Set-Top-Box Questions (General FAQ)

Can I use this box with an older TV?

It depends on the connections that your TV has, more than the age of the actual TV itself. As long as your TV has an HDMI port, then any streaming device I’ve ever reviewed on this site will work. (For more on what an HDMI port is and what it looks like.

Can I use a VPN with device?

Absolutely. I recommend using a VPN with any streaming device. Not only can you get access content that might be restricted based on where you live, but you’ll protect your sensitive personal data as well. What Internet speed do I need for streaming?

It depends on the picture quality you want and how many TV’s you’ll be watching at any one time.

According to Netflix, a low quality, standard definition video will use about 300MB per hour of streaming, per television. Once you start streaming in high definition (HD) quality, that number goes up quickly. HD streams can use up to 3 GB per hour, per television. 4K video can be over double that amount!

In general, figure on at a bare minimum, you’ll need an Internet speed of 5 megabits per second coming to your streaming device. Keep in mind, that the more devices are on your home network, the smaller a piece of the pie is available for your streaming device.

Does a streaming device work in my country?

Absolutely. Streaming devices will work anywhere in the world. The content that is available will change, based on your location, however. That’s one reason why I recommend a VPN to get around the geographic restrictions (geoblocking).

Do I need a Smart TV to use a streaming device?

No. A Smart TV is a streaming device itself, actually. What makes the TV “smart” is the ability to access content from sources like Netflix, YouTube or Plex. A separate streaming devices may give you access to channels that your Smart TV doesn’t have, or it may give better performance. But if you already have a Smart TV, you only need a streaming device if you’re not getting everything you want from your TV.

Android TV boxes FAQ

What TV box should I get?

It depends on what you’re looking for and how comfortable you are tweaking the box. Most Android TV boxes are not “plug and play.” Most will need some configuration and regular maintenance to get them to work correctly. Think of it like getting an oil change in your car.