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Which Smart Box to use with Dumb TV?

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Old September 6th 17, 08:28 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Brian Gaff
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Yes that is right but so many of you have phobile Mones these days, you can
almost treat them as remote controls.
I actually heard t demo of the Amazon stick and as it can speak its most
useful though it does seem a little fiddly to turn on audio description on
most streams, as it has to actually start to play the stream before you can
turn the AD on which should not be the case.

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The Amazon stick thingy I guess, or the google chrome stick thingy.

The Amazon stick thingy runs apps on-board while the google chrome stick
thingy has to be cast too from another device. So they are a bit

Old September 6th 17, 10:08 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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On Tue, 5 Sep 2017 04:16:37 -0700 (PDT), Chris Holmes


As nobody seems to have a definitive answer as to whether a BT Youview box will work in the absence of an aerial connection......

What smartening thingies could be plugged into HDMI on a Dumb TV to enable access to (via broadband);

BBC/ITV (either real time, or catch up)


Amazon Prime.

If you have an Amazon Prime account, Amazon's own box is the natural
one to get. It's optimised for their own content (of course) but can
receive all the other usual services as well.

The box version is slightly more responsive to operate than the stick,
and has the advantage that it can also take a plug-in memory card
(Micro SD up to 128GB). You can use this for any kind of content, and
it also makes it easier to install other software such as Kodi, simply
by putting the SD card in an adaptor and copying the installation
files using a computer. It's possible to install it on either the box
or stick version using ES File Explorer but this involves more typing.

Old September 7th 17, 01:22 PM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
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Thanks all,

And to those who said a Youview box would work, nobody was able to specifically say a BT one would.

My experience is that BT often break their own rules, let alone anyone else's!

Though the BT Youview may yet work.
Old September 8th 17, 11:19 AM posted to uk.tech.digital-tv
Roderick Stewart[_3_]
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On Fri, 8 Sep 2017 09:21:31 +0100, David Wade

Isn't the software across these boxes pretty standard now? Just with
different logos.

Well mine says TalkTalk on the front of the box, but its on a BT
provided connection, and now seems to have BT software installed...

... I think one issue with running such a box on a non-bt connection
might be that you would not get software updates, which might break for
example if/when enforced sign in appears on C4 etc...

I use an Amazon box on an internet connection that's not provided by
Amazon, and it regularly receives updates. In fact, all such boxes
must be on internet connections not provided by Amazon, because Amazon
don't do this. If you're worried about an internet streaming box
possibly only working on a connection provided by the same company,
maybe the answer is to buy generic, and avoid any equipment supplied
by ISPs, or even made by the same companies that run ISPs.


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