The company reckon the Thorstream Media Player is the leading streaming device in the industry. The price tag matches that status, but is it justified?
These days most people want plug and play devices. The last thing you want is to buy a media player and then spend countless hours or days trying to set it up correctly.
The Thorstream Premier TV box is defined as plug and play by the company. It's exactly that, but you still need to run the installation wizard and set up your box. Don't worry, this article will show you how to do that.
I will also take a look at all the pros and cons together with the box specs and hopefully help you decide if the box is really worth forking out the $300.
ThorStream Premier TV Box Review
Without a doubt, this streaming media player is a looker. Very stylish and it looks the part, but what I'm really interested in is what's under the hood. It at least comes with an external antenna which will help with wireless reception.
I've reviewed a lot of these Android TV boxes with the manufacturers making all sorts of claims. ThorStream claim to be the leader in streaming devices so I was looking forward to checking out their device.
What's in the box?
System and performance
The Dual Band WiFi will give you download speeds of just over 20Mb/s which is pretty poor compared to some of the newer boxes on the market. I bought my Beelink GT1 for $65 and it clocked download speeds of 52Mb/s on my home network.
The operating system is only Android 4.4 Kitkat which is way out of date. This TV box utilizes Kodi which is free software and they have designed a custom build of their own to make it easier for novices.
However, you cannot use the latest version of Kodi on anything less than Android 5.1 Lollipop so that would be a major worry if I was buying this box. All pre-17.2 Kodi versions are not safe and a security risk was identified which would allow hackers to get into your device through the subtitles in Kodi.
The risk has since been nullified but only if you install the latest version of Kodi from the Play Store. Eventually a lot of the links won't work on old versions of Kodi because the newer links are all switching over to SSL (secure sockets layer).
These secure URLs won't work on older versions of Kodi and the system will eventually die. Nothing lasts forever, but this box will be redundant before the newer ones, 24 hour support or not.
The other problem is the installation wizard installs an older version of Kodi. Until they upgrade the OS to Android 5.1 or higher you will be stuck with the older version.
The lack of gigabit Ethernet would be a major consideration too. I always hard-wire my TV boxes because this gives a faster and more stable environment when streaming online. This box only has 10/100 which is old hat these days.
They are only packing 1GB of RAM which is a bit mean and I always recommend a minimum of 2GB of RAM especially if you plan on using it for games.
On the plus side they do include Premium Kodi channels which you normally have to pay for. These are included via Channel Up TV. These are shown below.
If you are going to stream live TV channels using these Premium channels or any addons that come with this media player you should seriously think about using them with a VPN.
Law suits and arrests are on the rise due to copyright issues and some of these servers are already being blocked in the UK. It's only a matter of time before other countries jump on the bandwagon.
Pros and Cons
ThorStream Set Up
As mentioned earlier, the box is easy to set up and once you power it on you will have to go through an initial selection process for language, display, etc.
Then you have to run the installation wizard and exit Kodi once complete. When you go back into Kodi everything will be set up for you. The addons in Kodi will update automatically. This is nothing to do with the ThorStream system, this is normal for Kodi.
Is the ThorStream Media Player a Scam?
In my opinion you are being way overcharged for this box. You are effectively being charged for the 24/7 support, the premium Kodi channels and the wizard installation.
You can buy newer and better boxes for a fraction of the cost. $75 will get you a brand new top of the range Android TV box with better specs and newer, faster technology.
It's not fair to call the ThorStream device a scam but they are definitely not the leaders in streaming devices.
My advice would be to buy another TV box for around $75 and install a custom Kodi build. This will install featured addons and you will have access to similar content.
Of course, if you would prefer to have the peace of mind with 24/7 customer support then you could take a chance with this box. Their customer service dept get rave reviews on Amazon.
This concludes my review for this media player. If you are interested in an alternative to Kodi why not check out my IPTV review which works in every country outside of the UK.