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  1. 1. TELE Published worldwide since 1981 in all major languages 10 1 1 satellite GLOBAL DIGITAL TV MAGAZINE IIIIIIII II II IIIIIIIIB 9318 E 12-01/2011 Company Report SATSHOP 24 Daniela Knott has a big heart for satellite enthusiasts and DXer specialists City Report Company Report Shanghai’s Dishes TEVII The Crazy Big City Matthias Liu reveals his amazing with its Crazy new market expansion plans Big Dishes Company Report NETUP Abylay Ospan and Evgeniy Makeev create brand new markets in IPTV 30 TELE-satellite Years Writing for the Digital TV Business 12-01/201 1 World Test Report AB IPBox 9900HD Media Powerhouse IPTV  Fiber Optics  Broadband
  2. 2. TELEsatellite Dear Readers,AddressTELE-satellite Magazine Common wisdom seems to suggest that HDTV belongs to pay TV, meaning we arePO Box 1234 supposed to pay for high-definition content while SDTV remains available free-to-air. A85766 Munich-UfgGERMANY/EUROPA UNION look around countries with HD channels already up and running appears to lend support to this assumption. Yet, if we take a closer look at some countries the question arisesEditor-in-ChiefAlexander Wiese whether all that glitter is actually gold, or in other words: Do we really get HD just becausealex@TELE-satellite.com a channel uses the HD label?Published byTELE-satellite Medien GmbH Not at all! In some countries any digitalAschheimer Weg 1985774 Unterfoehring transmission is branded HD, so that SD standsGERMANY/EUROPA UNION for analog and HD stands for digital – and that’sHard Copy Subscription that. The term ‘High Definition’ itself is subjectwww.TELE-satellite.com/secure/eng/ to very liberal interpretation and in manyDesign cases is determined by a network’s marketingNémeti Barna Attila department rather than by globally establishedAdvertising technical specifications. Some time in the futurewww.TELE-satellite.com/ads/ HD will probably become a universal extensionPrinter to any channel name. Does that mean that oneLitografia Rosés day we will receive HDTV channels only? And08850 GavàSPAIN/EUROPA UNION who will have the final say over what is HD and what isn’t?Copyright© 2011 by TELE-satellite Most of the currently available HD channels simply broadcast their fair by upscaling theirISSN 1435-7003 regular offerings. But what’s the point of that when even your average HDTV set-top box is able to upscale virtually any source material to HD resolution? As viewers, we couldn’t care less about whether the picture we see on our screen is upscaled by the provider or by our receiver. And if we follow that line of reasoning we could even go as far as to state that everybody with a HDTV receiver at home watches all channels in high definition. At least we are made to believe this. How, then, can we find out if a so-called HDTV broadcast is native HD at all? Simple answer: We can’t! The only way of knowing for sure is to watch out very closely for certain picture characteristics, which is a pretty hopeless job for average Joe. By the way, does anybody remember the Hi-Fi humbug with regard to FM radio some decades ago? Even the most cheapo portable radio came with a prominently placed Hi-Fi logo, although the sound it produced was far from it. Right now we experience a déjà-vu when it comes to HDTV. Before long, every TV channel, every receiver and every TV panel will brag about being HD. Irrespective of what really is showing.TELE-satellite was established It’s the brave new world of HDTV, and we all better get used to it.in 1981 and today is the oldest,largest and most-read digitaltv trade magazine in theworld. TELE-satellite is seen bymore than 350,000 digital tvprofessionals around the worldand is available both in printedform and online.www.TELE-satellite.com Alexander Wiese Editor-in-Chief TELE-satellite
  3. 3. CONTENT AB IPBOX 9900HD HDTV Satellite & Multimedia Receiver ................... 10 AZBOX PREMIUM HD DVB-S2, ISDB-T and IPTV HD-Receiver ....................... 22 JIUZHOU DTP8300 IPTV Set-Top-Box ....................... 30 AWARD Winning: IPTV Receivers of 21st Century..........74 JAEGER HD+ 2011 AWARD Winning: HDTV Receiver with Digital Receivers of 21st Century .......76 HD+ Standard ........................... 38 Company Report: IPTV Software and Hardware Producer NETUP, Russia ................................82 Company Report: TENOW TBS 6981 PC Card & Receiver Manufacturer DVB-S/S2 TEVII, Taiwan..................................92 PC Card with Twin-Tuner Function ................. 50 Company Overview: Best Digital TV Companies of the World.................................. 100 SVEC 1.2 M VSAT DISH Feature: VSAT Dish for Hybrid broadcast broadband TV ....... 116 Ku-Band................. 54 Feature: How your smartphone turns into a great SPAUN tool for DXers and installers ............ 120 SOTX 1310607 NF & SORX 1310607 NF DXer Report: Optical Transmitter & Rainer Schulz and Berndt Rosenberger, Optical Receiver ...... 60 Lausitz, Germany .......................... 130 News: HDTV & 3D Programmes ................. 148 City Report: INFOSAT C/KU BAND Satellite Reception World Satellites .......................... 156 COMBIFEED in Shanghai, China ........................ 140 Satellite LNB for TELE-satellite Magazine C and Ku band ........ 68 DTT of the World ........................ 146 Worldwide .................................. 160 ADVERTISERS 8DTEK ........................................13 DISHPOINTER .......................... 152 SATELLITE GUYS ...................... 131 ABC-BIZNIS ............................... 41 DOEBIS .................................... 8-9 SEATEL ..................................... 137 AB IPBOX .............................. 28-29 DOEBIS-JAEGER .........................65 SKYWORTH ................................. 7 ALUOSAT .................................. 149 FULAN ELECTRONICS .................. 5 SMARTWI ...................................33 ANGA 2011 .................................73 GLOBALINVACOM .......................83 SOWELL......................................25 AZBOX ...................................... 163 GLOBALSAT ................................47 SPAUN ........................................55 AZURE SHINE ........................... 127 GOLDENMEDIA ...........................17 SVEC ..........................................45 BOIINGSAT ................................61 HORIZON ...................................59 TECHNOMATE .............................. 4 BOXSAM .....................................67 INFOSAT.....................................95 TEHNICB .................................. 153 BYA ELECTRONIC...................... 151 JIUZHOU .............................71, 164 TELETEK ................................... 113 CABSAT 2011 ..............................93 MFC .......................................... 119 CCBN 2011 .................................85 MOTECK.................................... 131 TENOW .......................................35 CES 2011 ....................................89 NABSHOW 2011 .........................99 TEVII ....................................... 119 CHANGHONG ............................... 2 NETUP ...................................... 141 TOPREAL ....................................97 COMMUNICASIA 2011 .............. 133 PYCH ........................................ 129 TOOWAY ................................... 155 CNBROADCASTING................... 150 PREVAIL ................................ 20-21 TRIMAX .................................... 127 CONVERGENCE INDIA 2011...... 159 SATBEAMS ................................ 154 WEISS ...................................... 129 CSTB 2011 ................................ 125 SATCATCHER ..............................69 YINHE ........................................876 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  4. 4. TEST REPORT HDTV Satellite & Multimedia Receiver AB IPBox 9900HD A Media 12-01/201 1 Powerhouse AB IPBox 9900HD Very powerful satellite and media receiver with endless features In an earlier TELE-satellite issue (08-09/2010) we reported on AB IPBox, a new receiver manufacturer from Slovakia. Now we have our hands on their flagship model, the AB IPBox 9900HD Plus. This twin-tuner model comes with two DVB-S2 tuners. A 9900HD model is also available which is identical except that it has a choice of second tuner from a second DVB-S, DVB-C (cable) or DVB-T (terrestrial). All the IPBox receivers in this range run Enigma2 HD – a version of the open source Linux operating system. So this is effectively a specialist satellite-receiving computer in a satellite receiver-sized box. The amount of functions and options available are amazing, and the promise of additional add-ons and plug-ins make it really exciting for those who like to customise and enhance their experience.10 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  5. 5. TELE-satellite World www.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ara/abipbox.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/abipbox.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/abipbox.pdf Our test model was in a Under the front cover are German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/abipbox.pdf English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/abipbox.pdfwhite metal case which makes two cams, two Conax card Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/abipbox.pdf Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/abipbox.pdfa change from the usual black slots and a USB port. There French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/abipbox.pdf Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/abipbox.pdfor silver. The front panel is is a further USB port on the Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/abipbox.pdfdecorated with a stylish floral back which is better suited Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/abipbox.pdf Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/abipbox.pdfdesign that certainly makes it for the tidy connection of Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/abipbox.pdf Romanian Română www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/abipbox.pdfstand out from the crowd. I an external hard drive and Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/abipbox.pdf Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/abipbox.pdfthink they could be chrysan- accompanying this is also the Available online starting from 3 December 2010themums, but don’t quote me option to connect an exter-on that one. An equally good- nal SATA drive. Each of thelooking black version is also two tuner inputs has a corre- to assist in finding the best Searching channels is notavailable. sponding loopthrough output. brightness and contrast set- the fastest. A scan of ASTRA There is just about every tings, and this can be found in 1 takes around eight minutes. The front panel contains possible audio and video the setup menu if it is needed New channels found after athe buttons needed for basic connector: Two Scarts, com- again in the future. scan can be found in a sepa-operation below the display. posite and component video, rate section of the channelThe display is very bright HDMI, S/PDIF and there’s a Satellite setup can be as list, which is a nice idea.indeed, enough to give a UHF modulator to pump the simple or complicated asblue/green glow in an other- picture out over good old TV you need. The “simple” set- The channel list is a littlewise dark room. After watch- antenna cables. Also present tings should be enough for different than usual, anding TV in a dark room with the is a 0/12V output, not seen most people and contain all some initial head-scratchingreceiver below the TV, one of very often in modern times the options from using single on my part disappeared afterthe first things I would start but very welcome for those LNBs through to DiSEqC I’d taken a little time to under-searching for would be an who still make use of it. switches, positioners and stand how it all works andapplication to dim the display. USALS. “Advanced” mode how best to make use of it.It can become distracting. As the receiver is running adds many more options not Channels can be grouped byAnother alternative, although a more powerful operating usually seen, which could be satellite, provider, or favour-not quite so graceful, is to do system than usual, switching a great help to those with ites group.what I did and stand a DVD on and getting a picture on a complicated collection ofcase in front of the display! screen takes a little longer. dishes and switches. If even The favourites function is The boot-up process takes this is not enough, a separate more advanced than most around two minutes to com- “Satellite Equipment Setup” other receivers. Inside the plete. The first boot includes menu exists with even more favourites list, groups of chan- a clever video tuning wizard options. Entering this menu nels can be added to what the it is preceded by the mes- receiver refers to as a “bou- sage “please do not change quet”. Not to be confused with any values unless you know the usual usage in satellite what you are doing!” and that terms for a group of channels is certainly advice that should on a transponder, this could be listened to. be a group of channels under a user-editable name, like 0.72 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 11
  6. 6. The almost hidden Grid EPG Programme info bar Programme list Plugins menu Multi EPG Satellite setup Media player Scan options Timer entries Satellite equipment setup12 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  7. 7. More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: AB IPBOX Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Slovakia www.abipbox.com music, sports, etc. From the was until I found a shortcut on list of providers in the channel the remote that gave me just list, we could add all the chan- what I was asking for. Whilst nels from one of them and this the shortcut of pressing blue will then appear as another then 2 was said by the manual “bouquet” of favourites. Once to give me access to internet your brain has tuned into how radio, instead a grid style EPG all this works, it’s a beauti- appeared! Perfect, although fully flexible way of doing now I want my missing inter- things. Another clever extra net radio too! is the addition of the current programme listed alongside From the EPG, events can the channel name in the list. be added to the timer. To add a recording it’s a simple matter I found the inbuilt EPG to of pressing green-green and be a little less of a revela- it’s done. Further options are www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/abipbox.pdf tion at first. Two modes are available if needed – instead immediately available, the of recording, the receiver can first giving information on be told to just to zap to the just the current programme, programme and not record with the arrow keys allowing it. An extra addition for our movement to future broad- energy-conscious age is an casts a page at a time. The option to go to one of the two multi EPG page list all chan- power-saving modes, standby nels – filtered by “bouquet” or deep standby, after the if required – with the current event has completed. programmes shown. Again, the arrow keys scroll the list Recordings can be accessed into the future. from the recordings list accessed from the dedicated Recording playback I missed having the tradi- “files” button, or the media tional grid style display, espe- player. The latter will also play cially when having to plan media files in a number of for- recordings around the limita- mats including Xvid, DivX and tions of tuner capacity. This MP3. Still pictures can also Network setup 114 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  8. 8. 3be viewed. The media playerfeels a little difficult to use,but the remote’s Help keycomes in handy here when areminder of what to press onthe remote is needed. One big “thank you” shouldgo to the IPBox for remem-bering something that shouldreally be a standard, but isoverlooked on so many PVRs– the text from the EPG’s pro- 4gramme description is savedalong with the recording. The menus sometimeslow down somewhat whenrecordings are in progress,a little graphic of cogs turn-ing in the corner of the screenappears to show the machine1. Telnet2. An FTP connection to the boxusing Filezilla3. Web interface timer settings4. Web interface5. Replaying a recording in VLCplayer via the web interface 5 2 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 15
  9. 9. is busy. Patience is some- me on to hooking the IPBox ings transferred onto a com- future. There was however,times required when waiting up to my computer network puter. They are in standard one gem there to be added –for this to disappear, but at through the Ethernet port. .ts format, meaning that the web interface.least when this has happened Setting this up is just the they can be manipulated andmy patience was the only same as adding a computer – edited using standard MPEG Installed from the serverthing that was damaged and if you use DHCP, an address software, plenty of freeware in little time, the web inter-my recordings were perfectly and settings can be discov- is available to do this. face adds another level ofintact. ered automatically. If manual communication from the settings are needed, they are It would have been nice outside world. Surfing to the Picture quality from the all here and I am proud to say to have the easy function to receiver’s IP address from areceiver is excellent, even that my receiver was com- copy the files to an external web browser brings an inter-some sample Xvid files from municating with the outside device, but by using the net- face matching the receiver’smy archive looked better than world at the first attempt, work it means that if archival design. Here, the channelusual when upscaled onto an something I cannot always is required, it can all be done list and EPG can be viewed,HD display. claim to have happened with without any disks, memory and recordings added. With my collection of computers. sticks, video tapes or any a little port forwarding in External drives and memory other media. Transfer them your router, this could thensticks can be used, and play- Not mentioned in the over the network, edit and be accessed from anywhereing media from these works manual, it is possible to use encode them as required, and on the internet. So the nextjust as well as the internal both Telnet and FTP to com- even send them back onto time you are at work or ondrive. Copying files between municate with the receiver. the machine in Xvid format to holiday and you forgot tointernal and external devices Thankfully a quick search of watch them again! It works record something, no prob-defeated me however. I just the internet found me the very well. lem – just get to the internetcouldn’t find a way to do it. default username and pass- and do it all from there! TheSo a file manager plug-in or word, otherwise my experi- With the receiver hooked up programme details here evensomething similar would also ments would have quickly to the outside world, it is pos- provide a link to the Internetbe on my essential add-ons been swapped for a long sible to add and upgrade the Movie Database (www.imdb.list. guessing game. By the way, machine’s software. The easi- com) for each programme. they are username: root, est way is via the machine’s This apparently missing password: ipbox. Using FTP, plug-ins menu. This connects Recordings can be down-function did however hurry I was able to get the record- to a server at www.enigma. loaded from here, in .ts satupdate.net where plug-ins format – even easier than and settings are available. my FTP method – and live TV I was a little disappointed and recordings can even be that very little software was streamed to a media player. available there at the time of I had success with recorded this review, hopefully more material but none with live will become available in the broadcasts, whether this is a16 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  10. 10. bug at my end or the receiv- software, but the mysteries ing I have been making for This is a powerful receiverer’s was hard to tell. and complexities of Linux are many years – the unavail- with smart menus to match left untouched. The receiver ability of a seven-day EPG for its smart looks, an unbeatable As if all this is not already will appeal to those out there the BBC and other channels set of functions and great pic-enough, a window with a vir- who want to get the most from on ASTRA 2 outside Sky and ture quality. The setup optionstual remote control can be it by fully exploiting the power Freesat’s own receivers by are the most comprehensiveused to access all functions of the operating system. So adding just this functional- you could wish for. The cleverof the receiver. After each what will be needed to make ity. As a BBC viewer I’d love favourites system along withkeypress, a screenshot of the the receiver the success it this to be usable by the IPBox. the three EPG modes (per-on-screen display (without deserves to be is availability I’d be worried though about haps the most useful oneany TV picture) is refreshed of additional software and the trying to install something being hidden behind a sepa-on the screen. This means guidance of how to install and like this that wasn’t specific rate shortcut menu) makeyou can have full control over use it. The software reposi- to this receiver or operating this a machine that will sat-the receiver, from anywhere tory accessed by the receiver system version. Perhaps what isfy both power users andyou can get an internet con- is close to empty, and at the we need is a “dummies guide” casual viewers. Getting tonection. Security has been time of writing there appears for how to get the most from know it requires the climbingthought of too, both SSL and to be very little informa- an Enigma2-based IPBox … of a slightly steeper learningpassword protection can be tion specific to the IPBox on perhaps I should get learning curve than that found withturned on if required. the internet on independent some more, and start writing other receivers, but it is well sites. But these are early days it! worth the effort. All this functionality and of course, the box has justoptions are amazing. Just look appeared on market. The IPBox’s manual, and Perhaps the most tell-at the options in the setup support website point the ing conclusion is whethermenu screenshots to get an Other receivers already user to independent websites after testing the receiver foridea of what is available to use the Enigma2 software and forums to find software a week or two, getting usedtweak and change the IPBox and applications and some and support. So lets hope to what it can and can’t do,to suit your own preferences. software for these is already these sites will soon appear would I want to have one ofMost exciting of course is the available on the internet. Per- for those who would like to my own? I can honestly sayopen source nature of Linux haps some of this can be used experiment and improve that I’d love to have one.and the promise it brings or modified for use with the their receiver. With suchof third-party add-ons and IPBox. In fact, for other receiv- power available, all it needsenhanced software. And this ers using a Linux system, is a good level of support andis where the IPBox will suc- whole modified operating sys- software availability to enableceed or fail. The manual does tems are available with extra its users to use it to its fulla fairly good job of summing features added. One exam- potential. The IPBox will be aup all the regular satellite ple I found while researching true challenger to the Linuxreceiver functions, and tells even answered a criticism of based receivers already onyou how to upgrade and add European satellite broadcast- the market.18 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  11. 11. Expert Opinion TECHNICAL + DATA Linux operating system opens the box to end- Distributor AB IPBox s.r.o., M. Razusa 4795/34, 955 01 Topoľčany, Slovak Republicless add-ons. Sophisticated channel memory. Tel. +421 38 5362 667 Remote access via the Internet. Website www.abipbox.com EPG is recorded with PVR. Andy Middleton Model 9900HD Three EPG levels. TELE-satellite Function Twin Multimedia Receiver Test Center UK - SCPC compatible Yes USALS Yes Takes long to boot up. Display dim should be added. DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3 Scart connectors 2 ENERGY Symbol rates QPSK – up to 45000 QPSK – up to 36000 DIAGRAM 8PSK – up to 30000 MPEG2 modes MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 Audio outputs 2 (left & right) Video outputs Composite, Component, HDMI Apparent Power Resolutions 720x576 (PAL). 720x480 (NTSC) 1080i, 720p, 480i, 480p UHF output Yes 0/12 volt output Yes Active Power Digital audio output S/PDIF Mode Apparent Active Factor EPG Yes Active with Recording 48 W 35 W 0.72 StandBy 16 W 6W 0.37 C/Ku-band compatible Yes Power supply 100-240V AC Common interface 2 PCMCIA Card slots 2 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 19
  12. 12. TEST REPORT DVB-S2, ISDB-T and IPTV HD-ReceiverAZBox Premium HD When we picked up the parcel from our local postfor South America office we were impressed with the stylish design of the packaging, which consists of black paperboard with silver lettering specifying the tech- nical details of the set-top box: The receiver we wereSatellite reception, Internet, terrestrial TV: The AZBox brand sent came with a DVB-S2promises to cover all, and to find out if the company lives up to tuner and a second tuner forits promises we were sent a receiver to our southern test centre ISDB-T. Here in the capitalin Chile. AZBox provided us with the Premium HD receiver sothat we had a chance to test the box with real signals sent in theISDB-T transmission standard used in South America for digitalterrestrial TV. In Chile, the Viña-del-Mar/Valparaiso andSantiago de Chile regions are currently served withISDB-T, and we tested the receiver in bothreception areas. 1 12-01/201 AZBox Premium HD Perfect receiver for watching all TV channels available in South America22 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  13. 13. ■ View of Santiago de Chile. On the left the tv center of national broadcaster TVN the configuration menu which let us choose between TUNER A DVB-S and TUNER B ISDB- T. Naturally, we selected ISDB-T which immediately offered an automatic or manual search mode. If you go for manual, it is possible to enter channel and frequency individually. With SEG SELECT you can select any value between 1SEG and 13SEG. We decided to give the AUTO search a go and set SEG to ALL to achieve TELE-satellite World www.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ara/azbox.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/azbox.pdfSantiago de Chile TVN-Mega- With the integrated ISDB-T Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/azbox.pdf German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/azbox.pdfChilevision Canal 13 broad- tuner it is possible to find English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/azbox.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/azbox.pdfcasts both analog and digital ISDB-T channels either with Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/azbox.pdf French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/azbox.pdfsignals, and UCV is transmit- AUTO or MANUAL search Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/azbox.pdf Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/azbox.pdfted in an SDTV and an HDTV mode, and of course we Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/azbox.pdf Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/azbox.pdfversion in Viña del Mar and could not wait to find out Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/azbox.pdfValparaiso. In addition, this how the receiver handled the Romanian Română www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/azbox.pdf Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/azbox.pdfchannel is also available via channels. Using the elegant Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/azbox.pdf Available online starting from 3 December 2010mobile phone networks. remote control we entered www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 23
  14. 14. More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: AZBOXas many results as possible. for the very first time. To be Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Portugal www.azbox.comOnce all parameters are set honest, the video quality ofyou need to confirm them by what we saw on screen waspressing the OK button and truly breathtaking.that leads to another pop-upwindow, which we closed with To make sure we receivedEXIT in order to start the a usable signal at all wescan. After that, we went to had hooked up the AZBoxthe HORIZONTAL TV menu receiver to an external UHFto watch digital terrestrial TV antenna, as the digital trans- www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1001/eng/azbox.pdf missions in our region are for watch Internet content such test purposes only and come as YouTube, for example. with limited signal strength. One word of caution: When A second look at the Pre- we plugged in the receiver Quiz show on TVN HD mium HD receiver reveals for the first time ISDB-T another feature: An E-Sata reception was not working. hard disk can be connected As it turned out, the terres- internally to achieve PVR trial tuner had become loose functionality for both SD and during transport and needed HD resolutions. We obviously to be put in place again firmly. made use of this option and We have not encountered any did not detect any flaw. The problems ever since. maximum recording capacity is two hours. In addition, it is possible with this box to also Screenshot of a broadcast from national channel TVN HD ■ Broadcast centre of TVN in Santiago de Chile24 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  15. 15. Talk show on UCTV HD Canal 13 Main search menu With the Premium HD receiver AZBox introduces■ Broadcast centre of UC a high-end box for SouthCanal 13 Chilevision America. Have a look at the TELE-satellite world map fur- ther back to find out which regions in South America use the ISDB-T standard for digital terrestrial TV. As you can see, most countries have opted for ISDB-T and some countries, such as Brazil for example, are already well on their way to becoming digi- tal. Other countries, such as Chile, are currently in a test- ing stage. What all regions have in common is that the AZBox Premium HD as tested by us is the ideal satellite receiver with its DVB-S2 und ISDB-T tuners, which allows reception of all channels – no matter how they are trans- mitted.26 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  16. 16. Expert Opinion + Fully automatic search for all available channels Many additional features Reception of content through all modern trans- mission modes - Juan Carlos Duarte TELE-satellite Built-in tuners may become loose during trans- Test Center port Chile TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer Opensast, Edificio OPENST, Lagoa, C.P. 4950-283 Mazedo, MNC, PortugalResults of channel search in Viña del Mar Fax +351-251-652-966 E-mail info@azbox.com Website www.AZBox.com Model AZBox Premium HD Function Digital HDTV Receiver with and Tuners with various Multimedia & Internet Features System Memory DDR 128 MB Video Memory DDR 128 MB Connector F with loop Connector F with loop Channel Memory 15000 Symbolrates 2-45 Ms/sec SCPC compatible yes DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3 HDMI Output yesResults of channel search in Santiago de Chile Audio/Video Output Video (YCbCr), Audio (L/R) Component Video Output yes S/PDIF Output yes RJ45 yes UHF Modulator yes 0/12 V Output yes Digital Auto Output no C/Ku Band compatible yes PVR Function yes USB 2.0 Connector yes Ethernet yes E-SATA yes (inside) Dimensions 340/243/66 mm Weight 2.65 kg (without hdd) Power 12/24 VChannel menu options www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 27
  17. 17. www.abipbox.com
  18. 18. TEST REPORT IPTV ReceiverJiuzhou DTP8300Receiver Jiuz hou DTP830 0 IPT V receiver equippe 12-01/201 1for Internet Television d with top- notch technology If you turn around the there is of course the usualAt first sight the DTP8300 receiver and look at the con- range of sockets for HDMIfrom Jiuzhou looks just like nection options on the back out, three RCA jacks for panel it becomes perfectly YUV, three more RCA jacksyour average set-top box for clear that this is a set-top box for stereo audio and CVBS,satellite, cable or terrestrial that does not receive signals an optical S/PDIF output, from satellite, cable or ter- S-video socket and a secondreception. It only measures restrial antenna. USB interface. There is even the added benefit of a230x160x39 mm, which makes All we find is an RJ45 Eth- mechanical power switch,it a neat little addition to ernet port when it comes which is a valuable feature in to signal input. In addition, this time and age.the living room cabinet. Thebox comes in stylish blackand sports two LEDs on thefront panel to indicate thecurrent operating mode. Themanufacturer has chosen todo without an LCD or segmentdisplay, but has instead optedfor an on/off switch in the leftcorner and a USB 2.0 interfacein the right corner.30 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  19. 19. TELE-satellite World www.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ara/jiuzhou.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/jiuzhou.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/jiuzhou.pdf German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/jiuzhou.pdf The remote control that If a receiver uses digital English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/jiuzhou.pdfcomes with the receiver satellite, cable or antenna Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/jiuzhou.pdf Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/jiuzhou.pdfmakes a great first impres- signals, the receiver’s hard- French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/jiuzhou.pdf Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/jiuzhou.pdfsion, has all keys within easy ware has to take care of Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/jiuzhou.pdfreach, offers just the feed- all aspects of signal pro- Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/jiuzhou.pdf Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/jiuzhou.pdfback required, and is clearly cessing. This does not only Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/jiuzhou.pdf Romanian Română www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/jiuzhou.pdflabelled. involve reception, conver- Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/jiuzhou.pdf sion, decryption (if required) Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/jiuzhou.pdf If we have to think of and finally output of signals Available online starting from 3 December 2010something worth improv- received with the DVB dataing it’s the IR receiver in the stream, but also channel Its main task is to display tent and of creating the IPTVset-top box, which requires management, processing of on the TV content which is receiver’s complete userusers to point the remote EPG data and creating OSD delivered as pre-packaged interface.to a very small area on the messages for user interac- data. All technology requiredbox – otherwise you’ll have to tion. for receiving and processing When turned on, the IPTVpress the desired key several channels, for creating the receiver connects to the mid-times before your command By contrast, an IPTV OSD and for managing con- dleware via the Ethernet portis actually received at the receiver is a different story tent is located at the provider and displays content receivedother end. altogether. Put simply, it is end of the IPTV system. from the middleware. a kind of web browser being We’ll focus on the pecu- able to put out audio and There, so-called middle- By the way, the middle-liarities and features of the video. It doesn’t have to do ware (put simply again, a ware is also responsible forDTP8300 in a moment – but a channel search, it has no kind of web server) takes establishing a connection tofirst it’s worth looking at the (or only a very basic) OSD care of setting up channels the DVB-IP gateway for TVdecisive differences between system and there is no need lists using provider-specific reception. Providers storeTV reception via antenna, to manage, process, save, design elements, of providing the IP addresses and portscable or satellite and IPTV. and organise channels. video-on-demand (VOD) con- of individual channels within 0.57 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 31
  20. 20. the IPTV network in the mid- for his network, as well asdleware. the multicasts used for TV and radio distribution and the If a user now selects a spe- ports.cific channel on the channellist that is created and pro- This means in turn that set-vided by the middleware, the top boxes for end users needIPTV receiver obtains the to be just as flexible in orderexact IP address and port to fit into existing IPTV net-of the selected channel and works. To this end – and tostarts displaying the corre- this end only – the DTP8300sponding video stream. is equipped with a dedicated The DTP8300 starts up with its own boot screen setup menu which can be Now the second major dif- called up with a small buttonference between satellite on the remote control. Byand IPTV reception becomes default it is PIN-protectedevident. If you receive your and we suggest that endchannels directly via satellite users in general keep theirthis means that all content is fingers off all of these set-available at the receiving end tings.(hence the term broadcast-ing), while IPTV reception The menu is divided intomeans that only the content six items, with Basic Settings(channel) that was specifi- and Extended Settings beingcally requested is available of most interest. In Basicat any one time. Settings you need to tell your box how it should connect Of course all available con- to your IPTV provider’s net-tent is sitting at the provider, work. Main menu as generated by the Jiuzhou middlewarewaiting to be requested, butstill data only starts to flow The receiver can eitheronce the user calls up spe- request an IP address fromcific content. Each customer the DHCP server or you canis served individually, so to assign a static IP address tospeak, which is also why – your box. If you subscribe toapart from standard radio an IPTV provider that usesand TV channels – video-on- DSL for distributing theirdemand, time shift or PVR content you may also set upcan be offered by the pro- a connection to the IPTV net-vider without the customer work via PPPoE.having to purchase newhardware. Once additional network parameters such as gate- Metaphorically speaking, way and DNS server are setbroadcast reception via sat- or received from the DHCPellite, cable or terrestrial server the IPTV receivertransmission is like a giant also needs to know the exact In our test setup the channel list contains five entrieswave of content extending address of the middleware.to all receivers at the sametime, while an IPTV network For our test purposes wetargets each subscriber sep- chose to use the default mid-arately, providing only spe- dleware provided by Jiuzhou,cifically requested content in which we had installed in oura customised way. test centre on a standard Windows PC using Microsoft Not only is each IPTV cus- IIS.tomer served individually,each IPTV network is also While configuring thecharacterised by an individ- network connection of theual set-up, depending on the set-top box it came as anprovider’s requirements. unexpected but very nice surprise that not only a con- In theory, an IPTV pro- nection via Ethernet wasvider can freely select the IP possible, but also via WLAN.addresses he wants to use If you prefer to go wireless MBC Action on NILESAT 7° West via IPTV32 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  21. 21. available to the provider it is possible to offer tailor-made customer service if need be. Complementing the con- figuration options of the Set- tings menu there is system overview, a self-test feature and an option to restore fac- all you need is an RT73 com- tory settings. patible WLAN USB adapter to plug into one of the USB Using a web browser or ports – once it is detected USB memory stick it is also by the system it can easily possible to upgrade the be configured directly in the receiver’s operating system – a dedicated menu item is box. available to facilitate that procedure. Now that all settings are completed the IPTV receiver Once all settings are saves all data and re-boots selected the box needs to in order to establish a direct be rebooted so that it con- connection to the middle- nects to the middleware over ware. the network and displays the main menu generated by the While average users should provider’s middleware. be all set now we of course Watching an IPTV channel – the info bar on the bottom of the screen also could not do without having Using its own middleware displays EPG information if provided by the middleware. a look at the Extended Set- Jiuzhou impressively demon- tings in order to adjust them strates some of the features for our test setup. an IPTV provider is able to implement with its in-house Currently the only menu middleware and in combina- languages available are Eng- tion with the DTP8300. lish and Chinese, but this refers only to the Main Menu As you can see in the and a couple of OSD inserts screenshots the main menu is of the receiver. During day- divided into four major areas: to-day use the IPTV provid- The top bar corresponds to er’s middleware generates all the colour-coded function OSD items anyway and can keys on the remote and thus be designed according to the is perfectly suited for direct provider’s specifications. access to live TV, video-on- demand or timeshift viewing. In Video Settings users can select the format of the The left area holds features signal output to the TV, with that are used a little less fre- Settings menu of the DTP8300 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p quently, such as games or and 1080i being available in additional VOD content. 4:3 und 16:9 aspect ratios, as well as PAL, NTSC or SECAM. In the window to the right of that section the live video Finally, the Extended Set- of the currently selected tings menu can be used to channel is inserted, while change the PIN code that in the bottom section of the restricts access to the Set- screen there is room for ban- tings menu and to activate a ners advertising new VOD log protocol that is sent to an content or other provider- FTP server. This way provid- based information for sub- ers can permanently check scribers. whether any error messages have been created by the In our test scenario we IPTV receiver or any prob- hooked up Jiuzhou’s own lems have occurred. middleware with the DVB-IP gateway we had installed in Access to the network is via cable or WLAN Thanks to these data being our test lab and then entered34 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  22. 22. the corresponding multicast MPEG-4/H264 as well asaddresses as required. This Windows Media 9 video. Theleft us with one of our feed built-in browser handleschannels – the MBC tran- HTML 4.0, Javascript 1.5 andsponder from NILESAT 7° Java Virtual Machine.West – being available on theIPTV box in next to no time Data delivered from theat all. middleware is displayed with a 32bit True Colour User We were rather impressed Interface. The audio decoderwith the zapping speed of is capable of processingthis neat little box, which WMA-9, MPEG Layer 1, 2 andtook just under one second 3 (MP3), AAC LC, AAC LC+ IP settingsto switch between individual SBR Level 2 as well as AAC+streams of the TV channels Level 2. Sampling rates ofrequested. 22500, 44100 and 48000Hz are supported and the Whenever a new channels receiver has a built-in 128is called up the DTP8300 dis- MB flash memory, 192 MBplays EPG information of the SDRAM and an 8K EEPROM.selected event, if this featureis provided by the middle- In a word, we wereware. impressed with the Jiuzhou DTP8300 during our test. How certain additionalkeys on the remote control In the IPTV market it’s usu-are used and which features ally not up to the end user tothey access largely depends pick a set-top box, which ison the provider’s middleware why the DTP8300 will mainlyagain. If timeshift viewing be chosen by IPTV providers.is available, then it can be They would end up with a Always required: the middleware addresscontrolled just like with any box that is able to implementother receiver and there’s no all middleware features andneed to get used to a new therefore is a perfect tooluser concept. for offering programming to subscribers. IPTV compatible added fea-tures such as news, weather Even end users looking toupdates or current offers for stay independent from pro-subscribers can be assigned vider-supplied hardware willto different function keys on like the Jiuzhou DTP8300 asthe remote. There is even it offers all necessary func-an option to change from tions, is easy to use, andnumber to character input so doesn’t take much space inthat you can use the numeric the living room cabinet.keypad for texting – just likeyou would with your mobilephone. Extended settings As far as technical com-patibility is concerned, theJiuzhou DTP8300 supports36 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  23. 23. Video output in various formats Updating the operating software of the DTP8300 via server of USB stick Expert Opinion + Small IPTV receiver that is perfectly suited for use in the living room. Excellent video qual- ity, quick execution of commands sent from the remote control and good build quality are the key characteristics of this set-top box. Thomas Haring TELE-satellite - Test Center Austria The IR receiver of the box could be a little more forgiving ENERGY DIAGRAMEPG, clock and update settings Apparent Power Mode Apparent Active Factor Reception 17.5 W 10 W 0.57 Active Power TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer Sichuan Jiuzhou Electric Group Co., Ltd. #16 Yuejin Road, Mianyang 621000, Sichuan, ChinaDTP8300 system information Fax +86-816-2468903/2469241 EMail overseas@jiuzhou.com.cn Model DTP8300 Function IPTV Set-Top-Box Stream Protocol UDP Menu Standards HTML4, Javascript 1.5, Java Virtual Machine HDMI connector yes Scart connector no Audio/Video output 3 x RCA YUV output 3 x RCA S-Video output yes Digital audio output yes (optical) Ethernet yes WLAN yes (via USB stick) USB connector yes Input Voltage 9V Dimensions 230x160x39mm www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 37
  24. 24. TEST REPORT HDTV Receiver with HD+ StandardJaeger HD+ 2011The German Receiver Jaeger HD+ 2011 Exc ellent Family Frie 12-01/201 1with a Plus ndly HDT V Rec eiver Optimized for the HD+ Transmission Standard in Ger manyTo regular readers of TELE-satellite the company Doebis from Mündersbach inGermany might ring a bell. It is a wholesale dealer offering an extensive product rangecombined with excellent customer service, and it is a business that readily endorsescutting-edge technology for the benefit its customers. Now Doebis has taken anotherleap and is launching its own line of receivers, with the first offspring jumping rightin the middle of a market niche that has recentlyappeared in the German market. There, commercialnetworks have teamed up to use the new HD+standard which allows reception of the HD versions ofthese commercial stations next to all other free-to-airDVB-S and DVB-S2 channels. Doebis distributes thenew set-top box under the trade name Jaeger.38 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1

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