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2017-02-18 05:27 PM
ExDilbert
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Most Android boxes only run Netflix in 480... just a heads up.
That depends on the Android kernel being used. My Minix 7 had a 720p kernel originally but was updated to to a 1080i kernel with Android 4.4. It's certainly something to be aware of though. Some of the newer boxes can do 1080p, or UHDTV. That's something to look for, as well as HDMI 2.0 or better if UHDTV is desired.
2017-02-17 10:44 PM
Steve604 I second the Shield as the best android tv box, I've had a wide selection of android tv boxes, while the off shore ones have come way up in quality and stability they still can't touch true android TV.

Currently I have a Nexus Player and Nvidia Shield. Very happy with both. Shield is great for gaming. If you really only want for Netflix, Youtube, Google Music etc. try out a Chromecast. I run a couple of those too,

Chromecast main draw back is non-supported apps. Prime Video off a PC works, but off a phone or tablet, not so much.

Been trying to get a hold of a Mi Box too.
2017-02-14 08:45 AM
gdkitty
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Originally Posted by Uncle Scotty View Post
Unless, of course, you wanted to watch a bunch of LIVE TV! :-)
As well as, a good chunk of the content that is on cable TV.. if its on the android, its an 'illegal' stream as well.

Not to say, there are not 1000's of legal things to watch via the android...
2017-02-14 05:59 AM
pinto Most Android boxes only run Netflix in 480... just a heads up.
2017-02-13 10:29 PM
Uncle Scotty
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Originally Posted by Abysmal View Post
Android itself takes a little while getting used to.......... but there really isn't any reason to keep cable when you have one.
Unless, of course, you wanted to watch a bunch of LIVE TV! :-)
2017-02-13 10:19 PM
Uncle Scotty That's his point! He's trying REDUCE the number of possible alternatives.....not hear that there are "THOUSANDS" out there!
2017-02-04 11:55 AM
noah12
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Originally Posted by brennan5 View Post
Hi there.

I'm a Canadian looking for an android box to run kodi, netflix, etc. There are so many options out there. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Just google it, there are thousands of places online to buy android boxes, ebay, amazon, etc. I am using the tronsmart box works fine.
2017-02-02 06:09 PM
ExDilbert Almost any article on the subject that I have read rates the nVIDIA Shield as the best Kodi box. It also does gaming and comes with a gaming controller. A remote must be purchased separately.

Other brands that are very good and recommended by the Kodi project are Minix and WeTek. I have a somewhat dated Minix Neo X7 and it works well. Minix provides good support for their products. They have some newer boxes that are more powerful. They also make a very good RF remote.
2017-02-02 05:43 PM
brennan5 Hi there.

I'm a Canadian looking for an android box to run kodi, netflix, etc. There are so many options out there. Any suggestions? Thanks.
2015-03-02 01:35 AM
Steve604
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Originally Posted by ExDilbert View Post
OpenELEC is the Kodi distro of choice for lightweight hardware. Last time I looked they don't support ARM hardware though. There are a couple of Linux distros that can be installed on some Android boxes and then Kodi, Myth or some other media software installed. I am disappointed with the Minix X7 but event they have a new Android box out that has slightly better specs. Until ARM video and audio hardware improves dramatically, let's just say I would rather spend $300 on a low end AMD or Intel HTPC than than $150 on another ARM box.
They exist, I've run a linux build on a few different android boxes. You had to run the Pivos Xios as a Linux XBMC build when it came out, now you can run it android. I'm running Gotham XBMC Linux build on an S82 (same board as a S89/MXIII/M8) right now. They exist, just got to look for them.

You paid too much, I've had probably 10 different Android boxes now. Get a S802 quad core Amlogic chip, The PQ is pretty good, way better than Rockchip devices, like the X7. Only complaint about audio is no HD audio. Can pick them up for under $100 from overseas. Rockchip is hands down way better for emulating NES and stuff like that, but for video AmLogic is best.

Personally, I like my Alpha way better than any Arm box, but I'll take a $100 arm box over any "smart" tv. I have 3 smart Tv's, other than Netflix I don't use the smart features on any of them. It's cheap to add an Android box to every TV. It'll play any file type without stressing your desktop cpu transcoding. Plus any app you are used too on your phone if you can have, just add an air mouse.
2015-03-01 11:22 PM
Wayne
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Originally Posted by ExDilbert View Post
OpenELEC is the Kodi distro of choice for lightweight hardware. Last time I looked they don't support ARM hardware though.
But the Raspberry Pis are ARM. They aren't Android boxes but they are an alternative. I think the original Pi was ARM v6 and the just released RPi 2 is ARM v7.
2015-03-01 08:59 PM
ExDilbert OpenELEC is the Kodi distro of choice for lightweight hardware. Last time I looked they don't support ARM hardware though. There are a couple of Linux distros that can be installed on some Android boxes and then Kodi, Myth or some other media software installed. I am disappointed with the Minix X7 but event they have a new Android box out that has slightly better specs. Until ARM video and audio hardware improves dramatically, let's just say I would rather spend $300 on a low end AMD or Intel HTPC than than $150 on another ARM box.
2015-03-01 04:44 PM
Steve604 If you are referring to the online streaming apps, I find them to be a complete waste of time.

I've ripped my entire blu-ray collection at full quality and stream them with little to no problems through wired connections.

I have a pi on wifi in my bedroom that has a hard time keeping up to blu-ray rips. It stutters quite a bit.

As far as trouble, do some research for the most stable firmware. New isn't always better.

If I wasn't comfortable with flashing firmware, recovering bricked devices and general troubleshooting. I wouldn't buy 1. I find them, for the most part very unstable with regular crashing. My wife reboots it everytime she uses it.

I have an Alienware Alpha running kodi, way better, way faster, way more stable with better picture and sound quality, but we are also talking nearly 10 times the price. And no android apps.

If you don't want android apps I'd look for a Linux based Kodi build. Then Kodi pretty much becomes your OS, doesn't have a glitchy android OS to deal with along with a glitchy Kodi build.
2015-03-01 04:00 PM
206 i have gbox midnight and ouya...i have alot of trouble and quality is not great. I only have BELL 5M service. What kinda service do you guys use to get an hd picture from these boxes?
2015-02-28 01:49 AM
Steve604 I have several, Smart TV is useless in comparison, some apps aren't remote friendly, but I have an air mouse to navigate.

I like that they are cheap, but they can be unstable. If you are a bit tech savvy they are awesome. I mostly use XBMC to stream my a/v collection from my desktop PC. But I like the Android apps, which is why I keep the Android OS over a more stable Linux XBMC build

Currently have 2 quad core S82's, an MX2 (gbox clone), another no name off shore. Also run a Pi. Recently have replaced the one in my Media room with a straight up HTPC running Kodi over Windows 8. PC is better but the Android boxes are still nice, and about a 1/10th the cost
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