What is TickBox TV?
TickBox TV is a system of streaming television using an android device. It is the hardware that gives you what you want.
Those familiar with Amazon Prime know that the streaming comes via the Amazon Prime app downloaded from the app store. A device like Apple TV is required. Some are able to use PlayStation or something like Amazon Fire to access apps for television viewing.
If you are unaware, every television channel has their own app. All of them. The major networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX plus the rest, including TNT, HGTV…you get the idea.
Netflix and Amazon Prime require a membership to gain access to their programing using their app.
DirectTV Now, is similar. Using the Apple TV device, users are able to access the app store and download the app for DirectTV Now. The app gives access to a multitude of channels. Most of the ones you normally see in a standard cable package.
TickBox TV Is Similar Yet Different
TickBox TV is similar. The device is Android and is able to do what the Apple TV device has been doing for several years.
TickBox says that using their device, you have full and free access to any television channel or movie available. As long as you have a high speed internet connection, you are able to stream anything being played on the internet.
TickBox TV says their box comes fully loaded with an Android 5.1.1 operating system, google play app store, and Kodi media player.
What is different, is TickBox TV has no content of their own. You will rely on accessing other content using TickBox’s hardware.
They go on to say
“What separates Tickbox TV™ from other Smart TV boxes like Amazon Fire ™ or Apple TV ™ is that with the Tickbox TV™ you have access to all the apps on Google Play ™ including Kodi!
“Access YouTube, Facebook, Play Classic Video Games, or Surf your favorite websites directly on your television with Tickbox TV™!”
Video From TickBox TV Website
What Others Say
HealthyLivingAfter60.com did some checking. There is a CNET forum. The comments are not supportive TickBox TV
Some threads discuss the legal issue. They suggest using TickBox is piracy. You are stealing a streaming signal that you are not suppose to have.
Others say it is difficult to set up. They argue the device is subpar, that the quality is poor. We assume they are talking about the quality of the picture.
Another complaint said it did not do as promised.
Several who asked for a refund and returned the device found the process a nightmare. The reviewers cautioned others to document everything when dealing with TickBox TV.
Forums Are Interesting.
This forum seems to be a tech savvy group. I want to listen to what they say, but I wonder if their expectations are based on tech stuff and not people stuff.
People want to know if it works. Techs want to know how it works.
As a user of Apple TV with a subscription to not only NetFlix, but Amazon Prime plus DirectTV Now, saving money on television has my interest.
DirectTV Now is a move to cut the cost of cable. Keeping only basic cable, and taking a minimal package at DirectTV Now, we saved about $40 per month.
Don’t Cut All Your Cable
The TickBox TV still needs cable. Or at least you will need a high speed internet connection, and that comes from your cable company. If you use a service like Centurylink, it’s probably a DSL line. Generally DSL is slower than cable.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com can not report on the question of the DSL signal being adequate to support TickBox TV.
The TickBox TV website has a lot of information. All of it is of course, positive. Here are samples of customer reviews.
TickBox TV has a Facebook page. It looks like they launched last December. They have over 12,000 people following them. It is disappointing to see so few posts. It might have been a great place to learn a lot more about the device.
The technical stuff was the biggest complaint in the forum. It spurred returns, and those didn’t go so well.
We followed some of the comments on Facebook. It appears that many commenting were not in the U.S. There seemed to be a sense of excitement.
I noticed one comment thread with more than 600 comments. It looked as if there may have been a live webinar and the participants were commenting on Facebook as the webinar progressed.
That would account for some of the excitement.
At the bottom of the TickBox TV website you will find this
* TICKBOX TV™ (INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED) COMES WITH ACCESS TO SIDETICK.TV, WHICH INCLUDES 1000’S OF GREAT MOVIES & TV SHOWS, BUT TICKBOX TV™ DOES NOT HOST, PROVIDE, ARCHIVE, STORE, OR DISTRIBUTE ANY OTHER CONTENT OR MEDIA OF ANY KIND, AND ACTS MERELY AS A DIRECTORY OF CONTENT AND APPS POSTED BY OTHERS AT THEIR OWN DISCRETION. TICK BOX PROHIBITS THE USE OF MATERIAL FOR ANY PURPOSE OTHER THAN THAT FOR WHICH IT IS INTENDED AND LAWFUL.
The desire to cut cable is on the list for most. Cable television invented poor customer service. The rates continue to go up without any additional consumer satisfaction.
What to do with TickBox TV
TickBox TV is a new and unknown product. Not that it should matter, but in this case it does. The reviews from unbiased people are mixed. The forum people, lean heavily against. The Facebook people seem almost euphoric.
Reviews are strange animals. When people are happy, they are far less likely to comment. When they feel cheated or misled, many do not hesitate to tell the world.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com is concerned with what you’re actually paying for. The disclosure cited earlier, seems to say that beyond the programing on SideTick, nothing is assured.
Checking SideTick and their reviews, dated to 2013, the news is not good. It seems SideTick was sold as a competitor to NetFlix. That has not worked out so well.
There are a lot of red flags popping up. The TickBox TV reviews, while mixed, cause the reviews from SideTick to carry extra weight.
If SideTick is the largest source of content for TickBox, I am concerned further. Visiting their website will show a poorly built site. There is no information on cost beyond a free 15 day trial subscription.
There is room to believe, that after making a one time payment of about a hundred dollars for TickBox TV, the actual programing will be less than expected.
Scanning the apps available from the Apple store, you see TNT and many others. When clicking on the icon, you find they won’t let you in without a cable company relationship.
It leaves the impression that “all” programming is not really available while using a device like TickBox TV.
TickBox TV, is entering a space with some really big players with lots of money behind them. DirectNow TV is a part of the giant AT&T business. Netflix is giant all their own. Amazon is one of the most valued businesses in the world.
TickBox TV’s only product is the Android device. With no assets in the television or movie world, once you have bought and paid for the device, there is nothing else TickBox TV can offer.
If it does not perform as promised, you’re out a hundred dollars.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com can not recommend TickBox TV. It may well be just what they say it is. At the moment, there is not enough data to support spending that much money. If you want to know more, or think you would like to try, here is a link to their website. TickBox TV
Very few people like cable companies. Their business model is consistent with having a monopoly.
Predatory pricing, poor customer service and old technology are normal.
For now, TickBox TV is the wrong choice.
When the right deal comes along that will help you cut the cable, HealthyLivingAfter60.com will be here to tell you about it.
Question or comments? Leave them in the comments section below. We read them all. — Robert