What cheap / easy to use streaming box?

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What cheap / easy to use streaming box?

Post by integrale_evo » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:17 pm

My Xbox 360 is slowly dying, sometimes takes ages to load up, YouTube etc randomly crash, lots of catch-up to services are no longer supported.

Bought a Roku express the other day for £20 which is ok, but annoying that it won't control the to volume, would consider another for upstairs but the price has gone up and I'm being tight / wondering if there's anything better for similar money.

Only needs to do 1080p

Needs to be able to do the usual uk catch up channels plus amazon prime and YouTube with no fudging around which apparently rules out the fire stick unless things have changed?

Being able to adjust tv volume on the remote would be handy
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Post by Nathan » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:35 pm

cheap android box with a S905X ?
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Post by JLv3.0 » Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:59 pm

Chromecast?

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Post by Jobbo » Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:06 pm

JLv3.0 wrote:
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Chromecast?
Won’t do Amazon Prime, but it’s what I’d recommend if you can live with Amazon being done another way.

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Post by Mito Man » Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:59 pm

I’m pretty sure I watch YouTube on my fire stick unless I’m just using the inbuilt smart tv function :?
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Post by integrale_evo » Sat Jul 20, 2019 4:37 pm

I thought you could on old ones but new ones were more faff after amazon and googles falling out?
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Post by Jimmy Choo » Sat Jul 20, 2019 6:40 pm

I was going to say chromecast until you said Amazon. Smart TV, then.
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Post by Simon » Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:52 pm

Jobbo wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:06 pm
JLv3.0 wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:59 pm
Chromecast?
Won’t do Amazon Prime, but it’s what I’d recommend if you can live with Amazon being done another way.

It does do Amazon Prime now. Amazon and Google worked out their differences. You can now get the official YT app on the FireStick and the Prime App does Chromecast - I have both and it all works as described.
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Post by mr_jon » Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:33 am

Yep we use fire sticks for all out needs - prime, utube, live tv via apps (bedroom telly has no aerial feed) and streaming tv/films from our NAS using VLC. Used to use a Boxee which you can buy for pennies and are hackable if you like that sort of thing. No manufacturer support any longer.

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Post by Jobbo » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:37 am

Simon wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:52 pm
Jobbo wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:06 pm
JLv3.0 wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 2:59 pm
Chromecast?
Won’t do Amazon Prime, but it’s what I’d recommend if you can live with Amazon being done another way.

It does do Amazon Prime now. Amazon and Google worked out their differences. You can now get the official YT app on the FireStick and the Prime App does Chromecast - I have both and it all works as described.
Excellent, I won’t need to use my PS3 and PS4 to play Good Omens through the telly 😃

Why bother with both Firestick and Chromecast though? Either appears to do everything now.

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Post by Simon » Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:52 am

Jobbo wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 8:37 am
Simon wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 9:52 pm
Jobbo wrote:
Sat Jul 20, 2019 3:06 pm


Won’t do Amazon Prime, but it’s what I’d recommend if you can live with Amazon being done another way.

It does do Amazon Prime now. Amazon and Google worked out their differences. You can now get the official YT app on the FireStick and the Prime App does Chromecast - I have both and it all works as described.
Excellent, I won’t need to use my PS3 and PS4 to play Good Omens through the telly 😃

Why bother with both Firestick and Chromecast though? Either appears to do everything now.
Well, CC is in the lounge, Firestick is in the bedroom. CC because I bought it, Firestick because it was a present :) Although I do also do things like cast from my photos app on my Android phone when showing the family holiday photos etc. And there is no aerial to the TV in the bedroom and I find the Firestick's handling of OTT TV apps like iPlayer and ITV hub a little more robust than CC - that is, sometimes if I was using iPlayer from the phone and the phone would go to sleep it was hard to reconnect it to pause or whatever. Also, I used to use Amazon Prime from my Freeview Play STB in the lounge, and the Firestick was the only way of making it connect in the bedroom. And despite CC coming to the Prime App I always prefer a native app rather than using a phone, so will continue to use the STB.
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Post by RobYob » Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:44 am

You just missed 4k fire sticks at £25 on Prime day.
We picked one up as our four+ year old one had started to bug out at incovenient times with ITV and All4 apps.

Shall get the 4k TV to go with it at some point.

I also use a steam box to stream direct from a pc upstairs.

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Post by mr_jon » Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:16 pm

Our samsung tellys have a steam app so that was another external box done away with. I still use an old chromecast stick to stream f1 via eplsite to the telly on full screen. Works well.

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Post by simon_g » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:07 am

I'm very happy with my Roku Express but I use a Harmony remote to control everything.

You can get either an add-on remote that fits on the side, or a new 3rd party remote that can control the TV side, probably cheaper than buying another streaming stick if you're otherwise happy with the Roku. eg. clicky1 clicky2

The Amazon Fire sticks are OK - not sure if the youtube thing is resolved yet though, I got rid when the native app went and had to use the crappy browser-based one instead. The Fire sticks will do control over HDMI (HDMI-CEC, aka Bravia Link, Viera Link, Anynet+, etc depending on your TV) so you can just use your TV remote rather than the supplied Amazon one.

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Post by Jobbo » Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:32 am

My Sony telly will control the Chromecast attached to it using the TV remote. LG telly in the living room doesn't, or at least not through the HDMI socket the Chromecast is plugged into.

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Post by Simon » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:34 am

That's HDMI CEC and a lot of manufacturers seem to be lax at implementing it, or at least not implementing it properly. Like you, my Sony controls my CC. It'll also control my Pana STB/Blu-Ray player.
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Post by Richard » Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:57 am

My chromecast has started be a twat. I think it’s because my router is using one SSID over two frequencies, and despite what the router makers say, that’s still shit

Often I try to cast stuff, and the chromecast doesn’t show up. Very annoying

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Post by Swervin_Mervin » Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:23 pm

Richard wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 11:57 am
My chromecast has started be a twat. I think it’s because my router is using one SSID over two frequencies, and despite what the router makers say, that’s still shit

Often I try to cast stuff, and the chromecast doesn’t show up. Very annoying
We've had this recently. I might f**k it off and swap the Roku Express over from the main TV, and then get a Roku stick for that

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