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$199 TVPad-- Watch Hong Kong/Mainland Channels LIVE with NO monthly fees

papabear220 54 January 22, 2012 at 11:06 PM
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Major Update: It's been a while but there are some major upgrades with the TVpad, as well as changes to the benefits of the coupon code 15819288. Specifically, the TVpad 2 is now out with firmware update 3.70. The major upgrades are:

1. Join hands with WASU to provide massive genuine videos.
2. Equipped with a new smart CPU as well as high 3D graphics performance.
3. Can be used as game console to play motion sensing games.
4. Build-in VOIP, make free calls worldwide.
5. Build-in WiFi, easy to connect to home network wirelessly.
6. Better hardware so with shorter boot time and response much faster and play video more smooth than M121S.

(sourced from http://tvpadzone.com/english/intro/model.html)

The price of a TVpad2 is $259.

In the past, the coupon code 15819288 gives $30 off. Now for the better or the worse, it will instead give a gift pack worth $88 dollars with dozens of new apps for the TVpad2. Here is an access to the coupon details [tvpadzone.com]

Personally I prefer the $30 off, but seeing how Roku's top version (XD or XS?) is a $30 jump due to the motion sensor, I thought it was fair.

That said, make sure to read the buyer's notice before making the purchase, to be aware of compatibilities and scams:
http://tvpadzone.com/english/buy/index.html

PM me if you have any questions and I will answer based on what I know (I own 4 TVpads). All sources acquired from TVPadzone.

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Click here [tvpadzone.com] for details of the upgrades of M121S over M121. But in short:
-An all new App Garden providing large number of Apps for users to easily download and install
-Supports 3rd party apps of different cultures, including chinese, korean, and japanese
-Addition of User's Center
-CPU upgraded from TCC8901 to TCC8902
-RAM upgraded from 256M to 512M
-ROM increased to 2GB

Edit: A website [tvpadzone.com] with all information that you need to know about the TVpad in English. Visit it for summarized FAQs and other various topics including how to use the TVpad on your smartphone.

http://tvpadzone.com/


Edit: code 15819288 will now work until 06/30/2014

For Chinese users, TVPad is a new device that allow you to watch Hong Kong/Mainland channels live without any monthly subscription. I bought it myself approximately 4 months ago and am extremely satisfied with it.

In a new 2012 promotion, the originally price has been cut from $299 to $229. You can use the promotional code 15819288 at checkout of the official site to take off an extra $30.


This is their official website (it's in Chinese): http://www.tvpad.hk/tvpad/01/

Just thought I should share a very useful product that isn't very well known yet. Smilie

EDIT 02/06/12

Wow, I am absolutely fascinated and pleasantly surprised at the large amount of interest my fellow SDers have on the topic. I made this post during Chinese New Year and it has escaped my mind since then, and coming back to it, there was a lot of excellent reads.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the thread and it was definitely an eye-opener. In terms of the TVPad, there are definitely pros and cons depending on the type of user you are. Here are my two cents:

If you watch your TV shows and movies frequently on your computer, then the TVPad is not for you. There are more options out there (as greatly mentioned in the wikiboard) which are obviously more cost effective and might have more flexibility in terms of functions.

TVPad's main advantages I think is its convenience. I know many of my friends (myself included) prefer to watch things on the actual television unit after spending the whole day on my computer at work already. TVPad provides that genuine feeling I used to get when I used to live in HK. Compared to an old Chinese cable package I used to get, TVPad was a huge upgrade. I think it makes a good present for parents who are less tech-savvy or more old-school.

In terms of its reliability, there are plenty of reviews out there that I think people interested might find useful. If you can read Chinese, TVPad's forum is actually remarkably active with a lot of tech support. (tvpad.hk) I know there are concerns in regards to how long TVB/ATV channels will last; I personally think it is worth the investment because of its nonobligatory nature with no monthly subscriptions. I have been using it for about 4 months and don't have too many complaints as of now.

That said, I have tried some methods mentioned and they are very excellent alternatives as well. Of all options on the list, I was especially impressed by Sopcast.

Thank you for all the wonderful responses. Hope this thread help everyone one way or another, whether it's the product or the streaming methods provided here. Feel free to PM me if you have questions about my experience with the TVPad.

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#1276
Quote from fyugioh View Post :
$229 is the lowest price to get this now?
errr amazon.com is selling for $194??
it's about the same price on ebay...
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#1277
Just FYI, i saw a ad yesterday at TVBUSA and they will file a law suit to stop TVBpad selling in US, don't have much detail, and not sure it will make any different.
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#1278
thanks for the heads up.
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Quote from all168 View Post :
Just FYI, i saw a ad yesterday at TVBUSA and they will file a law suit to stop TVBpad selling in US, don't have much detail, and not sure it will make any different.
Well... this is the same as watching pirated torrent movies. The TVpad is just a platform. They take no responsibility for the legality of the apps.
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Quote from LurkONLY View Post :
errr amazon.com is selling for $194??
it's about the same price on ebay...
That price is for the 3.0.6 version, right? Don't know if I can handle updating it myself.
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#1281
Quote from aznmoocow View Post :
I just ended up getting it from ebay with the new firmware...
which seller, thx
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#1282
Here is the link TVBUSA sue TVpad, but in Chinese only.

http://www.tvbusa.com/index.php?o...36&id=3800
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Thanks.
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Quote from all168 View Post :
Just FYI, i saw a ad yesterday at TVBUSA and they will file a law suit to stop TVBpad selling in US, don't have much detail, and not sure it will make any different.
Yup. I saw the news too. They have a White attorney talking about it and filing lawsuit against TVPad.
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#1285
I heard they are planning to broadcast to dish exclusively in the future, when the contract is over for TW or comcast, then they may either ask for more $$$ or they will discontinue there contract, that's what happen to Champion broadband.

Quote from SAN_MARINO View Post :
Yup. I saw the news too. They have a White attorney talking about it and filing lawsuit against TVPad.
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Quote from all168 View Post :
I heard they are planning to broadcast to dish exclusively in the future, when the contract is over for TW or comcast, then they may either ask for more $$$ or they will discontinue there contract, that's what happen to Champion broadband.
It is not a rumor. It's true. TVB ends their contract with DirecTV and I believe the last day is 11/17/12. Not sure with Cable companies though. Do you have TW or Comcast?
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Quote from all168 View Post :
Here is the link TVBUSA sue TVpad, but in Chinese only.

http://www.tvbusa.com/index.php?o...36&id=3800
A rough translation from Google.

TVPad INFRINGEMENT, United States TVB intends to adopt the the hardline action (11-14-12)
With the information industry, the rapid development of Internet technology, audio-visual piracy is more rampant, and to maintain their own copyright interests, the United States TVB officially announced that it will soon start a tough blow infringement action

Claims through formal cooperation program source TVPad, Department of American the TVB primary against infringement one of the objects, it is learned, TVPad offers free viewing of the overseas Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea and other TV live or on-demand, many of whom are Hong Kong TVB of the program, however, Hong Kong TVB has never authorized Internet TV providers the TVPad link, all child its application, any legitimate program broadcast rights in the United States, to this end, the United States TVB will TVPad the dealer sued, combat TVPad violation of television programs broadcast copyright

Should I still buy one? The TVPad depends on apps to survive even if the company goes down?
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#1288
I've read most of this thread. So this thing is just an Android device that have apps that stream live TV? Is there a way to access those streams with a regular computer or another Android device? The sopcast isn't working for TVB anymore, and from what I understand BETV doesn't offer it either.
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Quote from aliron View Post :
I've read most of this thread. So this thing is just an Android device that have apps that stream live TV? Is there a way to access those streams with a regular computer or another Android device? The sopcast isn't working for TVB anymore, and from what I understand BETV doesn't offer it either.
Yes you can find the streams if you just search around. BETV doesn't have it PUBLICLY anymore. I'm not a good person to ask since I don't watch streams on my computer.

But if you were to purchase a TVPad, which comes with no apps by default, and then installed the app that has the TVB stream, then you can watch it that way. TVPad made sure all their devices are blank at the time of purchase so it can't be sued by, for example, TVB for having a stream of their content. They can't control what users install afterward.
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#1290
DirecTV has cancelled Jade World and TVB on 11-18. These are arguably the most popular Cantonese stations. Dish Network is carrying TVB and Jade World so call 877-342-2104 to get signed up today!
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