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.
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.
The 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
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.