Android TV box or Raspberry Pi?

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wowandroid

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Hi guys,

Sorry for pushing an old topic back up, but my question is related, hence no point starting a new topic. I want to get portable setup, where I can plugin a device to a tv and watch at least 720p movies and catchup services such as BBC iplayer, ITV catchup, 4oD, 5 on demand.

Since this topic is about 6 months old and assuming newer devices have been releases, what device can you highly recommend and would all the catchup services work on it?
 
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vEEGAZ

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I'm interested in this one too. As far as I could read from some threads on the web is that if you want to turn your thing on 24/7 then Raspberry Pi is the best choice while the chinese Android sticks will burn in 3 or 4 months. The Android sticks can give you double power for the same cost of the Raspberry Pi though.
 

lostinthecity

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I had a Raspberry Pi and several Android boxes and I really like the Android boxes much better. The Pi was kind of a pain whereas Android is easy to work with especially after a device is rooted. I gave my Pi to a friend a while back and have been solely and happily Android since then.
 

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    You should probably use the pi as a 244/7 torrent box and the android mini pc as a game/ video player. Its way easier to use the pi as a cheap, power efficient torrent while not wasting processing power from the android on something like that. Thats what I do and it works great!
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    Hi,
    I'm not sure if this is the correct forum to ask this. But since the members visiting this sub-forum might have better idea of android tv box/stick i am putting forward my query here.
    My requirements are 24/7 torrenting and playing movies in Sony FHD TV.. I don't care much about playing games or browsing in TV..
    is there any android stick/box (preferably around $80) which can play high bitrate full hd movies without any hiccups while simultaneously downloading torrents? or am i better off with a raspberry pi??

    I have a Ugoos UT1 and I'm happy with that, I also picked up the stick version that is the UM2. I spent quite a bit of time checking out the Pi's and I found their raw power to be way too little for things like 3D gaming or 1080p playback. Good little devices, but I prefer the Quad Core units such as the ones I mentioned above. A new box is coming out called the Ugoos UT2 which is also looking good.

    For installing custom firmwares, tweeking and maybe configuring the device via scripts and so on, then maybe the Pi will have more of a larger community with more projects. But for the items you've highlighted the Pi wouldn't be very suitable. Please correct me if I'm wrong Pi owners,
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    Erm...what? Just flash OpenELEC on a SD and be done with it basically. H.264 videos play perfect out of the box for me even 1080p isn't any problem at all. The Pi is much better at playing videos (exception of DivX but who uses that anymore) than any Stick could be in my opinion.

    Have you tried playing movies which are more than 8GB? how does Pi performs for those movies? And can i run transmission or any other torrenting software if i use OpenELEC ??
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    Erm...what? Just flash OpenELEC on a SD and be done with it basically. H.264 videos play perfect out of the box for me even 1080p isn't any problem at all. The Pi is much better at playing videos (exception of DivX but who uses that anymore) than any Stick could be in my opinion.

    It was just so unreliable due I suspect to the ****ty USB implementation. I tried OpenElec (and several others) but I could never get it to work as I wanted it (and I've been running Linux on my PC's for 10 years). I threw it in the bin once I'd got the Android stick plugged in. The MK808 is faster, more reliable, easier to setsetup, and works perfectly with my USB 1TB hard drive without a hub (try that with a Pi). I find the video playback far superior too using MX player without having to cough money for codecs that you need for the Pi.

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    What websites do u check for firmware updates UT1 and UM2 and what Air mouse Keyboard work best for UT1 and UM2 you know any?:confused:

    I check this Ugoos Firmware download archive they maintain on this page here.