomi Mi TV Box 3 Android 6.0 Smart 4K Quad Core HD WiFi Bluetooth Box at 13% off! $73.00 only. Get it on Shopee now! https://shopee.sg/product/61512439/1...927?smtt=0.0.9

Good deal right?
I also wanna know, BTW what is the diff between UK adapter and Standard package?

This one cheaper... $62.69 after store discount.

https://www.lazada.sg/products/i270828673-s527122869.html?spm=a2o42.cart.0.0.14c57a936Ps0Y3&urlFlag=true&mp=1

Worth getting Xiaomi Mi TV Box 3 now since Xiaomi Mi TV Box S already out liao?

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Old 18-04-2019, 06:34 PM   #1596
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Update my previous post.

Depending on your needs you may consider the following streaming hardware options, from easy to more difficult. Option 8/9/10 can be easy to use but since I do not recommend them so they are put in the bottom.

For streaming I think Mi Box S should be a very good choice especially for new users. Then Nvidia Shield TV is another good choice if you are willing to pay for the performance. If for some reasons you do not like these two, you may want to consider Option 7, especially S905X2 boxes.

1) Starhub fibre TV or SingTel TV

2) Starhub Go Streaming Box, running operator version of Android TV OS, not yet support Netflix but support Chromecast.

3) Google Chromecast dongles, including the 4k option called Chromecast Ultra

4) Apple TV and Apple TV 4k which are good option for Apple users

5) Mi Box S or Nvidia Shield TV running official Android TV OS whch supports Netflix 4k and YouTube 4k. You can load other apps as well with some exceptions like Starhub Go and TVB Anywhere SG. But you can use Starhub Go on the mobile and cast to TV.

6) Amazon Fire TV stick 4k or Amazon Fire TV Cube, which supports Netflix 4k as well, again you can side load other apps.

7) Other barebone Android TV boxes, say those from Zidoo, Minix, Beelink and Tanix. Or those generic boxes. No Netflix HD/4k support, no ChromeCast function.

Brand is one important factor in choosing the box. Android OS version and CPU/Memory/Storage/WiFi/Ethernet/etc are important factor as well.

Avoid 1GB memory boxes in this category for new purchases.
Hi, can I check cAn the mi box s install with Singtel tv go itself instead of casting? I want find an android box that can install Singtel tv go.
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Old 18-04-2019, 06:35 PM   #1597
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Hi xiaofan, thanks for your suggestions. I've gotten a Tx5 max myself and it arrive today, looks like a pretty powerful box! Just abit of hassle getting used to the UX from preious Minix box.

Is there a way to remove the Alice UX and reinstate a stock OS, or is it impossible? Using my A3 mouse to surf Chrome ends up highlighting the whole area. Hahaha
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Old 18-04-2019, 07:11 PM   #1598
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Hi, can I check cAn the mi box s install with Singtel tv go itself instead of casting? I want find an android box that can install Singtel tv go.
Replied on the Mio TV thread. Just copy here as well.
Hi Xiaofan, you try installing on Mi box s? I have a android box but was unable to launch due to the error rooted. I dun mind getting a Mi box S if it is cfm working. Can you cfm that? TIA.
I do not have Mi Box S myself but as I mentioned, there are reports here and elsewhere that SingTel Cast and SingTel TV work on Mi Box S.

Ref: report for SingTel TV Go
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/t...678618-87.html

Report for SingTel Cast working on Sony Android TV and Nvidia Shield TV.
https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/t...678618-86.html

Report for SingTel cast working on Mi Box S is from a Facebook group.

"Yes confirm. I have Mi Box S and subscribed to Singtel CAST sports. You can download the app on the tv box from Play Store and watch directly on box. Don't have to cast from phone or tablet".
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Old 18-04-2019, 07:41 PM   #1599
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Hi xiaofan, thanks for your suggestions. I've gotten a Tx5 max myself and it arrive today, looks like a pretty powerful box! Just abit of hassle getting used to the UX from preious Minix box.

Is there a way to remove the Alice UX and reinstate a stock OS, or is it impossible? Using my A3 mouse to surf Chrome ends up highlighting the whole area. Hahaha
Not so sure what do you mean by stock OS here since the stock OS from Tanix is the Alice UX. You can try other launchers if you want. Do not try to remove Alice UX. Some people in YouTube review mentioned ADW Launcher 2. But I think that is also different from Minix.

As for alternative ROM, yes there are alternative S905X2 Android ROM but I tend to stay away from them.

https://forum.freaktab.com/forum/tv-...l-wifi-lan-bt4
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Old 18-04-2019, 08:06 PM   #1600
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Check out Xiaomi Mi TV Box 3 Android 6.0 Smart 4K Quad Core HD WiFi Bluetooth Box at 13% off! $73.00 only. Get it on Shopee now! https://shopee.sg/product/61512439/1...927?smtt=0.0.9

Good deal right?
https://s.lazada.sg/s.3zKQ
This one is cheaper and it is a good deal at S$66. And there is a 5% discount voucher.

Mi Box Global version is still a good buy at S$66. There was reported problem of Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade last year but it is said now it is okay.

The user experiences should be the same as Mi Box S. The HW specifications are basically the same except the remote and some say internal wifi chipset.
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Old 18-04-2019, 08:32 PM   #1601
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Hi

using XiaoMi MiBox S International (official with netflix version)
*not china one

i am using it with Singtel TV Go app directly on the box
*install from google store
.. no need to cast or anything
Hi Reborns,

Are you using mi box s and able to install Singtel TV go directly and run from it? I mean Singtel TV go.. not Singtel TV cast... I want to find an android box that is able to run Singtel TV go directly instead of casting... Hope you can advise me... Thanks...
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I also wanna know, BTW what is the diff between UK adapter and Standard package?

This one cheaper... $62.69 after store discount.

https://www.lazada.sg/products/i2708...Flag=true&mp=1

Worth getting Xiaomi Mi TV Box 3 now since Xiaomi Mi TV Box S already out liao?
https://s.lazada.sg/s.3zKQ
This one is cheaper and it is a good deal at S$66. And there is a 5% discount voucher.

Mi Box Global version is still a good buy at S$66. There was reported problem of Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade last year but it is said now it is okay.

The user experiences should be the same as Mi Box S. The HW specifications are basically the same except the remote and some say internal wifi chipset.
Thanks for the suggestion and advice guys, appreciate it!
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Not so sure what do you mean by stock OS here since the stock OS from Tanix is the Alice UX. You can try other launchers if you want. Do not try to remove Alice UX. Some people in YouTube review mentioned ADW Launcher 2. But I think that is also different from Minix.

As for alternative ROM, yes there are alternative S905X2 Android ROM but I tend to stay from them.

https://forum.freaktab.com/forum/tv-...l-wifi-lan-bt4
Thanks! I'll try ADW Launcher 2
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Old 19-04-2019, 07:43 PM   #1604
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For Tanix TX6 user only, formal OTA FW update has been released. You can try it to see if the overheating issue has got a bit better. I will still recommend using a fan with this box.

The cost of TX6 is pretty low (2G/16GB at S$42 and 4GB/32GB at S$55).
https://s.lazada.sg/s.3yoh

And the performance is also pretty good (above RK3328 and below S905X2) but the heat issue prevents me from recommending this box for low budget users. Tanix TX3 Mini and TX3 Max are safer buy now even though the performance is not as good as TX6.

From Tanix Facebook page:

FIRMWARE Update: TANIX TX6 update by OTA. In order to get the v20190418, open the pre-installed "UPDATE" APP and check for updates.
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For Discovery Channels and National Geographics channels, I think you have to pay Starhub or SingTel to get the contents legitimately.
For Nat Geo, Discovery I find that youtube is pretty good as long as you don't need the latest episodes. Another good source is Kodi but the stream breaks from time to time.
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