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MAG254 - What can I use it for, does it compare to IKS?

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MAG254 - What can I use it for, does it compare to IKS?

I sold my FTA years ago, I never did IKS.

Can anyone tell me what I can do with this? Is this a streaming box that will just stream currently available torrents? Or does it do more and how does it compare to IKS?

Image quality is important to me, will it provide full 1080P HD? I'm guessing no 4k.

Are the menus easy to use, kid friendly, good DVR functionality?

I read threads that say you need an account, who's the best provider and what does it cost? Is it one time fee, monthly, yearly?

Where is the best place to order online?

Thanks
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Quality is around 720P, don't expect high quality 1080P or 4K yet. 4K is coming with the new H.265 boxes, but is still several months away before it becomes mainstream.

Menus are easy to use; generally kid friendly. Don't expect DVR to work as it is not enabled by most providers.

For a provider, I'm pretty happy with IPTVSubs, but there are several other ones out there, including private resellers with their own servers.

To buy a MAG254, you can pick one up at your local reseller: http://www.infomir.eu --> Where to buy
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coolspot wrote: Quality is around 720P, don't expect high quality 1080P or 4K yet. 4K is coming with the new H.265 boxes, but is still several months away before it becomes mainstream.

Menus are easy to use; generally kid friendly. Don't expect DVR to work as it is not enabled by most providers.

For a provider, I'm pretty happy with IPTVSubs, but there are several other ones out there, including private resellers with their own servers.

To buy a MAG254, you can pick one up at your local reseller: http://www.infomir.eu --> Where to buy
How does this compare to those streaming boxes? I think I've seen them referred to as Kodi before, I'm not sure if it is the same thing or how it differs?
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you can get it from Amazon.ca and test it out...return if u dont like it...i think it is $100 and no tax..bought 1 last week

i can help you to get one day free trial for iptv if u r interested to try it yourself..
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if u want Kodi and nice interface IPTV, then go with AVOV...again u can get it from Amazon to try it out..
Rockstead wrote: How does this compare to those streaming boxes? I think I've seen them referred to as Kodi before, I'm not sure if it is the same thing or how it differs?
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kiasu wrote: if u want Kodi and nice interface IPTV, then go with AVOV...again u can get it from Amazon to try it out..
Sorry, I'm not entirely sure what I want.

Does the MAG254 support Kodi?

Is Kodi the best for streaming? Are the streams just the same streams of current torrents and just saves me time from downloading torrents and I can just stream instead?

Since I'm streaming, would I still need a DVR? Or can I just resume watching from the last streaming location?

Does Kodi require any paid subscription?

I already have a legit Direct subscription, so I'm happy with reliable content.

This would be more for newer movies, or shows I missed.
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Rockstead wrote:
Is Kodi the best for streaming? Are the streams just the same streams of current torrents and just saves me time from downloading torrents and I can just stream instead?
Kodi is the platform that you stream with, the sources will vary (Castaway, SALTS, etc.) on selection, video quality and reliability. Some streams buffer a lot and you just have to pause and let it buffer, or find a new source.
Rockstead wrote: Since I'm streaming, would I still need a DVR? Or can I just resume watching from the last streaming location?
It automatically asks you if you want to resume or start from the start.
Rockstead wrote: Does Kodi require any paid subscription?
No, again, Kodi is the platform. The sources you want to add are usually free, but there are some paid subs.





Overall quality is 480p-720p, I do find some 1080p sources from time to time but not usually. I can't speak for the MAG and Kodi, since I use a Shield TV and SPMC(a version of Kodi).
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mag254:
- No kodi at all...strictly to IPTV
- Nice interface and good for non technically ppl like grandparents
- LAN and no wifi u may need to get dongle for wifi

AVOV:
- Nice interface for IPTV, good for non technically ppl
- Come with Kodi, good for technically ppl
- come with wifi but no AC


Rockstead wrote: Sorry, I'm not entirely sure what I want.

Does the MAG254 support Kodi?

Is Kodi the best for streaming? Are the streams just the same streams of current torrents and just saves me time from downloading torrents and I can just stream instead?

Since I'm streaming, would I still need a DVR? Or can I just resume watching from the last streaming location?

Does Kodi require any paid subscription?

I already have a legit Direct subscription, so I'm happy with reliable content.

This would be more for newer movies, or shows I missed.
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You can play media over USB or though LAN with the mag254 but it's very basic. It's by far the best box for IPTV imo. I have two, never had any problems.
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kiasu wrote: mag254:
- No kodi at all...strictly to IPTV
- Nice interface and good for non technically ppl like grandparents
- LAN and no wifi u may need to get dongle for wifi

AVOV:
- Nice interface for IPTV, good for non technically ppl
- Come with Kodi, good for technically ppl
- come with wifi but no AC
Okay but if AVOV does both Kodi and IPTV, wouldn't that be the better choice?

What other reason would someone choose the MAG254 over the AVOV?

Also, Kodi vs IPTV, which one would you pick and why.

In terms of buffering over Kodi, how much memory does the AVOV or MAG254 come with? Sometimes I go for the torrents that are 10GB so I can get the full HD and good sound, so I'm used to the quality.
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MAG254 is designed for only 1 thing: IPTV
(although it can also do youtube). You can load things on USB and or through LAN and play it.

MAG254 is the best experience you can have for IPTV - no lag. No settings. No tweaking. It works.

AVOV can do more - but for what I played around with, it does have lag when changing channels etc. If you changing multiple channels etc - it will get annoygin really fast (because of slow-responses) .

KODI is ok as a cheap alternative - but it certainly not as friendly / fast as MAG254 (especially for IPTV). You run into other weired issues with it - corruption (once in a blue moon), manage repositories / updates , hardware acceleration sometime is a blessing other time is a curse.

If you want live tv: Get mag254 - get paid subscription.

If you want a box to do everything? I will probably lean for android box but there is no "best" - its all relevant.
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Just to clarify as I don't think this was explained.

Kodi is an APPLICATION, it's software that runs on many platforms including Windows, MAC, Android. Kodi comes with built-in software clients (apps) that connect to IPTV servers/service providers much like a hardware solution. Kodi can do a lot more than IPTV like running your media library, music library, other applications etc.

AVOV is officially out of business so no need to muddy the waters.

Mag boxes are pure and simple IPTV clients, and that's all they do.
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Rockstead wrote: How does this compare to those streaming boxes? I think I've seen them referred to as Kodi before, I'm not sure if it is the same thing or how it differs?
Much better quality and reliability.
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I notice kijiji has several listing for MAG256 for about $100. I'm assuming this will be better then MAG254, since it supports HVEC. Anybody have MAG256 and how was your experience with it?
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lurker99 wrote: I notice kijiji has several listing for MAG256 for about $100. I'm assuming this will be better then MAG254, since it supports HVEC. Anybody have MAG256 and how was your experience with it?
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Contemplated between 254 and Android media box and opted for the latter - you never know how long this IPTV honeymoon will last, and the MAG only does IPTV and nothing else.

At least the Android has Kodi add-ons and the OS itself for other uses.
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chadw01 wrote: Contemplated between 254 and Android media box and opted for the latter - you never know how long this IPTV honeymoon will last, and the MAG only does IPTV and nothing else.

At least the Android has Kodi add-ons and the OS itself for other uses.
Why not get both. It seems that both serves different purposes and different user types.
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chadw01 wrote: Contemplated between 254 and Android media box and opted for the latter - you never know how long this IPTV honeymoon will last, and the MAG only does IPTV and nothing else.

At least the Android has Kodi add-ons and the OS itself for other uses.
IPTV is only in its beginnings, there is a potential long life ahead for it. Look at how long IKS lasted? IPTV has the potential to last even longer than IKS did which was a good 5+ yrs
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if anyone wants Mag254, I have one to let go immediately..come with receipt everything..
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chadw01 wrote: Contemplated between 254 and Android media box and opted for the latter - you never know how long this IPTV honeymoon will last, and the MAG only does IPTV and nothing else.

At least the Android has Kodi add-ons and the OS itself for other uses.
A media player for Android can also do IPTV too with an emulator app. Get a better branded one with at least 2B of RAM and the latest CPU and you should be fine.
MAG250/254 are basically cheap slow $30 boxes used for IPTV services being sold currently for around $100-$110 these days. Think of the MAG boxes as the now extincted PDAs compared to a smartphone or tablet.

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