XIOS DS XBMC Television Media Player

Pivos XIOS DS XBMC TV Media Play


SUMMARY: When the developers from XBMC set out to design a media player to run their amazing software, the end result is the Pivos XIOS DS. Small compact and loaded with useful features, the XIOS DS was designed to run the powerful Android OS. It's designed to play anything your media library decides to throw at it.

A media streamer built especially for XBMC, designed to play every audio and video codec available in 1080p HD.

About the Pivos XIOS DS

Android Jellybean OS
Powered by Android 4.0
The Pivos XIOS DS is the result of marrying the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system to run XBMC on an embedded hardware platform developed by Pivos in consecution with the XBMC team. This diminutive media streamer boasts some great features that will be sure to please.

On board is a powerful ARM Cortex A9 processor running Android 4.0 OS. It supports the Chrome web browser plus many great Apps as well. Fully equipped with Flash, Google Play, HTML 5 and JAVA this is one of the more open media streamers available.

By adding Flash it will make the Pivos XIOS DS compatible with our large list of Internet TV and Movie Channels. Providing a huge source of free online video content from many TV broadcasters. Since many of these websites embed their video content using Adobe Flash, many media streamers and tablets including Apple TV or iPads are left out in the cold. They are unable to access this flash video content directly unless they use AirSharing to stream it from their computer.

Experience XBMC

Pivos designed this streamer especially to take advantage of the amazing XBMC software, giving you the best of both worlds. For those unfamiliar with XBMC it has been around for quite a while.

XBMC started out on XBOX allow users turn their game systems into media players. It has since then transformed and migrated to many different platforms including computers and many media streamers. What makes XBMC so amazing is it's many great features, custom themes, widgets emulators and apps. It will organize your video and music files, download thumbnails and meta information while making it easy to browse and watch your content on your HD TV. It's unlocked Android OS allows for an easy XBMC or Linux firmware upgrade.

Android System
Adobe Flash 10.x support
Chrome V8 w/ HTML5
CPU:ARM Cortex A9
GPU: Open GL(Mali-400)
Storage: 2GB NAND Flash
Network: 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi
Connections: 3 x USB 2.0
Dimensions: 3.93" x 3.93" x 0.66"
Storage: MicroSD/MicroSDHC (4-32GB)

XIOS DS Features

The most important job of a media player is to playback all your media. Since the XIOS supports all video and audio codecs currently available it does this perfectly.

Not only will it support today's media formats, it is also future proof as it allows users to download and update firmware and features directly from XBMC's awesome repository through WiFi or Ethernet.

Video Processing and Playback

The XIOS DS features a powerful Mali-400 video processor with multitasking abilities. This allows playback of audio files, and browsing the web while performing housekeeping chores such as installing updates downloading meta data and thumbnails for your library.

Not Best for Beginners

Since XBMC must be installed and configured after purchase, the XIOS DS is not the best media streamer suited for beginners. It can be done, just be prepared to spend some time at reading at the XIOS forum to get everything setup and working. A Roku 3 may be a better choice for those that simply want a plug-n-play media streamer. If you are are looking for a low cost platform to experiment with XBMC and even Linux, the Pivos XIOS DS delivers.