If you’re looking for better ways to enjoy your days at home, then you’re probably considering investing in a smart TV — and rightfully so. After all, this one intelligent device can take you places through a screen. Want to visit South Korea? Watch K-dramas on Netflix. Want to learn about other cultures? Watch vlogs on YouTube.
There is, of course, one setback when it comes to buying smart TVs. They’re hella expensive. But the good news is, we found a way to hack our way around the hefty prices. Introducing: the Mi TV Stick.
What is the Mi TV Stick?
The premise is that the Mi TV Stick can transform your regular TV into a smart TV, as long as your existing TV has an HDMI port. Once connected, you will be able to access Netflix, YouTube, Prime, HBO, Disney+, and all the other streaming services available on typical smart TVs. It also lets you download limitless apps from Google Play, including Twitch, Spotify, WeVerse, and VLive (#iykyk).
Light and portable
Weighing less than 30g, the Mi TV Stick is travel-friendly. You can bring it with you during hotel staycations or — hear me out — you can lug it around your home. In other words, if you have a TV in your living room and another one in your bedroom, you can convert both of them (albeit not simultaneously) with just one stick.
Powered by Android TV, the Mi TV Stick also has a Bluetooth remote with a Google Assistant feature. This means it receives voice commands with just a press of a button. (Hey Google, tell me a dad joke.)
You can Chromecast content from your other devices directly to your screen. That said, you can also mirror your screen outside Google Chrome, so whatever you see on your device, you can view HD on your TV. (We don’t recommend illegal video streaming, but best believe that casting it certainly heightens the experience.)
What about the audio, you ask? The Mi TV Stick also supports DTS and Dolby multichannel HD audio decoding. This means you can expect stereo surround sound if you have good speakers.
How to set it up
All you have to do is plug the Mi TV Stick into your TV’s HDMI port and then connect it to your WiFi. Then, you can start exploring as you would a smart TV!
Where to buy a Mi TV Stick
A budget-friendly TV under ₱5,000
Supposedly, the Mi TV Stick is compatible with any regular TV with an HDMI port. If you’re still on a hunt for a suitable TV, then check out the GINZA 24-inch LED flat-screen TV. It comes with a TV bracket and supports an FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The best part? Its sale price starts at ₱1,999.
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