VidOn Box runs a custom version of Android XBMC

August 22, 2014
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A new Android XBMC powered set top box is up for pre-order called the VidOn Box. One of the big features of this set top box is that it has a low price with pre-orders underway for $49 right now. The device can run Android apps along with a custom version of the XBMC called VidOn Media Center.

Owners can also run apps from the Google Play Store on the set top box. A custom home screen is designed to make it easy to navigate the menus on a TV screen. The hardware portion of the set top box is $49 as I mentioned, but the company offers a subscription service that gives users some premium features with support for Blu-ray movies and backing up data from Android or iOS devices.

One downside to the set top box is that it does appear to require a monthly subscription on top of the $49 purchase price for the hardware. The normal price for the monthly subscription is $3.99 monthly, but when it is ordered with a VidOn Box device, you can get an entire year bundled with hardware for $72.88.

Inside the set top box hides an Allwinner A31s ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core CPU, PowerVR SGX544 MP2 graphics, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The box has an integrated Ethernet port and WiFi along with USB 2.0, HDMI output, and S/PDIFF. An integrated IR receiver lets the box work with an included remote.

VIA: Liliputing


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  • Achilles Odysseus

    Why buy this when you can use XMBC on your Apple TV for free.

    • Jayce

      Official XBMC doesn’t have 1080P hardware decoding.

      • Ryan

        yes it does, and has done for a while now. These people are charging a subscription for access to a free piece of software with a few logos changed. There are better boxes out there for cheaper.

  • GW Norman

    or just buy something like ouya or mojo or fire tv

  • joemack

    A quad core Android-on-a-stick that plugs into HDMI and has built in Wifi and 2-3 USB ports (so you can plug in your choice of controllers, remotes, keyboards, cams, external storage, even ethernet) runs all of $50 on ebay or amazon. It will run XBMC reliably. This is proven tech that’s been around for a few years now and the software + hardware have both evolved and become very robust, even with these cheap chinese made dongles. Paid “subscription” services are absolutely unnecessary here.