Dreamlink T1 Plus Review | IPTV Box With PVR But Is It Old Tech?

By | August 29, 2017

This 4K Media Player is a great all round performer but can you install Kodi V17? In this Dreamlink T1 Plus Review discover what it can be used for.

These days most people are craving for multi-functionality with TV systems. The Dreamlink T1 Plus Smart TV box will give you that. You can use it for an IPTV service and also take advantage of the great EPG function.

Not only that, it also has a PVR timeshift feature which allows you to pause, rewind and even record your favorite TV programs. I’m wondering what the downsides are with this box?

Let’s find out.

Review for the Dreamlink T1 Plus 4K Box

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Price: $87.00 + FREE shipping
Best place to buy: Amazon
Product size: 7.9 x 3.1 x 4.7 inches
Weight: 12 oz.
Guarantee: 1 year
Amazon US rating: 3.7/5

Amazon offer the best price for this IPTV set top box. If you purchase from the manufacturer’s website it will cost you $100 compared to $87.00 on Amazon.

What’s included?

  • Dreamlink T1 Plus Box
  • User Manual
  • Power supply
  • HDMI Cable
  • Batteries
  • Remote Control with Learning feature

Specs

  • OS: Android 4.4.2 Kitkat
  • Compatible with STB emulators
  • CPU: Quad Core Cortex-A7 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Quad Core Mali-450
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of eMMC storage
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Ethernet port 100M RJ-45
  • Single Band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • External USB supports PVR and Timeshift
  • Grid and Single EPG
  • Resolution 4k x 2k, 1080p50, 1080p30, 1080p24, 1080i60, 1080i50720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i
  • 4k x 2k@30 fps decoding
  • Hardware JAVA acceleration
  • Video decodes H.265, H.264, AVS+, MVC, MPEG2, MPEG, VC-1, VP6, and also VP8
  • Dolby : optical ac3
  • Power on/off button
  • Catch Up TV feature
  • Multimedia Engine Acceleration
  • Micro SD card reader
  • Hardware floating-point co-processor
  • 3D Video processing
  • HDMI video and audio out
  • Low noise learning remote
  • OTA updater

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Main Features

EPG Display:

The EPG (electronic program guide) is a great feature and it will support any set up from your IPTV supplier. This will give you all the program information and times. It’s just like watching normal TV.

This information is taken from your supplier so it does depend on how they have set it up. There is a nice Group feature on the EPG that allows you to filter by genres and also add your own favorite channels into one group.

It’s within the EPG display that you can use the timeshift function and also record using the PVR feature.

PVR (personal video recording):

Finally we get a recording feature on an IPTV set top box! This will allow you to record programs onto your external drives through the USB port and watch them later.

Sure, a lot of IPTV suppliers also have a Catch Up facility but not all channels are covered (usually). This PVR feature alone will be enough for some TV box fanatics to invest in one of these T1 Plus boxes.

Multi-functionality:

This is an Android Media Player so this means you can effectively use it for an IPTV service and also access other apps from the Market Place.

Kodi 17 can be used on this device contrary to popular belief, but it is a forked version by a company called EBOX MMC. It has all the standard features and can be customized to suit your preference.

The only disadvantage I can think of with using a mirrored version of Kodi 17 is not having access to the latest version from the Play Store, especially due to the recent security risks with earlier versions of Kodi.

The official Kodi 17 isn’t supported on Android 4.4 so that is why this box is using a mirrored copy. If this could be updated over-the-air that would mean you could effectively keep updated with Kodi but you are dependent on EBOX updating their forked version of Kodi.

As always I recommend using a good VPN if you are going to be using Kodi to stream live TV channels. It’s easy to install and use a VPN with Kodi now, thanks to the Play Store.

For IPTV suppliers you can add up to 5 different servers which is 3 more than the MAG TV boxes. This is excellent because it saves you deleting and adding different IPTV suppliers.

If you are like me, I tend to change suppliers once in a while to try different services but on the MAG box you are limited to 2 server entries only (portal URL).

The T1 Plus runs Stalker Middleware which allows you to run apps from the Google Play Store and multi-task between IPTV servers which is a huge advantage.

Games are also supported on this box but with 1GB of RAM you will be restricted with some games that rely on power-hungry graphics and processors.

Pros and Cons

The Good:

  • EPG display
  • PVR feature
  • Multi-functionality
  • 5 x IPTV servers
  • Power on/off
  • Learning remote control

The Bad:

  • No Dual Band WiFi
  • No Gigabit Ethernet
  • Android 4.4.2
  • 1GB of RAM

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Alternatives to the Dreamlink T1 Plus

The main alternatives to this box would be a MAG TV box or a standard Android Media Player. With the MAG box you are restricted to the Linux OS without the ability to use the Play Store. That is why the T1 Plus is so appealing.

An Android TV box would give you access to the Play Store but without the IPTV functionality that the T1 Plus has. However, most of the IPTV suppliers do support Android through a STB emulator which can be downloaded from the Play Store. Matrix Browser is one such emulator.

Some IPTV suppliers also have their own app which can be installed on an Android media player. One company that has theri own app is Wizard IPTV who are based in Ireland.

My preferred IPTV supplier (NTV) are compatible with Android using an emulator. You can read more about the various platforms they support on my other article here.

Their IPTV service could also be used on the T1 Plus.

Conclusion

I love the functionality of this set top box and would definitely consider buying it to reduce my media players. This is one box that you could use for a range of things but the specs are lacking when it comes to heavy Android based apps.

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Craig
Proprietor at UK TV Services Abroad
Hi I'm Craig! I am a UK expat who has lived overseas since 1997. I have lived in Malaysia since 2011. I started this website in 2016 to primarily help fellow expats who are trying to watch UK TV abroad. Drop me a line if you have any questions - Craig@UKTVServicesAbroad.com

8 thoughts on “Dreamlink T1 Plus Review | IPTV Box With PVR But Is It Old Tech?

  1. Nate Kidd

    This is very interesting and something I would be interested in buying actually. I like a lot of the benefits of it but the thing that I think may be a problem is the RAM. 1 gig may not be enough but without testing it I cannot say for sure.

    I am bookmarking this one for later. I know someone who may get this as a surprise gift as well. Thank for sharing.

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Nate,

      1GB of RAM will be okay for an IPTV supplier. Some of the MAG boxes only have 528kb of RAM so this is actually an improvement. But for using with Android apps 1GB may not be good for performance.

      I always like to recommend a minimum of 2GB of RAM with any Android TV box. This would enable you to play demanding games if that was your want. I think they may have missed a trick here with this box. If they hadn’t been so stingey with the specs they have have had more sales.

      – Craig

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  2. Heidi

    I am an expat, too, and I would have loved this sort of technology to connect with my home country 30 years ago. Fortunately, today we have all sorts of possibilities and the device you describe will be of service to many people, I am sure! I love your attitude that you want to help expats to stay connected and that you are looking for practicle means for them to do that!

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    1. Craig Post author

      Hi Heidi,
      Yes I remember the old days too when it was virtually impossible to get foreign channels when overseas. I lived in Norway in the 90’s and it was very difficult. How times have changed and the Dreamlink T1 Plus is a very versatile TV box which means you wouldn’t need 2 TV boxes for IPTV and Kodi. Thanks for the feedback.
      – Craig

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  3. simon watson

    Cool, this was a great review on the Dreamlink T1 Plus. It told me everything that I needed to know. It listed absolutely everything that I was searching for. So, thank you for your help, sir.
    Simon

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