Network TV Box VS Smart TV Box

Network TV Box VS Smart TV Box

The network TV box, also called the smart TV box, is a device that connects the TV to the Internet. The TV is connected to the Internet through an Internet TV box to watch Internet TV programs. The network TV box, also known as the TV box, is a necessary intelligent multimedia terminal in the smart home. Internet TV boxes can be divided into three categories, one is Internet TV boxes that focus on shopping, the other is Internet TV boxes that target young people, and there are Internet TV boxes designed only for parents.

The current mainstream Android TV box models generally use Amlogic, Rockchip, and allwinner CPUs, such as Amlogic s905x2 (H96 max x2), Amlogic s905x3 (H96 max x3), Rockchip rk3328 (H96 max plus), Rockchip RK3318 (H96 max rk3318) , Allwinner H6 (H96 mini H6), these network TV boxes are equipped with the most widely used Android system (android) on the market, allowing traditional TV sets to be upgraded to be intelligent and networked. Let the TV realize the same functions as smartphones and tablets, and let the TV install and uninstall applications such as software and games by the user to achieve "unlimited content and unlimited applications."

The difference between the network TV box (smart TV box) and the traditional set-top box:

1. Different network access

Simply put, the "Internet TV box" can be regarded as a "set-top box" for obtaining video programs through the Internet. That is to say, the common set-top box is connected to the coaxial cable and the cable network; the H96 set-top box is connected to the network cable and the Internet; it can also be directly connected through wifi, and the cumbersome network cable is discarded.

2. The main functions are different

The programs watched by traditional TV are fixed, cannot access the Internet, and cannot control TV programs according to consumers' own preferences. They do not have content and applications that can be loaded.

Connected to a network TV box (smart TV box) and connected to the Internet through a network cable or wireless WIFI, you can achieve web browsing, video movie playback, online chat, game entertainment, online movie and TV, etc. on your TV. You can control TV programs according to your preferences. You can also install the application at will.

3. Different content

From the perspective of program content, the ordinary set-top box receives various TV channels, and the TV box implements various functions similar to the computer through the Internet, such as: watching movies and TV online, game entertainment, web browsing, Weibo, blog, sending and receiving Mail, online chat, etc.

Internet TV box price reference:

H96 max rk3318:
android network tv box rk3318

Basic Specs SoC: RK3318 Quad Core Cortex A-53 (64bit) / GPU Mali-450 MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.3GHz / 28nm
System: Android 9 (64bit) or android 10
Ram and storage: 2/4GB DDR3 – 16/3264GB eMMC 
Network: Wifi a/b/g/n Dual Band (HS2734C)  + Bluetooth 4.0 – Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.0a [email protected] / AV Jack / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / MicroSD / Reset
Extras: IR remote control / HDMI cable / Manual / DC 5V 2A adapter

Reference price: 2+16GB = $20.54 USD, 4+32GB = $26.2 USD, 4+64GB = $29.3 USD

 H96 max plus:
rockchip rk3328 android tv box

Basic Specs SoC: RK3328 Quad Core Cortex A-53 / GPU Mali-450MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.3GHz
System: Android 8.1 (64bit)
RAM and storage: 4 GB DDR3 – 32/64 GB eMMC
Network: Wifi b/g/n 2.4/5GHz – Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.0a 4K @ 60fps / AV Jack 3.5mm / 2x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / microSD
Extras: Remote Control RF / Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A / Manual English

Reference price: 2+16GB = $22.83 USD, 4+32GB = $27.7 USD, 4+64GB = $31.5 USD

H96 max x2:

amlogic s905x2 android tv box H96 max x2

Basic Specs SoC: Amlogic S905X2 Quad Core Cortex A-53 (64bit) / GPU Mali-G31 MP2 / 4x ARM-A53 @ 1.8GHz
System: Android 8.1 Oreo (32bit) or android 9.0
Ram and storage: 4 GB DDR4 – 32/64 GB eMMC 
Network: Wifi a/b/g/n Dual band – Bluetooth 4.0 – Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.1 [email protected] / AV Jack 3.5mm / SPDIF / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / MicroSD
Extras: Remote control IR+RF with microphone / Cable HDMI / Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A

Reference price: 2+16GB = $29.22 USD, 4+32GB = $36.52 USD, 4+64GB = $40.33 USD

H96 max x3:

network tv box amlogic s905x3 h96 max x3

Basic Specs S905X3 64-bit SoC has Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A55 CPU manufactured in 12nm that reaches up to 1.9 GHz speed
System: Android 8.1 Oreo (32bit) android 9.0
Ram and storage: 4 GB DDR4 – 32/64/128 GB eMMC
Network: Wifi a/b/g/n Dual band – Bluetooth 4.0 – Ethernet 10/100
Ports: HDMI 2.1 [email protected] / AV Jack 3.5mm / SPDIF / 1x USB 2.0 / 1x USB 3.0 / MicroSD
Extras: Remote control IR+RF with microphone / Cable HDMI / Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A

Reference price: 4+32GB = $31.2 USD, 4+32GB = $35 USD, 4+64GB = $44.3 USD

H96 mini H8:

rockchip rk3228a network tv box h96 mini H8

Basic Specs RK3228A, 28nm Quad core Cortex A7, High cost performance 4K OTT Box solution
System: Android 9 Oreo (32bit)
Ram and storage: 1/2 GB DDR3 – 8/16 GB eMMC
Network: Wifi a/b/g/n Dual band – Bluetooth 4.0 – Ethernet 10/100
Extras: Remote control IR+RF with microphone / Cable HDMI / Manual / Adapter DC 5V 2A

Reference price: 1+8GB = $15.9 USD, 2+16GB = $17.5 USD

Screen editing

The screen turning function is one of the important functions of the network TV box. The screen turning technology includes DLNA, AirPlay, Miracast and some private screen turning protocols. The screen turning function has a wide application prospect in the fields of home entertainment, business office and so on. The full name of DLNA is Digital Living Network Alliance. Sony, Intel, Microsoft, Google, etc. were established to solve the interconnection of smart devices, so that digital media files can be transmitted and shared between different devices at will. AirPlay is a wireless sharing protocol developed by Apple. AirPlay technology can easily transfer files wirelessly between different iOS devices. Miracast is a wireless transmission protocol initiated by the Wi-Fi Alliance. Miracast users can enjoy browsing photos taken on smartphones on large-screen TVs, sharing notebook screens in real time through meeting room projectors, or watching home network TV set-top boxes on tablets Live show.

working principle:

1. Connect to the Internet and use Internet resources for free.

2. Connect the TV so that the living room TV becomes the entertainment center for the whole family.

3. Rich interface, let the network TV box have more functions.

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