Android Set Top Boxes

Well, at the moment it looks like the big story in the Android Streaming world is a new APK called Droid Buddy. From the developers at http://kodicustombuilds.com/, the APK is being billed by some as “The New Kodi” or something that will replace it. What it is, is a cleverly developed Kodi build without any ability to use or add Kodi addons (aside from (Android Apps). It essentially acts as an alternative app store for Android devices. It is a standalone way to add multiple older versions of Kodi, SPMC and many other android apps, emulators and game roms. And there is where it could get into trouble. If Android box sellers embrace the APK it would be another strike against them when it comes to the negative attention surrounding distributing copyrighted content.  The program also allows users to download a number of mainstream APKS.

There has bot been an official playbook released as to what kind of things get the attention of the authorities, but I imagine numerous reviews that explain just how easy it is to download content and games for free will put a bulls eye on the APK and furthermore continue to build a case that Android boxes are sold in order to promote pirating. This is what happened with the creators of Popcorn Time, which withered under the pressure created when mainstream news sites began to report on the app that got coined ‘The Netflix of Pirating” While you may be able to find the app in some form now, its original creators dropped it under pressure from studios. Fully loaded Kodi Boxes have already become a target and the APKs ability to easily do the same things may raise unwanted attention for the developer.

In the end, the APK may thrive and turn out to be a big success, but the bigger you get the more people pay attention. And sometimes that ends badly.

 

We had a chance to see Air TV live in person at CES and made a video to share with everyone on YouTube. The Air TV system integrates OTA signals into the Sling TV interface and works on top of The Android TV platform. Take a look below.

The Tablo Is a different take on the DVR.

LAS VEGAS — January 4, 2017 — Nuvyyo, the maker of the Tablo Over-the-Air (OTA) DVR Tablo, today announced a slate of new hardware, software and services. The company will be rolling out new apps for Android TV devices starting with the Nvidia Shield, a new dongle that will let users set up an antenna anywhere and even announced it is looking into cloud DVR storage.

Android TV Integration
By connecting a USB OTA tuner and an antenna to the Nvidia Shield and downloading the Tablo DROID DVR app, TV fans will be able to discover, watch and record live HDTV on their Android set-

The Shield TV will be the first Android TV device to get the new Tablo app
The Shield TV will be the first Android TV device to get the new Tablo app

top-box without the need for companie’s OTA DVR hardware.

The New software will allow users to save programming on the Shield’s hard drive which will be a big win for those with the pro model. Tablo DROID will be compatible with Tablo TUNER, a new dual-tuner USB dongle or the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD USB tuner stick.

“Since 2013, Nuvyyo has been focused on making Tablo the defacto app for live TV on the widest variety of internet-connected screens,” said Grant Hall, CEO at Nuvyyo, the makers of Tablo. “Today’s announcements strengthen that commitment and provide consumers with even more choice in how they watch and record Over-the-Air HDTV.”

Tablo’s DROID app will be free to download from the Google Play store and will include a free 30-day trial of Tablo’s guide data subscription. After the trial, users can continue to watch live TV and set manual recordings without a subscription. Nuvyyo plans to release the DROID app to the Google Play store and make the TUNER stick available for purchase via the Tablo web store in Q2 of 2017.

Tablo LIVE ‘Antenna Anywhere’ Stick
The Tablo LIVE ‘antenna anywhere’ stick is a single-tuner WiFi device that turns any OTA antenna into a smart antenna, enabling cord cutters to distribute OTA HDTV programming over their home network via WiFi. With Tablo LIVE, consumers can place their antenna anywhere in their home to ensure the best possible positioning for OTA reception and watch live HDTV programming via Tablo apps (www.tablotv.com/apps) on mobile devices and streaming set-top-boxes.

Apps for Tablo LIVE will have a user-friendly interface and allow consumers browse an on-screen 24 hour grid guide with episode and series details as well as launch live broadcast TV streams. Tablo LIVE apps will be free to download and no guide data subscription will be required.

The Tablo LIVE ‘antenna anywhere’ stick is expected to be available in Q2 2017 with an anticipated MSRP of $99 USD.

Tablo CLOUD DVR Storage
Currently in the proof-of-concept stage, Tablo CLOUD DVR storage is designed to be used with the Tablo LIVE ‘antenna anywhere’ stick to add online recording storage and DVR functionality. Tablo CLOUD will be subscription-based and offer a set number of hours of cloud DVR storage for a monthly fee. Pricing, plans and availability will be announced at launch.

 All Tablo products and software innovations will be demonstrated in Las Vegas this evening from6:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Pepcom Digital Experience media event at the Mirage Events Center.

The 2 in 1 Media Player Game Box from One Nuts (see company website here) gives users the ability to utilize streaming apps from the full tablet version of the Google Play Store, access a fully customized build of Kodi as well as download and play tons of games with a few clicks. The device, which sports a handy reusable bag for transfer instead of using plastic and styrofoam for its packing materials, has a metal chrome case painted in an eye-catching sky blue accented by its silver chrome borders. All in all it’s a fun little box read on to learn more.

The OneNuts media player is a new player from China and features a number of fun apps and streaming solutions. While I feel that some of the options are very Asia-centric the box overall works well and has a lot to offer as far as power.

Metal Case
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Octa-Core Cortex A53 &ARM Mali-T820
2G DDR3 and 16G eMMC
2 USB
Ethernet

Should you spend time and money with this company?

In the era of streaming, there are a number of services offering viewers numerous legitimate options for their TV viewing. There are also numerous scams afoot trying to separate bargain hunters  from their money. Today we are taking a look at the new service marketing itself as CellonTV and asking is this a real service or a scam? CellonTV advertises as a service as well as a portable device that offers DVR, Premium channels and cloud technology. Is CellonTV A Scam? We are going to take a look at a few factors that you need to pay attention to. 

The ARNU Box Mach 12 is a 64 Bit powerhouse media player with an octa-core processor. The device features the Code Red launcher, the Cloudword Sync configuration tool for Android. The device allows users to access the Android TV version of Netflix and Hulu and features Kodi 17.0. We were impressed with the speed and capabilities of this device and really appreciated the custom build of Kodi which with the aid of cloudword allowed us to add pretty much any add-on we wanted without any hassle from the new set-up. Check out our video for an in-depth overview.

 

The DroidBOX T8 Mini is a unique entry in the Android-based TV box world. The product is one of many entries from the British company but has some features that stand out from a number of the other products from DroidBOX and the rest of the Android box field. The box powered by Android 5.1.1 and a Quad core processor has the ability to handle some actual Android TV apps (the “lean back” TV versions), it’s own Aptoide powered custom store and a sharp custom launcher, but its most interesting feature might be the dual-boot capability that allows the user to jump into an Open Elec environment to access a powerful Kodi 16.1 build unencumbered by Android. Take a look at our full review below in our Droidbox T8 Mini Review Full Overview. Want to get one click here.

Google Play Store Is The Key

Cancelling HBO Now is a subject that comes up often in our email inbox. Some people think I am somehow connected to the process which is actually almost as funny as it is annoying. People have threatened to sue me if “I” don’t stop charging them for “My” service. I have a feeling most of you reading this story are fully aware that I am not in any way connected with HBO Now.

We have put together a video about how to cancel HBO Now on and Android device. In the video we are using the Mach 10 64 Bit Android box from ARNU Box, but the process is the same regardless of the Android device one owns. Cancelling HBO Now is taken care of via the Google Play store. Check out the video to see the simple method on How to cancel HBO Now on Android.

When Sling TV launched with the best of live TV package and more the service only allowed users to access the service on one device at a time. The company is experimenting with a beta program that will allow users to access the service on more than one device. At the moment, the selections are a little different for the beta product and the regular Sling Best Of live TV option. Check out our video to learn more.

Sling TV Multi Device Streaming Option Demo