Q: Does this box allow me to access google play store so that I can get more apps?
A: Yes, for example i have installed tunein, snes enulator. And my YouTube app is updated. Google play thinks the gbox is a tablet, a usb mouse is
mandatory to have a good fell
Q: can you get regular channels on this like abc, cbs, nbc, amc, tnt?
A: To answer you question fully, it will work on XBMC. XBMC is an app that you can put on the device (should already come on the device) and its basically a media center. There are certain addons that you can add into XBMC that provide certain content. An example of an addon is called USTV Now. It lets you watch ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, and PBS for free. You just have to create a free account at www.ustvnow.com first and then link that account in the USTV Now addon on your device. If you are curious about what XBMC is or what it can do, look for youtube videos on it. Also xbmchub.com is a great source of how to do stuff easily on there and xbmc.org is the official website of XBMC. So yes it is possible to watch certain live channels on this box through the XBMC app, you just have to research and configure a bit to do so. If you got any questions let me know.
Q: Can this device recognize a NTFS external HDD?
A: yes, in fact, this box has four USB ports, I have a wireless mouse, two external HDDs (both NTFS) and a thumbdrive plugged it. It read them all.
Q: if i buy this box do i need to pay to have it programed or is i on automatically when connecter to internet£¿
A: it is all programmed and set up with the popular apps, if u need to add other apps it is easy to download and activate, but out of the box it is ready to go for all your normal needs
Q: Does it come preloaded with TV apps, or must i d/l and install them? HOW can I watch TV shows out of the box?
A: Yes, you set it up on your TV (with an HDMI cable) and open XBMC. You can start watching movies & tv. However, under the "Get More" tab at the bottom of the list of Video Add-ons you will find a list of more sources to add. One of those is called XBMC HUB add-on. By installing (click and download) you will add many more sources and Repos (repositories). The HUB will automatically re-configure xbmc by clicking the warning sign and install a repo called Fusion which will add sources like Icefilms and Hulu. Then just pick one and find a movie you want to see. Enjoy!
A: You have to download the apps your interest in. Suggest you download the codec for various xvid,divx and .x264. Short version? The box doesn't come pre-loaded with apps. There is a" Hugh" depository of apps. Download only want you use