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 http://www.digitalconnection.com/pro...eo/xroida1.asp


Minevox (formerly DVICO) released the new Android based TViX, the Xroid A1 media player featuring Sigma's SMP8656 chip. The new player will be based on Android platform, below are the key features though I expect not all will be fully implemented at initial release.


Most of these functions are being carried over from the current models, but the excitement is the browser and ability to use Droid Apps.


Android based movie/music/photo universal jukebox with DVD/BD backup

Android native web-browser

HDMI 1.3 with HD audio pass-thru

Install and run Android apps

One-click screwless HDD installation

e-SATA port

Supports cover-art user interface

User configurable user interface

TViXShrae supports sharing files between TViX users

Lossless music support (APE/FLAC/WAV)

Supports UPnP and IMS (Youtube, Picasa, weather)

Universal Jukebox function including DVD/BD backup

High definition user interface (720p) and scalable true-type vector font

Full HD 1080p resolution/streaming

Supports almost all formats of MPEG1/2/4 and Xvid and TS/TP/WMV9/H.264/RMVB-HD files

Decode and playback MP3/WMA/OGG/WAV/FLAC/APE

USB host port to connect digital camera, flash drive, external HDD

Ethernet supports NFS/Samba/UPnP

Supports both NTFS and FAT32 file system


My first question was if it will support 24Hz at release, and yes, that will be a functional feature. The A1 will also support wired or wireless USB keyboard.


Best news here is that Minevox is ready to jump back in with a Sigma based player. As we're getting close, this is a good time to get forum member feedback on what you want to see most on the A1. What say you?
 

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Any idea on the form factor/size?


Also, any knowledge about the remote/keyboard? Are we talking a traditional remote with the operator expected to plug in their own USB keyboard? something like Boxee's remote? something Like Sony's googleTv abomination? Etc.


Finally, with Android phones getting little love from Netflix, will this thing have any chance of Netflix?


Sounds interesting to say the least.


-Suntan
 

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Suntan,


I'm almost certain it will likely be the same form factor as the current S1, 8.5" (W) x 6.3" (D) x 2.16" (H) but don't hold me to it. I haven't seen the finished product yet, but it will also likely use the same remote...and you use your own USB keyboard.


I'm not sure about Netflix on the A1, I'll ask but I'm guessing not anytime soon as it's not in the initial specs. I suspect that since Realtek offers a Netflix module, it is likely to become available on the S1 much soooner than the A1.
 

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It's difficult to say....due to the type of Sigma chip it uses, this may not be a feature that will be available for BD. I personally rather that the player go straight to the movie rather than the menu, so if that is the most important criteria, this may not be the player for you.
 

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Ok thank you. Consider this scenario. Finding the biggest video is not the solution and this will not work. For example Inception has a behind the scene feature that adds the 40 minutes extras to the movie and it becomes 3 hours and something. So if the player thinks this is the movie, it will not work. This happened to me using MakeMKV.


Could you please tell the developers to consider adding the full menu support in a future product? I love Dvico products and have been using them for a long time, recently many players are coming out with full menu support like Netgear 550, but I would love to stay with Dvico if they incorporate this.
 

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Will this be able to play BD structures with full menu? This will be a must since many new players do this.

I also agree this is a must, I think it will make or break a player from here on out.
 

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I also agree this is a must, I think it will make or break a player from here on out.

It's unlikely as this is not one of Sigma's Blu-Ray chips.


In my experience, not everyone wants full BD menu navigation. In fact, I find it rather annoying to have to go throuh the process when I can simply hit the play button and watch the movie.
 

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I've been following the development of this player and other android based media players. It would be interesting to see how they work. Especially since android 2.2 and newer are resource intensive.
 

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Wonder why they decided to stick with only 10/100. That's kind of a let down.

That's likely a limitation of Sigma's SoC. (It's been that way for quite a while.) 100 Mbps is plenty fast for streaming Blu-ray, though.
 

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What I really wonder is how much they're going to price this thing? I really have no need for the internal drive bay, so I'd be more interested in a "mini" version of this with just the network and the esata port. Baring that, I think they're going to price it in ~ $200. In any event it looks like a much better solution than the non-existent Prodigy.


I just fired them off an email asking when it will be available in the US.
 

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Looking at the manual it certainly looks the most professional & competent Android player to date, Tvix have re-created their UI under Android and made it prettier in the process. Plus it has their nice web remote function which actually mimics the players UI in the web browser.


Tvix though are still clinging to that primitive jukebox for what are supposed to be premium players, they need to have at minimum something like XBMC's library mode which scans your media sources filenames and downloads all the data for you.


There is nothing in the manual about web browsing and only two pages devoted to the app market.
 

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OK, I am a total amateur here.

Not totally sure what I want.

I need to get rid of pay TV. I have OTA. I need to record. I need multiple TV connections.

The M6620NP looks like an option for these requirements.


I need Multimedia center to stream video or does the M6620NP accomplish this.


The new Xroid A-1 sounds cool.

Can it be connected to the M6620NP for distribution?

Can it be connected to various TV's? Looks like the connections are limited.

Do I need multiple units? Or would it be better to invest in a computer distribution center?


Any help and/or direction would be appreciated.


Thanks

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YouTube video showing the GUI. Read at MPCClub it'll be a Sigma chip, not Realtek. Seems like they dropped the OTA view/PVR capabilities like their previous players.

 

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 Review in Italian , through Google Translate.


* Sigma 8657 chipset with GPU built in.

* Uses Tvix appstore.

* Has APK installer so you can load other Android apps.

* USB keyboard & mouse are supported.

* Flash not supported in web browser.

* FTP server present, samba server status unclear due to translation.

* Possible built in coverart downloader but unclear due to translation.


Also the PR on the website seems to imply that there are more models coming.

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In IFA, TViX will show other specially-designed models keeping mega-trend of Android Platform featuring Giganet, 3D contents playback, Transcoding and etc implemented with different hardware models fulfilling customers'taste.

Divco really need to have their own official forum for Tvix products, pretty much every other major player does.
 
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