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If you have Asian friends, chances are they own or know someone who have been using a TVPAD to live stream their favorite TV shows from Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China. TVPAD has been in a legal battle with the said TV stations from Asia on the legality of the channels. When TVPAD 1 and 2 came out, it came pre-installed with the app store with apps which enable the consumers to watch live TV channels from Asia. TVPAD tried to bypass this in TVPAD 3 by removing the said apps. However, it didn’t take long for the techies to find a simple solution to add the app manually. Users enjoyed this simple method to get their TV fix from many of their home country. After several years of legal wrangling, the TV stations prevailed. The TV stations such as China Central TV, TVB Holdings, Dish Network (who own live stream rights to TVB) won an injunction against TVPAD parent company. Not only did they win an injunction, they were able to enforce ISP to block all traffic relating to TVPAD! Suddenly, TVPADs in the US became expensive paperweights. TVPAD will still work outside of the US but not in the US.
Sling took this opportunity and launched a promotion to offer $99 for one year of service for many Chinese TV stations. In order to qualify, you must enter your TVPAD’s MAD address to quality.
Note, there are not many LIVE TV streams. Most are apps or are TV content that is localized for the Americas region. Still, $99/year comes down to less than $10/month and it comes with a free Roku 2. You can also subscribe and install the Sling TV app on your Fire TV to watch the subscribed content. Sling is great for cord cutters.