I’ve tested several Android TV boxes based on AMLogic AML8726-MX dual core processor including GBox Midnight MX2, Tronsmart Prometheus, or Jynxbox M6, that sell for about $90 to $120. Today I’ve been informed that Geniatech ATV1220 offers about the same hardware specs as the aforementioned devices, but adds a DVB-T tuner, and sells for $95 on ChinaVasion, or $99 on Mygica e-Store (Geniatech comsumer brand).
- SoC – AMLogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 @ 1.5 GHz + Mali-400 GPU
- System Memory – 1GB DDR3
- Storage – 4GB NAND flash + SD card slot
- Video Output – HDMI 1.4a, composite
- Audio – HDMI, stereo audio via RCA connectors.
- Antenna Input – Compliant with DVB-T, Frequency: TV 48.25 ~ 863.25 MHz.
- Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with external antenna
- USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
- Misc – IR receiver, network and status LEDs, and power button
- Power Supply – 12V/1.5A DC
- Dimensions – 168(L) x 132mm(W) x 21mm(T)
- Weight – 402g
The box comes with an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and an IR Remote Control (CR2025 battery not included). The remote on Mygica and ChinaVasion appears to be different, not sure why. You can also control the device via your Android or iOS device using “Geniatech Air Remote” app. This media player runs Android 4.1, and is said to support XBMC, DLNA and Airplay.
As a side note, I’ve just read AMLogic hardware video decode has recently been added to XBMC Android nightly builds, so all AMLogic devices should be officially supported in current development builds and in the upcoming XBMC v13 (Gotham) release.
You may find more information on Geniatech ATV1220 page.
Thanks to onebir for the tip.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.
14 Replies to “Geniatech ATV1220 Dual Core Android TV Box with DVB-T Tuner Sells for $95 and Up”
Ah, what a pity… Almost exactly what I’m looking for, except there is no antenna output, meaning you need to split (and weaken) the antenna signal if you want to feed another device, e.g. a TV…
Ah well, let’s wait for next generation devices with HEVC support then…
Erm… I’ve looked deeper… Geniatech page seems out-of-date, as there’s no antenna on their image of the avt1220:
And on the device presented here, the optical S/PDIF is absent, and I don’t think the coax ones can handle this. So no S/PDIF output on this one either…
I spotted this one, cheaper and includes a DVB-T2 tuner : http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Mini-PC-Smart-Andorid-DVB-T-TV-Box-Media-Player-XBMC-Amlogic-8726-MX-HD-1080P/1596092824.html
I wonder if this can work as TV Headend server. Quite low on cost compared to some dedicated solutions.
Are you planning to shop for it then? If you have ordered (and received) it, what’s your experience with it? I’m very curious about the DVB recording part.
As for the TV Headend part, this system being Android, I fear there might be some hoops to go through… But it would be lovely to, potentially, control it from xbmc.
@kurosu Also interested in how people get on with this (& similar devices), since I’m sick of cable, but not sure of getting a DVB-T dongle working with on an ARM Android/Linux box that doesn’t officially support DVB-T 🙂
@onebir I wouldn’t be confident either, you never known whether the device has support for a given dongle in its kernel, and building it probably requires lots of effort (finding proper version of gcc and kernel etc)
Note: I already have this one from a French importer, but the device is so very slow… Little memory, slow ethernet (I have android devices on 802.11g behaving better and I expect nothing better with this one), 800MHz single core… And some weirdness with internal memory making most xbmc build fail to properly index the library. On the other hand, I was pleasantly surprised that my 2.5″ USB-powered HDD worked at all, although plugging an USB device affects the DVB quality.
OK, sorry about the repetitive posts, but checking the manufacturer, they have a 2nd similar device. The form factor is a bit different, same CPU (MX vs M6, but I guess both are dual email@example.comGHz). There’s some faint “AV” and “Coax” for some plugs, but not sure it’s actually this, so there may not be actual S/PDIF.
One thing to note, is that for this device which seems similar to the one linked by CSylvain, there are screenshots of XBMC menus with PVR.
The manufacturer has no feedback, but the correct details, screenshofts & co make it appealing.
Tvheadend backend PVR server have not yet been ported to Android so XBMC can’t use the TV tuner or?
Would be a very interesting box for cable-cutters XBMC could access the TV tuner on same Android box!
Look for this one with antenna support. Trying to get it months ago,finally they send a email that the device its fully working.
I will try to having for the next couple weeks.
I’m not interested in DVB-T (encrypted DVB-T2 flies at these premises, government mafia sells receivers to people at 3x chinese price), but recently bought Amlogic MX DVB-S2 box, and it arrived as NY present. Verdict: core Android functionality works ok, but when going to DVBPlayer and starting satellite scan, it hangs/locks up. Yesterday I connected serial and figured that kernel crashes due to DVB driver being not properly initialized. F%ck. So, it’s either really botched firmware or broken hardware. Now need to figure what to do – torture seller for another firmware (which can be even worse), send it back or fight for partial refund. Usual chinashopping fun ;-).
@Rafael, videostrong.com website down or wrong url?
videostrong.com works for me.
Ah they setup their DNS or website wrong because http://www.videostrong.com works but http://videostrong.com without the www does not work, and I tested that with http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com