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BuzzTV HD5 Android TV Dongle – Budget-Friendly Yet Powerful

BuzzTV HD5

This BuzzTV HD5 Review was written by Troy from TROYPOINT after using the Android TV dongle on a regular basis for approximately two weeks.

This streaming device was provided free of charge to TROYPOINT by BuzzTV. However, this review is unbiased and you will see that I point out both the good and bad regarding this Android TV dongle. BuzzTV did not have access to this post prior to publishing.

Below, you will find an in-depth review that will provide you with the information that you need prior to purchasing.

The BuzzTV HD5 is the budget-friendly derivative of the BuzzTV X5 that I previously reviewed.  There are many aspects of the X5 that apply to the HD5 so you will definitely see some overlap in this review.

BuzzTV is known for their Android TV Boxes that cater to those who use IPTV services.  These devices come with a dedicated IPTV application and remote control that is specifically built for that app.  These streaming boxes also work great with side-loaded applications such as Kodi, Syncler, etc.

If you’re a TROYPOINT Patron or Founding Member, be sure to watch my BuzzTV HD5 first impressions video on the TROYPOINT Insider!  In this video, I go through the initial setup process and point out important things about the device…both good and bad.

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BuzzTV HD5 Android TV Dongle

The BuzzTV HD5 stands head and shoulders above other streaming dongles/sticks due to its large 32GB internal storage.

It also comes with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM which provides an extremely fast and responsive system.

BuzzTV HD5 Dongle

The BuzzTV HD5 provides a powerful built-in 2T/2R dual band WiFi antenna that offers screaming fast download speeds.  You will find my speed tests for this streaming device below.

This dongle comes in a plastic shell that includes a standard Ethernet connection (not Gigabit), and a USB 2.0 port.  The HD5 will be easy to conceal behind a hanging television.

The BuzzTV HD5 is running Android TV 11 and not stock Android.  Android TV provides a friendly remote control experience and access to applications optimized for the television through Google Play Store.

Most off-brand Android TV Boxes are running a form of Android meant for phones and tablets and I’m very happy to see that this isn’t the case for the HD5.

Read about the differences between Android TV and Stock Android here

My favorite new feature on the BuzzTV HD5 is the ability to rewind live TV.

This review won’t cover every single feature but I will point out important aspects that are unique to this streaming system.

Powerful Components

This Android TV device comes with powerful components that make this a future-proof streaming  system.

The biggest complaint that we often see from those who use streaming sticks or dongles is the lack of internal storage.  We don’t have that problem with the BuzzTV HD5!


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The HD5 comes with 32GB of internal storage which is 24GB more than the popular Amazon Fire TV Sticks.  This large internal storage will provide more than enough space for applications and games that you may want to install.

The large amount of internal storage should also prove useful for recording live TV through the BuzzTV 5 IPTV application that we will discuss further in this review.  It can also serve as the caching mechanism for rewinding live TV inside the IPTV application.

The BuzzTV HD5 comes with 4GB of internal RAM Memory which will ensure a snappy system.

It also supports standard Ethernet and dual-band WiFi.  I will test download/upload speeds as well which you will see below.

This Android TV dongle is powered by the Amlogic S905Y4 Quad-Core Cortex A55 processor which provides power-saving capabilities yet still delivers great performance.

BuzzTV HD5 S905Y4 Processor


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BuzzTV HD5 Remote Control

The BuzzTV HD5 remote control is pretty awesome in my opinion.

You can turn backlight buttons on/off within the BuzzTV HD5 Remote Control Setup Application.  The backlight has turned out to be a feature that I really enjoy when watching TV in my dark basement.

There are four colored buttons on the remote that perform various functions within the BuzzTV 5 IPTV application.  But, you can also map these to launch various apps as well!

BuzzTV HD5 Remote Control App



You will see that I’ve defined my four buttons to open the TROYPOINT App, YouTube, BuzzTV 5, and Kodi.

BuzzTV HD5 Remote Control Custom Buttons

The BuzzTV HD5 Remote Control App also allows you to setup your remote so it can control your television’s volume, inputs, and power buttons.

The only two complaints that I have about the remote are the directional buttons and no voice assistant support.

I wish the up/down/left/right arrow buttons on the remote stuck out so you could feel them.  These buttons are the same depth as the select button and I often find myself pushing that instead of one of the directional buttons.

Unfortunately, voice assistant does not work on this remote.  This isn’t a deal breaker for me because I hardly ever use it, but it may be to some, so I do want to point that out.  Maybe a future update can fix this as well?


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BuzzTV HD5 Regular OTA Updates

Most off-brand Android TV Boxes don’t issue regular over the air updates, or none at all for that matter.

BuzzTV is well-known for sending out updates on a regular basis that fix various bugs or adds improvements to the product.

BuzzTV HD5 Firmware Updates

This is a sign that the company cares about their customers and want them to enjoy the best possible TV viewing experience possible.

BuzzTV HD5 Launcher

I really like the BuzzTV HD5 launcher.

BuzzTV HD5 Launcher

It’s clean and provides various customization options.

You can choose from four different home screen layouts but I find BuzzTV Modern to be the best one.  The Modern home screen allows you to display your favorite IPTV channels which is a huge benefit.  You can quickly launch your favorite channels directly from your home screen!

You can also customize the home screen background with your own image.

Custom Background

I do wish there was a way to create your own sections on the home screen like you can with Wolf Launcher.

All-in-all, most people will like the BuzzTV HD5 launcher that is easy to use and displays absolutely no ads.

BuzzTV 5 IPTV Application

Like I said earlier, the BuzzTV HD5 is designed for those who use IPTV services.  Their BuzzTV 5 application is exclusive to their systems and comes loaded with some powerful features.

Now, if you’re a TiviMate user, you might not like the BuzzTV 5 IPTV app.  The biggest complaint that TiviMate users make is that you can’t see multiple IPTV services on the same screen.  Yes, you can setup multiple IPTV services in the app but you can only see one service at a time.

Two big changes that I see in BuzzTV 5 on the HD5 is the ability to rewind live TV and better recording options.

Rewind IPTV Feature Video

Here is a short video demonstrating the rewind feature and how to set it up.  This video was recorded using the X5 but the same process works on the HD5.

Rewinding live TV is huge in my opinion.  There are so many times that I’m watching an IPTV stream and I want to rewind and watch something again.  We can now do that with BuzzTV 5!

You must enable Timeshift within PVR settings to get this feature working.

Timeshift

You can define the cache size that you want to allocate to this feature and you can also use external USB drive for this as well.

The BuzzTV HD5 also comes with powerful recording options.

You can perform both one-time or multi-day recordings.

BuzzTV HD5 PVR

I’m a big fan of this IPTV application and the included Bluetooth remote makes it easier to navigate.

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AV1 Codec Support

The BuzzTV HD5 supports AV1 Video (AOMedia Video 1) which will soon be the industry standard streaming format.  Another great “future-proof” feature on the HD5.

AV1 Codec for HD5

Expand Internal Storage

Expanding internal storage allows us to add an external storage device such as a USB drive and it is counted as internal storage.

Yes, we can expand internal storage on the BuzzTV HD5.

I tested this with a SanDisk 256GB 3.0 USB drive and it worked as it should.

Expand Storage

Due to the large internal storage of 32GB, I’m not sure if there would be a need to do this.

But, if you need it, it’s there!

BuzzTV HD5 Download & Upload Speeds

I used Analiti Speed test app for the following tests.

I have 1 GB Fiber download speed plan through my Internet Service Provider.

During the WiFi tests, I am connected to the 5Ghz band on my Asus AC3100 Router.  This router resides in the same room as my BuzzTV HD5  (approximately 20 feet away from wireless router).

I’m using IPVanish VPN as my VPN on Chicago Server 04 (chi-a04).

BuzzTV HD5 Download Speeds

Ethernet Speeds

Note:  The HD5 comes with standard Ethernet which means max download speeds will be 100 Mbps.  You will get better speeds with WiFi on this device as you will see in my speed tests for that below.

VPN Off: Download = 94 Mbps & Upload = 83 Mbps

VPN On: Download = 81 Mbps & Upload = 76 Mbps

WiFi Speeds

VPN Off: Download = 455 Mbps & Upload = 134 Mbps

VPN On: Download = 123 Mbps & Upload = 87 Mbps

As you can see above, the download and upload speeds are fabulous, especially when using WiFi!

One point of interest is that the download speed didn’t decrease very much on Ethernet when connected to my VPN.

BuzzTV HD5 Specs

BuzzTV HD5 Specs

  • Operating System: Android 11
  • CPU: Amlogic S905Y4 Quad-Core Cortex A55
  • GPU: ARM Mali-G31 MP2
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Internal Storage: 32GB
  • LAN/Ethernet (not Gigabit)
  • WiFi: 2T/2R Dual Band
  • USB: 1 X USB 2.0
  • HDMI Output: 4Kp75 10bit: H.265/VP9 P-2/AVS2, 4Kp120 10bit: AV1 HDR10/10+
  • Remote Control: BT-400 Smart Remote
  • Power Supply: Standard Canada/USA or Universal Power Kit (EU/UK/AU/SA)
  • BuzzTV App: BuzzTV5

What’s In The Box?

BuzzTV HD5 What's In The Box

  • HD5 Dongle
  • BT-400 Smart Remote
  • Type-C Power Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Setup/Help Card
  • 2 X Premium AAA Batteries

Who Is The BuzzTV HD5 For?

The BuzzTV HD5 is designed for those who use IPTV services that allow for either XC API Login, M3U, or MAC Server setup.

If you’re using an unverified IPTV service, more than likely they they support one of the protocols mentioned above.

The HD5 is also great for those of you who use free streaming APKs such as Kodi, Syncler, etc.

This Android TV Box is not meant for those who use Netflix.  Netflix is not certified on the HD5.

I did test Amazon Prime and that application is working as it should.

Hide Behind TV

What I Like

  • Android TV 11 OS
  • Strong Processor with Good Power-Saving Capabilities
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Ethernet Network Adapter
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Customizable Bluetooth Remote
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Launcher
  • Can Expand Storage
  • Great Download/Upload Speeds
  • BuzzTV 5 IPTV App
  • Rewind Live TV
  • Easily hide behind TV

What I Dislike

  • No voice assistant on remote
  • Directional buttons on remote should stick out more

Note:  I no longer deduct points for no Netflix certification due to the numerous free streaming apps that are available.

Final Thoughts on the BuzzTV HD5 Android TV Box

The BuzzTV HD5 is a great streaming dongle for those who use IPTV and want to move away from the constraints imposed by devices such as the Firestick.

Yes, it does cost twice as much as Amazon’s best Fire TV Stick but you get what you pay for with four times more storage and no ads always being pushed at you through the user interface.

When considering price, you must also remember that companies like Amazon can sell their devices at a loss because they recoup their money through services or products that they can sell through their user interface.  BuzzTV can’t do that because they don’t have any streaming services like Prime Video to sell.

If you’re interested in the BuzzTV HD5 you should also read my review about their new X5 as well.  Yes, the X5 costs more but you may find some features on that device that you want such as Gigabit capability.

Read My BuzzTV X5 Review Here

 

I rate the BuzzTV X5 4.5 out of 5.

 

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11 thoughts on “BuzzTV HD5 Android TV Dongle – Budget-Friendly Yet Powerful”

  1. Waiting for my RMA. Here are the show stoppers for me…
    – After adding my IPTV account, I clicked on EPG but it went directly to live tv. Back button does not work at this point, so I had no way to actually view the EPG. This went on several times and I was never able to view the EPG.
    – The nav buttons on the remote like you mentioned above.
    – The “Smart” remote cannot be paired with a sound bar. My TV will not control the volume of the sound bar, so a separate remote is necessary.
    – When I turn the TV off, the dongle waits 15-20 seconds, then shuts itself all the way down! This means I have to wait until the thing boots all the way up, which is slow. I want to leave the device booted up, but see no way to do this.

    1. TROYPOINT - Ryan

      Allen, if you are having these technical issues with your BuzzTV device we suggest contacting their customer support.

  2. What is the best IPTV unit between $110 and $130 right now? I am considering between the newer BuzzTV HD5 (4/32 GB memory) with Android 11 vs. the older, Android 9 boxes BuzzTV XRS4000-4/32 GB and BuzzTV E2 MAX-4/128 GB. Any suggestions? I will mainly use it as an IPTV box.

  3. I certainly hope the dongle works better for folks than the box did for me. It’s been nothing but a pain in the ass in the 6 weeks I’ve had it. In order to use the rewind/pause/FF function, Time Shift has to be enabled. Every time I enable it, the video and audio stutter, and I mean all the time. It’s unwatchable. After a LOT of back and forth with support, I gave up and asked for an RMA. They gave it to me, but expect ME to pay for the return shipping to Canada. When I replied that the item is defective, and I should pay nothing for merchandise that doesn’t work, the response from them was “To be clear, a specific feature didn’t work for you. This is not considered a hardware manufacturer defect. Not to mention you kept the product for around seven weeks, well outside the 30-day return window.” So playing watchable video apparently is “a specific feature”, and not a big deal when it doesn’t work, and spending a hours of MY TIME with one of their support people trying to get it to work should be held against me. Silly me, expecting a $180 box to actually work.

    Troy, I know you like these Buzz items, but my suggestion to anyone even thinking about buying one is this – do yourself a favor and get a Shield instead. I have had almost no issues with the 2 I have (one Pro, one tube, both 2019), and when I did have one with the tube, Nvidia replaced it even though it was over 2 years old. Now THAT is customer service. Buzz could take a lesson from Nvidia, but given the attitude I’ve gotten from them, I highly doubt they even care.

    1. I have to agree with you on the picture freezing and getting out of sync. However, it is my vidstick max that is doing it, not my x5. Going through the return process now. I will be getting the HD 5.

  4. Spend the extra $5 today on prime day and get the shield tube, I’ve used both devices ,feel the nvidia tube is much better

  5. Gerald Mcclure

    I have been following TroyPoint for several years now, whereas I became an official cord cutter way back when Roku came out with their streaming box. Since then I have had several generic android boxes, Fire tv 4K boxes, and sticks, tried the Apple 4K box, the newer Roku boxes and sticks, then settled in with the Nvidia Shield, and even got the Onn. 4K Box, for $20 bucks well worth it. During this time I used Troys posts and video’s to add and improve on most of these platforms and he is my go to guy on Cord Cutting. Looking forward to seeing how these new Buzz Boxes and dongles pan out. Thanks Troy for all the info through the years.

  6. I have the buzzbox 4900. Their newest model. Works great love it and have 2TB storage to use with Tivimate. More than enough for me. My only concern is that you need Google services. Right now there are no restrictions but if they decide to restrict like Amazon is doing that would limit our options. Up to this point I had all Amazon products for iptv. Cube and firesticks. But with Amazon changing some things I got the buzzbox and the ONN device from Walmart to keep options open. Thank you Troy for your site. Your site has helped me many times since “cutting the cord”

  7. I tried a buzz tv stick a year or so ago.nice specs but it was very odd,confusing to use.Very different from many of the other devices I have or used before.I sent it back for a refund the next day after trying to use it.

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