personally, I doubt it's the box because I have had 2 brand new boxes now, and both did the exact same thing
the odds are tiny that both somehow have/had the same hardware problem, so I'll bet it's an app issue
the fix, to get past the black screen (with Android error) at bootup, is described above
and yes, approximately 1 in 25 times for me, it actually boots up without the error
possibly fixed ???
for the past 2 weeks (approximately from Dec 26th on), this problem seems to have suddenly resolved itself
it does not appear that the Pik TV app has been updated recently
I did nothing at all to my Pik settings
HOWEVER, I plugged in a small DAC into the Pik TV box so I could output 2-channel stereo sound to my stereo system
this DAC unit was plugged in/out several times, and I do not normally leave it plugged in
the DAC was plugged into the optical sound jack (TOSLINK) of the PikTV box, and also, its power supply cable was plugged into the USB port of the Pik TV box
is it possible that plugging this device into the Pik TV box somehow fixed the issue?
yeah, I figured it was just a coincidence, however I'm pretty thrilled that it's finally working correctly -- at least for now!
RE: "as the actual problem with a software issue with the apk...."
can you please clarify... what is "the apk"?