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.
- 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.
[Update: Another model with similar specs, Venz T2, is already listed on Aliexpress for $60].
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.
31 Replies to “Videostrong K1 is a Quad Core Android TV Box with a DVB-T2 Tuner”
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
Ah I see now. The title is Amlogic S805, but the description is AML8726-MX.
Hard to know what it is exactly then.
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).
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.
Does it feature TVheadend server with XBMC/Kodi support on Android?
Does DVB-T2 tuner can be used as DVB-C tuner like this Astrometa device?
Since this TVHeadend thing for Android appears to be quite new, I’d assume not, but hopefully in the future.
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.
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.
Couldn’t find mention of 2GB RAM on manufacturer’s page 🙁
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 !
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.
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.
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
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 !
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
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
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)
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 .
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
oh nice, I didn’t know it
when we can expect the KII
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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/
OpenELEC for Venz K1 : http://freaktab.com/forum/advertisers-and-vendor-support-area/venztech/495642-firmware-openelec-for-k1-dvb-s2
this device is optional bluetooth what should I do to have bluetooth
the DVB S2 version at 68 USD, very very nice 🙂
But T2 is $9 more…
I wonder if this is a mistake?
Seems that I have one of Videostrong’s S805+DVB pcbs. Never toyed with it…
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..
did you get to play with your K1 finally ?
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
Do this device process HEVC by dvb-T2 tuner?
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.