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Xunity Eclipse Android XBMC TV Box Can Stream Live TV, TV Shows, and Movies

There are many Android TV Box based on Rockchip RK3188 that are pre-loaded with, or least claim to support,  XBMC. Xunity Eclipse goes further as it promises to replace your satellite dihj or aerial TV with the ability to stream live TV, watch movies or TV shows thanks to their Stream platform which they integrated into XBMC.

Xunity_Eclipse

Here are the hardware specifications of the device:

  • Soc – Rockchip RK3188 (not RK3188T) quad core Cortex A9 processor with Mali 400 MP4 GPU
  • System memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage- 8 GB NAND flash
  • Video Output – HDMI v1.4. Resolutions: True 720p, 1080p, experimental 1440p
  • Audio Output – SPDIF Optical out, 5.1 DTS over HDMI
  • Connectivity -  Wi-Fi 802.11 n/g/b , 10/100M Ethernet Port
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports
  • Power supply – Data N/A
  • Dimensions – N/A

The device runs Android 4.2 (Jelly-Bean), supports NAND recovery via dedicated recovery button & CWM (ClockWorkMod) variant, and will be updated via over the air (OTA) updates. Support will be provided via their users’ forum.

Xunity_Eclipse_RemoteThe box will be sold with an HDMI cable, a power cable, and an RF Air mouse, “pictured” above, with a QWERTY keyboard on one side, and a standard remote on the other. I consider this type of input device a must for Android TV device, so it’s a welcome addition.

You can watch the promo video to have a look at the user’s interface, and iStream in XBMC for access to Live TV in various countries, watch movies and TV shows.

This all looks very nice, but does not seem quite legal. Here’s what the company claims about piracy, basically to defer claims to third parties:

The  Xunity  Team created iStream to use only legal sources of internet media. Xunity – does not condone internet piracy or usage of third party extensions which although providing alternate and plentiful sources can affect your user experience. Xunity  does not host any files, nor does it upload them. Therefore, it cannot be held responsible for the actions of others, uploads to third party sites, or anything beyond its direct control. Xunity urges all copyright owners, to recognize that actual files and virtual links are not contained within iStream and are located elsewhere on the internet beyond the direct control of Xunity. Please direct all copyright infringement issues to the companies and websites that index virtual links and host the files and who will be happy to comply with the DMCA.

Another concern is that I could not find any actual pictures of the device, although it is supposed to start shipping this week or next. Some people in forums have also complained about slow answers, but the company claimed it would improve once the device ships.

For more information, and/or if you’d like pre-order Xunity Eclipse for $149.99 or £124.99, visit xunitytv.us. The price looks fair considering a decent air mouse is included with the box, and the company seems dedicated to provide (OTA) firmware updates and support via their forums.

Thanks to CSilie for the tip

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  1. Dan
    April 20th, 2014 at 13:50 | #1

    Another box totally not at all intended for streaming pirated TV channels, honestly I kinda wish at this point XBMC team remove the plugin system that allows this it’s become a headache for them too, but it probably wont happen as it would impact legitimate users, though the rise of android kinda negates that as a means to access other content.

  2. Harley
    April 20th, 2014 at 16:37 | #2

    Xunity team are the same crazy people that was behind XBMCHub.com which are all about piracy, and they are also trying to decieve people into thinking that they are official part of XBMC by constantly sending announcement to the press claiming the are the main source of addons for XBMC, writting those announcement as cryptic so the press think that that their sites are offical XBMC sites.

  3. Brian
    April 20th, 2014 at 19:41 | #3

    Nice legal statement, having used iStream myself I’d love to know where all the legal content is??? Even the demo youtube video clearly shows that they are actively promoting and condoning piracy. Xunity have been hyping this box for the last 6 weeks with no 3rd party/unbiased reviews or anything. Main selling point is support, and yet they choose to ignore most of there customers asking questions on the forum who have already paid!? Very unprofessional in my opinion. I certainly won’t be purchasing this box, nor will I be recommending it to anyone….Even if the box is as good as they say, I’d rather not support such an arrogant bunch of people

  4. Alfred Braithewaite
    April 21st, 2014 at 05:58 | #4

    ” and will be updated via over the air (OTA) updates.”

    Is this a joke?

    The box does not have a tuner so how can it receive “Over The Air” updates.

    And who is going to be paying for either a terrestrial transmission network (in which country?) or a satellite platform provider (with beams to which countries?) to transmit an “Over the Air” update?

  5. April 21st, 2014 at 09:37 | #5

    @Alfred Braithewaite
    For this type of device, it may be a bit of a misnomer, but by OTA they simply mean firmware will be updated automatically via the network (Wi-Fi / Ethernet) instead of having to download and copy a file to an SD card to perform the update manually.

  6. April 24th, 2014 at 22:09 | #6

    Finally, there are some pictures of the thing: https://twitter.com/Xunitytv/status/459328190629294080/photo/1

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