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JUDGEJONES36
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Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

Can anyone tell me what the usb port is for on a NOWTV smart tv box or the micro as slot on a NOWTV box please
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ukbobboy
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

@JUDGEJONES36

 

Hi JJ

 

You asked, "What is the usb and micro SD ports are for?", well, they are both inoperable and are there because the Roku devices that the Now TV boxes are based on have them.

 

However, I understand that you can recharge your mobile phone from the USB port, but I could not swear to this.

 

 

UK Bob

Andy Legend 5
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

@JUDGEJONES36

 

Unfortunately at the moment they both do nothing useful, the hardware is there because the NOW TV boxes are modified versions of the eequivalent Roku boxes which do make use of them,,but NOW TV have chosen not to allow use of them.

 

The USB port is powered when the box is in use so you can use it to charge your phone but that's about it. 

JUDGEJONES36
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

Ah right. That's why I can't see anything working when Ive plugged it in.
Thanks for the information buddy.
Paul
JUDGEJONES36
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

Ah right. That's why I can't see anything working when Ive plugged it in.
Thanks for the information buddy.
Paul
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cristaki
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

Looks like the SD card is used to store Apps

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Brianj76
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You can actually side load a usb media player app, just Google for it

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ukbobboy
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box

@Brianj76

You know, it's more than likely that this facility you've found will be deleted, by an update, sometime in the near future.

It's just the way these guys roll.

 

UK Bob

 

 

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NewbieJW
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Re: Usb port and a micro sd slot in a smart box and a NOWTV box


@Andy wrote:

@JUDGEJONES36

 

"Unfortunately at the moment they both do nothing useful, the hardware is there because the NOW TV boxes are modified versions of the eequivalent Roku boxes which do make use of them,,but NOW TV have chosen not to allow use of them..."

 The micro SD slot is active and is usedto store Apps.

Recently I had been getting messages recommending use of the SD storage to improve App load speeds. This was new behaviour that I'd never seen before.

I inserted a spare 2Gb SDXC card, formatted it and bingo! Apps like iPlayer no longer exhibit initial loading delay.

So I guess it does something useful after all. I can only assume this was triggered by a recent software update.


 

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zulubianco
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I can confirm that the microSD slot DOES now work. It stores apps and/or app data on it in order to speed up app launching. 

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