If you are looking for a multi-functional Android TV box with TV, cable and satellite tuners this box may fit the bill. Find out if it's worth the money.
Following on from my recent review of the MECOOL KIII Pro TV box which is also a hybrid with TV tuners, I decided to check out the WeTek Hybrid box.
The Play 2 is an upgrade of their first hybrid device and the good news for readers Stateside is the addition of an ATSC tuner which will allow you to watch Digital TV channels (DTV).
This was lacking in the KIII Pro box so it's good to see a hybrid with this functionality. Let's find out how good it is and if it delivers everything that you want in a hybrid TV media player.
Who are WeTek the company?
They have offices in Portugal, Hong Kong, Slovenia and Shenzhen and pride themselves on knowledge sharing and a good working relationship with other tech partners.
I have to be honest, but this is the first time I have ever reviewed one of the WeTek products but they seem to have a good name especially when it comes to customer support.
Their original WeTek Play hybrid device also had the ATSC tuner but the technology is outdated now hence the release of the Play 2 hybrid. The first model was powered by Android 4.4 and only had 1GB of RAM.
WeTek Play 2 Full Overview
What's in the box?
Play 2 Tech Specs
Summary of Main Features
This box pretty much plays all files but it did have a few hiccups with H.264 playback. Over the piece I think it's decent considering it's not built around the latest S912 Amlogic SoC.
There were some complaints about the EPG but they have since updated their system and with the OTA function it's easy to update it if you so wish.
The built-in TV tuners will allow you to access local content in your area/country. All you have to do is connect an external antenna and you will be able to pick up these channels.
Of course, you will only be able to access channels that are free-to-air but you can also access Premium channels if you pay a subscription.
It's just like watching normal terrestrial TV and the EPG feature will also show the channels and upcoming programs in your area.
There's not many hybrid Android TV boxes that have this feature but it's a useful addition and we may see more of these being added in the future.
Pros and Cons
What About The Play 2 With Kodi?
Yes, you can use the latest version of Kodi with this hybrid device. Android 5.1 Lollipop is the last backward version of the OS that supports Kodi in its latest format.
If you have the WeTek Play (original model) you won't be able to use the new version of Kodi on it. This is mainly due to lack of support for SSL which is the secure version of the HTTP protocol.
To use the latest version of Kodi on this device it's as easy as downloading it from the Google Play Store.
Can you use a VPN on the Play 2?
Absolutely. Since this is an Android device you can download the VPN app from the Play Store and use normally. I know a lot of people don't bother with a VPN when using Kodi but it can be useful.
It will unlock a lot of geo-restricted content and give you access to more media content. It also protects you against potential snooping from the authorities or your ISP.
Using a VPN with Kodi also has other benefits and a good VPN is very cheap these days.
Alternative for Live TV Channels
I think the TV tuners on this hybrid device are great and offer a really good way to watch free-view channels in your region.
Of course, you may not get the channels that you really would like to see (premium subscription) but there is an alternative that is more reliable than Kodi.
I still use Kodi but only for VOD content as the live streams are not reliable enough for me, even with a high speed internet connection.
Buffering occurs for various reasons but you can reduce it by doing a few things. I prefer to use my IPTV service to get the channels that I want. You can get a Free 3 day trial to try for yourself.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review. I hope it was of some use to you in deciding whether or not to purchase the WeTek Play 2 hybrid TV box.
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