The TV PLUS Box
The TV PLUS Box: the first box is included in the Starter Package. You can have up to 5 boxes in your TV PLUS subscription.
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The TV PLUS Box
The TV PLUS box is an Android-based Quad-core device. It is powerful, fast and super-small. It features 4K HEVC (H.265) decoding with full 4K (UHD) resolution.
- Based on the powerful ARM Quad Cortex-A9 CPU.
- Runs on Android 6.0.x .
- Super small dimensions (104 x 104 x 24 mm).
- No fans, totally quiet, very low power consumption.
- Features H.265 and H.264 as well as VP9 decoding up to 4K UHD (e.g. 4096×2160).
- Easy-to-use Remote Control with learning capability. You only need the TV PLUS remote, even for your TV!
The box comes to you in a colorful carton, including:
- The TV PLUS box
- Remote control with batteries
- Quickstart manual
- HDMI cable and Ethernet cable
You need a TV PLUS Subscription in order to watch TV and have access to the VoD store. Instead of purchasing this item if you do not yet have a TV PLUS subscription, please purchase the complete TV PLUS Starter Package.
|Dimensions||32 × 22 × 12 cm|
The TV PLUS Box (10)
Firstly, you only pay for the LIVE TV subscription once, but you can use up to 5 boxes at the same time for the one subscription price.
Secondly, you can have one box in your living room, one in your bedroom and one in your weekend home. So you can enjoy the whole content yourself, wherever you are.
Thirdly, you can have one box for you, one box for your spouse and one for your kids, and all of then can watch a different TV show at the same time. You just need to have “enough” Internet to watch on multiple boxes at the same time. The rule of thumb is: 5Mbit/s (Megabits per second) per box.
And finally, if you order a movie or record a TV show, all your boxes will have access to those items. In other words, you can start watching something in the living room and continue tomorrow morning in your study or on Sunday in your weekend home.
Just about anywhere, provided you have cables which are long enough to connect to your TV and the Internet. You do need to be able to see the box (or at least its infrared receiver window on the front) because the remote control works with infrared signals.
You should not need to. In the carton you will get the following:
- a 3-meter Ethernet cable for the Internet
- a 2.5-meter HDMI cable for your TV
- the power supply
- the remote control with batteries
- a quick start guide to help you connect everything
The should be enough to start you off immediately.
No. The box comes to you already enabled. Just connect it and enjoy. No password needed for both the TV PLUS and the HollyStar VoD services.
The only exception is the Netflix App: to use it, you need to already have or open a new Netflix account (best done on the computer). On the TV box, you’ll need to enter your user name and password once, and the box will always keep you logged on.
There are 2 possibilities:
1 ) Our remote control has 4 programmable buttons on the top right (Power, Source, VOL+ and VOL-). They can be programmed to control your TV or your A/V receiver, as the case may be. Just point the TV’s remote to ours, execute some keystrokes and the TV PLUS remote will now control the needed functions of your TV.
2) The TV box supports various functions of the HDMI CEC protocol. This just means that the TV and the box can talk to each other over the HDMI cable. So you can program the TV to turn off or on the box when it goes off or on. Or vice versa.
In both cases: you’ll basically need just your TV PLUS remote.
There are more manuals, of course. As we constantly add new features, we prefer to keep the manuals online and updated to the latest status. You can always download the manuals as PDF and print them if you prefer.
The manuals are made available under /Support.
…and we hope you’ll find the TV box so easy to use that you won’t need a manual.
We make software updates available to you free of charge. The TV box constantly checks for updates but it will never interrupt you with messages or start an update out of the blue. You may notice a message when you start the by connecting the power cable (a.k.a. cold start), but you can skip the message. The TV box will then download the update in the background and perform the update when you go to standby.
If you prefer to do an update manually, the download takes about a minute on a 50 Mbit/s connection and the update itself takes less then a minute.
The TV PLUS box is fully compliant with the current CH and EU energy efficiency norms. It uses about 4W in full operation and around 0.5W in standby mode.
If you are not using the box for about 3h it will automatically go to standby to conserve energy and your Internet bandwidth. To wake up from standby, the box typically needs about 4 seconds after you press the power button.
Incidentally, the cold boot (when you connect the power cable) takes 30-40 seconds, so that’s fast too.
We currently have about 90 HD (high-definition) channels. The quality is excellent due to the careful selection of technologies used.
The SD (standard definition) channels are similar in quality to a good DVD.
4K (UHD) quality is currently available for select Netflix and Youtube content. Unfortunately, the TV industry is not producing a lot in 4K due to its high cost, but that will come.
Yes, and it can be used in an “emergency”.
But we discourage the use of WiFi for watching TV. It is Ok for small handheld devices, but due to the extremely variable performance, using WiFi when connected to a 50′ screen will produce deteriorated picture quality from time to time. It depends mainly on your installation, distance to the WiFi station, presence of metallic objects, etc.
We definitely recommend using a wired internet connection with an Ethernet (a.k.a. RJ45) cable. If you are unable to pull an Ethernet cable to the location of your box, we recommend the use of so-called Powerline plugs. They are relatively inexpensive, very easy to use (just plug them into your power outlet) and require no setup or maintenance. Powerline devices use your electrical wiring in the home to transport the Internet signal from your router/modem to the location of your TV PLUS box. They are made by Devolo, Fritz!, Netgear, Zyxel and many others and readily available in stores and online.