Nokia Streaming Box 8000: Chromecast met turbobediening

The Nokia Streaming Box 8000 is a small box that fulfills your main streaming and media needs. But does the media player have more to offer than a Chromecast? Yes.

What is it?

The Streaming Box 800 is a 4K media player with a focus on streaming. It runs on Android 10 and comes with a remote control that also has hotkeys for YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix, Google Play and Google Assistant. Chromecast functionality is built-in, but there is also a USB connection to play your own video files and WiFi and Bluetooth to connect a keyboard, for example. The box provides 8 gigabytes of flash storage. The device runs on a Quad-Core Cortex-A55 CPU with 2 gigabytes of RAM and has a suggested retail price of 99.90 euros.

We were a little skeptical when StreamView, the company that makes the device under license from Nokia, asked us to test their Streaming Box. Because why would you get an extra container and an extra remote control for services that work perfectly with your smartphone and a slightly cheaper Chromecast? But gradually we learned to appreciate the device more every day.

To work

What strikes us first is the simplicity of the device. Due to its small size, the Streaming Box is not too noticeable. As soon as you log in with your Google account and on any streaming services you are done. The only obstacle we encountered at start-up is that we cannot log in with our Google account via the QR code, so we have to enter our (obviously long and complex) password via the remote control. Once we pass that hurdle, everything works seamlessly.

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Long live the remote

Whether the Streaming Box has added value depends very much on your own media use. Anyone who already has a smart TV and/or Chromecast will find little added value in the device. Ditto if you mainly watch classic TV; for those profiles this is mainly an extra remote control.

The remote has buttons to direct you to major streaming services and a microphone for voice control., PVL
The remote has buttons to direct you to the main streaming services and a microphone for voice control. © PVL

But at the same time we are full of praise for that remote control. As we’ve had the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 at home, it has completely replaced our existing Chromecast because the experience is a lot better. The remote feels really good in the hand, is not too heavy and has backlighting to see which buttons you press. The shortcuts to the main streaming services make it very convenient to quickly find your favorite series. But the voice control via the microphone in the remote control also recognizes almost every app or series, despite our English with Flemish Brabant accent.

But we’re most excited about the controls that let you fast forward or rewind for a few seconds or minutes. Where on your smartphone you are limited to a button to go back 30 seconds and a scroll bar, you can cruise through your program much more precisely here. We should note, however, that the latest generation of Chromecasts (approximate price around 80 euros) also come with a remote control, either a fairly limited one with only a few buttons and without internal storage or connection for external storage.

Local channels and unknown content

The large streaming apps on an Android device work seamlessly and even if we insert a USB stick, that is no problem. This way we can easily watch our own downloaded video files of different file formats without any hitches or error messages.

In addition to a power and HDMI connection, the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 also has an Ethernet port (and WiFi), a line output, SPDIF out and a USB-C port, there is also a regular USB connection on the side.
In addition to a power and HDMI connection, the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 also has an Ethernet port (and WiFi), a line output, SPDIF out and a USB-C port, there is also a regular USB connection on the side. © PVL

A missed opportunity here is the limited storage space of 8 gigabytes. A little more storage (or the ability to place a hard drive yourself) would have made the Streaming Box just that little bit more complete. But for a 4K media player of just under a hundred euros, we understand that trade-offs have to be made somewhere.

Apps such as VTM GO or VRT NU are also in Google Play and also work smoothly on the Streaming Box. That makes the device ideal for cord cutters. If you only want an internet subscription and online TV in the future, a media player like this offers an ideal addition with a solid remote control and user experience.

Support

Actually, we only have one serious point of criticism and that is the support. Android 10 is far from the latest version and the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 has been on the market for a while. How long will this device receive updates? Producer StreamView says that depends on the support of the S905x3 chipset. It currently runs until 2023, or whether it will continue after that, we won’t know until next year.

That makes us doubt, because unlike a smartphone, you expect a media player to last for about five years, or longer. Today that is at worst a year and a half. Although we emphasize that it can also be different. For the same money, support will continue for a while and the apps will continue to work if there are no more updates for a while. But a little more clarity would be welcome here.

Conclusion

The Nokia Streaming Box 8000 offers a simple all-round device that plays 4K video for relatively little money. A little more clarity about the support and some extra storage would be welcome, but price/quality this is an ideal device for those who look online a lot, but do not always want the smartphone as a control panel.

The Streaming Box 800 is a 4K media player with a focus on streaming. It runs on Android 10 and comes with a remote control that also has hotkeys for YouTube, Prime Video, Netflix, Google Play and Google Assistant. Chromecast functionality is built-in, but there is also a USB connection to play your own video files and WiFi and Bluetooth to connect a keyboard, for example. The box provides 8 gigabytes of flash storage. The device runs on a Quad-Core Cortex-A55 CPU with 2 gigabytes of RAM and has a suggested retail price of 99.90 euros. We were a bit skeptical when StreamView, the company that makes the device under license from Nokia, asked if we could offer their Streaming Box wanted to test. Because why would you get an extra container and an extra remote control for services that work perfectly with your smartphone and a slightly cheaper Chromecast? But gradually we learned to appreciate the device more every day. The first thing that strikes us is the simplicity of the device. Due to its small size, the Streaming Box is not too noticeable. As soon as you log in with your Google account and on any streaming services you are done. The only obstacle we encountered at start-up is that we cannot log in with our Google account via the QR code, so we have to enter our (obviously long and complex) password via the remote control. Once we pass that hurdle, everything works seamlessly. Whether the Streaming Box has added value depends very much on your own media use. Anyone who already has a smart TV and/or Chromecast will find little added value in the device. Ditto if you mainly watch classic TV; for those profiles this is mainly an extra remote control. But at the same time we are full of praise for that remote control. As we’ve had the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 at home, it has completely replaced our existing Chromecast because the experience is a lot better. The remote feels really good in the hand, is not too heavy and has backlighting to see which buttons you press. The shortcuts to the main streaming services make it very convenient to quickly find your favorite series. But also the voice control via the microphone in the remote control knows how to recognize almost every app or series, despite our English with Flemish Brabant accent. But we are most enthusiastic about the operation with which you quickly fast forward or rewind for a few seconds or minutes. Where on your smartphone you are limited to a button to go back 30 seconds and a scroll bar, you can cruise through your program much more precisely here. We should note, however, that the latest generation of Chromecasts (target price about 80 euros) also comes with a remote control, either a fairly limited one with only a few buttons and without internal storage or connection for external storage. The large streaming apps on an Android device work seamlessly and Even if we plug in a USB stick, that’s no problem. For example, we can easily look at video files downloaded by ourselves in different file formats without stuttering or error messages. A missed opportunity here is the limited storage space of 8 gigabytes. A little more storage (or the ability to place a hard drive yourself) would have made the Streaming Box just that little bit more complete. But for a 4K media player of just under a hundred euros, we understand that trade-offs have to be made somewhere. Apps such as VTM GO or VRT NU are also in Google Play and also work flawlessly on the Streaming Box. That makes the device ideal for cord cutters. If you only want an internet subscription and watch TV online in the future, a media player like this offers an ideal addition with a solid remote control and user experience. Actually, we only have one serious point of criticism and that is the support. Android 10 is far from the latest version and the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 has been on the market for a while. How long will this device receive updates? Producer StreamView says that depends on the support of the S905x3 chipset. It currently runs until 2023, or whether it will continue after that, we won’t know until next year. That makes us doubt, because unlike a smartphone, you expect a media player to last for five or more years. Today that is at worst a year and a half. Although we emphasize that it can also be different. For the same money, support will continue for a while and the apps will continue to work if there are no more updates for a while. But a little more clarity would be welcome here. The Nokia Streaming Box 8000 offers a simple all-round device that plays 4K video for relatively little money. A little more clarity about the support and some extra storage would be welcome, but price/quality this is an ideal device for those who look online a lot, but do not always want the smartphone as a control panel.

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Nokia Streaming Box 8000: Chromecast met turbobediening

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