Xiaomi Mi Box... Google TV (Chromecast built in) 4K TV Box £56.70 @ aliexpress 8% TCB
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Xiaomi Mi Box... Google TV (Chromecast built in) 4K TV Box £56.70 @ aliexpress 8% TCB

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Found 31st Dec 2016Made hot 31st Dec 2016
Googles official partner for their Android TV OS box (follow up to the nexus player) Brilliant box Imagine a Nvidia Shield box without out all the parts many users did not need....lightning quick.... Comes with a UK plug

This is not one of those android boxes that you need a air mouse... this is Android TV....specifically built for TV's
I paid £80 for this pre xmas, so more fool me

So what actually is the difference I hear you shout, between an Android box and a Android TV box?

This should help, shamelessly copied from reddit

Many people are confused and its unfortunate that these android "tv" boxes existed before Google decided to rebrand "Google TV" to "Android TV"
Here is Android TV
Biggest difference to me is the UI. Leanback UI is sexy and appropriate for the big screen. App shortcuts are nice big tiles with proper sized font. UI navigation is conducive to using a simple d-pad remote.
In addition to a beautiful 10ft interface, there is global search, which allows you to search apps for content right from the main screen (provided individual apps develop this integration). This global search can be done via voice and is my preferred method of use. Additionally, there is a global recommendations bar on the home screen that shows content from apps that have integrated it. You can select the content from here and jump right into the action.
Theres also a great, highly underutilized app called "Live Channels." The name is a bit of a misnomer. Its not necessarily live tv, but the UI is similar to what you would find in a regular cable experience. With this app, content is aggregated from participating apps to create "channels" and present them in a traditional tv guide UI. Again, the focus here is ease of access to your content.
And the final big feature I will touch on is built-in google cast functionality. Basically, every official Android TV device (none of boxes you see on Amazon) can be used just like you would use a Chromecast device. This is great for apps/developers that have not gotten around to updating their apps to support the Leanback UI in Android TV.
Really, it comes down to it that its just a better, smoother more optimized experience for typical use with a TV.

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does it run Amazon video and now TV ?

Original Poster

mahmouddiaa

does it run Amazon video and now TV ?



you can sideload Amazon TV (rumour is it is officially coming as it is on some Sony TV's who run Android TV) but with Amazon it is anyones guess

Sideloading is easy as 1.2.3 so no issues...... no idea about now TV

I mean you can certainly side load the app, but would it let you play video on TV ,

Hope to see these released in the uk, the bonus of these boxes they play anything and read Ntfs hds.

Original Poster

mahmouddiaa

I mean you can certainly side load the app, but would it let you play … I mean you can certainly side load the app, but would it let you play video on TV ,



never tried as I use a plex private server for more films than Amazon could dream off, but I see on forums that people said it works sideloading it only 1080p though

Original Poster

uggla

Hope to see these released in the uk, the bonus of these boxes they play … Hope to see these released in the uk, the bonus of these boxes they play anything and read Ntfs hds.



comes with a UK plug and is the international version, so it is essentially exactly what you would get buying in UK, except cheaper as they are allready in the UK at £80
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 31st Dec 2016

Aeschylus

comes with a UK plug and is the international version, so it is … comes with a UK plug and is the international version, so it is essentially exactly what you would get buying in UK, except cheaper as they are allready in the UK at £80



They seem to be imports and some don't come with uk adaptors so don't really trust buying right now.

Original Poster

uggla

They seem to be imports and some don't come with uk adaptors so don't … They seem to be imports and some don't come with uk adaptors so don't really trust buying right now.



na, mine came with a UK plug in the box, on the sales page you choose the version you want...I chose UK.... there is no 'import' version they are all international version...

Are these trusted sellers

overpriced kodi box

Original Poster

sukmangat

overpriced kodi box



disagree, I have had them all, and apart from the shield this is lightning quick, it is the perfect Kodi box

Original Poster

uggla

Are these trusted sellers



yes

Wouldnt mind trying one of these but what if you get hit with tax then aint a good deal so dont want to risk it, but good deal.

Original Poster

kyser143

Wouldnt mind trying one of these but what if you get hit with tax then … Wouldnt mind trying one of these but what if you get hit with tax then aint a good deal so dont want to risk it, but good deal.



I have never been hit, and ordered lots...but you can buy them in this country allready at £80 as that is what I did pre xmas

It is 4k compatible but really lacks the grunt to steam/transcode via a NAS. Often struggles. If 4k is your thing get a shield or wait for the shield 2 which will be announced at CES

Original Poster

Jono1984

It is 4k compatible but really lacks the grunt to steam/transcode via a … It is 4k compatible but really lacks the grunt to steam/transcode via a NAS. Often struggles. If 4k is your thing get a shield or wait for the shield 2 which will be announced at CES



apples and oranges... £56 vs £180 (plus another £40 for a stupidly overpriced remote) but I can see your logic....

How difficult is it to load with kodi etc?

Will be no issues putting apps on this whatsoever.
Edited by: "uggla" 31st Dec 2016

Original Poster

Reality

How difficult is it to load with kodi etc?



https://seo-michael.co.uk

he is brilliant does every guide as if you are a 2 year old, where a lot of forums would tear you apart for your comment

Original Poster

uggla

Will be no issues putting apps on this whatsoever.



lol, no mate, it is the international edition..... not sure what else to say...the one right in front of me here is the international edition that came with a UK plug bought in the UK.... there is no UK edition, you choose your language on start up
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 31st Dec 2016

Aeschylus

https://seo-michael.co.ukhe is brilliant does every guide as if you are a … https://seo-michael.co.ukhe is brilliant does every guide as if you are a 2 year old, where a lot of forums would tear you apart for your comment



​Thanks. My son is autistic and obsessed with loads of Canadian and American TV kids channels.

Does this have Netflix HDR? Disappointed to find the PS4 Pro isn't updated yet to the HDR standard.

Aeschylus

https://seo-michael.co.ukhe is brilliant does every guide as if you are a … https://seo-michael.co.ukhe is brilliant does every guide as if you are a 2 year old, where a lot of forums would tear you apart for your comment



​could I use a VPN on this Android TV boxes?, I like to watch US based content on US apps, I have a cheap android box which I side load the apps on to, but would it be possible on this box?

thanks

Edited by: "hasj2" 31st Dec 2016

Aeschylus

I have never been hit, and ordered lots...but you can buy them in this … I have never been hit, and ordered lots...but you can buy them in this country allready at £80 as that is what I did pre xmas



Do you have a link to buy in the UK pls?

Aeschylus

lol, no mate, it is the international edition..... not sure what else to … lol, no mate, it is the international edition..... not sure what else to say...the one right in front of me here is the international edition that came with a UK plug bought in the UK.... there is no UK edition, you choose your language on start up




Think you quoted the wrong post

Original Poster

Reality

​Thanks. My son is autistic and obsessed with loads of Canadian and A … ​Thanks. My son is autistic and obsessed with loads of Canadian and American TV kids channels.



also here then....htpcbeginner.com/bes…tv/

Original Poster

exexpat

Do you have a link to buy in the UK pls?



here..... he got featured on reddit so sells out as fast as he gets stock https://www.thesolutionshop.co.uk/product/mi-box/

this is who I used as that website would not gurantee me a Xmas delivery, where as this ebay seller got it to me in 2 days

ebay.co.uk/itm…961
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 31st Dec 2016

Aeschylus

here..... he got featured on reddit so sells out as fast as he gets stock … here..... he got featured on reddit so sells out as fast as he gets stock https://www.thesolutionshop.co.uk/product/mi-box/this is who I used as that website would not gurantee me a Xmas delivery, where as this ebay seller got it to me in 2 dayshttp://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/232146326961



Thanks - just need one quicker than sent from China. Cheers

Aeschylus

also here … also here then....http://www.htpcbeginner.com/best-kodi-kids-addons-cartoons-livetv/



​Thanks you're a star!

hasj2

​could I use a VPN on Android boxes?, I like to watch us based content on … ​could I use a VPN on Android boxes?, I like to watch us based content on us apps, I have a cheap android box which I side load the apps on to, but would it be possible on this box?thanks



​Install VPN on your router then you can connect anything to it and watch US content

Original Poster

BTW worth mentioning, here is 58 pages of people who would tear apart a crap box on Kodi forums....almost all are unversially impressed with it

forum.kodi.tv/sho…=51

Love to know how it compares to the Fire TV for running Kodi / SPMC

Going to see how much the new shield is before possibly purchasing one of these, have a shield already but don't think I really need two with such a high spec. Don't plan on gaming in the bedroom.

Sparks11

​Install VPN on your router then you can connect anything to it and watch … ​Install VPN on your router then you can connect anything to it and watch US content



how easy is it to install a VPN on a Sky router? if its possible, is there instructions?, and is it legal to mess around with the Sky box, could they see?

thanks

hasj2

how easy is it to install a VPN on a Sky router? if its possible, is … how easy is it to install a VPN on a Sky router? if its possible, is there instructions?, and is it legal to mess around with the Sky box, could they see?thanks



​You can't install on a sky router I don't think. I've got mine install on a netgear R7000 router

There are going tutorials online

Original Poster

hasj2

how easy is it to install a VPN on a Sky router? if its possible, is … how easy is it to install a VPN on a Sky router? if its possible, is there instructions?, and is it legal to mess around with the Sky box, could they see?thanks



is it USA netfflix you want, as if it is not, just use a DNS changer like unblock US, is the simplest way.... I disagree using a VPN on your router as that will make all of your traffic go to the VPN and potentially a lot slower

on other way is you will need to get rid of your sky router, get an Asus router, load Merlin firmware will allows you to add a particular device to a VPN, that will work well, but you are looking at £200 for a decent Asus router
Edited by: "Aeschylus" 31st Dec 2016

Original Poster

uggla

Going to see how much the new shield is before possibly purchasing one of … Going to see how much the new shield is before possibly purchasing one of these, have a shield already but don't think I really need two with such a high spec. Don't plan on gaming in the bedroom.



it is going to be very game focussed if rumours are true, and will easily be £200 by the time they ripped you off for a remote

Original Poster

zermattbusby

Love to know how it compares to the Fire TV for running Kodi / SPMC



I have Amazon fire 4K and bought another one of these to replace that, and sell it.... nothing wrong with it, I just hate how Amazon literally forces their content all over you....hate it..hate it...

Only box I really loved was the Apple TV 4, but in our bedroom the remote was a nightmare, my wifes big ass would constantly touch the remote mid film..... loved that box

Paid 168 for the pro send seems alot but the retro gaming on it is fantastic, don't want a crap generic android box that will keep locking up with a crap remote.

This would be ideal with plex running off my shield downstairs.

Edited by: "uggla" 31st Dec 2016

Whats the gaming like on it. Can you install more ram, like most I have spare ddr3 floating about. Thanks
Edited by: "Mrepg" 31st Dec 2016
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