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Proprietary vs Open Source Streaming Media Players

Mar 14, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
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Proprietary vs Open Source Streaming Media Players As streaming video content from the Internet continues to grow all over the world, consumers have more and more options on what streaming media player to purchase. With so many options on streaming media players it’s important to look at the platform on which the player runs. While there are many different variations of operating systems out there, we will keep it simple and look at the two main categories. Proprietary operating systems and Open Source operating systems. Proprietary Streaming Media Player Software Roku is by far the most well known proprietary streaming media player in the streaming space. Roku units run on a Linux-based operating system. Linux is a highly customizable, fairly simple operating system. While it’s a great operating system it has one major flaw in that it’s a proprietary system. This means that it can only run programs and applications specifically designed for that exact Linux build. The reason this is such a large flaw is that with a proprietary streaming media player you do not have access to any third party applications or programs. There is no app store and no real third party developers creating programs for your streaming media player. Another subsection of proprietary streaming media players are hybrid based operating systems. Some of the popular models of these hybrid streaming players are the Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Stick, and the Google Chromecast. All three of these streaming media players use a proprietary version of the Android operating system. These streaming media players use a proprietary version of Android. Basically they use the Android operating system as a base for the firmware and then build their own proprietary system on top of it. For this example of a hybrid streaming media player we will focus on the Amazon units instead of the Google Chromecast because the Chromecast is basically just a mirroring device. While both of the Amazon Fire streaming media players run on a base of Android, they have basically locked down the Google Play store from their units in place of the Amazon App Store. Long story short; Amazon wants you to get all of your apps and programs from their app store instead of using Google’s. This means increased revenue for Amazon and less choices for the consumer. With this being said you can side load android apps onto an Amazon Streaming media player, but this requires using a computer and a less then secure unsupported third party app. At the end of the day do you really want to start hacking a brand new streaming media player? Open Source Streaming Media Players Open Source Streaming Media Players are exactly what they’re named after, Open Source. But what does open source mean? Open source means that you are basically able to get anything that you want with your streaming media player without any restrictions. In the current video content streaming world there is only really one truly open source streaming media platform. This would…

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Quad Core Android TV Box

Mar 11, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
Quad Core Android TV Box

In this article we will discuss why the SkystreamX Android TV box is the Best Quad Core Android TV box on the market. There are many companies that claim to have the best android TV box around, but there products just fall short of the SkystreamX. Some companies claim to have the best dual core android TV box and some claim to have the best quad core android TV box. Dual core or quad core android TV boxes both work extremely well when put together properly.  So we will outline what makes the SkystreamX quad core set top box the best on the market. Specs – Many android TV box companies talk a good game about how they have the fastest android TV box or the best android TV box, but don’t really mention a whole lot on the specs of their android TV box. Specs make a huge difference as well as what version of Android there boxes run. There are still a ton of android TV boxes out there that are still running android 4.0. Here are the specs for the SkystreamX Quad Core and SkystreamX Dual core android TV boxes. Android Quad Core TV Box Specs The Quad Core AMLogic S802 2.0 GHz Cortex A9 processor. This AMLogic processor is the absolute fastest Cortex A9 on the market right now. This Android TV Box Quad Core Processor screams with power! Octa core processors are known for having the most power in any android set top box. This Android Quad core processor is able to perform any function at break neck speeds. GPU: Octa-core Mali-450MP GPU @ 600MHz The Mali 450 is a graphics processor second to none in the Android TV box market. The Mali-450 is an Octa core or 8 core graphics processor. This Octa Core GPU is completely over powered! With the New Mali 450 you will have 8 cores / Octa Cores just itching to play back all of your 1080P files and MKV files. If you are looking for a ridiculously fast android set top box with a super fast GPU this is your box. RAM: DDR3 2GB ROM: Nand flash 8GB Android Version: Android 4.4 KitKat Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless: Support 802.11 b/g/n Dual Band Wi-Fi(2.4GHz/5GHz) DOLBY TrueHD and DTS HD: DOLBY TrueHD and DTS HD Bypass through HDMI Interface: Power, 2 x USB, HDMI, RJ45, SD/SDHC/MMC Card Reader Android Dual Core TV Box Specs OS Android 4.2 Main chip AML8726-MX / 1.6 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9 GPU Mali-400 Memory 1G DDR3 Storage 8GB Wifi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n LAN Ethernet:10/100M, standard RJ45 HDD file system FAT16 / FAT32 / NTFS HD video output SD/HD max. 1920 * 1080 pixel Support Music format MP3 / WMA / AAC / WAV / OGG / AC3 / DDP / TrueHD / DTS / HD / FLAC / APE Support Media format MPEG / TS / VOB / ISO / ASF/ FLV / DAT / MPG / AVI / WMV / MKV / MOV /RM / RMVB Support Decoder format HD MPEG1/2/4, H.264,…

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Android TV Box Dual Core Vs Quad Core

Mar 11, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
Android TV Box Dual Core Vs Quad Core

Since we have announced that we will be releasing an Android Quad Core TV Set Top Box very soon we have gotten a lot of questions about what the difference is between the SkystreamX Dual Core and the SkystreamX Quad Core. The SkystreamX Dual Core Android TV Box is itself a very powerful set top streaming device. We have sold a large number of the Dual Core Android TV Boxes and have tons of extremely happy customers. The SkystreamX Dual Core Android TV box has two AMLogic Cortex A9 processors that run at 1.5 GHz. The Dual Core TV Box also has a Mali 400 Graphics Processing Unit which is a quad core GPU. This type of power was considered to be an extremely computer just a few years ago. So you’re probably asking yourself, if the Dual Core SkystreamX is extremely powerful and can handle anything you throw at it streaming wise, then why are you coming out with a SkystreamX Quad Core Android TV Set Top Box? The reason that we are coming out with a Quad Core KODI TV Box is simply because we can J All joking aside, with electronics more power and processor speed are never bad things. We figure that just because our dual core android TV box can play anything and do everything someone would want a smart set top box to do, there is no reason not to offer something that can do all that faster. We like to think about in the realm of cars. Sure a 400 hp car (Android Dual Core) can roll down the track pretty darn fast, but a 500 hp car (Android Quad Core) can do it that much faster. Another reason that we decided to offer a Quad Core Android KODI Set Top Box is because of the advances in TV and movies. As most of you know there is a new video technology out there called 4K. 4K video has 4 times the pixels as 1080P HD video. The new Skystream Quad Core KODI box is 4K capable. That means that when 4K HD Video becomes more widespread and more popular the SkystreamX4 will be able to play those 4K files and streams. We like to plan for the future and if 4K video is the next 1080P HD video format, then we want to offer a box that is able to play those files. We want the SkystreamX4 Quad Core Android TV Box to be able to stay up to date for years to come. That is why we are releasing a Quad Core Android TV Box with KODI that is able to play everything including standard definition, 480P, 720P, 1080P & 4K HD video files. There has been a lot of talk on forums about Android dual core vs. quad core and it seems that while everyone is perfectly happy with the SkystreamX Dual Core Android TV Box, people always want the latest and greatest technology. So that is in a nutshell…

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Android TV Box or Streaming Media Player

Mar 7, 2016 3 months ago No Comments
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We have had our SkystreamX box called many things. We have heard them call Android TV Boxes, Streaming Media Players, Stream boxes, Mini Computers, Sky Storm Box and many other variations of those. So what exactly is a Skystream Box and why do we call it an Android TV Box? Many of the words used to describe Streaming devices in the industry we feel are very vague. Streaming Media Player, Streaming box, Set Top box and Mini PC aren’t very descriptive and don’t really tell people who are new to streaming what they actually do. Someone who has never streamed anything besides a Youtube video will look at you puzzled when you tell them to get a Set Top Box or Streaming Media Player. That is because all of these terms are industry terms that kind of caught on, but we not very descriptive to the customer and does not tell the customer what it actually does. Here at SkystreamX we have always used the term Android TV Box for all of our streaming media players. We felt that Android TV Box told the customer that is was a box that ran on the Android operating system and connected to their TV. But recently we have asked a few of our newer customers who were new to streaming and free streaming if they understood what Android TV box means. Many people had no idea what it meant and told us they saw our TV box at a friend’s house and bought one. Some people new that it was a TV box, but thought we just called it Android. They did not realize that the player actually ran the Android operating system. Some people had no idea it was a streaming device. They thought that all of the content was stored on the Android Box and they just played it. So we thought about if there was anything we could add to Android TV Box to make it more apparent what it actually does without trying to create a whole new keyword combination and came up with Android Streaming TV Box. While we can’t explain the entire product in a single keyword combination, we thought that adding the term streaming to the name would give people with less experience with these types of streaming media players a better idea that it streams content. We feel that it covers all of the bases in a short name. Android – This devices runs the Android operating system Streaming – This device streams content like you tube and other online streaming websites TV – This device connects to my TV Box – This is a small device / computer or mini PC Now that we have decided on the name Android Streaming TV Box we can move away from the generic streaming media player or streaming set top box. Now that we have gotten that all squared away we can get into what an Android Streaming TV Box actually does. We normally explain the…

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