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# 210311 22-Mar-2017 09:51
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About nine months ago I bought a media player via Alixpress to just watch netflix as I don't want to upgrade my existing TV which is in good working condition. It is now starting to give me problems such  as intermittent video dropout etc. I cannot justify spending $300 to $400 on a Apple Tv or even importing a Roku or Amazon Fire TV box.

 

New Zealand does not seem to offer much of a choice when it comes to media players to watch Netflix, Amazon TV, Lightbox etc. Are there any retailers in NZ that anybody knows of that sell these products.

 

I note there are Chinese players on Trade me but do not wish to get burnt again. I cannot justify buying a smart TV just to watch Netflix.

 

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  # 1745590 22-Mar-2017 09:54
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I watch Netflix (and YouTube and Lightbox and "other providers" with my Chromecasts. $60 each, can't complain about the price. I can cast to them from phone or PC. For the one attached to the TV in the bedroom, I have a landfill android handset I use as a remote for it.


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For a cheap solution the chromecasts are hard to beat.  Even with teh annoyances of control (my personal pet peeve).  Alternatively the experience on an Apple TV 4 is very good, and as you've pointed out is expensive.

 

It depends how much you value using NZ services (lightbox, 3 now, Fanpass) over youtube, netflix etc.

 

For a machine that doesn't allow access to NZ services but is a cheaper verison of an apple tv, the rokus are very good.  I have a roku 3 as well, and it's a great device.  Set it up as a UK device and you get access to a lot of their FTA content (with appropriate DNS/VPN).

 

Also anything you can get plex on will help





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  # 1745639 22-Mar-2017 11:07
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Its pretty hard to get a device that will do all of the services well.

 

Amazon Fire TV is good - but you cant run the 'local' services (TVNZ/Lightbox etc) on it - The Amazon store only supports UK/USA.

 

Chromecast is not bad - But I have found some apps dont support casting properly - but it was a while back that I tried it last. If you have a PC/laptop on your network you can 'cast' the chrome browser to the chromecast - that makes it pretty flexible.

 

A basic android box would probably be the easiest/cheapest solution - but as you note there is a lot of rubbish around. I tried one and found the interface pretty horrible to use. They also seem to all have very old versions of android (usually 4.4 installed) and are often rooted - which prevents some apps from working properly.





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  # 1745669 22-Mar-2017 11:41
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How much can you spend?
Are you looking for decent quality as in the title or just something that works without the dropouts?




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  # 1745672 22-Mar-2017 11:44
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turb: How much can you spend?
Are you looking for decent quality as in the title or just something that works without the dropouts?

 

 

 

Decent quality.


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  # 1745684 22-Mar-2017 11:56
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ajw:

turb: How much can you spend?
Are you looking for decent quality as in the title or just something that works without the dropouts?


 


Decent quality.



But less than $300?

Do you have a laptop with HDMI out?




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  # 1745685 22-Mar-2017 11:57
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nVidia Shield TV? Just hooked one up and testing now.




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  # 1745686 22-Mar-2017 11:59
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But yes, a tad over that $300 mark.




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  # 1745693 22-Mar-2017 12:14
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Love my Chromecast Ultra which I bought from Noel Leeming ($110) just before Christmas 2016. Does all I want: netflix, lightbox, youtube. I am using the Ethernet option (which the normal Chromecast does not have)





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  # 1745737 22-Mar-2017 12:47
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FineWine:

 

Love my Chromecast Ultra which I bought from Noel Leeming ($110) just before Christmas 2016. Does all I want: netflix, lightbox, youtube. I am using the Ethernet option (which the normal Chromecast does not have)

 

 

 

 

I would have to agree I don't personally own the ultra only the normal one, as my 4K Samsung TV has all the streaming services built in. Chromecast will do all of the above and Plex for any local material, they are portable (unplug and plug into a second TV) and relatively easy to use. 


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  # 1745777 22-Mar-2017 13:25
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Xiaomi mibox3?

 

Can get from Aliexpress for $68 usd (same price I paid when I got one at walmart in the states)and has a bluetooth remote. Has google cats built in for not too much more than chromecast. No ethernet though, need usb adapter for that.

 

I also use a bluetooth game controller with it it for my PSX emulator.


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Here is an almost free solution that has worked well for me: hand-me-down dual core pc running Win7, cheap second-hand HDMI card bought on GZ, $20 wireless mini-keyboard/trackpad combo to navigate (free) browser from couch. A little more trouble to use than a simple app but better value for money you will not find. Download VLC and you also have a first-class media player as well as 'smart' TV box.

 

 

 

 





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  # 1745862 22-Mar-2017 14:37
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FineWine:

 

Love my Chromecast Ultra which I bought from Noel Leeming ($110) just before Christmas 2016. Does all I want: netflix, lightbox, youtube. I am using the Ethernet option (which the normal Chromecast does not have)

 

 

Yeah, I like mine too. Cheaper for me with the coupon for non delivery of a cheap soda stream.

 

You can add wired network support to the other chromecasts for about $5 of parts from Aliexpress (otg cable $0.98, usb 2 network adapter $3.05)

 

 


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nvidia shield tv is my go to device now.  a little pricey, but best android TV device out there.

 

had way to many issues with the mibox.  

 

android tv is my favourite OS for HTPCs/media boxes etc.  and ive used pretty much them all (except roku).  android tv has a real slick interface.

 

 

 

but if you just want Netflix, just netflix, go with a fire tv stick.  cheaper, good OS, easy to use.  but if u want plex, kodi etc, nvidia shield tv is the best.


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I recently purchased (from Amazon) a Samsung UHD player. I noted in a different post when booted up it showed all the NZ streaming apps, none of which I wanted.

 

So connected to a VPN to the US, reset and this time it showed all the US apps. I installed Netflix, Amazon, Vudu, Hulu, and a few others.

 

Very fast and great UI and as a bonus it has a great Plex client and since I run Plex on my  media server, this gives me access to my content.

 

Can't install NZ apps now but since I don't have any NZ accounts, this was not an issue for me.

 

 





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