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    We are sure you have heard of Youtube. Youtube is a video streaming platform where anyone can upload videos to and allow the world to view them. In this article  we will show you why Youtube is the most underrated streaming app around and why it is a great to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box. But first a few crazy Youtube statistics. 1.3 Billion use Youtube all over the world. That is almost 19% of the entire world’s population! over 300 hours of video is uploaded to Youtube every minute. That is 18,000 hours of video uploaded every hour and over 432,000 hours uploaded each day! Over 3.25 Billion hours of video are watched on Youtube each month. That is over 78 Billion hours viewed each year! So let’s get down to why Youtube is so underrated and why it is so awesome to use on your SkystreamX Android TV Box. Hands down Youtube has the largest amount of streaming content in the world. With so much content there is something for everyone. While Youtube does not stream TV Shows and Movies, it has content on just about any subject. We will touch on just a few things you can find on Youtube. 4K Content on Youtube Youtube has a huge selection of 4K content. Maybe the largest in the world. Now this content is not the newest blockbuster as Youtube does not allow any copywritten content to be uploaded onto its site. But they have a ridiculous amount of beautiful 4K content from all over the world. From the beaches of Hawaii, to the skyscrapers in Dubai, Youtube has it in 4K. They also have lots of cook 4K drone footage. If you want to show of your brand new 4K TV to your friends, just type 4K into the search bar in Youtube and stream away.   Live News on Youtube Youtube recently rolled out a feature that allows users to live stream content onto Youtube. These streams are live when the user is live streaming them and then get turned into an on demand video after the live stream has ended. This has led many major news outlets to live stream large news events on Youtube as it reaches millions of people in real time. Simply type news,  live news or live into the search bar and start looking for news stories or live streams that interest you.   Hobby and Interest videos on Youtube This is one of our favorite types of streaming content on Youtube. Everyone has a hobby or something that they are interested in. Chances are if you are interested in it, other people are as well and there is a 99.9% chance that Youtube has tons of videos on whatever you are interested in. Don’t be scared, give it a try. We are pretty sure you will be blown away by how much cool content there is on whatever you are searching for. Cooking, Cars, Electronics, Golf, Interior Design, Photography,...

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    We get lots of phone calls each and every day. Sometimes we get calls that are more about home networks, Routers and Modems, then our Skystream units. Many of these customers are experiencing slow Wi-Fi speeds on not only their Skystream units, but most of the devices in their house. Our first question is where is your router / modem located and how far is it from your Skystream Android TV box? The answers that we get range from, “Wherever the cable guy installed it, it’s in the basement, it’s upstairs, or it’s on the other side of the house.” What most people do not realize is that in most cases you can move your router anywhere in your house that has a coax connection (Screw on Connection.) In the majority of houses the internet or cable signal that is provided to your house from the cable company comes in one main spot and it then is split to all of the other rooms via coax cables. What this means is that you can simply unplug your router, Unscrew the coax connection, move the router to a more centralized part of the house and connect it to that rooms coax connection. In most cases once the coax connection is connected and the router has been plugged in, the router will cycle and then connect to the internet. Voila, you now have your Wi-Fi signal in a more centralized location and will have a more solid connection on your devices. As all houses are different in design and layout we cannot tell anyone exactly where the best place to keep your router. But in general terms the ideal spot for a router is in a centralized part of the house. For many houses this will be in a living room or family room. Another way you can help figure out where the best spot would be, is to ask where you use your Wi-Fi connected devices the most. In most cases this will be the living room where your TV is, which is very convenient if you are using one of our Skystream Android TV Boxes. Another great perk to placing your router in the room where you watch TV is that you can now hopefully run an Ethernet cable directly from your router to your Skystream Streaming Media Player and get the most stable and fast internet connection possible. When the cable guy came to your house to install your Router / Modem, you were probably one of 25 work orders he had for the day. So when he was installing your equipment, he most likely installed it near the first Coax connection outlet he saw. He was most likely not thinking to himself, “Hmmm, where would be the best place to put this router in order to give Bob and Jane the best signal in the whole house.” So if you have a router / modem in a basement, closet, upstairs or at one corner of your house. Unplug it,...

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    If you are like most people, you will be wanting to watch Super Bowl 51 this Sunday. There are a few ways that you can do this without a cable subscription and we wanted to show you some ways to stream the Super Bowl this year. HD Antenna If you have one of our Amplified HD Antennas installed you can simply turn the channel to your local Fox station. This is by far the easiest way that you can watch Super Bowl 51 for free in HD. If you do not have one of our Local HD Antennas you can click the link below to order one. Amplified Local HD Antenna Fox Sports Go App Last year Super Bowl 50 was shown by CBS. They opened up their app so that everyone could stream the Super Bowl for free. CBS did encounter some server errors in the beginning of the game that led to most people not being able to view it and experience buffering. This was quickly fixed and was one of the largest streamed events of all time. This year Fox will be airing Super Bowl 51 and have chosen to do the same thing with their Fox Sports Go app (Please note that the Fox Sports Go app normally requires that you use your cable provider login to view any streams on the app and that they are only opening up the app to everyone for the Super Bowl). We hope that FOX has learned from the few small hiccups that CBS had and have prepared their servers to get slammed with traffic during the SuperBowl. So here is a quick tutorial on how to install the Fox Sports Go app. This will ONLY work using Wi-Fi, Please switch to Wi-Fi if you are on Ethernet or this will not work!!! Click on the Google Play Store App. If you have not already signed into Google Play you will need to login using your Gmail account information. If you do not have a Gmail account or Google Account you will be brought to a screen where you can create one.   Type “Fox Sports Go” into the search bar at the top of the Google Play Store. Click on the Fox Sports Go icon or click search and then click on the app.   Click on Install and then click on Accept when you see a pop up appear.   Once the App is done installing, click on Open.   You will now see a pop up telling you that location services need to be turned on. Click on Location Settings.   Make sure that Location is selected (Not Settings) and click on Just Once.   Use your Airmouse to click on the On / Off slider at the top right of the screen. Or use the standard remote and click down and up to highlight the On / Off slider and click the OK button.   Once Location is turned on, click on Mode.   Select Battery Saving....

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    There are lots of questions going into the final debate before the Presidential Election next month. What kind of pant suit will Hilary wear? What kind of strange faces will Donald Trump make? Ok, so maybe there are some more pressing issues. One of the biggest questions is where can you stream the final debate? We’ve got you covered on that. The final presidential debate will take place tomorrow night at 9 PM ET/ 6 PM PT and will be moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace. Every major broadcaster will air the debate. So if you have an HD Antenna, you’ll be golden. But don’t worry, even if you don’t have an Antenna, there are still plenty of places to stream the debate. YouTube will be airing the debate. You can choose any major network’s YouTube channel and watch there. We’ve included a link to the PBS stream below, because we’ve got your back. If you’re watching on a mobile device, the ABC News, NBC News, and CBS News apps for Android and iOS will have the debate streaming. For those of you who may not be able to stand the sight of the two candidates, but would still like to listen, www.npr.org has you covered on that front. If you don’t want to watch, that’s cool too. We hope this helps for those of you who will be tuning in. As always, Stream On!  

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        SkyStreamX, which offers the worlds best Android TV Boxes, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program. To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the SkystreamX website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information. Team Skystream is extremely proud to be recognized as a Google Trusted Store! From day one we have strived to offer the best shopping and customer service experience possible in the Android TV Box market. We are extremely happy to be recognized as a trusted store by one of the largest and most respected companies in the technology sector. We will continue to offer a top notch experience to all of our loyal customers! As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with SkyStreamX and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like SkystreamX attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

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    We wanted to write this article to show our deep appreciation to all of the awesome customers who have given us the privilege to help you Stream On! Since SkyStream Technologies was founded in late 2012 we have always been astounded at how loyal our customers are. It is always a pleasure to open up our email each morning and see so many complimentary messages. Emails that say “You guys are awesome, Thank you so much for the help!” or “This box is sweet, Keep up the good work!”, really make our day! Our awesome customers have written a combined 2,000 reviews on Amazon and helped keep all of our products above 4 stars! Our great customers have turned thousands of friends and family members onto SkyStream! You’ve shared our posts thousands of times and helped grow the SkyStream Family! When we started this company in late 2012 we had no idea how fast and large the company would grow. When we first started we bought 10 boxes on our credit card with no idea of how we were going to pay it off. Luckily, with help from friends and family we were able to sell those 10 boxes and order 20 more. Word quickly spread and we were now ordering 100 boxes at a time. The entire company was run out of a house. Orders were packaged and dropped off at the post office each day. Phone calls were taken on our cell phones and we answered emails on our home computers. Long story short, we were a very small company. But we decided a very long time ago that customer service was the number one priority! We’ve always believed that if you treat people well, they will treat you well in return. That belief has been proven correct every single day by each and every one of our wonderful customers! Sometimes we are just overwhelmed at how much of a family SkyStream has become. What started out as a side business has turned into a community of great people that grows each and every day. We just wanted to write this post to express how thankful we are! We are blessed with the worlds best customers! So thank you for being so awesome! Thank you for sharing our company with your friends and family! Thank you for writing such great reviews on our website and on Amazon! Thank you for helping others on our Forum and the My SkyStream Facebook page! Thank you for the kind messages you send us in our email! Thank you for sharing our Facebook posts with your friends! Thank you for everything you’ve done to help grow the SkyStream family! Without you we would not be here! We are forever indebted to you and eternally grateful! So from everyone here at Team SkyStream, THANK YOU FORM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! As always, Stream On!  

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    For the Skystream ONE Android TV Box we added in some convenient power settings. We have incorporated a Sleep Mode and a Power Off function.   Sleep Mode To put your Skystream ONE into Sleep Mode, simply give the Power Button on the stock remote a quick press. This will put the Skystream ONE into Sleep Mode. To exit out of sleep mode and use your ONE, simply give the power button a quick press, the unit will wake up and you can use it immediately. Please Note – Putting the ONE into sleep mode will keep the small blue LED light on. If you wish to have the Blue LED light off, simply turn the unit completely off.   Power Off To completely Power Off your Skystream ONE, Press and hold the Power Button. You will see a pop up appear in the center of your screen. (Pictured Below) Simply click the power button once and the unit will Power Off. This will completely shut off your Skystream ONE. To turn your unit back on, simply press the power button and let the unit boot to the home screen. Using the Power Off function will turn the bright blue LED into a dim red LED.

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    What are Network Powerline Adapters? Almost everyone has a Wi-Fi router in their house these days. Wi-Fi gives you the convenience of being able to connect many wireless devices to the internet by just connecting to the router and entering the password. Due to its convenience Wi-Fi is extremely common these days. Most cable company modems come with Wi-Fi capabilities, but they normally charge the customer a monthly fee for the privilege of using the Wi-Fi. Click below if you would like to know how to save money each month on your cable bill. While Wi-Fi is great and super convenient, but it does have some downfalls that we will discuss. The first downfall that Wi-Fi has is that it loses speed over distance and through obstacles. The farther you are from your Wi-Fi router, the slower speeds you will get. The more obstacles like walls, glass and furniture the Wi-Fi signal has to go through to get to the device you are using, the slower the speeds are going to be. In the GIF below you can see how a Wi-Fi signal travels through obstacles. You can see how the signal deteriorates over distance and through obstacles. Many customers that we speak to have routers that are on a second or third story, in a basement or are on one end of the house. Most cable company techs look for the easiest place to put the Wi-Fi modem, not taking into consideration where the Wi-Fi will be used in the house. When this happens customers are left with weak Wi-Fi speeds in certain areas of the house. While slow internet speeds and spotty Wi-Fi is not as noticeable or important when casually browning social media, It becomes much more noticeable when you are streaming or gaming which require constant strong internet speeds. If you are on your phone and a website takes twice as long to load it may be annoying, but the website will eventually load. When you are streaming or gaming you need a constant stream of quality bandwidth. This is why we always recommend connecting your Skystream Android TV Box directly to your modem with an Ethernet cord. This provides the fastest and most stable internet connection for your unit. But what do you do when your internet modem is in your basement, second or third floor and your TV is on the first floor? A few years ago you would have to run an Ethernet cord through your walls or attic to bring hardwired internet to another place in your house. If you have ever run wires through your walls or attic, you know that it is not fun and takes a long time. This is where Network Powerline Adapters come into play. Network Powerline Adapters come in pairs. One unit is plugged into a power plug close to your internet Modem. Then an Ethernet cable is plugged into the Network Powerline Adapter. The other end of the Ethernet cable is plugged into the back...

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    What is HDMI CEC Have you ever turned off your TV and your SkyStream Android TV Box turns off as well? If so, this is caused by something called HDMI CEC or HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. For the rest of the article we will simply call it CEC. So what exactly is CEC? CEC is a feature of HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0 which allows different electronic devices to communicate and control other electronic devices through the HDMI cable. For instance CEC can turn off other devices such as a SkyStream Android TV Box when the TV is turned off. It can also be programmed so that when you turn on a device it changes the TV’s input source to the same source as the device that was just turned on. While HDMI CEC can be mildly convenient for home theater junkies with 15 devices connected to their TV; the normal TV owner is normally confused as to why certain devices are turning on and off when they press the power button on their TV. Most people have no idea what HDMI CEC is and have no real use for it. It’s not a very popular feature and most people do not even know that it exists. If you think HDMI CEC might be useful for you and your home entertainment center, Please feel free to do some research and set it up for what you would like it to do. But for the rest of 99.9% of people reading this who have no use for it and find it annoying, we will tell you how to turn off this setting. The best way to make sure that none of the devices connected to your TV do wacky things when you power off your TV is to turn off HDMI CEC in your TV’s settings. While this may sound super easy, it can get confusing depending on what brand or model TV you have in your house. Most of the big name TV manufacturers have come up with some kind of quirky name for HDMI CEC. Whatever clever name your TV manufacturer has come up with for it, rest assured it is simply HDMI CEC with a different name. Below is a list of some of the names that different TV brands have come up with for CEC.   Samsung – Anynet+ Sony – BRAVIA Link or BRAVIA Sync Sharp – Aquos Link Hitachi – HDMI-CEC Vizio – HMDI CEC Pioneer – Kuro Link Toshiba – Regza Link or CE-Link Onkyo – RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) LG – SimpLink Panasonic – VIERA Link or HDAVI Control or EZ-Sync Philips – EasyLink Mitsubishi – NetCommand for HDMI As you can see, it is would be nearly impossible for the average consumer to pick any of these names (besides Hitachi & Vizio) in a setting menu and figure out that it controls other devices through HDMI. Hence the confusion. So if you have any of these models of TVs, go into...

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    Press and Hold “Set” button until yellow light is solid. Press the button you want to program (Menu, Mute, AV/TV), the yellow light will start to blink. Now point the remote that you want the X5 remote to learn from at the front of the X5 remote (Front to Front) and press the button that you want the X5 remote to learn. The yellow light will blink fast and then turn solid if it has received the signal. Now press and hold the “Set” button until the yellow light turns off. Test to see if the X5 remote has learned the function of the button you just programmed. If it does not work the first time try once again. Make sure that the yellow light blinks fast after pressing the button you want it to learn as this indicates that the X5 remote has learned the function. The X5 can only learn IR (Infrared Signals). Most remote controls use IR, but some of them use radio frequencies and cannot be learned by the X5 Remote Control.

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    As you know, here at SkyStream we are all about saving people money. We thought we would share with you another way the Cable/Internet Company is making money from you each and every month and also how to save money each month. If you get Internet from a company, there is a very strong chance that you are also using one of the Modem/Routers that they gave to you when they had a technician come to your house and set up your service. Cable/Internet providers are not happy with just gouging you each and every month for cable alone, they also want to make money on the equipment that is used to deliver their service to you. Whether you know it or not, you are being charged each month for each cable box, DVR, and Modem/Router that is in your house. These fees are usually shown on your bill as equipment fees, DVR Rental, HD Cable Box, Modem Rental, Wi-Fi, and a lot of other names that are meant to not stand out on your bill. While you cannot get away from paying a rental fee each month for a proprietary cable box or DVR, you can purchase your own Modem/Router. I’ll admit that I was using the standard Modem/Router from my cable company for a year or so before I realized that I was getting the short end of the stick. I noticed that on my bill I had two separate fees each month for my Internet service. The first one was $5 rental fee for my Modem. The second fee was $4 for Wi-Fi. So, in essence I was paying $60 each month to use their modem, and another $48 each month for the Modem that I was already paying for to blast out Wi-Fi. I found it ridiculous that I was paying $108 each year to rent something and using one of its main features (Wi-Fi). So I began researching if I could purchase a Modem/Router that was compatible with my Internet service. I actually found that on my internet provider’s website they had a list of compatible routers that I could use for internet and Wi-Fi. I found that there were about 20 different models from which I could choose. I purchased one for $90 (I wanted the Mack Daddy), but there are many different models that can be bought for about $60. Please note – You will need to call your Internet provider once you have received your new modem so that they can provision it (Place it in their system as the modem that you have on your account and send it a signal so it will receive the internet from them.) Once you have the modem provisioned and it’s receiving Internet you may want to change the name and password for your new modem. This process is different for each modem, so please refer to your owner’s manual or quick start guide. IMPORTANT!!! – Make sure that you call your Internet provider and have...

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    If you have a Cable or Satellite provider for your TV, then I am sure you love getting your monthly bill each month and sending them you’re hard earned money. But have you ever sat down and really looked at your Cable TV Bill closely? You have probably glanced at it and noticed that there are about 15 mines items on each bill. Seems a little bit odd considering you only get cable and internet form them right? So what are all of those other lines items on your bill? These are what the Cable and Satellite companies call “Additional Services.” But you only get TV and Internet right? So what additional services are you paying for each and every month? Keep reading to find out. The first line item on your bill is probably your handy dandy TV bundle. This is your monthly cost for standard channels, basic channels, digital services and Channel Guide. Please keep in mind that this is usually your promotional package price. This line item is normally the one that goes up each and every year. Also keep in mind if you got a promotional offer for 12 or 24 months that this price is guaranteed to go up dramatically after that period of time is over. The second line item on your Cable or Satellite TV bill is usually your “Ultra Super Mega Turbo Lighting High Speed Broadband Internet.” This is the service that they call and send you fliers for trying to get you to upgrade for a nominally monthly charge of over $15. So that should sum up your bill right? That’s all you should be paying for right? Not exactly, the cable company needs to make a larger profit so they nickel and dime you to death so they can post record profits. But what else can they charge me for each month? I only get TV and Internet? Read on and I’ll tell you. HD Channels – You think your TV provider is giving you all of those great HD channels for free? Think again. You are probably paying an extra $8-15 extra per month for those HD channels. I bet you thought that was included in your bundle. Think again. HD Receiver – How do you receive those HD channels you are paying for each month? With a premium HD receiver of course.  What is premium about it? It’s premium because you pay an $8-15 premium for the privilege to use the cable company’s hardware necessary to receive their services. DVR – You’ve got your HD Channels, and your HD receiver but how are you going to record your favorite shows? With an upgraded Premium DVR Box courtesy of your cable or satellite TV provider of course. Your premium DVR HD Ultra Premium box will normally set you back $5-10 each month. Additional Boxes – You probably have more than one TV in your house. So how are you going to enjoy all of your HD channels on every...

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