How Do You Get Started (Continued)

Android Box

Pros:

  • Literally every television program and film you could think of is
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    Snapshot of my Android Box Setup.

    available to view at the click of a mouse.  I’ve only been using it for a few months and I’m shocked at the variety of programming available on it.

  • Since it’s using Android OS, it’s really customizable.  Using the Kodi app, you can download add-ons to broaden your library of available things to watch.  As well you have access to the Google Play store to download a number of apps to your device.
  • It allows you to stream live television.  I’ve used this ability a few times to varying success.  Once it’s set up though, in theory you’d be able to lose your cable subscription completely.
  • Through it’s use of torrents you have access to virtually everything free of charge.  The ethics of this is very debatable, however in the context of the argument of saving money on your monthly TV bill, we’ll put this one in the pro column.

Cons:

  • While the Android box can give you access to a lot of material, it is difficult to set up I’ve found.  Rather than the plug and play ease of the Chromecast, the Android box requires you to set up and load up a variety of apps prior to enjoying the device.
  • Sometimes the quality of the video isn’t always the best.  This is due largely to the fact that it’s streaming off of torrents rather than one source.  This can be fixed usually by finding another link to click on and view.
  • The fact remains you’re watching illegal streams or downloads of videos and television programming.  You aren’t paying anyone to watch what’s on your screen.  The ethics and morality of this I’ll save for another post.  However, the reality is this, eventually it will get the Napster treatment.  A lawsuit from content providers will drastically change this device.  It’s just my prediction but I’m sticking with it for the time being.

Often the Android box is touted as the replacement for traditional television that we’ve all been waiting for.  After using it for a few months, my opinion is decidedly mixed.  While when it works, it works spectacularly and I can find myself losing hours in front of the television because of it.  However, it’s been months since I first got it and I’m still teaching myself how to fully utilize it’s features.

 

12 thoughts on “How Do You Get Started (Continued)”

    1. It is a stand alone device. The one I own is comparable in size to an Apple TV, but I he seen different models advertised with different dimensions.

      I’ve never heard of a Raspberry Pi. I will have to research this.

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      1. Just saw this video. This is essentially an Android box. Kodi is an updated version of XBMC. When you purchase an Android box usually it comes with it already loaded or you can download it.

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    1. A digital antenna is a good option to maintain tradition TV. I had actually forgotten about that one. I’d be curious to know how you like it.

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