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    • StockportGerbil
    • By StockportGerbil 4th Feb 18, 9:31 AM
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    Android TV box recommendations
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    • 4th Feb 18, 9:31 AM
    Android TV box recommendations 4th Feb 18 at 9:31 AM
    Folks :-
    Does anyone please have a recommendation for an android TV box that can run the following?

    Viewing
    BT Sport
    Now TV
    Catch-up services (iplayer, all4 etc.)
    Virgin TV anywhere
    Kodi / XMBC
    Amazon and Netflix would be nice, but not essential

    Gaming
    Moonlight
    RetroArch

    Thanks

    Kevin
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    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 4th Feb 18, 10:57 AM
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    • 4th Feb 18, 10:57 AM
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    • 4th Feb 18, 10:57 AM
    Thats basically going to depend upon installing the apps for the above .
    Your BT Sport account should work .
    Any Android box will run Kodi .
    • StockportGerbil
    • By StockportGerbil 4th Feb 18, 12:46 PM
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    • 4th Feb 18, 12:46 PM
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    • 4th Feb 18, 12:46 PM
    Thats basically going to depend upon installing the apps for the above .
    Your BT Sport account should work .
    Any Android box will run Kodi .
    Originally posted by JJ Egan
    Thanks for the reply, I haven't tried getting an android box to do everything I wanted for a couple of years.

    At the time I could not get moonlight to work on the android box chipset ( it was a known problem), now TV would not work by design at high Res and some catch up apps wouldn't work on the rooted TV box.

    Have things moved on?
    • mobileron
    • By mobileron 5th Feb 18, 5:27 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 5:27 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 5:27 AM
    Most boxes will meet your needs,but its where you purchase the box from that counts.
    Only consider companies that will give you UK support and firmware upgrades if required. Try getting that from China.
    Check these 2 UK companies,Droidbox and Entertainment box.
    • custardy
    • By custardy 5th Feb 18, 5:53 AM
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    • #5
    • 5th Feb 18, 5:53 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 5:53 AM
    Folks :-
    Does anyone please have a recommendation for an android TV box that can run the following?

    Viewing
    BT Sport
    Now TV
    Catch-up services (iplayer, all4 etc.)
    Virgin TV anywhere
    Kodi / XMBC
    Amazon and Netflix would be nice, but not essential

    Gaming
    Moonlight
    RetroArch

    Thanks

    Kevin
    Originally posted by StockportGerbil
    You really need to research each app Im afraid.
    I have an Nvidia Shield box,a (in Android box terms) high end box yet for example the Virgin Go app isnt compatible (dont get me started on VM and app compatibility).
    The likes of Amazon is compatible and works well provididng nece 4K content.
    • gamston
    • By gamston 5th Feb 18, 6:51 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 6:51 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 6:51 AM
    I had an M8S box when they came out, never run well, nearly always buffering, reduced the programmes to free up memory, still buffered
    started using old Zgemma H1 box with same internet runs almost buffer free
    my internet is 20mg, so should be buffer free
    • StockportGerbil
    • By StockportGerbil 5th Feb 18, 8:16 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 8:16 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 8:16 AM
    You really need to research each app Im afraid.
    I have an Nvidia Shield box,a (in Android box terms) high end box yet for example the Virgin Go app isnt compatible (dont get me started on VM and app compatibility).
    The likes of Amazon is compatible and works well provididng nece 4K content.
    Originally posted by custardy
    Yep - that's sort of the point I'm making in that it used to be a case of suck it and see. I was hoping someone had made the investment of time and money and had done this already.

    Thanks

    Kevin
    • prenton01
    • By prenton01 5th Feb 18, 8:28 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 8:28 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 8:28 AM
    I have a H96 pro and a T95Z both 3gb ram 32gb memory

    All catchup channels work great (i use a mouse though to scroll through apps though)

    Amazon. Netflix work great

    Live channels i use IPTV which is just first class

    Can't say about others as not tried them
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    • littlerock
    • By littlerock 5th Feb 18, 10:48 AM
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    • 5th Feb 18, 10:48 AM
    my son runs quite a lot of his stuff through his Xbox .is that an option?
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 5th Feb 18, 11:26 AM
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    is kodi back on the xbox? it wasn't available last week when i looked
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    • custardy
    • By custardy 5th Feb 18, 11:29 AM
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    is kodi back on the xbox? it wasn't available last week when i looked
    Originally posted by dipsomaniac
    yup,its there?
    • DoubleEntry
    • By DoubleEntry 5th Feb 18, 7:57 PM
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    Hi Prenton01


    Would you mind sharing who your IPTV provider is please?
    I've been considering it for a while now, but they all claim to be "the best" and reviews are very mixed.
    Also, is a 6 - 7MBps adequate? It runs BBC and ITV players fine, but again, reviews suggest I may need 20.


    TIA
    • prenton01
    • By prenton01 5th Feb 18, 8:02 PM
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    Hi Prenton01


    Would you mind sharing who your IPTV provider is please?
    I've been considering it for a while now, but they all claim to be "the best" and reviews are very mixed.
    Also, is a 6 - 7MBps adequate? It runs BBC and ITV players fine, but again, reviews suggest I may need 20.


    TIA
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