TV Box, What is It ?

What is a TV Box and what can it do ? The answer while it is simple, TV Box can be complicated to setup or program.
A TV Box is basically a Micro Computer with connections and plugs to allow use of Internet to display and/or download TV and Movies. Much like the Apple TV or a Roku Device, a TV Box is a very small device. Most are either Android Based, or Windows. Android, this is the same operating system as the one probably running on your smartphone, tablet and millions of other devices throughout the world. There are some with different Operating Systems, but the majority are Android or Windows. You can also download a Program or File to your PC such as KODI and use that for the same purpose. KODI is the development of what was originally the XBMC (X-Box Media Center) to the now more modern version (Kodi is now at version 17.6 Stable). Some might ask why get such a thing, well for one thing I have not payed for Television or Cable or Movie Channels for almost 20 months! The savings can be enormous ! Also the channels and/or TV Programs I have available are greater than my original Cable had for me ! In addition the amount of Movies is almost overwhelming and way too much in some cases! You may have heard a lot of different terminology or names being thrown around different sites, forums and Facebook groups: Streaming media device, TV box, IPTV box (IPTV services are usually a Monthly billing), set top boxes, media streamer, HTPC, Kodi box, and my personal favorite the Android TV box. They’re all basically the same type of device – something that gets content from your home network or the Internet to your television. Almost any modern Television with an HDMI port can be used with a TV Box (Also HDMI). The other important part is to have an Internet Connection and best is a High-Speed with a lot of Badwidth (Consult your Local Internet Supplier for details of your current connection). The reason a High-Speed or Large Bandwidth is important is so that you do not get pauses or stops when viewing as this rapidly becomes annoying and frustrating. Also if you want to watch High_definition or 4K speed and bandwidth are a Must ! These days you cal also buy or have a Roku TV which has the ROKU part or service built-in on your TV. Personally I have both a ROKU TV and a TV Box, as well as a pair of External Antennas which give me all the Local Stations for absolutely Free ! Be careful if you shop or go for a TV Box a lot of people out there are selling them with Technology from two or even three years ago ! You want the most modern TV Box you can afford with all the Memory and Storage possible. Android TV Boxes with KODI Media Center are the most popular TV Boxes right now. In terms of technology you want to have as a minimum S912 Octa Core CPU and 3GB RAM Memory 32GB ROM Storage as a Base. Some boxes now offer DDR4 Ram Memory which is Superior to DDR3 ! Do not get 1GB RAM that will not be enough ! More Memory is better ! Two (2) GB RAM Memory is minimum in my opinion ! Also avoid older CPU’s like the S905 etc..
To your KODI you will need to add a 3rd Party Add-On such as Exodus, Phoenix, SALT, or other such Graphics/GPU should be a ARM Mali-T820 or better for the Box to have High-Def or 4K (TV must support High-Def or 4K in order to view it). Android version on TV Box should be a minimum of 6.0 or 7 for better compatibility. Prices typically are from about $75 or so for regular to over $120 for High End ones ! Do your Due Diligence and Research on any product before buying !