Monday, December 10, 2012

TVpad Karaoke app (KTV) 我爱K歌

If you like to sing Karaoke, then TVpad Karaoke app (我爱K歌 app) is the app you want. TVpad Karaoke app has songs from many singers.

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html

Saturday, December 8, 2012

TVpad M121S discount sale $199 (free shipping)

I just saw on the official website that the price of the TVpad M121S is currently $229. If the discount coupon is applied, you can get the TVpad M121S for only $199 (no shipping costs and usually delivered within a week). If you are interested in this device, this is the time to buy one. I am not sure yet how long the sale will last, so my advice is to buy it quickly. See the instructions below how to get the TVpad M121S for $199.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Time-shift 粵海時移 app

Time-shift 粵海時移 app (available for TVpad M233 (TVpad2) and TVpad M121S) delays the livestreams by 12 hours. This app is useful if you live in a country where you can't watch the "normal" livestreams due to time difference. This app only works with firmware 3.0 or higher. Upgrade your firmware if you don't have the latest firmware version.

TVpad firmware upgrade package to 3.26 released

Various TVpad firmware upgrade packages to the latest firmware version 3.26 has been released and can be found below. Go to Settings icon (grey icon) and then system info icon (last icon) to check your current firmware version. Depending on your current hardware model and firmware version, download the correct firmware upgrade package.

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Are you getting the "user does not exist" message on your TV screen (this only applies to TVpad M121S users with firmware 3.0 or higher)

If you are getting the "user does not exist" message recently (if the user icon is not green; this only applies to M121S and TVpad 2 users with firmware 3.0 or higher), then read further.

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Quick update about tvpad firmware upgrade package to 3.26

I just have read the news, announced by the admin, that the release of the official upgrade package will be delayed again. The new release date of the firmware upgrade package to firmware version 3.26  is around December 7th (next week). Hopefully, the firmware upgrade package will not be delayed again. I will keep you updated. I am wondering whether there are any new changes in firmware version 3.26 compared to last firmware version 3.14.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

TVpad M121S Trial version for $99 (one month usage)

I just saw on the official website that they are now offering a trial version of the TVpad M121S allowing you to use this device for one month (30 days) for $99. If you are satisfied after 30 days of usage, you have to pay another $160 (= $130 after discount applied) to use it forever. If you don't pay, the service will be stopped after 30 days. You can return it after 30 days if you are not satisfied and you will get your money back. However, you have to pay for the shipping costs of this machine and the shipping costs will not be refunded.

See the steps below how to get a TVpad M121S trial version for $99:

Update: There is no trial version anymore.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

TVpad firmware upgrade package not yet released

If you are waiting for the TVpad firmware upgrade package to the latest version, I can tell you that it is still not released. The expected release date is somewhere in November, so hopefully the TVpad firmware upgrade package will be released in the coming weeks. I will post the firmware upgrade package here immediately when it is released, so just be patient. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The quality of the TVpad livestreams

Below, I have listed the average bitrate of the livestreams of the more popular TV channels. I think people will find this information useful before they buy this machine. 

Please note that the bitrate can be changed by the TVpad management anytime. The output of these streams is normally in 720 x 576 format. If you want to know the quality of another TV channel, please comment below.



Monday, October 22, 2012

Latest official announcement about the TVpad firmware (3.0 firmware plan)

The TVpad management have posted a message talking about the un-official firmware upgrade package you can find on the Internet.  They say that the un-official upgrade package may cause TVpad to stop working. They suggested to wait for the official firmware upgrade package to be released in November for all users to use.

Based on what I have read, some have succesfully upgraded their firmware using the un-official firmware package. However, I believe one person or more have trouble during/after the upgrade process.

My advice is to wait if you are not in a hurry to watch Korean channels or the possibility to watch more video on demand content (Korean apps and more video on demand apps can be played on firmware 3.0 or higher)



Friday, October 19, 2012

Expected release date upgrade package 2.72 to 3.14

The TVpad management have mentioned that the expected release date of the upgrade package from 2.72 to 3.14 is somewhere in November. The upgrade package from 3.06 to 3.14 might be released sooner.

There are un-official upgrade packages on the Internet allowing you to upgrade your firmware from 2.72 to 3.14 or from 3.06 to 3.14. Of course, upgrading your firmware with these upgrade packages is at your own risk. You can't go back to older firmware versions if something happens.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Latest news about upgrade package to 3.14

The latest news is that the upgrade package might be released next week. According to an user, also M120 and M121 users can upgrade their firmware to 3.14 (not 100% sure, so don't be too excited yet)

I will post the links to the upgrade package on this blog when it's released.

Monday, October 15, 2012

TVpad M121S free gift promotion period

When you buy 2 TVpad M121S units or more in the promotion period, you will get a Chinese book (红高粱家族 , Red Sorghum) of Nobel prize winner in Literature 2012 Mo Yan for free. It is written in Chinese, so give this book to a person who can read Chinese.

When you buy 5 TVpad M121S units or more in the promotion period, you will get 2 Chinese books of the Nobel prize winner, 红高粱家族 (Red Sorghum) and 檀香刑 (Tan Xiang Xing)It is written in Chinese, so give these books to a person who can read Chinese.

Promotion period:

October 15 - October 25 (Beijing Time)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

TVpad upgrade package to firmware 3.14

The TVpad upgrade package to firmware 3.14 will be released soon (currently being tested), so stay tuned.


About the Niji Show app, the niji show app is currently in maintenance based on what I have heard and read. However, it could also be offline for a long period of time, maybe permanent.

Update (Oct. 16): latest news is that the upgrade package might be released next week. According to an user, also M120 and M121 users can upgrade their firmware to 3.14 (not 100% sure, so don't be too excited yet)

Monday, October 8, 2012

TVpad Youtube app firmware 2.72 and 3.0 has been fixed

Earlier, I have mentioned that some TVpad apps don't work at the moment. Now, the Youtube app has been fixed. Go to the apps section for more info about the Youtube app (firmware 2.72): apps section


If you have firmware 3.0, you can upgrade the Youtube app in the "App Garden".

Hopefully, the Niji show app will also be fixed soon.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

TVpad M121S Firmware 3.14

It seems that TVpad M121S devices from now on have firmware 3.14. It has fixed some bugs found in the previous firmware version 3.06. It's not known yet when M121S users can upgrade to 3.14. Also, it's still not known yet when M121 users can upgrade to firmware 3.x.

About the NIJI Show app still not working, Chinese National holiday is till October 7th, so I am expecting they are going to fix this app and the other apps next week.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Some TVpad apps are not working at the moment

It seems that Youtube app as well as Niji Show app are not working at the moment on the TVpad M121 (with firmware version 2.72). When you have the M121S (with firmware 3.0), you can update the Youtube and Youku app in the App Garden. The Niji Show app is also not working on the M121S, still no fix available yet. I will post the new apps link when these are available.

Friday, September 21, 2012

New TVpad 3.0 apps in the App Garden

I have read that 11 new apps can be found in the "TVpad store" inside the "App Manager". This includes NamTV app. This app has livestreams of Vietnamese TV (VTV channels). Also, some of the new apps are about cooking/food, exercise (yoga)/health, and concert shows.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

TVpad M121S Mid-Autumn Festival sales promotion


Mid-Autumn Festival is coming soon and because of that TVpad website is holding a promotion activity.

Promotion period: 21 September 00:00 - 30 September 24:00 (Beijing time)

The sales promotion activity is the same as the previous one:

1. Buy 2 TVpad units or more (in 1 order) and each TVpad will get a wireless network card for free.

2. Buy 10 TVpad units or more (in 1 order) and each TVpad will get a wireless network card for free    + you will get 1 TVpad unit extra for free. (In total, 11 TVpads + 10 wireless usb network cards) 

http://www.tvpad.hk/tvpad/01/ (TVpad M121S Chinese order page)
http://en.tvpad.hk/ (TVpad M121S English order page)

$30 discount code per unit (fill this in the order form): 14696673 (The discount coupon can still be used in this sales promotion activity)

The free wireless network card you will get when you order 2 TVpad units or more: GWF-3133 Wireless USB adapter (150Mbps 802.11n Wifi adapter):

When you don't have a credit card (with Visa or JCB), you can always buy a prepaid credit card online or at a store. You put money on that prepaid credit card and then you can make any online purchases (that accepts Visa or JCB credit cards). Here are some info about prepaid credit cards:

http://usa.visa.com/personal/cards/prepaid/prepaid-card.html
http://www.money.co.uk/prepaid-cards/prepaid-visa-cards.htm
http://www.visa.co.uk/en/products/visa_prepaid/get_a_visa_prepaid_card.aspx
https://www.3vprepaid.com/

Some TVpad VOD apps are not working currently (edit: fixed now)

I have read that the following apps are not working currently (mostly firmware 3.0 apps):

热辣综艺 
华夏剧场 
老电影HD 
每日焦点 
优酷看看 (Youku)(2.72/3.0)


They are currently working to resolve this problem. 


By the way, the firmware upgrade from 2.72 to 3.0 is still not available


Edit: They have now fixed these apps. Upgrade these apps online or download these apps 

and install these apps again (of course, delete the old apps first)



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

For TVpad M121S owners: solution for wireless network connection problem


TVpad management have released an app today for M121S owners (with firmware version 3.06) that can offer a solution for people that has problems with the wireless network connection (unable to connect).

Download and install the TPDoctor app below to improve the wireless network connection and try connecting again.

Main improvement content:

1. It solves the problem of not being able to download and install the apps in "Application management".
2. It solves the problem that after software upgrade, in the "Application management" the icon placement changes.
3. In "Application management", MD5 checksum has been added to the downloaded installation package.
4. Improvement to the WIFI module, tried to solve the forced confirmation before connection is allowed after starting up.


TPDoctor app link

Thursday, August 23, 2012

TVpad M121 is discontinued

It seems that you can't buy the TVpad M121 version anymore, so I assume it's discontinued. Hopefully, the firmware upgrade package to 3.0 will now be released soon.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

TVpad M121S apps download link + Android remote control app

TVpad M121S apps can be downloaded and installed in the online "TVpad store" inside the "App Manager"  (this can be seen in firmware 3.0 or higher). Upgrade your firmware to the latest firmware version if you haven't done that yet.

Furthermore, TVpad also has released an Android app allowing you to use to use your phone or tablet as a remote control. This app only works with firmware version 3.0 on the TVpad. Also, your phone or tablet need to have Android version 2.2 or higher.

You can download this Android app here:
Android app

Thursday, August 2, 2012

More TVpad M121S apps are coming? (粵海時移 app, Taiwan star 星 app and sports app)

It seems that more apps are coming besides the Korean apps and the video on demand apps (mentioned in my previous posts) on the TVpad M121S. The next apps are not announced yet and it seems that they are not yet available on the TVpad M121S (with firmware 3.0):


The first app is the Guangdong Time-shift app (粵海時移 app). This app (known for live HK channels) delays the livestreams by 12 hours.

The second app (Taiwan star 星) seems to be an app with content from Taiwan, perhaps more live channels from Taiwan?

The third app is another sports app. Maybe more sports channels?

When I know more information about these apps, I will make another post to keep you updated.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What are the differences between the TVpad M121S and M121? (M121S vs. M121)

Differences between the TVpad M121S and M121

The TVpad management only mentioned that the CPU inside the M121S is the TCC8902 and there is 512M RAM inside the M121S. The CPU inside the M121 is the TCC8901 and there is 256M RAM inside the M121. Searching the Internet for more information about the CPU, it can be noticed that the CPU core is the same between the TCC8902 and the TCC8901 (see this link and this link). They are both clocked at 800MHz. The GPU is also the same. It seems that there is only more RAM in the M121S compared to M121. The retail price of the M121S is going to be $30 higher than the M121 ($259 vs $229, both without discount applied). Most likely, the TVpad M121 will be discontinued.
                                                                                                                                              Furthermore, M121S has firmware version 3.0 which allows you to watch more foreign channels (Korean TV streams) and it has more video on demand apps. Also, in firmware version 3.0, you can search for the apps in the "App Garden" and install it immediately. Current M121/120 owners can update their firmware in the future to 3.0 to have the same features as the M121S.

Update: the TVpad management have mentioned that the 512M RAM inside the M121S was a typo. Actually, there is only 256M RAM inside the M121S, so the amount of RAM is the same compared to the M121. The main difference is that there is firmware 3.0 inside the M121S allowing you to watch more foreign channels (Korean live channels). As mentioned above, M121/120 owners can update their firmware in the future to 3.0 to have the same features as the M121S. If you don't care about Korean live TV and a couple of more Chinese VOD apps on the short term, I would recommend the M121.

Update 2: the firmware upgrade to 3.26 can now be downloaded, see this post: TVpad firmware upgrade package 3.26. Also, the TVpad M121S is currently on sale for $199, see this post: TVpad M121S sale $199

Pictures of the new interface in firmware 3.0


Main menu

Settings

App Garden

Saturday, July 28, 2012

TVpad M121S 1-week sales promotion (extented)

You can order the TVpad M121S from 30 July till (and including) 5 August (Beijing time) for the promotion price of 229US Dollar ($199 after discount, see details below). The retail price of the TVpad M121S is going to be 259US Dollar ($30 higher than M121 version). As mentioned in the previous post, the TVpad M121S has a new interface and firmware version 3.0 which allows you to watch more foreign channels (Korean channels). Current TVpad M121/120 owners can upgrade their firmware in the future to enjoy the new features.

Update (December 8, 2012): For a limited period of time, you can buy the TVpad M121S for only $199, see this post: TVpad $199





Translated English order form 





The TVpad M121S promotion price conditions are as follows:

The price promotion period is from 30 July till (and including) 5 August (Beijing time)

1. Buy the TVpad on http://www.tvpad.hk/tvpad/01 or on http://en.tvpad.hk/ and copy the following words in the "other request" white column (其他要求) in the order form: "提前预定TVpad M121S新品,8月6日统一发货"  (I would like to get the TVpad M121S)

2. The TVpad M121S units will be shipped starting on 6 August.

3. The $30 dollar discount coupon per unit (14696673) can still be used in this promotion (so the price will be $199 per unit after discount has been applied) and also the Olympics promotion is still valid (see this post). For example, when you buy 2 TVpad M121S units in the price promotion period (30 July - 5 August), you will also get 2 wireless network cards for free.



Video's of M121S interface and app garden






Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TVpad M121S interface, retail box pictures, and new apps coming

A couple of retail box photo's of the TVpad M121S version can be seen below:





In a couple of weeks, the TVpad M121S version will be released that has a new firmware version (3.0). The hardware of the TVpad M121S version seems to be the same compared to the M121 version but the price of the M121S version will be higher than the current price of the M121 (so my advice is to buy the current M121 version before the price begins to rise). Also, there is no built-in wifi chip inside the M121S.

Current owners of the M121/120 version can upgrade the firmware in the future to enjoy the new features. One of the new features is the ability to watch more foreign channels (Korean channels). Also, a new feature is that the system will notify you when an update of an app is available.

A couple of pictures of the new interface:





The new apps that are coming along the M121S are as follows:





This VOD (video's on demand) app has the latest variety shows of mainland China.






This is a news (VOD) app offering the daily headlines of various topics.





This VOD app offers old movies on demand.




This VOD app has the latest TV series of mainland China.




This VOD app has the latest video's about health and medical issues.




This VOD app has educational content for children.




This app is about Buddhism.




Video's of M121S interface and app garden





Saturday, July 14, 2012

TVpad M121 sales promotion activity

For the latest TVpad sales promotion (discount) activity, check this page: TVpad sales activity

Due to the upcoming Olympic Games, TVpad website is holding a promotion activity.

Promotion period: 15 July 00:00 till 15 August 24:00 (Beijing time)

The sales promotion activity is as follows:

1. Buy 2 TVpad units or more (in 1 order) and each TVpad will get a wireless network card for free.

2. Buy 10 TVpad units or more (in 1 order) and each TVpad will get a wireless network card for free    + you will get 1 TVpad unit extra for free. (In total, 11 TVpads + 10 wireless usb network cards) 


http://tvpad.hk/tvpad/02/index.html (TVpad M121 Chinese order page)
http://en.tvpad.hk/tvpad/02/index.jsp (TVpad M121 English order page)

If you want to buy the TVpad M121S, you can buy it on the order pages below:

http://tvpad.hk/tvpad/01/index.html (TVpad M121S Chinese order page)
http://en.tvpad.hk/ (TVpad M121S English order page)


$30 discount code per unit (fill this in the order form): 14696673 (The discount coupon can still be used in this sales promotion activity)

The free wireless network card you will get when you order 2 TVpad units or more: GWF-3133 Wireless USB adapter (150MBps):



Saturday, July 7, 2012

TVpad M121S/M121: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)



This post will mention the most frequently asked questions about the TVpad M233 (TVpad2), TVpad3 M121S or M121 and it will be updated frequently.

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html

FAQ


1. Do I have to pay shipping costs when I buy the machine on the official website?
The shipping costs are free for a lot of countries. See the table below (source is tvpad official website). Also, you can see your tracking number in the account you have signed up for during the purchase process.

















2. Do I have to pay import costs/tax?
The vendor will put a very low value on the package, but there is still a chance that you have to pay import costs/tax if the customs does not believe the low value of the machine. Also, the import duty rule (pay tax if the value is over a certain threshold) can differ for each country, so check your customs website about this.


3. What is the after-sale service when you buy the TVpad on the official TVpad website?
You can return the machine within 7 days or exchange the machine for a new one within 15 days if the machine is faulty. Also, this machine has 1 year warranty. If you want to return the machine, put the return receipt in your package and state the following information: your name, order number, registered ID (e-mail and nickname) and returns reason. Before sending back, I still advice you to make contact first with the customer service.

4. Do all WIFI network adapters/dongles work on the TVpad?
The answer is no, not all WIFI network adapters work on the TVpad. The vendor recommends the Netcore NW360 WIFI adapter. An user reported that the following WIFI usb adapter also works on the TVpad: WIFI usb adapter. The vendor also have mentioned that WIFI USB adapters with RT3070 or RTL8192SU chipset inside will work on the TVpad. 
                                                                                                                                       Note: it's best to use a wired connection , more stable in my opinion compared to a wireless connection, but you can always try the WIFI network adapter first. Please be aware that there is no built-in wifi chip inside the TVpad M121S or in the M121. A low cost RJ45 cable would work if you don't mind the long cables in your house or you could buy  powerline adapters (at least two are needed). I must tell you that some people have some problems with the wireless connection (connection not stable enough), so my advice is really to use a wired connection.

There is a WIFI chipset built-in inside TVpad2 (TVpad M233), so you don't need to buy an external WIFI USB stick anymore.

5.1 How to get TVpad working for the first time (short tutorial)?
First, the following items should be included in the TVpad retail box: TVpad set top box, instruction brochure, power adapter, remote, av cable, hdmi cable and 8GB microSD card. After you have connected the TVpad with your TV and started it up, you will be ask to enter a three digit number shown on the TV screen. Type in that number using the remote control. After that, you will be able to configure your settings. (Edit: there is only 4GB microSD card in stead of 8GB in the M121S package and TVpad2 (TVpad M233)

5.2 How to install/un-install the apps on the TVpad?
No apps are installed when you start the machine for the first time. After you have configured your settings, you can install the apps by going to "App manager" in the main menu. In the "TVpad store"  (first tab)(this can be found in firmware 3.0 or higher), you can find all the apps. Choose the app you would like to install and press "OK" in the remote control. You can un-install an app by going to the "Installed apps" tab. Go to the app you would like to un-install and press "OK" in the remote control. 

Apps can also be installed using an USB-stick. Connect your USB-stick with the apps on it with your TVpad and go to "App manager" in the main menu. Go to the third tab ("Others") and there you will find all the apps you would like to install. If you have TVpad2 (TVpad M233) device, then it is normally not possible to install TVpad apps using an USB-stick (there is no third tab). However, you can use some software to allow apps installation using an USB-stick.

6. Will the TV apps work forever?
No, there is a chance that some of the apps won't work in the future.

7. What kind of Internet connection do I need for the TVpad?
At least a download speed of 2 till 3Mbps is going to be needed, 3-4Mbps is more on the safer side. Be aware that these livestreams also uses your upload connection, so you are downloading as well as uploading at the same time. Thus, this could affect your Internet browsing or gaming experience. Maybe your router has the option to limit the upload speed.

8. Do I have to pay a monthly/yearly fee for this device?
No, you don't have to pay a monthly/yearly fee for using this device.

9. How to switch video output from AV to HDMI and vice versa?
Normally, you can switch the video ouput in "Settings" ---> "Video Setting". You can also switch the video output by pressing F1 button for a couple of seconds on your remote control and wait for a couple of minuts. Try this method when the TVpad is turned on and you are only seeing a black screen on the TV. You can switch between PAL and NTSC by pressing the F2 button for a couple of seconds on your remote control.

10. How is the quality of the livestreams and are they stable (without lags or stuttering)?
Generally speaking, the quality of the livestreams is average (they are not HD quality), but still good enough to watch. In the past 11 months, I haven't experienced lags/stuttering, so the livestreams are quite stable.

11. How much is the data usage when the TVpad is turned on?
Since not all the TV livestreams are of the same quality (bitrate can differ), I can only mention a rough estimate of the data usage when you are watching a TV livestream. Watching a livestream for 10 minutes is about 63MB of data usage. This can be higher or lower depending on the livestream you are watching.

12. How to see the channel list within an app?
Press the "Menu" button on your remote to see the channel within the app. You can also change a TV channel by using the up and down "arrows" buttons on your remote and then press the "OK" button.

13. How to update the TVpad apps?
It does not happen often that you need to update the apps. New TV channels can be added by the TVpad management without updating your app. When there is a new update of an app, you need to download the app again and install it again (un-install the old app first). In firmware version 3.0, the system will notify you to update your app.

14. What are the differences between the TVpad M121S and M121? (TVpad M121S vs M121)
The TVpad management only mentioned that the CPU inside the M121S is the TCC8902 and there is 256M RAM inside the M121S. The CPU inside the M121 is the TCC8901 and there is also 256M RAM inside the M121. Searching the Internet for more information about the CPU, it can be noticed that the CPU core is the same between the TCC8902 and the TCC8901 (see this link and this link). They are both clocked at 800MHz. The GPU is also the same. 

Furthermore, M121S has firmware version 3.0 which allows you to watch more foreign channels (Korean TV streams) and it has more video on demand apps. Current M121/120 owners can update their firmware in the future to 3.0 to have the same features as the M121S. It seems that TVpad M121S has only a newer firmware version.

15. What are the differences between the TVpad M311 and M121S?
TVpad M311 was a device similar to the M121, but it was targeted to Koreans living overseas. Instead of Chinese TV channels, the TVpad M311 has Korean TV channels and Korean on demand content. Some while ago, the TVpad management discontinued the M311 (not for sale anymore) and allowed the TVpad M121S to watch Korean TV channels and Korean on demand content.

16. What is the system interface language?
The following languages are available: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Korean and Japanese. Korean and Japanese language are only available in firmware version 3.0

17. What kind of video's can be played by TVpad?
TVpad can play video's with the following codecs: H.264, MPEG 1/2/4, VC-1, Real Video 8/9/10, H.263.

18. Can I watch two different live channels at the same time with only 1 TVpad?
No, that's not possible. You will need 2 TVpad units to be able to watch two different live channels at the same time.

19. Is it possible to buy a new remote control when the old remote control is broken?
Yes, that's possible. The market price for the remote control is $15 dollar and you can buy it on the official website. You can also use your Android phone as a remote control by installing the remote control app or you can use an Harmony One remote.

20I am getting a "user does not exist" message (this could happen to TVpad users with firmware 3.0 or higher). What should I do?
It could be your Internet connection. Test whether your Internet connection works or not. Maybe your Internet cable is somehow disconnected (if you are using a wired connection). Also, try to restart your TVpad if you are getting the user does not exist message, this may help. 

If your Internet connection does work fine and you have restarted your TVpad, then you may have a bigger problem. Your TVpad could have been blacklisted/banned. Contact the (online) customer service on the official TVpad website to unban your TVpad by mentioning your problem and the MAC address of your TVpad (this unique MAC address can be found beneath your TVpad)(customer service e-mailaddress: service@tvpad.hk). You can also use the chat service for help (see the next question) If you have bought this device from a dealer/reseller, then this dealer/reseller could have reported to the TVpad customer service that the TVpad device (sold to you) does not work (while it could be working fine). The dealer/reseller will then get a new one from TVpad in return. 

There is also a possibility that there are some problems with the authentication server of TVpad (causing the "user does not exist" message), anyway you should still contact the customer service on the official site about your problem if the problem exists for more than 1 day.

21. How can I contact the customer service for help?
You can send an e-mail to the customer service (service@tvpad.hk) or you can chat with the customer service on the following site: Chat with the customer service 

You can type your question/problem in English in the chat box, but they may answer only in Chinese. Use an online translater to understand their response to your question/problem.


22. How to reset or restore the TVpad M121S to factory settings?
You can reset or restore the TVpad M121S to factory settings by going to "Settings" in the main menu. Then, go to the tab "Factory Default" to restore your settings.

23. Can I use the TVpad on my computer (PC)/laptop?
If your PC monitor or laptop has HDMI input connection, then you can use the TVpad also on that device.


24. What are the differences between TVpad M233 (TVpad2) and TVpad M121S?
TVpad M233 (also known as TVpad2) has a better CPU and GPU compared to the older model (TVpad M121S). A better CPU and GPU does not mean that the livestreams or video on demand content of the apps are of better quality compared to the older model. A better CPU and GPU in the TVpad M233 model decreases the start-up time of the machine.

TVpad M233 (TVpad2) has also built-in WIFI chipset inside, so you don't need an external WIFI USB stick anymore. There is no built-in WIFI chipset inside TVpad M121S. Furthermore, you can play games on the TVpad M233 with the game controller (game controller is provided if you fill in the gift code 14696673 in the order form on the official website). TVpad M233 will also have VoIP support in the future.

The amount of TV apps is currently the same for TVpad M233 (TVpad2) as well as for TVpad M121S.

Friday, July 6, 2012

TVpad M121/M121S: How to record/save your TVpad stream

Following the previous post (watch the same TVpad stream on any devices), this post lets you record/save the same TVpad stream in a very easy way. See the following instructions:

1. Open VLC Media Player (free) on your Desktop PC or laptop.
2. Go to "View" and click on "Advanced Controls". Now a record icon will appear (above the play icon).



















3. Go to "Media" and open your "Network stream" and then enter your network url (ip address tvpad + port number (see the previous post)). Hopefully, you can now see the TVpad livestream on VLC player.
4. Click on the record icon and now you are recording/saving the livestream. Click on the record icon for the second time to stop recording the livestream. The output of the recording/stream can normally be found in "Documents" -->  "Libraries" --> "Videos" (in Windows).


Note: 1 minute of recording is about 6-8 MB large.


TVpad M121/M121S: How to watch the same TVpad stream on any devices (Desktop PC, laptop, tablet (ipad), smartphone) besides your TV

Credits goes to "jason13863", "ninja168", and "phantoman" @ PA forum for pointing this out. 

First, you have to know the ip address of your TVpad in order to watch the same stream on any devices besides your TV (e.g. play the TVpad livestream on your iPad, iPhone and Android device). The ip address of your TVpad can be found in "settings" (Grey icon in the start menu), then go to "cable network icon" or "wireless network icon". Write that ip address down. Now, you only have to put a port number after the ip address. It begins with 6001 and any channel change on your TV will result in the port number to increase with 1 (thus 6002). If port number 6001 does not work for the first time, try port number 6002 and so on. Finally, copy that url to any media player (app) that supports streams (for example, VLC player on your desktop PC or Mac). You can use Oplayer to watch the livestream on your iPad or iPhone.


http://(ip address of your tvpad):(port number)

For example

http://192.184.1.84:6001 (note: ip address you see here is just random numbers) 
http://192.184.1.84:6002 (any channel change on your TV increases the port number with 1)
http://192.184.1.84:6003
http://192.184.1.84:6004
http://192.184.1.84:6005
http://192.184.1.84:6006
http://192.184.1.84:6007
http://192.184.1.84:6008

and so on...............................................

If you want to record/save the stream, see this post

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

TVpad M121S/M121 Apps download

TVpad M233/M121S/M121 Apps download

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html

You can find the TVpad apps for TVpad M233 (TVpad2) or M121S (a total of 98 apps at the moment) in the "TVpad store" (also known as "TVpad app garden") inside the "App manager" (available since firmware version 3.0) on your device (see these pictures: tvpad app managertvpad store).

No apps are installed if you start the TVpad mediaplayer for the first time, you have to download the tvpad apps and install them yourself. If you don't have firmware version 3.26 or higher (this only applies to earlier TVpad M121S or older TVpad models), upgrade your firmware first (because if you don't have firmware 3.26 or higher, then you can't see the TVpad store).

Install the search app 应用搜索器 in the "TVpad store" for more apps (including 粵海寬頻, 粵海時移 and 港粤快看). TVpad M233 (TVpad2) already has firmware version 3.7, so you don't need to upgrade your firmware. However, TVpad M233 (TVpad2) users need to install something in order to get HK apps (such as 粵海寬頻, 粵海時移 and 港粤快看) that can not be found in the TVpad store (perhaps due to legal reason). See this blogpost for more information: apps installation from an USB device

A short introduction about the different apps for TVpad M233 (TVpad2)/M121S/M121:

粵海寬頻 app and HITV app have mainly live channels from Hong Kong.

粵海時移 app has livestreams delayed by 12 hours.

粤TV app has live channels from Hong Kong.

我爱K歌 app is a Karaoke app.

佛海視界 app, BETV app, and 516網絡電視 app have live channels from China and Taiwan.
(e.g. CCTV2,5,10,11 CTS, TVBS, TTV)

港粤快看 app is a HK video on demand app. The latest HK TV-series, shows can be watched using this app.

粵海寬頻2 回放 app is a HK video on demand app. A lot of video programs can be watched on demand
of HK channels using this app.

影视谷2 app is also a video on demand app. This app can be used for movies and variety shows.

NIJI_Show app has 7 live channels from Japan (e.g. NHK, TBS, Fuji TV) 

体育on Line has live sports channels (CCTV5, MBC Sports, Guangdong sports channel)

NamTV app has livechannels from Vietnam

V-sen app has video on demand content from Vietnam

YOUTUBE app and  优酷看看 (Youku) app are popular video hosting sites to watch video's. 

好播视频 and 好播音乐 app are video and music player. 
(Your own video's and music can be watched/listened using these apps)

老电影HD app is a video on demand app with old movies.

华夏剧场 app is a video on demand app with TV-series of mainland China                                  

每日焦点 app is a video on demand app with the latest news.

热辣综艺 app is a video on demand app with Chinese variety shows.

养生堂 app is video an on demand app about Chinese health culture (e.g. traditional medicine)

巧连智 app is an video on demand app for children (educational content)


佛教學堂 app is an on demand app about Buddhism.

趣味数独 is a Sudoku game app.

80相声 is a video on demand app. Chinese talkshows can be watched using this app.

养生太极 is a video on demand app. Health/Tai Chi video's can be watched using this app.

天天饮食 is a video on demand app. Chinese cooking shows can be watched using this app.

时下热剧 is a video on demand app. Chinese (mainland) TV-series can be watched using this app.

潮汕風情 is a video on demand app. Chinese theatre/opera can be watched using this app.

瑜伽健身 is a video on demand app. Yoga/Fitness video's can be seen using this app.

立波show is a video on demand app. Chinese talkshows can be watched using this app.

郭德網  is a video on demand app. Chinese stand up comedy can be watched using this app.

应用搜索器 is a search app allowing to find some of the apps mentioned above.

港台武侠  is a video on demand app. It has classic martial arts/wuxia drama's.

谍战 is a video on demand app. It has war/spy related Chinese drama's

惊骇时刻 is a video on demand app. Ih has horror movies.

哈利波特 is a video on demand app. It has Harry potter movies.

美剧天下 is a video on demand app. It has TV-series from the United States.

初恋电影合辑 is a video on demand app. It has romantic movies.

天使赫本 is a video on demand app. It has Audrey Hepburn video's

热映影吧 is a video on demand app It has foreign movies.

家庭幽默录像 is a video on demand app. It has funniest home video's


成长的烦恼 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a Chinese reality show

微电影 is a video on demand app. It has short movies.

MJ-Video is a video on demand app. It has video's of Michael Jackson

百老汇 is a video on demand app. It has video's of dance performances

红磡巨声 is a video on demand app. It has music concert video's.

李云迪 is a video on demand app. It has video's of famous pianist Yundi Li.

粤语音乐疯 is a video on demand app. It has music video's of HK singers.

小巨蛋music is a video on demand app. It has music concert video's of various singers. 

郭德纲 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a stand-up comedy (crosstalk) show

百变大咖秀 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a Chinese variety show.

年代秀 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a show called "The Generation show"

女人如歌 is a video on demand app. It has "The winner is..." video's.

中国好声音 is a video on demand app. It has video's of the Voice of China.

晚小品 is a video on demand app. It has video's of Chinese stand-up comedy (sketch)

刘谦变魔术 is a video on demand app. It has video's of magic tricks

世界周刊 is a video on demand app. It has world news video's.

杨澜访谈录 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a Chinese talkshow

动物世界 is a video on demand app. It has animal video's

爱pet is a video on demand app. It has pet video's

走遍中国 is a video on demand app. It has historic video's of China

四大名著 is a video on demand app. It has wuxia/ancient TV-series

倒霉熊 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a cartoon

童真天籁 is a video on demand app. It has kids songs video's

精彩童话 is a video on demand app. It has video's of children stories

微动画 is a video on demand app. It has short animation video's

全民舞动  is a video on demand app. It has traditional dance video's

非常粥道 is a video on demand app. It has video's of making different rice porridge

蔡澜叹名菜 is a video on demand app. It has video's of a food show.

按摩养生 is a video on demand app. It has massage video's

舌尖中国 is a video on demand app. It has video's of tv show "A bite of China"

趣味数独 is s sudoku app.

快乐拼图 is a puzzle app

黑白棋 is a othello app.

雀圣 is a mahjong app.


Below are the TVpad Korean apps (Korean live TV and video on demand (VOD) apps)

Solive is a Korean live TV app. This includes livestreams of MBC, KBS1/2, SBS, tvN TV channel.

KKS is a Korean live TV app. It has several livestreams (SBS, KBS, MBC, ytn)

월드TV is a Korean app with foreign channels (BBC, Bloomberg, CCTV4, CNN)

DB 티비극장 is a Korean video on demand (VOD) app with movies & drama's.

DB 예능hot  is a Korean VOD app with variety shows.

DB 종합오락 is a Korean VOD with entertainment, education, current events and music programs.

DB 기독교 is a Korean religion app.

DB 어린이 is a comic and animation app for children.

DB 요리프로 is a Korean VOD app with cooking shows.     

Hot韩剧社 is a video on demand app. It has Korean drama's.

K-POP is a video on demand app. It has concert video's of K-pop artists

HM인기최신 is a video on demand app. It has video's of popular TV content

DB 종합오락프로 is a video on demand app. It has entertainment, music program video's.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

TVpad M121 HK drama on demand app

A new app has been released: 港粤快看 app

This app is a video on demand app and it has the latest TVB drama's. You can watch these drama's whenever you want. The quality of the TVB drama's is very good.

You will need firmware version 2.72 or higher in order to get this app working. If you don't have firmware version 2.72 or higher, upgrade your firmware to the latest version 3.26

This app can be found in the online "TVpad Store" inside "App manager" (this can be found in firmware version 3.0 or higher). First, this search app need to be installed (应用搜索器) before you can find this app.

A Youtube video about this app can be seen below:

Go to this page for the TVpad3 promotion packages: tvpadm233.blogspot.com/2013/11/tvpad-3-discount-deals.html