Author: Android XBMC Geek

Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box Review

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What is it you look for when deciding on a new media streaming device? Is it the spec of the device? The price? or do you go by pure recommendation? If recommendation is your deciding factor then have I got one heck of a recommendation for you.

The guys at Entertainment Box sent me this sleek, curvy, top of the range Android device, running the latest Lollipop 5.1.1 so that I could share my honest opinion with you all. Whether you’re a novice or a well decorated veteran in the world of streaming and of course Kodi, then have I got something great to share with you all. Plus its coming up to Christmas and I know a lot of you will be wanting to treat yourselves or your other half, or maybe someone else’s other half, to a brand spanking new device to watch all those nauseating Christmas reruns on. You’ll be fighting over the remote with this one!

When I buy a new box, I personally go for how fast the device is, what picture resolution it supports, what it can offer by way of compatibility, ie am I able to access miracast and airplay, can I add SD and HDD sources, does it have great web browser options, am I able to use the Google Playstore, can I add APKs, does it allow me to play ROMS, and does it have the capability to run as a functioning, yet fast mini PC? 

Astonishingly enough the Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box offers all of the above so it certainly ticks all the boxes for me and I think a lot of you out there will be even more impressed by the specs, I know I was.

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905 quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 2.0GHz with penta-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 750 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC 5.0 flash + SD card slot + internal 2.5″ SATA bay for HDD or SSD
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60 Hz with HDMI CEC support + AV RCA port
  • Audio – HDMI, optical S/PDIF, and stereo audio RCA ports
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports including one OTG port, 1x micro USB port
  • Misc – Power button, IR receiver, restore pinhole button, front panel LED display
  • Power Supply –  5V/3A
  • Dimensions – 166 x 116 x 53 mm

The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box runs a lot faster than previous models of the same brand (and they were fast) so imagine just what the device is capable of. My internet speed has the tendency to dip to 20 mpbs at certain points in the day then goes back up around 35 mbps but the box didn’t buffer or throw me out back to the launch screen like so many other boxes do. Another great factor about the device is that the screen resolutions are crystal clear and it handles 1080p and 4K like a dream (obviously you’ll need compatible TVs for this to work). 

The only thing i’m not overly keen on with

The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box is the launch screen (custom launcher). I think it’s a great idea for all the novice users out there as it offers comprehensive “how to” guides, links to videos, apps, etc, but it just seems too cumbersome and weighty. I personally like to see as little as possible installed on boxes as it makes users learn how to navigate their devices more independently, and do their research. But that’s just my opinion. 

The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box does come installed with EBOX MC which is a custom build of SPMC. Be aware there are no addons installed as per copyright rulings etc, but this is a great way for you to get familiar with KODI and how it works. The best thing about owning any new device is actually making it your own with custom settings etc. 

I have been totally impressed by The Entertainment Box T8-4 Stream TV Box as it has handled everything I’ve streamed on it. At £94.99 (with the standard remote) this is an absolute bargain considering what you get for you money. After sales support is a great added bonus when you purchase any device from the site which often isn’t the case with a lot of sellers. 

I have the m8 box and my playlist loader will not install, is there a fix for this

Which version of Kodi are you running

T8-AML-V3 Media Box Review for Wookie and EntertainmentBox.Com

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I put together a Blog post but I didn’t need much persuading when the team at Wookie recently contacted me to do a review on their newly released T8-AML-V3 Media Box. 

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First and foremost, before I had chance to open the device, I was initially impressed by how quick the item was despatched and how well packaged it was. Thumbs up for that one guys, customer service at it’s best.

T8-AML-V3 Specs

–  ANDROID™ 4.4 KITKAT RAPID OS
– UNIQUE EASY YO USE USER INTERFACE
– AMLOGIC S812 QUAD CORE CPU
– BUILT IN WI-FI, WITH STANDARD RJ45 PORT
AMLOGIC S812 WITH 2GHZ A9R4 QUAD CORE. 2GB OF DDR3 RAM AND 16GB OF ONBOARD FLASH
THIS FAST AND POWERFUL DEVICE ALSO SUPPORTS 4K OUTPUT EASILY.

Pretty impressive in theory given those specs, but I can safely say it does deliver what it says on the box. If you want a box that’s fast and 100% responsive then this is your device. But I will come back to the gushing praise later once I’ve gone through what it’s capable of in my step by step review.

Unpackaging the device

The packaging itself is sleek, contemporary, and certainly gives the impression that the device I was about to open was not a cheap generic import like so many on the market. Everything I needed to get started was contained in the box, it was a case of hooking everything up to my TV and away we go. Anything that isn’t complicated is a bonus i’d say. 

Navigating around the T8-AML-V3

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The homescreen on the T8-AML-V3 is so easy to navigate, I reckon your granny could do it whilst sucking lemons. There’s even an easy to use clean memory function that keeps your device running smoothly for the best performance possible. All the apps you need can be found under 3 sections “Google Play”, “Aptoide”, and the “Wookie” app store. Downloading any app you require is fast and trouble free, well it was for me but I am on fibre broadband, and I suspect most of you guys will probably be too by now.

I know most of you would be purchasing a device such as the T8-AML-V3 to use Kodi and all of it’s entertainment goodness. What I need to firstly point out is that EntertainmentBox does not install any of the packages that come with Kodi or any of the add ons, Kodi comes completely empty. It is entirely up to yourselves to install and maintain. As with all software such as Kodi it is your responsibility to understand the implications of installing such a package. You all use kodi at your own risk.

Running Kodi on the T8-AML-V3

I made a point of leaving the review until a few weeks after I had received the device to see what implications I would encounter from all aspects of the product on a day to day running basis. I can safely say that after putting the T8-AML-V3 through it’s paces, and pushing it’s boundaries it didn’t encounter any issues at all. I even hooked the device up to my sound bar via an optical cable and the sound quality is absolutely phenomenal. Loading a movie or TV show from various add ons within Kodi has proven to be faster than any other device I’ve had the pleasure of owning. It’s a whole new cinematic viewing experience, and in my opinion for the reasonable price tag that comes with it makes it well worth investing in.

Web Browser functionality

Browsing the internet on the T8-AML-V3 just got faster, infact it’s faster than any device I’ve owned before. Hook up a bluetooth keyboard and away you go, you have got yourself a mini PC without the expensive price tag. It’s capable of switching from page to page without any lag, freezing or being unresponsive. I must say it’s very impressive.

This device can do so much. It brings about a new era in Entertainment capabilities. I’ve pushed all my other devices aside since receiving this and could not be happier with what it has delivered, and delivered it has.

Silly question i know but i just brought a S77 PRO Smart TV Box Remote Wireless Qwerty Keyboard and i can’t find how to put the batteries in Thanks Jean

At the bottom of the remote there’s a slot

Just deleted everything off box by mistake help plz

which box is it

IPTV PVR Set up for XBMC (Free Live TV Streaming)

So by now you’ve probably got yourselves pretty familiar with XBMC and all it has to offer, and realised its finally time to cut the cord with overpriced cable, Sky and Virgin TV providers, who – let’s face it, charge the Earth each month for repetitive and limited content.

Thanks to numerous guys within the XBMC community,there is now the option to stream all your favorite premium TV channels from the UK and Aboard, all in one place. It’s fast and reliable (as reliable as it can be, given that content can sometimes does go down, but it’s soon quickly rectified by those who maintain the lists) and has more than 300 staggering channels ranging from Sports, Movies, Entertainment, Music, and Radio channels. 

The only requirement needed is an XBMC build 12.3 and above.

So how do you get your hands on yet another package of goodness and the gift that just keeps on giving? Thanks to Vdubt25 who is part of the Istream Community, he has created a unique URL that is compatible with the Live TV section on the XBMC homepage (once it has been enabled).

Watch the video below but instead of the URL mentioned please make sure you replace it with Http://xty.me/vdubt25

Video Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXs_m3pYGLk

You can also add an EPG guide to keep up to date with what is on

Video Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HXbMmrgfFc&list=UUL-xIzlYf4uCT5pT-8-nAZw

If you do decide to add the list by Vdubt25 please make sure you head on over to Twitter and show your appreciation to him or subscribe to his YouTube Channel

vdubt25 

Review: Ultra M8 U-M8 SMART TV Box S802 From AndroidSticks

It wasn’t until 2 years ago that i was introduced to the wonders of XBMC via a jailbroken Apple TV 2 that i had purchased off EBAY for a complete bargain. That’s when i have to admit the sordid love affair started. XBMC had me hooked. It had me so tight in it’s grasp I’d find myself losing hours in a darkened room with just XBMC for company. OK OK so you’ve all been there don’t deny it. Partners have been and gone but somehow XBMC is just that dirty pleasure that just doesn’t leave your side.

Over the last 2 years the hardware available has completely revolutionized how we all view XBMC. At the end of the day we all know it’s totally down to user preference and in some cases how easy the user finds it to keep both the hardware and software upto date. But what if i was to tell you that the Android M8 can actually be kept upto date remotely without you having to root the device, hook it up to a computer, or perform any form of jailbreak????

The guys over at AndroidSticks have thought of everything when it comes to enjoying XBMC in all it’s 1080p glory. Before i go into a full blown review i will first give you the all important specs of the device.

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Ultra M8 U-M8 Main Features:

  • ULTRA M8 U-M8 (M8) MX Box Smart TV BOX S802
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • Lifetime updates
  • XBMC 13 pre-installed
  • Blu-Ray ISO and 4K video playback
  • Unique user interface
  • 4K video output up to 30 fps supported
  • 2.4Ghz – 5Ghz Wi-Fi
  • Quad core CPU
  • CPU: ARM cortex-a9 quad-core
  • GPU mali-450 octo-core
  • DRAM 2gb ddr3
  • Flash memory 8 gb

Hooked up to a full HD 1080P TV (the bigger the screen size the better), the device has the ability to give you a complete cinematic experience in the comfort of your own home. If you’re a fan of all things Android like myself then you will find this device very easy to navigate and totally user friendly. It’s actually like controlling a Samsung Tablet but on a grander scale on your TV. 

Also with the M8 box comes a complete XBMC installation guide (the software is installed you just basically have to run up to date versions), aswell as a guide to keeping the box running smoothly and up to date. This also allows the user to get familiar with the device as those that aren’t technologically minded often find this quite daunting. If users do have a problem or question, the AndroidSticks team are always on hand to offer support and guidance when necessary. they’re friendly guys with fabulous after sales care.

With the M8 box i was also sent the S77 Pro Smart TV BOX Remote With Wireless Qwerty Keyboard (sold seperately from the M8 but worth investing in)

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Simply insert the small wireless USB device into the back of your M8 Box and away you go. As remotes go this is pretty flawless and so easy to use, but the one thing for me (but it isn’t deal breaker) is the fact that the onscreen cursor that appears has the tendency to run away with itself at times causing XBMC to act strangely. But there is the option to turn the cursor off when it’s not required so it’s easy enough to solve this problem.

With the device being rooted, and running all the relevant up to date software, the team also pre install a whole bunch of great apps to get you started and to get you the most out of the Box, The Google Playstore is a must have on any Android device and you can load great apps on the M8 such as Spotify, TuneIn Radio, MX Player, Chrome Browser,ShowBox, VideoMixPro etc etc. Oh i didn’t mention that the M8 also acts as a web browser with great functionality. So the M8 is a complete media center hub all at a reasonable cost without any hidden costs etc.

The other great feature is that you can use the box to AirPlay your media form any phone,tablet, or computer. Having tested this function i can safely say that no sound or picture quality is lost, and the strength of the Blutooth is phenomenal. so it’s win win in my opinion.

I’ve personally been using an Ouya as a media hub for the past 12 months, but the sound and picture quality can be a bit hit and miss at times which in turn can make it frustrating when trying to use the Ouya to it’s full potential. But i can safely say I’ve been converted over to the M8 for the specs, functionality and ease of use, as well as picture quality and fantastic DD5.1 Sound.

Happy Friday folks. Hope you are all well. Thanks to really poor…

Happy Friday folks. Hope you are all well. Thanks to really poor internet at my end this week everything tech related had to be put on hold, but alas, i’m back and ready to blog.

So then what has been happening over in the IStream camp this week?

As usual there has been lots of Playlist activity, what with constant updates from Playlist makers, new subscription free Request and VIP sections, and not to mention Coolwave’s fabulous new Channelcut Indexer added to the TV Shows section. There are now a staggering 10 Indexers available in the TV Shows section alone and 8 in the Films section. IStream is fast becoming bigger than ever anticipated, and building a greater Community.

If you’re not familiar with Indexers, what exactly is one? 

All an Indexer is is basically another add on source available directly through IStream. But rather than having to install them from a Zip like many other XBMC sources, you just simply click them to enable them as all the hard work of the initial installation process has been done for you. 

Check out the video above from XBMCConnect to get yourselves familiar with everything Indexer related.

IStream Playlist Creators

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Well it’s a rather sunny Sunday and what better way to kick it of than with an informal blog update from yours truly. So grab a brew, pull up a chair, and let’s get cracking.

There has most definitely been alot happening this week with all things IStream and it seems that as the future weeks of 2014 draw upon us, it’s just going to keep getting better and better. But for now my lips are sealed, but all will be revealed very very shortly, you won’t be disappointed.

There are now a mere 32 playlist makers in the community with more on the way. I myself will be joining the community in the coming weeks under the Creator name “Android XBMC Geek”. My content will be based solely on complete British content throughout the decades from both Tv and Film. The list will include works such as those from Alfred Hitchcock all the way through to up and coming Actors like Jack O’Connell. 

I absolutely love British Film and i often think it gets overshadowed by the huge budget creators over in Hollywood, so let’s embrace and celebrate what great talent we have on our shores.

The playlist creators that have paved the way for the likes of myself to get involved, have created varied and individual content to cater for not only their own tastes but target audiences too. As the saying goes “If you build it they will come”. And how true is that given the amount of hits IStream gets on a weekly basis. 

Each creator prides themselves on providing great FREE content ranging from International Film and TV, Live TV Streams (fromboth uk and Abroad), Film and TV from throughout the decades, as well as how to guides to get the best out of IStream.

If there is any content you wish to be included in any Playlist Creators list them feel free to contact them as they are always willing to help the user. Let’s make IStream the biggest Source and Add on in XBMC.

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They gave you Istream, now what’s Iwatch all about?

Good Morning XBMC fans. It appears i haven’t blogged for a good few weeks now so I thought i’d better get back to it again and enlighten you with all things XBMC, and of course big up the little gem that is IStream.

If you’re familiar with IStream then you’ll know it has the capability to be able add to the IWatch functionality via an online playlist URL. Within the list are numerous independent playlist makers all passionate about the Istream brand and building content for all users. Each creator has taken the time out to create unique media content. If you’re not so familiar with it all i will do a quick tutorial on how to add IWatch and all the wonderment it holds. 

Go into Istream>IWatch>Playlists>Add Online Playlist>http://xty.me/xunitytalk>Xunitytalk playlist directory>Community Playlists

The dev known as Mefrox has been monumental in the development and success of playlist creation as he has taken time out to create How To guides for playlist creators, aswell as helping them with one on one, step by step personal tutorial guidance, as not all creators have had the opportunity or expertise to create content before. So we would all like to say a huge thank you to you Mefrox as your help is paramount to alot of people. We can’t  leave Jas0nPC out either as he is always on hand to help folks with any problem they have within XBMC and IStream.

In just a few months there are a staggering 31 playlist makers within the community and there are more requests coming through daily for those wanting to create content.

If you’d like to try a spot of playlist creation then all you need to do is head over to www.xunitytalk.com and fill out a playlist submission form.

The guys will even add you to their Skype incase any face to face guidance is required. The community is both friendly and helpful with the added bonus of being non competitive or profiteering.

The next blog will feature a rundown of all playlist creator’s content, aswell as content to look out for in the coming weeks.