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Old 27-03-2019, 12:32 PM   #1441
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That's cheap. Where did you buy it from?
There's a cheaper one for $53.08 in Lazada (same model and specs). I cancelled mine but was too late for the deal. Lol, so end up not buying anything.
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Old 27-03-2019, 12:47 PM   #1442
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Hmm, the Lazada link for Tanix TX6 is at S$56, but for Tanix TX5 Max it is higher at S$71. If you really get Tanix TX5 Max at S$56, that is a very good deal and cheaper than what I paid to Taobao.

BTW, I am not good at finding lobangs myself. The Lazada link is just for reference only. It is said Lazada is pretty okay but you still need to take a look at the reviews.
Yeah, after discount it's $56. There's another seller even lower at $53.08 after discount. I ended up not buying anything cos cancelled the purchase but wasn't in time for the cheaper promotion, lol.

Maybe next time.
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Old 27-03-2019, 01:48 PM   #1443
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I have a smart mini tv box (no brand) given by a friend. My Panasonic tv is not a smart tv. After installed the box, i can access chrome, youtube but just cannot access google play. At the sign in page, No matter how I click, just nothing happen. I tried adding account from the setting, also cannot. Anyone can help? Thank you.
I think it is tough to help in this case as apparently the box has issues with Google Play Services. You may want to post the info about the box like the CPU used, the RAM and storage etc.

Low end box may even be more beneficial to just disable Google Play services and use whatever apps suitable to run in the box.

I actually just bought a junk China Mobile OTT TV box from Taobao, S905L CPU, 1GB/8GB configuration, less than RMB100 in Taobao, as my 7th TV box.

It comes with Android 4.4 and no Google services at all. These vendors in Taobao collects these junk boxes (China Telecom IPTV boxes, China Unicom IPTV box and China Mobile OTT box) in bulk and then remove the original IPTV app and install Dangbei Market and/or Shafa market and a few apps to modify them for general usage. The price is between RMB80-120 in Taobao depending on the configuration.

To my surprise, the box actually runs pretty smooth and just adding a few apps from Dangbei market and sideloading a few apps, it is actually usable for Chinese Entertainment.

My previous experience with this type of boxes during my Dec 2018 trip to China was that they can only run the dedicated IPTV app. Just adding Dangbei market already makes them very slow. But apparently by removing the dedicated IPTV app they can even run Dangbei market fine.
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Old 27-03-2019, 01:56 PM   #1444
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Yeah, after discount it's $56. There's another seller even lower at $53.08 after discount. I ended up not buying anything cos cancelled the purchase but wasn't in time for the cheaper promotion, lol.

Maybe next time.
You are very good at finding deals. There are all types of discount and coupons which I am kind of lazy to find out.

My Taobao purchase of Tanix TX5 Max is at RMB315 or S$63 (now lower at RMB 290 or S$58), then I still need to pay for the 7% GST and the sea shipping and wait for another two to three weeks for it to come.

My Taobao purchase of Tanix TX6 is at RMB240 or S$48 but now it is cheaper at RMB220 or S$44.
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Old 27-03-2019, 05:07 PM   #1445
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Haha, not really, I was just lucky. Anyway, I got my wife to buy the box for me. Think this is really the lowest.

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Old 27-03-2019, 08:30 PM   #1446
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Haha good choice for the 4GB/32GB configuration.

https://hometheatrelife.com/beelink-gt1-mini-review/

I actually like the more stylish remote and "old style" interface of Beelink GT1 Mini than the Tanix TX5's generic remote and "more modern" Alice UI.

If one does not need either Chromecast (for apps like Starhub Go or Toggle or Viu Premium) or Netflix HD/4k, then these new generation of S905X2 boxes running Android 8.1 should be pretty good choices, they will run apps like Kodi very well. I will recommend the 4G RAM version.

Among them so far three boxes look good to me, Beelink GT1 Mini, Tanix TX5 Max and to a lesser extent Mecool KM9. Of course the other generic boxes may be a bit cheaper(H96 Max X2, T95Q, X96 Max, etc), but I think I am impressed by the Tanix TX5 Max after 4 generic boxes.
Wow thank you. Nice review.

Can't wait for my box to arrive
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Old 27-03-2019, 08:31 PM   #1447
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If you have no intention to play games, you can hardly feel the difference between 2GB and 4GB RAM.
I mostly watch movies or use iptv apps in the android box
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Old 27-03-2019, 08:43 PM   #1448
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This charts from Chigz Tech review are still useful reference for choosing the box, no need to look too much at the overall ranking but it can serve as a good reference for feature comparison.

Full chart 2019
http://bit.ly/2TpdiWM

Nvidia Shield TV is No 1. Mi Box S is No 6. But in reality No 2,3,7 are RK3399 boxes and not worth the money. No 4,5,9,10 are S905X2 box including the Beelink GT1 Mini. He has not ranked Tanix TX5 Max yet. No 8 is the 3rd gen Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

Chart 2019 based on Benchmark for reference only
http://bit.ly/2HqxAy9

Full chart 2018 based on benchmark only, for reference
http://bit.ly/2l5j54G
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Old 29-03-2019, 08:05 PM   #1449
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Anyone has any apps or box suggestions that has horse racing (channel 88 of suckhub) ? Dad would like to view it
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Old 29-03-2019, 08:37 PM   #1450
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Of the two Tanix boxes I got recently, I think Tanix TX5 Max S905X2 Android 8.1 is pretty good, very smooth, with very fast wifi performance and it also does not run into thermal issues.

As for the Tanix TX6, I mention that I will not recommend it because of app compatibility problem of Android 9.0. Now I got one more reason againt it. It has thermal issues -- CPU goes above 90 degree C based on AIDA after playing with some apps, not stressing the box at all.

H6 CPU apparently is not good at power efficiency. s905X2 is much better.

Reviews of Beelink GT1 Mini shows it has no thermal issues despite the small size.

Ref, thermal performance comparison
https://androidpctv.com/review-tanix-tx5-max/
https://androidpctv.com/review-beelink-gt1-mini/
https://androidpctv.com/review-tanix-tx6/

Both Beelink GT1 Mini and Tanix TX5 consume less power than Mi Box S.

Tanix TX6 lost 19% of efficiency at the tests. But I think I encountered worse performance loss because of hot weather in Singapore the previous two days.

Idle power of 4.6W is the main problem. That is even higher than full power of Tanix TX5 Max at 4W. Beelink GT1 Mini is even better at 3.5W full power.

Other than H6 CPU, maybe there are some design issues here since the off power is also high at 3.5W.

Similar report of thermal issues here.

https://forum.freaktab.com/forum/tv-...ifi-bt4-1-or-5

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Old 30-03-2019, 02:33 PM   #1451
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No issue to install those apps. For these Chinese apps, Beelink GT1 Mini will be better than Mi Box S because of better HW spec and the Gigabit Ethernet. Also you get USB 3.0 port.

I am mostly interested in Chinese Entertainment (no interests in Netflix) and I have Chromecast 1st gen and Apple TV 3rd gen, so I will not buy Mi Box S myself.

It is actually not that hard to use once you get the box and try it out. Pretty similar to an Android phone.

Dangbei market or Shafa market have a lot of Chinese apps for Android TV boxes if you understand Mandarin. Just install one of them and you can try different VOD apps and live TV apps.

https://m.dangbei.com/
http://m.shafa.com/

I am not familiar with other apps but I am very familiar with Chinese Entertainment apps. The following thread can be of some references even though it is for iPhone. You will get much more choices for Android.

https://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/i...s-5929935.html
Hi Xiaofan, I'm into Chinese & Korean Entertainment.

I've tried https://m.dangbei.com/ and http://m.shafa.com/ but most apps require VPN or VIP access to watch.

Are there any apps that has access to old movies or dramas which is free? Live TV is pretty straight forward but the VOD apps are challenging.
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Old 30-03-2019, 03:09 PM   #1452
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Hi Xiaofan, I'm into Chinese & Korean Entertainment.

I've tried https://m.dangbei.com/ and http://m.shafa.com/ but most apps require VPN or VIP access to watch.

Are there any apps that has access to old movies or dramas which is free? Live TV is pretty straight forward but the VOD apps are challenging.
This is how I see things.

Right now I'm paying SGD$25 for Starhub Select Family and Select Go.

If I pay for VIP services and/or VPN, will it be cheaper than Starhub's offering?
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Old 30-03-2019, 05:59 PM   #1453
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This is how I see things.

Right now I'm paying SGD$25 for Starhub Select Family and Select Go.

If I pay for VIP services and/or VPN, will it be cheaper than Starhub's offering?
There are free apps but you may need to try out. lt all depends on your need. You can try Youku/Tencent Video for free with free Transocks VPN to see if you like it or not. Not into Korean entertainment so not sure if the contents suit your needs or not. Youku TV (酷喵影视) is nice because once you pay for VIP,you do not need VPN.

Price is of course cheaper than S$25 per month but you need to be satisfied with the content first.

Browsing the content and may old content are free. Just need to sign in with a WeChat account or use SG mobile number to register.

Tencent Video TV version is better than Youku TV, but it requires VPN even after you pay for the VIP. Free Transocks VPN should be good enough as a start.

iQiyi TV version requires a Chinese mobile phone number so it is more troublesome.

FYI, I am paying for QQ Music VIP myself (RMB120 per year) and Youku VIP (mobile version, not TV version VIP, I got it cheaper through Taobao 88VIP RMB88 per year but that is because my wife spent quite a bit of money in Taobao ). I am not paying for VPN myself. So total spend is only RMB208 or S$42.

Usually you need to spend more. The following two will be a very good combination to enjoy 1080p video, Chinese and also western.
1)Tencent Video TV (云视听极光)VIP RMB488 per year now. Or S$90. Usually RMB 600 per year.

http://tv.qq.com

2) SpeedIn VIP US$36 for two year. US$18 per year or S$25.

Adding the two together will be S$115 per year which will still be much less than S$25 per month of S$300 per year.

Most important thing is whether you are happy with the content or not. If not all bets are off.

There are of course many free VOD apps out there but you need to try.

FYI I am still using SingTel TV because of kids now.
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Old 30-03-2019, 08:41 PM   #1454
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I can see Youku has quite some Korean entertainment as well.
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Old 30-03-2019, 10:42 PM   #1455
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Spoiler!

Hmm, I guess you're right, it really seems cheaper than SGD$300 per year if I go the Youku way. Cheapest will be Youku VIP and I can save on VPN as well.

I'll go check out the Korean entertainment they have on Youku and see if that's good. Hopefully my new Tanix TX5 Max works well with everything.
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