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Topic # 146617 23-May-2014 19:51
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I have a generic ice cream sandwich tablet. Fibre connection and WiFi. What do I have to do to stream reasonable movies? Free would of course be good but I am happy to pay ....

I keep getting confused by outfits that have free accounts but went my CC number.

The harder I look the confuseder I get. Probably because I am old I suppose .....

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  Reply # 1051873 23-May-2014 19:58
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don't have the info on free streaming movies, the couple I tried had fishy things going on so I just use Youtube, heaps of old movies on there and the documentaries and old TV shows are numerous.




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  Reply # 1051881 23-May-2014 20:12
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There are a few reputable services - Netflix, Hulu for example. There are a lot of services that are run out of Russia, don't respect copyright and you have no idea what happens once you give a credit card to them.

In other words: stick to the good services, and if it's too good to be true, then it might be a scam...






 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1051941 23-May-2014 21:15
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Hi Ian

If you want to stream movies locally (ie from your computer/s to your Android device) I can highly recommend BS Player. If you want vod services like Netflix/Hulu you'll need to sign up with a DNS provider such as UnoTelly or UnblockUS (there are others), change the DNS settings on your device then download the Netflix and Hulu apps from somwehere like xda, teamapk or 1mobile.

If you need help doing any of the above, post back - there's plenty of people who can help out :-)

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  Reply # 1051948 23-May-2014 21:33
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for streaming online content - as others have said i would also recommend legit options like netflix, hulu etc - they have a huge amount of content and are safe for the user

for streaming local content - another option would be xbmc - has wide codec support and in my exp plays files that most other players don't e.g. mkvs with dts soundtracks

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  Reply # 1051989 23-May-2014 22:37
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For local streaming it is very hard to go past Bubble UPnP, which is in my experience the best streaming app available on Android.




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  Reply # 1052314 24-May-2014 15:55
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This is just turning into a deep hole ..... 

I signed up with unblock-us. They tell me I have the DNS all good and that. Rebooted and all that.  Headed over to Netflix and signed up for that .... everything looked good

Then it all turned to poo. My "tablet" is actually a Digitus dongle - looks like a USB stick and plugs into an HDMI socket. Running it with a wireless keyboard/mouse and it surfs the net just fine. A bit on the slow side but I suppose it doesn't have a zillion cores. It is running the ICS Android.

When I try to play a movie on Netflix it just goes round in circles.  I thought I maybe needed to use Chrome instead of "browser" but no joy ...

So I got the Netflix app from the Play store - download and install and get the message that my device is not compatible. Drat. Oh well there's always the Hulu Android app .... same problem.

Woe is me. Half a day of my life down the tube :-(


 

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  Reply # 1052616 25-May-2014 05:41
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Try to load XBMC on it?

 





 




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  Reply # 1052858 25-May-2014 15:46
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I did a factory reset on the device - it is running Android 4.0.2.  Running a speed test on a iPad at the same place gives me 20/30 up/down (megabits) and my Android phone (Asus Zenfone) gives similar results. The devive gives 5/1 - unspectacular but it streams Youtube OK. A wifi analyser says there is bags of signal and the "taskbar" (or whatever you call it on a an Android device) icon says that too.

I subscribed (free month) to unBlockUS. Changed the DNS like I was told to.  Then off to Netflix where I have an account. No "not in your country" message so the unBlockUS thing looks OK.

I pick a movie off the Netflix page. It wants me to pick up a Netflix app - from the Apple Store! - and of course the itunes AppStore is smart enough to reject access approaches from an Android device. At least I assume that's the case because I get the "this website is down or does not exist" page in Browser ....

Any ideas from anywhere?  This has turned into one of those "frog in a gradually heated pan" things .....

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  Reply # 1052887 25-May-2014 15:54
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ianboag: I did a factory reset on the device - it is running Android 4.0.2.  Running a speed test on a iPad at the same place gives me 20/30 up/down (megabits) and my Android phone (Asus Zenfone) gives similar results. The devive gives 5/1 - unspectacular but it streams Youtube OK. A wifi analyser says there is bags of signal and the "taskbar" (or whatever you call it on a an Android device) icon says that too.

I subscribed (free month) to unBlockUS. Changed the DNS like I was told to.  Then off to Netflix where I have an account. No "not in your country" message so the unBlockUS thing looks OK.

I pick a movie off the Netflix page. It wants me to pick up a Netflix app - from the Apple Store! - and of course the itunes AppStore is smart enough to reject access approaches from an Android device. At least I assume that's the case because I get the "this website is down or does not exist" page in Browser ....

Any ideas from anywhere?  This has turned into one of those "frog in a gradually heated pan" things .....

Cheers IB


Many NetFlix users (myself included) are currently experiencing issues using DNS services to access it. For us this started on Friday night after months of faultless service. We can successfully gain access using a VPN (Unotelly have a 3 day trial) so it may be worthwhile trying that in the interim.

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  Reply # 1053226 26-May-2014 02:06
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Yes don't muck around with netflix everything you could ever want is available on XBMC.

 

 

The FTV and FTV guide addons will give you access to plenty of movies and tv channels.

 

 





 


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