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Offline TimbaLand

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TV Box for streaming
« on: March 08, 2018, 07:59:36 AM »
I wanna have smart apps for streaming Netflix, use Kodi, Showmax, etc. what good TV box do u recommmd  that won’t break the bank?
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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 08:16:31 AM »
Something like this. Only problem is that it is rooted and Showmax won't run on a rooted device so you'll need to install an app to hide the SU user.

https://www.wish.com/search/android%20tv#cid=5a65a170be46696edd0eefae

Ticked all the boxes though, I have 2. The Xbox One does it best though.
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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2018, 08:24:34 AM »
Surely Apple TV over Xbox One - I believe the Xbox also doesn't handle colour correctly (so same as the 360).

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2018, 08:37:00 AM »
I have a Minix X8-H Plus, complete with original packaging

PM me if you interested

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2018, 08:42:11 AM »
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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2018, 08:47:07 AM »
Surely Apple TV over Xbox One - I believe the Xbox also doesn't handle colour correctly (so same as the 360).

Possibly, but you can't play Forza on an Apple TV and the Xbox colour is just fine for me
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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2018, 08:56:05 AM »
Possibly, but you can't play Forza on an Apple TV and the Xbox colour is just fine for me

Sure, but just speaking strictly as a media box. Besides correct output, the fact that it can also auto-switch frame rates and formats is another bonus.

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2018, 10:10:08 AM »
Surely Apple TV over Xbox One - I believe the Xbox also doesn't handle colour correctly (so same as the 360).

Surely XboxOne X would work, HDR support etc..?

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2018, 10:15:02 AM »
Surely XboxOne X would work, HDR support etc..?

It would work, but not as well as an Apple TV. The Apple TV 4K also supports HDR, but unlike the Xbox it can play back content correctly at its native frame rate and in its native format (the Xbox One also forces all Netflix content to play back in HDR on a compatible display, making SD content appear washed out). Also helps that the UI is a lot friendlier. The only area the Apple TV is missing out on is Atmos support, but that is in the pipeline.
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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2018, 10:38:10 AM »
It would work, but not as well as an Apple TV. The Apple TV 4K also supports HDR, but unlike the Xbox it can play back content correctly at its native frame rate and in its native format (the Xbox One also forces all Netflix content to play back in HDR on a compatible display, making SD content appear washed out). Also helps that the UI is a lot friendlier. The only area the Apple TV is missing out on is Atmos support, but that is in the pipeline.

Fair point - I have an Xbox One X, but I never, ever use it for streaming, the ATV user interfce and experrience is far superior.


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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #10 on: March 08, 2018, 11:04:05 AM »
Can't recommend the Nvidia Shield TV enough, but you'd have to import or find a local grey importer.

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #11 on: March 08, 2018, 11:25:24 AM »
Can't recommend the Nvidia Shield TV enough, but you'd have to import or find a local grey importer.

I was also keen on the Shield, but Apple really stepped up to the plate with their auto settings update.

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2018, 12:23:09 PM »
I was also keen on the Shield, but Apple really stepped up to the plate with their auto settings update.

The ATV footprint is excellent too

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« Reply #13 on: March 08, 2018, 12:41:35 PM »
The ATV footprint is excellent too

The Shield 2017 model is absolutely tiny. Maybe a touch longer, but actually far better looking, especially when it's on and the Cylon-type bar is lit up :)

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Re: TV Box for streaming
« Reply #14 on: March 08, 2018, 01:28:23 PM »
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