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Minix and Netflix, HBO etc

Discussion in 'General - Guides and FAQ' started by tesla, Oct 3, 2014.

  1. tesla

    tesla Member

    Hi there Minix.

    I have a question regarding especially the Neflix apps, and also HBO and Viaplay.

    I've now tested all of my 3 Minix units, the x5, x7 and x8-h and they all have big problems with all of these apps, everything from lagging pictures, freezing pictures, syncing problems with sound and pictures, and extremely bad resolutions.

    The strangest thing here is that I've also tested these apps on different phones - that I might add, are nothing compared to the specs of the minix units, but they all work perfectly on all my phones. How is that even possible??

    The phones tested are all samsung galaxy, 2pcs "trend plus" with a dualcore cpu, and also 2pcs "trend" with a singlecore cpu.

    I see that the x5 has a dualcore cpu and a quadcore gpu, the x7 has quadcore of both and the x8-h has quadcpu and octocore gpu - how is it really possible that these units of yours have all of these problems but some small phones don't??

    It's really a nut if you ask me.
  2. Higgs

    Higgs Yellow Dude Super Moderator

    Have you tried connecting your phone to your large-screen tv to see what kind of resolution you get?
  3. tesla

    tesla Member

    No that's not possible as far as I know, the phones only have a microUSB plug.

    And by the way, my TV is just a 15" pc monitor. And maybe I also should mention that the apps for the Norwegian Broadcast channel (NRK) work almost perfect on all of my Minix units.
  4. Muroka

    Muroka Member

    • Try to watch el fuente in all devices. Unless your device is DRM protected you will see max framerate 1750. If you will not reach this with minix x8 you have to update to beta 8.
  5. tesla

    tesla Member

    El fuente, what's that?

    As to the x8-h, it's not having any hdmi signal at the moment, waiting for a fix or something from minix.

    How is this going to help me with Netflix etc?
  6. Muroka

    Muroka Member

    In Netflix, El Fuente 60:MP10 it is
    Shows resolution while you watch.
    In PC and Wdtv I get 5800 frame rate.
    In minix x8-h with beta 8 I get 1750
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2014
  7. mandroid

    mandroid Member

    El Fuente whats the apk
  8. WeK05

    WeK05 Audio Visual Master Specialist

    El Fuente: 60 MP10 and Example Short: 23.976 are two Netflix video clips that have bitrate overlays showing the resolution and bitrate in realtime. By playing these clips you can get an idea what Netflix streaming resolution/bitrate can be achieved on a device/network.

    The bitrates for 1080p Netflix are 4300 and 5800 kbps. 720p bitrates are 2350 and 3000 kbps. 480p bitrate is 1750 kbps.
  9. lianne graymar

    lianne graymar New Member

    How do I get HBO and other movies? I can not find the app I have Netflix on my Neo x8-h ... also PBS and kids tv?
  10. WeK05

    WeK05 Audio Visual Master Specialist

    Since you are asking about PBS channel, I am assuming you are in the US. HBO and Netflix are paid subscription services. In the US, you can get HBO Go only if you subscribe to HBO with your cable TV provider. PBS has an unofficial app in Google Play Store. However, the app is so bad that it is almost impossible to watch anything on it. Kids TV - is it PBS Kids?
  11. Lynus Hee

    Lynus Hee New Member

    Has anyone tried running HBO NOW on the Minix Neo X8 plus? I can see the interface but when I try to play the videos the screen becomes blank. I can hear the audio but no video. Any idea what is the problem?
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2015
  12. junk1

    junk1 New Member

    I have the same problem with HBO Now on the X8-H Plus. I get a few seconds of video, after that the video gets stuck and I only get audio. I have tried both WiFi and wired, with the same result.
  13. Michael D Gones

    Michael D Gones New Member

    Same problem here. HBO Now works perfectly on my X8-H, but on my X8-H Plus, I can navigate the menu, then I only get audio while watching videos. Tried a factory reset, didn't help.
  14. junk1

    junk1 New Member

    It works on your X8-H?

    Strange; I have both an X8-H and X8-H Plus and HBO Now does not work on either one. In both cases I get a few seconds of video and then a total freeze, while the audio keeps going. It's not my router -- HBO Now works fine on my Android phone as well as an Ipad.

    I wonder what's the difference between my X8-H and yours...what firmware version do you have? Also, do you hook it up to a TV or monitor with an HDMI cable?
  15. Ernstan

    Ernstan New Member

    My Minix X8-H has the latest updates. HBO Now still freezes after a couple of seconds of video. It runs just fine on my tablet. Any ideas of what might be causing this issue?