About Platinum TV Box
According to the website, Platinum TV Box legally streams more than 3,000 Hollywood movies, 200+ live TV channels, and virtually any television show or live sporting event, without paying rental or subscription fees.
The device comes with apps already installed and all cables included—you just have to connect it to your TV using the included HDMI cable, press the power button, connect to a Wi-Fi signal, and you’ll be up and running in minutes. No technical know-how needed.
In less than 10 seconds, the company tells us, you’ll be able to tune into live HD television 24/7 with Platinum TV, watch almost every movie and TV series ever made (including episodes that just aired), and access movies that are still on demand. And it automatically adjusts to your download speed, so every kind of content can be watched immediately.
Is the Platinum TV box really a state-of-the-art, all-in-one entertainment device that will deliver just about any content you want, completely free of charge?
When it comes to spending your hard-earned money, the HighYa team believes that you should be as informed as possible, while always maintaining realistic expectations. So, let’s dive right in and take a look at Platinum TV’s functionality.
How Do Kodi Android Boxes Like Platinum TV Work?
Reporting for AndroidPCReview.com, Tim Wells writes that, whether you call it a “streaming media device, TV box, IPTV box, set top box, media streamer, HTPC, Kodi box, [or] Android TV box,” they’re “all basically the same type of device – something that gets content from your home network or the Internet to your television.”
In the case of Platinum TV, here are the specifics:
- Weight: 14 oz
- Dimensions: 5" x 5" x 2"
- Operating System: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- Connections: USB 2.0 (4 Slots available), SD/MCC card slot, HDMI
- Details: 64 Bit CPU, Quad Core Processor, 8GB EMMC FLASH Storage, 1GB DDR3 SDRAM, 3D Graphics Acceleration, Wi-Fi (B/G) or Ethernet, Standard United States 110 AC Plug, 5V power adapter included
According to WirelessHack.org, because the Android operating system is flexible, it can be ideal for devices like Platinum TV. Not only can users add just about any app available on Google Play to their TV box, but the OS is also open source (anyone can gain access to and alter its code), and as a result, is very customizable.
After hooking up your set top box to your TV (typically via an HDMI cable) and connecting it to your Wi-Fi signal, you’ll need to download different applications that will provide access to content. For example, popular streaming options include YouTube (and the more recent YouTube TV), Netflix, Hulu, HBONow, and Sling TV.
One of these apps is Kodi, which, like Android, is also free, open source software. But, instead of acting as an operating system, TechRadar tells us that it “can be used as a centralized media centre, letting you store all of your digital content in a single location and access it from virtually any device you like.”
Now, the important thing to remember here is that most premium streaming services aren’t free. As a result, in addition to the cost of a box like Platinum TV, you’d have to pay a monthly subscription fee to gain access to the content provided by these services (popular/new release movies, TV episodes/series, and so forth).
Bottom line: Can Android combining hardware like Platinum TV Box with downloadable Android apps help you gain access to tons of streaming content? Using a combination of free apps like SnagFilms, Crackle, Popcorn Flix, MovieBox, and TerrariumTV; yes, it’s possible.
However, if you’re expecting to gain access to all the same premium content provided by a traditional cable subscription, but without paying the associated fees, you might end up disappointed. For more, be sure to read Guide to Streaming Video Services: How to Find the Best Subscription.
Before continuing with our discussion of cost, let’s quickly address the legality of these boxes.
Are Kodi Android Boxes Like Platinum TV Legal?
Coming back to the TechRadar link cited above, they emphasize that the Kodi software itself isn’t illegal to use. “However,” they report, “the software can be utilized in such a way as to perform illegal activities, such as accessing live, copyright-protected sports broadcasts, or watching pirated copies of Hollywood films or the latest can’t-miss TV series without paying.”
Basically, third-party companies load "the software onto dedicated hardware devices known as ‘so-called Kodi boxes.' While Kodi doesn't make any such hardware itself, these boxes have become readily available, although online retailers, including Amazon and eBay."
While we’re certainly not saying this is the case with the Platinum TV Box, based on our experience writing about several of these set top boxes, we think it’s a potential red flag that the website advertises the device can “stream virtually any television show, Hollywood movie, or live sports event you want to watch, without having to worry about paying rental fees or monthly subscriptions.”
How Much Does the MQX Platinum TV Box Cost?
You can purchase one Platinum TV box for $45, or two for $80, with free shipping and no ongoing fees. Each order includes:
- Platinum TV Android 6.0 Streaming Device with Kodi 17.4
- 5V Power Adapter
- Quick Setup Guide
- Remote Control
- HDMI Cable
Important note: Searching online for ‘MQX Pro’ returned several other retailers selling what appeared to be we didn’t test these devices ourselves) the same Android box, but for as little as $10.
Nonetheless, MQX’s Platinum TV Box comes with a 30-day no questions asked money back guarantee when ordered directly, along with a 12-month hardware warranty, less S&H. In order to request one, customer service can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Can We Learn From Customer Reviews For the Platinum TV Box?
The only site where we encountered feedback for the MQX Pro Platinum Box at the time of our research was on Amazon, where dozens of third-party retailers were selling what appeared to be identical devices. Among more than 100 reviews, it had an average combined rating of about 3.5 stars.
There, many complimented its flexibility (lots of apps available, USB/HDMI ports), ease of use, and the ability to stream different content. On the other hand, frequent complaints seemed to revolve around less-than-stellar performance (slow speeds, low video quality (one claimed 1080p max)), and difficult functionality.
The Los Angeles-based company behind the Platinum TV Box of the same name held a B+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, based on one closed complaint as of 11/9/17. No details were available.
Are There Other Android/Kodi Set Top Boxes Competing With MQX Platinum TV?
Finding out how many devices are competing with Platinum TV Box is as easy as typing the phrase ‘Kodi Android box’ into your nearest search engine. At the time of our research, online marketplaces like Google Shopping and Amazon returned hundreds of results, most of which were priced somewhere between $20 and $50—putting Platinum TV at the upper end of the spectrum.
And as mentioned in the Pricing section, these same marketplaces also returned several MXQ Pro Platinum TV boxes through third-party retailers for as little as $10.
In other words, you have a lot of options to choose between. How can you make the best possible decision?
How to Choose an Android Kodi TV Box
Cameron Summerson of HowToGeek notes that “this is a really confusing landscape: there are a lot of “fake” Android TV boxes floating around out there, and only a handful of official boxes actually worth considering.” Why?
Without going into unnecessary detail, Cameron explains that, “What these guys are doing is taking the original Android source code—the one that’s meant for phones or tablets—and turning it into a sort of hackjob piece of software that will run on a box that plugs into your TV.”
As a result, in a different AndroidPCReview article, the author advises only choosing Kodi TV boxes that come with a good support network (specifically, “an active forum network with both company representatives and end-users who will gladly help out other users who have issues”), including a warranty.
There should also be regular firmware updates, competitive pricing, and high-quality hardware, although you won’t be able to learn about this last feature until after the device is in your hands. As such, many professionals recommend sticking only with well-known brands.
What does all of this mean for you and Platinum TV?
Our Final Thoughts About the MQX Pro Platinum TV Box
In 3 Easy Steps For Cutting the Cord & Saving Money, we outline there are three main things you’ll need in order to (hopefully) find freedom from expensive cable bills: an Internet connection, hardware that streams content to a device (TV, smartphone, tablet, etc.), and a streaming service like Netflix, HULU, and so forth.
In the instance of Platinum TV, it represents the hardware in this equation (and perhaps the service side as well, depending on the specific apps it comes pre-installed with). But as we discussed earlier, if you’re expecting it to essentially replace all your premium cable content with completely free services, then you’re likely to end up disappointed.
Based on what we learned from AndroidPCReview earlier, the Platinum TV Box isn’t priced outrageously high, and it also comes with a refund policy and warranty. However, the device seemed to come with a mixed online customer reputation, and the company doesn’t provide any specifics about firmware updates.
As such, as consumers ourselves, we might recommend exploring all of your Kodi-based Android set top TV box options before making a decision. And if you ultimately decide to go with the MQX Pro Platinum route, keep in mind that some retailers offered the device for as little as $10 during our research.
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
I just sent an email request for the return address because of my boxes (I bought 2, and they cost me $144 total, now I see they are advertising 2 for $80, no matter, I only want my money returned to my credit card). After sending the email I noticed the only other review was sent a few days ago and it sounds like we have the same issue. I will see how long this takes before I give them a better rating, but so far all they get is a 1 because I can't give a 0.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
20 out 20 people found this review helpful
Beware of Platinum TV Box
I am happy that some people seem to have gotten good merchandise. Beware though, mine didn't work at all!
These people will ignore your requests for your refund even after you return the product. I had to get my bank manager involved, and they still are ignoring all requests. Just beware when dealing with this company. They don't even offer a phone number that gets answered. You leave a message that is never returned.
I should have researched but was so excited about some reviews that I didn't.
You can't give zero stars in reviews here, but zero is my rating.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend