Many recent TV boxes with digital TV tuner ship with Android, and run a custom DTV app to watch live TV. However, most ships without Dolby and DTS licenses, so you may end-up without audio for channels broadcasted with AC3 audio only, and if you’ve gotten used to Kodi TV interface previously you may want use it again. One workaround is to have Tvheadend or CESBO media server running in the device, and configure Kodi to use Tvheadend HSTP client to stream the video within your device. I’ve tested such video streaming on U4 Quad Hybrid recently since it’s enabled by default, but there’s no guarantee it would work with all Android DVB receivers. Another options is run version of OpenELEC with support for tuners, such as Vitaley S’ Vitmos 2.0 RC3 for Venz/VideoStrong K1 Plus based on Amlogic S905 processor. [Update: Vitmos 2.0 RC5 for K1 Plus DVB Combo tuner]
Instructions are in Russian, but if I understand Google Translate correctly, you simply need to download vitmod-os_v2_rc3.img.gz, uncompress it, and dump the image (sdcard.img) to an SD card with Win32DiskImager or dd, insert the card into the device, go into recovery one, and after K1 Plus will boot OpenELEC from you micro SD card without affecting the Android installation.
The image also supports Enigma2, VDR and Neutrino-MP applications. Bear in mind that this has only been tested in the DVB-S2 version of K1+ [Update: Actually it might be K1+ with DVB-S2 tuner found in K1 (Amlogic S805)], and the DVB-T2/S2 combo version I reviewed previously may not be supported. In case you already own the previous model K1 (Amlogic S805) with DVB-S2, there’s also a Vitmod firmware for that, and Freaktab members confirmed it was safe to try.
If you own one of the K1/K1+ TV boxes with tuner, and have tried one of Vitmod image already, your feedback is greatly appreciated.
Thanks to Natsu 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.