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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 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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#61
I didnt really know TV too requires PAD??? ... We all require pads after IPAD, now TVs too..
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#62
I don't think it worth buying it.
The BETV is really fantastic. It may require you to log in as a member but it really provides many many channels. I love it.
Thanks, BETV.
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#63
I just started using this http://www.hanyastar.com/webhome.html service. Price seemed reasonable.
$9.95 a month. $5.99/month if you purchase the box for $70.
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#64
Watch World TV! Veubox with 40 GB Internal Hard drive Fujitsu for $529 (it was $450 about a month ago). I don't know how realiable this is. Anyone has any ideas and inputs on this Veubox, please post.
http://www.coithienthaitv.com/eng/about.html

62 Viet Nam channels and many more Vietnamese channels in USA like: VietFace TV, Global TV, Little Saigon...
149 Arabic Channels
89 Asian Channels

VeuBox is a high definition media center developed by CaptiveWorks Inc. and is capable of delivering stunning 1080p resolution video for an unpreedented home theater experience. CaptiveWorks is a long time developer of Linux Media Centers with a list of products dating back to 2006 baring the name CaptiveWorks Linux Media Center (CW-LMC).

VeuBox leverages third generation CaptiveWorks Linux Media Center (CW-LMC) software and provides a fully integrated lean back experience for all your media playback needs. VeuBox is the one box for viewing your favorite movies, tv shows, and the web only clips from the comfort of your couch without having to navigate through websites using a keyboard and a mouse. Add to that, the ability to watch hundreds of live TV channels from all around the world organized by the country of origin or the genre of the channel. Of course, if surfing the web is what's desired, VeuBox offers a cutting edge browser for a rich internet surfing experience on the large TV.

ARABIC - 149 channels
VIETNAM - 62 channels
THAILAND - 14 channels
CAMBODIAN - 5 channels
CHINA - 16 Channels
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Quote from pikbooboo View Post :
Watch World TV! Veubox with 40 GB Internal Hard drive Fujitsu for $529 (it was $450 about a month ago). I don't know how realiable this is. Anyone has any ideas and inputs on this Veubox, please post.
http://www.coithienthaitv.com/eng/about.html

62 Viet Nam channels and many more Vietnamese channels in USA like: VietFace TV, Global TV, Little Saigon...
149 Arabic Channels
89 Asian Channels

VeuBox is a high definition media center developed by CaptiveWorks Inc. and is capable of delivering stunning 1080p resolution video for an unpreedented home theater experience. CaptiveWorks is a long time developer of Linux Media Centers with a list of products dating back to 2006 baring the name CaptiveWorks Linux Media Center (CW-LMC).

VeuBox leverages third generation CaptiveWorks Linux Media Center (CW-LMC) software and provides a fully integrated lean back experience for all your media playback needs. VeuBox is the one box for viewing your favorite movies, tv shows, and the web only clips from the comfort of your couch without having to navigate through websites using a keyboard and a mouse. Add to that, the ability to watch hundreds of live TV channels from all around the world organized by the country of origin or the genre of the channel. Of course, if surfing the web is what's desired, VeuBox offers a cutting edge browser for a rich internet surfing experience on the large TV.

ARABIC - 149 channels
VIETNAM - 62 channels
THAILAND - 14 channels
CAMBODIAN - 5 channels
CHINA - 16 Channels
That device looks sweet! Anything cheap that does the same? It's just a low-end htpc that probably costs $100 in parts.
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#66
Anyone know what's the best, most inexpensive setup to get TVB? My parents misses it so much!
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#67
In 4 one. Thanks !
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#68
I suggest all to get a Mygica V9 media player. It streams all live channels as well as plays all local content stored in your external hard drive or shared through your local network.
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#69
Quote from dtmamg View Post :
nice. any suggestion for accessing TAIWAN channels? which box is ideal? thx
Tvu player

Live TV of all languages, not only Chinese.
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#70
In for the free BETV, thanks!
It has HBO and CNN too.
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#71
Lots of good info and interesting suggestions in this thread.
Thanks to all!

We've been resisting paying shit-Comcast for a few Mandarin channels.
My wife is Taiwanese... BTW.
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Quote from yus9 View Post :
Lots of good info and interesting suggestions in this thread.
Thanks to all!

We've been resisting paying shit-Comcast for a few Mandarin channels.
My wife is Taiwanese... BTW.
Be aware.

Those paid-services normally do not offer live programs, only recorded programs.
Free computer programs do.

That makes a big difference to me.
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Quote from btcharpied View Post :
Yeah, but can it place an order for crab rangoon?
Hong Kong people don't eat crap rangoon. Only those cheapy Americans love it. Stick Out Tongue
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#74
Had to google what it was. Mainlanders don't eat that either.

Thanks for all the suggestions. Going to try those software on a VM first to see if they do anything funny.
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Quote from ehero View Post :
Be aware.
Those paid-services normally do not offer live programs, only recorded programs.
Free computer programs do.
That makes a big difference to me.
You mentioned TVU Player, which looks interesting.
But I came across this comment..

"The TVU virus causes problems in Windows Explorer that will not allow video files to be played;and causes a general error. When you submit the file for analysis by Microsoft; you are told to go to site, that is concerned with another kind of Video player that is not Windows Player 11. I am fine with free players; don't need a pay player from virus producers"

Have you had any problem using TVU Player?
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