Android 2.3 Media streamer

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  1. jazz5000

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    I have one of those, that model is the Geniatech ATV300, I have the ATV2000 model. Same hardware and software on the models, the good news the hardware is actually very good the bad news is the software is terrible.

    Yes it can handle 1080p H.264 video no problem but it wont do DTS-HD audio.

    The biggest issue is the software the supplied video player only works with USB sources, it has no SMB/DLNA functionality, there is some sort of app which is meant to mount SMB shares in the video player but it doesn't work at all. The Android OS is at 2.3 but there is barely any work on it that makes it easier to use, many apps do not work if using ethernet for instance (e.g Plex). Every time Geniatech release firmware updates they fix some stuff and break others, also their firmware updates are a huge pain in the ass to install and keep track off.

    Many of the Android media players on the Google market do not support the hardware acceleration for Amlogic chips so you need a player that leverage the internal video player instead of using it's own one, basically a dumb DLNA/SMB client is best were it hands off to the internal player.

    All that said it is probably the most capable Android STB with Google market support available. AC Ryan's Veolo player is a more polished player but lacks the Google market.

    For a proper media player with DTS-HD pass-through you should be looking at the Tvix Xroid A1 which supports that, it runs a heavily modified version of Android 2.2 and is designed around a remote operating it however it does not have Google market support and never will ( you can side load apps), plus not all apps will work due to the difference in hardware (MIPS chipset instead of Arm).
     
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    Ok thanks

    Will leave it then. I was chatting to the seller and they say it supports DTS HD and can play files files over ethernet.

    Good thing i posted here first

    Thanks
     
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    Yeah that sounds a bit sketchy it cant do [email protected] either. The DTS-HD might work with the right combo of software players perhaps.

    Geniatech are prolific in updating it though, Android 4.0 is in the works. That might make some of the better media players like Mizuu usable on the player. I'd still avoid it even then, the Xroid A1 is the better player hands down just not all Android apps may work if you have an Android device already you can extract the apk files and side load them into the Xroid.
     
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    Might just look at the popcorn hour then.

    All i want is to play 1080p mkv files i have on my pc to my tv.

    Is there a way of outputting DTS HD from my pc over optical?
    As i could connect my pc directly via hdmi, but not sure what to do regarding sound.
     
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    You'd be much better off with a proper media player than one of the Chinese android boxes if all you want is mkv 1080p playback.
     
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    Can you suggest some, than can stream over ethernet?

    Thanks
     
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    WDTV Live HD, Popcorn Hour are popular, Sumvision make cheaper more basic players. All can do 1080p over a network connection.
     
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    You might also want to look at the Dune TV101 which handles HD Audio too :smashin:
     
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    Thanks will look into them all.

    My main things i need the device to do are:

    stream 1080p mkv files from my pc over gigabit ethernet to device smoothly
    Play HD Audio (DTS HD ?) sorry not to clued up about audio but i have a onkyo 508 so would want to play the best audio possible.

    Not to bothered with gui although it would be nice

    and also cheap as possible.
     
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    The Dune 101 will stream 1080p mkv with no problems and bitsream Dolby TrueHD and DTS DTS HD Master Audio without any issues over a wired ethernet.

    It retails for £99 here: Dune HD TV 101 - Detailed item view - Custom built Home Theatre PCs from my-HTPC
     
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    Thanks
    That looks good
     
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    Quick question on the dune 101

    Do you know if it can play 30-40gb mkv files without stutter?
     
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    just realised the 101 doesn't support gigabit ethernet.
    Only the 301 does

    Is this likely to be a problem?
     
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    nope
     
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    Thanks
     
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    I don't have the 101, but my 53d has an inferior chip and has never struggled with any file even the largest ones, so don't worry :)
     
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    Thanks
    Will order one soon :)
     

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