BlueTV Review … TVPad 5 in disguise ?

Are you looking for an substitute to TVPad 4 ? Why not take a look at TVPad 5 ! Or… I mean the BlueTV IPTV Media Box

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BlueTV vs TVPad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lets find out what BlueTV is all about.

Overview

The BlueTV is another IPTV Android box marketed towards the Chinese speaking crowd. The box is manufactured by the same folks that created TVPad.

The manufacturers had stated the BlueTV will work out of the box for US region without needing any VPN/DNS solution. 

The Package

The BlueTV packaging is pretty standard among Chinese IPTV affairs. It comes with the BlueTV unit, remote, HDMI cable, power supply and a manual. The box packaging is rather plain, almost too ordinary (Perhaps they did this on purpose to lay low from TVB). It is worth noting that the model on the box states M425, following the TVPad model tree.

To no one’s surprise the dimension the unit is similar in size to TVPad 4. The IO ports are in identical position, although the ethernet port is upside down.

BlueTV vs TVPad4 ports

BlueTV vs TVPad4 ports

The only thing that sets the BlueTV apart is the remote. It reminisce of a AppleTV remote, it offers a very very simple user interface. A total of 11 useful buttons. Direction input, Enter, Power, Return, Home, Menu, Volume +, Volume -. This remote is definitely the most elderly friendly remote and probably my favourite remote out of all the IPTV boxes. The new remote does work on TVPad 4

BlueTV Remote

BlueTV Remote

The User Interface

Upon bootup, you are greeted by a minimalistic welcome screen similar to TVPad 4’s.

The setup wizard will guide you through the Language, Network (ethernet/wifi) and Timezone settings. Once the wizard is done you will be greeted by a “blank screen”. 

 

BlueTV Welcome Screen

BlueTV Welcome Screen

Similar to TVPad 4, the unit does not come pre-loaded with any apps. It is added via their proprietary app store. The app store is an improvement to the TVPad4’s though. It has a super simple one layer layout, so no more annoying categories to search for apps. The apps selection can be reached by going left or right.

App installation is a breeze, just click and install. Once the app is installed, the icon is immediately placed on the “blank screen”. After that just click-n-play.

BlueTV Blank Screen

BlueTV Blank Screen

BlueTV Apps

BlueTV Apps

BlueTV Apps 1

BlueTV Apps

BlueTV Apps

BlueTV Apps

BlueTV App Installation

BlueTV App Installation

 

 

 

 

 

The Apps

The main app for the BlueTV is called Storm TV. It is a consolidation of multiple apps on the TVPad4, 港粵網絡電視 (Cantonese),  寶島電視 (Taiwan), BETV (Mandarin). The layout is a little bit different but you get the idea… One thing you may like about Storm TV is that it does have separate version for English and Chinese. So if you are using the box for elderly parents, this may be a plus.

Storm TV Interface

Storm TV Interface

The app contains sub-categories of  Live, Playback, Drama, Variety, Movie.

Live

For Cantonese the Storm TV line up is basically the same as TVPad 4’s. TVB, TVB News, J2, J5, Peral, VIU TV, RTHK… etc

Since I don’t watch Taiwanese or Mainland TV I don’t know what channels are must haves. But check the video review…

All channels are smooth.

Playback

The playback contains 3 days playback of 34 different channels. See the screenshot below for the channel listing.

BlueTV Playback Channel Listing

BlueTV Playback Channel Listing

BlueTV Playback Channel Listing

BlueTV Playback Channel Listing

BlueTV Playback Channel Listing

BlueTV Playback Channel Listing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drama (VOD)

The Drama is Video-on-Demand of dramas. There are currently 7 sub-categories. Hong Kong (TVB, VIU TV, etc), Cantonese Dub (J2, J5 Korean/Japanese dramas), China, Taiwan, US (Chinese Subbed ala TVB Peral), Korea (Chinese subbed, not sure where it’s from), Hong Kong Classic

BlueTV VOD Lineup

BlueTV VOD Lineup

Variety

The variety category have the following categories: TVB, ViuTV, Cantonese Kids, Mainland, Taiwan, Concert, Cantonese Songs

BlueTV vs TVPad 4 vs HTV3 vs Ubox

BlueTV vs TVPad 4 vs HTV3 vs Ubox

Device Comparison

Is this an alternative to HTV ? Possibly… depending on your usage. HTV have more VOD content and tv channels (more English stations). But HTV have recently pulled their main Live tv app from their app store, so it’s a bit of a hassle to install it manually.

Is this an alternative to Moonbox M3S/HiTV? I would say so… It’s a known fact that the Moonbox have problems with it’s apps and also the device breaking randomly.

Is this an alternative to Ubox ? Absolutely! You don’t have to worry about stream going down daily

Here is my personal ranking of these units based on their stability and ease of use

TVPad4, HTV3, BlueTV – A (Super stable and easy to use apps)

Moonbox – C (Average-below average)

UBox – F (Absolutely horrible!)

Should I buy it ?

That’s the golden question isn’t it? I mean after the shenanigans they pulled with TVPad 1-3, should you still be supporting this company…

In my opinion, here’s the bottom line.

  1. The streams, VOD contents are top notch. It is among the ranks of HTV. If you want stable streams, this is a unit worth considering
  2. The TVPad parent company (啟創科技) doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. Despite what happened to the lawsuits, this company appears to be alive and kicking. Evidently they are basically following what I predicted they would do; rebrand themselves and business as usual.
  3. The interface is still among one of the easiest to use for elderly. Especially with the consolidation apps into Storm TV, it just made watching Chinese content a lot easier

Where can I buy it and how much ?

Before considering the price, you must give yourself the expectation that no unit will last forever. This includes TVPad 4, UBox, HTV3, BlueTV, Moonbox… etc.

What I generally advice forum member is to take the unit price and divide by 12 (1 years worth of service). This way you can see if paying $X amount per month for 1 year is worth it in case something happens to the service. Of course, there are chances of the service terminating before the year but that life…

You can buy the BlueTV for only $179 with free DHL shipping at our sponsor cntvpad.com

We highly recommend cnTVpad due to their contribution to the community. Their willingness to help forum members with devices that wasn’t purchased from them is exceptional (Link). Not to mention they are also an authorised seller of BlueTV as well. Which means you won’t get your unit deactivated due to a shady seller.

Looking for another device? Check out our HTV3 Review

Forum discussionhttp://tvpadtalk.ca/discussion/834/bluetv-review-vs-tvpad-4-htv3-ubox

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  • Eve NG

    Received my BlueTV last week, but I couldn’t watch it, picture quality not good, and it keep breaking up/lagging. Ask for help but until now still no answer, online support always off line.

    I can get the BlueTV in ebay for A$198, but I don’t mind paying more for cntvpad.com, because I though I would have a better warranty or services, unfortunately not – very disappointing.

    My BlueTV download speed is only 100/KB, sometime only 40/KB. I wonder do I need to change the IP, DNS and Gateway address to make it work, because with my old TVPad that helped. I have been writing to cntvpad.com for solutions, but all I get is a reply informing me my request (XXXXX) has been received. I just wonder is there anybody here that can help?

    • Padman

      How long ago did you send in your request ?

  • Kevin Yuk

    I’ve been using Unblock Tech Gen 2 since Jun 2015. Had two Gen2 and Gen2Plus. Also got one for my brother living elsewhere. They were unstable in 2015 to early 2016 with overloaded servers and frequent updates. However, they’ve been quite stable since then.

    Recently moved to a new home and my room doesn’t have aerial antenna line and I didn’t want to rewire from the living room; so I’ve been using the Unblock Tech box as my main source of television. It’s been relatively stable with occasional 0kb buffering on some channels; but the problem usually goes away after exiting the UBTV App and clearing ram, or just waiting a few minutes before reloading the App. I recently replaced one of my Gen2Plus for a Gen3ProBT because of their trade-in promotion and the new one is much faster, smoother and also quite stable.

    Nothing is perfect when you don’t have to pay for an exorbitant subscription fee; and the ability to install regular apks for other purposes is great too. I also stream from my Synology DS1513+.

    • Win

      Would you mind to tell me where are you located? I would like to use it in US.

      • Kevin Yuk

        I’m in Hong Kong. I also have family and friends using them in Hong Kong, Shanghai and New York.

  • sweetutopia

    I purchased the Blue TV box thru TVPadtalk sponsor @ cntvpad.com. The box came, but there are currently no apps in the app store. I’ve sent messages to their customer service and since have not had any response from them in regards to empty app store!

    • Padman

      Are there any apps on the box itself?

      • sweetutopia

        No, there are no apps at all. I go to the add apps option and it takes me to empty app store.

      • sweetutopia

        Hi Padman,

        Are there any solutions you can help me out with on this w. the apps.?

        It starting to feel like I got scammed as they are not repsonding/offering any solutions. 🙁

  • Dazzer!

    hi i have a problem and i can watch anything and error code saying 4120 (L) keeps popping up. Any idea how to fix it?

    • Padman

      On your BlueTV?

      • Dazzer!

        yes. sorry for extremely late reply

  • Stv

    Here in US my TVPad4 has the same error code saying 4210 (L) when loading YueTV. We have non working Lives, History Lives and VoDs. The TVPad Store is empty so I cannot do App update as what Padman suggested. Would Padman help us TVPad4 v5.054 users?

    Thank you

    • Dazzer!

      i kind of have the same issue here as well but I’m in Australia

    • Mike

      I have the same problem for the Yue app after the power outage .
      It’s a new unit brought one month ago from eBay.

  • avo2839

    Is anyone having issues with the Daily Motion app? I keep getting a message saying that an error has occured.

  • simon

    if you got error code 4210 (L), please change your dns to 158.132.187.187 it should fix the problem.

    • Kevin

      I have a blue tv box, but im still getting the 4210 (L) error code after i have changed the dns. What can i do to get this fix?

  • patrick

    為什麼韓國,大陸,香港片集都看不到

  • BLU

    the site to order this markets the BlueTV box as ” A better tvpad with no restrictions”. How did they make it no restrictions. With the new FunTV box, which would you recommend for smooth streaming of cantonese/mainland VOD?

    • Padman

      Because they have an injunction against the brand “tvpad”. There is no such injunction aginst blue tv

  • avo2839

    Does anyone know how to get the latest Yue Video app? It says that mine is out of date.

  • Kevin Wong

    We can’t saw the tvb jade and replay drama?

  • Andrew Cheng

    blue TV box – Storm TV box is not working AT ALL over weekends or long holidays, since last December!!!!