World Cup 2014 is coming soon and we are so excited for the free games we can watch on TVPad and iPlayer. TVB in HK already announced “the 22 matches to be broadcast on TVB’s five free channels – Jade, Pearl, J2, iNews and HD Jade – are the opening match, 16 group stage matches, two quarter-finals, the two semi-finals and the final. The opening and closing ceremonies will also be shown.”
So we can watch free World Cup on TVB using 粵海寬頻(Live TV), 粵海時移(12 hrs playback), 粵海寬頻2_(3 days playback)
At the same time, CCTV enjoys exclusive ownership of broadcast rights and sub-licensing rights, rights for video on demand, rights for audio on demand and their sub-licensing rights via television, radio, new media (including the Internet, mobile phone and all other new media platforms) for Confederations Cup, Women’s World Cup, Beach Soccer World Cup, Futsal Indoor Soccer World Cup and other various events organized by FIFA during 2010 World Cup and 2014 World Cup.
Ok, so far the recent hot topic is – TVPad or iPlayer for Christmas Gift this year? That’s right, after I introduced the iPlayer i5, it’s been crazy amount of people asking me about the difference between iPlayer and TVPad. Personally, in my humble opinion, if you want to buy a gift for your parents or grand parents just for Live TV channels, you should get TVPad since there are apps that can playback the shows up to 3 days back.
* Update – 11/7/2013 – By default iPlayer does not have Google Play installed, but there’s a way to do that. I will update soon.
For now, iPlayer does not have that, but it has 80 free channels with more English channels like ESPN (huge for me), BBC, CNN, NBAHD, etc. If you are more technical savvy and comfortable with Android apps, then you should get iPlayer just for the hell of it. Come on, you can install any android apps you want: Netflix, FB, Angry Birds, etc. If you have a Netflix account, now you can watch English and Asian TV and movies all in one box!! Plus you can also hook up a wireless USB keyboard and mouse, so it is like a computer where you can surf online anytime. Also, it is $215 vs $259, so you make the choice!
TVPad 3 M358
TVPad Own OS
Live TV Channels
HK, China, Taiwanese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian
HK, China, Taiwanese, ESPN, NBAHD, CNN, HBO, BBC free channels + 40 more paid channels
Only Remote Control and Gaming Remote;TF Card Slot
Compatible with any USB keyboards and mouse (4 USB ports);SD card slot up to 32GB
New Features (others don’t have)
VOIP (A-T111 VoIP USB Telephone);Apps that can playback TV shows up to 3 days back
More English Channels – BBC, CNN, ESPN;Compatible with any Android Apps: Netflix, FB, Skype, Youtube, Angry Bird, etc (if Google Play is installed);Surf internet with Web Browser like Chrome
This new Android based iptv/digital media player is awesome! It has 80 free live TV Channels including TVB, CCTV, Taiwanese TV, NHK (Japanese), etc. Also, there are more Bonus English Channels that TVPad does not have: ESPN, HBO, NBAHD, BBC, etc… WOW!
It has 4 USB ports that allow you to hook up wireless USB keyboard and mouse, 1 SD card slot (Compact Flash), 1 TF card slot (supports up to 32GB). It is definitely a complete set of media player that let you play any files you like on you own.
You can use their default browser to surf online, just like a regular web browser. If you don’t like their browser, you can install Chrome from Google Play Store! There are million apps you can choose from Android stores and you can even play android games, go on Facebook, download music and many more! I will make a demo of how to install iPlayer soon!