Android TV box for Netflix 4K

Best Android Box for Netflix 4K and HD Streaming

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Android TV Boxes offer the best-in-class support for top-notch visual experiences while streaming Netflix selections. In recent times, Full High Definition (1080p) movies and TV shows have been the norm. Yet, more powerful devices are rolling out. Now the best Android TV boxes support streaming in 4K or Ultra High Definition (UHD) file formats.

Best Android TV Box for 4K Netflix Streaming

Best Android TV Box for Full HD Netflix Streaming

With internet connection speeds and wireless streaming becoming faster, you can indulge in immersive 4K visuals accompanied by equally high-quality audio.

Finally, you can take advantage of your quality home theater setup for blasting home entertainment sessions.

The Problem with 4K Netflix and Android TV Boxes

There aren’t as many 4K Netflix compatible Android TV Boxes as we’d like.

Here’s why:

1. Netflix Certification

This is the biggest stumbling block to having more 4K Netflix capable Android TV Boxes on the market.

Apparently, Netflix is so concerned about you getting the best visual experience that they are not willing to let every Tom, Rich, and Nancy manufacture the “appropriate” Android boxes.

Netflix has only ever certified:

  1. NVIDIA Shield TV box (Amazon)
  2. Apple TV
  3. Google Chromecast
  4. Amazon Fire TV (Amazon)
  5. Roku Ultra (Amazon)

Still, there are a couple more “uncertified” Android TV boxes that are well able and can get the 4K streaming job done without glitches.

Netflix demands manufacturers meet a number of requirements before spanking a “Netflix-Approved” badge on their boxes. One of these vital requirements is a Google certification.

2. Google Certification

This certification mainly addresses application security. Also, Google wanted to curb copyright infringement (piracy) when it introduced on-demand-video streaming services.

For your box to be Google-certified, it has to support Google’s WideVine L1 (Level 1) DRM.

So how do you tell an Android Box you are about to buy (or currently own) is Google-certified?

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You can download the DRM Info tool from Google Play Store and check up on “Security Level” if it makes the Level 1 grade.

Most Android boxes will by default support Level 3 security, but you’ll need Level 1 to stream Full HD Netflix and 4K Netflix.

One more thing.

There is an Android box for TV and then there is an Android TV Box.

So what’s the difference between an Android Box and Android TV Box?

  • Android Box: This is a box that runs on the stock Android operating system. You’ll have a ton of compatible apps, games and what else here. But the wholesome streaming experience might not be as smooth as you’d want a TV to be.
  • Android TV Box: This type of box means it runs on Google’s dedicated Android TV operating system (OS). So you are more likely to enjoy the TV experience on the latter than on the former with fewer glitches.

But you can install third-party apps such as Kodi to help make your stock Android box experience flawless—or closest to seamless as possible.

Now that we have that out of the way, here are our top picks for Best Android TV Boxes for 4K Netflix.

Best Android TV Boxes for 4K Netflix

Any of these devices here will stream Netflix in all its 4K glory. That is, of course, if the content is available and your Internet connection is fast enough.

1. NVIDIA Shield TV Android Box

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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW
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NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW
  • Home Theater Experience - Enjoy the ultimate visual experience with 4K HDR quality and the most immersive sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS-X surround sound pass-through.
  • Hundreds of Entertainment Apps - Watch the latest and greatest movies and shows with Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu in stunning 4K HDR, and YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, FandangoNow and more in up to 4K.
  • NVIDIA-Powered Gaming - Play AAA PC games like Fortnite and PUBG on your TV with GeForce NOW cloud-gaming service. Plus, explore premium Android games or stream games from your GeForce-powered PC to your TV in 4K HDR.

Our top pick for the best Android TV box has a bunch going on for it.

First, you get a full-range of Netflix video formats, from HD through to 4K.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW

The box is made by arguably the largest gaming hardware company on the planet, NVIDIA. And it shows in performance.

You get a host of powerful processors (CPU and GPU) to make your viewing experience flawless and free of shudder.

You can clearly see the powerful processors in action whether browsing the web, gaming or watching your favorite flicks.

You do not have to buy an additional Chromecast, either. You get Google Cast in-built, so you can stream your favorite visuals from your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) hassle-free.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW

The flawless action has to do with all the blazing fast hardware packed into the Shield TV box:

  • NVIDIA’s Octa-core Tegra X-1 CPU
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM
  • Fast Wireless connections
  • NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW

Now the sticker price of the NVIDIA Shield streaming media player might induce a reluctance to buy, but here’s what we found it could do.

The Shield TV Box is a full-on Android TV Box.

That means it gets native support for TV-optimized apps on Google Play. You can practically install and use any Android TV app at the most demanding settings and the Shield won’t even flinch.

Expect to flawlessly indulge in 4K Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, Sling, Pandora, Google Play Music, and Movies, as well as VUDU.

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW

Also, for those of you with a beehive of Android-based smart devices in your home, you can turn the Shield TV Box into a smart hub for all of those devices. That includes the power to turn it into a ZigBee and Z-Wave smart hub to automate your smartphone devices.

But what most people will like most is the ability to use your NVIDIA Shield TV Box with all your favorite Android apps. So you can use Music, Hangout, and calendar since the Shield TV Box supports the function by default thanks to Android TV OS.

Also, you can use the box’s remote to ask questions and get answers from Google’s virtual assistant. So you don’t have to leave your couch to make things happen on TV.

Pros:

  • Superb Kodi support for better TV experiences (and HD/4K offline viewing)
  • Fluid 4K HDR Netflix support (playing at 60 frames per second (fps) and captures at 30fps)
  • Fastest streaming box around
  • 16GB storage
  • Dolby 7.1 surround sound support for home theaters

Cons:

  • Most expensive Android TV Box around

2. Fire TV Box by Amazon

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Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player
  • Experience true-to-life picture quality in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.
  • 40% more powerful than Fire TV Stick-an ultra-fast quad-core processor delivers an even smoother, more responsive experience.
  • Now supports Dolby Atmos audio-feel scenes come to life in three dimensions.

Amazon’s Fire TV Box is quite popular already, but is it as good a performer?

Like the NVIDIA Shield TV Box, this 2nd generation Fire TV adapter does support 4K Netflix natively. And although the Fire TV runs on stock Android OS, it is heavily customized—and, unfortunately (but was to be expected), it doesn’t support Google Play Store or Play Store apps.

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player

What we like though is the ton of movies, TV shows and streaming services that the Fire TV supports. There over 500,000 of those as of this writing, so the lack of Google Play support might not call you out too much.

Plus, you can still watch live TV without cable or satellite provided you have a subscription with the likes of Hulu, Sling and PlayStation Vue.

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player

Now to boost fluid playback, it comes with a 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, Mali 450 GPU and 2 GB DDR3 RAM. You also get dual-band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WI-FI for wireless streaming and fast HDMI cable to connect to your HDTV.

Like the Shield TV Box by NVIDIA, you can also turn the Fire TV into a smart home hub. That way you can control lights, cameras, use voice commands with the Alexa remote and even order popcorn on it.

Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player

All of that meant to let you enjoy a more immersive viewing experience without jerky interruptions. A cool thing.

Pros:

  • 4K HDR Netflix (and 1080p Netflix) support at 60 fps
  • Kodi support and timely Amazon firmware support
  • Amazon Prime subscription adds a ton of shows and movies
  • Huge compatibility options
  • Dolby Atmos

Cons:

  • Lacks support for Google Play Store and related games and apps
  • Clear bias towards Amazon services (might be an issue for some)
  • Lacks built-in Ethernet adapter
  • No HDMI cable

3. Xiaomi’s Mi Box

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Original Xiaomi Mi Box - 4K Ultra HDR TV Streaming Media Player with Voice Search Remote (MDZ-16-AB) International Version
  • Android TV 6.0, Quad-core Processor, 4K HDR Support, WiFi/Dolby/DTS RAM 2GB, ROM 8GB with Bluetooth.
  • HDMI 2.0a is a faster way to send video and audio output to your TV. With up to 18Gbps speeds, it significantly improves picture and sound quality, making MI Box perfect for watching 4K Ultra HD and HDR video content.
  • APPS for the big screen: Everying looks better on the big screen, including shows from YouTube, Sling TV, Netflix, Vudu,FandangoNOW and more. Stream,play and be entertained for hours with access to hit shows,blockbusters,radio stations and viral videos OR Google Cast from your favorite devices with iOS and Android.

Xiaomi’s Original TV Box (MDZ-A6-AB International Version) packs a ton of perks for its very reasonable price tag.

Original Xiaomi Mi Box - 4K Ultra HDR TV Streaming Media Player with Voice Search Remote (MDZ-16-AB) International Version

First, it ships with Android TV OS (Android 6.0) built-in, meaning native support for 4K Netflix. That also means the Mi Box is one of the best Android TV boxes that can support a slew of other video streaming services and Google Play Store apps and games, unlike the Fire TV Box.

Specifications wise the Xiaomi Android Box is quite similar to the Fire TV. But the former has a faster 2.0 GHz CPU in comparison to the Fire TV’s 1.5 GHz. Well, you are likely to feel that difference only when using 3rd party apps. For 4K playback, both devices are more than capable to provide a fluid experience.

Original Xiaomi Mi Box - 4K Ultra HDR TV Streaming Media Player with Voice Search Remote (MDZ-16-AB) International Version

Still, you get Bluetooth 4.0 for fast wireless connectivity when you want a cordless, voice-control experience during show time. And yes, it does come with its simple, yet functional remote for just that.

Pros:

  • Full 4K HDR support at 60 fps playback
  • Great value for money
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound support
  • Full Google Play Store apps and games support
  • Fluid movies and TV shows streaming
  • Can play video from an external hard drive with Plex support

Cons:

  • Gaming performance could be better
  • Lacks built-in Ethernet connectivity

Best Android TV Boxes for Full HD Netflix

If you do not have a compatible TV just yet, buying a UHD (4K) Android TV Box will not help improve your video-streaming experience much.

Note that Netflix requires minimum Standard Definition (SD, 480 pixels or DVD quality) resolution to stream. So if you have a High Definition (HD/720 pixels) or Full HD (1080 pixels) TV, you can check out the following top Android TV Box for HD Netflix options.

1. Zidoo H6 Pro

Android 7.0 TV Box Zidoo H6 Pro Media Player Quad-Core 2G/16G Dual Band WiFi HDMI 2.0a 4K H.265 UHD 1000Mbps
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Android 7.0 TV Box Zidoo H6 Pro Media Player Quad-Core 2G/16G Dual Band WiFi HDMI 2.0a 4K H.265 UHD 1000Mbps
  • Perfect Configuration: Based on Android 7.0,Powered by Quad-core ARM Cortex TM-A53, 2G/16G make big games run more smoothly,802.11ac dual-band WIFI,1000M network interface carefreely shows in front of audience with 10 times speed through current mainstream 100M ,without any pressure limit.
  • Fantastic ZIUI: ZIUI is based on android system,you can have simple APP management,easily find video music pictures file and no need exchange from different APP,support setting passcode of any APP.
  • For Watching: ZIDOO H6 Pro offers 4K*2K H.265 Hardware Decoding UHD video playback,support [email protected] HD Audio(7.1CH) passthrough,24P frame rate auto switch,support hardware decoding,Support BD iso,BDMV,BD rip,BD 3D MVC format playback on video player.

This Android 7.1 Box is a little beast. Expect all the usual specs like 2 GB DDR3 RAM, 64-bit Quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, 16 GB storage, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Android 7.0 TV Box Zidoo H6 Pro Media Player Quad-Core 2G/16G Dual Band WiFi HDMI 2.0a 4K H.265 UHD 1000Mbps

Also, you get a powerful Mali T720P GPU for smoother motion graphics-decoding, which works well at this price.

With a good internet connection, you are bound to enjoy a seamless experience.

Android 7.0 TV Box Zidoo H6 Pro Media Player Quad-Core 2G/16G Dual Band WiFi HDMI 2.0a 4K H.265 UHD 1000Mbps

However, you might find while the H6 TV box has a functional media center, you might prefer the more appealing Kodi setup. This is especially handy for playing live TV.

Kodi integrates well, is easy to set-up and you can practically throw any Google Play Store app at this Android Box and it’ll do just fine.

Android 7.0 TV Box Zidoo H6 Pro Media Player Quad-Core 2G/16G Dual Band WiFi HDMI 2.0a 4K H.265 UHD 1000Mbps

Pros:

  • HDMI connectivity support
  • Seamless HD Netflix
  • 1000M Ethernet connectivity
  • 5.1 Surround sound for optimal audio output

Cons:

  • Remote doesn’t support voice and can be a little doggy
  • Needs a little getting used to

2. Beelink GS1 6K Android TV Box for HD Netflix

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Beelink GS1 6K TV Box 2GB/16GB Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 WiFi 2.4G+5.8G Bluetooth 4.0 Android 7.1 TV Box
  • 1000M Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band WiFi 2.4G / 5.8G and Bluetooth 4.0 technology improve the speed and the performance to a large extent.
  • GS1 TV BOX 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM capacity, gives you more space to download your favorite apps to browse websites, play games, watch movies more smoothly.
  • Provides the ability to decode video H.265 / HEVC in the format 4K at 60fps or 6K x 4K at 30fps.Be able to cope with the processing of JPEG images with a resolution of up to 65536 x 65536 pixels.

This Android Box mirrors the technical specs of the Zipoo H6, including dual-band 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi and 1000M Gigabit Ethernet connectivity.

But are they both the same? No.

Beelink GS1 6K TV Box 2GB/16GB Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 WiFi 2.4G+5.8G Bluetooth 4.0 Android 7.1 TV Box

Beelink was generous to offer a micro SD slot to ramp up your storage cap by an extra 32 GB for an Android Box under $100. That way you can install and keep more Android apps, games, pictures, movies, and shows for longer stretches.

The TV Box runs Android 7.1 and can support H.256/HVEC video decoding up to 4K, although Netflix only allows for Full HD streaming.

Again, Kodi is your friend if you want to ensure you have a fluid experience all the way.

Beelink GS1 6K TV Box 2GB/16GB Quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 WiFi 2.4G+5.8G Bluetooth 4.0 Android 7.1 TV Box

Pros:

  • Android 7.1 support newer android content and updates
  • Great HD Netflix streaming
  • Great 3D rendering for 3D games
  • Ethernet port for stable wired connections
  • Wi-Fi and HDMI connectivity options too
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports

Cons:

  • A few nagging bugs

3. Beelink A1 TV Box

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Beelink A1 TV Box Android 7.1 DDR3 RAM 4GB eMMC 16GB ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-core Processor Bluetooth 4.0 Dual WiFi 2.4G+5.8G Smart TV Box
  • Perfect Configuration: Based on Android 7.1, Powered by Cortex-A53 The Rockchip 3328 Quad Core CPU, 4G / 16G runs the most fluid, Wifi Dual Band AC 4K HDR USB 3.0.
  • 4K & HDR: Beelink A1 supports 4K @ 60P HEVC (h.265) ,enhances and enhances each pixel for remarkable clarity. It also supports HDR technology, the video image is clearer.
  • IR Shortcut: The new IR remote control with programmable keys offers a great easy way to control not only A1 but also supports learn buttons supersede your TV remote.

The most significant difference between the A1 Android box and its GS1 sibling plays out in RAM capacity, firmware update, and storage.

While the A1 ships with 4 GB DDR3 RAM built-in, the GS1 has 2 GB DDR3 memory. Beelink revamped the A1’s firmware looking to solve some of the slight shudder action that the GS1 throws up.

This also ensures that the A1 can decode HD Netflix seamlessly.

Beelink A1 TV Box Android 7.1 DDR3 RAM 4GB eMMC 16GB ARM Cortex-A53 Quad-core Processor Bluetooth 4.0 Dual WiFi 2.4G+5.8G Smart TV Box

Last but not least, you can hook this sleek, little thing to an external 2.5 or 3.5-inch 4TB hard drive. So if appreciate the compatible extra storage, the A1 Android TV box might appeal to you.

Pros:

  • Seamless FHD Netflix
  • Fast performance
  • Bevy of connectivity options

Cons:

  • Remote could work a little better

Conclusion

Our top picks for best Android TV Boxes right now work to improve your Netflix and other video-streaming services experiences by providing you the ultimate 4K streaming experience. As discussed above, there may not be earth-shattering differences among the top Android TV Boxes.

We even picked out the top three Android boxes for HD and Full HD Netflix in case you feel either is good enough for you. Perhaps you want to see how 720p and 1080p Netflix works out for you first before investing in the world of 4K Netflix.

But if you are looking for the best 4K Netflix experience this year, you will not go wrong if you purchased the NVIDIA Shield Android TV Box. It is the whole package, the best Android Box money can buy right now.

Last update on 2018-09-20 at 21:24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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