Special thanks to JVC888 for his translations of the order and registration pages and his contributions to this thread. Attention: Due to the usage of proprietary transmission protocol, the following TV models are not supported by TVPad. Please carefully check your TV model to prevent disappointement: Sharp LC-65D64U; Sharp LC-52D64U; Sharp LC-C4655U; Samsung ua55b6000; Sony 32EX400; Do NOT buy the TVpad from www.tvpad.us or www.buytvpad.com, because they are scammers. General Info TVPad is a set top box that allows you to watch live channels from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. There are two models so far, the older M120 model and the newer M121 model. We will mainly concentrate on the new M121 model. The product specifications are as follows: Modified Android OS. Uses the TCC8901 chipset as a processor which has been widely used by MP4 players in China since 2009 (credit: uniqlo). Internal Memory: 512MB ??? Starting with firmware version 2.70: English Setup menu. Supports up to 1080p through HDMI output. Also contains AV Component (RCA Red, White & Yellow) with lower resolution. It is also a music and video player. Simply connect a USB external hard drive (NTFS/EXT3 format) and watch movies and listen to music that you have stored in the following formats: TS，PS，TP，AVI， MPG，MKV，WMV，ASF，MOV，VOB，.MP4， FLV，SWF，RMVB，3GP， MTS，M2TS. 60+ Channels from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China on your big screen TV!!! Video On-Demand service to watch movies and dramas / series. No monthly fee (yet). Contains 8GB microSD memory card for buffering. Recommend broadband speed: minimum 3MB, slow internet access will not work well with this unit. Hacking Info *** Moved to ClubTVPad forum. *** Apps Different apps can be installed on this device for watching live channels. The apps can be found in the 8GB microSD card included in the box. You only need to install them. Below is a short description about the different apps: With the three apps above you can watch live channels from Hong Kong. One app (百合电视) also has live channels from Taiwan and mainland China and some foreign channels. With the three apps above you can watch live channels from mainland China and Taiwan. 影视谷 is an app that allows you to watch videos on demand (VOD). You can watch movies, tv-series, and variety shows whenever you want. You can listen to your music using the 本地音乐 app and you can watch your own videos using the 本地影片 app via an external USB harddisk or microSD card. 体育Online app has live sports channels. NIJI Show app has 25 live channels from Japan. Video’s from Youtube and Youku can be watched using the Youtube/Youku app. The 港粤快看 app is a new video on demand app that has the latest TVB dramas. TVPad in action Below are some videos about this product: Go to the Youtube page for a full description of the video clip. Go to the Youtube page for a full description of the video clip. Instructions to buy the TVpad from the official site: Don’t buy the TVpad from www.tvpad.us or www.buytvpad.com, because they are scammers. - Go to the official English site to buy the TVPad: http://en.tvpad.hk/ - Click on the big red button. - Complete the registration form to create a new TVPad account. - You then arrive at the order form. - Fill in your personal information and payment method and use the discount code (19238315 or 14696673) to receive $30 discount per unit. The discount can be used multiple times. If you do find yourself somehow stuck on the Chinese page anyway and you cannot read Chinese, then here is a translation of the two different order forms that you may encounter(courtesy of JVC888): http://goo.gl/krJtr http://goo.gl/n6hNz Note: Alternatively you can also buy from the US authorized reseller Toyz&More4u here: http://clubtvpad.com/ http://stores.ebay.com/Toyz-More4U Latest news 15-May-2012: Firmware 3.0 will be released somewhere around July (credit: toyznmore4u) 14-March-2012: TVpad announced firmware updates to be release in mid April. Different upgrade packages will be given depending on which firmware you currently have. The new firmware 2.62 and 2.72 will have the same features. You need to have the newest firmware before you can upgrade to 3.0 in the future. The new features are almost about improvements in the settings. Also a better UI interface and better built-in player. They also briefly mentioned the new features in 3.0. You can download and install the apps from the Internet, similar to the Android Market. And they are going to release the SDK. (credit: CrazyMoFo + JVC888) FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions What are the shipping costs of this product and how long does it take to deliver the product? (credit: JVC888) The shipping costs are free for most countries. This includes USA, Canada, (Western) Europe, Australia and some Asian countries. It will take about 2-6 working days to deliver the product depending on where you live. Does the live channels work forever? (credit: JVC888) There’s no guarantee that the live channels will work forever (especially the HK channels). Where can I find the latest firmware of this product? (credit: JVC888) You can find the latest firmware on the official product forum (mainly in Chinese): http://www.tvpadfans.com/forum.php I heard that the TVpad's remote can control a TV as well, but how do you program it to do this ? (credit: uniqlo) 1) Press "Set" in your TVpad remote until it lights up 2) press the button which you want to set, e.g. Vol.+ 3) Press your TV remote's correspond button to teach it. 4) Remember! Two remote controllers' IR have to face each other. 5) It will blink if TVpad's remote received the signal 6) Press "Set" again to confirm What is the return policy and warranty period ? (credit: JVC888) If there are any problems with the device you can return it within 7 days for a refund or you have 15 days to send it back and get a replacement. There is 3 years warranty. Can you record with the TVPad ? No, the TVPad has no recording features. You will have to use an external device like a TV/Video capture card to record any of the streams. Recording through the HDMI output is recommended though due to the bad quality of the Component output. What is this TF Card that the vendor is referring to ? This is another name for a microSD card. How do you setup the TVPad for first-time use ? (credit: floatpoo -> external forum) 1) Upon first time start up, you'll see a screen where you have to put in a 3-digit code (kind of like a captcha). This should be self explanatory. 2) You'll then go through an initial setup wizard (auto IP address, checking for internet connectivity, checking for new firmware, etc). This should all be relatively self explanatory too. Note: you can revisit these setup options again from the "gear icon" in the main menu. 3) And now you're at the main menu. On the left side you'll see two icons: a "red/yellow/blue/green" icon (install/uninstall apps) and a "gear" icon (setup). And the rest of the screen is empty. 4) In the TVpad package, there is a microSD card. Insert this into the TVpad unit. The microSD card contains the actual TVPad apps you need to install. If successfully read, you should see a microSD icon on the bottom right of the main menu. 5) Go into the red/yellow/blue/green icon. You'll see two tabs on top: on the left is "already installed apps" and on the right is "not installed apps". Go to the right tab. 6) It'll read from your microSD card, and you should see 7 different packages. Install each. This should be self-explanatory. 7) Once installed, go back to the main menu and you should now be able to see new icons. Congrats, you finally have TVpad set up How to (re)install (new) apps ? (Windows Edition) Go to http://www.tvpadzone.com/english/download/index.html and download the app (.pkg file). Option 1: 1) Copy the .pkg file to a FAT32 or NTFS formatted USB stick. 2) Insert the USB stick into the TVPad. 3) Go to the App Manager and install the app. Option 2: 1) Copy the .pkg file to a FAT32 or NTFS formatted microSD card. 2) Insert the microSD card into the TVPad. 3) Go to the App Manager and install the app. Option 3: 1) Remove the microSD card from your TVPad and insert it into your PC. 2) Download and install 'Ext2fsd' discussed in this article: http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-rea...windows-7.html 3) Copy the .pkg file to the microSD card. 4) Remove the microSD card from your PC and insert it back into the TVPad. 5) Go to the App Manager and install the app. Any corrections or updates are welcome. Just leave a message behind.