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Xtreamer SideWinder4 is an XBMC Android TV Box with a DVB-T2 Receiver, and Google Cast Support

February 17th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

Xtreamer, a Hong Kong based company specialized in digital media products, is now taking pre-orders for Xtreamer SideWinder4, an Android media player powered by AMLogic AML8726-MX dual core processor, featuring a DVB-T2 receiver, and pre-loaded with XBMC and Cheapcast Chromecast emulator.

 

Xtreamer_SideWinder4

Let’s get right to the specs:

  • SoC – AMLogic AML8726-MX dual core ARM Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz with Mali-400MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND Flash (32M bit nor flash + 32Gbit MLC flash), micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4
  • Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 + optical S/PDIF. Dolby & DTS 2ch output, 5CH & 7CH pass-through
  • Connectivity – 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi with AirPlay, Miracast and DLNA support, 10/100M Ethernet
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Power Supply – DC 5V, 2A power adapter (CE, FCC, CCC certified)
  • Dimensions – 18 x 8.2 x 3.5cm

Xstreamer_SideWinder4_ConnectorsThe device runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2, and comes with an air mouse (remote control), an HDMI cable, a 5V/2A power Adapter, a USB cable, adn a quick start guide. Interestingly, SideWinder4 appears to be modder friendly, as the company also mentions support for root access, and init.d scripting.  The firmware supports Airplay & DLNA by Airpin, CIFS mount, XBMC plugins & repo (Fusion, Xfinity and mashup pre-installed), and OTA Update, a features a setup wizard, as well as kids mode (parental control?). USB Camera should work with this firmware, as they recommend Logitech Cams for their device. They also have an interesting feature called PushBullet, that will show your phone notifications on TV.

It’s the first time I’ve heard about this company, but they seem to have been around for a few years already. Based on the specifications on their website, it feels like they know what they are talking about, as features such as  5.1 and 7.1 audio pass-through, CIFS mount, or init.d scripting are rarely mentioned in specs. I also like the fact they’ve gone with an air mouse, albeit simple, with their product, as standard IR remote are usually pretty much useless with Android, unless you only use XBMC. XBMC and corresponding plugins and Cheapcast can be installed for free on any Android devices, but it’s still nice to have them pre-loaded if you need a device that’s just plug and play. Bear in mind that Cheapcast will only provide some of functionality of Chromecast, but YouTube and Google Music should work. The company also has a forum, a download page (for firmware, nothing there just yet), and a Wiki with mods and source code, but only for previous products at this time, as SideWinder4 has yet to been released.

Xtreamer SideWinder4 is available for pre-order for 79 Euros (111.07 USD) including worldwide shipping with release scheduled for March 3, 2014. The price is relatively good compared to competing AML8726-MX Android STBs, considering it includes a DVB-T2 receiver, and an air mouse. Further information is available on Xtreamer SideWinder4 page.

Thanks to .jon for the tip.

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  1. Dan
    February 17th, 2014 at 15:38 | #1

    xtreamer are a company with a very shady reputation going back into the days of Realtek/Sigma based media players, most people avoid them.

    False promises, lies, forums were uses are banned for any even minor critic and terrible support.

  2. onebir
    February 17th, 2014 at 16:33 | #2

    @Dan :(:(:( this actually looks quite attractive from the specs. Unfortunate it’s only dual core & the bundled air mouse seems to lack a keyboard though…

  3. February 17th, 2014 at 17:02 | #3

    @Dan
    Thanks for the feedback, even though that’s disappointing. Normally companies with online forums should be better as there’s a least some sort of users’ support usually not found in many Chinese companies, and you have to rely on communities such as Freaktab or Arctablet for support.

    @onebir
    I’m pretty sure they’re no keyboard on the back. It would have been nice if the air mouse was an option for those who already have one.

  4. Harley
    February 17th, 2014 at 22:54 | #4

    Same comment for http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/02/14/android-tv-box-with-satellite-dvb-s2-support-sells-for-93/

    None of these DVB TV tuner receivers will however not work with XBMC yet since upstream Tvheadend back-end server have not been ported to run natively on Android

    https://tvheadend.org/boards/5/topics/10286
    https://tvheadend.org/issues/1921

    I would wait to buy any of these until there is an open source PVR back-end server available that is compatible with XBMC so that you can actually until the DVB tuner in XBMC.

    Again, also checkout Geniatech ATV1220 Android box and Geniatech PT115 USB DVB
    http://www.geniatech.com/pa/atv1220.asp
    http://www.geniatech.com/pa/pt115m.asp

    Geniatech ATV1220 can be bought for US $89.10
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Pre-sale-Geniatech-ATV1220-Enjoy-TV-Box-Built-in-DVB-T-Tuner-receiver-Dual-Core-Hybrid/1002912840.html

    Geniatech PT115 might only be on sale to OEM for bundling or rebranding? It is also branded as MyGica PT115

  5. Harley
    February 17th, 2014 at 23:12 | #5

    Oh, and Dan is right that Xtreamer as a company is a bit shady, becuase who else but a shady or unbelievably naive company would preinstall the “Fusion, Xfinity, and Mashup” addons/repositories for XBMC, as they are only installers for addons which contain illegal and pirated sources.

  6. .jon
    February 18th, 2014 at 14:28 | #6

    It’s true, that the reputation of this company is sub-par. Even to just read their forums one must register. However, for 79€ I feel tempted.

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