If you have stumbled on some Tiger Stream TV Reviews that are praising this box, please tread carefully. Some of them may be affiliated to this company.
That means they get a commission for every device that is bought by following their links to the official Tiger Stream TV website. There's nothing wrong with being affiliated to other companies. I also have affiliate links on my website.
However, if I review a product and it's no good or a rip off, I will give honest advice. Without even reviewing this product in depth, I know at first glance that this is a big rip off.
Who are Tiger Stream?
There's very little information about the actual company on their website, but they do operate out of USA. Here is an interesting snippet from their website.
"Any use of this device is solely the responsibility of the end user".
That's an unusual thing to say isn't it? In other words, we are selling them but we are not taking responsibility if they are illegal. This should have alarm bells ringing already.
Tiger Stream Price
The latest Tiger Stream T5X media player is priced at a whopping $429! Yes you read that correctly. You can also bundle one of their little wireless keyboards for an additional $30 if you are crazy enough.
Maybe you are thinking that having access to all of these channels is worth a one-off payment of $429? You will still save plenty from canceling your cable TV subscription.
You're right, but here is the rub. Tiger Stream TV utilizes Kodi software which is free to download from the Play Store or the official Kodi website and use on any device. What they have done is customize it to make it easier for the user.
What if I told you that you can customize it yourself and it isn't difficult to set up? More on that later.
Is Tiger Stream Worth it or not?
I think you know my thoughts on this already. Before I get to the verdict let's take a look at what you are actually getting for your $429.
Tiger Stream T5X Specs
Okay, let's assess the specifications at face value, without thinking too much about the price. The specs are not too bad. 2GB of RAM is acceptable and they have dual band WiFi, but why no Gigabit Ethernet?
The Amlogic S905X is old already, this could've been built around the S912 SoC and it would have looked and performed a whole lot better. Android 6.0 is decent and will allow you to at least use Kodi V17.
This is a true 4K box so it will operate as they say but it's not high-end. I've reviewed plenty of Android TV boxes that have better specs than this one and at a fraction of the price. I'm talking less than $100.
Is Tiger Stream illegal?
Tiger Stream allow you to access content that is subject to copyright. There is no getting away from this fact. Any TV channel that isn't free, is subject to a license which means a subscription.
That means channels like HBO, etc are being accessed via the Kodi software. It's estimated that 70% of all Kodi users are accessing pirated content on a daily basis. That's 26 million Kodi users Worldwide.
Pros and Cons
Tiger Stream and Kodi
How Does Kodi work?
Kodi has been in the news a lot recently and the software is being targeted by the big TV companies and media suppliers. They are starting to lose money so they are trying to stop people from leaving them.
Cable TV is expensive so it's normal for people to look at alternatives. Kodi provides a platform for accessing third-party addons that provide free links to live TV channels.
Of course, because it is free the quality is not great. However, Tiger Stream do provide you with access to Premium Services like Channel Up, Dragon Streams, Kodi Streams, Sports Access, Sports Donkey and HQ Zone.
These are all included and installed for you using the Tiger Stream Wizard installation. They say on their website that these are only accessible via Tiger Stream TV. Not true. You can subscribe to these services yourself.
How to Customize Kodi on any Android Device
The easiest way is to add a custom Kodi build. This is similar to the Tiger Stream Wizard that sets up your box. These Kodi Builds are free to install and you can choose from several.
I like to use the No Limits Builds and these will install a set of featured addons that will give you access to everything that Tiger Stream offers, except the Premium Subscriptions mentioned.
To add No Limits to your device, check out my video below.
If you decide to use Kodi you should be aware of the legalities and addons that are now being blocked. One way to bypass these issues is by using a good VPN.
More and more Kodi users are going down this road to protect themselves and also access servers or addons that are restricted by location or blocked.
The company I use is called PureVPN and they have their own Kodi addon which makes it easy to use. Right now they have a promotion on and you can get their best service for only $2.91 per month.
Alternatives to Tiger Stream TV
The obvious alternative is to buy a different Android TV box and customize Kodi yourself. That will save you upwards of $300 instead of buying the Tiger Stream.
But this doesn't give you access to the Premium Subscriptions that Tiger Stream offer so the quality of your streams won't be as good.
However, there is another way that will give you access to 350+ Premium TV Channels live and with a 14 day catch up service.
This will also work on any Android TV box. When I discovered a paid IPTV subscription in 2016 it was the catalyst behind this website.
Since then I have canceled my cable TV subscription and use my IPTV service as my main TV system. The Premium packages start at €14.95 only.