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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • ■ 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Channels using the HD+ of European countries had received free-to-air. View- financially viable. Just thinkstandard are currently only introduced high-definition tel- ers have come to expect and about it: Would you be willingof interest to a German- evision some time ago, Ger- demand high-quality pro- to pay for subscription TV ifspeaking audience, as HD+ many seemed to be perfectly gramming, including all the the sheer number of channelssmartcards to unlock these content with its SDTV offering latest blockbuster movies, coming in at no cost satis-channels are only available in for a very long time. Apart TV dramas and sitcoms, plus fies almost all of your viewingGermany at this stage. The from pay TV provider Sky elaborate homemade content requirements?Jaeger HD+ 2010 therefore and an unsuccessful attempt free of charge. Or almost freeexclusively has the German at HDTV by some commercial of charge, if you consider the Up until the invention ofmarket in mind for time being. channels not much happened licence fee that every Ger- the PVR (personal videoHD+ channels are broadcast with regard to HD content. many household with a TV recorder), both broadcastersvia ASTRA 19.2° East. set has to pay. Various and and viewers seemed content Is there a particular reason – sometimes – lengthy adver- with this arrangement, and We will deal with every for this development, or tising breaks on commercial commercial stations werenook and cranny of the new should we rather say: lack of stations are the trade-in, able to provide decent pro-receiver in a moment, but let development? For decades, which Germans had and have gramming thanks to a steadyus first find out what this talk German viewers have been to accept in return for channel flow of advertising revenue.about HD+ really is all about: blessed with a large number and content variety.In a global perspective, Ger- of free-to-air commercial All this began to slowlymany had long been a dark channels, which offered all For all the reasons stated erode due to time-shift view-spot on the HDTV map. While sorts of content next to the above pay TV was off to a very ing and hard-disk recording,most of Asia, North America, large public broadcasting bad start in Germany and with the added benefit of skip-Australia and also a number networks, which can also be is still struggling to become ping commercial breaks. What 0.62 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 39
  • pushed the viewing pleasure wishes by broadcasters areof millions to new heights was actually fulfilled, PVRs thatbecoming a major concern for are compatible with HD+commercial broadcasters – at always record content withleast if one follows their line of encryption in place. This wayreasoning. After all, not many it is not possible to simplywould watch ads if these can copy files from the internal orbe skipped with the touch of a external HDD and watch thembutton, would they? on a PC or save them onto a DVD, for example. A few months ago the majorpublic broadcasting networks If you do want to receivein Germany finally launched the HD variants of Germany’sHDTV versions of their main major commercial networkschannels and therefore you therefore need a receiverplaced the ball in their com- that is compatible with HD+ Main menu of the Jaeger HD+ 2011mercial competitors’ court to and which features either alift their game as well. built-in smartcard reader or a CI with HD+ functionality – With their reliance on plus a valid HD+ smartcard,advertising money, however, of course. All receivers and CIcommercial providers used a modules available so far havecompletely different approach not been compatible withwhich was supposed to the HD+ standard or at leastrestrict ad skipping right from required a software updatethe start. Satellite operator from the manufacturer to addSES readily jumped on board that feature with all its inte-and developed a dedicated grated control mechanisms.transmission concept with the Only if all HD+ specificationsname HD+ platform. and restrictions are met is it possible to watch HD+ con- The first step in the new tent. Various options for channel list editingHD+ standard was to offerthe new HD channels with We received the Jaeger H+encryption only, which is 2011 receiver complete withthe only way of controlling an activated HD+ smartcardwho can watch what. SES so that we could easily receiveASTRA selected Nagravision the HD channels of Germany’s3 as the encryption system largest commercial channels.of choice. The next step that To be precise, we were ablefollowed went even further: to mostly receive upscaledHD+ allows content provid- versions of their standarders to not only define which definition offerings, which isencrypted events can be what they currently provide.watched and recorded, but The six networks Sat.1, Pro-also how, when and for how Sieben, Vox, Kabel2, RTL andlong such content is avail- Sport1 can be received inable. The new HD+ stand- high definition free of charge Easy-to-use channel list of the HD+ 2011ard provides broadcasters for one year. After the firstwith the option of restricting year access can be renewedtime-shift viewing for certain for another year by paying acontent, or to block this fea- fee which currently amountsture at large. This means that to EUR 50.viewers are still able to recordcontent and watch it at a later But let’s come back to ourstage, but it is not possible receiver test report now. Theto fast forward through com- black housing of the Jaegermercial breaks. Broadcasters HD+ 2011 is very stylish inare also in a position to add a appearance and will smoothly‘use by’ date to content, so to blend into most living roomspeak. Such recorded content settings. The front panelcannot be played back once sports a multi-digit segmentthat date has passed. display, with three buttons to the left for controlling the To make sure all of these receiver’s main functions Channel list entries 0 to 99 can be freely arranged40 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • without a remote control. To channels can actually be the right of the central dis- shown on screen. play a HD+ smartcard can be inserted into the built-in card We should elaborate a little reader. There are no addi- on this new receiver’s chan- tional CI slots available. nel list: Contrary to what we are used to from regular The back panel of the receivers, the HD+ platform receiver is very well equipped of provider SES ASTRA brings with all connection options viewers the added benefit you’re ever likely to require. of looking for new channels It sports the standard sat- every time the receiver is ellite IF input with looped- turned on. To this end, HD+ through output, HDMI, optical has come up with its own audio out as well as a USB 2.0 channel list setup that looks Channel list editing interface. like this: The remote control that TV channels 100 to 2,000 comes with the box deserves and radio channels 100 to 500 special praise, as it sits con- are reserved for the auto- veniently in your hand and matic ASTRA 19.2° East HD+ comes with easy to find but- channel list for Germany, tons. The operating manual while channels 1 through 99 is of a similarly high stand- can be set according to cus- ard, is very comprehensive tomer preferences. and comes with helpful illus- trations. We are confident By default, Doebis ships the manual will answer all the Jaeger HD+ 2011 with the questions you may have pre-set channels from 1 to with regard to operating the 57 which include all German Jaeger HD+ 2011. We hugely free-to-air channels as well appreciated the fact that a as – obviously – all HDTV Options for automatic channel search whole chapter of the manual channels currently available is dedicated to mounting and from ASTRA at 19.2° East installing the antenna. This (see chart). The channel list way new users do not only begins with ARD HD and ZDF learn how their new receiver HD (the two major nationwide works, but also receive some public broadcasting channels valuable tips and hints for in Germany), followed by the perfectly setting up their six HD+ channels and the antenna. remaining German channels. In addition, international When the receiver is turned channels such as Sky News, on for the first time it imme- CNN and CNBC are also found diately switches to update on the default channel list. If mode and checks the follow- required, the list can be rear- ing: ranged and edited according (a) Do signals from ASTRA to personal preferences, and Manual channel search 19.2° East come in through since channels 1 through 99 the satellite IF input socket? are the customer’s domain (b) Is a software update they will never be overwrit- available? ten if an automatic channel (c) Is the pre-stored chan- update takes place. nel list still up-to-date for German viewers? It’s a different story for the In case new software or an pre-set channels beginning updated channel list are avail- with 100. They are arranged able these are downloaded in the following fashion and over the air automatically to cannot be moved, deleted bring the receiver up to date. or otherwise rearranged, This way, viewers in Ger- as they are part of the HD+ many can rest assured their channel list: receiver will always keep up 100-130: ARD (public with any changes or improve- broadcaster) and regional Pre-stored satellite list ments and that all pre-stored public channels.42 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 150-153: Public broad- ORF (OE1, all regional ver- casters 3sat, KiKa, Phoenix sions of OE2, OE3, FM4) and arte 200-203: ZDF (public Every time a new German broadcaster) and its three language channel is launched sub-channels on ASTRA 19.2° East it will 300-315: RTL Group chan- be added to the HD+ channel nels (RTL, VOX, n-tv, etc.) list by provider SES Astra and 400-411: Sat1/Pro7 Group will be available with the fol- channels incl. Kabel1 and N24 lowing automatic channel list 500-589: All Sky (pay TV) update. The Jaeger HD+ 2011 channels will display it accordingly, and 700-702: Nickelodeon, since the list is segmented MTV, Viva according to provider catego- 730-809: All remaining ries it will fit in perfectly. If so German free-to-air channels desired by a user, any chan-Timer entries can be created manually or via the EPG transmitted via ASTRA 19.2° nel in the pre-set list can be East, including all still-image copied into the user list from channels transmitted via 1 to 99. Talk about a smart ASTRA 19.2° East at 12,633H solution! 900-919: Channels of Aus- trian public broadcaster ORF Incidentally, the channel 930-978: Foreign-lan- list features more than meets guage free-to-air channels the eye at first sight. Many on ASTRA 19.2° East (such channels are not specifically as TVP Polonia, CCTV F, TVP included in the list, but are Info, Russia Today, Arirang still available if you know how TV, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Andalu- to find them. If you use the cia TV, Cubavision, TV 5, and search mode to find all chan- so on) nels starting with ‘Kabel 1’, 1000-1091: All HDTV for example, the results will channels transmitted via also show ‘Kabel 1 Austria’ onAudio and video settings ASTRA 19.2° East (free-to-air channel 414, which can then and encrypted), currently 24 be selected and watched. The channels (ARD HD, ZDF HD, same is true for ‘Sat.1 Aus- HD+, Sky HD, Anixe HD, ORF tria’, ‘RTL Austria’, and so on. HD) If you think this is somewhat 1200-1206: ARD, ZDF, unusual then the answer lies RTL, VOX, Sat.1, Pro7, Kabel1 in the HD+ concept: As soon (SDTV versions) as HD+ will also be offered 1400-1417: Arena on the Austrian market the 1500-1577: All still-image receivers sold there will be channels transmitted via pre-programmed to show the ASTRA 19.2° East at 12,246V Austrian versions of those channels, rather than the If you switch over to radio, Germany versions. the HD+ channel list that is pre-defined and cannot be The Jaeger HD+ 2011 offers changed looks like this: a dedicated menu for channelFormatting an external HDD connected to the USB 2.0 interface 100-160: All German management, which shows public radio stations all available entries from 1 to 200-214: All German 99 in the right screen section commercial radio stations and the complete channel list (Antenne Bayern, Rock on the left section. Thanks to Antenne, Deluxe Lounge, this convenient layout chan- Deluxe Radio, Domradio, ERF nels can easily be added from Radio, Klassik Radio, sun- the overall list to the custom- shine live, Teddy, Hope Chan- ised list. In addition, a total nel Radio, egoFM, JAM FM) of ten favourites lists can be 300-307: All Sky radio filled to your heart’s content stations (German Charts, and add much to the overall Rock Anthems, Love Songs, enjoyment this receiver pro- 60/70s, 80/90s, R&B/Hip vides. Hop, Country) 600-612: All radio channel All channel entries aboveOverview of all available recordings of Austrian public broadcaster 2,000 (TV) and 500 (radio) www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 43
  • can also be customised and In our test the Jaeger HD+ are not restricted by the HD+ 2011 took more than 25 min- standard. utes for a full scan across all HOTBIRD 13° East bands, The box is able to per- which is not exactly an Olym- form all the search functions pic achievement. Then again, we expect from a DVB-S/ most users will only ever use S2 receiver. It comes with the HD+ channel list which a factory-installed list of all is kept up-to-date and very transponders of the 28 most accurate anyway. frequently received European satellites. It goes without Like all other receivers we saying that this list can be test the Jaeger box, too, had edited manually and that new to prove its worth with regard transponders can be added to very week signals. We used An up-to-date channel list is downloaded over the air from ASTRA 19.2° as required. BADR at 26° East for that East. LCN stands for Logical Channel Numbers benchmark test and found We did, on the other had, that the integrated DVB-S/ somewhat regret that the S2 tuner did a remarkably Jaeger HD+ 2011 only offers good job. The same was true tone burst and DiSEqC 1.0 for signals with a very low for up to four satellites, and symbol rate (like the ones DiSEqC 1.2 for motorised from TURKSAT 42° East at antennas. Unfortunately, the our location), which were pro- hugely convenient USALS cessed flawlessly as well. It protocol and DiSEqC 1.1 for only took a moment before up to 16 satellites are not the 11,742 V frequency was available. On a positive note, locked in with a symbol rate we appreciated the fact that of only 2,965 ks/s. the LOF can be determined individually for each satel- All entries of the individual lite entry based on a number channel list (2,000 and above Presentation of photos on the TV panel of pre-set options or with for TV, 500 and above for manual setting. This makes radio) can be deleted, moved the Jaeger box perfectly suit- or marked for skipping as able for C band reception as required. Entries on the HD+ well. list, on the other hand, can only be marked for skipping Thanks to manual tran- without any other editing sponder search it is possible options. Optional PIN protec- to look for signals on a speci- tion is available for all chan- fied frequency only and to nels if you feel some channels edit the pre-set transponder are not appropriate for chil- list. Any new frequencies can dren or minors living in your be added without much ado household. Altogether the and a touch of a button is all channel list consists of 5,000 it takes to delete any discon- entries, and even if we reduce tinued transponder entries. that number by the channels that are pre-defined through Clearly arranged info bar If you prefer an automatic HD+ that will still leave you search – as most will do – the with 2,700 entries to fill. Jaeger HD+ 2011 can be set for network search mode or In Systems Settings – restricted to free-to-air chan- which is the third major menu nels only. This is particularly item next to Channel Search useful as all encrypted chan- and Channel List Editing – nels will find their way into users can customise their the automatic HD+ channel newly acquired box accord- list anyway and there are ing to personal preferences. no other decryption options Even though the new Jaeger (such as an additional CI slot) HD+ 2011 is specifically tar- available anyway. geted to the German market the OSD languages to choose If so desired, an auto- from are German, English, matic search can be defined French, Spanish, Italian, EPG mode for a single channel to cover TV, radio, or both. Turkish, Russian, Polish and44 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: DOEBIS Satellite Wholesaler, Germany www.doebis.deDutch. At the same you may edit up to 50 timer entries.also define your preferredaudio track languages in case Once all basic parametersa channel broadcasts more are set pressing the Exitthan one. When you want to button will bring you to thetell the receiver which time first receivable channel onzone you are in you need not the list. Every time a newknow your local difference to channel is selected the JaegerGMT but rather select your HD+ 2011 inserts an info barzone from a list of well-known on the bottom of the screenEuropean cities. which includes date, time and information on the current Continuing with audio/video and next event, if this infor-settings, the receiver can mation is provided. There arebe told which signal resolu- icons indicating encryptiontion your TV panel prefers so and the availability of subti-that you always get the best tles, audio tracks as well asquality on screen. We should teletext. www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1011/eng/doebis.pdfemphasise the fact that theJaeger HD+ 2011 already sup- Press the OK button andports 1080p, which means it the clearly arranged channel even though most material time your mother-in-law callsis fit for the future of satellite list will pop up, with ten chan- on HD+ channels currently is simply press Pause and picktelevision even today. Obvi- nel entries per page. Using upscaled SD content. Every up the phone – that way you’llously 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i the green and yellow function time native HD is broadcasts both be happy and you canas well 480p and 480i can keys you may select individ- your eyes are virtually glued continue watching wheneverchosen as well. The receiver ual satellite entries, while the to the screen – watching TV you feel like. As mentionedautomatically detects the Text button opens up a search has never been more brilliant! before, this feature is notcolour standard of a received mask which you can use find available for channels on thechannel and adjusts the that particular channel you’re If you’re interested in find- HD+ platform.output signal accordingly. looking for. The Favourite ing out more about the event button accesses up to ten you’re watching or even want By and large, all PVR fea- No matter whether you favourites lists which you can to check what’s on TV later tures of the new Jaegerhave a 4:3 or 16:9 TV set, the arrange in any fashion you at night or the next day the receiver are cleverly imple-box will deal it with it, and like. EPG button will become your mented and easy to use. Theyou may define the way 16:9 best friend. Press it once for box boasts a single tunerbroadcasts are displayed on a The Jaeger HD+ 2011 zap- extended information about only, which is why it is not4:3 set. ping speed is approximately the currently showing event possible to watch a channel one second for free-to-air and press it again to see a from a different transponder Thanks to the integrated SDTV channels. Switching to preview of the selected chan- while a recording takes place.scart euroconnector RGB and HDTV or encrypted channels nel for up to seven days. If If the recording is made fromCVBS are available for analog takes slightly longer. We were you press the EPG button an encrypted HD+ channel itsignal output and a separate truly impressed with the video yet again a preview sched- is not possible to watch a dif-menu item let’s you add or performance of this receiver, ule of five channels at a time ferent channel at all, just as appears on screen. In next to is it not possible to make two no time can you then find out recordings at the same time. what your favourite channels A previously stored event, will show in primetime, or however, can be played back when the next episode of that at any time during recording. crime drama is on. The Movie button on the No matter which EPG mode remote control – or the cor- you’re in, if you come across responding menu item in the an event that’s not to miss on-screen display – brings you can easily create a timer you to the content of the entry by simply pressing the external HDD. Here again, the blue button. This is a particu- display sports a clever layout, larly smart feature consider- is more or less self-explana- ing that an external HDD can tory and also provides details be hooked up to the Jaeger such as recording date, HD+ 2011 thanks to the USB length and originating chan- 2.0 interface. If you make nel for each recording. There use of that option you’re not is even an integrated picture only able to record content, viewer for presenting photos but also use the timeshift of your journey around the viewing feature – at least for world or any other event in free-to-air channels. So next your life. You and your guests46 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • may make use of the format- that because in what’s good ting feature which can be for the environment is just as accessed through a dedicated good for your wallet. menu item. In conclusion we can say You may also have the that the Jaeger HD+ 2011 receiver manually check for fulfilled all our expectations. new software or channel We’re talking about a HDTV lists, even though this is done satellite receiver the whole every time you power up family will like, that will fit the box anyway. The current into any lounge room sur- channel list can be saved onto roundings, and that offers any external USB storage all the features an average medium for back-up purposes family will ever want. With its and to provide a safety net in 1080p HDMI output it is well Some PVR functions are not available for HD+ channels case you inadvertently delete ahead of many competitors a channel or make a mess out and ready for the future of of your list. high-definition satellite tel- evision. If video games is what you’re after then prepare The box is characterised yourself for a minor disap- by smart user-interaction pointment – there are none. and will be understood by You may, however, use the the technically challenged built-in teletext decoder to as well. HD+ compatibility read the news during com- allows reception of the HDTV mercial breaks, for example, variants of Germany’s major which is much more worth- commercial networks and the while anyway. built-in PVR functions work flawlessly. It has to be said, The teletext display only however, that users might covers about half the screen require some time before Audio track selection so you can always keep an they will get used to all HD+ eye on the current channel restrictions. In our test, forwill definitely enjoy a larger- be rotated with the touch of in order not to miss a thing. example, we were not ablethan-life presentation on your a button so that both portrait Finally, there was another to skip commercial breaksTV panel. and landscape formats come nice surprise waiting for us: on HD+ channels – but then out as best they can. Power consumption of the again, that is precisely why Simply copy the pictures Jaeger HD+ 2011 in standby is HD+ was developed in theonto a USB storage medium, If you connect an external extremely low. The manufac- first place. Nonetheless, theplug it in on the receiver’s HDD to the Jaeger HD+ 2011 turer specifies 1 W, and our overall impression of theback panel and you’re ready for the first time or want to own measurement yielded Jaeger HD+2011 is unreserv-to rumble. Images can easily completely erase one you an even lower 0.8 W! We like edly positive.48 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • HDTV channels on ASTRA 19.2° East Expert Opinionwhich can be received + Perfectly fit for the future of satellite televisionwith the Jaeger HD+ 2011 thanks to 1080p Frequency Reception of channels on the German HD+ plat-Channel Name Polarisation Modulation Symbol Rate [GHz] form with integrated card readerFree TV Well-conceived menu structure and easy to use Thomas HaringServus TV HD 11.303 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 Elaborate PVR functions TELE-satellite Test Center Very low power consumption in standby AustriaDas Erste HD 11.362 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000ZDF HD 11.362 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 - Two simultaneous recordings are not possibleARTE HD 11.362 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 No DiSEqC 1.1 and 1.3 (USALS)Eins Festival HD 12.422 Horizontal DVB-S/QPSK 27.500PromoAnixe HD/ HD+Promo 10.832 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 TECHNICAL DATAPay TV Manufacturer Jaeger / Doebis GmbH, Dr.-Günter-Henle-Straße 4,[Germany only] 56271 Mündersbach, GermanyRTL HD 10.832 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 Fax +49 (0) 2680/9879-19VOX HD 10.832 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 E-Mail info@doebis.de Model Jaeger HD+ 2011SPORT1 HD 10.832 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 Function Digital HDTV / ReceiverSat.1 HD 11.464 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 with Smart Card reader for HD+ Channel Memory 5000ProSieben HD 11.464 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 Symbolrate 1-35 Ms/sec.kabel eins HD 11.464 Horizontal DVB-S2/8PSK 22.000 SCPC Compatible yes DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.2 ENERGY USALS no DIAGRAM HDMI Output yes Scart Connector yes Component Video Output no Apparent Power S-Video Output no Mode Apparent Active Factor UHF Modulator no Reception 16 W 10 W 0.62 StandBy 2W 0.8 W 0.4 0/12 Volt Connector yes Active Power Digital Audio Output yes EPG yes C/Ku-Band compatible yes PVR-Function yes USB 2.0 Connector yes Ethernet no E-SATA no Dimensions 280x170x45mmInitial 15 minutes: Receiver boots, followed by active use with channel Weight 0.9 kgswitching, recording, playing back, etc.Following 15 minutes: Standby Power supply 220-240V, 50/60 Hz www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 49
  • TEST REPORT DVB-S2 PC CardTenow TBS 6981 12-01/201 1 TENOW TBS 6981 DVB -S/S2 DUAL TUNER PC card with PVR and all the features you’ll ever need. IdeaDVB-S/S2 Dual Tuner l also for feedhunters.PC Card With Twin Tuner Function DVB-S/S2 cards are gaining in popularity all the time, but at the same people are crazy about the PVR function of many conventional satellite receivers as well. After all, nothing beats the possibility of recording one event while at the same time watching another one. Is there a way to achieve this benefit with a PC card? If you have a PVR receiver and are able to record one channel and watch a different one simultaneously then you need a box with two tuners and two IF inputs. When it comes to PC cards, this is very rare and that‘s why Tenow happily fills that gap with its new TBS 6981. The Tenow PCI-E is DVB-S and DVB-S2 compatible and hence features two DVB-S/S2 satellite inputs for both SDTV and HDTV. Apart from the TBS 6981 PC card (suitable for PCI-E slots version 1.0a and 1.1) you get an infrared receiver, a remote control, a software CD and a power cable to connect the card to the corresponding IDE power supply of the PC‘s power supply unit. In most cases the power supplied by the PCI-E slot will be sufficient, but if a DiSEqC motor is connected or other cards draw power as well, this auxiliary power connector will come in quite handy. Installing the card does not require an engineering degree 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/tenow.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/tenow.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/tenow.pdf German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/tenow.pdf and thanks to its English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/tenow.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/tenow.pdf compact size it will even Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/tenow.pdf French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/tenow.pdf fit into devices with restricted Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/tenow.pdf Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/tenow.pdf space. Once the two tuner inputs are connected to Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/tenow.pdf the signal input cables all you need to do is connect the IR Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/tenow.pdf Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/tenow.pdf receiver to the socket next to the IF inputs to get started. Romanian Română www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/tenow.pdf Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/tenow.pdf Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/tenow.pdf The remote control that comes with the card sits nicely in Available online starting from 3 December 2010 your hand and allows controlling the TBS 6981 without having50 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 1to get up from your lounge room sofa. Polish, Portuguese, Russian, FinnishThe manual is available on the mini CD and Ukrainian. A list of 176 European,in PDF format. Asian and American satellite positions complete with their transponder data is Tenow lists the following specifica- available, even though this informationtions for DVB-S reception: Intel Pen- is not completely up-to-date.tium III 1 GHz with 256MB RAM and agraphics cards with 16MB RAM. If you‘re All LOF parameters can be set manu-after DVB-S2 signals you need to make ally, so that the PC card will work with all 2sure to provide at least an Intel Pentium available LNBs. If your reception systemIV 3 GHz processor with 1GB RAM and includes a DiSEqC 1.0 switch for recep-a graphics card with a minimum of 64 tion of up to four satellite you will beMB RAM. Tenow made the card compat- happy to find out that the Tenow cardible to the Windows XP, Windows Vista, will nicely deal with this setup.Windows 7 and even Linux operatingsystems - the latter even for the latest Surprisingly, the Tenow TBS 6981Linux kernel. even works smoothly with the SCR single cable solution, which is supported. The Now that we had installed the card in 22 kHz signal to switch between theour test PC and connected all required upper and lower frequency band andcables we proceeded with driver instal- the supply voltage for the LNB (13V forlation. Shortly after the CD is inserted vertical/left circular signals and 18V for 3an autostart wizard opens up on screen horizontal/right circular signals) work aswith all available options. A single mouse expected and required.click is all it takes to start driver instal-lation and a short while later Windows Tenow offers three search modes:displays a message stating that new Automatic search looks for all tran-hardware was detected and is ready for sponders on the pre-stored list, manualuse. search can be used to scan a single transponder which will then be locked. For all the Linux enthusiasts out there:Tenow even provided Linux drivers and We were impressed with the searchmade the card fully compatible to the speed of the TBS 6981, which onlylatest Linux kernel. took three and a half minutes to scan 1.734 TV and radio channels on HOT- On the software front Tenow supplies BIRD at 13° East. Every search can be 4its own TBSViewer presentation appli- restricted to free-to-air channels only,cation, but also offers the DVB Dream which is particularly helpful as the PCsoftware on the CD as an alternative. We card does not come with a CI slot forshould not fail to mention at this stage pay TV reception.that the card worked flawlessly withthe hugely popular ProgDVB application You might wonder now what the thirdas well and the manufacturer provides search mode is, since we have onlyall necessary configuration files on the mentioned automatic and manual soincluded CD. Windows Media Center (as far. It‘s a kind of blind scan mode andincluded with Windows 7, for example) is requires a start and end frequency plussupported, too. the preferred scanning step parameter as well as all symbol rates that should It‘s basically up to the end user which be used. For our test we tried out this ■ 1. Right after inserting the CD its content issoftware is paired to the Tenow card, feature for the complete frequency presented in a pleasing design 2. Clearly arranged channel list of the TBSViewerand this is one of the major benefits of range of the HOTBIRD satellites at 13° 3. Favourites list for finding your preferred chan-PC card solutions as opposed to set-top East with steps of 5 MHz and for symbol nels with a single mouse click 4. All functions can be called up by right-clickingboxes, which – in most cases – can only rates of 27.5 and 22 Ms/s. your mousebe used with a single manufacturer-supplied firmware. For the purpose of It turned out that this search modethis test report, however, we decided to really detected all active transponders (in order to look for feeds, for example),stick to the software shipped by Tenow. in the pre-defined frequency range, but as it is a great way of keeping your chan-In our case the TBSViewer came with a it also seemed to be an endless proce- nel list completely up-to-date.pre-stored channel list of ASTRA 19.2° dure and after one hour we were onlyEast, HOTBIRD 13° East, ASTRA3 23.5° halfway through our frequency range so When we checked out EBU feeds onEast and ASTRA2 28.2° East which that we decided to cancel the search. By EUTELSAT W3A a 7° East we were able tomeant we were ready to party right that time close to 2,000 TV and radio detect all active feeds in about a minute‘saway. channels had been detected and stored time. We should also give special praise in the memory. to the software‘s update feature which The OSD can be displayed in the fol- keeps the channel list up-to-date andlowing languages: English, German, We recommend using this feature for adds newly found channels withoutFrench, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, checking smaller frequency ranges only messing up the existing list. You may www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 51
  • 1 there you can save all those channels and no more twiddling your thumbs you watch on a regular basis. when you wait for the break to finally be over. Teletext is available as well and it We hugely appreciated the way Tenow is implemented flawlessly with all fea- has implemented audio selection. As tures you‘d expect. soon as you select a channel from the list 2 all available audio tracks are shown right Still, all those nice and useful fea- beneath the channel entry. You don‘t tures would be plainly worthless without have to go to a dedicated menu to switch capable tuners in the first place, which between audio tracks but have all the are at the heart of any receiver or PC information right in front of your eyes. card. No need to worry about the TBS 6981, though, whose tuners effortlessly It seems the Tenow software develop- pulled in any DVB-S and DVB-S2 signal ers had user-friendliness in mind when we threw at them. Weak signals close implementing this feature, and if you to the tuners‘ threshold – like the ones want to watch a movie in its original from BADR at 26° East at our location 3 language every once in a while you‘ll be – posed no problems and did not cause very thankful for that. any software freezes, even when the integrated Viterbi error correction had Channel editing and sorting can also to work overtime for a prolonged period be done right in the selection window of time. which means all options are available right when and where you need them. The SCPC test was passed with flying You may filter channels according to colours as well and the tuners managed certain characteristics (AC3 audio, for to flawlessly lock and process signals example) or according to provider, sat- from our test transponder on TURKSAT ellite or category. If you want to add 42° East with a symbol rate of only 2.2 4 even more clarity to your overall chan- Ms/s. nel list you may hide all encrypted chan- nels with a singe mouse click. In our test center we intentionally used a somewhat outdated Pentium IV Every time you switch to a new chan- processor for this report. After all, not nels the software automatically inserts all our readers will be equipped with the a cleverly-designed OSD bar with infor- latest state-of-the-art computer. Even mation on the current and next event, though our machine was on the lower if provided by the channel. Switching end of the manufacturer‘s specifications times are fast, considering we‘re talking we were still able to watch HDTV from about a PC card solution here. A little a DVB-S2 signal while at the same time■ 1. Windows Media Center detects and supportthe PC card over a second is all it takes for a new performing other office tasks on the PC.2. DiSEqC 1.0 is available channel to be available on screen with Obviously both the processor and the3. Automatic satellite search in Windows Media synced video and audio. graphics card had to give their best, butCenter4. Manual search Windows Media Center they still had extra capacity for reason- The extended EPG is one more fea- ably working with the machine. All videoeven create a dedicated section which ture deserving special mention. Timer was always presented interference-free,saves all new channels according to the entries can be selected right in the EPG no matter whether it was HD or SD.date on which they were detected. This mode so that users have at their dis-helps tremendously when you look for posal an electronic TV guide in which If you prefer to use the remote controla channel that was added to your over- events can be selected for recording that comes with the package for soft-all list only recently. Once the channel without any detour. ware control rather than your keyboardlist is filled to the brim with all offerings and mouse you‘ll be pleased to learnfrom the sky you can leave the settings What differentiates the TBS 6981 that it works perfectly with the PC card.menu with another single mouse click to from most PC card competitors is its What‘s more, when we connected achange to the TBSViewer which shows second tuner, and once you are aware 40-inch flat screen TV to the PC via DVIthe first available channel. of all its benefits you would not want to the presentation mode of the TBSViewer do without any more. It allows recording delivered excellent video quality on a The software can be activated auto- a channel while at the same watching par with conventional set-top boxes.matically by moving the cursor to the another channel live. It is even possi-upper right corner of the window. A tree ble to perform a search on tuner 2 while If required, the TBSViewer featuresstructure lists all channels according to watching live TV on tuner 1. a complex range of detailed settingsatellites and providers, so that your options. To give just one example, dif-desired channels can be found in next With the integrated picture-in-picture ferent codecs can be selected for videoto no time at all. Alternatively, you can feature it is easy to watch a second playback, depending on the file format.always use the search field to look for channel in a smaller window during a This makes sure the TBSViewer is ableyour favourite station. A favourites list commercial break on your main chan- to handle various video formats such ascan be opened by clicking on a small nel, for example. No risk of missing a MPEG-2, H.264, DivX or XviD, amongbutton next to the search window and second of your favourite show anymore, others.52 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 1 It is even possible to process feeds works with the Windows Media Centerthat are transmitted in the MPEG 4:2:2 as well, a software suite that comes withstudio format after you have down- Windows 7, for example. User preferringloaded the Elecard codec which is avail- this well designed and fully integratedable free of charge from www.elecard. software are free to go for it, since ourcom. This feature will probably put the test proved this combination to be abso-Tenow card right in the top spot of any lutely worry-free. That‘s how plug&playDXer’s and feedhunter’s pick list. is supposed to work! In the end, it‘s up to the user to choose their preferred 2 In the settings sections you can of software. The main point is that thecourse customise all the basic func- manufacturer presents us with varioustions of the card to meet you individual options, which is always welcome.requirement, like defining a lead and lagtime for timer recordings, split record- There‘s one more plus of the TBSings into files with identical size, and 6981 dual tuner card which should notdefining one of the two tuners as stand- go unnoticed: One tuner can be setard tuner. When using the TBSViewer apart for Internet-via-satellite, while theyou will find out it is capable of process- second tuner takes care of TV and radioing a whole range of different formats, reception from satellites.including MPEG, DivX, Video CD, AFS,WMV, WMA, OGG and OGM. This allows Readers using Internet-via-satelliteyou to watch almost all video content, will be aware of the constant struggle ofnot just transport streams from satel- deciding between Internet and TV, andlites. finally the TBS 6981 makes this a thing 3 of the past. The manufacturer provides A time bar which is located on the specific software for Internet accessbottom section of the video screen which acts as a virtual network adapterallows jumping to any sequence during in Windows and accesses the worldplayback of a recorded event, or indi- wide web via satellite once all requiredcates the progress of a live event. All parameters (frequency, polarisation,satellite recordings are saved in the uni- symbol rate, account data, etc.) areversally and generally used transport entered correctly. Naturally, we triedstream format so that they can easily be that out as well and can state that weedited and saved on DVD, for instance. found nothing to complain about. Apart from its in-house presentation Even when recording in the back-software Tenow also supplies the DVB ground the system was totally unim-Dream software on CD, which is similar pressed, just as it was possible to watchin features to the TBSViewer. In addi- a HDTV channel while surfing on thetion, the CD comes with configuration Internet via satellite at the same time.files for the popular ProgDVB applica-tion, making the TBS 6981 PC card a ■ 1. Extended EPG with events for several daysperfect match for that software as well. 2. Various codecs to choose from 3. Internet via satellite We truly loved that the new TBS card Expert Opinion TECHNICAL + Manufacturer DATA Tenow International Ltd, Unit C-8A, Shennan Garden Building, The Tenow TBS 6981 DVB-S/S2 Dual is an High-Tech Park, Shenzhen, CHINA extremely versatile PC card thanks to its second Tel +86-755-26501345 or 26501201 tuner. It allows simultaneous recording and watch- ing of two different channels, or TV reception Email sales@tbsdtv.com and Internet-via satellite at the same time. The Website www.tbsdtv.com provided software, which is not only usable with Thomas Haring Online Shop www.buydvb.net TELE-satellite Windows but also with Linux, comes with a wide Test Center Model 6981 / Dual Tuner Austria range of features and left us with a very stable and Function PCI-E card for SDTV and HDTV with two separate tuners and sophisticated impression. Thanks to its BDA compatibility the PVR, compatible with Windows and Linux operating systems card can be used in combination with alternative viewing applica- Channel memory unlimited tions such as DVB Dream, Prog DVB or Windows Media Center. Satellites 176 The Tenow TBS 6981 comes with a remote control for accessing Symbol rates 1-45 Ms/sec. (QPSK), 10-31 Ms/sec 8PSK all functions of the card from your living room sofa and delivers a top-quality signal for your LCD or plasma panel. You will not SCPC compatible yes (tested > 2.2 MS/s) notice a difference to conventional set-top boxes. DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 SCR yes - EPG yes No audio output, no CI slot for pay TV reception. C/Ku-Band compatible yes Audio output no www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 53
  • TEST REPORT VSAT DishSVEC 1.2 m VSAT Dish 12-01/201Internet via Satellite - 1 SVEC 1.2 M VSAT DIS Per fectly made dish eas H y to point to the desired satelliteIts Easier Than You Think Once you are accustomed to the Internet, you can hardly think of not having access to it for a longer period. However, there are still locations, even in most developed countries where there is no telephone line available. Are the GSM operators the only possibility then? Not exactly - we can think of two- way satellite connection instead. Receiving IP data via satellite is not that different from receiving A/V transport stream. Bits are bits and bytes are bytes.54 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • Highlights 2010 www.spaun.com Quality made in GermanyThe new -Class• Excellent selection: Terr./SAT > 40 dB and SAT/Terr. > 45 dB• Energy saving switch-mode power supply• High output levels between 102 and 108 dBµV years warrantyOptical Transmitter SPAROS 611 CA HD• Frequency range of 47 ... 2200 MHz • HD-Display (MPEG4 H.264)• Laser output power: +6 dBm • Integrated Multidecryption CA-ModuleOptical Receiver • Return path measurement• 4-way / 1-way in a compact housing • Constellationdiagram for all• Remote power through one coax output possible DVB standards SPAUN electronic GmbH & Co. KG Byk-Gulden-Str. 22 · 78224 Singen Phone: +49 (0)7731 - 8673-0 · Fax: +49 (0)7731 - 8673-17 Email: contact@spaun.com · www.spaun.com
  • 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/svec.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/svec.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/svec.pdf German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/svec.pdf English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/svec.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/svec.pdf Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/svec.pdf French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/svec.pdf Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/svec.pdf Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/svec.pdf Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/svec.pdf Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/svec.pdf Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/svec.pdf Romanian Română www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/svec.pdf Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/svec.pdf Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/svec.pdf Available online starting from 3 December 2010 More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: SVECam.com Professional Dish Manufacturer, China www.svec.com.cn heavy. BUC consumes about But do not forget that from 30 W of electric power and the professional perspective, must be equipped with a big “very small aperture” means and heavy heat sink. smaller than 3 meters. Moreover, the dish must Installation guarantee the proper geom- The parcels containing the etry and stability of alignment components of the SVEC because if not, it will be trans- dish were big and heavy. No mitting interfering signal to wonder, everything is made the neighboring satellites. No of steel. After unpacking and wonder that such dishes are examining the components, bigger and more solid than we concluded with satisfac- the ones satellite enthusiasts tion that the assembly should are familiar with. Those dishes be quite easy. And indeed, www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/svec.pdf are often called VSAT dishes. it was. Even without any VSAT stands for Very Small assembly instructions, it was Aperture Terminal and means SKYWORTHa DOCSIS not difficult to figure out what Except for having a suitable dish. Such a dish a two-way satellite ground should be connected withhe.com modem, Manufacturer, China Receiver an LNB, a BUC should be much stronger than www.skyworthdigital.com station. This may sound what. Everything fitted very (Block Up-Converter) and a the one dedicated for recep- rather funny as the dishes are well, except from one small subscription from a service tion only. That’s because bigger than the regular 60 or detail. We could not figure provider, you need to have the LNB/BUC unit is big and 90 cm reception antennas. out how to fit the two BUC/ LNB side supports. After a Standard 1 m dish SVEC 1.2 dish while, we realized that the Channel Power 73.6 dBµV 74.2 dBµV brackets attached to the dish C/N 13.3 dB 13.5 dB edges that were supposed to MER 12.4 dB 12.8 dB be connected with the LNB Link Margin 5.2 dB 5.6 dB supports are mounted upside CBER 9 x 10-5 5 x 10-5 down. When we re-assembled ■ Table 1. Comparison of SVEC dish with the regular dish used for the service in Poland. EUROBIRD 3 on 33º E, 12522V, 27500, 5/6. them in the correct way, eve- 56 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • rything was OK and no fur- screw with two fixing nuts. the spectrum view. We ran thing was wrong with thether problems popped up. We can assure you that this satellite identification func- uplink and they would inves- adjustment is also very pre- tion and, to our surprise, it tigate the problem abroad. Due to the size and weight cise and you can tip-toe the was EUROBIRD 3. Then we After half an hour or so, theyof the hardware, you need a elevation as well as the azi- checked the parameters of called back again saying thathelping hand in some opera- muth. the transponder and it so their modem had locked.tions – for example when happened that our spectrum Quick check revealed thatmounting the reflector on the LNB/BUC holder with a view was exactly centered on our modem had locked too.pole. Speaking of the pole, it feedhorn and waveguides the right transponder. Unbe- Finally, we had access to thehas a very practical three-leg accepts standard recep- lievable! The only thing left Internet via satellite.base. Even if the surface is tion and transmission units. was fine-tuning of azimuth,not quite flat and horizontal, It separates the polariza- elevation and tilt. Performanceyou are able to adjust every tions - in our case vertical We checked what the down-leg independently and ensure polarization was used for When everything starts load and upload speeds werethat the pole is perfectly the reception and horizontal much better than you and we got: 2849 kb/s andupright. for transmitting the signal. expected, better be cautious. 160 kb/s. The figures were It also allows you to adjust Murphy Law is waiting to hit in line with the connection We loved the azimuth the tilt of a BUC/LNB set. We you even more severely. And specification we had fromadjustment mechanism. needed to set 10º tilt and it indeed, our DOCSIS modem our provider. A small delayIt is really a dream when was no problem. could not lock to the service. before the start of the down-compared with the regular The receiving LED indicator load was noticeable but thisreception dishes. You set the After installing BUC and was blinking, the transmit- is normal in satellite commu-antenna roughly in the proper LNB, we turned the antenna ting LED indicator was blink- nication. After all, the satel-direction and then you rotate roughly in the direction of ing and we could not connect lite is 36000 km up there andthe lever what makes the EUROBIRD 3 on 33º E which to the Internet. After double some data buffering mustdish turn East or West. In this was the satellite our Inter- checking everything we also take place when errorway, you can adjust the azi- net provider was using for phoned the operator. After correction schemes are used.muth with absolute precision. their service. After connect- a while they called back with ing a satellite signal ana- the message they could not But how to asses the quality Elevation adjustment is lyzer to the LNB output, we lock to the signal either. They of the connection? We decidedmore classical – a long thick immediately saw a signal in said that evidently some- to compare the incoming www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 57
  • the reference. For the read- the same ratio. That’s phys- ers not familiar with the ics. We can say so because term: the lower the CBER, both LNB and BUC use the the fewer erroneous bits that same feedhorn located in the need to be corrected by the same position with respect to modem. the reflector. Also the link margin Our test revealed that increased from 5.2 dB to 5.6 SVEC 1.2 m antenna is very dB and you should know that good (if not too good) for 5 dB is already considered as the casual Internet access in very good. We can be sure Poland. In the other regions that with the SVEC dish our of the world where the signal Internet connection will be is not that strong, using 1.2 m almost completely insensi- dish instead of 1 m can make tive to whether conditions. a difference. Our measure-signal when received with As you can see in the table, ments proved that the gain ofSVEC 1.2 m dish and when SVEC dish delivered stronger We had no possibility to the dish is big. It means thatreceived with the regular 1 m signal of better quality. It measure the transmitted its geometry leaves noth-dish you get when you sub- is especially visible in the signal but the performance ing to be desired. The SVECscribe to this service at our Channel Bit Error Rate. It of the SVEC model must be 1.2m dish is a perfect choicelocation in Poland. was almost twice as good as better than the reference in for using it with VSAT. Expert Opinion + Very solid, excellent azimuth adjustment mechanism, very good adjustable three-leg pole base. - Jacek Pawlowski It might be too heavy for some applications. TELE-satellite Test Center Poland TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer Sichuan Video Electronic Co., Ltd. Web page www.svec.com.cn Email svec@china.com Fax +86-028-87838898 Model VS-1.2KU Description VSAT Dish for Ku-Band Dish Size 120 cm (49 Inch) Frequency Range Receiving: 10.95 – 12.75 GHz Transmitting: 13.75 – 14.50 GHz Mid Band Gain Receiving: 41.5 dBi Transmitting: 43.1 dBi VSWR Receiving: 1.5 : 1 Transmitting: 1.3 : 1 Cross Polarization -20 dB off axis, -30 dB on axis Sidelobe Envelope 2° < 0 < 20° : 29 -25 log 0 dBi 20° < 0 < 26.3° : -3.5 dBi 26.3° < 0 < 48° : 32 -25 log 0 dBi 48° < 0 : -10° dBi on average Noise Temperature <55K at 20° elevation Dish type Prime Focus and Offset Feed Waveguide Flange WR75 Reflector Material 2.0mm Aluminium Plate Mount Type Elevation over Azimuth Mast Size 3.5 Inch outer diameter Azimuth/Elevation Adjustment Azimuth: 0° - 360° Elevation: 5° - 90° Weight 27 kg (60 lb) Wind Load Operational: 80 km/h (50 mph/h) Maximum: 200 km/h /125 mp/h)58 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • TEST REPORT Optical Distribution SystemSPAUN SOTx1310607 NF &SORx1310607 NFStraightforward Solution SPAUN SOTX131 12-01/201 0607 NF & 1for Optical Fibers in SORX1310607 NF Connect endles s satellite and ter rec eivers to one restrial single rec eption Ideally suited for point. large apartment blocks.Satellite Signal DistributionThe attenuation of signal switchesand coaxial cables themselves inlarge satellite TV distribution systemsis a factor every installer must takeinto account. Less experiencedreaders might think that one cancompensate for that by insertingextra amplifiers in the signal paths.But it helps only to some extent; wecan maintain reasonable signal levelbut can not prevent signal qualitydegradation. 0.35 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/spaun-optical.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/spaun-optical.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/spaun-optical.pdf German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/spaun-optical.pdf English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/spaun-optical.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/spaun-optical.pdf Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/spaun-optical.pdf French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/spaun-optical.pdf 0.37 Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/spaun-optical.pdf Mandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/spaun-optical.pdf Dutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/spaun-optical.pdf Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/spaun-optical.pdf Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/spaun-optical.pdf Romanian Românesc www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/spaun-optical.pdf Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/spaun-optical.pdf Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/spaun-optical.pdf Available online starting from 3 December 201060 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • ■ Bulding Blocks of Hybrid Fiber- Coaxial Distri- bution System The only way to keep theC/N ratio really high is touse low-loss switches andtransmission lines. But thebest solution that is availabletoday is the usage of opticalfiber cables. They can have aslow an attenuation as 0.2 dBper kilometer and extremelylow error rates (10-10) evenat the highest bit rates. Of course, everybodyknows that this is not elec-trical current but a lightbeam that travels along theoptical fiber cable. So, weneed to convert the electri-cal signal into a modulated find out with our measure- The SOTx 1310607 NF has range from 47 through 2200laser light beam. This can ments. But before the test one RF input to which we can MHz, which covers both thebe done either directly in the itself, we took a closer look at link up either the IF satellite terrestrial and the satel-LNB – see other such test the units. As with all SPAUN signal alone or the IF satellite lite frequency range. A nicereports elsewhere in TELE- products, their workmanship plus terrestrial signal, assum- feature is the independentsatellite - or with the help of is perfect. Also the labels put ing that we combined them adjustment of the satellitean external converter. In the on the top cover in German together earlier (e.g. with signal levels and the terres-latter case, we simply use a and English leave no doubt the help of a diplexer). This trial signal level in the input:regular Quattro or Quad LNB what should be connected is possible because the input SPAUN has built into its unitand then convert its four out- where. is designed for the frequency two 0-12 dB attenuators.puts to light. SPAUN, the wellknown German manufacturer,has sent us their latest prod- graph 1uct designed for this purpose– SOTx131607 NF. They callit optical transmitter. At the other end of the opti-cal fiber we need to do thereverse operation – demodu-lation back to an electricalsignal. SPAUN called the unitdoing this function an opti-cal receiver and assignedto it the model number:SORx1310607 NF. Fine, butdo not extra modulation anddemodulation spoil C/N of thesignal? This would ruin all thebenefits introduced by low-loss optical fiber cables. Thisis exactly what we wanted to62 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • to the first transmitter and connect the second trans- mitter with a piece of coaxial cable. In this way, we do not need separate power supply units for every transmitter. SPAUN’s PSU sold in a set is strong enough to power up to four transmitters assum- ing no power for an LNB is needed. If we need to power a LNB, which will usually be the case, the number is reduced to three transmit- ters. Nevertheless, it is a simplification of the whole installation. The optical transmit- ter also has a LED indicator which except for signaling the connection of power can also inform us about a short circuit in the LNB input. It simply starts blinking. That’s very intuitive. Another electrical output is the test signal described as -20 dB. This is simply the input attenuated by 20 dB which is the light modulator input. We can use it to check if the RF signal is really pre- Optical transmitters cannot the help of a switch mounted 12V/22kHz, 18V/22kHz). If sent on the transmitter inputget power supply via an opti- on the transmitter cover, we we have a signal source not and what is its level.cal fiber cable. We need to select the proper voltage and requiring DC power, we canconnect an external 19 V DC presence of 22 kHz signal. switch it off completely. The optical output SC/APCpower supply. SPAUN adds a Thanks to that, we can use is protected with a black coversuitable one to every SOTx either a Quattro LNB (then, The SOTx 1310607 NF has which has to be removed1310607 NF. Electric power we simply set 12 V in all four two F type plugs connected before an optical fiber is con-is needed not only for the signal paths) or a Quad LNB in parallel for power supply. nected. By the way, connect-unit but also to supply the (then, we need to set each Thanks to that we can con- ing optical inputs and outputsLNB connected to it. With path differently: 12V, 18V, nect one power supply unit is a dream for a satellite installer. Press gently until you feel a click and that’s it. graph 2 What a nice difference after F connectors! To send “down” four sig- nals from a Quattro LNB we need to use four SOTx 1310607 NF transmitters. Fortunately, it was possible to miniaturize the receiver much more than the trans- mitter. The SORx 1310607 NF is a quad receiver: it has four optical inputs and four electrical RF outputs. In con- trast to the transmitter, the receiver is shipped without a power supply, because it is supposed to get its power from the central distribu- tion unit or multiswitch, like www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 63
  • any regular LNB. A coaxial plug called “C” at the optical receiver acts as connector to power; here the user is sup- posed to connect the coaxial cable from a central unit or multiswitch. In our case we did it differ- ently: as the optical receiver needs exactly the same DC voltage as the transmitter, we took one power supply units from the transmitter sets. The units are very ver- satile: not only do they offer a wide supply voltage range (100...240V AC / 47...63 Hz) but SPAUN also delivers a number of exchangeable pin adapters so you can use it anywhere in the world. The DC supply can be con- nected to any of the two F connectors. As in the trans- mitter, they are connected in parallel. So if the DC power is needed for a similar device in the neighborhood, we will use graph 3 rather a coaxial cable than another power supply unit. An LED indicator shows if the unit is powered. The transmitter and the receiver can be mounted on the wall with only 2 screws. They should not be exposed to the open air but rather used indoors. However, their oper- ating temperature is pretty wide: -20°C through +50°C. The brochure attached to every unit is printed in Eng- lish and German and provides all necessary information along with exemplary appli- graph 4 cation circuits. Measurements After getting familiar with the units, time had come to put all the blocks together and see what kind of performance they offer. SPAUN recom- mends to supply the optical fiber distribution system with really strong signals: 80-83 dBµV for the satellite IF and 85 for terrestrial. The maxi- mum value is 95 dBµV. Steffen Kuck, SPAUN’s Technical Manager, explained64 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • ■ Steffen Kuck strongest carrier (equal to several hundreds of satel- is SPAUN‘s SPAUN recommendation) lite receivers! The number Technical Manager for the everything stayed perfect of subscribers which can be optical system (48 vs. 47 dB). SPAUN’s opti- reached with this new tech- cal system really just trans- nology is really impressive. ports the input signal as it is received. At the same time, one mustto us: “Our optical system 5 dB or 10 dB lower than the remember that optical fibersis designed for maximum system input depending on Applications do not allow DiSEqC signalsperformance and as such the attenuator we used. to pass. To multiply a number These new optical unitsrequires a strong input of satellites available to the from SPAUN open a brandsignal.” But what about signal qual- end user, one must multiply new era in large TV distribu- ity? This can be assessed by the number of optical fibers tion networks. Every opti- We supplied our test unit Modulation Error Ratio in the (8 for 2 satellites, 12 for 3 cal signal on the transmitterwith a real life signal from input and in the output. We satellites and so on) as well output can be split to 32HotBird satellite. We con- noticed very small deteriora- as transmitters and receiv- optical fibers and thus createnected the transmitters with tion of signal quality. (graph ers. enormous backbones for thethe receiver with short optical 3., graph 4.) It is almost network.fiber cables. So, to simulate nothing. Should we have 10 SPAUN’s new optical trans-optical splitters (or very, very or 15 dB attenuation in a long mitter system not only makes For example, on every floorlong cables), we inserted a coax cable, the signal could installation easier but also of a large apartment block we10 dB optical attenuator and be already on the edge of the secures that each end-user can have an optical receiverlater even a 15 dB attenu- reception threshold. will have a strong and perfect with four electrical outputsator. As you can see in the signal available at his socket, which in turn can be fed tographs (graph 1., graph 2.), But what about the analog even at the most remote the conventional multiswitchthe receiver output was only terrestrial signals? For the corner of a big network. and distributed further to ENERGY Expert Opinion DIAGRAM + Very good workmanship DC power “sharing” among the units Apparent Power Excellent performance for DVB-S signals even if below the recommended signal level (80-83 dBµV) Very good performance for analog TV signals Jacek Pawlowski for the recommended high input levels (85 dBµV) TELE-satellite Test Center Possibility to create really large distribution Poland networks Active Power Possibility to send signal over a long distance - Mode Apparent Active Factor Reception 17 W 6W 0.35 nonePower consumption of SORx 1310607 NF Optical Receiver meets the TECHNICALspecification (6W). DATA Manufacturer SPAUN Electronic, Singen, Germany ENERGY Fax +49 (0) 7731 – 8673-17 DIAGRAM E-mail info@spaun.de Model SOTx 1310607 NF & SORx 1310607 NF Function Optical Transmitter & Optical Receiver Apparent Power Frequency range 47 … 2200 MHz Optical wavelength 1310 nm Power consumption 6 W (plus LNB power for transmitter) Maximum supply current of the connected 400 mA LNB Active Power Transmitter output power (optical) 6 dBm Mode Apparent Active Factor Reception 29 W 11 W 0.37 Transmitter maximum RF input 95 dBµV Receiver maximum RF output level 100 dBµV (Terr.), 110 dBµV (SAT) Receiver input range (optical) 0 … -12 dBm RF and DC voltage connector typ FPower consumption of SOTx 1310607 NF Optical Transmitter is about 11 Optical connector type SC/APCW but only 6 W is consumed by the transmitter itself. The rest is used to Operating temperature -20 C° ... 50 C°supply the connected LNB.66 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • TEST REPORT Satellite LNB for C and Ku bandINFOSATC/Ku band Combifeed withIntegrated DiSEqC SwitchThomas HaringThe C band is popular in many areas of the world, mainly in SAT‘s C/Ku band feed deliv- ered from Thailand wasareas with heavy downpours or high humidity, since under designed primarily for usethese conditions the C band offers more advantages, being less on prime focus antennas;sensible to rain compared to signals in the Ku band. But even in although with a little modi- fication ingenuity, it can beareas dominated by Ku band signals, as for example in Europe, fitted on an offset antenna.there are still plenty of C band programmes to get. But erecting For our first test we opteda second dish just for C band is often too much of trouble. to use a 120-cm antenna already installed on the roof Right into this gap comes band LNB. Of course you transmitted via satellites in of our testing facility. Suchthe C/Ku band LNB on offer by would better own a bigger C band. a 120-cm antennaINFOSAT from Thailand. You dish, since C band signals already givesno longer need two dishes, usually are less strong than We gave it a test run at you access tobut you use your existing signals in Ku band. In most our editorial offices thousands ofdish and just replace your location, a dish with 120-cm in the center of channels fromcurrent Ku band LNB against would be sufficient to get in Europe. around the worldINFOSAT‘s combifeed C/Ku some interesting channels INFO- in the Ku band. But as numerous as the Ku band availability really is, ■The C/Ku band long-distance reception is Combifeed mounted in a typically achieved only with C prime focus dish band and thanks to this new Combifeed, it is quite easy to retrofit your current system for C band reception. Since offset anten- nas are not normally designed to handle C band feeds, a cable clip, available from any elec- trical installer, was used to secure the Combifeed to the dish. It‘s not exactly a professional solution, but it is very effective and inexpen- sive. The installation required some dexterity but after sev- eral attempts and some fine tuning adjustments, the feed was in the correct position. The entire assembly includ- ing antenna motor was previ- ously aligned using a standard 40mm Ku band LNB; the less68 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • sensitive C band should therefore beno problem. With great expectations,we turned the antenna to the especiallystrong EXPRESS AM1 band satellite at40° east. According to INFOSAT, the Combifeedhas a Ku band reception range of 10.7 to12.75 GHz using LOF (local oscillator fre-quency) values of 9.75 and 10.6 GHz aswell as a C band range of 3.4 to 4.2 GHzwith an LOF of 5.150 GHz. The specifi-cations also claim a gain of 65dB with anoise figure of 0.3 dB. Our first tests were aimed at the Cband so we quickly set up the correct LOFand then had a look at our spectrum ana-lyzer. It indicated a strong signal locatedat 3675R. We quickly started a chan-nel scan and found numerous Russianchannels with plenty of signal strength.Further on, South American channelswith relatively high signal strength couldbe found on NSS 806 at 40.5° west. Anumber of MCPC and SCPC transpond-ers were receivable in sufficient quality.Especially strong were some Colum-bian channels on 4021L and RCN TVon 4016R; unfortunately, this channelwas encrypted. Even a package of pro-grams from Venezuela on 3880R couldbe received but without any bad weatherreserves. A few other transponders werealso receivable. ■The C/Ku band Combifeed mounted in a offset dish We were less successful when we tried Things looked a little betterNSS7 at 22° west where we could only on INTELSAT 907 at 27.5° westreceive 3644R without any problems. On where we could receive threeAtlantic Bird 3 at 5° west we were able to transponders (3715R with justeasily view 4154L but all the other tran- some radio channels, 3831R withsponders hovered around the threshold feeds from RTP/Portugal and 4048R).level of the receiver. Even though the On INTELSAT 903 at 34.5° west only onesignal analyzer identified a number of transponder was receivable.clearly recognizable peaks on the dis-play, they were still not strong enough For all the other C band satellitefor actual reception. receviable at our location our dish was70 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • simply too small. The nor- Up until now we were quite More on This Manufacturermally strong EXPRESS AM44 pleased with the results we Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: INFOSATsatellite at 11° west could not had gotten; now it was timebe received with our 120cm to take a look at Ku bandantenna; the signals that we reception. Dish Manufacturer, Thailand www.infosats.comsaw on the spectrum analyzerwere too weak. The strong DTH posi- tions such as ASTRA at The next step involved 19.2° east, HOTBIRD at 13°taking a closer look towards east, ASTRA2 at 28.2° eastthe east. We stumbled across or ASTRA 3A at 23.5° easta few surprises: the (unfortu- could all be received with-nately encrypted) AFN pack- out any problems. We shouldage on INTELSAT 906 at 64.2° mention at this point that theeast on 4094L was identified INFOSAT C/Ku band Combi-by our receiver, Bangla Vision feed is configured for recep-could be seen on APSTAR 2R tion of circularly polarizedat 76.5° east on 4049H and signals. With that said, thethe Express AM1 at 40° east circularly polarized signalsdelivered a number of Rus- on EUTELSAT W4 at 36° east www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0907/eng/infosat.pdfsian channels with plenty of could be received in surpris- www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0803/eng/infosat.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0705/eng/infosat.pdfbad weather reserve. ingly good quality. If you remove the dielec- tric in the feed, then standard ■Included in the package: the C/Ku band Combifeed by Ku band H/V signals could be INFOSAT in one housing with received effortlessly. The rea- feed and jumper cable for the built-in DiSEqC switch. sons for the diminished per- formance of the Combifeed in the Ku band are fairly obvious. On the one hand, the included feed was not designed for use on offset antennas so you really can´t blame the manu- facturer for this shortfall. On the other hand, the homemade feed holder makes it rather difficult to perfectly align the LNB in the focal point of the antenna. And let´s not forget that the C band is much more forgiving compared to the Ku band in terms of antenna alignment. Overall we can say that it definitely pays to replace your current LNB with the INFOSAT C/Ku band Combifeed. Don´t expect miracles with signal quality in the Ku band, but for the reception of the strong C and Ku band positions, the Combifeed would be the perfect choice. At the same time, it gives you a peek at the wonderful world of C band even with a small antenna without having to eliminate the Ku band.72 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • COMPANY REPORT IPTV Software and Hardware Producer NetUP, RussiaYoung, Yet With ExtensiveKnow-how: NetUP from MoscowAlexander WieseIsn’t ‘young’ and ‘know-how’ a contradiction in terms? Actually, it’s a triple hit: NetUP, a company founded as recently as 2001, has its admin-In many cases it is, but if we’re talking about know-how istrative office in the vicinity of Moscowin the making, the two terms go together very nicely. State University. The closest metro Station is ‘University’ and the two founders of NetUP‘Young’ in such a case is an asset, as it means there’s no are – naturally! – former students of thatobligation to depend on past developments. So where university. Actually, it’s not only the two founders who are Moscow State Universitycan we find a perfect example for ‘young’ meets ‘know- graduates, but almost all other employeeshow’? If we’re talking about digital technology Russia as well. It’s clear for all to see that NetUP pools together collective digital technol-springs to mind. And if we support our assumption with ogy know-how, while everybody working atthe fact that Moscow State University is ranked right NetUP is still very young.among all the top-notch universities in the world when it Let’s start with Abylay Ospan, who is onecomes to digital technology teaching and research, then of the company’s founders and acts as Direc-Russia seems to be spot on! tor: “I’m 30 years old,” he says smilingly. His founding partner is Evgeniy Makeev who holds a PhD in mathematics and only just turned 29. Both care deeply about anything to do with digital technology, which is a clear indication that they have turned hobby into profession. We ask Abylay Ospan to give us ■ NetUP co-founder and Director Abylay Ospan showing the company’s latest developments: PCIe cards for 2 x DVB-S2, 2 x DVB-T or C, 2 x ASI. All cards come with two CI slots.82 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • NETUP Company Details IPTV Software and Hardware Producer, Russia www.netup.tv Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 25 .................................. 50 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0.................................. 5 ................... 10 Mio US$ It’s not only since Production Certificates the DVB-IP Gateway 4x ISO, RoHS, PCI SIG, IEEE, DVB Production Categories test report that read- OEM, ODM ers of TELE-satellite Main Products Professional PC Cards for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/MPEG-4, DVB-C, might be familiar with ASI, IPTV Gateway/Streamer, IPTV Middleware, IPTV Conditional www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/netup.pdf Access Systems, IPTV Billing Systems, Video on Demand NetUP. This device allows setting up yourTELE-satellite WorldDownload this report in other languages from the Internet: www.TELE-satellite.com/... own IPTV network inArabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ara/netup.pdf next to no time (TELE-Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/netup.pdf satellite 10-11/2010).Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/netup.pdfGerman Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/netup.pdf Even before that TELE-English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/netup.pdfSpanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/netup.pdf satellite reported on aFarsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/netup.pdfFrench Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/netup.pdf world first launched byHebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/heb/netup.pdf NetUP: A DVB-S2 cardMandarin 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/man/netup.pdfDutch Nederlands www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ned/netup.pdf with two inputs (TELE-Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/pol/netup.pdfPortuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/por/netup.pdf satellite 02-03/2010).Romanian Română www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rom/netup.pdfRussian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/rus/netup.pdfTurkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/netup.pdf Of course we wanted Available online starting from 3 December 2010 to learn more about that product line, anda brief run-down of the events leading to the Abylay Ospan has the details. “We developestablishment of NetUP. “When we still were everything in-house. Both software andstudents we were working on billing soft- hardware (circuit board layout) have beenware for Internet service providers.” designed by our very own engineers.” He was still in his final semester at uni- Andrew Budkin is the head of Softwareversity when Abylay Ospan teamed up with Development and knows precisely thehis colleague Evgeniy Makeev to set up their amount of effort put into such a project.own business, which offered exactly that “For the DVB-S2 card two of our engineersbilling software to potential customers. The worked together for half a year until thepoint in time could not have been better.While in their first year of operation salesnever exceeded five-digit USD figures, fromyear two onwards turnover increased con-sistently. It was the time when ISPs sprungup all over the CIS countries, and most ofthem turned to NetUP for software solu-tions. “More than 2,000 ISPs currently relyon our billing software, with 90% of thembeing located in CIS countries,” NetUP SalesManager Konstantin Emelyanov proudlystates. “Small and medium-sized provid-ers in particular like our software solution,which is ideal for a client base of up to50,000.” Even the company name is derivedfrom that strategy: Network Up – a com-pany that takes care of network expansion. ■ Evgeniy Makeev is co-founder of NetUP and holds a PhD in NetUP has added another business seg- mathematics.ment to its portfolio in the meantime, whichfits in smoothly with the original softwarebusiness for ISPs: NetUP is now also devel-oping software and hardware for IPTV.“IPTV has already gained a 70% share ofour turnover,” NetUP Director Abylay Ospanreveals and adds “annual sales are high inthe one-figure million USD this year.” As amatter of fact, it has become difficult to dif-ferentiate between software for ISPs andIPTV, as many Internet service providershave become IPTV providers as well. “Forthose providers we offer middleware, video-on-demand servers and streaming serv-ers,” Abylay Ospan explains.84 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • hardware was ready for production. An to the private end user market. They are There is another feature which showsadditional two software engineers wrote used in professional streaming equipment, that PCIe cards from NetUP are designedthe drivers required for the Linux-based like NetUP’s DVB to IP gateway 4x and IPTV for the professional high-end market: “Wesoftware.” NetUP even played a major role Combine 4x. The latter (IPTV Combine 4x) is are now beginning to ship our cards basedin finding the right manufacturer for card a special product for the hospitality market. on the ALTERA chipset.” What makes thisproduction. “A facility some 100km from This is an all-in-one IPTV solution that so special? Well, the hardware is identicalMoscow is in charge of manufacturing our includes IPTV Middleware, billing, DVB to IP for each customer and only the software onPC cards.” gateway and VoD server (see test report in the PCIe card defines its scope of applica- TELE-satellite 10-11/2010). Such IPTV sys- tion. “In the third quarter of 2011 we will The cards are used in professional set- tems are a favorite in hotels and hospitals, also base our 2 x DVB-S2 card – which wasups only, which means production numbers because each room can be accessed indi- presented in TELE-satellite – on the ALTERAare on the lower side when compared to vidually but the cable infrastructure can be chipset,” NetUP Sales Manager Konstantinmass consumer good. “We only produce laid out as a bus system. Emelyanov adds.some 1,000 cards per annum,” AbylayOspan tells us. This has made us curious “One of our largest customer groups are Speaking of products already intro-and we’re eager to find out what else is in hotels which generally favour two-way sys- duced in TELE-satellite: The NetUP DVB-IPNetUP’s pipeline. “Right now at the end of tems. This means that hotel guest are not Gateway 4x can be ordered with an H.2642010 we’re launching a PCIe card for DVB-T only able to enjoy TV and Internet access in encoder/transconder as of Q3 2011. Thingsand DVB-C.” Just as the DVB-S2 card this their rooms, but that hotel management is get even more exciting towards the end ofcard, too, has two inputs and tuners. “We’re also able to send personal and customised 2011 when “we will offer the DVB-IP Gate-also working on a card with two ASI inputs.” messages to guests in their rooms,” Abylay way 4x with unicast.” This will make the Ospan lays down the reasons behind such device – which hitherto is only available as a PCIe cards from NetUP are not targeted infrastructure. multicast model – even more user-friendly and will also allow laymen to distribute their TV channels via the Internet. 1. Always there for customers: Sales 1 Manager Konstantin Emelyanov. Head of Software Development, Andrew Budkin, has another piece of interesting 2. This is where NetUP runs its business on the ground floor. Two news in store. “It makes economic sense for satellite dishes on the roof send down some providers of Internet-via-satellite only the signals required for developing to use the base band which saves valuable innovative satellite cards. bandwidth.” This is why NetUP has decided to develop PC cards with precisely that strategy in mind. “Large utilities might be extremely interested in that technology,” adds Abylay Ospan and has the follow- ing example: “Gazprom uses this one-way technology for its local networks.” 286 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • NetUP is just the specialist for designing the right products com- If you’re looking for a young company with extensive know-plete with corresponding software for niche applications like that. how, you’ve come to the right place at NetUP. The company has the cutting edge when it comes to the latest IPTV technology So far we have heard all those great success stories about inno- and is filled to the brim with technical knowledge which NetUPvative products, but who are the people doing all the hard work employees acquired from Moscow State University. All this pro-behind? Having a look around the NetUP premises sheds some vides enormous impetus for conquering the brand new world oflight on this question. A total of ten engineers and programmers IPTV!work in Development, another ten are engineers and program-mers in Technical Support for solving problems that professionalcustomers might experience, and another ten employees are in NetUP‘s Salescharge of Management and Administration. Director is Alexander Chistiakov Sales Manager Konstantin Emelyanov gives us some idea ofwhere company representatives can be met face to face: “Eachyear we actively participate at the IBC (Amsterdam), CSTB(Moscow) and IPTV World Forum (London).” In charge of Software Deve- 1 lopment: Andrew Budkin heads the software team. Technical customer service is a given at NetUP: One third of the workforce looks after customers and makes sure NetUP products and their software are used appropriately. Alexey Butkeev (left) heads Technical Support, Eugene Druzhinin (right) is one of his team members.88 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 1 1. The world map shows all global installation sites of NetUp products: Pale blue flags indicate installations of the Dual DVB-S2 CI PCIe card, dark blue flags show IPTV installations and green flags are placed wherever a UTM5 system is installed. 2. The figure up on the dome all but vanishes in the autumn mist: This grand building houses Moscow State University. For many years it was the tallest building in Moscow and almost all NetUP employees have studied there. 290 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • NetUP Inc. 30 September 2010 Confidential IPTV Installation ReferencesNetUPare over 100 IPTV deployments. Some of them, but not all, are provided in the list below: There installations for commercial customers Customer Country Deployment type ConfigurationMaldiviana Maldives Dive yacht IPTV Middleware + VoD + DVB to IP gatewayFaroe Telecom Faroe Islands Telco IPTV CombineNevron d.o.o. Slovenia Sytem integrator, for DVB-IP gateway a telcoAmino United IP STB manufacturer, 2 x IPTV CombineCommunications Kingdom IP STB test labSunlink Russia Housing estate IPTV Complex: DVB-IP gateways, VOD servers, Middleware, CAS, Billing systemTelio AG Germany Sytem integrator DVB-IP gatewayNetline Russia Telco Middleware, DVB-IP gateway, CASPerfect Technology Saudi Arabia Sytem integrator IPTV Combine + DVB-IP gateway for a hotel IPTV solutionHPM Innomedia Thailand System integrator, for IPTV Combine 4x a telcoVTE s.r.l. Italy System Integrator IPTV Combine 4xCygate AB Sweden System Integrator Middleware + CASZyxel Norway IP STB manufacturer, DVB-IP gateway 4x IP STB test labVortec Argentina A telco IPTV Combine 4x + DVB-IP gateway 4xI-Tel solutions Thailand A system integrator IPTV Combine 4xSecurity Systems Kuwait A system integrator IPTV Combine 4xBait Ashmaes Libya A system integrator IPTV Combine 4xProtel Turkey A system integrator IPTV Combine 4x for hotelsNueTel Bahrain A system integrator IPTV Combine 4x + DVBNetUP Inc. to IPCommunications gateway 4x 30 September 2010Utelisys The Netherlands An Internet TV Dual DVB-S2-CI ConfidentialCommunications providerMobiclip France A mobile IPTV Dual DVB-S2-CI solution providerCentum Solutions Spain An engineering Dual DVB-S2-CI companyFreeBox S.A.S. France An ISP Dual DVB-S2-CISchlumberger Gabon An oilfield services DVB to IP gateway 4x company■ Selection of international customers using NetUP products. Installations map www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 91
  • COMPANY REPORT PC Card & Receiver Manufacturer Tevii, TaiwanTevii Tapping IntoNew MarketsTevii – while being young of age – has alreadyworked up a solid reputation for its PC cards andUSB boxes and is now in the progress of launchinga new range for new markets. Matthias Liu is thefounder of Tevii and the company’s top-scoringsales director. He reveals some future plans ina meeting we had with him in Munich, one of a ■ Matthias Liu – founder, presidentnumber of global destinations he recently visited. and sales director of Tevii To start with, Matthias Liu scratch and the first item on Matthias Liu can truly be proud used wisely. Deciding on thegives us a brief account of our to-do list was the develop- of what he has been able to right time is the key to eco-where he comes from: “Up ment of our own products. It achieve in such a short period nomic success.until 2006 I was employed was only in the following year, of time. But what exactly isas sales manager for a major 2007, that we were able to gen- Tevii all about? A closer look at the Teviicompany in the satellite indus- erate a modest turnover.” In product range lends additionaltry. When this company was case you’re curious about the “We have always focused on support to that theory. Whentaken over by another player exact figure: it was 250,000 PC cards for satellite reception. the company was establishedI took the decision to become US$ in 2007. Tevii has come And for laptop users our range in 2007 it offered two prod-self-employed.” Some of his a long way since and expects includes USB boxes as well,” ucts: the S400 DVB-S PC cardformer colleagues were equally sales reaching 2.2 million US$ Matthias Liu explains. Inciden- and the S600 USB box for useimpressed with his envisaged in 2010 and even 3 million US$ tally, Matthias himself has no with laptop computers. “Bothbusiness strategy and so they the year after. Talk about rock- engineering background, but products came with a tunerdecided to jump on board solid business! Obviously, staff a dependable gut feeling for sourced from Sharp, which wasas well. “Tevii started with a numbers have also increased what the market needs. “For replaced with a NIM tuner fromtotal workforce of only eight so that “today we have 28 each product we sit down and Serit at the beginning of 2008.”people,” Matthias recalls on employees, a whopping 18 evaluate whether expected Since then the product desig-his walk down memory lane. of which are engineers in sales will justify – and ulti- nations have changed to S420“It’s never easy to start from Research and Development.” mately pay for – development and S630. When the DVB-S costs,” he explains. It comes era slowly came to an end TEVII Company Details as now surprise, then, that and DVB-S2 was just around PC Card & Receiver Manufacturer, Taiwan www.tevii.com the R&D department is the the corner Tevii launched suc- Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ core element of the Tevii busi- cessor models S464 as PC 0................................ 25 .................................. 50 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ness model. Actual production card and S660 as USB box for ▼ 0............................... 2.5 ..................... 5 Mio US$ is outsourced to third-party laptop use at the end of 2008. Production Certificates manufacturers in Taiwan as And – wouldn’t you know it – RoHS Production Categories well in Shenzen in mainland the Tevii S470 was introduced OEM, ODM China. “The trick is to come up in 2009 just when the whole Main Products PC Cards for DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/MPEG-4, Boxes for DVB-S/S2, with the right product at the world was turning to PCIe (PCI DVB-T/MPEG-4, PC Sticks for DVB-S/S2 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/tevii.pdf right time,” Matthias Liu states Express) slots as a replace- TELE-satelliteother languageswww.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in World from the Internet: and illustrates this credo with an example: “Right now there ment for older PC slots. At the end of 2010 new demand Arabic ‫ﺍﻟﻌﺮﺑﻴﺔ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ara/tevii.pdf is so much talk about DVB-T2, was met with the launch of a Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/bid/tevii.pdf Czech Česky www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/ces/tevii.pdf for example, even though this PC card with dual tuner – the German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/deu/tevii.pdf English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/tevii.pdf is a technology that will only model name is S480 and it Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/esp/tevii.pdf start to penetrate markets in sports two DVB-S2 tuners. Farsi ‫ﻓﺎﺭﺳ ﻲ‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/far/tevii.pdf French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/fra/tevii.pdf about two years. 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DVB-T has picked up con- Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/tur/tevii.pdf of valuable resources that can siderably the world over, which Available online starting from 3 December 2010 only be brought to fruition if called for a USB box with one92 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • tuner for DVB-S2 receptionand a second tuner for DVB-T.Still, Matthias Liu has left thebest for last: “We are currentlyalso offering a quad tunercard for DVB-T MPEG-4 recep-tion!” This particular productwas developed for an Austral-ian provider. “The quad tunercard is a huge seller in regionswith a large DVB-T offering.”Once again, Tevii has waitedfor the right moment. Up untilvery recently DVB-T had notbeen fully rolled out in manycountries, and the regions withmore than four DVB-T frequen-cies had been few and scat-tered. So what’s next in Tevii’spipeline? We can’t wait to hearfrom Matthias Liu what hisgut feeling is telling him. “Atthe beginning of 2011 we willlaunch our first fully-fledgedconventional receiver!” It willbe called B600 and will sporta DVB-S2 tuner, Linux operat-ing system, PVR functionality,USB and Ethernet interfacesand – of course – HDMI, eventhough two scart euroconnec-tors will guarantee compatibil-ity with older TV sets as well.CI and CA slots will round offthe package. What made Teviiexpand from the PC card seg-ment to the receiver market?“It’s actually quite simple,”Matthias Liu replies. “PCcards are products for a nichemarket and now that we haveachieved a rock-solid reputa-tion in that niche market it’stime to launch our brand in thereceiver market as well.” This does not mean, how-ever, that the PC card and USBbox range is being neglected. ■ Matthias Liu uses his laptop computer to show us the brand new B600 receiver which will be launched shortly■ Not yet available: The first Tevii receiver for entering a new market segment. Specimen of the B600, a DVB-S2 HDTV receiver based on Linux94 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • “In the first quarter of 2011we will introduce a CI exten-sion for our USB boxes, whichwill be followed in the secondquarter by the same extensionfor our PCIe cards.” Lookingeven further ahead, MatthiasLiu believes that 2012 willbe a good year to launch yetanother new product line: “Wewill then offer USB boxes forDVB-C cable reception.” Tevii’sclear focus on DVB is an indica-tion for Europe being the com-pany’s most important market.Matthias Liu has all the num- bers: “We generate 40% of our sales in Western Europe, with another 40% in East- ern Europe, including Russia. The remain- ing 20% come from the Middle East and ■New from Tevii: The S480 PC card for DVB-S2 reception especially in Vietnam, Malay- Egypt.” There’s a with two tuners. It can be used to watch one HDTV channel sia, Singapore and Indone- reason for Matthias on screen while at the same time recording a second HDTV channel with a PVR. sia.” And then there’s one more important region in which Tevii is not yet present. “You’re right, South America is still a kind of black spot on our map. But we’re in the pro- gress of developing products for the South American market as well,” Matthias Liu reveals another of his long-term stra- tegic expansion plans. To finish off, we want to find out what made Mat- thias Liu decide on the brand ■ A very special product that is avai- name Tevii. “That’s simple,” lable exclusively from Tevii: The T700 he answers with a smile. “All is a DVB-T/MPEG-4 card with four (!) tuners. our products have to do with Liu to spe- TV one way or the other, and cifically men- the way TV is pronounced in tion Russia and Egypt, as Tevii ranks among the top-selling pro-viders of PC cards and USBboxes in both countries. Yet,knowing Matthias Liu we canexpect that he is hungry formore. “We’re looking at waysto increase our sales in Asia, ■ In the pipeline at Tevii: A combi receiver for DVB-S2 and DVB-T/MPEG-4.96 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • English it can easily be writtenas Tevii.” The same concept 1is also used for the companylogo, with an eye replacing thedot on each i, and the T beingstylised as a transmissiontower. Finally, the e becomes asatellite antenna and the logoa metaphor for what the brandis all about. Clever marketing,with a twist… Matthias Liu has used hisintuition and listened to his gutfeeling for turning his youngbusiness into an innovativecompany in the course of onlya few years. One of the keyelements in his success strat-egy is the consistent focus ontechnical developments rather 2than manufacturing, whichcan easily be outsourced andthus is no core skill. Let othersdo the manufacturing – Teviiis rather concentrating oncoming up with the right prod-ucts at the right time. And thatin itself means mastering thetrickiest part. 3 4 Tevii’s Product Archive 1. The first product developed in-house by Tevii: The S400 PC card for DVB-S reception with a Sharp tuner built in. This card is no longer available. 2. The successor of the S400 was called S420 and came with a NIM (Chip) tuner from Serit. 3+4. Things are getting more interesting: The S464 PC card was launched at the end of 2008 and was able to receive DVB-S2 signals. As early as 2009 Tevii introduced the S470, which was also designed for DVB-S2 signals but came in the new PCI express format.98 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World ALUOSAT   JIUZHOU LAOGE   KAIFA SMIT   INTELLITECHBEST DIGITAL TVCOMPANIES inS CHINAJIUZHOU ALUOSATReceiver Manufacturer, China www.jiuzhou.com.cn Satellite Consultant, China www.aluosat.comwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/jiuzhou.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0903/eng/jiuzhou.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0905/eng/aluosat.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0803/eng/jiuzhou.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0703/eng/jiuzhou.pdfKAIFA LAOGESatellite Receiver Manufacturer, China Satellite Installer, Chinawww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/kaifa.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0903/eng/laoge.pdf112 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
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  • COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World  SATMAN FORTECSTAR   WORLDWIDE SATELLITES  MFC SEATEL  SADOUN  SONICVIEW   COWMIX QUALITY SATELLITE  GLOBAL SATELLITEBEST DIGITAL TV   SEATELCOMPANIES inAMERICAGLOBAL SATELLITE COWMIXSatellite Dealer, USA Satellite Dealer, USAwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1007/eng/globalsatellite.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/cowmix.pdfQUALITY SATELLITE SEATELSatellite Dealer, USA Maritime 3-Axis Dish Manufacturer, USA www.cobham.comwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1005/eng/qualitysatellite.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0911/eng/seatel.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/eng/seatel.pdf114 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
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  • FEATURE TV Transmission Standard minal devices at user’s site are TV-sets and receiver boxes that optionally have web connection. Please note: not the PC’s! With a HbbTV product, the user still has only one remote control and oneHybrid broadcast screen and the operation is as easy as with a regular TV-set and a receiver box. The user enjoys the combined wealth ofbroadband TV broadcast and broadband: new services from entertainment providers, online providers and CE manufacturers. Exam- ples are: catch-up TV, video on demand,Get organized interactive advertising, personalization, voting, betting, photo sharing or social networking. Enhanced EPG and teletextfor the inevitable are also included. Hybrid in the HbbTV name means using on one side the medium typi- cal for today’s digital TV broadcast and on the other side the World Wide Web.This will not be a surprise for TELE-satellite readers. Specification is independent from theA new standardization initiative has been started to broadcast transmission medium: DVB-T, DVB-S and DVB-C. IP connection is rec-integrate the digital TV world with the Internet. The basic ommend but not required. Of course, theidea is quite clear: make it as seamless as possible for functionality will be limited if one has nothe end user. TELE-satellite editors often mentioned the connection to the Internet.obvious truth: the average end user is rarely interested And now one paragraph for the pro-through what transmission medium data is coming to fessionals. The HbbTV specification istheir TV-sets or monitors. Is it via satellite, via cable or based on elements of existing standards and web technologies : OIPF (Open IPTVvia the air? Or perhaps via Ethernet cable rather than the Forum), CEA, DVB and W3C. Except forcoaxial one used in CATV? And maybe via optical fibers? the standard web technologies (HTML, This is a typical situation in today’s rap-idly changing industry: most advancedmanufacturers demonstrate that newfunctionalities are possible from thetechnology and economical point of viewand suddenly everybody realizes that ifwe do not have a good new standard, anumber of solutions not compatible withone another will pop up soon. This willtrigger a big confusion among the endusers, operators and manufacturers.It is in everybody’s interest to create acommon solution. Exactly this happened in the receiverboxes industry. Our readers certainlyremember the test reports describingthe receivers capable not only to process operators and media and software pro- CSS, JS, DOM), HbbTV provides: videosatellite TV signal but also enabling the viders has been established with a goal control API’s, access to channel list,user to surf the Internet. to prepare a harmonized broadcast and broadcast service selection, streaming broadband specification for delivery of video playback (HTTP & RTSP), access On August 29 2009, a consortium of news and entertainment to the end user. to now/next program events, support forleading European companies of broad- The solution is based on existing stand- DSM-CC object carousel or HTTP, loadcasters, research institutes, satellite ards and web technologies and the ter- files or applications using either proto-116 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • col, monitor object carousel for changes,DSM-CC stream events, security model– trusted & untrusted applications, sameorigin policy, application signaling & life-cycle model, capability exchange, basicPVR scheduling (optional) and mediadownload (optional). Even if you are not a dedicated receiverdesigner, you can probably easily recog- developed previously that deliver simi- lar functionality. These are: MHEG (Mul- timedia and Hypermedia Expert Group) – popular in the United Kingdom - and MHP (Multimedia Home Platform), an open programming standard developed by DVB and especially popular in Italy. It is expected that HbbTV will be inter- operational with them while ensuring significant enhancement to the viewing experience. It is also expected that the first two countries in which HbbTV will become popular will be Germany and France.nize the terms related to digital TV spec-ifications and to the Internet. DSM-CCis about downloading data through thedigital TV channel while HTTP refers tothe same process but through the Inter-net connection. HTTP and RTSP are thestreaming video formats used to delivermovies via the Internet while in DVBwe have a transport stream (TS). Javascripts are used in both worlds. Quiteoften the OSD you can see on the screenis coded with Java. HbbTV has some “competitors” - othersolutions for interactive TV services HbbTV exemplary implementations were shown at IFA and IBC in 2009. To have an idea about the “new look” that HbbTV makes possible see the pictures taken at IFA on ARD stand. German operator ARD has demonstrated 14 dif- ferent applications using HbbTV. The HbbTV specification has been sub- mitted to ETSI by the end of Novem- ber 2009 under reference ETSI TS 102 796 “Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HBBTV)”. You can find more info on the official web page: http://hbbtv.org/.118 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • FEATURE Satellite InstallationiPhone, iPad and iPod Appsfor Antenna Alignment, or:How your smartphone turnsinto a great toolfor DXers andinstallersThomas HaringSmartphones are currently turning our mobileworld upside down and have conquered largesegments of the consumer market. Theyallow us to not only stay in touch throughconventional phone calls but also to check ourmail, hook up to the Internet, stay up to dateon social networking platforms like Twitterand Facebook, listen to music, shoot photosand help us with all sorts of everyday tasks.Yet, smartphones can also be used in theprofessional realm – to help with the installation ■ DishPointer Compass superimposes the Clarke Belt on the camera to create augmented realityof satellite antennas, for example. If we look at all the shiny smartphones they start out with determining the cur- point. Comparing certain striking pointson offer these days there is one partic- rent location with the help of the iPhone’s on Google Maps with their real-worldular kind that seems to ride a gigantic buit-in GPS receiver. counterparts quickly lets you achieve awave of success: Of course we’re talking rough alignment of your antenna.about the Apple iPhone which – in com- Next, you enter the satellite positionbination with the iTunes store – offers you’d like to receive and the app then Another aspect that needs to bea wealth of additional applications (so- calculates azimuth, elevation and skew addressed – preferably BEFORE startingcalled apps) to pimp it up. parameters. In theory, these values are with the actual installation job – is evalu- all you ever need to correctly set up your ating the local environment. DishPointer TELE-satellite has looked at a range of dish, and most antennas feature a small Compass comes into play now as it findsapps that might be handy with regard to scale to help you find the correct position. out whether or not a desired satellite posi-satellite reception. tion can be received at the actual location But if you don’t have a compass at our and which reception range a motorised disposal there’s one answer you still need antenna is able to cover. Perhaps there DishPointer Compass to find, even though the azimuth angle is are trees, buildings or other obstructions known: In which horizontal direction do in the way of perfect reception? and DishPointer Maps you need to move the antenna? Some issues ago we introduced apps After all, it’s of no use to do all thefrom DishPointer (TELE-satellite issues The DishPointer Maps app provides the tricky work and mount an antenna only to02-03/2008 and 12-01/2010) and obvi- answer by looking up data from Google find out afterwards that the signals you’reously they are featured in this overview Maps. On the phone’s display you see looking for don’t reach the LNB.as well. your location and its surroundings in map view, satellite view or hybrid view combin- With DishPointer Compass it’s easy to Both apps specifically deal with satellite ing both, with an arrow clearly indicating avoid such disappointment. It let’s youantenna installation and alignment and which way your satellite antenna should know which satellites can be received at120 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • the current location and where the best mounting place is. The app comes with an extremely comprehensive list of vir- tually all satellite positions between 180° East and 177° West. With the pro version (listed on the iTunes store as DishPointer Compass) this list can even be edited so that new positions can be added. The less expensive version without editing option is called DishPointer Augmented Reality. ■ 1. Simply touch the display to start augmented reality 2. Extensive satellite list of DishPointer Compass 3. Arrows indicate which way the antenna has to be moved 41 Users start with selecting all those sat- ellites that might be of interest to them. If a satellite is not featured on the pre- stored list it can easily be added manually (pro version only). A touch of the ‘Camera – AR View’ now activates the built-in camera and the iPhone itself needs to be pointed towards the sky. As if by magic the smartphone’s display does not only show the actual camera view but also – depending on the way you hold and point the phone – the Clarke Belt as well as all currently visible satel- lite positions. This way it is child’s play, on one hand, to figure out which satel- lite is where and, on the other hand, to see at first glance whether or not there is an unrestricted line of sight between your current location and the satellite.2 5 Such combination of actual view and additional information that is inserted by the device is called augmented reality and this new technology is tremendously helpful when it comes to visualise infor- mation that would be difficult to obtain otherwise. In the twinkling of an eye you can look at the complete range of a motorised antenna and before you even carry the antenna up to the roof you can check which satellites will be received and which won’t. It’s apps like these that can turn a regu- 4. Green arrows in the lower area mean ■ the antenna has to be moved another 10° to the West in order to receive signals from THOR at 1° West 5. Red arrows mean the antenna has to be moved another 30° to the East in order to receive signals from THOR at 1° West 6. Calculation of azimuth, elevation and skew3 with the help of EasySat 6 122 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • lar smartphone into an indispensable tool received the grid is moved along thefor professional and amateur installers. map like a slider and the app showsHere at TELE-satellite we’ve been using which satellite is to be found at the cur-both DishPointer apps for some time now rent position of the grid. You then needand can unreservedly say that you’d be to find your own location on the maphard pressed to find a more reliable way and read the values that are indicatedof determining the reception situation at with circles.any given location. No more unneces-sary work and no more wasted time and In our test we were not reallymoney. impressed by that approach since the world map appears rather small on thePrice: iPhone’s display. This makes it difficultDishPointer Maps - 5,99€ (7,99 US$) to accurately determine your actualDisPointer Augmented Reality - 7,99€ (9,99 US$)DishPointer Compass - 15,99€ (19,99 US$) location, which in turn may lead to sig-Rating: very good nificant deviations from correct param- eters. The augmented reality version of this 7 EasySat app uses the integrated camera of the EasySat comes with a database of 173 iPhone and superimposes the Clarkesatellites complete with their full names Belt with the corresponding satelliteand orbital positions. Thanks to the built- positions. As with the DishPointer Com-in positioning system of the iPhone this pass app you need to point the iPhoneapp calculates azimuth, elevation and towards the sky and move it until theskew of any desired satellite with regard Clarke Belt appears on the display.to the current location. There is also avirtual Clarke Belt for you to select the Unfortunately this feature, too, is inferior to the DishPointer app: Whiledesired satellites, or you may choose to the Satellite Augmented Reality apppick your preferred orbital position from features a comprehensive list of pre-a pre-stored list. stored satellites – all of which can be selected or unselected for displaying – For those of you with an iPhone 3GS we didn’t appreciate the fact the Clarkeor iPhone 4 with integrated compass Belt itself is not shown as a continuousthere even is a convenient graphic dis-play showing satellite installers the wayto the correct azimuth value. Red and 7. The Satellite Sliderule app creates a grid ■green arrows pop up until you point that you can slide across a world mapthe phone accurately in the direction of 8. Circles indicate the azimuth and elevationthe required satellite. If you now point valuesthe antenna in the same direction as 9. The Satellite Augmented Reality app showswell you have already achieved a rough the positions of previously selected satellites on 8alignment. We tried it out in a real-world the display. Unfortunately, the Clarke Belt itself is missing.scenario and were very pleased with theresults. line. Instead, satellites seem to float freely which is confusing at times. InPrice:EasySat - 3,99€ (4,99 US$) addition, there are seven virtual but-Rating: good tons in the upper section of the display for limiting satellites by alphabet. In our opinion this feature serves no useful purpose and wastes valuable display Satellite Sliderule Pro space – after all, the iPhone’s display is & Satellite Augmented on the smaller side for satellite installa- tion anyway. Reality This app comes in two versions: One To be fair, this app is less expensiveis for the iPhone 3G without compass than most competing products with €(Satellite Sliderule Pro), and the other 1.59 (US$ 1.99) for the simpler versionis for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 with and € 3.99 (US$ 4.99) for the augmentedcompass (Satellite Augmented Reality). reality version. On the other hand, due to limited usability we still cannot whole- Both versions show a world map with heartedly recommend this solution.geographic borders of all countries and Price:superimpose grid-like rulers for deter- Satellite Sliderule - 1,59€ (1,99 US$)mining azimuth and elevation values. Satellite Augmented Reality - 3,99€ (4,99 US$)Depending on the satellite that is to be Rating: sufficient 9 www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 123
  • iSat or less the same features free of charge iSat is completely free of charge and is and other apps with a similar price offer a particularly useful for all those who want broader range of features. a quick calculation of azimuth and eleva- tion values for a particular satellite. Using Price: Satellite Finder - 8,99€ (10,99 US$) the iPhone’s integrated positioning func- Rating: insufficient tion this app determines the current loca- tion and, once the desired satellite has been selected, calculates and displays iSatFinder the corresponding reception parameters. With iSat Finder it is possible to either The pre-stored satellite list dates back enter the current location manually based on geographic coordinates or to have the integrated positioning system of the ■ 1. Automatic determination of the current iPhone determine where you’re at. You location with iSat. Alternatively, a list of pre- set locations is available from which you can choose your desired satellite from a select your place manually. very comprehensive database of virtually all satellites between 180° East and 178°1 2. Calculation of azimuth, elevation and West and after pressing ‘Calculate it’ the skew using iSat to 2007 and hence is not fully up-to- date. However, all calculated results are displayed clearly and in an easy-to-use way. There are no additional functions available, but that‘s fine considering you don’t have to pay a single penny to get it. Owners of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 can use the compass app provided by Apple for aligning their antenna accord- ing to the azimuth parameters. Since the iSat app accurately does the maths it is indeed possible to correctly align your antenna with this tool. Price: iSat - free Rating: good Satellite Finder This app also benefits from the inte- grated positioning feature of the iPhone2 4 4. Calculation of azimuth, elevation and ■ skew using iSat Finder 5. Chart with correlations between dbW and antenna diameter to determine the current position. It then proceeds with calculating the azimuth, elevation and skew values for the selected satellite. The pre-stored satellite list that comes with the Satellite Finder app is com- prehensive, up-to-date and easy-to-use with all data presented in a clear and con- cise fashion. We liked the fact that each satellite is directly linked to a transponder list so that transponder data are available via Safari for each satellite, if required. All this, however, cannot make up for the fairly high price of this app, which stands at € 8.99 (US$ 10.99) and is definitely too high from a cost/benefit perspective. Competing apps such as iSat offer more ■ 3. Calculation of azimuth, elevation and3 skew using Satellite Finder 5 124 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 1 2 ■ 1. Satellite list of iSatFinder for the iPad 2. iSatFinder for the iPad app shows azimuth, elevation and skew values in a breeze. All calculated values are clearly presented and easy to read. Satellites you need more frequently can be stored in a favourites list. We particu- larly liked the chart linking antenna diam- eter and satellite transmission power in dbW to find out how large a dish or how strong a signal needs to be for reception. Another point deserving special praise is the fact that the iSat Finder is also availa- ble for the Apple iPad in native resolution. The iSat Finder will set you back € 1.59 (US$ 1.99), which is a fair price consider- ing what you can get out of this app. Fea- tures such as augmented reality and map view are – unfortunately – not available. 3 4 Price: 3. Selected satellites are shown in the ■ iSat Finder - 1,59€ (1,99 US$) accesses the Internet to download up- Satellite Tracker app, complete with their Rating: good to-date and very comprehensive infor- upcoming availability at the current location mation for several satellites (ham radio, 4. Flight track of IRIDIUM33 satellite Satellite Tracker & GPS, Galileo, weather satellites, Iridium, each satellite on a world map. With this Orbcomm, various research satellites, Satellite Tracker Plus Geodetic, Globalstar and even the ISS, additional feature it is possible to find Both apps (no charge for the basic ver- among others) and calculates the current out immediately where a specific satellite sion and € 1.59/US$ 1.99 for the plus ver- and upcoming availability of these satel- currently passes by and which places it sion) are mainly targeted to fans of ham lites. In order to do so this, the app, too, covers with its signals. A whole range of radio and weather satellites, which are uses the iPhone’s integrated positioning setting and display options is available as birds that – unlike broadcast satellites function. It is possible to enter reception well with the plus version. – are not geostationary. They circle the frequencies for each satellite so that all Price: earth and in order to receive signals from parameters are available when a satel- Satellite Tracker - free them you need to know when exactly lite passes over your place. The plus ver- Satellite Tracker Plus - 1,59€ (1,99 US$) they pass over your region. The app sion also provides the actual footprint for Rating: very good 126 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • two options available when you go about the antenna alignment: You can either switch to map view which comes with arrows (similar to DishPointer Maps) and superimposes the available satellite posi- tions, or you activate the augmented real- ity mode which uses the iPhone camera to create a combination of camera view and Clarke Belt – complete with available sat- ellites. We tried both options and both delivered flawless results which matched those of the ■ 1. Various settings that are available with Satellite Tracker 2. The plus version uses a map to indicate the actual footprint of a selected satellite 31 DishPointer apps. The app also inserts a reticle in addition to the Clarke Belt, which makes it even easier to find the perfect antenna alignment. There are a number of optional settings and all iPhone models are supported. The app even works with the iPod touch, even though there might be some restrictions due to different hard- ware used by Apple. To sum up, the Dish- Loc leaves nothing to be desired. Price: DishLoc - 10,99€ (13,99 US$) Rating: very good Conclusion As you have seen, quite a number of apps deal with satellite antenna installa- tion and alignment. Obviously, this over- view can only provide a snapshot of what is available at a given point in time, as the number of apps increases almost by the2 4 day. Resourceful software developers are DishLoc probably working on even better solu- tions this very moment and – as always – The DishLoc app sports a clever design beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While and easy-to-use interface. It comes with particular features may be an absolute an extensive database of all direct-to- must for some, others will go out of their home satellites, determines the current way to avoid them. We have tried to estab- location by using the iPhone’s integrated lish factual criteria for rating all apps in this GPS receiver and adjusts the list of satel- overview, but we would still urge our read- lites accordingly. We genuinely liked that ers to try out and see for themselves which approach because it just wouldn’t make app they like best. For a rough orientation sense for a German user to be shown sat- have a close look at the screenshots pro- ellite positions such as ECHOSTAR 14 at vided or the information available on the 119° West, for example. Unless you decide iTunes store. to dig a hole through the earth you’ll never have a chance of receiving signals from that position in Germany. 3. Augmented reality view of DishLoc ■ 4. DishLoc only shows those satellites that can As a next step, one or more satellites actually be received at the current location can be selected for detailed analysis. As 5. The blue lines in the DishLoc app indicate soon as the current location is set either the antenna’s position for receiving signals of a manually or determined via GPS all sat- particular satellite. For illustration purposes we ellite entries come with correct azimuth, selected several satellites on this screenshot. elevation and skew values. We found this to be a very convenient feature. There are 5 128 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • DXer REPORT Rainer Schulz and Berndt Rosenberger, Lausitz, GermanyTwo Satellite DIY enthusiastsHave you ever built a satellite receiver yourself? Not manyhave, but Rainer Schulz from the small town of Tröbitz an  Tröbitz (Cottbus)der Lausitz in the East of Germany is one of the very fewwho achieved just that in 1988. And he didn’t stop there:He even built a 1.5m antenna to go with it. It’s no surprisethen that he chose to become self-employed and foundeda small satellite dispatching business which today is run byhis daughter Daniela Knott. ■ There’s no doubt: A house with such huge antenna in the front yard must be occupied by DXers. In case you’re wondering – the antenna can be rotated and therefore receives signals from 31 satellites in an arc from 83° East to 58° West.  The World of Satellite DXers DXers Previous TELE-satellite DXer Reports can be Read Here: World http://www.SatcoDX.net130 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • Rainer Schulz’s company is based in a pretty familyhome that looks just like many others in the Lausitzarea. A huge 3.66m satellite antenna that is sur-rounded by several smaller dishes reveals what’sgoing on inside. In an annex next to the garagevisitors find a small showroom with receiversthat might be interesting for DXers, aboveall. These boxes are equipped with low-threshold tuners and a reliable blind sanmode, both of which are keyfeatures of DX receiv-ers. “This box, forinstance, comeswith an extremelyaccurate signalquality indica-tor,” Rainer Schulzexplains and points to areceiver providing immediatefeedback with regard to chang-ing signal quality. “19% meansthere is stable video, 18% meanssome artefacts will occur and17% means reception is not pos-sible anymore.” Such attention todetail is additional proof of RainerSchulz’s DX credentials. It all started in 1988 when he wasmanager of the measurement andcontrol systems department at a largemanufacturer of agricultural machinery ■ A multi-band antenna rightin Eastern Germany. At the time the Berlin out on top of the showroom:Wall was still in place and there was no way The Ku band LNB in theyou could get your hands on satellite receiv- centre is surrounded by a C band LNB for linearers, LNBs or antennas in what was the German polarisation and a secondDemocratic Republic. Yet, Rainer Schultz was in a C band LNB for circularprivileged position: “I also used to work in customer polarisation. The wholeservice for my employer, which meant I was allowed to system is motor-powered for automatic alignment.■ Meet the boss: Daniela Knott acts as managing director and is seen herein the showroom next to a display cabinet filled with a huge range of multi-switches. “70% of our customers are regular users, while 30% are genuinesatellite DXers. Some 80% of sales are achieved in Germany, with another 10%going to Austria and 5% each to Denmark and the Netherlands,” she says.132 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • undertake business trips to West Ger- many.” There he obtained a tuner, an LNB as well as a wiring diagram and smuggled everything back to East Germany. He used the workshop of his employer to build his first self-made receiver with the compo- nents and information collected in the West. “I even went so far as to build an antenna as well,” he walks down memory lane. “I made a parabolic mould using con- crete in my backyard, laid it out with epox- ide resin and glass-fibre sheet and in the end had a perfectly usable 1.5m dish.” Up to this day Rainer Schulz is proud of his early achievements and even digs up the receiver he made back then from the base- ment. And as if that wasn’t enough, there is even a signal meter around that he also built himself back then. Obviously, his technical knowledge didn’t go unnoticed and so it came about that he built a total of ten receivers himself. “They were sold on for tons of money,” as CATV head-ends, in particular, were interested in satellite receivers and paid up to 6.000 marks per unit. After the Berlin Wall had come down all this was to change dra- matically. Truckloads of satellite equip- ment were sent from West Germany, but also farming equipment from the West all of a sudden was available alongside homegrown products. The transition from centrally planned socialist economy to free market was felt first-hand by Rainer Schulz, as sales of his employer’s company slumped and he was laid off. What he did then was turn his tumbling blocks into stepping stones. “It was the second of July 1990 when my first com- pany ‘Antennen- & Satanlagenbau Rainer Schulz’ opened for business.” In 2000 sat-■ How it all began: Rainer Schulz’s first self-made receiver dating back to 1988. Hesourced individual components such as the tuner and a chipset from West Germany,but all the rest is ‘proudly made in the GDR’.■ Rainer Schulz even built his own meter. Here he shows theoriginal device from 1988.134 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • ■ Berndt Rosenberger has been a satellite DXer forjust as long. Here he considers his options of how toconvert a mast mounting system to make it fit to anactuator. A dish manufacturer has asked Rainer andBerndt to find a solution for that. ■ Another invention: Thanks to a small motor the Ku band LNB can be skewed. On the second picture you can see the component before installation, and the third picture shows the control unit. www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 135
  • ■ This is controlling the LNB,this time for the C band: themotor (red) turns the LNB. Nextpicture shows the control unit. ■ C band reception with only a small antenna? No problem, if you know how and where to mount the LNB. One antenna manufacturer has equipped a 1.2m dish with alternative rods that allows to arrange both the Ku band LNB in the focal point and the C band LNB outside the focal point using a rail system. Even the DiSEqC switch fits in. “At our location this system allows reception of three C band satellites at 40° East, 5° West and 30.5° East,” explains Berndt Rosenberger. ■ A look inside the AVCOM LNB: Only the cross- shaped element in the background is rotated. Depending on the 45° turn either linear or circular signals can be received. shop24 was established as a second string to Rainer Schulze’s bow and in 2004 the registered name was changed to ‘E-Com- merce Schulz & Knott GbR (satshop24.de)’. Berndt Rosenberger used to work for ‘Antennen- & Satanlagenbau R. Schulz’ from 1990 until his retirement. Before that his career had been similar to that of Rainer Schulz. He, too, built his first sat- ellite antenna himself, even though he sourced his first satellite receiver from friends of a friend’s friend – as was the case with so many things in former East Germany. “What I did invent – so to speak – was a rather peculiar way of setting up polar mount antennas,” Berndt Rosen- berger remembers. “We waited for a pitch- black night and then used a tube which we aligned exactly towards the polar star. This meant we had a precise northern align- ment and this is how we then erected the antenna mast.” With Berndt and Rainer in the back- ground the business embarked on a route of steady success. The first few years were immensely successful. “We were able to sell some 500 fully-fledged systems per annum, and we also installed most of them136 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • ■ Another innovation of the two satellite experts: The original LNB rail of this multi-LNB antenna did not have enough space to squeeze in another LNB for reception of HISPASAT at 30° West. But then again, who says you can’t extend the rail? Right, but you have to take into account that an extended rail needs a modified shape. As you can see on the picture what they did was use a piece of empty pipe as dummy LNB and attached the HISPASAT LNB in an upward bend. “While you can’t receive every single transponder, most of them are still available,” Berndt Rosenberger says.ourselves,” they remember the initial days Using the best LNBs, the most suitable customers, with our top-selling productof their cooperation. Starting in 1994 busi- receivers and their own inventions for LNB being the T90 multi-LNB antenna.” Almostness slowed down and they shifted their skewing they managed to receive signals 90% of sales are generated with this prod-focus on cable systems in turn. In 2003 from satellites that are far out of footprint uct alone. “Some 5% of sales are with thethey began experimenting with the C band at their location. 1.2m antenna,” Daniela Knott adds. Con-and installed a 1.2m antenna with two necting rod motors required for rotatingLNBs: One for linear signals and the other In the meantime, they had worked up antenna systems also sell well.for circular signals. a solid reputation in the DXing scene and they still organise a DXer meeting every This product list alone is proof enough Two years later the huge 3.66m antenna year. “Last year a total of 300 DXers from for the fact that special requirements are– purchased from satellite wholesaler all over Germany took part,” Rainer Schulz at the heart of the company’s business.DOEBIS – followed suit. With this new – who is also known as Ponny on the Inter- After all, large dishes as well as multi-equipment they were able to experiment net – remembers. “Some participants LNB antennas are only required by satel-some more and aim for reception under even travelled from Austria, the Nether- lite enthusiasts looking for more than justextreme conditions as well. Of course lands, Poland, the Czech Republic or Hun- your standard fare. For them the companythis also allowed them to gain additional gary to be at our get-together,” he adds. also offers a wide range of accessoriesexpertise. “For C band reception we con- Anyone interested in attending next time such as multi-switches required for simul-structed a special skewing mechanism: should mark 11 June 2011 on their calen- taneous reception of more than one satel-Depending on the reception sample dar. It will be a brilliant chance to have a lite position.either circular or linear polarisation was chat with a top-notch DX professional.received. This way a dielectric was not Rainer Schulz and Berndt Rosenbergerrequired any longer.” Rainer Schulz and Bernd Rosenberger have chosen the right path and turned are no longer involved in the day-to-day they hobby into their profession. They are For Ku band reception they have some management of their business. “I retired rewarded not only with a flourishing busi-innovations in store as well when it comes in 2009 and my son Carsten Schulz took ness, but also with a reputation of beingto extreme reception conditions: “If you over receiver and antenna construction profound DXers willing to help and assistuse a polar mount antenna this is of partic- as well as my share in the company.” anybody who cares to ask. With theirular importance, as polarisations are not Rainer Schulz’s daughter Daniela Knott is annual DXer meetings they spread theiralways set at a precise 90° angle,” Berndt the managing director and reveals some knowledge in the satellite community,Rosenberger explains the reason behind. inside information. “We only sell to end which makes them a valuable asset.138 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 512 Extreme reception in the Lausitz region in the east of Germany With the right equipment – read: huge antenna, excellent LNB,3 extremely low-threshold tuner in the receiver, perfect alignment of the LNB to the focal point – it’s possible to receive channels that are no where near the official footprint of a satellite. 1. Reception of INSAT at 83° East with the 3.66m antenna on the C band. 2. Reception of North Korean channel KCTV on THAICOM at 78.5° East, also with the 3.66m antenna. 3. Common wisdom says this channel cannot be received, but here it is: RSACOM at 2.8° East focuses on Africa, but is available even in eastern Germany with a 3.66m dish. 4. The HD channel of Japanese broadcaster NHK via INTELSAT 9C at 58° West. 5. In order to receive INTELSAT 9C the 3.66m antenna has to be aligned exactly to that position. The extremely low elevation of just 2.7° is most striking. This means the antenna is at an almost upright position and hardly points above the horizon. As layers close to the earth’s surface cause more attenuation this makes for very tricky reception, apart from a myriad of physical obstacles like trees which obstruct a clear view to the satellite.4www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 139
  • CITY REPORT Satellite Reception in Shanghai, ChinaSatellite Dishesin Shanghai  ShanghaiShanghai is a city with apopulation of 20 millionpeople and if you decideto take a walk one dayand look around you’ll findsatellite dishes ranging insize from the newest 35cm Hong Bo, who uses the dishes. “These are used toDTH antennas to all the nickname Homeboy in uplink Shanghai’s local TVway up to extremely large the Internet, first took us channels to CHINASAT 6 at southwest about 20 km 115° east”, explains Hong20-meter monstrosities. But from downtown Shang- Bo.let’s not forget that officially hai. The immense satel- lite antennas of Shanghai’s Using Shanghai’s ele-satellite dishes are prohibited Xinzhuang satellite station vated roadways that atin China. Hong Bo, born are located right next to many intersections tend to the RT market shopping be stacked on top of eachand raised in Shanghai and center. “Former US Presi- other, we continued ouralso an enthusiastic HDTV dent Richard Nixon brought tour with a stop at one ofsatellite fan, took us on a those two 20-meter China’s most modern and dishes with him in 1972”, sophisticated walled-in res-small tour of Shanghai’s explained Hong Bo who idential areas: Mandarineworld of satellite antennas. then confirmed that these City in western Shanghai. two antennas are used by the Chinese military. Wang Yinchung is the technician in charge of the But a number of smaller TV system and, not sur- dish antennas are located prisingly, is also a satellite■ Xinzhuang Satellite Station’s alongside the two large DXer. In his case he man-two 20-meter monster dishes inShanghai, China.140 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • aged to turn his hobby into the elevator control room. satellite installers that isfied customer will tell hishis profession! Using original receivers theoretically doesn’t exist friend and that person will from Japan and Korea (pro- yet is responsible for the tell another, and so on.” Wang Yinchung explains vider: Skylife), he takes all endless number of satelliteto us, “This residential of the desired channels and dishes that are installed We asked Hang Hao howcomplex is made up of routes them into the cable on balconies and walls for he managed to get into thisabout 50 apartment build- system of the apartment renters and apartment business: „I installed myings and houses roughly complex. occupants. own first dish back in 2000.1500 families.” Many of Back then it was a 60cmthem are from Japan and This, of course, begs the But how do these people antenna for APSTAR 2AKorea and naturally they question, what can an indi- know who to contact if reception at 76.5° east.”want to be able to see TV vidual person do if they they want a dish installed?from home. Wang Yinchung want to install a satellite You won’t find an ad for an In the meantime, Hangerected a collection of sat- system? installer in any magazine or Hao has become a full timeellite antennas on top of newspaper or even in the installer. “I install aboutone of the apartment build- Our satellite guide Hong Internet. “That all hap- 100 systems every month,ings and installed all of the Bo referred us to Hang pens by word of mouth”, that is, dish, LNB, receiverdistribution components in Hao. He is one of those explains Hang Hao, “A sat- and mounting assembly.” ■ The uplink dishes for Shanghai’s local TV channels can be seen from the shopping mall’s parking lot.142 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • ■ Mandarine City’sEntrance gate He tells us that 90% the Baoshan Metro station of his customers opt for of lines 3 and 4”, adds our 60cm antennas while the satellite guide Hong Bo. remaining 10% choose 100 cm dishes. “AGILA is So naturally our next the favorite for my mostly stop takes us to this foreign customers since market. Here in a maze of mostly English-language streets and shops where channels can be found you’ll find numerous visi- there”, says Hang Hao. tors walking among an uncounted number of If there aren’t any shops shops, it didn’t take long around where you can get for us to find one that was satellite products, how selling satellite dishes. In does Hang Hao get his this case it was the small hands on the materials he 35cm antennas for receiv- needs? He tells us that he ing the Chinese DTH sat- buys them directly from ellites. We also found the manufacturers that are different receiver brands for the most part in Shen- in another shop. Seek and zhen in China‘s south. But yee shall find what you’re this only works for those looking for in Shanghai; who buy in large quantities you can either have your like Hang Hao. system installed by a pro- fessional like Hang Hao or There’s another source you can choose to install when smaller quantities it yourself. You just have are involved: “That would to find all the necessary be the Electronic Market hardware in Shanghai’s on Qinyiang Road right by Electronic Market. www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 143
  • ■ TV technician Wang Yinchung on the roof of one of the apartment buildings in Mandarine City. The large 3.2-meter dish that Wang Yinchung is standing next to receives the Japanese channels on BSAT at 110° east. To the right is a 1.8-meter dish for the reception of Skylife on KOREASAT 3. To the left is a 1.8-meter offset antenna pointed at ASIASAT at 105° east. Two smaller 1.5-meter offset antennas are used for reception of KOREASAT 5 at 113° east and for the vertical polarization of KOREASAT 3 at 116° east. A one-meter antenna is pointed to AGILA 2 at 146° east and a 1.5-meter prime focus dish all the way to the left is aligned to INTELSAT 8 at 166° west where channels like BBC World and NHK World can be found. ■ Wang Yinchung has quite a view of the Mandarine City apartment■ TV Technician Wang Yinchung set up the receivers and cable complex from the roof of one of modulators in the elevator control room. He keeps an eye on reception the buildings where all the satellite quality with the test TVs. antennas are installed. The complex even comes with its own swimming pool!144 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • ■ Our Shanghai satellite guide Hong Bo seen here in the middle of the bustling Electronic Market. A shop selling satellite dishes can be seen in the background. “The people that come here are those that can’t spend a lot of money or simply don’t want to”, says Hong Bo, “those who can afford it will have their satellite system installed professionally by someone like Hang Hao.” ■ At the Electronic Market in Shanghai: a complete satellite system that includes a small 35cm dish, an LNB, receiver and cable costs about 150 RMB here or about 15 Euros. ■ Who gets to count all the satellite dishes mounted on the walls? A few of them were installed by Hang Hao.■ The employees in this shop are justabout to connect a satellite dish todemonstrate it to a customer. Naturally,shops that sell satellite dishes can befound on the side of streets from whichsatellites can also be located from insidethe shop. www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 145
  • NEWS HDTV & 3D Programmes Edited by Branislav PekicEUROPE service, providing NovaBox HD, an HD Zapper and a dual channel HD PVR. The launch repre- UNITED KINGDOM sents the first step in Nova’s transition to HDTV. ITV TO LAUNCH HD VERSIONGERMANY OF CHANNELS BSKYB IRELAND ITV has confirmed that it will move back intoASTRA AND DVB BACK 3D TV STANDARDS SETANTA IRELAND TO LAUNCH pay TV - with HD versions of its three digitalDVB has set technical standards for the first networks, ITV2, 3 and 4 all being made avail- HD CHANNEL IN JANUARY able on BSkyB this fall and winter.generation of 3D TV broadcasts. The DVB 3D-TV Setanta Ireland plans to be the first Irish channelstandard will apply to set-top boxes and TVs with to broadcast in HD when it launches a servicebuilt-in tuners so that broadcasters can transmit HDTV OWNERS TWICE AS next January. The HD channel will initially be3D channels reliably. Its part of a new set of DVB LIKELY TO BUY 3DTV SET available to customers on UPC’s cable TVlogos designed to help consumers identify the right Owners of HDTV sets are more than twice as platform with a service for satellite subscribers toproducts for new services, including DVB-T2 and likely to buy a 3D TV within the next year as be launched later. Setanta will be the only IrishDVB-IPTV. Backed by major European broadcast- those without an HD set, according to a survey broadcaster to have all 48 games at the 2011ers and satellite operator SES-Astra, DVB-3D of 700 U.K. consumers from Strategy Analyt- Rugby World Cup in HD, but will also provide HDdefines frame compatible 3D broadcasts. ics. However, just 13 percent of HDTV owners coverage of the Premier League, the FA Cup, the said they were “somewhat likely” or “very likely” Champions League and the Europa League.BELGIUM to buy a 3DTV set in the coming twelve months. ITALYMOBISTAR LAUNCHES HYBRID ARQIVA SELECTS THOMSONPACKAGE VIA ASTRA MEDIASET LAUNCHES 3D MOVIES BROADCAST FOR DVB-TV ROLLOUTMobistar has launched a new Mobistar TV offer that Arqiva has selected Thomson Broadcast for the Mediaset launched a 3D movie service in October,includes digital and HDTV channels received from high-power sites of its new DVB-T2 network for offering first view movies such as “Harry Potter andthe Astra satellites. The satellite TV offer, including terrestrial HD services. Thomson Broadcast is the Deathly Hallows”, “Despicable Me”, “LegendFlemish national channels and a wide range of deploying, from 2010 to 2012, 16 high-power DCX of the Guardians” as well as recent movies likeEuropean free-to-air channels, is integrated into a Paragon MSDC-IOT transmitters with an output “The Hole”, “Final Destination”, “Call of the Wild”fully-hybrid DSL/DTH solution, combining telephone power up to 20 kW. The first on-air installation is set and “Clash of the Titans”. To enjoy the service,and internet with TV and also including interactive for later this year. As a long-time supplier to Arqiva, customers need special glasses, a 3D TV setservices such as catch-up TV, VOD and PVR. and a Premium On Demand HD decoder. Thomson Broadcast is also upgrading the four already installed DVB-T DCX Paragon transmittersGERMANY POLAND with new high-performance DVB-T2 Sirius exciters.SKY DEUTCHLAND LAUNCHES PORTUGAL VIRGIN LAUNCHES 3D VOD SERVICE3D TV CHANNEL Virgin Media has become the first UK TV com-Sky Deutschland launched its first 3-D chan- SPORT TV LAUNCHES HD CHANNEL pany to offer a digital 3D service for domesticnel in October. The current strategy is to target WITH PREMIER LEAGUE customers. The cable company launched itshigh-end users, the early adapters willing to SportTV has launched the Sport TV Liga Inglesa, 3D Movies On Demand service, which allowspay a premium for HD and 3-D. The new 3-D a channel exclusively dedicated to the English all customers with a 3D-ready set-top box -offering will initially only be available via satel- Premier League. Besides the 380 games that around 1.2 million households - to access alite and for subscribers who receive Sky via the make up the competition, the broadcasts also range of movies and some TV programs. Theregional Kabel BW network. But the service will include more than 400 abstracts of classic chal- service is being provided by FilmFlex, the IPTVbe available free to all Sky HD subscribers -- in lenges of this competition, studio programs, joint venture between Sony and Disney.Germany and Austria -- by the end of the year. two daily newscasts, spaces for fans and a total of 50 hours per week of live transmissions. SKY LAUNCHES EUROPE’SZDF SAYS 3D TOO COMPLEX AND COSTLY FIRST 3D TV CHANNELZDF has echoed the BBCs caution about 3D RUSSIA Europes first dedicated 3D television channelTV, saying its too costly and complex. Accord- has launched in the UK. Sky 3D broadcasts foring to Markus Schachter, general director of ZDF, RUSSIA GETS FIRST 3D TV CHANNEL 14 hours every day and shows a selection ofthe production is up to 60 per cent more expen- Russias first 3-D TV channel was launched in programmes including Premier League football,sive, for the transmission additional channels October by NTV Plus in cooperation with Pana- and films. A monthly subscription fee is GBP 61or transponders are necessary and as long as sonic. During the first year, the investment in the with the cost of an average 3D television aroundspecial glasses are required is will be hard for 3D channel is to be just above USD 3 million. The new £2,000. Subscribers who pay for the top Sky Worldto establish itself as part of a day-by-day media. channel is to originally focus on sports, particularly HD package will be able to get the service free. on football, from reruns of FIFA 2010 matches toDEUTSCHE TELEKOM OFFERS 3D TV live broadcasts of national championships and TRAVEL CHANNEL TO LAUNCHDeutsche Telekom has launched a 3D TV offering Champion League games. Gradually, movies IN HD THIS YEARas part of its VOD platform. The new service is and entertainment programs are to be added. A HD variant of the Travel Channel could beavailable immediately to subscribers of Deutsche launched in the UK in the near future. However,Telekoms IPTV Entertain package. Customers SCANDINAVIA viewers in other parts of Europe will have thecan call up a variety of content via Videoload, the opportunity to watch Travel Channel HD beforeplatforms online video store, which offers round- BOXER OPTS FOR SOFTATHOME UK viewers, as the service is set to launch in thethe-clock access to 3D movie highlights from the Boxer TV Access has selected the SoftAtHome Czech Republic on November 15, via the Astralikes of Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Television. Operating Platform to power its next generation TV 23.5°E satellite.Also available will be Discovery Channel program- offering including HDTV over DVB-T2 in combina-ming, erotic content and past sporting events. tion with On Demand services over Internet. The BSKYB TO LAUNCH SKY ATLANTIC two companies will collaborate to bring to market BSkyB is to launch a new subscription channel,GREECE a next generation terrestrial offering and to enable Sky Atlantic, which will be home to US imports the development of innovative features for Nordic including Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Treme.NOVA CHOOSES PACE HD PLATFORM subscribers. SoftAtHome provides an open, The new high definition service will launch earlyPace has been selected as the HD PVR delivery ubiquitous and carrier class software platform that next year. Sky Atlantic will be available to subscrib-partner for Nova. Its HD satellite platform will sup- enables Service Providers to create innovative ers as part of Skys Variety Pack of channels,port the launch of Nova’s first nationwide HDTV and convergent applications for the Digital Home. which costs £19 a month. Sky Atlantic will have148 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • NEWS HDTV & 3D Programmesthe UK TV premieres of HBO shows includingMartin Scorseses critically lauded prohibition with an exclusive, expanded programming line- up of the most popular anime titles available. ASIA & PACIFICera drama Boardwalk Empire and The Wireco-creator David Simons new show, Treme. TIME WARNER LAUNCHES HDTV INDIA SERVICE FOR HOTELS New York - Hotels throughout Upstate New York DISCOVERY TO LAUNCH 3D CHANNEL IN INDIANORTH AMERICA and New England now have a more cost-effective Discovery Networks Asia Pacific (DNAP) is set to way to deliver their guests HDTV programming, launch five new pay-TV networks in India, includ-UNITED STATES thanks to the launch of a new product from Time ing Discovery 3D and Investigation Discovery. Warner Cable Business Class (TWCBC). The According to local reports, the broadcaster hasDISH NETWORK ADDS AMC HD company is now offering HD Video for Hospital- applied for a licence to launch five more channelsDish Network has launched the HD version of ity, a dedicated service that enables hotels to in the country: Discovery Kids, Military Channel,cable network AMC. The channel features hit offer in-room HD without having to purchase, Discovery Home And Health, as well as ID andseries Mad Men, as well as programmes such as install and maintain separate equipment within the the aforementioned 3D network, early next year.Rubicon and Breaking Bad. It is free to Americas hotel. HD Video for Hospitality offers customers a dedicated feed of 60 HD channels over TimeTop 200 and DishLatino Dos HD subscribers. COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN HD Warner Cable’s high-speed, fibre-optic network. The Commonwealth Games (CWG) are likely3D TV ACCOUNTS FOR 2.5% OF TV SALES to spur the growth of HDTV in India, as Doord-3-D TV so far has a small slice of the overall market, arshan (DD) brought the event in high qualityaccounting for about 2.5 percent of new TV sales in LATIN AMERICA digital format with cameras on land, in waterthe United States in the last quarter, according to a and from helicopters. A new channel - DDsurvey by the market researcher iSuppli. According BRAZIL HD – broadcast the event in HD format.to the research, 83 percent of survey respondentswho bought 3-D TVs were professed early adopters BRAZIL REACHES 581.000 INDONESIA— people who like to own the latest technology — HDTV SUBSCRIBERSand half of them had annual household incomes of At the end of July, Brazil had 581.000 subscribers to FIRST MEDIA BRINGS HDTV TO INDONESIAUSD 100.000 or more. A survey by Frank N. Magid pay-TV HD channels, representing 7 percent of the First Media has become the first local pay-TVAssociates shows that a quarter of consumers plan total 8.4 million pay-TV base. In 2008, when the ser- provider to offer HD programming. After a trialto buy a 3-D-enabled set in the next 12 months. vice was launched in the country, this percentage run for 500 subscribers in August, the company was only 0.3%. Meanwhile, two leading operators, decided to permanently include two HD channels,FUNIMATION GOES HD Net and TVA, have launched new HD channels. HBO and ESPN, in its cable package. The newFUNimation Channel has launched a HD feed Net has added ESPN HD, TLC HD, Megapix HD, service requires the use of an HD-compatiblebroadcast in true HD along with new branding TNT HD, Space HD, VH1 HD, NatGeo Wild HD and TV set and a set-top box, rented to subscrib-across its HD and SD platforms in conjunction Max HD, while TVA is providing NatGeo Wild HD. ers for an extra Rp 100,000 ($11) a month. The150 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • company’s goal is to have 1,000 of its subscrib- TECHNICOLOR SUPPLIES HD. The company also introduced documen-ers pick up the HD service by the end of the HD BOXES TO ASTRO tary channels BBC Knowledge HD and Natyear and have 5,000 subscribers for the new Already an established supplier of MPEG-2 and Geo Wild HD to its line-up. These additionsoffering within the first quarter of next year. have taken its total number of HD channels to MPEG-4 set-top boxes for standard definition 20. Foxtel 3D will carry sports from ESPN and broadcasting, Technicolor will now supply HDJAPAN MPEG-4 STBs with local recording capability to Fox Sports, plus movies and documentaries. support Astro’s move to offer more technology-SKY PERFECTV LAUNCHES adapting services and products to its close to 3 mil-FIRST 3D CHANNEL lion and growing customer base. The innovative HD WORLDSKY Perfect JSAT launched channel Sukachan enabled STB to be supplied by Technicolor includes3D169, Japans first dedicated 3D channel, the ability to record to an external disk or disks. TOSHIBA TO LAUNCH FIRST 3Dwhose line-up to date has included pop con- TV WITHOUT GLASSEScerts, World Cup soccer matches and baseball Toshiba plans to market the world’s first 3D televi-games featuring the immensely popular YomiuriGiants. Sukachans programming is viewable AUSTRALIA & OCEANIA sion that does not need special glasses later this year, according to a report in the Yomiuri Shimbun.with special glasses on 3D-ready televisions. Toshiba will unveil three models of the television,Yet sales for those systems have been anything AUSTRALIA which will cost several thousand dollars, beforebut spectacular. Business newspaper Nikkei Christmas. The company has developed a newreported earlier this month that Sonys Bravia ABC AND ERICSSON BRING system that emits a number of rays of light with vari-40-inch and Panasonics Viera 50-inch models, HDTV TO AUSTRALIA ous angles from the screen so that viewers can seewhich retail for between 30% and 50% more Under-served regional Australians are set to stereoscopic images without glasses, the daily said.than comparable 2D systems, have seen a 20% receive digital free-to-air TV via satellite under adrop in prices since their debuts in the spring. five-year deal between Ericsson and ABC. The BBC, NHK TEST SUPER HI-VISION TV Federal Government has invested some AUS The BBC has sent a Super Hi-Vision TV broadcastMALAYSIA 160 million into satellite services that will provide of a band gig to Japanese public broadcaster NHK free-to-air TV to 247,000 blacked-out households. in a successful transmission test of the experi-AXN BEYOND HD LAUNCHES IN MALAYSIA Satellite TV will be delivered using Ericssons mental digital video format. The Super Hi-VisionAXN channels sci-fi and mystery spin-off AXN latest video compression technology, which the TV signal has a higher resolution than the currentBeyond has launched in Malaysia on HD plat- vendor claims will help the ABC expand the reach generation of HD plasma displays. Super Hi-Visionform Astro B.yond. This move completes the of its HD and SD digital TV programming. TV can generate a 7680 by 4320 pixel signal,networks footprint in Southeast Asia, follow- which no TV can show yet. The highest resolu-ing previous carriage deals inked in Singapore, FOXTEL ADDS 3D, HD CHANNELS tion that current HD displays can show, 1920 byIndonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Astro Foxtel has launched a series of new channels in 1080 pixels, is only one quarter of the resolutionB.yond already carries AXN HD, ESPN HD, November, including four in HD and one 3D-only of Super Hi-Vision. The BBC is planning to useNational Geographic Channel HD, History HD, channel. They include Speed and Speed HD, the technology in capturing the 2012 Olympics inFX HD and HBO HD, plus Chinese channels three MTV channels including MTV Hits and London and showing the video on test screens.Astro Zhi Zun HD and Astro Supersport HD. concert channels MTVN Live and MTVN Live NHK plans to broadcast in Super Hi-Vision by 2020. www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 151
  • NEWS IPTV & Cable Edited by Branislav PekicEUROPE The “Basic Extra” substitutes the “Basic” pack- FREE TO ADD FOUR 3DTV age and includes 12 new TV channels. CHANNELS TO IPTV SERVICE Free, which counts 3.55 million subscribers to its FINLAND IPTV Freebox service, said it plans to launch fourBOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 3D channels and two VOD channels across its MAXISAT OPTS FOR DREAMPARK ADSL and FTTH network. Two channels, NRJ12BH TELECOM WITH 7,000 MIDDLEWARE SOLUTION 3D and Wildearth 3D will be included in the basicUSERS OF IPTV SERVICE Maxisat has opted for the front-end middleware package with Brava 3D and Penthouse 3D beingFour months after launch, BH Telecom has solution from Dreampark, based on the Dream- offered as premium content later in 2011. Themanaged to sign up 7,000 users for its IPTV gallery Next Generation TV experience. Maxisat VOD services, FHV and Marc Dorcel, shouldservice, Moja TV. The triple-play platform uni- is the first operator in Finland offering TV and launch by the end of this year. Freebox currentlyfies the broadband internet, TV and telephony OTT services using a scalable vector graph- provides more than 400 channels, including 170services and includes numerous foreign and in its basic package and 28 HD channels.local TV channels, including the Discovery ics (SVG) client allowing for HD user interfaces.Channel, Animal Planet, FOX Life, FOX Crime, The front-end solution includes a TV portal and the Dreamgallery portal generator, a WYSIWYG THE NETHERLANDSTV1000, Discovery Travel and Living. editor used for administrating the TV portal. KPN EXTENDS SERVICES CONTRACTCROATIA WITH NOKIA SIEMENS FRANCE KPN is broadening and extending its iTV ser-T-COM INTRODUCES NEW vices contract with Nokia Siemens NetworksMAXTV PACKAGES ORANGE SELECTS DTS TECHNOLOGY to bring new TV viewing experiences to itsT-Com’s MAXtv has introduced two new pay-TV FOR IPTV SERVICE customers. Nokia Siemens Networks is provid-packages: “Basic Extra” and “Sports”. The sports Orange has signed an agreement with DTS to ing KPN with a complete next-generation iTVpackage includes 11 sports channels such as enhance the consumer experience by adding solution that will enable it to offer high-qualityArena 1, Arena 2, Sport Klub, ESPN America, the most compelling and immersive audio TV service with advanced capabilities, includingESPN Classic, Golf Channel, Extreme, Fish- experience possible, as HD and 3D have done HDTV, VOD, and “timeshift” TV viewing (paus-ing & Hunting, Yacht & Sail and Motors TV. on the video side, on its IPTV service. ing, recording or rewinding of live TV programs).
  • PORTUGAL TURKEY NORTH AMERICAVODAFONE PORTUGAL ADDS 6 TTNET AND MOTOROLA CANADACHANNELS TO IPTV SERVICE LAUNCH NEW IPTV STBVodafone Portugal has expanded its TV ser- Motorola has started the first commercial deploy- BELL LAUNCHES IPTV SERVICEvice, “Casa TV”, with nine new channels: ment of its VIP1002E/F Series IPTV set-top with Bell Canada has officially launched its new IPTVTVI24 (information); KidsCo (kids), Economic TTNet in Turkey. The VIP1002E/F will offer TTNet’s service Fibe TV, offering premium content (includ-TV HD and SD TV (economic news), Yes Italia customers next-generation services such as ing HD titles), interactive features and whole home(travel), JimJam (children), The Food Network pausing live TV, a feature normally found on higher PVR capabilities. The new service is initially being(cuisine) and Brava HDTV (music), all included specification digital video recorder (DVR) set-tops. made available in select neighbourhoods in Torontoin the basic Pack TV. Also, the Sport TV Eng- and Montréal, delivered over the fibre-basedlish League (football) has been included in the UNITED KINGDOM network and powered by the Microsoft MediaroomPack Sport TV HD at no additional cost. middleware platform. Fibe TV is expected to be PROJECT CANVAS TO LAUNCH available to 5 million Canadian households by theRUSSIA YOUVIEW IN 2011 end of 2015. At launch, the service offers over 100 YouView TV, formerly Project Canvas, is a joint-ven- HD channels, as well as more than 70 interna-VIMPELCOM SIGNS VOD DEAL ture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT, TalkTalk, tional channels and over 20 thematic packages.WITH WARNER BROS Arqiva and Channel 5. It will launch subscription-VimpelCom has signed a long-term agreement free set-top boxes in 2011, giving customers catch- MTS TV SERVICE ENABLES WATCHINGwith Warner Brothers Digital Distribution under up programming from the previous seven days, OF MULTIPLE CHANNELSwhich the latter’s content will be added to the plus on-demand services and interactive functions. MTS TV has added two new services which allowVOD library of its IPTV service Beeline TV. The The boxes will include a PVR so viewers can pause Ultimate TV subscribers the ability to watch multiplecontent deal includes recent movies such as and record series. The YouView partners hope it channels simultaneously. Ultimate Picks lets TV“Clash of the Titans” and “Valentine’s Day”, with will create an open standard platform for UK online viewers watch up to six channels from a predeter-rental costing RUB 75 (US$ 2.45), and older films services like the BBC iPlayer and 4 on-Demand. mined number of popular channels while My Pickssuch as “The Matrix”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Harry allows customers to customize up to five of theirPotter” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. BBC CLAIMS IPTV COULD PUSH own picks. MTS expects My Picks to be especially UP BROADBAND PRICES attractive to football fans, which will be able to trackVOLGA TELECOM TO INCREASE Broadband prices in the UK could be driven up if of six NFL Sunday Ticket games at once (the fiveFTTH CAPACITY IN SAMARA IPTV catches on, according to the director general games selected plus the one you’re watching) with-VolgaTelecom has announced plans to expand of the BBC, Mark Thompson. He admitted that the out having to flip back and forth through channels.its FTTB network in the Samara region to prevalence of IPTV may result in consumers paying100,000 broadband ports by the end of the more for their broadband. However, Thompson UNITED STATESyear. The operator has already deployed insisted there may be some advantages to any price65,000 access ports in Samara, Tolyatti, hikes, as they could encourage internet service pro- INTERNET BASED HDTV SERVICE LAUNCHEDSyzran, Novokuybyshevsk and other locations. viders such as Sky and Virgin Media to invest more FilmOn.com Founder and Chairman, Alki David,VolgaTelecom has also confirmed that it has in the UK’s broadband networks. This would enable has launched its Virtual Cable Website, which isstarted testing its IPTV services in the region. the infrastructure to cope better with the high band- going to offer the U.S. consumers a revolutionary width and speed requirements of IPTV services. way to watch HDTV on the PC or mobile device. www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 153
  • NEWS HDTV & 3D ProgrammesThe service includes over 30 premium free to air a partnership with Saraiva, which has its own also looking towards new technologies like VOD,television channels and premium international virtual video store, for a period of 24 or 48 hours. 3D TV, IPTV and new platforms for increasing theSatellite channels, including CBS, ABC, NBC, subscriber growth and generating greater revenues.KCAL, FOX, KTLA, Russia Today, BBC News, RAI CHILESports, Dubai Sports, TVE Spain, Scuzz, Flaunt CHINAand many more. Packages also include premium TELEFONICA CHILE TO INVESTFilmOn movie channels and FilmOn pay-per-view. USD 2 billion in FTTH NEULION ACQUIRES TRANSVIDEO Telefónica Chile has revealed that it plans to NeuLion has closed the previously announcedU-VERSE CUSTOMERS GET 4 invest US$ 2.5 billion over the next four years acquisition of all of the issued and outstandingSIMOULTANEOUS HD STREAMS in rolling out a nationwide FTTH network which shares of TransVideo International, in exchange forAT&T has started rolling out a new enhance- will cover over 700,000 homes. The first phase 22,000,802 common shares of the China’s largestment to its U-verse IPTV service that that lets of the project will take place in the Biobío region IPTV technology providers and a manufacturer ofcustomers watch up to four HD shows at one with the connection of more than 50,000 homes, set top boxes. The former TransVideo shareholderstime and also gives most U-verse TV custom- including the region’s main cities such as Talca- currently own approximately 14% of the Company.ers the ability to record three HD shows and one huano, Los Ángeles, Chillán and the regional TransVideo has numerous customer relationshipsSD show at the same time with their Total Home capital, of Concepción. Preparations are also at with clients CCTV, various provincial governmentsDVR--a feature not offered by other TV provid- an advanced stage for the delivery of IPTV. in China and the Chinese Ministry of Sports.ers. The provider said the product is rolling outon a market-by-market basis to new and exist- UTSTARCOM WINS SICHUAN CONTRACT UTStarcom was awarded the contract for Sichuaning customers over the next several months. ASIA & PACIFIC Radio and TV’s Integrated IPTV Broadcasting Con- trol Platform Project through a rigorous competitive IPTV AND 3D TV TO BOOST bidding process. Initiated by Sichuan Radio andLATIN AMERICA PAY-TV OPERATIONS TV in early August of 2010, the project is China’s As per the 2010 Asia-Pacific pay-TV operators first network integration project for pilot cities.BRAZIL survey, Asia’s pay-TV industry players believe UTStarcom will provide it with a package solution that new technologies like the IPTV and 3D TV which includes software and infrastructure develop-TELEFONICA INTRODUCES provide the greatest untapped opportunity. The ment and content delivery network (CDN) support.ONVIDEO SERVICE 2010 Asia-Pacific pay-TV operators survey isTelefonica Brasil has launched its VOD service, jointly produced by Global Intelligence Alliance KUWAITOnVideo, enabling users to watch movies, TV (GIA) along with ContentAsia. Some 35 pay-TVseries and documentaries, as well as other content operators and platforms across 14 countries in OCCAM NETWORKS PROVIDESsuch as YouTube, weather, news and horoscopes. the Asia Pacific region were polled for the survey. IPTV FOR KUWAIT RESORTTo access these resources, customers must They said that more than 50% of Asian pay TV Occam Networks is supplying multi-servicepurchase a converter and connect it to the TV. operators have now started offering HD. The access platform (MSAP) solutions based onMore than 2,000 videos are available thanks to operators also mentioned that industry players are pure packet technologies, as part of a major
  • refurbishment of a prestigious resort in Kuwait.Khiran Resort, located 120km from Kuwait West Bay Doha. The HD channels will be delivered over the fibre-based network and the first to be AUSTRALIA & OCEANIACity, will deploy Occam’s GPON solution for a offered will be Al Kass Sports HD, Luxe HD,phased renovation of the resort’s chalets. Dream HD, and Dubai Sports HD. These will be AUSTRALIA joined shortly afterwards by a range of additionalMALAYSIA HD channels, including AD Sports 3 HD to AD FOXTEL LAUNCHES IPTV SERVICE Sports 8 HD available with the AD Sports Barclays Foxtel has announced its first IPTV service via theTELEKOM MALAYSIA SELECTS PIXEL Premier League subscription. The new HD chan- iQ2, which enables customers to download TVPOWER FOR IPTV ROLLOUT nels will be available for free until the end of 2010. and movies through the box’s Ethernet connec-Telekom Malaysia has selected branding and tion. The new service supplements the existingmaster control technology from Pixel Power for SINGAPORE Foxtel iQ2 On Demand service and now offersits rollout of IPTV services over the country’s hundreds of extra movies and up to a thousand TVnew High Speed Broadband (HSBB) network, SINGAPORE RECOMMENDS shows. TV shows are available for AU$2.95 eachwhich commenced last March. Pixel Power is OPEN IPTV STANDARDS downloaded movies are now available in a separatereported to have been contracted to supply three Singapore’s Project NIMS (Next Generation Movie Library On Demand for AU$3.95 each.BrandMasters, which combine master control and Interactive Multimedia, Applications and Services)graphics technology, and four LogoVision devices, have recommended that the open IPTV standardswhich are dedicated to branding and playout. The developed by the DVB consortium be used for TELSTRA TRIALS WIDEVINEtechnology is being installed in a new play out the fulfilment of its common featured set-top box IPTV TECHNOLOGYcentre in Cyberjaya, south of Kuala Lumpur. functional requirements. The recommendation Telstra recently started trialling Widevine’s IPTV is attributed to the DVB IPTV standards’ sup- technology which when fully implemented will allowASTRO LAUNCHES IPTV TRIALS port of automatic connection to and configura- Telstra to deliver Full HD moves and 3D content asAstro is trialling an IPTV service in the township tion of a set-top box connected to an IP network part of their BigPond Movie offering. The Widevineof Mont Kiara, using Time dotCom’s fibre-based for necessary service discovery and selection, technology allows consumers to access live, HDhigh-speed network, according to “TheStar”. as well as their ability to provide secure con- entertainment over the Internet. The premiumThe company has reportedly been trialling IPTV tent protection and a middleware environment broadcast content can be viewed over both IPTVsince July with around 100 users, and is believed for the provision of a rich interactive service. enabled TV’s PC’s and Tablets and mobile devices.to be hoping to counter the launch by TelekomMalaysia of its own IPTV service earlier this year, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ADAM INTERNET OFFERS FETCHTVdelivered over the country’s new High Speed Adam Internet has become the ISP to offer theBroadband Network. Trial users are able to DU TV TO OFFER MBC ON DEMAND IPTV service FetchTV to its subscribers. Thewatch all of Astro’s programmes in HD quality. du has signed an agreement with MBC, under ISP has initiated trials with selected customers, which a selection of the broadcaster’s contentQATAR will be added to the on-demand library of the who will be able to receive on-demand movies operator’s IPTV services du TV and du TV+. and TV shows, as well as linear subscriptionQTEL PROVIDES FREE HD The agreement was facilitated by On Demand channels and all available free-to-air channels,CHANNELS ON IPTV Group, which was contracted by du to fully with the service costing less than AUD 30 (US$Qtel is running a pilot project under which it will manage its VOD offering, with hundreds of 29) per month. Adam Internet has become themake HD channels available for free on its IPTV hours of content covered by the agreement. third Australian ISP to partner with FetchTV,service Mozaic TV+ at Lagoon Plaza Towers in following in the steps of iiNet and Internode. www.TELE-satellite.com — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 155
  • INTELSAT 10-02 - Europe, Middle East, North India ◄ 359.2 East (000.8 West) C-Band: INTELSAT 10-02 - Europe, Africa, South East Asia ◄ 359.2 East (000.8 West) THOR 5, 6 - Europe ◄ 359.2 East (000.8 West) AMOS 2, 3 - Europe, Middle East ◄ 356.0 East (004.0 West) THOR 3 - Europe ◄ 356.0 East (004.0 West) ATLANTIC BIRD 3 - Europe ◄ 355.0 East (005.0 West) C-Band: ATLANTIC BIRD 3 - Africa, Europe, Middle America ◄ 355.0 East (005.0 West) NILESAT 101, 102, ATLANTIC BIRD 4A - Middle East ◄ 353.0 East (007.0 West) C-Band: TELECOM 2D - Europe ◄ 352.0 East (008.0 West) ATLANTIC BIRD 2 - Europe, America, Middle East ◄ 352.0 East (008.0 West) EXPRESS AM44 - Middle East ◄ 349.0 East (011.0 West) C-Band: EXPRESS AM44 - Europe, North Africa, Middle East ◄ 349.0 East (011.0 West) ATLANTIC BIRD 1 - Europe, America ◄ 347.5 East (012.5 West) C-Band: EXPRESS A4 - Europe ◄ 346.0 East (014.0 West) TELSTAR 12 - Europe, South Africa, Am. ◄ 345.0 East (015.0 West) INTELSAT 901 - Europe, Middle East ◄ 342.0 East (018.0 West) C-Band: INTELSAT 901 - 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America ◄ 231.0 East (129.0 West) C-Band: AMC 11 - North America ◄ 229.0 East (131.0 West) C-Band: GALAXY 12 - North America ◄ 227.0 East (133.0 West)TELE GLOBAL C-Band: AMC 10 - North America ◄ 225.0 East (135.0 West) C-Band: AMC 7 - North America ◄ 223.0 East (137.0 West) DIGITAL TVsatellite MAGAZINE C-Band: AMC 8 - North America ◄ 221.0 East (139.0 West)
  • 002.0 East ► ASTRA 1C - Europe 002.8 East ► C-Band: Rascom QAF 1 - Africa 004.0 East ► EUROBIRD 4A - Europe, Asia 004.8 East ► ASTRA 4A, 1E - Europe 007.0 East ► EUTELSAT W3A - Europe, Africa 009.0 East ► EUROBIRD 9A - Europe 010.0 East ► EUTELSAT W2A - Europe 010.0 East ► C-Band: EUTELSAT W2A - Global 013.0 East ► HOTBIRD 6,8,9 - Europe, Middle East 015.8 East ► EUTELSAT W2M - Europe, Madagascar 015.8 East ► EUROBIRD 16 - Europe, Madagascar 015.8 East ► EUTELSAT SESAT 1 - Europe 017.0 East ► Amos 5I - North Africa, Middle East 017.0 East ► C-Band: Amos 5I - Africa, Middle East 019.2 East ► ASTRA 1H,1KR,1L,1M - Europe 020.0 East ► C-Band: ARABSAT 2B - Africa, Middle East 021.6 East ► EUTELSAT W6 - Europe, Asia, West Africa 023.5 East ► ASTRA 3A,3B - Europe 025.5 East ► EUROBIRD 2 - Europe, Asia 026.0 East ► BADR 4,5,6 - North Africa, Middle East 028.2 East ► EUROBIRD 1 - Europe 028.2 East ► ASTRA 2B - Europe, Nigeria 028.2 East ► ASTRA 2A,2D - Europe 030.5 East ► ARABSAT 5A - Middle East 030.5 East ► C-Band: ARABSAT 5A - Asia,Middle East 031.0 East ► TURKSAT 1C - Europe, Asia 031.5 East ► ASTRA 1G - Europe 033.0 East ► EUROBIRD 3- Europe 033.0 East ► INTELSAT 802- Africa 033.0 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 802- Europe 036.0 East ► EUTELSAT W7 - Europe , South Africa, Asia, Russia 036.0 East ► EUTELSAT W4 - Russia, Nigeria, Africa 038.0 East ► PAKSAT 1 - Pakistan, North India 038.0 East ► C-Band: PAKSAT 1 - Pakistan, India, Middle East, Africa 039.0 East ► HELLAS SAT 2 - Europe, Middle East, Asia 040.0 East ► EXPRESS AM1 - Europe, Russia 040.0 East ► C-Band: EXPRESS AM1 - Europe, Russia 042.0 East ► TURKSAT 2A - Europe, Russia 042.0 East ► TURKSAT 3A - Europe, Russia, North India 045.0 East ► INTELSAT 12 - India, South Africa, Middle East, Europe 049.0 East ► C-Band: YAMAL 202 - Global 053.0 East ► EXPRESS AM22 -Europe, Middle East, North India 055.0 East ► C-Band: INSAT 3E - India 056.0 East ► BONUM 1 - East Russia 057.0 East ► NSS 12 - Europe, Russia, Africa, India 057.0 East ► C-Band: NSS 12 - Europe, Russia, Africa, India, Global 060.0 East ► INTELSAT 904 - Europe 060.0 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 904 - Europe, Africa, Global 062.0 East ► INTELSAT 902 - Europe, Middle East 062.0 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 902 - Europe, China, Australia, South Africa, Global 064.2 East ► INTELSAT 906 - India, Nepal 064.2 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 906 - Europe, Africa, South India, Global 066.0 East ► INTELSAT 702 -Europe,Russia 068.5 East ► INTELSAT 7 - South Africa 068.5 East ► INTELSAT 10 - Africa, Europe, Middle East 068.5 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 10 - Global 070.5 East ► EUTELSAT W5 - Europe,Middle East, India 074.0 East ► EDUSAT, INSAT 4CR - India 074.0 East ► C-Band: INSAT 3C - India 075.0 East ► ABS-1 - Europe, Asia, Middle East 075.0 East ► C-Band: ABS-1 - Global 075.0 East ► EUTELSAT W75 - Middle East, North India, China 076.5 East ► APSTAR 2R - North East Asia 076.5 East ► C-Band: APSTAR 2R - Global 078.5 East ► THAICOM 5 - Thailand 078.5 East ► C-Band: THAICOM 5 - India,China,Thailand, Global 080.0 East ► C-Band: EXPRESS MD1 - Russia, North India 083.0 East ► INSAT 4A - India 083.0 East ► C-Band: INSAT 4A - India, Middle East 083.0 East ► INSAT 3B - India 083.0 East ► C-Band: INSAT 2E - Asia, Middle East, Europe 085.2 East ► INTELSAT 15 - Middle East 087.5 East ► C-Band: CHINASAT 5A - China, India, Midle East 088.0 East ► ST 1 - India, Malaysia 088.0 East ► C-Band: ST 1 - India, Thailand 090.0 East ► YAMAL 201 - Russia, North India 090.0 East ► C-Band: YAMAL 201 - Russia, North India 091.5 East ► MEASAT 3 - Malaysia, South Asia 091.5 East ► C-Band: MEASAT 3 -Global, Thailand, Australia, East Asia 091.5 East ► C-Band: MEASAT 3A -Global 092.2 East ► CHINASAT 9 - China 093.5 East ► INSAT 3A,4B - India 093.5 East ► C-Band: INSAT 3A,4B - India, Middle East 095.0 East ► NSS 6 - India, Middle East, South Africa, North East & East Asia, Australia 096.5 East ► C-Band: EXPRESS AM 33 - Asia, Russia,China 100.5 East ► ASIASAT 5 - East Asia, India, Middle East, Thailand 100.5 East ► C-Band: ASIASAT 5 - Global 103.0 East ► C-Band: EXPRESS A2 - Russia, China 105.5 East ► ASIASAT 3S - East Asia, South Asia, Australia 105.5 East ► C-Band: ASIASAT 3S - Global 108.0 East ► NSS 11 - South Asia, North East Asia, China 108.0 East ► C-Band: TELKOM 1 - Indonesia 110.0 East ► BSAT 2A,3A, N-SAT 110 - Japan 110.5 East ► C-Band: CHINASAT 5B - China, Asia Pacific 113.0 East ► KOREASAT 5 - South Korea, North East Asia 113.0 East ► C-Band: PALAPA D - Asia, Australia 115.5 East ► C-Band: CHINASAT 6B - Global 116.0 East ► ABS 7 - South Korea 122.0 East ► ASIASAT 4 - East Asia, Australia 122.0 East ► C-Band: ASIASAT 4 - Global 124.0 East ► JCSAT 4A - Japan 125.0 East ► C-Band: CHINASAT 5C - China 128.0 East ► JCSAT 3A - Japan 128.0 East ► C-Band: JCSAT 3A - Asia 132.0 East ► VINASAT 1 - Vietnam 132.0 East ► C-Band:VINASAT 1 - Asia, Australia 132.0 East ► JCSAT 5A - Japan 134.0 East ► APSTAR 6 - China 134.0 East ► C-Band: APSTAR 6 - Asia, Australia 138.0 East ► TELSTAR 18 - India, China 138.0 East ► C-Band: TELSTAR 18 - Asia, Australia 140.0 East ► EXPRESS AM3 - Russia, China 140.0 East ► C-Band: EXPRESS AM3 - Russia, China 144.0 East ► SUPERBIRD C2 - Japan 146.0 East ► ABS 5- Myanamar 146.0 East ► C-Band: ABS 5 - India, China 150.0 East ► JCSAT 1B - Asia 152.0 East ► OPTUS D2 - Australia, Newzealand 154.0 East ► JCSAT 2A - Japan 154.0 East ► C-Band: JCSAT 2A - Asia&Oceania&Hawaii 156.0 East ► OPTUS C1,D3 - Australia, Newzealand 160.0 East ► OPTUS D1 - Australia, Newzealand 162.0 East ► SUPERBIRD B2 - Japan 166.0 East ► INTELSAT 8 - Australia, Newzealand, North East Asia 166.0 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 8 - Pacific 169.0 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 5 - Pacific 172.0 East ► GE 23 - South Pacific, South East Pacific 172.0 East ► C-Band: GE 23 - Pacific 180.0 East ► INTELSAT 701 - Australia, Pacific 180.0 East ► C-Band: INTELSAT 701 - Pacific Copyright 2011 by TELE-satellite Magazine www.TELE-satellite.com
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