Android boxes have been all the rage for the last few years as they provide so much in terms of movies, TV shows, live TV and thousands of apps. A lot of people are getting them to stream TV with as they do not need a satellite dish and run using your internet connection only. We are big fans of android boxes as you might notice from our past posts but are they the best alternative to getting subscription free TV?
Another big hit here in Ireland (and in the UK) are dreamboxes. A dreambox is essentially a satellite TV receiver based on the linux platform that allows you to get free satellite TV channels without having to pay a monthly subscription. So what is the difference between a dreambox and an android box. Well a dreambox works with a satellite so you must have a satellite dish in order for it to work. Most homes now have a satellite dish so this is not the end of the world. Functionality wise the dreambox is a TV box and is superior to an android box. The android box is essentially just an android computer that can stream TV but a dreambox is a TV receiver and is geared towards giving you a great TV experience.
With a dreambox you can record live TV programs to a hard drive and rewind or pause live TV which you cannot do with an android box. You also have a 7 day EPG (TV guide) and although there are TV guides for the android box they are not as slick as this and can be frustratingly slow at times. Many people are also used to using Sky TV boxes and an android box is more of a computer so the change over can be a bit tough at first. Some websites such as dreambox Ireland load the Slky skin and it looks and acts like a Sky box so it is very familiar to the end user and there is even a skin similar to that of Sky’s TV box.
So whilst both are great it really depends on what you are looking for in the box. If you are looking for apps and movies and TV shows on demand then an android box is the way to go. But if you want a free TV setup then I would definitely recommend the dreambox.