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Does a real Internet set top box exist today?

by vinckles / February 17, 2017 11:30 AM PST

Is there such a thing as a stand alone box which will receive and display on a normal tv set, the "full shilling" internet, just like a normal pc can? I have been searching for the last 4 years, yet nothing actually says it will get the true internet!
I want to access ALL videos from free video sites online but via a stand alone box and save putting my poor old pc on.
As I understand it; such a box would need: A high end Browser; Flash video support and Divx software built in, in order to play videos which use Divx.
Hoping you can advise. Many thanks.

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Sort of. But first. This will be a link free discussion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2017 11:38 AM PST

Sometimes a shill asks this question.

There are now many boxes with Kodi and it's become a big problem as Kodi is taking a bad rep as a piracy app. (It's not.)

But I have to guess you want a full PC experience set top box. There are some Windows set top boxes out there for the one to two hundred USD price. So that and the usual Kodi boxes are what you should look into.

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PS. Normal TV today is HDTV.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2017 11:41 AM PST

I looked at your older posts and just want to define what a normal TV is today.

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Normal tv doday is HDTV
by vinckles / February 17, 2017 12:24 PM PST

Thanks to all for writing. I still have an old cathode ray tv with scart and phono sockets. Also have last years model of Sony widescreen hdmi etc 720p resolution. I'm not really into the high definition experience. Both sets I have, I expect to last a good long time yet.
Any model numbers for Windows set top boxes would be appreciated. I need to know what exists(?)

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Keeping the definition of normal TV
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 17, 2017 12:35 PM PST
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