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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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How is the TVB programming selection? Is it current stuff? Or like Netflix, is it just older series? I imagine it's just old stuff as they won't want to draw people away from paying for the TVB channels on Dish and Comcast?

If it's current stuff and if they come out with a set top box, I would subscribe for my parents. TVpad is too much work for them and it's not exactly legal.
Go check it out. You can browse the selection and even watch some episodes for free. That have a free 2 week trial too.

I think they are current, as in just like Hulu. The soaps my parents watch they have to wait for the new episodes to be posted every day. It tells you down to the minute when that happens. There's a countdown.
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not sure, viet yes for sure...

Any links to the Viet version of this? I have someone asking about one. Also are there Viet websites that stream like mytv.taiseng.com?

Thanks.
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not sure what u mean by links. i know there is a app called namTV. that ought to be viet content is what i meant, idont view it or anything.
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Can anyone speak to the quality or the reliability of this app? mytv.taiseng.com

Interested in running this on my iPad and laptop. Thanks.
The site's completely in English. You should look for yourself. The tv series episodes are very current but I hear they don't have older shows. You can't expect have everything from a relatively new service.

I'd rather they all co-exist. I care about preservation and appreciation of the language more than them trying to block each other from doing so.
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anyone know any bt site other than tvb now...., they took down the tvb section today.....

thanks
It's still there but I can't see the download links. I think they are limiting who can see the links.
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Quote from kabukicho View Post :
this video is useful... though i guess it's already slightly outdated. after the magnifying glass app is installed and when he launches it, when the guy on the video shows the app list at 1:36 mark... he describes the time delay app and the HK channels... this list already looks different from what I see on my list....

i 'think' i installed the time delay app, cuz i have the icon for it on my myapps. next i DLed and installed 2 HK channels, 1 ended up having a icon like a disc on my myapps. the other, it didnt give an icon on my myapps. i then went into my timedelay app icon and the screen shows some flowers... and i could select from channels 1,2,3 all these are TVB channels. i guess these are the only / all the canto channels there are? secondly, is the time delay app working just like that?
yeah video is really useful and just good for general guidance on how to get the TVB apps. yes I think the ones with the clock icon on the lower right corner of the app means 12 hour delayed. You can tell because the app has different streams from the regular non-delayed app. But yes there are only three channels in the time delayed version which probably means these are the only three channels that is being delayed and stored as a stream. I assume that this is what people in America would prefer to watch anyways, even if it is essentially a day behind.

However, I have not confirmed or verified if this is what is currently streaming from the TVB channels that you would get from DirectTV's JadeWorld package which I guess is now a part of Dish. I would also probably think that most people who have Dish, wouldn't have the TVPad... but if anyone can confirm that would be great!
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It's still there but I can't see the download links. I think they are limiting who can see the links.
no. It is officially down for the 3 subforums including TV series.
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Quote from billcsho View Post :
no. It is officially down for the 3 subforums including TV series.
Do you know why it's down?
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Quote from fyugioh View Post :
Do you know why it's down?
It said on their forum that they are seeing external pressure to force them to shut down those 3 subforums.
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Quote from billcsho View Post :
It said on their forum that they are seeing external pressure to force them to shut down those 3 subforums.
That's sad. I haven't been there for a few years but it was always really good. Classics as well as new shows.
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That's sad. I haven't been there for a few years but it was always really good. Classics as well as new shows.
There are still space sharing subforums on their site available. Just the 3 BT subforums are gone.
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just got it, and they are well worth it. going to buy more...lol
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Quote from z101 View Post :
just got it, and they are well worth it. going to buy more...lol
Can you comment on ease of use for "non-computer users". is TVB/12 hr delay TVB out of the box?
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Can you comment on ease of use for "non-computer users". is TVB/12 hr delay TVB out of the box?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNVoeoZD8KU

It is pretty easy to navigate for "non-computer users." You just have to install the 'hidden' apps. The 2 important ones are the regular HKTV app which contains about a dozen channels from TVB and ATV. The 12 hour delay app contains 2 TVB channels and 1 ATV channel.

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However, I have not confirmed or verified if this is what is currently streaming from the TVB channels that you would get from DirectTV's JadeWorld package which I guess is now a part of Dish. I would also probably think that most people who have Dish, wouldn't have the TVPad... but if anyone can confirm that would be great!
I have had Jadeworld for a while and their TVB actually had their own content there. Many of the soaps are not current, perhaps about 1 month behind, the news is mostly about US/Canada news, and the commercials are based on US/Canada companies.

Quote from kabukicho View Post :
whats the 121S vs this 3.26? is the 3.26 just the ver. of the newest software, but the 121S is the box firmware or the model version?

thus would getting a 121S bring you already, the 3.26, or not really?
If you buy the the tvpad today, it will most likely a m121s with firmware 3.26. However, the deal with the '3.26' that I was talking about is the previous generation m121 which still has the older firmware 2.72 for the last 6 months . The 3.x firmware has major improvements over the 2.x firmware and you can get the TVB apps.
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are there boxes or pads like this that streams american channels, I dont car how much it cost just no monthly fees.
thanks
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