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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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Quote from kwazytazz View Post :
is there a guide to install the tvb apps on the new tvpad2 m233 model?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJcgOXoNcKs
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I've the M121S just around Christmas and it was upgraded to 3.06 Firmware but now I tried upgrading the Firmware to 3.26 by using the internal app and it's saying I have the latest. Can someone walk me through the process in order to update to the latest firmware? Do I need a usb-to-usb cable for this? The only usb cable I've is the male/female (like the one that goes to the printer and computer) I don't have one that goes in the tvpad that's the same type on the other end.

Many thanks!

Update 1:
NM--found the answer to use a usb memory device with a single partition. I just didn't read the instruction.

Update 2:
It's much faster after the update and it has many more apps.
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great share, i am consider about whether should i change for a new TV, since my TV is quite old.
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hey guys. i just got my tvpad yesterday. I have a problem regarding the wifi. My router is located downstairs and I want the TV for my dad upstairs. The signal strength is about 75%, which is an okay connection, as it lags a bit. I want a stronger connection. How would I go about it? Powerline is out, as the top floor and the bottom floor is not on the same electrical line.
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Quote from rice0roni View Post :
hey guys. i just got my tvpad yesterday. I have a problem regarding the wifi. My router is located downstairs and I want the TV for my dad upstairs. The signal strength is about 75%, which is an okay connection, as it lags a bit. I want a stronger connection. How would I go about it? Powerline is out, as the top floor and the bottom floor is not on the same electrical line.
i am in same situation as you. get a range extender.
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I bought this http://www.ebay.com/itm/Full-HD10...35c21cd3bd

cheaper and very good, some programs are true realitime TV HD
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Woo... Thanks OP..
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Quote from unlimitedx View Post :
i am in same situation as you. get a range extender.
yeah, i got a new router which advertised better range, but I got the same 75% range upstairs. I'm planning to run a 200FT ethernet line upstairs lol...are there any other options that aren't that expensive? I would powerline it if I could..
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Quote from rice0roni View Post :
yeah, i got a new router which advertised better range, but I got the same 75% range upstairs. I'm planning to run a 200FT ethernet line upstairs lol...are there any other options that aren't that expensive? I would powerline it if I could..
I picked up the range extender from Fry's for about $40. Well worth the price and not have to deal with wires and such Smilie
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Quote from unlimitedx View Post :
I picked up the range extender from Fry's for about $40. Well worth the price and not have to deal with wires and such Smilie
if you dont mind me asking, what brand/model is it? and wehre is it currently plugged in? is it currently in the same room as your router? thnks
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Quote from PeterLu View Post :
great share, i am consider about whether should i change for a new TV, since my TV is quite old.
As others had said, you can get a range extender or a wireless bridge to make it a more stable connection
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ive been off and on on this thread for some time.
1-is it worth getting tvpad2 vs tvpad? -i remember reading there is like always a new model coming out every few months and from what i remember people say getting the "older" version is fine sine there are no major differences and firmware can be upgraded. dont plan on playing the games (are they even fun/accurate/worth playing) looks like a ghetto wii lol Smilie. i assume no improvements with better hardware navigating the unit itself
2-百合电视 still not working?
粵海TV is an app for the tv pad? whats the quality since the other service seems to be down
3-i am slightly concerned about performance since i am 12 Mbps down and 1.4Mbps up. i plan on upgrading to 18 Mbps (if possible) down since i have to renew my contract. edit-ive only seen max speed of 1.2Mbps when loading hd then jumps down to 300kbps
4-does using tvp use my upload? i don't remember if the apps tax both up and down.
5-how is the quality on most major networks (most important tvb Smilie)
6-tvpad is also known as m121s?-edit-belive so
7-how often is firmware updated?
8-from what i have heard old epps of tv series or movies can be loaded on demand similar to hulu or netflix? is this an app that needs to be installed or a feature built into it
9-what methods are you using to record shows? is this even necessary if on demand is available
10-how reliable is the service in terms of uptime and proper/hq streaming
11-is there any period of time when speeds are bad
12-where are servers located and how are they able to flip the bill. streaming in 720 and 24h a day seems like high bandwidth draw

edit-no uninstall option on tvp2?
edit2-what other apps do i need to install for hk/canton shows that are not listed/given with the tvpad. ie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEhoQ2RjZos around the 7:50 min
edit3-are there any other companies worth looking into ie KDLINKS HD700. seems like it can play tvb right out of the box. my main focus is tvb+old tvb series on demand.
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I am interested in TVB as well.
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Quote from rice0roni View Post :
hey guys. i just got my tvpad yesterday. I have a problem regarding the wifi. My router is located downstairs and I want the TV for my dad upstairs. The signal strength is about 75%, which is an okay connection, as it lags a bit. I want a stronger connection. How would I go about it? Powerline is out, as the top floor and the bottom floor is not on the same electrical line.
First make sure the cause of the lag is not due to the channel source.

The cheapest and fastest and option is cat5. Key is that this is the most reliable option. All other options like WiFi or powerline and really just expensive and fragile workarounds until you get the wire installed. Remember that non-technical users will easily get frustrated by any hiccups.

I've heard that the WiFi on the tvpad is not very strong and works better on 802.11N. Do you have a spare WiFi router with non-internal antennas that you can connect to the tvpad to act as a WiFi client? Having the WiFi unit external from the tvpad also let's you play around with positioning.

As for powerline, I'm surprised that I was able to use it to connect two apartments that are on different meters, different floors, and on opposite sides of the building. Speeds were not amazing but fast enough for internet, TV streaming, and VoIP. Like with WiFi, you have to watch out for external interference.
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Quote from fyugioh View Post :
All the shows are free to stream on their HK site?
Yes, it has been mentioned in this thread many times. If you use a HK VPN, you can stream TVB shows directly from their TVB HK site. Someone mentioned they are encountered connection errors lately on vpntraffic VPN. Looks like vpntraffic is maxing out their HK VPN capacity and not good for TVB streaming anymore.

Need alternative to vpntraffic that is also cheap but good HK VPN capacity.
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