Lately, I’ve been indulging my inner AV tech, among other things. The latest generation of Android TV sticks makes this more interesting. If you like network technology, you are bound to enjoy these small marvels. It is bound to make an impression on your friends.
There are many plans for these devices, and they are regularly updated. The Android TV stick technology is still young and evolving. If you want a head start on a clever new technology, time is running out. Get started soon. Fortunately, money is not much of an obstacle. If you have fast wireless & good TV, you have what you need to get started for less than $40. There are now many channels. Some people literally “cut the cord”, and use their TV for nothing but wireless access. Personally, I like wires. You should see all my wires. I’ll keep them.
There are FOSS projects for Android TV sticks, notably Kodi/XBMC, and lots of new books for beginners. If you are into arcane TV&movie genres, this is where the technology shines. There’s likely a channel for you, and even free access. There’s still lots of room for technology adepts to have some fun and impress their friends. OTOH, you don’t have to be a gear head. Major vendors are providing plug and play Android TV sticks for the masses. But, if you like doing things like side-loading non-vendor software and rooting Androids, you are going to have tons of fun.
If you brick the stick, hey, You’re only out $40. It’s almost irresistible. Most of the sticks coming out now are quad core, and they they are getting much faster. If you want to use it as a computer, it is there.