1.) Why root? - I have all my albums from holidays with pictures and videos on NAS (WD My Book Live). I don't find app for Android TV which can browse on NAS. So I think, that i mount external drive like local and I can use some simply gallery viewer.
2.) I have MDZ-16-AB
3.) Yes in this moment is title confusing.
You have to realize that content providers like Netflix, Hulu, HBO etc only agreed to have content streamed if their content is protected from piracy so in order to achieve this the box is locked down to enforce HDCP and if it's rooted, the encryption can be compromised. I agree with the other replies if you want pictures to work, use KODI and learn how to use it to access your NAS and display your personal media.
Nvidia Shield and Asus Nexus Player ANDROIDTV devices can be rooted easily.
Seems Xiaomi's reluctance to allow root access is to stifle users chances for creating complicated support issues.
Their east Asian script readers masquerading as technical support can barely follow simple issues, much less deal with the aggravation full admin access would unleash.
We're off topic. Start a new thread, and try to be descriptive like how are things connected (Wifi/Fixed ethernet/direct via USB). It took me some trial and error to sort mine out but I assure you it can work.
Obviously its very inconvinient that its not possible to root the device.
I want to install sambadroid to get the box to act as network storage but the app requires root, therefore it doesnt work.
If people will eventually find a way to root despite the encrypted botloader i will be more than happy.
Besides that, the notion that the locked bootloader will in any way protect netflix or whatevers copyright is preposterous, any 5 year old child will be able to watch anything anyway by using google for 5 minutes... this restriction is really annoying!!!!