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Hi, what would be a good replacement for WDTV live nowadays? Has been using since 2013. Have a 1TB usb HDD connected and plan to keep using it. Also looking at possibility of using new setup to watch Kdrama. Any suggestions?
currently any sub $15 box can do better than your wdtv :) :)

suggest to get "minix T5" or "mibox s"
 

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Hi guys, need some advice. Need to get an android box. Was deciding between mecool S905x4 based android or chromecast 2020. Which one will be the better one?
 
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Hi guys, need some advice. Need to get an android box. Was deciding between mecool S905x4 based android or chromecast 2020. Which one will be the better one?

It will depend on your needs. If you need Netflix 4K, then you have to go with Chromecast 2020.

Mecool KM6 review: you will be lucky to get Netflix HD working with hacks. Disney+ will be an issue as well.
 

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Mecool finally cones out with one Netflix certified box KM2 but its HW spec is no better than Chromecast 2020 and costs higher, so I am not so sure if anyone wants it unless you like the better connectivity.

2021 MECOOL KM2 Collective Netflix Certified Android TV Box Amazon Prime Video Youtube supported 2GB RAM 8GB ROM

 

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I suspect that Netflix certification requires the lowest minimum specs hardware bc Netflix don't want the box to have space for loading hacking software in the same space. They want your TVBox to be nothing more than just a NetflixBox.

I've wondered why nobody hacked Netflix after so many years.
Nothing is impossible to hack in computer but the harder ones need more space to emulate n spoof user data.
Mecool finally cones out with one Netflix certified box KM2 but its HW spec is no better than Chromecast 2020 and costs higher, so I am not so sure if anyone wants it unless you like the better connectivity.

2021 MECOOL KM2 Collective Netflix Certified Android TV Box Amazon Prime Video Youtube supported 2GB RAM 8GB ROM

 

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I suspect that Netflix certification requires the lowest minimum specs hardware bc Netflix don't want the box to have space for loading hacking software in the same space. They want your TVBox to be nothing more than just a NetflixBox.
I've wondered why nobody hacked Netflix after so many years.
Nothing is impossible to hack in computer but the harder ones need more space to emulate n spoof user data.

It is not about the HW specifications. After all, Nvidia Shield TV also got Netflix Certification.

Mecool previously hacked Netflix and got banned to get official Netflix certification even they wanted to pay.

They finally got the official Netflix certification after so many years.

So far the successful companies are mostly big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, Nvida, Xiaomi, etc. Or pay TV operators like Starhub. Or TV vendors like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and TCL.

For smaller China based Android TV Box companies, Mecool (not so small in reality) is the first one to get the certification.

There are other pretty large OEM Android TV box companies which want to pay (eg: Beelink and Minix) but not yet successful.
 

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I suspect that Netflix certification requires the lowest minimum specs hardware bc Netflix don't want the box to have space for loading hacking software in the same space. They want your TVBox to be nothing more than just a NetflixBox.

I've wondered why nobody hacked Netflix after so many years.
Nothing is impossible to hack in computer but the harder ones need more space to emulate n spoof user data.
I think Netflix do not require you to have a high end processor (computer or player) to play their movies as the softwares are all residing in the Netflix servers. Even Blue Ray player (Panasonic) with Single core processor can play Full HD 1080P and Dual-Core Processor (Sony 4K 3D Blu-ray Disc Player With Dual Core Processor) can play 4K. Therefore Netflix have total control over their player softwares and by extension all their data (movies).
 

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It is not about the HW specifications. After all, Nvidia Shield TV also got Netflix Certification.

Mecool previously hacked Netflix and got banned to get official Netflix certification even they wanted to pay.

They finally got the official Netflix certification after so many years.

So far the successful companies are mostly big companies like Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, Nvida, Xiaomi, etc. Or pay TV operators like Starhub. Or TV vendors like Samsung, LG, Xiaomi and TCL.

For smaller China based Android TV Box companies, Mecool (not so small in reality) is the first one to get the certification.

There are other pretty large OEM Android TV box companies which want to pay (eg: Beelink and Minix) but not yet successful.
Nvidia Shield TV is the exception rather than the rule bc of their graphics market dominance.
Even then only 3GB ram.
Worse of all, in 2019, the new Nvidia Shield TV regressed down to 2GB just when I was waiting for them to upgrade for so long!! WTF is going on?

Of course Netflix don't trust the Chinese companies. I won't either. LOL They have strict laws for humans but close one eye when it comes to ethics. That's why so much scams originated from there. I thought with so much close spying supervision of their bamboo wall, they'll catch these crooks easily. But then who is the bigger crook ; small crooks skilled in shady skills serve a purpose.
 

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I think Netflix do not require you to have a high end processor (computer or player) to play their movies as the softwares are all residing in the Netflix servers. Even Blue Ray player (Panasonic) with Single core processor can play Full HD 1080P and Dual-Core Processor (Sony 4K 3D Blu-ray Disc Player With Dual Core Processor) can play 4K. Therefore Netflix have total control over their player softwares and by extension all their data (movies).
Sure, you don't need much HW for Netflix. But having 4GB don't harm either.
Mecool KM6 Deluxe with 4/64GB don't get the Netflix certification of its little brother. LOL

Not that I'm bothered about stupid Netflix certification. But that is holding back the development of cheap Linux boxes and HW in general. WTF 2GB in 2021? My tiny Poco F3 have 8GB FFS.
 

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Anyone using usb stick drive with their android tv as device storage? I managed to move apps to the usb stick but the loading is really slow. Is this how it is suppose to work or is my usb drive too slow?
 

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Anyone using usb stick drive with their android tv as device storage? I managed to move apps to the usb stick but the loading is really slow. Is this how it is suppose to work or is my usb drive too slow?
yes, your usb stick is tooooo slooooooooow.
 

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Hi guys, I'm looking to get a new android tv box. Budget less than $100. Any good recommendations? Thanks in advance.
 

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mibox s

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I think the mecool km2 is better
Thanks for the recommendations, guys. Looking at the specs, mecool km2 looks better than mibox s. I'm also considering mecool km6 deluxe as it has a better cpu and more ram and storage, though it doesn't has a native Netflix app. I don't use Netflix so it doesn't really matter.
 

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I have installed some apps on my Mi TV Stick but I noted that they are classified under "System Apps" instead of "Installed Apps".

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Hi all, i need some help.

I bought one cheap KTV microphone (Bluetooth) with built in speakers and can use it very nicely with iPad. I just explored to use it on my Android box, installed the K app but the android box doesn’t seem to recognise the mic and thus no sound recorded and no points.

so i tried screenmirror directly from my iPad, but then the app mirros both the video and the song sound to the TV, leaving my mic function on the mic only... anybody knows how to JUST mirror the screen to TV but still keep the sound on the mic speakers (Bluetooth from phone)..
 
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