How to choose a smart tv box for yourself

How to choose a smart tv box for yourself

Q.Android OS smart TV box prices, How do I choose?

Android OS smart TV boxes range in price from $17 to more than $250, depending on features.(I said the price is the price of the factory direct sales, and does not include shipping costs, if it is the retail price, at least double the price.)

Inexpensive: You’ll find budget Android OS smart TV boxes that do the basics, but not much more, for $17 to $30. Android OS smart TV boxes in this price range are great for traveling or any situation where you want to stream TV in a pinch. However, the underpowered hardware may frustrate you. If you’re looking for a secondary box, you don’t have to spend a ton, but if you want an Android  OS smart TV box that will work as your primary TV source, you should plan on spending more.

Mid-Range: You’ll find entry-level options from key players in the market for between $30 and $250. Android OS smart TV boxes in this range will be light on storage, which may or may not be important to you. If you need to keep costs down but still want reliable hardware, stay in this price range and plan on adding more external storage later.

Expensive: You’ll find the crème de la crème for $250 and up. These Android OS smart TV boxes have blazing fast internals, tons of storage, ample accessories, and high-end features like Google Assistant. If you’re ready to go all-in with Android TV, or if you just want a streaming box and then some, be prepared to spend a little more.

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Q. What are the differences between Google’s Chromecast and Google’s Android OS Smart TV boxes?

A. Google Chromecast devices are intended to receive content from other devices – they rely on users “casting” audio or video from their phones or tablets and then make that content available on a TV screen. In contrast, Android OS smart TV boxes are standalone devices that don’t require any additional hardware and can be used with a remote control. Both Chromecast and Android TV have unique interfaces and hardware designs.

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Q. Can I watch cable TV on an Android OS smart TV box?

A. It depends. Some cable TV providers offer Android TV apps that enable direct access to their cable TV lineup. More commonly, cable TV providers give you a login that can be used with channel-specific apps. (For example, you could log in to the HGTV app or the Lifetime TV app individually.) Many Android OS smart TV box owners opt for subscriptions that provide cable TV channels over the internet, such as YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV, or PlayStation View.

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Q. Can I connect an external hard drive to an Android OS smart TV box?

A. Yes. All Android OS smart TV boxes have USB ports for adding more storage. If you’re planning on using external storage for DVR recordings or personal media, just about any USB hard drive will do. If you’re hoping to use external storage for gaming (which has unique requirements), get an external hard drive with its own power source for best performance.

Q. I am a gamer, how can I choose Android OS smart tv box?

A. If you’re a gamer, buy a spare Bluetooth controller. Most Android OS smart TV boxes connect to remotes and game controllers via Bluetooth. If you plan to do any multiplayer gaming, or if you just want a spare, pick up an extra Bluetooth game controller.

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