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

papabear220 54 January 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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Last Edited by papabear220 January 1, 2014 at 10:57 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

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 []

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:

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.

Click here [] 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 [] 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.

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):

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. ( 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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Buy at your own risk. Look at the bottom of their page. they have feedback from previous customers. Dick (who the heck name their son dick anymore), Jermy (misspelled), Gino (is that even an Asian name?), Marry .. and so on. So they make their own reviews.
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sure is tvpad developers in here.
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i got Verizon DSL 3mb connection, download speed no more than 350kb per second, will it run smooth without lag?
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i got Verizon DSL 3mb connection, download speed no more than 350kb per second, will it run smooth without lag?
it might if your whole bandwidth is used for it only. that means you can't go online with your other systems for video streaming or game systems playing online or downloading stuff.
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With a 3mb connection, you should be able to download at 300kB per second. That should be more than enough. Remember, all these services are p2ptv. If the streaming rate is too high, nobody will be able to watch anything. However if you are purposely restricting your bandwidth to 350kbps, then I would say raise the limit.
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seems to be a service that could die any minute...i think hk channels will be the first to drop. Stcking with my slingboxes/catchers for now.

And there's no way the HK tv stations would allow their content be broadcasted by a third party without paying for anything, because they (TVB) have a dvd rental empire outside of HK that this would dig into. While it may work now, I have not seen similar service last more than a year, most of the time they just go poof in weeks and months without warning. Unless I see any proof that it's legally bought content, which this isn't. Don't expect it to last.
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goto www . jghdtv . com, it is always free and live
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whats the best way to go for Cantonese only
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Doesnt Roku have any chinese channels? If not probably time for you guys to start one and make money.
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That's what I'm thinking.

I've installed the plugin's for xbmc on ATV2 and able to watch youku, sohu, etc. Unfortunately something weird going on with network and keep buffering. Sometimes the plugin crashes and I had to reboot.

I also have GoogleTV/Sony Bluray. Works well too as it uses chrome to go to the site you want, like on your laptop, and stream what you want to see. More stable than ATV2 w/ chinese plugins.

Too bad there's no plugin for uusee for either one as far as I can tell.

Just like everyone else, above 2 products were purchased for parents.

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Isn't this the same as running xbmc with them Chinese plugins??
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I would do it for my parents but they're white red necks... and it would just tick them off...
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Yeah, but can it place an order for crab rangoon?
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This is a spam/Tuo'er post, however you call it... This post has been posted to many Chinese forum and a lot of people found out this TVpad is not something worth the money they are paying.

Do not buy. It is disgusting that someone try to use SDers to promote a junky product.
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great find op ....people should get use to learning chinese as a second language if we dont stop spending like drunkin sailors this administration beleive it or not has run up 5 trillion in debt in just 3 years more then the previous adm did in 8 years (and i thought that was horrible)...anywho i spend quite a bit of time there and this seems like a coool prudent product thanks again!!!!!!
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