The bar was fairly low when the first streaming media players came out. Everybody was just excited to have this new kind of device appear on the market and change the home entertainment game. Over the years, however, things have changed and standards are higher. Many are not content with SD resolution on their TV screens. If they bought a 4K display, then they want to make full use of it. If they have a surround sound system, then they want blockbuster audio. Anything less would feel like a waste. Not all TV box Android models can meet these requirements so make sure that you pick one with the following specifications:

Streaming License

Just because a box has advanced hardware doesn’t mean that it can play 4K videos. Just because it says so in the box doesn’t mean it can either. You really have to do your homework and check out the reviews that put them through their phases. You also have to see whether they have the license given by streaming services to show their content in high resolutions. Without these licenses, you will be stuck watching grainy videos of your favorite films.

H.265 Hardware Decoding

Video files are notoriously massive. They take up a lot of storage capacity and take forever to download. Every couple of years, experts on video encoding come together to work on better standards to shrink the file size without compromising quality. The current compression standard is called H.265. Players will need a decoder to read the files and show the videos as they were meant to be seen. Hardware decoding is superior to software decoding.

Gigabit Ethernet

4K videos require high-speed Internet. For the best results, use a wired connection from your router to your TV box. Make sure that the box has a gigabit Ethernet port to handle the bandwidth and avoid any bottlenecks. If you plan to use wireless connections, then a dual band Wi-Fi card is recommended.

HDMI 2.0

This type of port can handle 4K videos in high refresh rates. If you want crisp visuals with no dropped frames, then this is essential. You might have to upgrade your HDMI cable as well.

USB 3.0 or Later

Those who are planning to connect their external hard drives to their TV box should look for one with a USB 3.0 port for faster read speeds. This will prevent sudden skips and lags.