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What Is An Android TV Box and Should You Get One?

I had no idea about Android TV boxes when I started researching tech for our home.

I’d heard about them and people raving about its benefits. But I didn’t really know how they worked, exactly.

It’s fair to say that our TV gets a fair bit of use in our house. CBeebies is constantly playing in the background and then once children have gone to bed, we often settle down to watch something that doesn’t involve puppet hospitals or patrolling pups.

We are subscribers to both Netflix and Amazon Prime but as we don’t have a smart TV, we are thinking of getting an android TV box so we can better access our favourite programs.

It is something we have been mulling over for a while now, but weren’t too sure of the benefits it offers. As Christmas is on the horizon, I thought now was the perfect time to dive headfirst into some research into what the Android TV Box offers.

What Does An Android TV Box Do?

Admittedly, when it comes to buying an android box, the jargon that comes with it is less than user friendly.

I didn’t really have much idea what we should be looking for and the reasons for getting one.

Basically, an android box is a device that turns your TV into a smart TV. Many people use it to stream movies and TV shows from sites such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.

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How Does It Work?

The box is connected to a TV through an HDMI cable which then gives a HD output. The box is connected to the internet using Wifi or wired Ethernet.

It’s very similar to Apple TV but it uses an Android operating system.

This then allows you to install any apps you might want, for example you may wish to download YouTube or Netflix. Apps can be installed using the Google Play store, with just about everything available such as document creation apps, streaming music or checking the weather.

For input they use a remote control, keyboard or a mouse.

What Is an Android Box Used For?

They are mainly used for streaming video content, although users also download a large variety of apps.

Users enjoy streaming live TV shows, sports as well as applications, games and music. There is a web browser that can be used to access the internet and some users use it to store document files.

Do you use an Android TV Box? What are you favourite apps and features? Would this make an ideal Christmas pressie for a family member?

 

 

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