WeTek Play Android & Linux DVB-S2 / DVB-C/T/T2 Receivers are Now Available for 109 Euros

I reviewed Wetek Play Android media player with a DVB-S2 tuner this summer, and although I found it pretty good for a dual core media player, and liked its PVR functions, more work was needed to fix several bugs, and improve “WeTek Theater Live TV” app. Several months later, they must consider their devices ready, as they’ve now launched their online store selling the DVB-S2 and DVB-C/T/T2 versions for 109 Euros, and a version without DVB tuner for 99 Euros, all including free shipping worldwide.
Wetek_PlayLet’s remind us of the specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 @ 1.5GHz with a dual core Mali-400MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4 GB NAND flash + 1x micro SD slot
  • Video Output – HDMI, AV (CVBS + R/L audio)
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Tuners – DVB-S2, or DVB-C/DVB-T/DVB-T2 depending on model with two antenna connectors. ATSC and ISDBT versions may also be in the works based on the released datasheet.
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi , and Bluetooth 4.0 (AP6210)
  • USB – 3x external USB 2.0 ports, 2x internal USB 2.0 ports (used by anti-copy USB token, and RF dongle for remote)
  • Debugging – Serial debug port
  • Misc – IR receiver, 3 LEDs for power, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, RS-232 port for serial console.
  • Power – 12V/1.5A
When I received WeTek Play package it included the media player, a 12V/1.5A power supply, a RS232 serial cable for debugging, a IR + RF remote, and a registration card to activate your device online. The retail package will include all that, plus an HDMI cable, and a multilingual Quick Start Guide.
Wetek_Play_DVB-T2
WeTek Play DVB-C/T/T2

Beside running Android 4.4, the company also provided me with some images for Lubuntu 14.04, Linux Enlightement, CyanogenMod, AOKP, OMNI ROM, and PanaroidAndroid, as well as CWM and TWRP recovery. But these are rather old, so I’d wait for the latest images on their Download page (now empty, except user’s guide). More recently, I’ve also received links to the latest OpenElec 5.0 and Android 4.2 images. You might also find more details on WeTek forum, where the Linux section is moderated by codesnake an active OpenElec developer. The device is also one of the rare Android media players to be get the Google GMS certification.

Further details can be found on WeTek Play product page.

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CSylvain
CSylvain
5 years ago

I think the price is too expensive, and that the work is easy enough to put on a MX because Amlogic no longer support DVB from versions M8.
Apart compatibility OpenELEC I find that there is no interest in buying it.

See also less expensive :
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/DVB-T2-Android-TV-Box-dvb-t2-Amlogic-AML8726-MX-1G-8G-Android-4-2-OS/32249294803.html
http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Android-tv-box-DVB-S2-Satellite-receiver-DVB-S2-tuner-Top-Set-Dual-core-Aml8726-MX/1758518613.html

adem
adem
5 years ago

AML8726-MX Thatt is Sooooo 100 years ago 🙂

CSylvain
CSylvain
5 years ago

I got screwed by my ambitions to use linux, their remote control would not be fit for just a TV using OpenELEC.
The links provided above include a TV remote …
Regarding the price, I made the conversion into euros, adding 25 USD, and I end up with a total of 74.93 Euros https://fr.finance.yahoo.com/devises/convertisseur/#from=EUR;to=USD;amt=74.9388

David
David
5 years ago

Do you know, whether there will be a future version sporting maybe a decent quad core with mali 450?

I really like the DVB-S2 integration, although hardware that makes casual gaming possible would be even nicer and make this a complete allround box.
Are there any other devices with this kind of hardware (quad core CPU, at least mali 450 and 2 GB of RAM) that support DVB-S2, Android Apps and XBMC/Kodi (not necessarily via Live TV in XBMC)?

I would be glad if any of you could give me some advice.

bye

kusta
kusta
5 years ago

WeTek is now listed at http://www.openelec.tv , so probably this device will be soon officially supported.

vpeter
vpeter
5 years ago

Yes, it will be officially supported. First Wetek then some other Amlogic based systems. And also 2 new i.MX6 based devices.

CSylvain
CSylvain
5 years ago

@David
Only Amlogic offers tuners “GPIO”, otherwise it is necessary to use “Tuner-USB”.
I asked a question similar to “Amlogic” and they answered me that will no longer support the versions “M8”.
There is an interesting project that was born (E2BMC) which is developed by Korean (luka.tv), a video was released recently :
As against the price of the “Mutant HD2400” is very uplifting, I hope one day a box “ARM” like this !

http://www.opena.tv/mut-nt-hd2400/11940-erster-alpha-test-xbmc-kodi-public.html
http://www.opena.tv/mut-nt-hd2400/8760-preview-video-xmbc-kodi-auf-der-mut-nt-2400-hd.html

anon
anon
5 years ago

I bought cheap DVB-S2 at last year’s AliExpress sale. It locked up on sat channel scanning. I had dispute with the seller for a month, at the end with 3rd firmware they sent to me it didn’t lock up. I didn’t have sat installed yet though at that time. It tool few month to get dish installed, and then turned out mediaplayer doesn’t detect any sat channel. Couple of weeks later, after soldering serial, turned out they sent me hacked DVB-T firmware. Searching interwebs, many people who bought the same-looking cheap model had the same problem with lockups, no matter… Read more »

kusta
kusta
5 years ago

I found more images of WeTek Play through polish website dobreprgramy http://imgur.com/a/HQrcd

Harley
Harley
5 years ago

Codesnake are working on OpenELEC support

https://github.com/codesnake?tab=repositories

WeTek say that they are working on XBMC / Kodi too

http://www.wetekforums.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=19

They claim to have applied to become a project sponsor

http://kodi.wiki/view/WeTek_Play

Harley
Harley
5 years ago

E2BMC is still violating the GPL refusing to release code for their fork of XBMC / Kodi

kusta
kusta
5 years ago

@Harley

I checked out, they are Diamond sponsors of Kodi/XBMC

http://kodi.tv/xbmc-sponsor-page/

David
David
5 years ago

@CSylvain Thanks! Sadly though, ~350€ for the HD2400 is much more than I am willing to spend. Plus I won’t be able to play games on it. But do you or does anyone else know which Android box features the best hardware AND is capable of using a USB DVB-S2 tuner or has one builtin? I have a Technisat SkyStar USB HD which I wanted to use with my Raspberry Pi, but – as it turned out – the Pi was not capable of being the TVHeadend server and XBMC client simultaneously without severe lags. Is there any AML platform… Read more »

kusta
kusta
5 years ago

@David

In that case You need WeTek Play without tuners, and to install OpenELEC 5.0 and connect Your tuner by USB to WeTek Play and to use it in combination with tvheadend.

David
David
5 years ago

@Jean-Luc Aufranc (CNXSoft) @kusta Thanks for your replies! I guess I will have to wait for a more powerful device that has a builtin tuner and supports dual booting. It does not really matter to me, whether I can use the LiveTV functionality of Kodi, so Kodi as an Android app OR an Android app that supports my tuner would just be fine. Maybe I will just wait for the DV7810-S2 http://en.sdmctech.com/index.php/Products/content/id/75 to show up for private customers or as Jean-Luc suggested for a Vigica device (any specs yet? An Android solution like the WeTek Play would just be awesome!).… Read more »

droidelec
droidelec
5 years ago
CSylvain
CSylvain
5 years ago

@droidelec
Not even a line on the thank you codesnake which has done a tremendous job, certainly with much difficulty. 🙁
Aside from him, no one has managed to do a version AML.

CSylvain
CSylvain
5 years ago


Thank you for this great news 😉
I hope that also add support DVB-CI+ because the offer DVB-S2 without interface CAM or even smart card, it is useless for those wishing to watch pay channels.

droidelec
droidelec
5 years ago

@CSylvain

Well I think he work’s at WeTek.

fossxplorer
fossxplorer
5 years ago

Will it be possibl, using this device, to stream channels received through the “antenna” cable to others using internet?

Harley
Harley
5 years ago

I will wait for a newer version of WeTek Play that is build on AMLogic S805 or S812 instead.

@CSylvain Pretty sure that Codesnake is a member of the OpenELEC project now?

vpeter
vpeter
5 years ago

Harley, yes he is. And also droidelec is correct.

Trubain
Trubain
5 years ago

@adem

I think what a lot of people seem to be missing (Obviously including you) with the AML8726-MX, is stability.
Such a rush for the quad core and octa core etc. Give me a stable device over a rushed one any day.
iPhone 6 plus uses the same tech from an ‘old’ Note. But you can’t fault iOS, it’s smooth and fluent.
I’m not comparing the two, but as far as Chinese Android boxes go, the AML8726-MX is consistently the most stable. S802, S805, S812 devices aren’t yet. And i abhor Rockchip for now.

natsu
natsu
5 years ago

finally, the first DVB S2 S805 in the market, I just saw it today on aliexpress, it’s VENZ K1, seems very nice but the price is steep for an s805 STB hopping for a 60 USD max for it’s kind of devices, but it finally moving in the DVB S2 front, hopping just for an openelec port on the device

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/VENZ-K1-Quad-Core-Android-DVB-S2-CCCam-Newcamd-Biss-support-1gb-8gb-set-top-box/1047716_32297511843.html

Miklos
Miklos
5 years ago
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