Vodafone TV - $72 Delivered @ Vodafone


Nice price on the Vodafone TV - going for half the usual price of $144.

Excellent bang for buck IMO:

  • FTA TV tuner (can record to USB)
  • Inbuilt ChromeCast (has been working great with Kayo)
  • Quality bluetooth remote (dedicated app buttons / tactile buttons / play and pause / numeric pad etc)
  • Ethernet
  • 2 year local warranty

Would snap one up if I didn't already have one ;)

Edit: Confirmed available in store too - thanks krouton24



Review (USB recording added since review):


Credit to MrSpeaker72 on Whirlpool

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    Brought and returned this at launch. Ended up with Apple TV 4K. The lack of 5.1 in Kodi was a deal breaker. But at this price it’s tempting again.

    When was recording added? Is it official?

    • +2 votes

      Was an update to Live Channels back in July (officially for the HDHomerun from memory, but works with the VTV):



        What’s the connection w/ Voda’…?

        Is this something i’d Need Mobile data to use?

        Photo reminds me of a (tunerless) XiaoMi TV Box [3]. From earlier deals. (Mi ox 3?)

        Who makes it?

        Need a Voda’ acct to get the deal price?

        Does its HDCP copy-protection adversely affect its use
        (via its HDMI output) with a dumb monitor?

        Does recording to a USB device happen “automatically (w/o an app)…
        eg, simply storing files… or do I need an app (if so, which)?


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          Lazy Telco!


          Vodafone sells it outright, that's all. No ongoing service or account needed.

          It's made by Technicolor. Uses an amilogic S905D SoC like a lot of other boxes.

          Output device needs to support HDCP 2.2.

          Recording is a mess. You need a USB drive >= 64GB, formatted for exclusive use by the VTV, and recording is done by selecting shows from the Live Channels EPG - which is limited to only displaying what is on now and what is on next. Then it crashes when you try to play back the recordings, so you have to use KODI to watch them.


            @ssquid: Yeah it doesn't make much sense to only have recording possible of 'now and next', but no pausing of live TV. Only really makes sense if you were to have a 7 day EPG.


        Ours came in a bigger box, Free to slide & bounce around inside

        I trust it’s own box is padded, in some way…

        Designed in EU..

        Made in Thailand

        So, what’s the issue caused by hDCP 2.2 [copy protection]?

    • +2 votes

      Did you not set up kodi correctly?

      These support DTS out of the box

  • +6 votes

    This is one epic deal for an awesome device!

    I own one and prefer it over my Mi Box.


      What do you find better and is your mi box now Android 8?

      • +3 votes

        I have 2 Mi boxes and 1 Vodafone TV in my house. Both Mi boxes are running the latest Android. Things that I like about Vodafone TV over the MiBox:

        • In-built Ethernet port
        • Much better Remote Control with YouTube and Netflix buttons
        • Voice Search seems to work better with Vodafone remote
        • In-built TV tuner

        With Mi Boxes we are always having to switch between HDMI to DTV when we want to watch Free to Air channels (FTA) which is slightly inconvenient. On the other hand Vodafone TV is just one stop shop for everything including FTA channels.


    Can I add/sideload Amazon Prime? Thanks.


    Given that my LG Oled has a load of apps already I'm guessing that this is really just a chromecast alternative for me or does it give me anything else? You could argue TV recording but most of my TV watching is Netflix. I also use Optus sports so this would be handy to cast from phone to the TV but a chromecast would be better for that as it's smaller right?


    Still trying to figure out how is this better than the Mi box.


    Can I install Amazon Prime Video on it


    Is it possible to stream a video-streaming website directly from a Chrome tab like on Chromecast?


      It has chromecast (4k i think) built in.


      Yes just not netflix


      I ended up buying it and can confirm it is possible to stream any Chrome tab to it.
      It might be the best option to make your old TV "smart" without spending too much. Works really well with my old FHD TV in a bedroom.


    How smooth is Kayo? Is it choppy?
    Might get this.


      Been casting an hour or two each night since launch, and haven't had any stutter or quality drops (which is on par with my Shield).

  • +1 vote

    Vodafone doesn't have SPDIF audio out, but has ethernet port (compared to Mi Box)


    Can you play content from a usb. MKV for example.


    Will this replace WDTV perfectly in terms of playing downloaded content in various formats?

      • +1 vote

        I came across feedback in forums that older TVs/AVRs that are not HDCP compliant 2.2 will not work with this box unfortunately. My plasma TV and AVR are 8 years old so I have a feeling this is going to be the case :(


          If connected DIRECTLY to older TVs - it does work (for now). Connecting via HDCP 2.2 compliant receiver doesnt work. In this setup, it worked first time, but stopped working after firmware update. I have since ordered a cheap HDMI splitter (which conveniently strips off HDCP).


            @r0nmac: How cheap was the splitter?
            I've got a Samsung screen that won't work with a Chromecast unless it's "warmed up" for an hour - seems like the signal is just out of expected range or something. Was thinking about spending up to $20 on a stripper (of the HDMI kind) to see if it fixes the problem.


            @r0nmac: Just confirming that the splitter did the trick. I have set it up between the VodaTV & my Denon receiver.

    • +9 votes


      Wow, haven’t heard that thing mentioned in years.

      • +7 votes

        LOL it's still serving me well together with my 2010 Panny plasma which still refuses to die.

        • +1 vote

          Hey, and I thought I was the only one who has something similar. My TV is still going strong and I will keep using this until it gives up

          • +2 votes

            @ashdays: Lol same here - still rolling at 2008/09 Panasonic plasma - they are built so well (so heavy for moving also unfortunately).

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