START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated Dec 2020)
(2017-09-21, 23:06)maskedrider Wrote: On kodi and Netflix/Amazon video as well? that would be really really nice but i guess there are some limitations with these boxes... Such as the SoC, bad firmware, etc..

For Post #1 these are the only boxes that will give you 1080p or 4K Netflix/Amazon:

1080p/4K Netflix and Amazon Video streaming

Q. I need a Kodi box that can play 1080p or 4K DRM copy protected video streams such as Netflix, HBO etc. ?
NOTE: Unless you have a HDMI connected Dolby Digital Plus Audio receiver, expect 2.0 Audio only from DD+ DRM streaming Apps running on Android TV platforms. Only very specific devices, noted below can run the Amazon Video App properly.

1080p/4K Android Netflix / Amazon Video is only possible on media players boxes that include Widevine L1 & HDCP 1.x/2.2 support in device Firmware.
  • NVIDIA Shield (4K HDR Netflix / 4K HDR Amazon Video)
  • Xiaomi Mi Box (4K Netflix - no HDR)
  • Amazon Stick/FTV1 + FTV2 (4K) (Amazon Video)
  • Intel / AMD x86-64 computers with GeForce GT 1030 or later Nvidia graphics card solution running Win10, using either dedicated Apps or a Web Browser.
  • WeTek's Core (1080p touchscreen Netflix, audio is 2.0 only)
  • WeTek Hub & Play2** (4K Netflix with ATV ROM)
  • ** ATV Netflix on Play2 also allows 5.1 Audio via SPDIF, joining the Amazon FireTV1 that can also do this.
  • Apple TV4 & 4K TV5
  • MECOOL M8S Pro + (S905X) (1080p Netflix with 3rd party Android TV Firmware)

Anything else will only give you 480p Netflix and you will not even be able to install the Netflix App from the Playstore. Working 1080p Amazon Video is even rarer, and limited to FireTV boxes and the Shield.

Quote:And, can this little thing play hd-audio formats such as dts-ma or dolby true-hd?

99% of cheap AMLogic boxes running AMLogic Android Marshmallow Firmware are the worst possible combo you can buy.

They will have:

NO DTS or HD Audio passthrough
Broken Kodi Krypton Refresh switching
No 720/1080p/4K Netflix or Amazon Video
Darker than normal picture outputs with AML S905X/S912 due to buggy Firmware
Usually poor WiFi

People usually buy those boxes and run LibreELEC Kodi Krypton on them entirely from an external microSDHC card.
That way virtually everything then works properly for Kodi.

If you do not need Android Kodi refresh switching for ultrasmooth video playback the Xiaomi Mi Box (USA Spec model MDZ-16-AB) is far superior to ALL the budget AMLogic Marshmallow / Nougat boxes on the market.

Only Android boxes that have proper working Android Kodi Krypton dynamic refresh switching for ulrasmooth video playback are the NVIDIA Shield, MINIX U9 and WeTek Hub / Play2.
The Amazon FireTV's cannot output 23.976fps for smooth 24p video playback. (busted since a recent Firmware update)


Messages In This Thread
The right box for me - by tyem - 2016-01-13, 15:29
Jesus Box - by kellyvb - 2016-03-04, 20:18
Thanks for the Help! - by jmc15john - 2016-11-09, 16:44
Jarvis crashes and wipes - by gotthis2000 - 2017-01-10, 22:14
RE: Jarvis crashes and wipes - by nickr - 2017-01-10, 22:58
T95Z Plus Android TV Box - by gooner1971 - 2017-03-17, 13:04
RE: START HERE - Pick the Right Kodi Box (updated September 2017) - by wrxtasy - 2017-09-22, 04:16