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Skystream ONE Android TV Box Tips and Tricks

Jun 22, 2017 10 months ago No Comments
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Below you will find links to many of the articles we have written that you may find helpful. We also have listed many common questions with answers below the links.

Moving your Router for Maximum Streaming Speed

Power Controls on the Skystream ONE Android TV Box

 

What is HDMI CEC

What is Real Debrid?

Setting your date and Time (IMPORTANT)

If you are having internet connection issues, Errors while using the browser, Getting limited results in addon searches or any other type of issue. One of the first things you should check is if your date and time is correct. This is very important for how your boxe handles anything that uses the internet.

From the units home screen click on settings, press down once and then click on Date & Time. If automatic date & time is off, click on it and then click on the On button to turn it on. If this corrects your date and time then you are done and can press home and begin streaming. If it did not fix your date and time you will need to manually set them.

How do I get out of Safe Mode

If you or someone in your house manages to somehow put the unit into safe mode simply unplug the power from the unit. Wait 5 seconds and then plug it back in.

How to put the box to sleep or Power Off

Airmouse

Sleep – Press the cursor button to make sure the cursor is off. Tap the red power button once. The unit will go into sleep mode.

Power Off – Press and hold the red power button. A pop up will appear asking if you want to Power Off. Press the OK button. The unit will power down completely.

Stock Remote

Sleep – Tap the power button once. The unit will go into sleep mode.

Power Off – – Press and hold the power button. A pop up will appear asking if you want to Power Off. Press the OK button. The unit will power down completely.

Media Center Tips

How to stop a link that is working for a long time

The X button can be used to stop a link if it is stuck “working.” Please note that while this normally works, there are times when it will not work and you will have to wait until the link connects or fails to connect.

How to get the status bar to disappear faster

Airmouse – To get rid of the status bar that appears when you first start a stream, simply press the cursor lock button and then the back button. This will make the status bar go away.

Stock Remote – Simply press the back button once.

I get a black screen when I open the Media Center

This can happen if you do not close the Media Center properly by clicking on the power icon at the bottom left of the screen and letting the program close on its own. To fix the black screen, press the home button on your remote, click on settings, click on apps, scroll over to the Media Center and click on it. DO NOT CLICK ON CLEAR DATA!!! Doing this will delete all of your addons, favorites, accounts and anything else you have set up in the program. Click on clear cache. Then click on force stop. Now press the home button your remote and open up the program again. It will do a first run and then will open to the home screen.

My Media Center screen is small and on the left of my TV

You accidentally hit the \ key on your remote or keyboard. You are in what is called Windowed Mode. To get back to the full screen mode, simply press the \ back button once and you will be in full screen mode.

I have no sound in the Media Center

  1. Make sure your volume is turned up on your TV or sound system.
  2. Press the volume up button your Skystream remote, Airmouse or Keyboard.
  3. If neither of those work, try pressing the mute button on your remote.
  4. If none of those worked press the F8 on your keyboard. This is the mute button in Kodi.

The audio is ahead or behind of the video

This can happen on certain links. Honestly the best way to remedy this is to exit that stream and choose a different one.

But you can adjust the Audio Offset and try to make the audio and video sync up better.

Airmouse or Keyboard – Press the A button. You will see an audio offset pop up at the top of the screen. Press the left or right buttons to move the audio forward or backwards. Give the stream a second to adjust before adjusting again.

Stock Remote – Press the Select button on the remote to bring up the status bar. Press the right button to move the selected button to the speaker / sound icon and click on it. A large pop up will appear. Click down to Audio Offset and click on it. Now a smaller pop will appear. Press the left or right buttons to move the audio forward or backwards. Give the stream a second to adjust before adjusting again.

How to exit the Media Center without having to back out of an addon

Once you have stopped the stream that you were watching (Always Do This!) simply press the S button. This will bring up a small pop up. Click on Exit and let the program close on its own. This can sometimes take a few moments as the program is finishing up any back ground operations. Not closing the program properly can cause future issues.

Links that ask you to Pair

Certain link sources will ask you to pair in order to be able to view their stream. The easiest way to not have to pair to watch a link source is to simply choose another link.

However if you want to pair and watch that particular stream it is actually pretty easy. Use another device such as a phone, tablet or computer. Type in the website address that is listed on your TV screen and click enter. The website will have a button somewhere that says pair device. Click that button and your stream should begin playing on your TV. Please note that the pairing on most websites is normally only good for 4 hours.

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Youtube – The Most Underrated Streaming App for an Android TV Box

Apr 14, 2017 1 year ago No Comments
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We are sure you have heard of Youtube. Youtube is a video streaming platform where anyone can upload videos to and allow the world to view them. In this article  we will show you why Youtube is the most underrated streaming app around and why it is a great to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box. But first a few crazy Youtube statistics.

  • 1.3 Billion use Youtube all over the world. That is almost 19% of the entire world’s population!
  • over 300 hours of video is uploaded to Youtube every minute. That is 18,000 hours of video uploaded every hour and over 432,000 hours uploaded each day!
  • Over 3.25 Billion hours of video are watched on Youtube each month. That is over 78 Billion hours viewed each year!

So let’s get down to why Youtube is so underrated and why it is so awesome to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box.

Hands down Youtube has the largest amount of streaming content in the world. With so much content there is something for everyone. While Youtube does not stream TV Shows and Movies, it has content on just about any subject. We will touch on just a few things you can find on Youtube.

4K Content on Youtube

Youtube has a huge selection of 4K content. Maybe the largest in the world. Now this content is not the newest blockbuster as Youtube does not allow any copywritten content to be uploaded onto its site. But they have a ridiculous amount of beautiful 4K content from all over the world. From the beaches of Hawaii, to the skyscrapers in Dubai, Youtube has it in 4K. They also have lots of cook 4K drone footage. If you want to show of your brand new 4K TV to your friends, just type 4K into the search bar in Youtube and stream away.

Youtube 4K Streaming

4K Android TV Box

 

Live News on Youtube

Youtube recently rolled out a feature that allows users to live stream content onto Youtube. These streams are live when the user is live streaming them and then get turned into an on demand video after the live stream has ended. This has led many major news outlets to live stream large news events on Youtube as it reaches millions of people in real time. Simply type news,  live news or live into the search bar and start looking for news stories or live streams that interest you.

Android TV Box Live News

Android TV Box News

 

Hobby and Interest videos on Youtube

This is one of our favorite types of streaming content on Youtube. Everyone has a hobby or something that they are interested in. Chances are if you are interested in it, other people are as well and there is a 99.9% chance that Youtube has tons of videos on whatever you are interested in. Don’t be scared, give it a try. We are pretty sure you will be blown away by how much cool content there is on whatever you are searching for. Cooking, Cars, Electronics, Golf, Interior Design, Photography, Etc… The list could go on forever.

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How to Videos, Self Help Videos and Learning Videos on YouTube

As you are starting to see, there is almost nothing you cannot find on Youtube to stream. Want to learn how to speed up your internet? Want to learn how to maintain your Air Conditioner? Want to start learning a new language? Want some relaxation music to meditate to? Youtube has you covered. Just use the search bar to find whatever you want. You will truly be surprised at what you can learn, fix and do just by using this one streaming app.

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Beware of the Youtube Vortex!

With unlimited content comes great responsibility! Youtube does a very good job of showing you related videos to the one you are watching. So good in fact that you may spend unintended hours watching videos. You may start out watching a car video and end up 5 hours later watching cute kittens. Don’t say we didn’t warn you:)

My Youtube app is giving me an error

This can happen for a few reasons. You may need to log into your account in the Google Play store for Youtube to work. Sometimes the homescreen of Youtube will not show any videos. If this happens simply click on the search bar and type in something and click on search.

Sometimes Youtube may need to be updated from the directly from the Google Play store. Below are instructions on how to do this.

  1. Click on the Google Play Store Icon on your units homescreen. If you have moved this from your home screen, simply click on All Apps or My Apps and scroll down until you see the Google Play store icon.
  2. Once the Play store is open, click in the search bar at the top and type in Youtube.

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3. Click on the official Youtube app. It will most likely be the first app shown in the search results.

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4. Click on Update on the right side of the screen.

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5. Click on Accept if you are asked.

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6. Once it is finished installing, click on open and start enjoying an endless amount of video streaming.

 

 

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Moving your Router for Maximum Streaming Speed

Feb 13, 2017 1 year ago No Comments
Coax Connection Router

We get lots of phone calls each and every day. Sometimes we get calls that are more about home networks, Routers and Modems, then our Skystream units. Many of these customers are experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds on not only their Skystream units, but most of the devices in their house. Our first question is where is your router / modem located and how far is it from your Skystream Android TV box? The answers that we get range from, “Wherever the cable guy installed it, it’s in the basement, it’s upstairs, or it’s on the other side of the house.”

What most people do not realize is that in most cases you can move your router anywhere in your house that has a coax connection (Screw on Connection.) In the majority of houses the internet or cable signal that is provided to your house from the cable company comes in one main spot and it then is split to all of the other rooms via coax cables.

What this means is that you can simply unplug your router, Unscrew the coax connection, move the router to a more centralized part of the house and connect it to that rooms coax connection. In most cases once the coax connection is connected and the router has been plugged in, the router will cycle and then connect to the internet. Voila, you now have your Wi-Fi signal in a more centralized location and will have a more solid connection on your devices.

As all houses are different in design and layout we cannot tell anyone exactly where the best place to keep your router. But in general terms the ideal spot for a router is in a centralized part of the house. For many houses this will be in a living room or family room. Another way you can help figure out where the best spot would be, is to ask where you use your Wi-Fi connected devices the most. In most cases this will be the living room where your TV is, which is very convenient if you are using one of our Skystream Android TV Boxes.

Another great perk to placing your router in the room where you watch TV is that you can now hopefully run an Ethernet cable directly from your router to your Skystream Streaming Media Player and get the most stable and fast internet connection possible.

When the cable guy came to your house to install your Router / Modem, you were probably one of 25 work orders he had for the day. So when he was installing your equipment, he most likely installed it near the first Coax connection outlet he saw. He was most likely not thinking to himself, “Hmmm, where would be the best place to put this router in order to give Bob and Jane the best signal in the whole house.”

So if you have a router / modem in a basement, closet, upstairs or at one corner of your house. Unplug it, reconnect it in a centralized part of the house or family room and see if it connects to the internet. If it does you are in business. If not, try the next closest coax outlet and see if that one is giving an internet signal.

If you would like to learn how to save money each month by buying your own router instead of renting it from the cable company please click on our article on Buying your own router.

If you would like to learn about how Network Power Line Adapters can transmit a hardwired internet connection without moving your router please click on the article about Network Power Line Adapters.

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How to Stream Super Bowl 51 2017 using the Fox Sports Go App

Feb 3, 2017 1 year ago No Comments
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If you are like most people, you will be wanting to watch Super Bowl 51 this Sunday. There are a few ways that you can do this without a cable subscription and we wanted to show you some ways to stream the Super Bowl this year.

HD Antenna

If you have one of our Amplified HD Antennas installed you can simply turn the channel to your local Fox station. This is by far the easiest way that you can watch Super Bowl 51 for free in HD. If you do not have one of our Local HD Antennas you can click the link below to order one.

Amplified Local HD Antenna

Fox Sports Go App

Last year Super Bowl 50 was shown by CBS. They opened up their app so that everyone could stream the Super Bowl for free. CBS did encounter some server errors in the beginning of the game that led to most people not being able to view it and experience buffering. This was quickly fixed and was one of the largest streamed events of all time. This year Fox will be airing Super Bowl 51 and have chosen to do the same thing with their Fox Sports Go app (Please note that the Fox Sports Go app normally requires that you use your cable provider login to view any streams on the app and that they are only opening up the app to everyone for the Super Bowl). We hope that FOX has learned from the few small hiccups that CBS had and have prepared their servers to get slammed with traffic during the SuperBowl.

So here is a quick tutorial on how to install the Fox Sports Go app.

This will ONLY work using Wi-Fi, Please switch to Wi-Fi if you are on Ethernet or this will not work!!!

Click on the Google Play Store App. If you have not already signed into Google Play you will need to login using your Gmail account information. If you do not have a Gmail account or Google Account you will be brought to a screen where you can create one.

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Type “Fox Sports Go” into the search bar at the top of the Google Play Store. Click on the Fox Sports Go icon or click search and then click on the app.

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Click on Install and then click on Accept when you see a pop up appear.

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Once the App is done installing, click on Open.

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You will now see a pop up telling you that location services need to be turned on. Click on Location Settings.

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Make sure that Location is selected (Not Settings) and click on Just Once.

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Use your Airmouse to click on the On / Off slider at the top right of the screen. Or use the standard remote and click down and up to highlight the On / Off slider and click the OK button.

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Once Location is turned on, click on Mode.

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Select Battery Saving.

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Press the back button on your remote until you get back to the Fox Sports Go app. It may say warming up for a minute or two while it loads. Please be patient as the app loads. If it does not open in 5 minutes, back out of the app, unplug your unit, plug it back in and then open up the Fox Sports App (It will be located in the My Apps section of the home screen.) If this still does not work follow these steps. From the units home screen click on settings, click on apps, scroll over to the Fox Sports Go app and click on it. Click on Clear Data. Then click on force stop. Press the home button on your remote and then open the app again.

This is a very finicky app, as the 3.3 rating on the Google Play store suggests. But once you get it to fully load it seems to stream well. Please keep in mind that this app has probably never seen as much traffic as it will on Sunday. So some buffering may occur.

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We highly suggest doing this well in advance of Super Bowl 51. Lots of other people will be doing the same thing right as the game is starting and Google’s and Fox’s server may get bogged down.

Where else can I stream Super Bowl 51?

Just like all other sporting events, the Super Bowl will be streamed in all of the normal sports addons and in Mobdro. But as you can guess there are going to be lots of people all trying to watch a stream from the same server. So we do expect there to be buffering on many of these addons and programs. This is why we wanted to let you know about the Fox Sports Go app and the best option an HD Antenna.

We hope this is helpful and as always, Stream On!!!

 

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How to Pair Bluetooth Devices to an Android TV Box

Oct 26, 2016 1 year ago No Comments

Here is a quick video on how to Pair Bluetooth Devices to an Android TV Box

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