Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

3 posts

Wannabe Geek

Topic # 225609 26-Nov-2017 17:59
Send private message

Hi Guys,

This is my first post here as I'm a *Ahem* Virgin at this and would like some help/advice.

We've just moved into a new place and the satellite aerial is in another room and I don't want to be trailing cables or drilling holes through the house as we are renting for 12 months.

As you know Netflix/Amazon/Lightbox are pretty rubbish and don't show many of the latest trending shows and I do miss catching up on regular tv too.

I'm looking at possibly an android box that streams through our wifi router but like I'd said before I'm a complete newby at this.

Ideally I'd like access to standard freeview channels, movies etc.

Any ideas & help would be gratefully received.


Create new topic
438 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 72

  Reply # 1908045 26-Nov-2017 18:10
Send private message

I've got a Xiaomi MiBox which I got from Ali Express:


I've set up Kodi and the Freeview TV plugins that someone on here posted about.  It works fine for that and streams what you want.  I personally dont use it as I can get Freeview HD anyway. Did it as a "can I get this to work" (and it does).


Personally I like th MiBox. Its not the most powerful Android TV box out there. I have a 1080p TV and it works fine - it seems to be a little more hit and miss if youre pushing 4K through it.  For the price; I'd recommend it.  If you want a better Android TV experience then I'd go for a NVidia Shield - but you're gonna pay quite a bit more.


Basically any Andorid TV box you can install Kodi on should work.  Will post an update to this if/when I find the reference to the Freeview Plugins.




I imagine it was this forum post I followed to set up Freeview on Kodi:

7793 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3636


  Reply # 1908122 26-Nov-2017 19:36
Send private message

I just went through all this. I'm using a US$30 box from Aliexpress on which I installed Kodi. It seems fine though I sometimes have some issues with buffering, but I think that is my Internet connection, not the box.


I reject your reality and substitute my own. - Adam Savage

3 posts

Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 1908133 26-Nov-2017 19:49
Send private message

Cheers guys. Do I need a keyboard/mouse for it too?

7793 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3636


  Reply # 1908472 27-Nov-2017 14:11
Send private message

Android boxes come with their own remotes. They have an on-screen keyboard.


I reject your reality and substitute my own. - Adam Savage

2730 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 286

  Reply # 1908473 27-Nov-2017 14:15
Send private message

Or just get KORE - the smartphone control app.


Easier to 1-click on any err.. other media files you should have in the catalogue.

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03

The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56

Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47

Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23

Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47

Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38

Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00

Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01

DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08

Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55

Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44

Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38

KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32

FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57

New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.