"A box in every home in America!"
This was a semi-quote made by Jim Carry in the movie, "Batman Forever;" as he was eluding to a media box that brought you into your shows.
This MXQ box won't do that. But, with what it can do, don't be too surprised if you turn into a video zombie from using it. Quite honestly, there is virtually nothing you cannot see, or find regarding television shows, when using this box
Its called "the MXQ media box" and its just one of many peripherals available which allow you to stream your favorite TV shows, News, sports, movies and even international shows, right to your television. For those not familiar with it or what it can do, just think of the Amazon Firestick, XBox Playstation 4 and other devices that make your TV "smart." But with this, think of it as super-soldier steroid smart!
General usage of the box allows you to stream the standard stuff like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube and even torrent-based streaming apps like Showbox. But, what makes this box so special is that it allows you to access the operating system software app, Kodi - or a true window to your world.
However, Kodi is just the "operating system," in a sense. The MXQ and most boxes are "jail-broken" or modified to operate third-party applications, making them more powerful and accessible to additional content. There are several different modified applications out there; far many to name here. However, since Kodi allows open-sourcing of their software, the jail-broken apps range from the brilliant to the pathetic in what they offer.
We tested one version on the box called, "the Beast." And assuredly, its name was a very accurate description of what it could do.
The app accessed several jail-broken options, and additional content to include: new and old theatrical movie releases, current and past television shows, music, games and also international news, sports and programming. All this was available to us at startup, plus additional stuff we hadn't even discovered -- yet.
As stated, we only managed to play around with "the Beast" Kodi hack app, but so many more exist out there. But we can say, and without any hesitation, that this box was worth the cost of acquisition. We found no significant problems with it (you must have good wi-fi, or plug-in directly via Ethernet), content availability was astounding and it updates itself constantly. However, reception of your local television stations isn't possible, unless they stream online. A simple, quick-fix is an HD antenna, available virtually anywhere.
And though several would consider this vast open access piracy, others would say a freedom of entertainment information should be absolute. Especially, when it comes to online content. Much like with photos and music, once its out there, its out there. And probably much like the outcome to stop music piracy played out, not much can be done. Or in other words, "looking for a song these days? Try Youtube!"
To close, understand, Kodi itself doesn't condone piracy, but they also state, "We always say we don't care what our users do with the software, and we stand by that position. But we sure do hate it when companies destroy the name of our software in order to make a profit."
Nicely said from a "player" who really doesn't hate the game. To that we say, "play the game to win and think about cutting the cable, for a box!"