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3ton
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Streamer?

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What is the best/cheapest device that can do the HDhomerun app with also being able to do Netflix and Amazon prime? Preferably with lan connection. Have an old LCD Vizio tv that is a dumb tv and would like to hookup for a guest in the house.

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I'd go for a Chromecast with Google TV

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Jedi71 wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 2:08 pm I'd go for a Chromecast with Google TV
Is it better than a cheap android box? Does Chromecast do drm?

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Cheap android box often means no DRM... Android (google) TV should always support DRM provided they are not rooted. My favorites on the low end in price are the new Chromecast with Google TV (make sure it is the new one with Google TV), the Tivo Stream 4K, and the Jetstream 4K... I also had good luck with the Verizon Stream TV but haven't used it for awhile (and primarily use the chromecasts these days). I don't recommend the MiBox as too often their firmware upgrades caused more issues over the years. The first 2 are dongles but usually an adapter will allow wired ethernet connection... the later are boxes that have ethernet.

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I don't have a Google Chromecast, but I vote for the Tivo Stream 4k, even though it does not have an Ethernet port.

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signcarver wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 3:06 pm Cheap android box often means no DRM... Android (google) TV should always support DRM provided they are not rooted. My favorites on the low end in price are the new Chromecast with Google TV (make sure it is the new one with Google TV), the Tivo Stream 4K, and the Jetstream 4K... I also had good luck with the Verizon Stream TV but haven't used it for awhile (and primarily use the chromecasts these days). I don't recommend the MiBox as too often their firmware upgrades caused more issues over the years. The first 2 are dongles but usually an adapter will allow wired ethernet connection... the later are boxes that have ethernet.
Okay, I feel dumb. I have a 65" 4k Sony Android OLED XBR-65A8G tv a year or two old. When I bought it, it was an android tv, but now I am researching the Chromecast with Google TV and from what I am reading it is now google tv. I noticed something different between the newest Sony OLED tv and my older Sony LCD android tv, but just thought it had not updated.

So am I right that the interface of the Chromecast with google tv is the same as my Sony OLED tv? If true I guess Chromecast is the way to go.

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Chromecast isn't useful... you need Android TV.

With that said Jedi71's suggestion is good - Google's new "Chromecast with Google TV" is actually a Android TV dongle, just with a confusing name. Everything else with Chromecast in the name isn't Android and won't be useful. You have to buy the Ethernet power dongle separately which adds to the price a little.

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signcarver wrote: Tue May 04, 2021 3:06 pm My favorites on the low end in price are the ..... the Tivo Stream 4
Looks like the TiVo Stream may end up being a dead-end, as the CEO admitted in the most recent earnings call that they are not going to be able to out-Google Google in presenting relevant related search results (which the latest Google TV UI does).

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Still a great device what really killed it for tivo was not integrating it with the tivo. As long as they don't kill it again with a bad firmware upgrade (all the devices have had them at one time or another but it seems only tivo, Nvidia, and google seemed to be more proactive in fixing though that will probably be no more with the tivo) it should be viable for a few years.

I do not suggest anyone locking in to one particular device.

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signcarver wrote: Sat May 08, 2021 8:25 pm Still a great device what really killed it for tivo was not integrating it with the tivo. As long as they don't kill it again with a bad firmware upgrade (all the devices have had them at one time or another but it seems only tivo, Nvidia, and google seemed to be more proactive in fixing though that will probably be no more with the tivo) it should be viable for a few years.

I do not suggest anyone locking in to one particular device.
I got the TiVo stream 4k. I like it for what I need. Do not really care for the app TiVo stream. I just use it for the apps, Hdhomerun, Netflix, Amazon Prime, VLC, and PBS.

The TiVo was easier to hook up to the wired internet. I just found cables and adapters in my house and hooked it up. No special adapter from google needed. Saved 40 bucks with TiVo over google.

Thanks All.

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