I have ordered a VIM2 with VTV board. My intention is to replace my aging PC based HTCP with something a bit more discrete and efficient. After extensive searching I decided to go with the VIM2 because of the VTV board. I will be running off the eMMC with an external hard drive for all my media and a USB DVD drive for the few times we still watch DVDs. I wil be adding a HD Star external USB sat receiver so that I can record and watch at the same time.
Previously I found that the performance of Android TV on a M8S s812 box was abysmal and I had to run a special Libreelec build on the box. This has its limitations as no one will ever produce an updated Libreelec for this box so eventually it will just stop working.
I run Libreelec on my PC but because I am running an old Sat card - I can no longer upgrade and again eventually support will fade away for that version of Libreelec.
So that brings me to my question, is the Android Kodi experience good enough on the VIM2 for it to be a daily driver for my main HTCP system running a TVheadend server for other remote boxes. I have read of people having Samba issues with Kodi on Android and that would be a complete deal breaker for me. Also, is the frame rate switching issue resolved ? The main advantage, as I see it with the Android box is a bit more flexability and the guarantee that upgrades to Kodi will be coming down the playstore path.
On the other hand, I run Libreelec on three boxes at the moment, and it has mostly been excellent (even on a Pi2) and robust with excellent performance.
Things to consider is
Will I be trapped again in an un-updateble community build ?
Will support for the VTV chipset be mainlined to Libreelec ?
Does the TVheadend version used in the VIM2 build support both the VTV board and my external HD-star sat receiver ?
Does the lack of Mali driver support kill performance over the Android version ?
Lots of questions to help me decide on the best choice.