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  1. Karylle Beus

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    I have found information on cord cutting that suggests money-saving means and even proposes numerous channels that I cannot access. Can you recommend an Android TV box for me to buy?

    I need a fast, affordable TV channels, and high quality picture that are good to watch with Kodi so I can clearly watch the Bein sport.
     

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  2. Andrew Cole

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    What add-ons you install to KODI is of no concern to the forum.
    Any replies giving you advice on that will be deleted by a moderator.


    As for advice on the hardware... all the boxes are roughly the same.
    When they work they're great and when they don't they are rubbish.
    Paying more doesn't get you a better box.

    The differences in performance are negligible BUT DO get one with at least Android Lollipop installed on it as Android Kit Kat won't install the latest version of KODI, (17 or higher.)

    The clarity of your streaming, as always, depends on your internet connection, not your box.
     
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    First, you can download and install Kodi on any Windows, Linux, Mac or Android box, desktop,laptop from the Kodi website.
    If you have a PC, its easier to upgrade, update and has the power to do whatever you want, how you want and with whatever way you want. Wifi, bluetooth, wired, 4K, stream, cloud or whatever you can connect, link or stream with. Given the options and the power........the options are almost limitless. I have a Nvidia Shield Tv 16gb box, its just about the fastest android box out there but its a locked box, it has its own limitations, its linked to Google Playstore and it doesn't allow you to load any or all apps and it comes with a big sticker price. Reason, it comes with high end hardware, plays games much like a PS4 and the controller has a wireless headphone jack for late night tv or game play directly from Nvidia servers which are fast servers.
    I would not recommend buying one unless you're a gamer. If you're a hardcore gamer, best to upgrade your PC and go with it.
    Newer android boxes are coming out with Marshmallow 6.0 ...2gb / 8 to 16gb, micro SD port, bluetooth 4.1 which you may like to look at as they would be very, very fast and run 4k UHD at 60fps.
     
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    These supposedly 'higher specs' won't make much difference to most users especially KODI users.

    The problem is that they are still the very cheapest junk components built in the cheapest way possible.

    I'm waiting for a big name manufacturer to bring out a box that has the same features but that have genuinely better components and better build oversight... but still with the versatility for users to play around with them and customize them, etc, without the fear of bricking them when the wind blows the wrong way.

    No name brand - no accountability!

    I'm surprised Google hasn't got its own version of one of these boxes. That Chromecast is shit.
     

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