FAQ – Android TV Boxes Questions and Answers

What is an Android TV Box?

Android TV Box is basically a mini PC that runs Android operating system. It has XBMC that allows you to stream movies, series, channels, sports, etc for free.

What is XBMC?

XBMC / Kodi is an open source a media player application that give you the power to stream media from internet in your TV.

What content can I stream from XBMC?

You going to find many add-ons available on the XBMC platform. There are add-ons for everything including to watch free Movies, TV Shows, TV Channels, etc.

As a Kodi user I recommend you to use a VPN while you use Kodi to watch movies / TV Series or TV Channels. A VPN will unlock geo-blocked content, unblock sources and keep you anonymous online. I highly recommend the IPVanish VPN because its easy to use and it won’t slow down your internet connection.
Start accessing all kodi add-ons with a VPN!

What add-ons come pre-installed on Android TV boxes?

All the boxes that we recommend in our blog comes with XBMC pre-installed, with it normally comes add-ons like 1Channel, IceFilms, Navi-X and MashUP TV and many others allowing you to stream thousands of Free movies, TV shows and live TV.

What internet speed do I need to run an Android TV Box?

For the best streaming quality you we recommend a minimum of 2mb and for HD content you will need minimum 4mb broadband speed.

What Video formats does Android boxes support?

Most of Android TV Boxes support: MPEG1/2/4: Up to 1920*1080; H.264: Up to 1920*1080; VC-1/WMV; Up to 1920*1080; Realvideo 8/9/10; up to 1280*720, including dat, avi, mpg, mkv, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, m2ts, mp4 suffixes etc.

What is the best remote control for any Android TV Box?

Wi-Fi keypad off Amazon works much better than other Android TV remotes.

Do I need to pay any TV subscription to use an Android TV Box? Are there any extra costs involved?

You just pay for the box, no subscriptions. that’s it! You can cancel your TV subscription if you want. ( you just need broadband)

Which apps or add-ons should I download to watch movies and series?

Check our article about the Best XBMC Kodi video add-ons.

Do I need fibre broadband?

You don’t need fibre broadband. Any good broadband with more than 4 mb speed will works perfectly. But of course the speed of fibre broadband is the most stable.

Will it connects Wireless?

You can connect your box either via ethernet or by wifi.

Can I get Cartoon Network or any other children’s channels for my son?

Yes, there are lots of kids channels on it…

Does this work if I take to Portugal and plug in? Would I get UK TV channels over the internet?

Yes you would. Anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

It says this comes with XBMC already pre loaded…. will I still have to add on the app or download it from the internet?

No, it comes installed. You just enjoy it.

Does Android Boxes work overseas?

Yes. Anywhere with internet connection.

How do I get films on Android TV Box?

You can go into the XBMC application and there is a option for films, box sets, live TV, live sports etc. You can filter from genres.

If you don’t have genesis installed, we recommend it, you going to love it.

What’s the best add-ons for films now as mash up has gone?

Genesis, Ice films, and phoenix in our opinion.

Is that possible to Web Surf with Android TV Box?

Yes. You gonna find a button in the main menu to web browser. Very useful feature.

Can I have a Android TV Box and Sky box plugged into the same TV?

Yes, they are both HDMI. Select the HDMI input via your TV remote.

Does this have recent films on?

Yes all new and old films are on the box, its fantastic.

how do i know if this will work on my TV?

If your TV has an HDMI port it’s all good.

Is Android Box legal to use?

Yes, or would not be selling on amazon

Can you watch BBC and ITV on Android TV Box?

Yes, all bbc and itv channels can be watched.

Do you need to have a subscription to have the movies, sports and adult?

No you don’t. It’s all available in XBMC application.

How can I watch geolocked streams?

You will need to install a VPN.

What’s the Best VPN for Kodi?

IPVanish was considered the best VPN for Kodi. Is fast and supported by Kodi VPN addons.

 


Can’t you stream some content?

Check the Log for more information. ?
kodi error check log for more information

Empty directory ?
kodi empty directory

Solution:
Most of the times that you get these annoying errors is because the content is geolocked. This means that you are trying to access content that is blocked for UK (if you are in UK). For eg if you are trying to watch an american TV Channel.

There is a couple of VPN’s that you can use with Kodi, however, there is only one that stands out as the best VPN for kodi >> IPVanish.

best vpn for kodi ipvanish

IPVanish just may be the fastest VPN provider out there, and you need as much speed as possible to stream. There are free VPNs, but they use slow servers and then the streams would be constantly buffering. With IPVanish you will get the best VPN experience available for the most competitive price.

Are VPNs legal?

Yes they are totally legal, you have the right to stay anonymous.

Get the most of Kodi with IPVanish:

  • Unblock Geo targeting to access any content regardless of where you are located
  • Bypass any censorship put in place by websites or streaming providers
  • Stay truly anonymous when streaming content to your Kodi device

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80 Responses

  1. Nathan says:

    Hi i am trying to get 4k content to play through my M8 android box. I have installed project m which lists 4k content but everytime i select 4k movies the box locks up and has to be unplugged to restart. I have tried on other addons but the same thing happens. I am getting around 90mbps and exodus works fine for hd movies. Tv is a lg 4k Any ideas?

  2. James says:

    Hi, I am completley new to this. Can I watch the grand tour(amazon prime)?

  3. Vicki says:

    We are unable to get volume when we select a movie no matter what movie we are trying to watch, although all other channels we have volume. Is there something that we are not doing or hopefully someone out there is able to help me.

    • admin says:

      Hi there. When you’re playing a movie, in the bottom player bar, there is an icon for volume. Press that icon and try to adjust the volume and volume amplification.
      Hope I helped you today.

  4. Eric says:

    Hello. I got a box. And I am told that normal movies takes way less data. And I want to use that cause my Internet is expensive so I do t want ro watch hd movies by accident. How do I tell

    • admin says:

      Hi Eric. When you chose a movie, you will get a list of available streams. In front of the stream says the quality:
      1080p = Full HD
      720p = HD
      SD – Medium
      TS or CAM – Low quality

      If you want to use less data, I would recommend to not stream in 1080p. But streaming less than 720p quality isn’t a good experience. I would stick with 720p but you can try less quality.

  5. Angie says:

    Hi, i live in Singapore, can this android box still work like it is suppose to? will there be different country issues?
    and i do understand there is a USB port, will i be able to plug in my USB and use the android box to play movies that is from my USB?

    Thanks

    • admin says:

      Yes , the box works in any part of the world with internet access. I just recommend you to use the VPN that I suggest in this post because I don’t know your country legislation and a VPN makes your traffic anonymous and safe.

      Yes you can use USB flash drive to plug in your box and play some media 🙂

  6. zubair sidat says:

    if i have a regular HD tv can i run this 4k box or do i need a 4k tv

    • admin says:

      You can run a 4k box and buying a 4k box means that you’re buying something with a good performance.
      If you want to enjoy the 4K quality you will need a TV with 4K resolution.

  7. Hi, I have bought a streamer box, will I have to pay monthly rental fees to use Netflix etc?

  8. Bruce Gay says:

    Hello. I have the box already, but I do not have a smart tv. Does this box
    work on a regular, non-smart tv with RCA ports?

  9. Shanza says:

    Hi I have a fully loaded android box, and it’s connected to one of my tvs which is in my living room but can I connect it to my bedroom tv without having to buy another box? Thanks

  10. Jon says:

    Hello,

    I am wondering if you can get HD tv shows?
    I can’t seem to find any, it’s all SD. Is this just my error and need to change a setting or something?

    Thanks so much

  11. gemma says:

    i dont have a smart tv can i still get a box? i wish to cancel my sky tv should i also cancel my internet and go with a different provider? is the box easy to set-up ?

  12. Dianne says:

    I don’t have unlimited data. Will the box use up my data?

  13. Anonymous says:

    How can you start a movie off from were you left off at? And when your watching a movie and you unpause it,how can you take that screen off?

    • admin says:

      If you stop the movie, when you select the same movie again, Kodi will ask you if you want to continue where you were or start from beginning.
      Are you asking how to hide the player bar? – Just click in the back button.

  14. Kelly says:

    Hi just got one of your boxes an I can’t seem to get any channels like itv or BBC channels is it pre installed or do I have to install it an if so what do I install ?

  15. Frances says:

    Can I stream and watch live shows that are playing on tv? Say like TWD?

  16. Jason says:

    While using the prime wire app to watch movies how can I get them to change from ad to hd

  17. Can u get the sky sports channels

  18. Venus says:

    I am VERY interested in the Android box and want to get one my only hold up or question I guess is what if you have more than 1 television set in the house? Is there something that links it to all the sets or do you have to buy a box per every tele?

    • admin says:

      The Android TV box just connects to one TV by HDMI cable. But this boxes are very small and portable so you can just unplug from one TV and connect to another without having to setup anything.

  19. Jade says:

    My internet is running slow can i use a mobile dongle until my internet is renowned

  20. Jenny says:

    Hi, I want complete sky channels on the m8s could you please recommend for me, which app add on’s do I need please I am a complete novice 😉

  21. unseen says:

    I have a question.apart from movies can we do something else in this box.Does it require internet connection every time.Is it a box like other which have different channel.Does it have many function.pls remind because i wanna buy one.

  22. Is there a input on the box so i can view my home channel and the smart screen at the same time

  23. Jim says:

    I bought a mxq mini kitty box but don’t seem to get sky sports how do i get this or have I got the wrong box.

  24. Adam Goodway says:

    Hi found these comments very well presented and very well to use and understand however is there an app out there that makes the android box run live streams more efficiently without buffering every couple of secounds looking forward to here back off you thanks

  25. jim says:

    does it use up your internet data from your internet plan

  26. Jack says:

    How much data do you use approximately for streaming one movie

  27. H jackson says:

    Hi i also can’t stream content on ms8 box. Do i just download a vpn app from internet through the box? Sorry complete novice.

  28. Mike says:

    Would it work of a mobile dongle in my caravan

  29. Janet Kenvin says:

    I’m thinking of cancelling Sky and getting an Android TV box. Is Discovery available via the box?

  30. Alan Patterson says:

    Hi , I have a 65 inch panasonic 4k tv. I only watch discovery, gold, dave and movies but we have since cancelled the movies. My wife follows sky atlantic so is it possible to garantee these shows and if I had a minimum of 25 mb would I be able to veiw anything in 4k. We intend to still retain sky as we are on the lowest contract but I am concerned about the mb speed from our router at 6-9 will it be ok. Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hi Alan. If you get 25mb doing a speed test, that should be ok as the recommended is 25MB or above for 4K streaming. But if your contract is for 25MB you should be getting less that. you can do a speed test here: http://www.speedtest.net/

      You wont find streams for channels in 4K. But you can find some 4K movies using a video addon.

      If you want to get the best of streaming, I recommend you fiber. If you are interested, I can refer you to virgin media fiber and you get £50 credit, just drop me a comment if you want it.

  31. Caroline Henderson says:

    Hi , I’m not renewing my sky subscription , And thinking of getting an android box . But I’m not sure which one to purchase. And how you set it up .
    Can you get Sky Atlantic as I watch a lot of things on that. Please excuse my ignorance as I’m not that keyed up on technology. Thanks in advance ☺

  32. George says:

    Will I get bbc & itv etc if I take the box to tenerife & set it up,I have internet

  33. Burim says:

    Can i watch albanian tv?

  34. Jj says:

    what broadband speed would you recommend for crystal clear picture while watching football on 46″ tv??

    • admin says:

      20MB its enough. But it doesn’t just rely on speed. You will be streaming from someone’s server, so it will depend on the server performance, the ping and how many people are watching the same stream.

  35. Chris says:

    I’m looking at getting virgin broadband installed. Will that allow my boxes to stream with out getting blocked from certain sites?

  36. Louise Bourne says:

    This is really helpful – thank you.
    We have a droid player Kodi. I know nothing about these things, really thick so please be patient!
    Two questions: we are having almost constant problems in streaming movies – it constantly says ‘programming’ and then nothing happens… And then if we do get them , it freezes saying ‘buffering’. Once in a while it works perfectly and we can’t seem to find any rhyme or reason to it… Our internet speed is 4mb/sec.
    Secondly, I read about people ditching Sky etc which I’d love to do, but am I right in thinking that you can’t ‘record’ with kodi droid player – you can only watch channels ‘live’? So if I wanted to watch a programme or a sports match on a sky channel then I could only stream it in live time when it was actually showing? Or is there a ‘recording’ facility in order to watch it at a later date?
    Thanks, Louise

    • admin says:

      Hi Louise. Thanks for your comment.
      You should get a faster internet connection, nowadays you can get 20MB or more for a good price.
      Unfortunately you can’t record streams. But you can watch any movie or TV series at any time without having to record it, which you can’t do with a normal TV box 🙂

  37. kach says:

    Can you watch skysport, bt sports, canal+ or beinsport channels with this box?

  38. Dayna says:

    Can you run 2 boxes at once ?

  39. David Smith says:

    Is it possible to add an external HDD and use it like a PVR

  40. Rochelle says:

    I want to watch US tele shows can I use this same box whilst living in the UK

  41. Donna knowles says:

    Can I watch normal tv itv bbc1 etc

    Thank you

  42. Row says:

    can you get either Eurosports on the android tv or cycling tours?

    • admin says:

      yes you can. With some addons like phoenix, uk turk playlist and sports mix you can find any sports channel and live games streams

  43. Jay says:

    Can I watch the game of thrones box set
    On these androids and which one is the best for me to buy?

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