The TV box market has largely moved away from the “fully-loaded” option with streamers preferring to subscribe to paid-for apps such as Netflix and Prime Video than gambling on IPTV packages.
But if you are looking for an IPTV Android TV box that offers access to thousands of channels, then the new Tanggula 128G IPTV Box is probably one of your best bets.
But it is a bet, as there is nowhere you can preview all the channels that are available on Tanggula before you invest. Also, it is not free. The upfront cost of the box includes a one-year subscription to the Tanggula IPTV service, but then there is an annual fee as well.
If you want to know exactly what you get with the Tanggula box and whether it is worth your dollars, read our full review below.
Spoiler alert! We are awarding the Tanggula 128G just two stars out of five. The box itself is expensive for what you get, and while the IPTV service is cheaper than other live TV service subscription options, you just don’t get the options that most people are looking for with the channels.
Tanggula is one of the new major IPTV services that has continued to grow and flourish in recent years, during which laws about this kind of streaming have become unclear.
They have carved out a niche in the market by offering both high performing devices and access to over 4,000 popular channels for no subscription fees.
The streaming box itself is high-spec, capable of streaming content in both 4K and 8K, but also expensive when compared to boxes of similar specs.
But most people will be concerned about the content you get access to. While the content is plentiful, with more than 4,000 channels available, unless you are a major news or sports fan, you might not find the content you are looking for.
For this reason, we give the Tanggula box just two out of five stars.
Technical Specs Of The 128G
But just because the main attraction of this box is the content, doesn’t mean that what is under the good isn’t important, so let’s take a look at the technical specs.
The box starts with an AMLogic Cortex-A55 quad-core CPU, which is on par with what you would find in most 4K enabled Android TV boxes, with the exception of top-end models, like the NVIDIA Shield, that uses a more powerful Tegra X1+ CPU.
The system runs the Android 9.0 operating system, designed specifically for Android TV. This means that when it comes to streaming, you have the smoothest experience. However, it does not work quite as well if you want to bring other content from the Google Play Store to your TV, like games, but this will not bother most steamers.
The machine has 4 GB of ROM, which is again pretty standard for most Android TV boxes delivering 4K, but also has 128 GB of RAM, which means there is loads of space to store lots of content and download all your favorite apps. If you do need more storage, you can also expand with a TF card.
You can also transfer content from an external hard drive using either USB 2.0 or superfast USB 3.0 connections.
The result is that you can actually stream not only 4K but 8K. The specs say it can deliver a maximum resolution of 8K by 4K at 24 frames per second. The real challenge is finding interesting 8K content to stream, as it is not generally available yet, but this is something for the future. But it is also capable of streaming 3D movies, again, if you can find any you want to watch.
You also shouldn’t have any trouble getting the internet speeds you need to watch high-definition content. The box features both the latest 2.4/5G Wi-Fi and a 1000M Ethernet connection if you prefer to connect directly to your broadband. This is very useful as the service has a minimum requirement of 20 Mbps and works best 50 Mbps.
However, be warned, this box will not let you stream content from Netflix or Amazon Prime in 4K. This isn’t about the specs, but authorization. It is not on the list of devices that the streaming services recognize as authorized to stream their 4K content.
The remote control is also pretty basic and doesn’t feature voice command, something that has become standard with most Android TV boxes. However, it does have air-mouse functionality to make typing out passwords or titles that you are looking for a little less frustrating than stepping around the keyboard with a standard remote.
Well, first, it comes with all the major streaming apps such as Netflix and YouTube installed, and you can also download any apps from the Google Play Store. But to access these apps, you will need an account for the individual services, which often involves a monthly fee. So, these apps aren’t the reason anyone is investing in this box.
Really, what most people will be interested in are the more than 4,000 TV channels that are available to stream without a monthly subscription fee. These include more than 2,000 local and national US channels, 800 UK channels, almost 400 Canadian channels, plus a variety of other options from Turkey, Germany, and Portugal and a range of Arabic channels.
Popular channels include CNN, CNBC, ABC, Fox, and NBC. And if that seems like a lot of channels to navigate, don’t worry, you can favorite the channels you watch the most to save yourself on navigating time.
There is free access to major PPV events, such as big fights, from the likes of ESPN, UFC, WWA NBA, MLB, NHL, and NFL.
There are also adult channels and parental controls to ensure that kids don’t accidentally stumble across these.
In addition to these live channels, there is also a range of on-demand videos and series you can watch whenever you like.
The biggest problem with the app is there is nowhere you can see a full list of all the channels that are available with Tanggula, so you can be taking a gamble in terms of whether you will get the content that you are looking for.
Users report that the app is particularly strong for sports and news.
All this content is delivered by the Tanggula IPTV app, which is also available to purchase separately if you want to access all this content but have a different Android TV box. You can also download the app onto your phone if there is a big game you don’t want to miss while you are on the run.
The box comes with the ability to record programs to watch later using “Catch-Up” mode. You can also pause live TV if you need to leave the room for some reason and you don’t want to miss anything from your program.
The box also features a multi-screen mode that lets you watch up to four channels on a single stream at the same time, if you are so inclined. This can be useful if there is more than one big game that you don’t want to miss or if you like to browse across various news channels to see how things are being reported. If you choose to use this mode, you can expect four times 1080P at 24 frames per second.
Considering this nice perk, it is a bit surprising that you can only use the Tanggula IPTV app on up to two devices at a time.
Price And Is It Worth It?
The Tanggula 128GB IPTV Box can be bought directly from the supplier and is quite expensive at $300. There is also an annual fee of $79 to maintain your access to Tanggula IPTV and ensure you have access to all the latest content.
That means you are actually paying around $220 just for the streaming box without access to the content, since you could download the Tanggula app onto any Android TV box. That makes it more expensive than the NVIDIA Shield, the most high-end box currently on the market.
So, you might want to consider investing in the Shield, which does unlock Netflix and other streaming services in 4K and is also great for gaming, and buying the Tanggula IPTV subscription separately. You’ll save money and have a better setup.
Also, there is no escaping that Tanggula IPTV isn’t something you buy upfront and never have to pay for again. There is an annual fee of $79 to be able to continue to have access to the service.
This means you should really be comparing Tanggula IPTV to other live TV subscription services such as Sling TV or Philo TV.
Sling TV is one of the best live TV services currently on the market, offering the best channels and great choices to select what you want. Packages range from $30-$45 per month, and there are also lots of add-ons you may see yourself needing to buy.
So, you are looking at paying at least $360 per year for a basic package. This is much more than what you will pay for Tanggula, but if you are looking for specific channels such as Disney, ESPN, Discovery, or Fox News, you can be sure they are in your package.
A more price-friendly competitor is Philo TV, which costs $20 per month with no hidden fees, but that is still $240 per year. They only offer 60 channels at the moment, and some of the major channels aren’t there, including the major sports channels, Disney, HBO, the CW, and so on.
So, Tanggula is certainly a more affordable way to access live TV content, but you are taking a gamble, as you won’t know exactly what content you will be getting until after you have subscribed.
The Tanggula 128G Android TV Box isn’t bad, but, in my opinion, it doesn’t deliver anything approaching the hype.
The device and the IPTV service can actually be separated into two different items. When we do this, the box itself is one of the most expensive on the market and nowhere near as powerful or versatile as cheaper premium options, such as the NVIDIA Shield or the SkyStream Pro 8K, which you could buy for less and then just install the IPTV app.
While the Tanggula IPTV app is one of the cheapest on the market, it is unclear what content you actually get, as a full list of channels is not available anywhere, though users suggest that it is particularly good for news and sports.
Anyone who wants to be more selective with the live TV channels that they are looking for might want to subscribe to one of the more expensive live TV services, such as Sling TV or Philo.
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