Cideko Simple player

RamJam

Standard Member
I have need searching for a media player that will include iplayer 4OD and ITV player and came across the Android basd Cideko Simple player. This seems to offer everything I needed, including full browser function and a mini qwerty keyboard for around £100, but I can find no decent reviews ...

Any pointers for reviews or does anyone have this box ....?

Thanks in advance
 

NX3

Member
The Cideko supports "Supports Flash Lite 9.0" which would limit your ability to stream from those websites you listed online.
 

NX3

Member
It would allow flash enabled sites to work but would it have enough power to play full screen ? Can it play full screen or is it just a full window ? As per the other thread your posting in, I've posted video reviews on youtube of the same spec box and its not up to the job. You can watch the video as I try BBC iPlayer, ITV, 40D etc.... BBC played but its not full screen, frame rate was poor and BBC HD was out of the question. ITV player looked like it should of worked but didn't....and so on.
 

RamJam

Standard Member
OK - Thanks for the information - A bit disappointing as I thought I may have found the solution to my requirements.
So as Sloww has posted, is there an available, reasonably priced media player that supports the catchup TV sites?
 

next010

Distinguished Member
How well Android STB's work depends a lot on how much polish has been done to the build of Android running on it, some of the newer STB's have chipsets with hardware acceleration for video enabled on the Android stock player this is not universal so if you downloaded another media player from Android store playback would be terrible but any app which uses the internal player like ITV Player or iPlayer apps should be fine.

The second issue you have to worry about is compatibility, not all apps work on these Android STB's.

The third issues is support the Cideko looks like another of the generic STB's with little in the way of customer support or addressing issues. AC Ryan's Veolo player is one of the more polished looking units but has no Google market support so you will need the .apk files of your Android apps to install from USB drive, they also have community support and the box does have hardware acceleration for most video types. If you are going to gamble I would bet on the Veolo over the Cideko.

Another is the Tvix XROID A1, again no market access, compatibility issues are also unknown as it is running a heavily modified version of Android 2.2 and although Tvix release regular firmware updates their tech support is non-existent.
 

RamJam

Standard Member
Thanks for the prompt information next010 - I guess I will just wait until more websites are supported on media players. In the meantime I will use an old HP 2510 notebook and wireless keyboard/touchpad, via the VGA input on my TV - Not ideal but better than nothing -
 

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