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

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Last Edited by annie930ny February 15, 2016 at 07:09 AM
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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Last Edited by winwin2 May 6, 2014 at 08:53 PM

TVpad Olympics "Buy and Receive" Promotion:
http://www.tvpadfans.com/forum.ph...romuid=439
English Translations: http://tvpadzone.com/english/buy-...-more.html




百合电视 is no longer working and has been down for almost a month.
There seems to be quite a bit of confusion to what 百合電視 is-- it is one of the Apps that give access to HK channels such as TVB and ATV. 粵海TV is another option and is working just fine and I can still watch these HK channels fine. Just thought this needed some clarifications.





Remember to rep the OP Embarrassment if it helps you...

Share viable ways of streaming Asian media:

0) This box is much better in picture quality, numbers of channels and on-demand contents. (Update: 05/06/2014)
Official site:
http://www.maige.tv/
To buy from here [aliexpress.com]

1) PPTV software + PC/Laptop hooked up to TV
2) BETV [ibetv.com] + Laptop hooked
3) Google TV+PPTV HD App
Download PPTV HD App: http://download.pptv.com/pad/android/ (Works for Logitech Revue!)
4) Asus OPlay with Universal Firmware
5) Patriot Box Office Forum with help from billcsho!! http://www.patriotmemory.com/foru...tv-content
6) Browser: Youku.com, Sohu for Korean Drama, http://www.cntv.cn for live CCTV
7) Sopcast: Download from http://www.sopcast.com/download.
- To watch TVB/ATV channels only:
a) Download the attachment hktv.zip and extract the hktv.htm to your computer.
b) Open the hktv.htm using Internet Explorer. Click Allow Blocked Content to run the ActiveX control.
- To change the Aspect Ratio:
a) Download http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ and install VLC.
b) Open Sopcast. Click on the option button to set the external player as VLC: Select "Use my own player" and point it to the VLC.exe in C:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe or C:\Program Files\VideoLAN\VLC\vlc.exe.
c) Go back to the hktv.htm. Click on one of the channels on the right side. When it starts playing click on the external player icon on the Embedded Sopcast player. It should open VLC player and you can change Aspect Ratio to 16:9.
8) For Taiwan TV: http://5ik.tv
You get about 45 Taiwan channels including 5 of them are in HD picture quality.
for about $13/mo subscription.
Look for new coupon from:
http://5iktv.blogspot.com/
It can play on any web browsers in iOS/Android devices or computer.
Or, if you want to play on TV, buy a Roku box for as low as $50:
http://shop.roku.com/
Instruction:
http://5ik.tv/sta/Intro/#.ULfi2JIfbA4

TVPad Forums for Tech Support(In Chinese)
I am not sure how many people that can read Chinese, but i figure that i post their help forums here so people can get helps. Yes, i know, the website is in CHINESE, but i think they are working on to add English support soon:

TVPADFans [tvpadfans.com]

TVpad Zone [tvpadzone.com]

NO, I DON'T WORK FOR THEM. JUST TRY TO HELP OUT THE OTHERS!!

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Quote from renten View Post :
The HDPlayer is contained within the BETV.rar file. I just ran it once to install it and then ran betv.exe to start the player.
I don't see the HDPlayer.exe after i extracted the betv.rar file, all i get is some jibberish stuff, and is there a program to dis scramble the installation during the betv?

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I don't see the HDPlayer.exe after i extracted the betv.rar file, all i get is some jibberish stuff, and is there a program to dis scramble the installation during the betv?

Thanks
You don't need to install HDplayer.exe to watch TVB.
Follow the instructions [pcbeta.com] to install the 1.6.0.2 version.
After you copy the tvchannel.xml to the BETV's installation folder make it as read only. Right click on tvchannel.xml and check Read-only. You should be able to watch TVB.
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You don't need to install HDplayer.exe to watch TVB.
Follow the instructions [pcbeta.com] to install the 1.6.0.2 version.
After you copy the tvchannel.xml to the BETV's installation folder make it as read only. Right click on tvchannel.xml and check Read-only. You should be able to watch TVB.
Yes, this works. Thanks!
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Quote from sam88 View Post :
You don't need to install HDplayer.exe to watch TVB.
Follow the instructions [pcbeta.com] to install the 1.6.0.2 version.
After you copy the tvchannel.xml to the BETV's installation folder make it as read only. Right click on tvchannel.xml and check Read-only. You should be able to watch TVB.
Can you kindly translate the instruction to English? Is this the method to watch TVB on PC? I would like to set this up for someone but my Chinese reading skill is terrible..
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In my opinion, it is not worth the effort the switch channel files in BETV as TVB is on already on Sopcast. Plus, there might be some new channels on BETV that you want to see but are not on the old list.
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You don't need to install HDplayer.exe to watch TVB.
Follow the instructions [pcbeta.com] to install the 1.6.0.2 version.
After you copy the tvchannel.xml to the BETV's installation folder make it as read only. Right click on tvchannel.xml and check Read-only. You should be able to watch TVB.

Thanks, it seems to work.

There are 2 翡_ (TVB) channels, I'm able to get 高清翡_台, but not 翡_台. Is there any difference between the two, program wise?

Also, I see CCTV channels on the list, but none works. Anyone getting CCTV or 翡_台 channels?

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I tried using SP3_V2 (by Akira), and I got a "Can Not Boot From HDD" screen". So I used the older one instead.
That is normal with most firmware. Just wait 15 seconds or so and it will continue. Cool
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I posted to the Mods/Hacks forum. Looking forward to your response there, but of course, feel free to continue posting info here too. I'm sure others are interested as well.

http://www.patriotmemory.com/foru...tv-content
I've replied to you. Cool
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In my opinion, it is not worth the effort the switch channel files in BETV as TVB is on already on Sopcast. Plus, there might be some new channels on BETV that you want to see but are not on the old list.
I have installed both, I actually like the BeTV better on my 64-bit Win7 HTPC that keep reverting the channel list to default. Every time I start the BeTV, it has the current channel list without TVB. When I click the update button on top then quit the update, it will re-start the BeTV with the channel list containing TVB. I only need to copy the tvchannel file once. However, it does not work the same way on my 32-bit win7 laptop. It stuck with TVB channel list. Confused
Anyway, for watching other live TV channels, I use the PBO with Universal Firmware. It is better in video quality, easier to use, and has many more channels.
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Some questions... will changing to this firmware change the entire PBO menu system to be in chinese? What exactly is gained by using this kind of firmware vs the official stock one? Is it possible to continue using the stock firmware but be able to access the chinese content? I thought IMS is just something similar to urls so not clear why a firmware change would be needed. Thanks.
If you want to keep the official firmware feeling while with the access to chinese IMS, you may use the semi-official firmware and add the IMS links either by Metafeeds or editing the menu file. If you use the Chinese Universal Firmware, the default system language will be in Chinese but you may switch back to English. Nevertheless, all the icons and graphics on menu will have Chinese characters on it even all the text will be on whatever system language you pick. The nice thing with the Chinese Universal Firmware is that it has already integrated many Chinese IMS feeds into the menu with the necessary decoder included. In addition, regional restriction to certain site is removed. By the way, the youtube problem is also solved.
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I own both the PBO and the TVPad. The PBO is an excellent media player, especially with alt firmware. The TVPad wasn't purchased by me, and like many of you I was skeptical of the legality/longevity of it. I have gripes when I or my parents are use the TVPad. True, it can watch TVB and other channels. It takes around 9 seconds to load whatever you want to watch. It takes about 1 second before it registers a key press on a remote. Also, you are required to keep the 2GB usb drive inserted into the unit for it to play the movies/shows section (I really don't understand this part, who engineered this?!). It outputs at 720p, but the quality is more like 360p. I'm not complaining because I'm not the one who uses the TVPad in my house, but it's painful watching parents using it. It's like watching someone scroll down by dragging when there's a scroll button on a mouse. We got the unit for $150 b/c some people got together and ordered in bulk.
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I own both the PBO and the TVPad. The PBO is an excellent media player, especially with alt firmware. The TVPad wasn't purchased by me, and like many of you I was skeptical of the legality/longevity of it. I have gripes when I or my parents are use the TVPad. True, it can watch TVB and other channels. It takes around 9 seconds to load whatever you want to watch. It takes about 1 second before it registers a key press on a remote. Also, you are required to keep the 2GB usb drive inserted into the unit for it to play the movies/shows section (I really don't understand this part, who engineered this?!). It outputs at 720p, but the quality is more like 360p. I'm not complaining because I'm not the one who uses the TVPad in my house, but it's painful watching parents using it. It's like watching someone scroll down by dragging when there's a scroll button on a mouse. We got the unit for $150 b/c some people got together and ordered in bulk.
Doesn't the newer version of TVPad (the one being sold now) address these issues? I recall someone earlier in the thread making the comment that the newer model only takes ~1 second to load a channel, and that remote actions are more responsive; not sure whether the USB storage requirement has changed, though. Anyone with the newer TVPad care to comment?
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That is normal with most firmware. Just wait 15 seconds or so and it will continue. Cool
In my case, that error screen stayed indefinitely.
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In my case, that error screen stayed indefinitely.
Did you disconnect every thing (including internal HDD) except for the thumb drive with firmware image, the power cord, and the video out to TV?
It seems it is trying to boot from another USB/HDD device that does not have the image.img file on it. Or there is some problem with the install.img file. You should try another download.
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......... Also, you are required to keep the 2GB usb drive inserted into the unit for it to play the movies/shows section (I really don't understand this part, who engineered this?!). ......

i think the 2gb usb drive are use for the memory cache for the video streaming.
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