Mecool KI PRO Hybrid Android TV Box with Amlogic S905D SoC, DVB-T2 & DVB-S2 Tuners Sells for $80

VideoStrong has become popular among people wanting an Android TV box with a tuner thanks to their affordable and customizable products such as K1 Plus T2 S2, or KIII Pro coming with DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2 tuners. AFAIK, all there products so far came with a single demodulator meaning you could watch or record satellite or terrestrial TV, but not do both at the same time, for example watching a channel via DVB-S2, and recording one via DVB-T2. Amlogic S905D is supposed to support this, and upcoming products like Sen5 Android set-top box do come with two demodulators. Mecool KI PRO – based on the processor – has just been launched, pre-selling for $79.99 on Banggood with shipping scheduled for mid May.

Mecool KI Pro specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905D quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with  Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR4
  • Storage – 16GB eMMC flash + micro SD card slot up to 32GB
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0a up to 4K @ 60Hz with support for HDR10 and HLG, and 3.5mm AV (composite video) jack
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV (stereo audio), optical S/PDIF
  • Video Codecs – 10-bit H.265, and VP9 Profile 2 up to 4K60, H.264 up to 4K30, AVS+ and other codecs up to 1080p60
  • Tuner – DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2 tuners with two connectors
  • Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.1 LE
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, IR receiver
  • Power Supply –  DC 12V/1A
  • Dimensions – 130 x 120 x 32 mm
  • Weight – 163 grams

Another advantage of the device is that it runs the latest Android 7.1 operating system. The interface looks the same as with older devices, so I’d expect the same DTV app to be used in the box. KI Pro ships with a HDMI cable, a remote control, a power adapter, and a user manual. You may be able to find (more or less accurate) details on the manufacturer’s page.

Thanks to Natsu for the tip.

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Ygor Almeida
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On vídeo strong page it also shows some dvb-c and dvb-c + dvb-s2 combo.

But i cant find those on any site.

Also dvb-t2 specs meets all the information and reqs for dvb-c. Does anyone know if that dvb-t2 does work with C (cable)?

On previous Unit here at cnx i saw some posts about dvb-c improve on newer app dtv on Android and tvheadend while in libreelec.

Any clue about this?

Ovi
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Ovi

@Ygor Almeida and @cnx

https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZIRTNZnFiK5iDXH3VdGhLNVpQErJbUhlHV

There is the latest DVB apk with support for DVB-C included.
It is coming straight from VS engineers

CampGareth
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Hmm, do these things do ‘freesat’ properly? I’ve had one TV with a DVB-S2 but no freesat and it picked up every channel without prioritising my local broadcasts, e.g. Russia Today was channel 1, not say BBC 1.

Ygor Almeida
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In fact when you scan it follows sat order. And you can edit and sort channels by your self. But some pids change and etc. FTA channels are like this.

so
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so

without native linux DVB drivers compiled for Android 7.1 as a generic option, and only a single app that talks the closed API in that DTV app… then it’s not going to sell on mass for use with the many 3rd party linux DVB apps and transcoders, streamers etc…

CampGareth
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@Ygor Almeida
Except when I got a “proper box” later it had the localisation thing sorted, physically local channels appeared earlier in the list. That’s probably only possible with an online service for assistance. So do these boxes have access to one?

theguyuk
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theguyuk

@CampGareth
There is a box on ebay uk claiming freesat in name but what it actually does who knows. It also runs Android 6.0

Freesat GTT DVB-T2 Android 6.0 Amlogic S905D 1G+8G Wifi 1080P Signal Receiver

Nikos
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Nikos

Is there a variant of this box that works with dvb-c? If so where/how can i order one?

Thanks!!!

Ovi
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Ovi

Imo this box is pretty ok price / performance wise

Andrew Davies
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Andrew Davies

Freesat is the trademark of a joint venture between the BBC and ITV and, as such, will probably not be available on these type of boxes.

I have just set up (I was too lazy to bother before) a Wetek Openelec box running Tvheadend to show what appear to be the Freesat channels. EPG now starts on BBC 1 and runs through the UK channels in what appears to be a logical manner.

http://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=217719

This is for Tvheadend running as a backend and Kodi as the frontend. I have no idea what the boxes above will be running so this may well not be a viable solution in this case.

As a side note, my Wetek Openelec box has been rock solid since I set it up. It’s only running as a backend, I have multiple frontends around the house to stream to, but it’s not needed a reboot in about a year and records to my network share without issue.

Arthur Frayn
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Arthur Frayn

@CampGareth
“Hmm, do these things do ‘freesat’ properly?”

Freesat is a proprietary service using a proprietary EPG. so why do you expect a device which is not a licensed “Freesat” box to do “freeat properly”?

As with all “free-to-air” (non-proprietary) boxes, you need to do a scan and then edit the resulting services according to your own preferences, or in the same order as the Freesat EPG if you feel compelled to conform to the dictat of the Freesat consortium.

This may be inconvenient but the huge advantage is that you will be able to see all the extra free to air stations (and iin the EPG positions which you choose) which do not pay the exorbitant fees to be included on the Freesat EPG.

Some people may actually prefer to see for example BBC4 HD on EPG position 4 rather than Channel 4 SD or whatever the Freesat consortium insists that you must watch on that EPG position.

dano
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dano

Power Supply – DC 12V/12A ?

Steve
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Steve

Freesat uses a proprietary EPG (and has lots of bouquets so that different areas get the right regional versions of channels on the right EPG channel number) It uses proprietary Huffman compression to carry EPG data. (As does Freeview HD – but not SD)

It IS reverse engineered (TV Headend supports it) – but i suspect selling products with support for it could be legally dubious, and is only relevant to the UK market.

Ron
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Ron

My guess is that Wetek Play 3 would use S905D.
It’ll be commercial within a few months.

rebeL
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rebeL

@Ron, from where did you get this info? Did Wetek3 will have Audiosound passthrough? Oherwise I will buy this cheaper Mecool…

Ron
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Ron

@rebeL
As I wrote – this is MY GUESS.

It’s very probable. I don’t see why not!

To be more precise, , it’s rather logical to assume that it would have S905D-H (with HDCP for Netflix etc).

Mr Netflixer
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Mr Netflixer

All these Single Tuner Boxes are pretty useless as Networked PVR setups for a Home TV viewing Network.
There simply are too many limitations when it comes to Recording and watching TV using a Single Tuner if you are using Multiple TV viewing clients at the same time.

Cheap USB Dual Tuner PVR networked setups using LibreELEC Kodi media builds (backported DVB drivers), are now very do-able on stock standard AMLogic S905(x) Hardware.

ovi
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ovi

Seems this box got DRM for Level1 widevine and mostlikely in few days will have the netflix HD app running HD content

titou
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Problem with gamepad Works well with k2 pro
As for k1 pro did not work problem driver
How to add it ?
Is there a new software ?

Miranda Chen
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Miranda Chen

Latest news:
KI PRO is: Android 7.1, DVB-T2+S2 +C,
already got DRM widevine level 1,
and have HDCP

linuxman
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linuxman

Anyone have this tv box for confirm that this information is true?

titou
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Where is the software android 7.1 ?
my box k1 pro android 6.0.1 !!!

blackie
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blackie

What tuner is inside?

titou
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dvb s2 t2

Miranda Chen
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Miranda Chen

@titou
yes, the first version is Android 6.0, now have updated to Android 7.1, and with DVB C

Ovi
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Ovi

im testing the nougat version for k1 pro and seems to work very nice.Waiting on Netflix HD app … VS engineers working hard to achieve it.

pk
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pk

KI_PRO_AVL6862-NMF26Q-20170519.183520.V0321.img
http://www.mediafire.com/file/dsblq20l4b40z6h/software.rar

blackie
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blackie

If I order one now, will I receive Android 6.0 or 7.1 model?
Can Android 6.0 model be updated to 7.1 and activated to DRM widevine level 1?

Ovi
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Ovi

@blackie

Yes you can update to android 7.1.1 with DRM widevine level 1.
You will need an USB to USB father – father cable and the amlogic burning tools

blackie
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blackie

Can be that the DRM keys are already included in the boxes available for pre-sale?
Or we have to wait until some “final revision of box” with DRM keys is released?
Does anybody know the answer or can some box owner check the DRM status with “DRM Info” application from Google Playstore?

pk
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pk

KI PRO Android 7.1.1
Build.prop
——————————————
# begin build properties
# autogenerated by buildinfo.sh
ro.build.id=NMF26Q
ro.build.display.id=KI PRO-userdebug 7.1.1 NMF26Q 20170519.183520.V0321
ro.build.version.incremental=20170519.183520.V0321
ro.build.version.sdk=25
ro.build.version.preview_sdk=0
ro.build.version.codename=REL
ro.build.version.all_codenames=REL
ro.build.version.release=7.1.1
ro.build.version.security_patch=2017-02-01
ro.build.version.base_os=
ro.build.date=Fri May 19 18:35:20 CST 2017
ro.build.date.utc=1495190120
ro.build.type=userdebug
ro.build.user=weizhongyi
ro.build.host=vstrong3
ro.build.tags=
ro.build.flavor=p21x-userdebug
ro.product.model=KI PRO
ro.product.brand=Amlogic
ro.product.name=p21x
ro.product.device=KI_PRO_S905D
ro.product.board=p21x
# ro.product.cpu.abi and ro.product.cpu.abi2 are obsolete,
# use ro.product.cpu.abilist instead.
ro.product.cpu.abi=armeabi-v7a
ro.product.cpu.abi2=armeabi
ro.product.cpu.abilist=armeabi-v7a,armeabi
ro.product.cpu.abilist32=armeabi-v7a,armeabi
ro.product.cpu.abilist64=
ro.product.manufacturer=Amlogic
ro.product.locale=en-US
ro.wifi.channels=11
ro.board.platform=gxl
# ro.build.product is obsolete; use ro.product.device
ro.build.product=p21x
# Do not try to parse description, fingerprint, or thumbprint
ro.build.description=KI PRO-userdebug 7.1.1 NMF26Q 20170519.183520.V0321
ro.build.fingerprint=Amlogic/p21x/p21x:7.1.1/NMF26Q/20170519.183520.V0321:userdebug/
ro.build.characteristics=mbx,nosdcard

# ntpServer
persist.ntp_time.one=0.europe.pool.ntp.org
persist.ntp_time.two=time.nist.gov
persist.ntp_time.three=0.north-america.pool.ntp.org
persist.ntp_time.four=asia.pool.ntp.org
persist.ntp_time.five=time.asia.apple.com

#the prop is used for enable or disable
#DD+/DD force output when HDMI EDID is not supported
#by default,the force output mode is enabled.
#Note,please do not set the prop to true by default
#only for netflix,just disable the feature.so set the prop to true
ro.platform.disable.audiorawout=false

#Dolby DD+ decoder option
#this prop to for videoplayer display the DD+/DD icon when playback
ro.platform.support.dolby=false
#DTS decoder option
#display dts icon when playback
ro.platform.support.dts=true
#DTS-HD support prop
#ro.platform.support.dtstrans=true
#ro.platform.support.dtsmulasset=true
#DTS-HD prop end
# Enable player buildin
media.amplayer.seekkeyframe=true
media.amsuperplayer.enable=true
media.amplayer.enable-acodecs=ac3,eac3,rm,dts
media.amplayer.enable=true
media.amsuperplayer.m4aplayer=STAGEFRIGHT_PLAYER
media.amsuperplayer.defplayer=PV_PLAYER
media.amplayer.thumbnail=true
media.amplayer.dsource4local=1
media.amplayer.dropwaitxms=100
….
# Define drm for this device
drm.service.enabled=1
….

namecito
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namecito

@pk

Does the box work well? Any fault?
Image quality satellite channels?
Cccam emulator works stable?
Audio ac3 works?
Thanks

iptvDeluxe
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iptvDeluxe

@Miranda Chen
Where can i buy the new version (with Android 7.1, DVB-T2+S2 +C and DRM widevine level 1) of this tv box?

@cnxsoft
Thank you for your hard work 🙂 Maybe you can review this tv box too?

blackie
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blackie

@Miranda Chen
Dear Miranda, is the version supporting DRM L1 already on sale somewhere?
It seems that first batch of Android 7.1 boxes selling on Banggood doesn’t support Widevine L1 yet…
According to status of “DRM info” application from box owner here: https://forum.libreelec.tv/thread/2722-8-0-2a-libreelec-8-0-builds-for-ki-plus-kii-pro-ki-pro/?postID=51319#post51319

namecito
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namecito

blackie :
@Miranda Chen
Dear Miranda, is the version supporting DRM L1 already on sale somewhere?
It seems that first batch of Android 7.1 boxes selling on Banggood doesn’t support Widevine L1 yet…

Interesting. I want to know too

andrea
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andrea

Hello,
i’ve just seen this interesting box with Amlogic S905D.

i’d like to really check if the DTS HW decoding feature is there. anyone knows?

is the offering for a free sample to be tested still available? i have some knowledge about digital television, some spare time and a motorized dish too..

BTW i’m italian, so some kind of proofreading would be needed, eventually..

@cnxsoft

Mr Netflixer
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Mr Netflixer

drm.service.enabled=1
….

This does NOT mean Widevine Level 1 DRM support. And I doubt this box will ever have it either.
And I seriously doubt HDCP will ever come with these cheap boxes – that costs money and the profit margins on this type of hardware do not justify it.

Be aware those looking for 1080p Netflix – there is no way it will work on this box. You need actual Netflix Hardware Approval and I’ve never seen Cheap Chinese sourced AMLogic boxes come with Netflix approval.

Miranda Chen
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Miranda Chen

yes, Android 6.0 update to Android 7.1, need to use USB to USB father – father cable and the amlogic burning tools
New KI PRO is with widevine level3& level 1, comes with HDCP key and HDCP key burned at factory,
They are producing now, haven’t on sale somewhere, will come soon…

Stanner
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Stanner

Hi, Miranda!
I receive my KI Pro from Banggood with firmware 7.1.1 (NMF26Q.20170510.173954.V0321) on board – it have HDCP keys in box?
And thank’s Videostrong for fast support, i receive by my request latest KI_PRO_AVL6862-ota-20170519.183520.V0321 for recovery (https://yadi.sk/d/WRzrVAlf3K4xwu)

namecito
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namecito

@Miranda Chen
Hi, Miranda Chen
We would like you to let us know here when these new boxes are on sale. Do you have an approximate date?
Also how can we differentiate the new ones with level 1 from the old ones to level 3
Thanks.

peterpan
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peterpan

@namecito

There is an flash sale on gearbest for this box happening now [1] but not much of an discount if compared to the price ( $80 ) posted here in early May ( would have expected $60 to be a flash price ) and similar price on the device on geekbying as well [2].

There is also a youtube review here [3] but not a teardown which might have highlighted if the device had to be so bulky in design ( too bulky for my taste to have in the living room compared to other tv boxes slick design )

1. http://www.gearbest.com/tv-box-mini-pc/pp_629409.html?wid=21
2. http://www.geekbuying.com/item/Mecool-K1-PRO-2GB-DDR4-16GB-eMMC-DVB-T2-DVB-S2-DVB-C-TV-Box-380010.html
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VWxSUjqLEo

namecito
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namecito

@peterpan
But does have gearbest box level 1?
Thank you

Miranda Chen
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Miranda Chen

@Stanner
Hi, I think your box didn’t support HDCP, when it’s ready, I will publish here 🙂

Miranda Chen
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Miranda Chen

@namecito
Hi, I think this two weeks the last software will be ready, to differentiate the new ones with level 1 from the old ones to level 3 could check the sw version, the new last sw will be June, not May.

namecito
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namecito

@Miranda Chen
Thanks.

Then same hardware but different firmware? The same version of hardware board?
So, Can I buy now and upgrade with the new firmware to have it?

witchy
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Can someone please give a link to the TWRP 3.1.0.0 found in https://4pda.ru/forum/index.php?showtopic=827387&st=80

Garik
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Garik

@witchy
thanks Pily_W
TWRP (S905D) KI Pro DVB-S2/T2/C
https://yadi.sk/d/vZnQliyQ3KReqo

witchy
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@Garik
thanks,please give a link to tiartop_dtv.zip