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How to speed up your Android TV Box

Apr 25, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Android TV Box Task Killer

How to speed up your Android TV Box We wanted to introduce you to a little known feature on the Skystream Android TV Boxes. This is a small feature that can help speed up your X4 or X5 if you open a lot of apps. This feature is very similar to a task killer or app closer that you see on many Android phones and tablets. What this “Task Killer” does is close any apps that are running in the background and hogging the devices RAM. Both the X4 & X5 are very fast Android Boxes and do not need this feature to run fast all of the time. But we thought that we would include it for people who open lots of different apps on a daily basis. Most users will not notice a speed increase due to the fact that both the X4 and X5 Android TV Boxes have very fast quad core processors and have 2 GB of RAM which is more than enough. But if you want to run this task killer we will list out the instructions below. To run the Task Killer you simply need to press and hold the menu button on your Skystream Remote Control. The menu button is the button with 3 horizontal lines on it. When you press and hold the menu button you will see a neat little space ship blasting off. Then you will see a small pop up at the bottom of the screen telling you how much RAM was freed by killing some of the background applications. This is definitely not a mandatory thing that you have to do. But if you use many different applications on a daily basis you may find it useful. IMPORTANT – This should not be done while Kodi is running. This is not a substitute for Closing Kodi Properly. If you do not close Kodi properly you will eventually run into problems. So please do not use this as a substitute for closing Kodi properly.

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Android TV Box Settings

Apr 21, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Android TV Box Resolution

Android TV Box Settings Here at SkyStream we gets lots of phone calls and emails every day. While these calls all vary, there is usually one common theme to all of them. A setting was changed by the user not knowing what it does and they now do not know how to change it back or fix the issue it caused. This is known here at SkyStream headquarters as “tinkering”. We have noticed that it usually happens 1-3 months after someone gets their SkyStream Android TV Box. We have found that once users get comfortable using their box and are more familiar with the settings, the urge to start messing with settings becomes stronger and stronger. Unfortunately, this is causes most of our customer service calls. In this article we are going to cover some of the settings that you should leave alone. This will hopefully save you time and hassle. Android TV Box Display Settings This is a common issue. I changed the resolution on my SkyStream Box because I thought it would make all the videos play in 1080P. Some people like to tinker with it for whatever reason and end up messing up their box. All SkyStream Android TV Boxes are set to a default setting that recognizes the resolution of the TV to which it’s connected. This was done very specifically so that you can move it from TV to TV and it will work. What people do not realize is that if you change the resolution to a setting that the TV cannot read, you will see nothing on the screen except for an error message from your TV saying that it cannot display that format or resolution. A simple change from 1080P 50 Hz to 1080P 60 Hz can make the SkyStream unit not show up on your TV. This setting only effects the resolution of the unit’s home screen and other pages within the launcher. It has no effect on the resolution of any videos played in Kodi or any other video streaming application. The only display setting you should change is the Display Position which is used to adjust the screen size to fit your TV. Android TV Box Audio & Advanced Settings This is another section where people love to tinker and start changing settings believing that if they change them somehow every video stream will play in Dolby Digital 7.1 (The audio will only play what audio format the stream was created with. So if it says 2.0, It will play in 2.0.) All SkyStream Android TV Boxes are set by default to PCM Audio. This means it sends audio through the HDMI to a TV. The only reason you would need to change this setting is if you have the HDMI coming from the SkyStream unit plugged directly into a sound system and the sound system then feeds the video signal back to the TV with a different HDMI. In that case you would change the setting to HDMI Pass…

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What is HDMI CEC

Apr 20, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
HDMI CEC

What is HDMI CEC Have you ever turned off your TV and your SkyStream Android TV Box turns off as well? If so, this is caused by something called HDMI CEC or HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. For the rest of the article we will simply call it CEC. So what exactly is CEC? CEC is a feature of HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 which allows different electronic devices to communicate and control other electronic devices through the HDMI cable. For instance CEC can turn off other devices such as a SkyStream Android TV Box when the TV is turned off. It can also be programmed so that when you turn on a device it changes the TV’s input source to the same source as the device that was just turned on. While HDMI CEC can be mildly convenient for home theater junkies with 15 devices connected to their TV; the normal TV owner is normally confused as to why certain devices are turning on and off when they press the power button on their TV. Most people have no idea what HDMI CEC is and have no real use for it. It’s not a very popular feature and most people do not even know that it exists. If you think HDMI CEC might be useful for you and your home entertainment center, Please feel free to do some research and set it up for what you would like it to do. But for the rest of 99.9% of people reading this who have no use for it and find it annoying, we will tell you how to turn off this setting. The best way to make sure that none of the devices connected to your TV do wacky things when you power off your TV is to turn off HDMI CEC in your TV’s settings. While this may sound super easy, it can get confusing depending on what brand or model TV you have in your house. Most of the big name TV manufacturers have come up with some kind of quirky name for HDMI CEC. Whatever clever name your TV manufacturer has come up with for it, rest assured it is simply HDMI CEC with a different name. Below is a list of some of the names that different TV brands have come up with for CEC.   Samsung – Anynet+ Sony – BRAVIA Link or BRAVIA Sync Sharp – Aquos Link Hitachi – HDMI-CEC Vizio – HMDI CEC Pioneer – Kuro Link Toshiba – Regza Link or CE-Link Onkyo – RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) LG – SimpLink Panasonic – VIERA Link or HDAVI Control or EZ-Sync Philips – EasyLink Mitsubishi – NetCommand for HDMI As you can see, it is would be nearly impossible for the average consumer to pick any of these names (besides Hitachi & Vizio) in a setting menu and figure out that it controls other devices through HDMI. Hence the confusion. So if you have any of these models of TVs, go into…

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Cheap Android TV Boxes

Apr 5, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
Cheap Android TV Boxes

    One phone call that we get a few times a week is “I found this site with cheap Android TV Boxes from China, What makes your box different?” It is human nature to shop based on price. With the invention of the Internet we are able to compare prices on similar products within a few minutes. But have you heard the old saying “You get what you pay for?” Of course you have. We are sure you have bought something that was super cheap compared to another product that seemed to do the same thing. You get it home, open it up, use it for what it is supposed to do and it breaks or does a poor job. Then someone watching this all unfold looks at you and says “You get what you pay for!” Buying cheap Android TV Boxes falls into this same category. It sounds like a great deal until something goes wrong and you are left with a paperweight. So in this article we will cover some of the differences between cheap Android TV Boxes and SkyStream Android TV Boxes. Cheap Android TV Boxes and Quality Sellers of cheap Android TV Boxes sell exactly what they present, cheap Android TV Boxes. The reason they can sell them so cheap is that they are almost always made from the cheapest materials available. Sure they will come with the same processor and graphic processor that is advertised. But that is where any similarity to a quality Android TV Box like SkyStream stops. RAM (Random Access Memory) – If you are familiar with RAM in standard PC’s, it is exactly the same in Android TV Boxes, Faster RAM makes a computer run faster. RAM is not created equal. Higher quality RAM runs faster, smoother and lasts longer. Cheaper RAM runs slower, lags and dies faster. What does this mean for a cheap Android TV box. First off, the performance can be noticeably different with cheap RAM. But the worst thing is that if that cheap RAM dies, so does your TV Box. RAM cannot be replaced on a TV box like it can be on a PC. So if the RAM dies, your box is now a paperweight. If you are buying a cheap Android TV box, please note that it will be made with the cheapest RAM that is available at the time it was made. Wi-Fi Makers of cheap Android TV Boxes use the cheapest WiFi Module available at the time of manufacturing. So what ever the cheapest WiFi module is at the time will be installed in your brand new TV Box. This will make your box receive a weak internet connection and can contribute to buffering in programs like Kodi. In contrast, the SkyStream ONE comes with the best WiFi module on the market and works with AC Wireless (The fastest WiFi Speed available.) So if you plan to run your cheap android TV box on WiFi, be prepared to receive a poor WiFi signal. Android…

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