OK so I do not watch any linear TV anymore except live sport, for which I have a VM XL pack which includes BT Sport and NowTV Sky Sports (discounted 9-month voucher; thx Brekkie).
As such, 'er indoors has sole use of the Virgin Media box attached to the living room TV for her NCIS / CSI / Law & Order etc and my viewing is mainly second-screen computer or streaming device based. I would however like a solution that allows me to watch *all* my content on the big TV in my upstairs room.
My current equipment is as such:
> a laptop running Windows 10 which is one of my VirginTV Go devices which I primarily use for YouTube, VMGo or occasionally BBC iPlayer and TV Player. The HDMI port on my laptop allows me to plug a 3m long HDMI cable in and extend the screen onto my room's big TV, which allows me to watch BT Sport on the TV and still use laptop. Talking of which....
> a Roku Streaming Stick is also attached to that TV (which is old and not very smart) which I use primarily for NOWTV (Sports package) and YouTube
> an NVIDIA Shield K1 tablet which I use for NowTV (device 2) and YouTube and also for watching files stored on my network NAS.
> a Marshall London mobile phone which is NOWTV device 3 and VMGo device 2, and again also used for all other Android applications.
It's a wee bit fragmented and I find the laptop/TV setup to be a bit clumsy, especially as the laptop takes up quite a bit of space. I'm not a fan of Chromecasting stuff as it tends to eat away at the battery on my devices quite a lot and it tends to crash on my weak-ass Virgin WiFi.
So can anyone recommend an all in one solution for my needs? Basically I want to watch BT Sport via the Virgin Media TV Go service; NowTV, YouTube, TVPlayer, BBC iPlayer and the commercial equivalents, plus also have access to media stored on my local NAS, all in one convenient package.
I was thinking, as my laptop allows me to watch VM TV Go via the HDMI out, which my NVidia shield *doesn't*, that some sort of Windows mini-pc or stick PC setup may be the answer, with a wireless mouse keyboard combo acting as the "remote". Or is there an Android mini-computer / stick that VMTV Go would work on?
(Extant but unused hardware in my posession also includes an Amazon Fire box, a generic android box and a WDTV Live).
One solution with the laptop would be setting on the TV stand and using a wireless keyboard with trackpad. Here’s a cheap one from Microsoft on Amazon.uk
for £29.99 rated 3.9/5 stars. It’s cheap but I’ve never gone wrong with Microsoft keyboards and mouses.
Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re a VO/SOT when you’re a PKG.