March 27, 2014
Have you got a TV box? Do you want to know what they are about? Well, this page will cover everything from what a TV box is, what a TV stick is and what to expect from these devices. You can download the Android-powered Setup PDF here. If you ever wanted to know anything about a Smart TV box then this is the page for you. Don’t forget our main help page can be found here
A TV box is Smart box that you are able to connect to the internet using wifi or an Ethernet port. You then connect the box to your TV using an HDMI cable. Most TV boxes run on the Android® operating system. Yes, Android is the most popular OS of choice, but with Windows TV boxes and the Apple TV 4 and the Amazon Fire TV, users are spoilt for choice. If you have a TV box, the must have application is XBMC or Kodi as it is now called. You can download the latest version Of Kodi for your TV box here. XBMC / Kodi allows you to stream all types of media with the use of 3rd party add-ons. When you use a TV box it turns your boring TV into a Smart TV. If you have a smart TV then a TV box will make it even smarter.
“A TV box has many different names including OTT Box or streaming box, a Kodi TV box is sometimes referred to as STB (set top box or boxes). But the most common name by far is a smart TV box or TV stick because they are connected to any TV through the HDMI port, once connected to the internet they turn your TV into a super Smart TV. You do not need a satellite dish or an external aerial to use a TV box as it has an internet TV box, therefore, uses an internet connection and applications to stream TV and movies. They all can run on different operating systems such as Android®, Apple TVos, and Windows.
A TV stick will work in the same way as a TV box, however, the stick will plug into the back of your TV hiding it from sight. The only difference is a smart TV stick will have WiFi but not an internal Ethernet port. This little drawback can be overcome with the help of a USB to RJ45 adaptor. Also, have a check on our website for Dual boot TV stick with Windows and Android.
It all depends on what you would like to use it for is the answer! If you only want the bare basics you can pick a TV box up for under £49.99. But if you wanted something with a little more power then you are looking to spend around the £100 mark. There is a page with all the TV boxes sold by us to allow you to compare prices and specifications side by side.
Kodi is one of the most powerful pieces of entertainment software around and lets users stream a range of content – whether, it’s from the web or local devices. This includes movies, TV, sports and games. XBMC / Kodi is an application that runs on most TV boxes and can provide limitless entertainment.
There is no list of content available in kodi as the user adds service add-ons that will, in turn, give access to different content. If you want a movie addon why not search Google for a good movie addon for kodi? for third-party developer content.The same works for TV, sports and anything else you are looking for. If you are going to use Kodi to stream content you need to be aware that you own any copyright to the content streaming. If you use kodi you should strongly think about investing in a VPN. With a VPN you can keep your steaming habits away from prying eyes. Not even your Internet provider can see what you have been doing online with your TV box. Not only will it hide your browsing history but you will fully unlock your TV box, unlock geo-blocked content, unblock kodi sources and more.
Below are some of the apps pre-installed on most TV boxes. You can find a host of apps installed on your TV box when you first receive it from us. We also have our own app store and you also have access to the Goggle Play store with over 1 million apps.
EBox MC / Kodi 16.4.2 , Plex Client , YouTube, Twitch, TVPlayer, BBC iPlayer, Film On, ITV Hub, ToView Live TV, Netflix, Google Play Movies & TV, BBC iPlayer Kids, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Hulu Plus, Crackle, File Manager HD, aCCleaner, IPVanish, Entertainmentbox® All in one Android App, Reboot Manager
A TV box relies on the internet so you need to have a good speed to enjoy HD content. For the best streaming quality, we recommend a minimum of 3mb and for HD content you will need a minimum of 5mb broadband speed.
Most of the Android TV Boxes support MPEG1/2/4: Up to 1920*1080; H.264: Up to 1920*1080; VC-1/WMV; Up to 1920*1080; RealVideo 8/9/10; up to 1280*720, including dat, avi, mpg, mkv, rm, rmvb, ts, vob, m2ts, mp4 suffixes etc.
When it comes to choosing the correct control for your TV box it all comes down to your personal preference. We have a detailed guide to help you decide what is the right remote control for you.
With TV boxes you are using apps to stream content to your TV. Therefore you will not need to pay a subscription cost for the TV box. While there are some apps like Netflix and Prime Instant Video that require a subscription. There are also plenty of free alternatives.
If you are new to Smart TV boxes it can feel a little daunting trying to work out how to set it up. Don’t worry because each user would have been in your shoes at some point. We have put together a video walkthrough and setup guide for you to follow.
You can connect your box either via Ethernet or by WiFi.
Yes, you can use your mobile data to run your TV box. With the help of 3G and 4G mobile data connections, you can connect your TV box up, and away you go.
With the use of apps, you can gain access to any content for children you require check out our full list of Apps available.
Yes, you would, it would work anywhere in the world with an internet connection.
No, it comes installed. You just enjoy it.
Yes. Anywhere with an internet connection.
Yes. All our TV boxes have built-in web browsers. You can use the web browser to download more applications for everyday browsing.
There is a lot of talk about which device is the best or most complete. There are devices that are better for games, others that are better, to watch shows, movies and other things. You may think that a console, a pc or a DVD player are better choices, however, it is highly recommended that you try a TV box in the first instance.
Yes, they are both HDMI. Select the HDMI input via your TV remote.
Yes, all new and old films are available, through the use of applications on the box.
If your TV has an HDMI port it will function.
Yes. We have closely looked into the law around streaming and you can find out how we came to the conclusion that using a TV box to stream is legal.
You will need to install a VPN.
IPVanish is considered the best VPN for Kodi. It Is fast and supported by Kodi VPN addons.
This TV box FAQ’s page has all the most frequently asked questions we get asked, We will continue to update this page as new questions get asked. If you have an issue with your device this page will likely cover your issue.
Important please disable any internet blocker that your provider has put in place to keep you from visiting streaming sites, below is a guide for providers that block some sites.
While most of the KODI / SPMC Add-ons are extremely stable and consistent in delivering streaming media to your TV box. Sometimes things happen and certain KODI / SPMC add-ons have issues. Sometimes certain KODI / SPMC add-ons are affected by server issues, internet issues or user overload. This is completely out of our control so you should try using another add-on. For time being that resolved by its provider. If you’re getting a script error on everything you try then your device could not be connected to the internet. Watch This video http://tinyurl.com/llpyq44
Click settings > click display > click display position > press LEFT/UP/RIGHT/DOWN buttons to adjust the display to your TV > click back and then yes.
This video will show you all the display settings for KODI/SPMC http://tinyurl.com/m5tyl8g
Click settings > click date & time > click automatic date & time, now select your time zone. Your device is set to Europe/London and your clock will set the correct time if you connect your internet.
In KODI/SPMC scroll over to the system on the right > click settings > click Appearance > on the skin tab click settings to the right > click on add on shortcuts.
There will be different areas to add different types of shortcuts (Video, Music, Programs). Click on 1-7 and choose the add-ons you wish to have a shortcut on your KODI/SPMC homepage.
Open the Add-on you are using to view the media, search for the media, click C on a keyboard or Menu on the controller, highlight “Add to Favourites” > click Left mouse button on the keyboard or OK on the controller. (If you add the main folder of a show as a favourite. It will bring you back to that folder when you select the favourite later. If you choose a season as a favourite it will bring you back to that season when you click on the favourite later. Please note that some add-ons only save favourite’s in that particular Add-on and not on the KODI/SPMC homepage.)
this video will show you how to add favourites http://tinyurl.com/kq95cwu
In KODI/SPMC you will see a star in the lower left-hand corner of the screen > click on the star. Your favourites will pop up on the right side of the screen > click on the favourite you wish to view.
If for any reason KODI/SPMC is not working properly. Freezing or you are getting Script Errors please follow the steps below.
On the home screen click settings > click Apps, Scroll down and click on KODI/SPMC> Click Clear data.
Please check help guide for it HERE
Entertainment Box offers the easiest way to buy a new Kodi box or an Android-powered TV box. EBox has a UK Shop, and also a dispatch centre in Chicago. You can view our top rated 2017 EBox T8 V internet box here. Furthermore, you can review Android-based Kodi TV boxes on our compare TV box page. We also have tonnes of help and how-to guides. And also the best apps for to get you set up. Are you new to TV boxes? don’t worry follow our set up a TV box guide, And you will be up and running in no time. EBox also stock our own brand of Android-powered projectors. You can see the full range of items we stock by visiting our main shop.