I grabbed an Android TV box...



  • My original firestick finally died. I had one of the earliest preorders and got mine for $20. It is overheating for whatever reason, but it put up with alot of hard use as our main media streaming device.

    It was reliable, but underpowered for our heavy use. I figured I would just grab a fire tv, but these android boxes caught my attention. I decided to grab this one to give it a shot.

    https://www.amazon.com/RBSCH-Android-Amlogic-100Mbps-player/dp/B06Y5PY61J/ref=sr_1_42?ie=UTF8&qid=1500318556&sr=8-42&keywords=4k+android+2gb+tv



  • Looks like a nice box.. let us know how you like it



  • my issue with anything android based is updates. Android seems to have a new major flaw every other week (yes I'm not not serious, but there are definitely updates often). Not only a lack of updates for the current version, but often the inability to upgrade to the next Android version.



  • @dashrender said in I grabbed an Android TV box...:

    my issue with anything android based is updates. Android seems to have a new major flaw every other week (yes I'm not not serious, but there are definitely updates often). Not only a lack of updates for the current version, but often the inability to upgrade to the next Android version.

    I always find it funny. But the major Android security holes are more akin to Linux security holes. Don't do stupid stuff with your device and 90% of the time those bugs/flaws/whatever won't be an issue.

    That being said I agree with the update bullshit. Google/AOSP is working to resolve that from some of the most recent news thankfully.



  • I had 5x s905x Android boxes scattered around my house. A different brand (Nexbox), but it seems all brands are pretty much an Amlogic reference design.

    I really liked them - fast and flexible. I was able to set up the interface to be usable for family. Apps for everything imaginable and auto-update.

    Unfortunately, we took a lightning strike nearby a few month ago and it fried every one of the boxes, plus a couple of network switches. No other end devices, just those TV boxes.

    I added several network surge surpressors throughout the house and replaced the TV boxes with Fire TVs. I prefer the Nexbox to the Fire TV. Amazon makes it tough to change the launcher and the new interface is much more concerned with selling you something than helping you find what you want to watch.

    I think you'll be pleased with the Android box.



  • @coliver said in I grabbed an Android TV box...:

    Google/AOSP is working to resolve that from some of the most recent news thankfully.

    They definitely are, but it's borderline to late. OK Not really, but it's like banning the sales of new guns today. You won't see the believed effect of less guns for decades because of the shear number of them out there already.

    The same goes for android phones. Luckily, it's pretty unlikely that it will take decades for most of the old ones to fall out of the market, but a decade is definitely possible. And of course that decade only starts after a self updating version gets out there.


  • Service Provider

    I use the Shield, I like it a lot.



  • We have been happy with Rokus. We also have a couple chromecasts


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    Post back here after 2 months of usage.


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