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Discussion in 'Audio Visual' started by MR CHILLED, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. Bold Eagle

    Bold Eagle Member

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    Many are getting this now:


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    Sale has been pulled or they are having an issue with the promotional page.
     
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    MR CHILLED D'oh!

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    Yeah they must have been absolutely blasted. Shame, it was a great deal, evidenced by the fact they ripped it down so quickly. Thankfully I was able to get a code and made a purchase quickly....got a few small items off my watch list.
     
  3. Bold Eagle

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    Overall it seems like outright deceptive marketing when we view the page the only caveats are:
    Nowhere does it indicate "until sold out", whilst stocks last, etc, etc. This is the same on the "Terms and Conditions" page that is linked and now it just states at the top of the page "out of stock".
     
  4. darknebula

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    Snagged one, shipped already :)
     
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    Decent price...?
     
  6. darknebula

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    $80 for local stock is great imo. Last one from lightinthebox was cheaper but took a month to arrive
     
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    Yeah they certainly do have issues with length of time taken for people to receive goods. And that's why I'd be reluctant to go with them, but I guess if you're not in a hurry it's fine.
     
  8. Bold Eagle

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    Serious competitor? It doesn't run Android TV, so it's not even a contender IMO.

    oh, and it only does 720p Netflix.

    edit: looks like there's an Android TV rom. But its not officially certified, so not good if you want higher than 720p on Netflix. and it won't support google casting as that's only available on certified Android TV devices
     
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  10. Bold Eagle

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    Not sure where your getting your info because this clearly states otherwise:
    https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=255686&pid=2632874#pid2632874

    and for your second point again this clearly states otherwise (I assume you must mean natively?):
    https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2634721

    These are posts from people with the units and from solid sources.

    Here is a more meaningful source that nails what the unit can do:
    https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=252916&pid=2192163#pid2192163

    The stand outs seem to be:
    Xiaomi Mi Box 3
    - Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz
    - HDMI 2.0a x 1 port (HDCP 2.2)
    - USB 2.0 x 1 port
    https://ausdroid.net/2017/03/24/xiaomi-mi-box-3-mdz-16-ab-unboxing-and-first-impressions/

    MECOOL M8S PRO PLUS
    - only 2.4 GHz WiFi but has RJ45 LAN port
    - Ports: 1x HDMI 2.0 output 4K x 2K @ 60Hz
    - 2x High speed USB 2.0, support U DISK and USB HDD
    https://www.banggood.com/Mecool-M8S...Box-Support-4K-Netflix-Youtube-p-1164115.html
     
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  11. Renza

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    fair enough, i did try and quickly flip through the links.

    Still no Chromecast features built in I suspect. And no 4k Netflix probably?

    depends what you're looking for really. The one you linked is more hackable and can run linux, the mi box is more basic but is a certified device.
     
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  12. Bold Eagle

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    Renza is referring to the other unit that I was analysing: MECOOL M8S PRO PLUS.

    He was critically assessing any shortcomings - Chromecast (I'll have Kodi on it) is not important nor 4K Netflix (getting close to 50 I can't tell the diff. btwn 1080p and 4K) for my purposes especially considering the price...
     
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  15. devolutionary

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    My bad, I lost track of the convo.
    Thanks, mate.

    I'm 42, wear glasses, and I can't tell the diff between 1080p and 4k either.
    I'm kind of glad about that considering all the money I'll save trying to 4K everything. :D
     
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    VPN for Kodi?
    I have an existing subscription for pureVPN and wanted to use it with Kodi when running 'certain' addons

    There's a guide on the pureVPN site for adding it to Kodi which I followed and it did its thing, I entered my Login and PW for pureVPN but when you select a region or city it displays an error message
    "pureVPN executable has stopped working"
    Anyone have any recommendations for getting it to work, should I be just adding it as an app to the mi box instead which I can't seem to do as I get this message from Google play store
    "No carrier Xiaomi MIBOX3 - this item not compatible with this device" when you look at the device list.
     
  17. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    You might need to get the .apk and sideload it instead of using the play store.
     
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    Sorry, no help on using pureVPN, just wanted to mention that IPVanish has an official AndroidTV app that works really well on my Mi Box.
     
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    International version on sale at gearbest for $83.
     
  20. grrrr

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    wrtasy said
    "The solution to your issue is a Dual Boot setup. Android / LibreELEC.
    And you can use your existing hardware too - its pretty capable with the right LibreELEC Kodi Krypton images already available for the M8S+

    Buy a Samsung EVO, or Sandisk or even a Lexar 300x microSDHC class 10 U1 card to run LibreELEC from.

    LE Kodi will run a lot better then Android on AMLogic S8xx Hardware, likely even better than a RPi3 too, because everything 8bit will hardware decode, including high bitrate 1080 HEVC (h265). Video playback will be smooth.

    https://forum.libreelec.tv/thread-2877.html

    Also stay away from cheap AMLogic S912 Android hardware, tech specs mean nothing when you get rubbish Firmware. LibreELEC has issue on that hardware as well. .

    Oh and one final tip, if running Android Kodi Jarvis v16, make sure Kodi Dynamic Refresh Switching is on:

    Kodi Settings > Video > Playback > Adjust Refresh Rate > Start/Stop

    For older devices like the M8S+ there is a really good Android Kodi Jarvis fork available for it, use the AMLogic version of:

    FTMC

    BTW: the OpenELEC project is dead, every developer but one left it and now is in the LibreELEC camp"
     

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