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    Default Vodafone TV Box 2/8gb DTV AC WiFi Fast Lan BT 4.2

    Saw this the other day at 1/2 price at Vodafone, free express delivery ordered Sunday here Today

    Bit of a bargain I thought, why not add it to the collection always room for one more
    Amlogic 905d tv tuner, 2/8GB AC WiFI 10/100 Lan HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 usb 2 Voice remote...

    Running ATV 7.1, very easy setup, BT Voice remote, Full ATV
    No Root L1, etc etc etc...., Same as Mibox and others in this field

    Fired up ran for 30 minutes easy
    Update as soon as powered up

    Tv Tuner Ok...not checked to much as yet...Netflix etc
    Installed Puffin Browser, then Aptoide...easy

    Box


    All the Bits in the box


    Had to Rip into it...T7 torque screws, Gets warm Huge Heat sink and stuff More Later


    Boring Underneath


    Case


    More a bit Later

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    Default More Show and tell Vodafone TV Box

    After another 5 screws all is revealed
    Groovy looking Antennae going on....
    Good looking hardware,

    Like that heat sink. some vents would have been good


    Bit closer, USB 2 port on Side, all Lids Soldered


    Ports rear


    Serious DX with those Antennae


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    I missed this review o-i-c...
    I bought 2 of them last week
    Arrived yesterday
    What a professionally packaged​ product.

    Had watched a few reviews and read about many happy users.

    $72 for a Hybrid Android - DVB T2 box
    Running official ATV
    With free Delivery and an AU Warranty.
    How can you go wrong?
    And nice to have an AU power adapter for a change
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    After a small amount of time with this box
    It is so closed up and protected compared the U4 or U5 Hybrid boxes

    You seem stuck with a protected version of YouTube and Netflix
    (I'd like to know how to delete the YouTube that comes with the box and install my own version)

    You also are stuck with a watered down version of Playstore as it is an Official Android TV OS
    (But you can sideload or direct download)
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    Would you buy one again knowing this Ob ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ol' boy View Post
    stuck with a watered down version of Playstore
    Apparently there is Aptoide TV which then opens all sorts of doors ...
    If Australia is a democracy why, then, is voting compulsory?

    "What has changed between the arrival of the First Fleet and today?"
    "Wearing leg irons is now not required."

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    Quote Originally Posted by loanrangiel View Post
    Would you buy one again knowing this Ob ?
    Very early days with this box for me
    I bought 2 for the reasons they had a DVB-T2 tuner and its a newer version of Android
    The fact it comes with official ATV is just something new for me, i'm sure i'll work around it.

    For $72 it is easy to use, fast, small, Youtube takes a while to load?? No idea why
    Great Remote Control, Voice Commands are very handy

    Would i buy another.....???

    Yes and No, but more Yes.

    Yes for price, speed, ease of use, compact, great for a caravan of second room (or a main unit)
    No only because i'd like to try something else.... I am too used to the "Proper" Hybrid experience the U4 and U5 brings
    (They are just DVB-T2 boxes that default as a Set Top Box with Android in the background, as an Android TV would be)

    The Remote doesn't have some buttons i often use on my U5 Hybrid
    There is no "Mouse" or "Cursor" button, which helps with some Apps that don't scroll well
    There is no >> or >>l button for searching through content or menus in some Apps
    Last edited by ol' boy; 13-07-19 at 02:27 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guiseppe View Post
    Apparently there is Aptoide TV which then opens all sorts of doors ...
    There are many ways to get things done, i just use the APKTIME App, kind of the same as Aptoide TV
    To be honest, i used Aptoide on a tablet once and it introduced pop ups and problems so i have never used it again
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    For $72 i will take a punt, our aldi coccoon is ok but quite clunky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loanrangiel View Post
    For $72 i will take a punt, our aldi coccoon is ok but quite clunky.
    Mate, compared to an ALDI Coccoon it is a Lamborghini
    Not even the same thing.... I had a Coccoon for 3 hours and back it went
    You will be blown away compared to one of those
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    Changing the Home Screen

    I managed to find this,

    Go to Settings
    Under the Device heading, select Apps
    Under the System apps heading, scroll to and select TchCustomizer
    Select Notifications, then select Off

    "Vodafone Recommends" disappeared and You Tube and Netflix moved to the App Section.
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    A better YouTube

    Suggestion: install the File manager X-Plore from the Playstore, then....
    SmartYouTubeTV_v6.12.82 App = No Youtube Adverts.
    You can also play around in Options and pick the quality of streamed video and video compression codecs used.



    Save to a USB stick, install using the X-Plore App.

    Home Screen

    I have no idea how to get the 2 rows of apps showing like my U5 Hybrid
    You can have a "Vodafone Recommends" and "Apps", but the Apps is only 1 row
    You can remove the "Vodafone Recommends" then you lose your Netflix and YouTube App short cuts and you still only get 1 row

    I'm sure you can much around or just use a totally different launcher

    Bluetooth Remote
    Is fantastic with its range but lack of buttons hurts some Apps

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    Playing a YouTube in 1080p i've had it stop a couple of times and lose audio sync for a small moment
    This shouldn't have anything to do with internet connection and speed, as the Video was 20min in and there should be heaps of buffer in front.
    This is with the horrible version on YouTube the box comes with
    Last edited by ol' boy; 14-07-19 at 10:34 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guiseppe View Post
    Apparently there is Aptoide TV which then opens all sorts of doors ...
    If Australia is a democracy why, then, is voting compulsory?

    "What has changed between the arrival of the First Fleet and today?"
    "Wearing leg irons is now not required."

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    I did some reading on whinge pool and a harmony 650 works with the VTV which is good since i upgraded from an old 515 to a 650 a couple of weeks ago.

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    Yes, good thread that one
    Few members from here on that thread
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    Quote Originally Posted by ol' boy View Post
    Mate, compared to an ALDI Coccoon it is a Lamborghini
    Not even the same thing.... I had a Coccoon for 3 hours and back it went
    You will be blown away compared to one of those
    Definitely chalk and cheese, much prefer the netflix UI on this. I haven't hooked up the antennae yet and surprised that there is no pass thru which means using a splitter.

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    Finally got to using the DVB-T tuner via the Live Channels App.

    What a disgrace!

    The unit can't decode MPEG4 without losing heaps of frames...
    Then it loses Audio on all channels.
    Then after reopening the Channels App audio came back.

    I can see why these units are marked down.

    Zapping Channel to Channel is slow, almost like loading a new streaming channel everytime.

    Some channels you can't use the remote for volume (like it's Digital pass through) then the next channel you can use the remote for volume???


    Still can't beat the U4 and U5 for DVB-T and Sat use!
    Last edited by ol' boy; 27-07-19 at 12:28 PM.
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    that's disappointing. I was thinking having the DVB-T was a great idea! Hard to find one box that does everything you want well.

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    Yup, like others selling Hybrid boxes on here.
    I just don't trust them if the DVB-T has to go through an App.

    It has to be native and default
    Last edited by ol' boy; 28-07-19 at 01:15 PM.
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