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Android TV Box

Posted: Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:19 am
by TGR
Has anybody here made the jump from digital yet?


Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:36 pm
by BlackRedGold
I use a Chromebox. It's fantastic because a lot of streams still use fucking Adobe Flash.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:59 am
by R-66Y
My wife and I canceled cable about a year and a half ago. We get around not having cable by paying for netflix, using my parents' HBO and showtime logins, and we have a slingbox set up at their house to watch Devils games. We are using a Roku3 since at the time that was the only device that could get all 3 (HBO, SHO and Sling) of the services we wanted. Netflix is on our TV so that works fine without the roku. We have not missed cable at all, and definitely haven't missed the bill. We're paying $45/month for 50MB down, 25 up. Much less than the $80 we were paying for cable internet and phone, and WAY less than we would have had to pay had we lost our promotional rate at the end of the year. We actually ended up paying a $200ish ETF to cancel FIOS and have made that $ up many times over since then..

Initially when we made the switch, we bought a Skystream android box. It worked fine but couldn't get Showtime since their app wasn't android compatible. Or maybe it was HBO. I forget, but one of them didn't work on android. Now that it appears all 3 will work on Android, I would like to switch back to Android, but w/e, the Roku works fine.

The big thing I will most likely upgrade in the near future is getting a new slingbox. Ours will only stream at 640x480, which is really shitty when we're viewing on one of the best TVs ever made.

TL;DR: Yes, we made the jump from cable, it took a bit to get used to but we don't miss it at all, and are saving a considerable sum of $

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 6:58 pm
by R-66Y
... And a $20 off $100 eBay coupon coupled with a $100 used Slingbox 500 means I'm upgrading my Slingbox.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:10 pm
by TGR
I'm debating making the switch. I couldn't care less about TV programs but live sports are a big thing for me.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:16 pm
by R-66Y
Have a friend or family member who won't cancel cable? Get a Slingbox and hook it up at their house and pay them to have an extra cable box. It works surprisingly well and basically never has issues

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:08 pm
by cawbber
TGR wrote:I'm debating making the switch. I couldn't care less about TV programs but live sports are a big thing for me.

I just bought myself a raspberry Pi and installed openelec (Kodi) on it. Thing runs like a dream and there is limitless live sports with the various add-ons. The whole kit cost me less than $100.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 5:10 pm
by VLoo
Anybody gone this route yet? There are just models upon models of boxes that look the exact same. Any recs?

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 6:42 pm
by vonbonds
I'm happily in the Apple eco system with 2 Apple TV's (last gen) + 3 cheap Google Chromecasts (first gen stick looking thing). I'm only going to fork out for another unit like this when they support 4K just so they'll have support for the next gen format. Just focus on one that supports 4k is my opinion.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 8:13 pm
by Craig
Why bother? 4k TVs are all going to be smart TVs anyway.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 10:12 pm
by vonbonds
Can't stream NHL.tv, Mlb.tv nor some other sports apps natively with tv's

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue May 03, 2016 10:22 pm
by PredsFan77
WATCHESPN APP GREG. FUCK YOU SAMSUNG SMART TV.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 6:58 am
by Craig
Don't smart TVs have web browsers?

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 7:17 am
by vonbonds
Watching tv online via a browser always sucks for me. I wouldn't even consider that alternative.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 8:27 am
by PredsFan77
Lol browser ain't got flash brah

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 8:40 am
by Craig
Nhl streams with flash? No way.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed May 04, 2016 9:28 am
by MP
Get a laptop and a wireless keyboard with a touch pad or ball.

I have this one:

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Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Wed May 18, 2016 12:30 pm
by TGR
I ended up getting a Roku 3. It does the trick but you really have to mess around with it. If you download the Plex channel you can do some magic with it.

After discovering Roku, I found out about TigerStream. https://tigerstream.tv/

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:06 pm
by edgar_dong
Anyone have experience using Gamecentre on an android box? The judder is infuriating.

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:04 pm
by Dr_Chimera
Why don't you fellas just use "the internet".

Re: Android TV Box

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:45 pm
by TGR
The fucking assholes at Roku removed the XTV channel last week. Roku is obsolete now.