Friday, April 8, 2016

Watch Chinese TV channels using the HDP app

Watch Chinese TV channels using the HDP app

With the HDP app, you can watch all the Chinese (from China) TV channels in very good quality, such as CCTV, Hunan TV, etc. Some TV channels are really in HD quality.

Just download and install the HDP app on your Android TV box.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dramania video on demand app (TVpad not working anymore)

Dramania video on demand app (TVpad not working anymore) 

Dramania video on demand app allows you to watch TV drama's and movies from South-Korea, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Since this video on demand app has only video's with English subtitles, South-Korean TV drama's are updated very quickly. Usually one or two days after the official broadcast in South-Korea (thanks to dedicated English subbers of Korean TV drama's).

The quality of the video's is decent and just like other free apps, there are ads before you start the video.

You can download the Dramania Android app on the following site: Dramania app

Friday, December 25, 2015

TVpad not working: try various Android apps including vchannel app

TVpad not working: try various Android apps including vchannel app

Since older TVpad models are not working anymore, you can try installing various Android apps that have video on demand content or even live TV. Since these are Android apps, you can try it out on your Android phone or tablet first before buying a simple Android TV Box (cheapest costs around 35 US dollar and around 50 US dollar for a more recent model).

For example, vchannel app is a video on demand app, the source is mostly from various streaming sites. It has HK news video's. latest TV drama and variety shows from Hong Kong, South-Korea, Taiwan and Japan. It is updated quite frequently. 

There are multiple sources of these video's. if one source of a video is not working, you can try another source. There are even Chinese or English subtitles on some video's, for example there are Chinese subtitles on the latest South-Korean TV drama's.

I am currently testing a lot more of these apps (I am quite busy at the moment, because of the holidays). One app has live Chinese TV (from mainland China) and it is working pretty good. Other app is again a video on demand app and has latest video's (TV series and movies) from Hong Kong, Japan and South-Korea.

For more info about this app, see this post: vchannel

Saturday, December 19, 2015

TVpad old models 1,2 and 3 not working anymore starting 1 January 2016 (even after DNS change)

TVpad old models 1,2 and 3 not working anymore starting 1 January 2016 (even after DNS change)

It seems that the old TVpad models 1,2 and 3 are permanently not going to work anymore starting 1 January 2016 after I have talked to the customer service (even after DNS change). At the moment, it already does not work anymore, at least on my TVpad 1 and TVpad2 model.

They want you to upgrade to TVpad4 model for a special price of 169 US Dollar using the MAC number of your old TVpad model, but personally I am not going to upgrade to TVpad4. The risk is just too high at the moment given the lawsuit against TVpad. Who knows how long the TVpad4 will work and are they doing the same to TVpad4 when they introduce TVpad5 or TVpad6.

My plan at the moment is just using an Android Box and a VPN subscription. Personnally, I think that is the future if you want to watch Chinese TV (Cantonese or Mandarin) content, Korean or Japanese TV content (drama's, etc) with Chinese subtitles if you are living overseas. There are Android apps that offers Chinese TV content (live or video on demand), some of these apps you do have to pay and some are free, but these free apps work not so well.

I am not really considering other TV boxes that offers the same kind of function as the TVpad at the moment, because these TV boxes might be the next target. I know there are at least several TV boxes that offers TV channels from Hong Kong and China.

I do consider TV boxes that offers video's on demand content (Chinese, Korean and Japanese TV drama's, movies, variety shows with Chinese subtitles) with region restriction. So, TV boxes that have official license agreements with the content holders. Normally, this means you can't watch these video's if you live outside that country/region. However, with VPN subscription you can bypass that restriction. It is basically the same as with Netflix US. People outside the US are using a VPN subscription or other method to watch TV content from Netflix US. Netflix US has much more TV content compared to Netflix in other countries.

There are numerous TV boxes sold in China that offers these TV content. I think I will buy some of these TV boxes and test them.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of this situation. Are you going to upgrade to TVpad4?