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Videostrong K1 is a Quad Core Android TV Box with a DVB-T2 Tuner

There are several Android media player with a digital TV tuner on the market, such as WeTek Play, but most, if not all, are based on Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 processor, and so far, I have not seen quad core Android TV boxes with a built-in tuner. This is about to change thanks to Videostrong K1 an Android 4.4 media player powered by Amlogic S805 quad core processor, and an optional DVB-T2 tuner.
K1_OTT_TV_BoxK1 OTT TV Box specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S805 quad core Cortex A5 processor @ 1.5GHz with a quad core Mali-450MP2 GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3 (512MB, 2GB as option)
  • Storage – 4 or 8 GB NAND flash (Options: 16 or 32GB), micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4, AV (Composite and YPbPr supported)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Tuners – DVB-T2 Tuner with RF In and Out
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual band optional), and optional Bluetooth
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, power LED
  • Power – 12V/1A

The device runs Android 4.4 with XBMC pre-installed, and comes with an IR remote control, a power adapter, an HDMI cable, and a user’s manual. I could not find any details about the included software for DVB. Compared to devices with AML8726-MX, you should probably expect similar CPU performance, but the GPU will be much faster, and the system will also support H.265 /1080p hardware video decode.

Amlogic_S805_DVB-T2I found the information on Shenzhen Videostrong’s Alibaba page, and based on the board name “VS_S805_…” they should really be the designer and manufacturer of the board, and not only a reseller. The factory price listed on Alibaba is $25 to $35, but usually a tuner may add about $10, and since Amlogic S805 based boxes like MXQ-S85 go for $50, I’d expect the tuner version to cost around $60 retail.

[Update: Another model with similar specs, Venz T2, is already listed on Aliexpress for $60].

Via AndroidPC.es

  1. CSylvain
    January 30th, 2015 at 13:14 | #1

    I posted this box model on the forum Wetek 😉
    However your link Aliexpress is a MX model (Android 4.2.2) :
    CPU: AML8726-MX Up to 1.5GHz ARM Cortex Dual-core A9 + 1080P Media+Dual-3D

  2. January 30th, 2015 at 14:02 | #2

    @CSylvain
    Ah I see now. The title is Amlogic S805, but the description is AML8726-MX.
    Hard to know what it is exactly then.

  3. Chris
    January 30th, 2015 at 15:06 | #3

    Have you tested this box does it work? can you use the PVR functions from XBMC/Kodi ?
    Missing Wifi 300N.

    Would love to have one of those if they work the Europe (Netherlands).

  4. January 30th, 2015 at 15:11 | #4

    @Chris
    I’ve just found it online. If I get one I’ll review it, but I have not been contacted to review such device yet.
    I think PVR from Kodi is very new, just the latest development, so currently they probably use a separate app.
    In the past, people have usually been disappointed with DVB apps in Android -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/05/22/unboxing-of-hd18t-android-media-player-with-dvb-t2-tuner/#comment-197090

    That is except with Wetek Play which has done a decent job with their WeTheater app.

  5. Harley
  6. sam
    January 30th, 2015 at 17:01 | #6

    Hi,

    Does DVB-T2 tuner can be used as DVB-C tuner like this Astrometa device?
    http://www.dx.com/p/mini-dvb-t2-usb-dvb-t-t2-c-digital-tv-receiver-w-fm-dab-antenna-white-black-283237

  7. January 30th, 2015 at 17:31 | #7

    @Harley
    Since this TVHeadend thing for Android appears to be quite new, I’d assume not, but hopefully in the future.

    @sam
    I’ve noticed DVB-T2 tuner are often sold as supporting DVB-C too. I don’t know the technical reason (yet), so I’m not sure a DVB-T2 tuner will always support DVB-C, and for this product in particular I just don’t know.

  8. CSylvain
    January 31st, 2015 at 01:27 | #8

    @cnxsoft
    Never read images, as they are often misleading 😉 :
    Processor : Dual Core Cortex A9
    GPU : Dual Core Mali 400

    The S805 is Quad core Cortex A5r4 with a Octo-core Mali-450MP.

  9. onebir
    January 31st, 2015 at 01:59 | #9

    Couldn’t find mention of 2GB RAM on manufacturer’s page 🙁

  10. CSylvain
    January 31st, 2015 at 08:46 | #10

    I do not know if it’s a scam, but by searching Alibaba, I came across this model “S812 / DVB-S2” : http://sdmctech.en.alibaba.com/product/60076639798-221841497/2014_best_and_hot_DVB_S2_Android_TV_Box_HbbTV_Beenius_S812_Quad_Core_4K_Verimatrix_Playready_Smart_TV_Box_DV7810_S2.html

    In the specifications, it says HbbTV, and CAS Support Conax, Novel SuperTV CA.
    I have a little trouble believing it !

  11. January 31st, 2015 at 17:19 | #11

    @CSylvain
    Recently Geniatech wanted to send me S802/S812 TV boxes for review, but since I’ve tested this type of device several times, I looked for something more interesting and found:
    ATV1820 – http://geniatech.com/pa/atv1820.asp?vd=rj
    ATV1826 – http://geniatech.com/pa/atv1826.asp?vd=rj
    Both of which have DVB T2/S2/C, ATSC, or ISBT tuners, however they don’t seem interested to send those boxes, so they must not be quite ready yet.

  12. January 31st, 2015 at 17:25 | #12

    @CSylvain
    About DV7810-S2, they’ve repeated the CAS Support Conax, Novel SuperTV CA support on other pages including the product page and their blog. They also have DV7810-T2 (DVB-T2) and DV7810-IS (ISBT), but I assume with these features they don’t sell to individuals, and they must target content providers.

  13. CSylvain
    January 31st, 2015 at 23:10 | #13

    @cnxsoft
    Thank you for all that information !
    I think many model will emerge soon, I look for model S812 because Wetek we deny that the S805 was less powerful than the MX, otherwise they do not plan to make a version S805 : http://www.wetekforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=127#p1630

  14. CSylvain
    January 31st, 2015 at 23:23 | #14

    @cnxsoft
    It looks serious their product, I found the official page : http://en.sdmctech.com/index.php/Products/content/id/74
    Can you educate yourself for the HbbTV ?
    If it is included in their firmware because it interests me !

  15. Rafael duarte
    February 1st, 2015 at 03:10 | #15

    I have waiting for this type of boxes mostly with ATSC,videostrong representative has been send some email for over a year for dual core and right now quad core in amlogic, but I think this type of devices are not ready yet a%100 for the show

  16. TC
    March 16th, 2015 at 05:42 | #16

    @cnxsoft
    most DVB-T2 demods are C cabable too, as they have to support QAM anyway,
    so they just make a hybrid ic instead of taping out multiple chips

    however,
    1. they not always can demod QAM256 which is used in some regions
    2. the tuner must be able to tune on C frequencies (hybrid T/C tuner)

  17. March 26th, 2015 at 15:58 | #17

    This model is Mass production already on the 2015. Jan , Both for Android dvb t2 and android dvb s2 , under Amlogic 805 CPU , now we plan to do other tuner , Like ATSC , and ISDB-T And for Cuba DTMB tuner already mass production.

    Any suggestions please put forward it , we will continue to make it better .

  18. March 26th, 2015 at 16:09 | #18

    @CSylvain

    I am Miranda from Videostrong,

    Yes, you are right,this is our PCBA board, and the K1 is our private model, we have do:
    1. K1 S805 quad core tv box
    2. k1 S805+ DVB-T2
    3. K1 S805 + DVB-S2(with cccam/newcam/biss option)
    4. K1 S805+ DTMB, and later will do with other DVB optional

    except that, we have do our another private model:

    KⅡ: Android S812 quad core tv box:
    1. wifi: 2.4G,5.8G
    2. rj45: 1000M
    3. 2G/8G(16G/32 optional)

    Any question, pls be free to contact with us
    Skype: tosuccecss01

  19. natsu
    March 26th, 2015 at 18:51 | #19

    @Miranda—-Videostrong
    oh nice, I didn’t know it
    when we can expect the KII

  20. April 8th, 2015 at 16:22 | #20

    @natsu
    the KⅡ is already now!
    with dual wifi antenna, 2.4G8G,

    On HK fair we will show our newest product! including the Android + Dual tuner+AV IN/HD IN Recording

    HK Electronic fair Spring Edition
    Booth No.: 3E-C17 ( Wanchai)
    Date :13–16 April 2015

    Welcome to visit us!
    any question, pls be free to contact with me
    Miranda
    skype: tosuccess01
    whatsapp: + 86 15914078579

  21. CSylvain
    April 11th, 2015 at 08:29 | #21

    @Miranda—-Videostrong
    Thank you for your response, we look forward to one day see this box for public sale ?
    I have been contacted by a manufacturer, which gave me the documentation on this box, I relayed to the manager of this site : http://www.cnx-software.com/2015/03/12/dv7810-t2-is-a-quad-core-dvb-t2-android-receiver-with-a-ca-slot-conax-and-novel-supertv-support/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDuUHK4OI1k

  22. basilis
    May 23rd, 2015 at 03:17 | #23

    this device is optional bluetooth what should I do to have bluetooth

  23. natsu
  24. onebir
  25. August 13th, 2015 at 23:26 | #26

    Seems that I have one of Videostrong’s S805+DVB pcbs. Never toyed with it…

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/2w7d28lq869dfis/2015-08-13%2018.17.59.jpg?dl=0

  26. mdel
    March 16th, 2016 at 19:26 | #27

    @cnxsoft
    do you have the specifications for the k1 “S2 only” tuner ?

    Apparently the “DVB S2 only” tuner module (from K1 DVB) has linux support whereas the S2/T2 does not.
    It’s hard to understand russian translations but that S2 module may also works on K1+ (s905) box and there seem to be an image for that unofficial combo, no idea how you would build it though besides buying both boxes.

    Of course having an openelec image for your hardware in no way guarantees that it will work fine, especially when dvb hardware is involved. And not having a reliable support (1 forum member that made an image once) will probably stuck your software in time..

    The K1 DVB S2 can be found at 50e at the moment, so the risk is somewhat limited..

    @Stane1983
    did you get to play with your K1 finally ?

  27. TC
    May 19th, 2016 at 02:11 | #28

    @sam
    I’ve noticed DVB-T2 tuner are often sold as supporting DVB-C too. I don’t know the technical reason (yet), so I’m not sure a DVB-T2 tuner will always support DVB-C, and for this product in particular I just don’t know.

    DVB-T2 uses a range of bandwith and modulation like DVB-C

    there are still some bits different, otherwise Astrometa wont offer two drivers for T2 OR C

  28. Morris S.
    September 19th, 2016 at 02:33 | #29

    Do this device process HEVC by dvb-T2 tuner?

  29. September 19th, 2016 at 10:36 | #30

    @Morris S.
    I could not test it myself, since in my location I don’t have TV channels with HEVC, but I know that over DVB-S2, Amlogic S905 TV boxes with tuner can handle 4K HEVC @ 60 fps.

  1. April 9th, 2015 at 20:10 | #1