小米盒子 vs TVPad

One of my friends bought 小米盒子 (Mi) in HK and brought it back to me to compare with TVPad. I actually think 小米盒子 is not bad but I want to summarize the difference:

小米盒子:
Good:
1) Cheap ~ roughly you can get one for $50-70 USD in HK
2) Lots of apps you can install for HK, TW, CN movies, TV, Sports, Games, etc

Bad:
1) Too complicated for elders to use-it is more like iPlayer, which depends on installing apps to watch free stuffs.

2) If you installed 泰捷视频 and VST聚合 then you can watch TVB and live TV streaming for free, but it has tons of problems that it still stops every 10 mins or so when I tested it.

3) Most of the free movies are limited to certain resources that are filtered by Chinese Government. (like sohu, tudou, etc)

4) When you buy it in HK or China, please ask them to “jailbreak” for you in order to watch HK TV. Yes, there are so many versions of apps that can install but I think if you want to watch TVB, you have to ask them to “jailbreak” it.

I can’t say TVPad is much better in terms of stability, but on the “normal” days most of the people can watch free TV smoothly without any problems. I feel like on the national holidays (in China/HK) or even during World Cup, the streaming starts to have problems.

Also, my parents and my relatives who are in the 50-70s range know how to use TVPad easily, vs iPlayer they don’t want to deal with it. I am fine with 小米盒子 but I keep it for myself, not for elders.

Here’s a very good video comparison on youtube and you get an idea what to expect in 小米盒子 in Cantonese.

You still can use iPlayer to watch World Cup

While TVPad is totally down, you can still use iPlayer to watch World Cup.

Using iPlayer also can watch World Cup matches on TVB Paid Channel (無線體育台), so you will not miss any match!

Good luck!

Slowness in TVB Playback app for World Cup

I know a lot of people are trying to watch World Cup Playback(粵海寬頻2_3) from TVB these 2 days and we notice that some people can’t watch the playback. They see the “spinning” image keeps loading and there are no programs afterward. Actually it does work, and all you need to do is to click “left and right” on the remote to switch the tab. It should load the playback programs afterward.

Also, whenever you see something wrong, always restart TVPad and it should be fixed after.

World Cup Schedule 2014-Group H

Tomorrow’s the day!!!!!!

Another friendly reminder: TVB and CCTV is going to be broadcasting the matches, LIVE. If you have the apps to access TVB and CCTV on your TVPad, you’re good to go.

Please check out our other post here for an extensive TVB broadcast schedule in Chinese:

http://tvpad2usa.com/tvb-world-cup-2014-schedule/

Here’s the schedule for Group H:

Group H
Date – Time (PDT) TIME (EDT) Match
17/06  – 09:00 12:00 Belgium - Algeria
17/06 – 15:00 18:00 Russia - Korea Republic
22/06 – 09:00 12:00 Belgium - Russia
22/06 – 12:00 15:00 Korea Republic - Algeria
26/06 – 13:00 16:00 Korea Republic - Belgium
26/06 – 13:00 16:00 Algeria - Russia

This will be a tight and unpredictable group, but Belgium will have  a slight edge over the others. Continue reading