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Old 26-11-2018, 08:17 PM   #811
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Pay the box for $40. Decided not to ship back as I think the shipping fee is more than $15.

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Same here my box costs less than S$35 and decided not to ship back. That is the risk of buying through Taobao. Now the cost of Android TV boxes in Lazada/Shopee is actually decent if you know the market well and it is easier to return.
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Old 26-11-2018, 11:32 PM   #812
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Despite app ban, business as usual at TV box shops in Sim Lim Square
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Old 27-11-2018, 09:52 AM   #813
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So as long as there isn't a way to trace the individual that download the torrent, the IP holder won't be successful in getting compensation form the copyright infinger.

Last time the IP holder of Dallas buyers club sent letters demanding compensation form the copyright infinger our court threw out the case as it claims the IP address is insufficient evidence to trace the individual who download content illegally.
Actually Pay TV service provider should knock down their price. If price is cheap then no need for such TV box.
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Old 27-11-2018, 10:46 AM   #814
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Actually Pay TV service provider should knock down their price. If price is cheap then no need for such TV box.
It's mostly not about price. It's about a availability.
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Old 27-11-2018, 12:11 PM   #815
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It should be better than the older one because of the added AC wifi support. That being said it seems not so easily available in Singapore.

NVidia Shield TV is at a different class than Mi Box and if the cost is not a concern by all means get it. If cost is a concern then get Mi Box if you need official Google certified Android TV.

For those who do not need official Google certified Android TV, another option is the FireTV devices from Amazon, pretty easy to side load apps from what I read.

After the above, you can also consider non-Android choices like Roku and Apple TV (for Apple device users).

Google Chromecast is another good device to have even though it is built-in for Official Android TV device like the Mi Box.

After the above, then it comes to generic Android OS based TV box where you can try better brand like Zidoo, Beelink or Minix if you do not want to venture with lower end boxes.

List of TOP 10 Android TV box review
https://youtu.be/HGs8yF5VOvU
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...Lm1LQ/htmlview

Nvidia Shield is No 1 and Mi Box is No 4.
No 2 and 3 are for people who want to play a bit of game and big Kodi build and do not need Netflix.

Reading the whole thread since it's v informative.. just wondering what's the difference between official andoird n generic like miniz
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Old 27-11-2018, 02:00 PM   #816
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Reading the whole thread since it's v informative.. just wondering what's the difference between official andoird n generic like miniz
For Starhub streaming box the image is very clear compare to other box. Other box live TV is in SD and no HD but claim to be in HD. SH and ST should knock down their price then people will sign up.
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Old 27-11-2018, 02:17 PM   #817
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For Starhub streaming box the image is very clear compare to other box. Other box live TV is in SD and no HD but claim to be in HD. SH and ST should knock down their price then people will sign up.
Not true.

The difference is due to wrong app you used on other boxes. or you are cheated.

garbage in, garbage out.
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Old 27-11-2018, 03:35 PM   #818
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Reading the whole thread since it's v informative.. just wondering what's the difference between official andoird n generic like miniz
In short official box run the the androidTV os and not a tablet version of android. Official boxes also does Chromecast, DRM for 4k netflix etc, Google assistant built in and have the curated play store.

Unless u are a geek and want a rooted box for installing adblock and stuff or want to run Linux on your TV box stick to the official boxes (mibox & Nvidia shield)
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Old 27-11-2018, 03:38 PM   #819
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For Starhub streaming box the image is very clear compare to other box. Other box live TV is in SD and no HD but claim to be in HD. SH and ST should knock down their price then people will sign up.
That's because the box is not target at u. It's target at pros who know how to sideload heir own apps and not depend on preinstalled garbage. (Or idiots who got cheeted by the salesperson advertising)

If figuring what and how to sideload apps to your android TV box sounds like hacker man stuff to you, you are not the target market for those box.
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Old 27-11-2018, 04:04 PM   #820
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For Starhub streaming box the image is very clear compare to other box. Other box live TV is in SD and no HD but claim to be in HD. SH and ST should knock down their price then people will sign up.
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Old 27-11-2018, 06:16 PM   #821
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In short official box run the the androidTV os and not a tablet version of android. Official boxes also does Chromecast, DRM for 4k netflix etc, Google assistant built in and have the curated play store.

Unless u are a geek and want a rooted box for installing adblock and stuff or want to run Linux on your TV box stick to the official boxes (mibox & Nvidia shield)
Good summary.

But I will even say forget about Android TV altogether (even Mi Box and Android Shield TV) and subscribe to SingTel TV and StarHub TV for those who think side loading apps is difficult.
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Old 27-11-2018, 07:14 PM   #822
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Good summary.

But I will even say forget about Android TV altogether (even Mi Box and Android Shield TV) and subscribe to SingTel TV and StarHub TV for those who think side loading apps is difficult.
In short official box run the the androidTV os and not a tablet version of android. Official boxes also does Chromecast, DRM for 4k netflix etc, Google assistant built in and have the curated play store.

Unless u are a geek and want a rooted box for installing adblock and stuff or want to run Linux on your TV box stick to the official boxes (mibox & Nvidia shield)
Oh if then what's really the main decision factor to land on say Nvidia shield versus Minix?

If I'm a geek, I should go for Minix? But if I want official support for Android functionality like Chromecast, go shield?
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Old 27-11-2018, 07:21 PM   #823
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Oh if then what's really the main decision factor to land on say Nvidia shield versus Minix?

If I'm a geek, I should go for Minix? But if I want official support for Android functionality like Chromecast, go shield?
No, the Minix is overpriced, go get the Nvidia Shield TV no matter what if you are only deciding between the two.
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Old 27-11-2018, 08:05 PM   #824
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https://www.cnx-software.com/2018/11...tv-netflix-4k/

New Android TV box with certified Netflix.

Himedia is a good brand but majority of their product are targeting domestic market in Mainland China.
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Old 28-11-2018, 10:10 PM   #825
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Linus Tech Tips’ review of the Mi Box S



US$60 Mi Box S has built-in Chromecast Ultra (4K) functionality which costs US$70. Nice one.
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