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#1 deallier OFFLINE  

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 03:29 AM

hi

ok i am looking for some info

what are the best Android TV boxs ? that work well

i know about the nvidia Shield but it is too pricey

i have tried lots of boxs and most work well but they all have the same problem in that the TV guide is not displayed properly and it does not look like it will be fixed anytime soon.

i am looking for tv boxs that the TV guide is displayed properly

thank you

Emby is the best



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 05:20 AM

The Shield is the best - you pay for what you get.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 06:47 AM

the MiBox comes in 2nd behind the shield, imo.



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Posted 15 June 2018 - 09:18 AM

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 10:12 AM

the MiBox comes in 2nd behind the shield, imo.

 

 

I second this statement.

 

Also the Fire TV Gen2 boxes work very well too.

 

Krs

 

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 10:19 AM

I haven't got my Shield, yet. Maybe today, but the mibox tv guide works very well.

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Posted 15 June 2018 - 11:59 AM

hi

ok i am looking for some info

what are the best Android TV boxs ? that work well

i know about the nvidia Shield but it is too pricey

i have tried lots of boxs and most work well but they all have the same problem in that the TV guide is not displayed properly and it does not look like it will be fixed anytime soon.

i am looking for tv boxs that the TV guide is displayed properly

thank you

Emby is the best

 

Make sure you are running 1.6.00 of the app.



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 01:16 PM

hi

ok i am looking for some info

what are the best Android TV boxs ? that work well

i know about the nvidia Shield but it is too pricey

i have tried lots of boxs and most work well but they all have the same problem in that the TV guide is not displayed properly and it does not look like it will be fixed anytime soon.

i am looking for tv boxs that the TV guide is displayed properly

thank you

Emby is the best

 

There are Android TV boxes and there are Android boxes for TV, they are not the same thing. You say you've tried lots so I'm guessing you've been trying boxes running a touch based Android release wedged in. Nvidia Shield and Xiaomi Mi Box are Android TV and work quite well with most content including mpeg2 Live TV, Netflix, Hulu, Sling, etc. Most Android boxes for TV are a crapshoot and I don't know if any can handle video transcoding. FireTV works well for most content but can't handle mpeg2 transcoding of Live TV.


Edited by Q-Droid, 16 June 2018 - 01:22 PM.


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Posted 16 June 2018 - 03:30 PM

Hi @Q-Droid

 

FireTV works well for most content but can't handle mpeg2 transcoding of Live TV.

 

Can you elaborate this a bit, please?

 

Apparently, the HW decoder of my FTVS is having some issues in decoding some HD channels which leads to a flickering and messy image. I am using MPV and Stat for Nerds says: 

 

- Play method: direct

- Stream type and container: mpegts

- Video Codec: H264

- Audio Codec: MP2


Edited by neik, 16 June 2018 - 03:40 PM.


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Posted 16 June 2018 - 03:35 PM

This list might help you to choose.. Best Android TV launchers



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 04:23 PM

Hi @Q-Droid

 

 

Can you elaborate this a bit, please?

 

Apparently, the HW decoder of my FTVS is having some issues in decoding some HD channels which leads to a flickering and messy image. I am using MPV and Stat for Nerds says: 

 

- Play method: direct

- Stream type and container: mpegts

- Video Codec: H264

- Audio Codec: MP2

 

FireTV boxes and sticks can't decode mpeg-2 video in hardware. FireTV sets likely do since they usually have a tuner for ATSC (North America models). H264 is supported so the issues you have might be related to H264 profile level and/or frame rate.

 

The strange thing is that I've been using the Amazon FireTV specs page as a reference for some time and now it states that Gen 2 devices have mpeg-2 support though I'm 99% certain this is a mistake and a result of the page update for new FTV devices. Trying to play mpeg-2 video on FireTV external device results in dropped frames and eventual freeze once the CPU gets hot enough.


Edited by Q-Droid, 16 June 2018 - 04:25 PM.


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 03:11 PM

I just setup my Shield, and comparing it to the MiBox, there isn't much difference when playing media. The start up time is the same, it plays all the same files. responsiveness is comparable. It does have wider audio support, if you choose to use it with surround sound, but if you're only using your stereo TV, it's just the same as the MiBox. I just hooked up the MiBox to my HDR display, and played a 4k HDR movie. Perfect playback (see pic)

 

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 03:26 PM

Hi

thanks for the all the info it would seem that it is between the nvidia Shield and the Xiaomi Mi Box

well as it is not for me the Xiaomi Mi Box is the next one to try

 

thanks


Edited by deallier, 17 June 2018 - 03:26 PM.






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