Android TV

MSRP: $75.00
Chowmain LTD
30 days
Version: 1
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Want to control the Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast with Google TV, Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi Mibox, AirTV and more? The Chowmain Android TV module for URC is designed to control Google Android TV boxes.  It is a software only solution so no extra hardware required.

This allows you to navigate the Android operating system and control applications as you would with a normal infra red remote control. No need to root the device and no need to install any additional hardware.

In addition to control there is full keyboard support for search (for apps that support it) with both full text search and direct text entry.

The module will also scan your device and provide a list of apps that can be launched directly, no need to use the menu to find apps any more.

This module requires a 3rd party application called Zank Remote (Amazon App Store/ Google Play Store) be installed and configured on your android device. Just install the app from amazon app store or play store and follow the instructions to configure the Android TV box. We partnered with the developer of Zank to further develop their app to provide the functionality we require for integration. Note a portion of licencing revenue goes towards our partners at Zank to support the Zank app development.  
  • IP Control of your Android TV or Fire TV device, no additional hardware required.
  • Launch apps directly via a list or by name
  • Apps are automatically discovered
  • Control your app list using hide/show controls
  • Promote the apps you use the most to the top of the list using favourites
  • keyboard support for text entry and searching


What devices does this work with?

This module is tested to work with

  • AirTV

  • Amazon Fire TV

  • Chromecast with Google TV

  • DirecTV stream device
  • Nvidia Shield

  • Xiaomi MiBox

  • Foxtel Now

  • Sky Pod (New Zealand)
  • Other Google / Android TV Boxes

It will also work on other Android TV boxes as long as it can run Zank Remote.

What cool things can I do with this?

Quick app launching command can be tied into buttons to launch any installed app like Netflix, Disney+, Youtube and more.

What platforms are supported with this driver

The driver requires you to download and install the Zank Remote app. Currently the app is available on the Google Play Store (for Android and Android TV) and the Amazon App store, so all Android TV and Amazon FireTV's are supported

Does this driver work with Android media players

The App does work with straight Android media players (that is, not Android TV) but the apps on Android were not designed to work with regular mouse and keyboard codes so most of the apps will not work correctly. Android TV is designed to work with remotes and has a separate app store with apps made specially for use on a TV with a remote and for that reason we would recommend avoiding a straight Android media player and instead using Android TV.

The controls don't work with my app

If you are using Android, rather than Android TV, it is likely that most of the apps will not work correctly as they were designed for a touchscreen control (from a phone or tablet) and not for mouse and keyboard control. An Android TV or Fire TV media player is the best option as these apps are specifically designed for this type of control.

The device is in lower power mode and can't be woken up

The best way to avoid this is not to let the device enter low power mode. This can be performed by doing the following.

  • Select Settings
  • Select Device Preferences
  • Select Energy Saver
  • Select Turn Off Display
  • Change the setting to Never

Do you offer showroom discounts?

We offer dealers a free showroom licence for demonstration and educational purposes. See link below for T&C's and signup procedure.

Chowmain Dealer Showroom FAQ

I want to try this driver out before buying it?

All Chowmain drivers come with a 90 day trial, no registration required.


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Version 1.0.0

  • Initial release

Version 1.0.1

  • Fixed issue causing the TwoWay commands not to fire correctly

Version 1.0.2

  • Fixed typo in documentation (port was incorrect)

Version 1.0.3

  • Fixed issue with app list