John F Gill

Purchasing an Android TV box or anything that can stream HBO, Showtime, ETC

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Just now, Mooner said:

Dont  know but the box is  included so they wpuld surely have kodi 5 on it

Kodi 5 doesn't exist, and in the spec it clearly says Android 4.4 installed, so Kodi 17.1 is a no go.

 

They don't even talk about the other specs, probably because that would make it obvious that it actually is nothing better than a door stop.

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1 hour ago, Mooner said:

I cannot find any specifications at all on that particular box.

 

Apart from running Android KitKat 4.4. :ermm:

 

This is what you should be looking for in an Android TV box :

  • 5.1 Audio Passthrough
  • H.265 Hardware Decoding
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop (or higher)
  • Dynamic Refresh Rate Switching
  • OTA Firmware Updates
  • 1080p 3D
  • HDMI 2.0
  • USB 3.0
  • Dual-Band Wi-Fi and\or Gigabit Ethernet
  • The latest version of Kodi

This article is about 10 months old now, but it's a good guide to what you should be looking for in an Android TV box.

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51 minutes ago, janclaes47 said:

Kodi 5 doesn't exist, and in the spec it clearly says Android 4.4 installed, so Kodi 17.1 is a no go.

Correct... so full HD (1080p) and HD (720p) streaming sources will be extremely limited because they are now using SSL (only supported by Kodi  17).

 

Here is a list of Kodi 17 Krypton changes and improvements:

  • Brand new default skins! Gone is Confluence and in is Estuary and Estouchy (optimized for tablets).
  • Improvements to DVDPlayer, which allow for playback of DVD discs/files.
  • Updates to videorendering and openGL drivers.
  • Complete rewrite of audio/video syncing (less offset audio).
  • Improved playback of live streams. Internal buffers no longer fill up!
  • Input stream add-ons – Add-ons can now be written to support multiple stream qualities or camera angles and you can select this on the fly in Kodi. For example, a stream might be offered in 540p, 720p, or 1080p and you can now switch on-the-fly in Kodi.
  • Kodi PVR settings improved.
  • Full HD audio passthrough support in Android.
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop minimum. This means Android 4.4, which is now 2.5 years old, is not supported by Kodi. This should give you a good baseline for which Kodi boxes to avoid buying online.
  • Custom AMLogic Kodi code has been turned off, which is one of the reasons that Android 4.4 firmware is no longer supported.
  • If installing third-party add-ons, you have to acknowledge that the add-on is not supported by the Kodi foundation.
  • You can now view which add-ons have been installed or updated.
  • Settings section has now been made more clear.
  • Music library improvements – tag reading and scraping, improved artists handling.
  • Tons of other improvements.

 

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There you go... avoid anything that is not running Android 5.0 or higher.

 

@Mooner You would do well to keep your money in your pocket rather than buying one of these TVFrog boxes.

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1 hour ago, Jai Dee said:

There you go... avoid anything that is not running Android 5.0 or higher.

 

@Mooner You would do well to keep your money in your pocket rather than buying one of these TVFrog boxes.

 I don't need to. I know how to use kodi.

I just thought it might be ok for older non tech guys. Should of read the spec.

 

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Anyone who can read and watch YouTube can install a Kodi build. Buy the best box you can afford and if you need help ask here.. Do not pay anyone for a Kodi build.. JMO

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