Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (Int'l) Android TV, Amlogic S905X, 2GB/8GB, 4K $56.49 US (~$75.33 AU) Shipped @ Lightinthebox

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Xiaomi Mi Box 3 (Int'l) Android TV, Amlogic S905X, 2GB/8GB, 4K $56.49 US (~$75.33 AU) Shipped @ LightintheboxAffiliate
MIBOX

Found a coupon for this TV Box which has been very popular in the past and is a very capable media player. It's running Android TV OS with 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and powered by the Amlogic S905X Quad-Core CPU which is capable of 4K decoding up to 60fps.

Android TV supports a wide variety of apps including KODI, Youtube and Netflix. The device also supports a wide range of video including VP9 Profile-2, H.265, H.264, HDR10 and HLG HDR. The audio includes support for DTS 2.0+ Digital Out, Dolby Digital Plus and up to 7.1 pass through. Google Cast is integrated allowing you to stream video and music from your phone, tablet or laptop. Save time by using voice control on the remote to search more quickly.

  • Get the Xiaomi Mi Box for $56.49 (~$75.33 AU) with coupon MIBOX

Select Postal Service for shipping and untick duty tax/insurance at checkout to get the correct price.

UPDATE: Confirmed with Lightinthebox that this is the International Version (MDZ-16-AB) and not the Chinese version


Specifications

  • OS: Android TV 6.0
  • CPU: S905X Quad-core Cortex-A53 2.0GHz
  • GPU: Mali-450 750MHz
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Storage: 8GB eMMC
  • WiFi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band Wi-Fi 2.4GHz/5GHz
  • Bluetooth: 4.1
  • HDMI: 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
  • USB: USB 2.0
  • AV: SPDIF Out / 3.5mm audio output

Comments

  • +13 votes

    This is one great price for an awesome device. Don't forget 9% cashback from CashRewards.

  • +6 votes

    I've got a heap of Xiaomi products… but this may be one that I hold off on.

    From reading around on various places like reddit and the official Plex forums, it seems to have problems with audio in Plex, notably DTS passthrough, which looks to be a firmware issue - issues with it transcoding every single video or the A/V going out of sync etc.

    I'm not 100% sure if this has been addressed yet, but I use Plex almost exclusively so this is a deal breaker for me, for now.

    • +2 votes

      I realise it requires the Plex Pass subscription right now, but I use the Plex plugin for Kodi(/SPMC) which is rock solid and has no issues with passthrough or hi-res audio or sync.

      That said, the biggest issue I have with the Mi Box is that its HDMI-CEC is screwy. If the box is powered off ARC is broken. Have to make sure the Mi Box is powered up when watching TV. Still happens with the Nougat beta too.

      •  

        Good to know! At least Xiaomi are generally very good with updates so you'd imagine they'd sort out something sooner than later.

        I've a Philips soundbar that I used to use with ARC and had similar problems so I switched to optical out instead!
        Not a fan of ARC because of that!

      • +1 vote

        You can also use the PlexKodiConnect addon with Kodi and that works flawlessly

    •  

      Does anyone know how well this can handle mirroring the desktop? Chromecast 2 fails at this and can only just keep up at 720p but it lags every 2 mintues or so. 1080p and you can forget about it.

      This has a ton more RAM than the Chromecast 2, has anyone tried to mirror your desktop and play a movie? Does it play smoothly?

      •  

        Why not just have the box play the movie? Playing a movie on a desktop and mirroring it is a very network traffic intensive way around.

        •  

          For starters the Chomecast is incapable of playing any x265 videos as it is incapable of decoding it. Next is the issue of convenience, I can easily use unified remote to pause, play, next episode etc. Furthermore, it remembers the position of any of the last 20 files I played. This is a feature that is missing from any existing app like Plex or Netflix and I don't need an internet connection to watch my HD videos. I can also find and play any file on my computer without getting up from any position inside the house (even outside).

          Would be good if anyone who owns one could let me know the answer.

  • +2 votes

    Cheers, just decided yesterday to grab one next time there was a deal…that was quick! :)

  • +9 votes

    Awesome price!

    …and for those wanting better control over Kodi (eg: change the middle / select button to Play and Pause with a short press instead of a long press / double press), see here:

    https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=2589689&...

    •  

      I am personally finding SPMC to be a lot better. It's quicker and plays files over network better than Kodi.

      •  

        Could you please tell me what do you do with SPMC?
        Do you add the normal fusion add ons?

        Sorry I am new to KODI and SPMC

        • +1 vote

          Yep, in my usage, it is identical to Kodi.

          SPMC was started by a chap that was on the Kodi developer team, however, due to infighting, he left and started SPMC.

          SPMC has a strong focus on Android OS as the Kodi team aren't happy with supporting Android due to the flooding of 'Kodi boxes' on eBay.

          I use it for addons and for streaming from my NAS and the moment I switched, it just seemed a lot faster with less buffering.

          I've since uninstalled Kodi from my MiBox. Your mileage may vary, though.

    • +1 vote

      Wow. Thanks for sharing this! I've been using XBMC/Kodi for about 10 years (since Xbox classic) and on my Mi Box this has been driving me crazy.

  • +4 votes

    EU plug..

  • +2 votes

    What is this for?

  •  

    Comes up as AU$80.78

    Subtotal( 1 item ):AUD $ 85.79
    (+) Shipping Charges: Free
    (-) Coupon Savings:AUD $ -5.01

    The coupon code "MIBOX " is valid! Your discount is AUD $ 5.01 (expiration date: 05/31/2017)

    Am I doing something wrong?

    • +7 votes

      Their AU rate is somewhat inflated. It's usually better to pay in USD with a card using its own rate in PayPal. Cards like 28 Degrees and Citibank Plus don't have currency conversion fees.

      •  

        Good deal mate.

        Paid via PayPal - chose USD then let PayPal do the conversion -

        $78.33 AUD

        $1.00 AUD = $0.721238193 USD

        Probably could've let the bank do the conversion but didn't seem to see the option to do so.

        • +1 vote

          Probably could've let the bank do the conversion but didn't seem to see the option to do so.

          You have to pay from a card on your PayPal rather than from an attached bank account

        •  

          @Agret:

          I did pay from a credit card connected to my account (28 degrees), not a bank account - didn't give me the option either. Had USD at the top, but the final payment at the bottom was converted by PayPal automatically.

        • +1 vote

          @caprimulgus:

          You need to click on 'conversion rate options' then choose 'your provider rate'
          This will charge in USD at your nominated cards rate.

        • +2 votes

          @caprimulgus:

          PayPal have recently made the PayPal conversion as default (sneaky!) so one needs to change it to "use source bank conversion" option by clicking "conversion rate options".

        •  

          PayPal have recently made the PayPal conversion as default (sneaky!) so one needs to change it to "use source bank conversion" option by clicking "conversion rate options".

        •  

          @batrarobin: I can't find "conversion rate options" where is it within PayPal?

        •  

          @caprimulgus: my experience is same as you. Can't see any options anywhere to pick a conversion option.

        • +5 votes

          @Vietsoldier:

          When you are making payment through paypal, it shows your this option just under where the amount is shown like the following :

          $78.33 AUD
          $1.00 AUD = $0.721238193 USD

          You need to click on the currency conversion rate shown in bold above.

        • +2 votes

          @Vietsoldier: FOUND IT!!!! they bloody hide the ability to change the currency within this text "$1.00 AUD = $0.721238193 USD"

          If you click on the text the options to pick other conversion options appear!!! I have this problem all the time and now I've finally found out the fix. Bloody Sneaky!!!

        •  

          @Vietsoldier: Thank you all! I did with my commonwealth bank debit card via paypal and finally shows AU$74.67, very good deal.

        •  

          @Vietsoldier: Tried, unfortunately in my safari browser, click on the bold text only shows time and date, no other conversion options.

  • +1 vote

    Sorry NFI but if I have a tv that I can already access Netflix, YouTube etc what are the other benefits of this?

  • +2 votes

    Cheap. I've already got chromecast though. Any reason I should get this?

  •  

    Is the site decent or do you have to wait 3 months for delivery

  • +4 votes

    This POS has so many issues with Netflix. The one I got was a dud. I have another coming in a few weeks. Hopefully that's not a dud either.

    I can't recommend this unit.

    Just google "Xiaomi Mi box Netflix"

    • -1 vote

      Sorry but why did you order another one then? That does not make sense. The box is terrible, unfortunately I have got one!Netflix does not work even in hd, most apps need to be sideloaded and those don't work well. Better off with a chinese normal ones, cost a fourth of this and are much better imo.

      •  

        I ordered one after the other, separately, from different stores - as I realised I needed 2 units. Had no way of testing one before I ordered the other due to the delay in delivery…

        • +2 votes

          netflix works fine on mine, very happy with it, brilliant

        • +2 votes

          @forenzic:

          Same here. Zero issues. Very happy with mine. Just wish it had Ethernet built in and one more usb.

        • +1 vote

          @rorymeister: u can use an unpowered usb hub, i have a cheapie 4 port attached, no issues

        • +1 vote

          @forenzic:

          I am going to get a usb Ethernet hub. If anyone can link one that works it'd be appreciated.

        • +2 votes

          @rorymeister: Sorry for the late reply, I was posting on whirlpool about my experiences with USB 3 to Ethernet adapters (Ones that work and don't), and saw someone linking to this post about the MiBox 3, just noticed your question which I was posting about in Whirlpool (Sorry, I can make anything into war and peace).
          Anyway, there are many devices that say they are compatible for the MiBox3 to Ethernet and do not need drivers to work, but I purchased a couple on eBay that did not work, and the sellers ignored my questions afterwards ($9 and $10 each).
          I ended up buying two that did work, one also has three USB 3 sockets to add local drives or flash drives to the MiBox3 as well.
          Aliexpress and eBay have them if you search (Aliexpress is better with cashrewards, but eBay sellers look cheaper at this moment)
          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ugreen-USB-3-0-Gigabit-RJ45-Ether...
          http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ugreen-3-Ports-USB-3-0-Gigabit-Et...
          or
          https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Ugreen-USB-Ethernet... and chashrewards makes it cheaper.
          I got mine when UGreen were having about 40% off on their Aliexpress store (Discounts change so often). These work without need for drivers, and I love the one with the 3 X USB3 sockets, like having a NAS with all the hard drives I have attached to it, plus fast internet on my Ethernet now. I was annoyed at wasting time and money on the cheaper ones that don't work (Life)

        •  

          @Op54:

          Thanks for the response!

      •  

        Netflix works fine on mine. You don't need to sideload apps that are on Android TV, but obviously if they're not released on Android TV you'll have to sideload them.

    • +3 votes

      to quote 'refdaddy' on en.miui.com

      There is zero problems related to your MiBox!!!

      It is an absolute requirement for Netflix, in order to support 4K, EVERY piece of output equipment MUST support HDCP 2.2

      By your own testing, your output device fails to support the requirements specified by NETFLIX 4K streaming, ie HDCP 2.2

      Try if you have a different HDMI port which may correctly implement HDCP 2.2 security. Try at a friend who may have a more modern TV with legit >HDCP 2.2. support.

      Barring that, there are HDMI switches that can fake out Netflix to think your TV supports higher DRM levels. Maybe on page 16-18 of this thread by a >loser named Dr Pepper. Sorry, the bugger changed his name to kepnitral. He finally conceded that his TV was the problem and found a switch that >cured his issue.
      Here are his switch results

      """http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX55937This one is HDCP 2.2 compliant and my Netflix now works if I route through this box.
      http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/rocketfish-rocketfish-4k...

      There are other cheaper solutions on Amazon

      Netflix's requirements are much more stringent for AndroidTV boxes…

      It appears that the issue isn't actually with the box and more then likely with your TV.

      •  

        I'm using it on a 1080p TV and have set the resolution manually to 720p. Same issue.

        What you quoted isn't the issue I'm referring to.
        http://en.miui.com/thread-428000-1-1.html

        Edit: to be clear, I'm not referring to 4K issues. I'm referring to playback of Netflix which is absolutely rife with this model.

        • +3 votes

          OK in that case, it would be a error with the Netflix App that has been implemented, not defaulting back to a HDCP 1.4 requirement when running in 1080P..

          Maybe it's not possible until they update/fix the app?

        • +3 votes

          @Roemac:
          Yeah just browsing through the rest of that thread now. In all honesty, I have nfi.

          This thing should work out of the box…

        • +3 votes

          @Roemac: ok. Found it.

          http://en.miui.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=428000&extra...
          Post #166

          " I don't know if its true of all the mibox's, but for those with this particular Netflix error that is indeed the case. YOU NEED A 4K HDCP 2.2 COMPLIANT TV to make this box work."

          That is stupid.

        • +1 vote

          Yeah man for sure. Doesn't make any sense really apart from not having the proper hardware to correctly implement HDCP 2.2 as it should also support HDCP 1.4.

        • +1 vote

          @Roemac:
          Ah well. Thanks for your efforts with that research though!
          Appreciate it!!

        •  

          @JahjaMan: Mine works on my 1080p HCDP 1.4 TV.. I bought one for a friend and his wouldn't even work on my HDCP 2.2 TV or my 2.2 AVR.

          I'm just going to get it back from him and return it

        •  

          @XeKToReX: Now that is really strange :(

        •  

          @Roemac: On a reddit thread some boxes had issues with it, some didn't. Seems a hardware or QA issue.

        •  

          @redcreek200: Yeah seems like luck of the draw. Personally I wouldn't purchase until this is sorted. Hopefully it's something simple that can be fixed with a firmware update. Good luck with your return.

        •  

          jahjaman posted: Edit: to be clear, I'm not referring to 4K issues. I'm referring to playback of Netflix which is absolutely rife with this model.

          I don't have one but the answer appears to have been posted above by Roemac -

          "It is an absolute requirement for Netflix, in order to support 4K, EVERY piece of output equipment MUST support HDCP 2.2"

          so if your 1080p television doesn't support HDMI 2.2 then you're not going to be able to play Netflix on it, no matter what the resolution (unless the Netflix app will happily play at 1080p with less DMR protection.. which would strike me as odd).

        •  

          @gizmomelb:
          Actually, that's my post hahaha. but yep, that's one of the theories. Although it is rebutted by those that have 2.2 TVs but some boxes still don't work, even though another mi box works perfectly fine.

          It looks like it's luck of the draw.

        •  

          @Roemac:
          So I plugged it into a receiver that was 2.2 compliant. And just like magic, it worked.

          So from my end, confirming that the issue was 2.2 compliance.

          I wonder why Netflix doesn't require 2.2 from
          chromecast?? So weird…

  • +1 vote

    Will someone explain where the coupon code goes? i have been trying to look for it everywhere :S

  • +1 vote

    One of the best purchases I've made. Have had it for nearly 6 months without issue.

  • +1 vote

    @JahjaMan

    to quote 'refdaddy' on en.miui.com

    There is zero problems related to your MiBox!!!

    It is an absolute requirement for Netflix, in order to support 4K, EVERY piece of output equipment MUST support HDCP 2.2

    By your own testing, your output device fails to support the requirements specified by NETFLIX 4K streaming, ie HDCP 2.2

    Try if you have a different HDMI port which may correctly implement HDCP 2.2 security. Try at a friend who may have a more modern TV with legit >HDCP 2.2. support.

    Barring that, there are HDMI switches that can fake out Netflix to think your TV supports higher DRM levels. Maybe on page 16-18 of this thread by a >loser named Dr Pepper. Sorry, the bugger changed his name to kepnitral. He finally conceded that his TV was the problem and found a switch that >cured his issue.
    Here are his switch results

    """http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX55937This one is HDCP 2.2 compliant and my Netflix now works if I route through this box.
    http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/rocketfish-rocketfish-4k...

    There are other cheaper solutions on Amazon

    Netflix's requirements are much more stringent for AndroidTV boxes…

    It appears that the issue isn't actually with the box and more then likely with your TV.

  •  

    It is a very handy device at a good price but the NBA app is still not fixed. There is an audio sync issue with live games. It is infuriating and I end up just chomecasting from league pass.

    •  

      You're lucky with the chromecasting. That's apparently unreliable too if various threads can be believed. They say reliability depends on the device and app you're casting from. Main reason I decided against this box. My existing chromecast dongle just works and I want the replacement just to do the same.

    •  

      Hey there. Don't know if we are also having this conversation in the Kodi forum, but for the audio sync issue - on my unit at least, if I have it set to 1080/60 resolution, then the audio is fine. If I set it to 1080/24, then it is out of sync. You might want to try that and see if it works for you.

      Cheers

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