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The Skystream ONE – Pre Release Information

Jul 20, 2016 7 months ago No Comments
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Skystream ONE Android TV Box As many of you know, we announced late last week that we are going to release a brand new Android TV Box in the near future. While this article is not going to release any of the specs or include any actual pictures of the Skystream ONE, it will release a few small tidbits about the box. But before we get into the Skystream ONE, we wanted to discuss some of the questions and comments that we have gotten about the release announcement. Why are you discontinuing the X5 Android TV Box? When we made the announcement that we were releasing the Skystream ONE we got a few people asking why we discontinued the X5, so we wanted to address that in this article. We decided to discontinue the X5 due to manufacturing times. We love the X5 and all that it can do. Both of our owners and all of our employees use them every day. The X5 is a great box and will be a streamers dream for years to come. The issue that we ran into was that since it was a one off completely custom box, it took over two months from when we placed the order until we received them. With a product that was in such a high demand it was an everyday battle to keep them in stock. We spent countless hours contacting all of the various component makers getting updates, contacting their sources and to be blunt, freaking out on them to get materials and parts faster. It may have seemed like we always had them in stock, because we did. But it took our owners working 65 hours plus a week coordinating custom parts to make that happen. They eventually made the decision that it was not sustainable to do for the long term. So the decision was made to begin work on a brand new box that we decided to name the Skystream ONE. Why did you name it the Skystream ONE? The name was chosen to signify solidarity, strength and to go back to our roots when the company was started in early 2013. We have always been a streaming company, it is in our blood, it is what we do and what we do best (Besides finding awesome customers like yourself.) We want to get back to our roots, saving our customers hundreds or thousands of dollars a month is what makes us smile each morning when we walk in the door. ONE represents simplicity. We designed a simple beautiful Android TV Box. We took all of the likes and dislikes about the way our boxes looked and combined all of the good into the new ONE. If you have been following our Facebook you may have noticed that we stated that the new Skystream ONE will not be black or grey in color. We felt that too many other Android TV Boxes were all black and we wanted something that would stand…

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What are Network Powerline Adapters?

May 10, 2016 5 months ago No Comments
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What are Network Powerline Adapters? Almost everyone has a Wi-Fi router in their house these days. Wi-Fi gives you the convenience of being able to connect many wireless devices to the internet by just connecting to the router and entering the password. Due to its convenience Wi-Fi is extremely common these days. Most cable company modems come with Wi-Fi capabilities, but they normally charge the customer a monthly fee for the privilege of using the Wi-Fi. Click below if you would like to know how to save money each month on your cable bill. While Wi-Fi is great and super convenient, but it does have some downfalls that we will discuss. The first downfall that Wi-Fi has is that it loses speed over distance and through obstacles. The farther you are from your Wi-Fi router, the slower speeds you will get. The more obstacles like walls, glass and furniture the Wi-Fi signal has to go through to get to the device you are using, the slower the speeds are going to be. In the GIF below you can see how a Wi-Fi signal travels through obstacles. You can see how the signal deteriorates over distance and through obstacles. Many customers that we speak to have routers that are on a second or third story, in a basement or are on one end of the house. Most cable company techs look for the easiest place to put the Wi-Fi modem, not taking into consideration where the Wi-Fi will be used in the house. When this happens customers are left with weak Wi-Fi speeds in certain areas of the house. While slow internet speeds and spotty Wi-Fi is not as noticeable or important when casually browning social media, It becomes much more noticeable when you are streaming or gaming which require constant strong internet speeds. If you are on your phone and a website takes twice as long to load it may be annoying, but the website will eventually load. When you are streaming or gaming you need a constant stream of quality bandwidth. This is why we always recommend connecting your Skystream Android TV Box directly to your modem with an Ethernet cord. This provides the fastest and most stable internet connection for your unit. But what do you do when your internet modem is in your basement, second or third floor and your TV is on the first floor? A few years ago you would have to run an Ethernet cord through your walls or attic to bring hardwired internet to another place in your house. If you have ever run wires through your walls or attic, you know that it is not fun and takes a long time. This is where Network Powerline Adapters come into play. Network Powerline Adapters come in pairs. One unit is plugged into a power plug close to your internet Modem. Then an Ethernet cable is plugged into the Network Powerline Adapter. The other end of the Ethernet cable is plugged into the back…

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How to speed up your Android TV Box

Apr 25, 2016 4 months ago No Comments
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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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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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Android TV Box – Adult Streaming Do’s & Don’ts

Mar 14, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
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Adult Streaming Do’s & Don’ts SkystreamX Android TV Boxes give users access to all kinds of video content from all over the world. In addition to being able to stream TV Shows, Stream Movies and Live Streaming Sports there is also adult content. With our Android TV Boxes you also have access to the internet and the Google Play store. This gives the user many different avenues for different content. With all of these different avenues for content we always like to write an articles on do’s and don’ts to give our users a clear picture on how to get certain types of streaming content. Android TV Box Adult Streaming When it comes to adult content there are 3 main places you can stream it on our Android TV Boxes. Adult Streaming using the Browser We highly recommend not using your browser to search for adult content. The main reason is the same reason for computers – Viruses. As with any computer when you start going to iffy websites you open yourself up to viruses. Viruses can cause tons of problems on an Android TV Box just like a PC. Websites and developers who create malicious viruses used to only create viruses for computers, but as traffic from mobile devices has exploded many of these developers have switched over to making viruses for mobile devices (Phones, Tablets and Android TV Boxes.) Some of these viruses are mostly harmless and install a different browser, but some of them can steal your personal information and some install code that basically makes your device useless. So please do not search and watch adult content on any Skystream Android TV Box using the browser. One of the most common calls we get are from people who were searching for adult content on the browser and then started experiencing issues. We normally do a factory reset to remove everything and start them from scratch. Adult Streaming Content Apps Downloading adult content apps is one of the worst ways to stream adult content. As we stated earlier, developers have noticed the huge spike in mobile devices and traffic over the past few years. Many of these predatory developers have switched from computers to mobile devices. The reason that downloading Android Adult streaming apps is that a developer can create an app specifically for Android that has viruses in it. Many people download an app, install it without reading all of the permissions that you are granting the application and end up with a program on your Android Streaming Box that now has way more access then an app should. When you install any app on Android you are giving that app certain permissions on your device. This is why downloading apps from unknown sources can put you at risk. We tested downloading a bunch of adult content apps using google searches such as “Porn App Android and adult streaming APK,” on a blank Android TV Box with no personal information. We downloaded 5 of the top Android apps that…

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