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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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#31
thats basically what we all want in this thread
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#32
If we can get 10 SD'er or more, we can get 189 per piece. Just wondering if the promotional code 15819288 also works....
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Quote from onemoresmash View Post :
So this is for LIVE tv, all the good programs are during the midnight hours or early morning here in the US....Is there a replay function?
Oh yea, I didn't think of this as live tv. My mom likes to watch TVB drama series. This might not work well for her. Thanks for the heads up.

Anyone know the answer to that question?
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Quote from papabear220 View Post :
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

Beware this website and www.tvpadfans.com sending malware virus, being blocked by my pc real time protection program. Don't know if safe to order from this website.
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Quote from dutyfree View Post :
Beware this website and www.tvpadfans.com sending malware virus, being blocked by my pc real time protection program. Don't know if safe to order from this website.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJQGw90SoeE

http://www.ebay.com/itm/30-Promo-...3f129c0717
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#36
nice. any suggestion for accessing TAIWAN channels? which box is ideal? thx
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#37
Anyone know any websites/programs that will stream chinese (mandarin) tv shows? However, they must not include any spyware/malware/pop up ads. Basically anything malicious that will affect my pc. Thanks
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#38
Anyone looking for any movies/shows in Chinese, look up PPS. It has TONS of shows, movies, news, almost anything from China and Taiwan. I made a dedicated PPS machine for my mom, and she hasn't left her room in over a year...lol.

Seriously though, PPS is great because it has all these Chinese shows, as well as Korean dramas with Chinese subs, American movies in Chinese subs, etc....and its free.

As far as the legality of it...come on...its made in China.

http://www.pps.tv/
Its a pretty straight forward install, but it does pop out a bunch of useless adverts from time to time. Some AV's might tag it as malicious, but it's not really. Just annoying popups. Personally, I can't stand these Chinese adware things which is why I put together a cheapy computer just to run this for my mom.
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#39
still way too much money for a TV box...
you can download BETV [ibetv.com]here to watch the same programs as this box does.
you will need a PC.
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#40
oh wow. so expensive. quality must b good since it uses HDMI connection. but too bad my parents still using those tube projection tvs with the red, white, yellow cables. and my internet is only 3.0Mbps DL so no go
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Quote from trd815 View Post :
FYI. This box was $169 when it first came out in November 2011.
FYI. They are different models. The one cost $169 is M120 and the one cost $229 is M121. M-121 equipped with both HDMI & AV video out, with SD slot and USB port. M121 also comes with more apps and more channels (add 20 Taiwan TV channels). Furthermore, they improve the channel change time from 30+ sec. to around 3 sec.
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Last edited by oldfox999 January 23, 2012 at 01:26 AM
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Quote from oldfox999 View Post :
FYI. They are different models. The one cost $169 is M120 and the one cost $229 is M121. M-121 equipped with both HDMI & AV video out, with SD slot and USB port. M121 also comes with more apps and more channels (add 20 Taiwan TV channels). Furthermore, they improve the channel change time from 30+ sec. to around 3 sec.
since you know the info, i am assuming u are literate in chinese. does it say that the older version model M-120 got discontinued? can't seem to find that on their site anymore and the company seems unreliable if they just kill one of their project in just 3-4 months. who knows what support they will have in the future
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#43
Last I heard, BETV removed all those TVB channels from their software program. However if you bought the TVPad, TVB was still there. I think the same goes for ATV, but nobody watches that channel.Smilie The appeal of BETV was that nobody else had HK/Cantonese stuff. Yeah there is PPTV, PPS, CBox, and others, but those are mostly Mainland China/Mandarin. Anyway, people found out that BETV is based on Sopcast. So some of those HK channels that used to be on BETV are available on Sopcast. As mentioned, a big problem is the time difference if you want to watch HK primetime dramas.
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#44
Is this device legal? If not, won't content disappear if the company is shut down?
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#45
you know why all the chinese kids want to get one for their parent? because most of the parents either buy the dvd disc or download online, with this, they can do on their own...just simple program for them to use
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