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Ultimate Geek

  #2575201 28-Sep-2020 12:12
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Short answer is yes you should be able to. But I just tried my linux formatted external HDD and the android system said it was not compatible and wanted to format... Which is a pain as kodi will read most drives. And works fine on my MiBox S android TV.



will have to check on FIL's workflow if that is acceptable. not quite sure how he puts his media files on to the hdd. my guess is via a windows pc, which might mean this is too much trouble for him.


haven't managed to convince him to use a NAS... he thinks it's a waste of power leaving devices on all the time... until fairly recently, he used to switch his router off at night.


thanks for trying it out, and the quick reply!





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Wannabe Geek

  #2577828 2-Oct-2020 10:06
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Has anyone had a go streaming via Emby or Plex on this? Tossing up getting this or the Xiaomi Mi Box S, specs wise they seem very similar but this would be nice for the included Freeview streaming.


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Wannabe Geek

  #2578574 3-Oct-2020 13:20
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DishTV with the new SmartVU may have got to market just in time to be rolled over by Google.

Though if they keep the IP for NZfreeview apps on AndroidTV (soon to be GoogleTV again) and hold off any ports of them to the new Google dongle (unlikely) they may sell a few.

I think I'll get one for the satellite channels and to see what I can plug into the USB jacks ;)

My Old SmartVU keeps crashing when trying to load the EPG so I need a new one anyhoo.

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Master Geek

  #2578578 3-Oct-2020 14:11
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SmartVU+  = Mi Box 3 & S + Tuners. Almost identical in performance here. All running Kodi (Apsattv, SlyGuy addons etc.), Netflix etc. perfectly for us. 


With the A2 and Mi Box S currently in use in our motorhome I see little reason to change and it will be relegated to a backup unit in the meantime.


I have far too many boxes! The new Google device might have to wait a few weeks.




You can record one tuner Freeview channel with a little effort.

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