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  1. 1. TELE Published worldwide since 1981 in all major languages 1 05 1 satellite GLOBAL DIGITAL TV MAGAZINE IIIIIIII II II IIIIIIIIB 9318 E 04-05/2011 Test Report SMARTWI Kurt Olesen hits the target City Report with a brand new product Wholesaler in Company Report Moscow Buying Digital TV BOMARE COMPANY  Products in a Tewfik Lamrani intensifies exports Big City with sophisticated digital tv products Company Report BOIINGSAT 30 TELE-satellite Jason Chiang and his father expand production and sales on a large scale Company Report PREVAIL Years of Necy-Xu & Ren Guorui and many Digital TV more consistently drive Business production and quality up Reporting 1 04-05/201 Test Report AMIKO SHD-8900 ALIEN World Innovation: Linux Receiver with Dual Boot IPTV  Fiber Optics  3DTV  Broadband
  2. 2. TELE-satellite zine TV Maga Global Digital since 1981 in Published worldwide all major languages Alexander Wiese Publisher .com alex@TELE-satellite y HQ in Munich, German Dear Readers,Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, another new the user. Can you use these apps to make the available operatingand innovative product appears: in this issue of TELE-satellite system DX compatible or to optimize the PVR functions? To somewe present more than one receiver that come with two different extent I believe the answer is ‘yes’ but not completely. An operatingoperating systems. The user can start up the receiver on one day system that is written around specific features, such as for satelliteusing one of the operating systems and switch to the other the next DXers or PVR fans, can also extract that extra bit of optimization.day. It’s a surprisingly logical idea. “Why didn’t I think of that?”some might say, but the truth is no one ever thought to include it But until we get to that point, we’ll still have to wait. For nowin any of their receivers. My guess is that this Dual Boot feature all receiver operating systems are general in nature and are notwill soon find its way in many receivers simply because of all of its geared towards any specific areas (such as DX or PVR). Until thatadvantages. time, specialized apps will fill up any gaps. So we have to deal with two different and yet similar ideas: apps to help beef up aAs our tests have shown, these operating systems behave differently receiver’s capabilities and Dual Boot to instantly convert a receiverand depended on what the software programmers paid attention into a specialized receiver.to. With one operating system you have a perfect cooperation withthe receiver’s hardware so that, for example, you can very quicklyfind a large number of channels. With another operating systemthe primary focus is to provide an easy-to-use very powerful PVRfunction. Without the ability to select an operating system whenturning the receiver on, the end-user has to decide ahead oftime what features are the most important for him and choose acorrespondingly optimized receiver.Now it can just be one receiver and depending on what the user Alexander Wiesewants to do at that moment, he just needs to select the matching Editor-in-Chief TELE-satelliteoperating system when turning on the receiver. This concept alsohighlights the fact that the operation of a receiver has become socomplex that it really isn’t possible anymore to integrate every On a personal note: While I was at the CES in Las Vegas, USA, with ourpossible feature in a receiver with one operating system that at the own booth, I began to experience extreme pain on my right side. It got to asame time makes everyone happy. It’s much easier and far more point where I couldn’t take it anymore so I decide to go to a local hospital incomfortable for the end-user to be able to choose an operating Las Vegas. The diagnosis? A nasty tumor in the right kidney. The doctor gavesystem when turning on the receiver. me a choice: “Either we operate here right away or you go straight home.” I decided on the second option and after landing back home I went straight to a hospital. Apparently it was just in time; I was operated on the next day.Then there’s another question that comes up with this Dual Now I’m living with just one kidney but without any other tumors. The moralBoot solution: what about apps? Those are the small programs of the story and my advice to all TELE-satellite readers? Your health may(applications) that a user can download to optimize a receiver’s not be the only thing on your mind as long as you’re healthy but if you’reoperating system with additional features that are important to unhealthy, everything else becomes unimportant! TELE satellite Address TELE-satellite Magazine, PO Box 1234, 85766 Munich-Ufg, GERMANY/EUROPE Editor-in-Chief Alexander Wiese, alex@TELE-satellite.com Published by TELE-satellite Medien GmbH, Aschheimer Weg 19, 85774 Unterfoehring, GERMANY/EUROPE Design Németi Barna Attila Advertising www.TELE-satellite.com/ads/ Printer Litografia Rosés, 08850 Gavà, SPAIN/EUROPE Copyright © 2011 by TELE-satellite ISSN 1435-7003 TELE-satellite was established in 1981 and today is the oldest, largest and most-read digital tv trade magazine in the world. TELE-satellite is seen by more than 350,000 digital tv professionals around the world and is available both in printed form and online. www.TELE-satellite.com Redaktion TELE-satellite, Postfach 1234, D-85766 München-Ufg Chefredakteur Alexander Wiese (verantwortlich) Anschrift wie Verlag, Verlag TELE-satellite Medien GmbH, Aschheimer Weg 19, D-85774 Unterföhring, Inhaber: Alexander Wiese, Verleger, Unterföhring Anzeigen Alexander Wiese (verantwortlich), Anschrift wie Verlag
  3. 3. CONTENT AMIKO SHD-8900 ALIEN HDTV Receiver with Two Operating Systems ................ 14 AB IPBOX 55HD HDTV Linux Receiver with single tuner and USB for PVR ........ 30 SKYWORTH ALI-HD HDTV Combo Receiver for DVB-S and DVB-T........................ 40 FULAN ST7111 HDTV Receiver with Online Connection ....................... 50 SMARTWI II A Clever Solution for PayTV Reception in Multiple Rooms ............... 62AWARD Winning:IPTV Receivers of 21st Century.......... 70AWARD Winning:Digital Receivers of 21st Century ....... 74AWARD Winning:HDTV PC cards of21st Century ................................... 82Company Report:LNB Manufacturer Boiingsat, China .... 86 Feature:Company Report: The New Audio: MPEG Surround ...... 142 Country Report:TV-Sets and Receiver Manufacturer Satellite MarketBomare Company, Algeria ............... 102 Feature: Chengdu, China............................. 160 A/V Connections of a Receiver ......... 144Company Report: News:Fiber Optic and CATV Manufacturer DXer Report: HDTV & 3D Programmes ................. 166Prevail, China................................ 112 Satellite Enthusiast in Korea............ 150 DTT of the World ........................ 172Company Overview: Company Report:Best Digital TV Companies Satellite Wholesaler TELE-satellite Magazineof the World.................................. 126 MIR-ANTENN, Russia ...................... 156 Worldwide .................................. 1766 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  4. 4. ADVERTISER‘S INDEX 8DTEK ........................................... China .................. 25 KARMACOM ................................... Hungary ............. 43 ABC-BIZNIS .................................. Slovakia ............. 89 MFC ............................................... USA ...................147 AB IPBOX ...................................... Slovakia ........ 48-49 MOTECK ........................................ Taiwan...............157 ALUOSAT ....................................... China .................. 85 NETUP ........................................... Russia ...............115 AMIKO ........................................... Hungary ............. 43 OBERON ........................................ Korea ................. 21 ANDREAWEB ................................. Germany ...........163 OIPF .............................................. Sweden .............170 ANGA 2011 .................................... Germany ...........101 AZBOX ........................................... Portugal ............179 OPENSAT ....................................... Portugal ............179 AZURE SHINE ................................ Taiwan...............153 OPENSAT ....................................... Slovakia ............. 89 BEIJING TOPREAL ......................... China .................. 95 PYCH ............................................. Poland ...............147 BOIINGSAT ................................... China .................. 73 PREVAIL ........................................ China ..............28-29 BOMARE ........................................ Algeria ..............119 ROGETECH .................................... China .................169 BOXSAM ........................................ China .................107 SATBEAMS ..................................... Belgium .............168 BYA ELECTRONIC .......................... Algeria ..............167 SATCATCHER ................................. UK .....................123 CARDATTACK................................. Germany ...........155 SATELLITE GUYS ........................... USA ...................171 CHINA BROADCASTING ................ China .................163 CLONE+ ......................................... Poland ...............147 SATFINDER ................................... Germany ...........163 CMOS ............................................ Korea ................... 9 SCHOTT ......................................... Germany ...........157 COMMUNICASIA 2011 ................... Singapore ..........145 SEN5 ............................................. China .................. 25 CNBROADCASTING ....................... China .................163 SHENZHEN SKYWORTH ................. China .................... 7 CYNEXTRA .................................... Germany ............ 37 SICHUAN JIUZHOU........................ China .................180 DEVISER ....................................... China .................. 53 SICHUAN VIDEO ELECTRONIC ...... China .................. 67 DIGITAL TELEMEDIA ..................... China .................180 SKYWORTH ................................... China .................... 7 DISHPOINTER ............................... UK .....................171 SMARTWI ...................................... Denmark ............ 45 DOEBIS ......................................... Germany ........ 12-13 SOWELL......................................... China .................. 17 DOEBIS-JAEGER ............................ Germany ...........111 FULAN ELECTRONICS .................... China .................... 5 SPAUN ........................................... Germany ............ 33 GLOBALINVACOM .......................... UK ...................... 93 STREAM......................................... Algeria ..............119 GLOBALSAT ................................... China .................. 65 SVEC ............................................. China .................. 67 GOLDENMEDIA .............................. Germany ............ 37 TEHNICB ....................................... Romania ............151 GOOSAT......................................... China .................. 65 TENOW .......................................... China .................. 63 HANGZHOU PREVAIL..................... China ..............28-29 TEVII ............................................ Taiwan...............151 HORIZON ...................................... UK .....................105 TOPREAL ....................................... China .................. 95 HUBER+SUHNER ........................... Switzerland ......... 2 TOOWAY ........................................ Germany ...........157 IBC 2011 ....................................... UK .....................117 TRIMAX ......................................... China .................155 ICECRYPT ...................................... UK ....................... 4 ICLASS .......................................... Korea ................. 21 TURBOSAT..................................... UK ....................... 4 INPAX ........................................... Turkey ................ 57 QIAOHUA ...................................... China .................153 JIANGSU YINHE ............................ China .................. 97 YINHE ........................................... China .................. 97 JIUZHOU ....................................... China .................180 ZHEJIANG BOXSAM ....................... China .................1078 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  5. 5. 10-1 1/2010 NetUP DVB-IP Gateway 4x Perfect ease of use, combined with reliable technology – ideal for IPTV providers. 04-05/201 1 Fulan ST7111 Excellently designed operating software with built-in customer service10 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  6. 6. MAGAZINE 08-09/2009 GLOBAL INVACOM OPTICAL LNB The first worldwide production-ready optical satellite reception andtransmission system with excellent results – an investment that already makes sense today 08-09/2010 AZBox Ultra HD Fully Equipped Satellite and Internet HDTV Receiver www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 11
  7. 7. TEST REPORT HDTV Receiver with Two Operating SystemsAmiko SHD-8900 AlienLinux receiver with dual boot,more than one simultaneousrecording and lots more…• Linux receivers are the way to go these days, and if you look at all the features and options they offer it’s not hard to see why. This development pleases us no end at TELE-satellite, as we see huge potential with Linux that is only waiting to be exploited by innovative companies. Karmacom from Hungary is one such company and with its own brand Amiko they are well on the way to waking up the sleeping giant that is Linux. The company’s latest flagship receiver SHD-8900 has a very special treat in store: two operating systems in a single box!14 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  8. 8. TELE-satellite World www.TELE-satellite.com/... Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫العربية‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/ara/amiko.pdf Indonesian Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/bid/amiko.pdf But let’s not get carried and a small flap hides a to- German Deutsch www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/deu/amiko.pdfaway with Linux at this stage tal of seven buttons to con- English English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/eng/amiko.pdf Spanish Español www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/esp/amiko.pdfand look at the receiver it- trol the receiver whenever French Français www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/fra/amiko.pdfself first. Right out of the the remote control is out of Hebrew ‫עברית‬ www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/heb/amiko.pdfpackage we notice how small reach, as well as a Conax Chinese 中文 www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/man/amiko.pdf Polish Polski www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/pol/amiko.pdfthe box actually is. Measur- card reader. While our test Portuguese Português www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/por/amiko.pdfing merely 22x16x4 cm it receiver had cutouts in place Russian Русский www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/rus/amiko.pdfwill find its place in even the for CI slots it only came with Turkish Türkçe www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/tur/amiko.pdf Available online starting from 1 April 2011smallest (or most crowded, the built-in card reader.for that matter), loungeroom cabinet or TV rack. The back panel of the SHD- roconnector, a USB 2.0 in- dia features of the receiver 8900 comes equipped with terface for external storage such as YouTube, Shoutcast And it creates a rather all connection options you’re media, an Ethernet socket Internet radio or Picasa, tostylish impression with its likely to ever require. Apart as well as a mechanic power name just a few.buttonless front and the from the DVB-S/S2 antenna switch and an RS-232 con-4-digit segment display that input plus loop-through out- nection. The build quality of thelight up in a fiery hue of red. put there is HDMI for digital SHD-8900 will meet evenTwo LEDs indicate the cur- signal output, a coax digi- We’ve tested our share the most exacting demandsrent operating mode. tal audio output, three RCA of remote controls, and the and the manual (currently Of course, there’s more jacks for stereo audio and Amiko type is right up there available in Hungarian andthan first meets the eye, composite video, a scart eu- with the best. For one thing, English) that is shipped with this is thanks to its ergo- the receiver is of equally nomic shape and logical lay- high quality. out. Added to that are the hugely practical function Considering the fact that keys that can be used to ac- the Amiko SHD-8900 Alien cess the numerous multime- comes with two entirely dif- ferent operating systems we decided to split this test report into two distinct sec- tions as well. We’ll start out with an in-depth look at the default software by 0.5 the name of Spark, before turning to all the features of Enigma 2 in connection with the latest Amiko offering in section two. Spark In case the name Spark rings a bell with some of our readers there’s a reason for that: Amiko deliberately chose tried-and-test tech- nology and software, which 04-05/201 1 Amiko SHD-8900 Alien Innovative dual boot receiver with two different operating systems www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 15
  9. 9. 1 is why Fulan’s Spark soft- signal without even turning ware platform was selected a hair. alongside Enigma 2 (find out more about Spark else- One of the great joys of where in this issue of TELE- watching satellite TV is zap- satellite). ping through hundreds of channels from many cor- Amiko has done a great ners of the earth, and it’s job integrating the Spark here that cheer can easily platform into its receiver, turn into jeer in everyday2 and during our test hard- use. No risk of the SHD- ware and software behaved 8900 falling into the jeer like a perfect match. With its category, though, as it only support of all DiSEqC proto- takes slightly more than cols (1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3) as one second to switch from well as SCR unicable solu- one channel to another. It tions, the SHD-8900 should goes without saying that the be happy with just about any Amiko box comes with a ful- existing antenna setup. ly-fledged EPG system that can either display current Video output is just as and next events for several flexible and allows users to channels at once, or more select all standard HDMI detailed information for a3 resolutions (576p, 720p, single channel. 1080i, 1080p) – if need be, this setting can be changed You might look in vain for on the fly with a dedicated the PVR acronym in the SHD- button on the remote con- 8900 Alien’s model designa- trol, without having to go tion, but this does not mean through a separate menu. this feature is missing. Au contraire, all you need to do We were in for a hugely is plug in a USB storage me- pleasant surprise as far as dium to gain full recording the tuner is concerned: It and time-shift viewing func- scanned the entire band- tionality. While a recording width of HOTBIRD 13° East takes places it is possible to4 in only three and a half watch an existing recording minutes, detecting 1446 or another channel on the TV channels and 394 radio same transponder. With our channels, which is a real test sample, several record- treat. ings at the same time were not possible, however this Regular readers know that is about to change: a new none of our test reports is software release, which will complete without checking be available when this TELE- a tuner’s SCPC capabilities, satellite issue appears, will and the SHD-8900 is no allow multiple recordings exception to that rule. This of channels on same tran- time we used the 12.620 sponder.5 MHz (V) transponder on EU- TELSAT W7 36° East with a If you’re having one of symbol rate of merely 2894 those “there’s nothing on Ks/s. We’re pleased to an- TV” moments, then you may nounce that the Amiko box simply call up the integrat- locked and processed the ed multimedia player which 1. Very practical channel list with excellent design 2. Cool: Contact data can be left for the user by the manufacturer 3. Editing the channel list 4. EPG view of each channel 5. The info bar appears every time a new channels is selected16 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  10. 10. 6 117 128 139 1410 1518 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  11. 11. 1617 2118 6. Step 1 of the installation wizard: language selection 7. Main menu 8. MP3 playback 9. Get access to YouTube, Shoutcast, Picasa and RSS feeds with the new Amiko satellite receiver 10. Photo presentation via Picasa 11. List of recorded content19 12. Satellite entries can be edited with a wide range of options 13. Flawless SCPC reception during our test 14. Access to Shoutcast Internet radio 15. Using the Spark platform Amiko offers its customers countless additional features such a news service, Q&A as well as updated channel lists and software20 16. Thanks to FTP plug-ins can be transferred from a PC to the receiver 17. System settings 18. Transponder entries can be edited easily and conveniently 19. Selecting the required video format 20. Current weather reports are available for download 21. Access to YouTube videos www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 19
  12. 12. 1 supports a wide range of file perfect, and even if one formats such as AVI, MKV, system seems to offer par- MPG, TS, WMA, WMV, M2TS, adise to Joe Average, Jane FLV, DAT, ASF and MP3. We Average might beg to differ threw some video sequenc- as she is looking for entirely es at the player and found different features. So why that all of them were played not implement dual boot back flawlessly. We call that for a Linux-based satellite a PVR system which really receiver, a feature that has deserves that name. been available for PCs for some time already? Amiko2 A whole range of plug- has done just that with its ins is available to add new SHD-8900 and ships the features and functions to receiver with a boot loader the software, and thanks to capable of starting up with FTP the file directory of the either Spark or Enigma 2. SHD-8900 can be accessed If you want to make use of directly via the Internet, the these two options all you OSD menu or a PC for plug- need to do is press OK while in installation. turning on the box. This al- lows selecting the preferred With the decision to bring operating system right on the Spark software platform the receiver. Once either3 on board, the Amiko at the Spark or Enigma 2 is se- same time benefits from a lected the receiver uses full multimedia package and that operating system until dedicated online platform, a new option is chosen. both of which can be used with the receiver. Multime- After the receiver is dia features include play- turned on for the first time back of YouTube videos, In- an installation wizard pops ternet radio via Shoutcast, up and guides through the photo presentation via Pica- entire installation process. sa as well as subscribing to At first you need to select various RSS feeds. Thanks your preferred OSD lan- to the Spark software plat- guages, with the options be-4 form Amiko is able to pro- ing English, German, Arabic, vide its customers with valu- Catalan, Hungarian, Czech, able files such as manuals, Danish, Dutch, Greek, Por- Q&A documents, channel tuguese, Estonian, French, lists and software updates Lithuanian, Icelandic, Ital- in real time for online ac- ian, Norwegian, Polish, Ro- cess. We particularly loved manian, Russian, Span- Amiko’s own news service ish, Swedish, Turkish and which alerts Amiko custom- Ukrainian. The next step is ers to available software up- to adjust the video output dates, up-to-date channel of the SHD-8900 to the ex- lists or any other worthwhile isting TV panel. Next to the information. This takes a lot standard HDMI resolutions5 of work and research off the of 576p, 720p, 1080i with shoulders of Amiko’s cus- 50/60 Hz the receiver can tomers. also create a 1080p output, a feature that is rare even Enigma 2 among newer satellite re- No operating system is ceivers. Next, the Amiko box 1. Adjusting the contrast setting on the TV using a test pattern 2. Adjusting the brightness setting on the TV using a test pattern 3. Channel list categorised by satellites 4. Automatic channel search on HOTBIRD 13° East 5. Using Enigma 2 as the operating software the Amiko SHD-8900 can download EPG for any number of pre-selected channels20 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  13. 13. 6 117 128 139 1410 creates two test patterns for Before we’re ready to adjusting brightness and rumble the receiver needs contrast settings of the TV some information about the panel so that you will arrive individual reception setup in at an optimum video qual- place. All DiSEqC protocols ity. In our opinion this is a (1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3) are particularly helpful and in- supported so that the Amiko novative feature and goes to box is the right choice for show that developers have a standard single or multi- put a great deal of thought feed antenna as well as for a into this system. multi-focus dish or a DiSEqC motor.22 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  14. 14. 15 1816 1917 6. DiSEqC settings 7. In our test we were able to record up to four streams at the same time without any problems 8. Graphic multi EPG 9. The info bar appears every time a new channels is selected 10. Main menu of Enigma 2 with the SHD-8900 Alien 11. Manual channel search 12. Network settings 13. List of installed plug-ins 14. Setting the recording time 15. List of recorded events 16. Pre-stored satellite entries can easily be edited 17. Language selection Network access is a must satellite positions are pre- 18. Two different standby modes are availablein order to use all Enigma 2 stored so that we can start 19. Creating a timer entryfeature to the full, and this scanning these birds rightis why network configura- away.tion is included in the instal- box had a hard time locking All you need to do is presslation wizard. Unless your Manual and automatic the 12.620 (V) transponder the MENU button while thenetwork at home is of a truly modes are available for on EUTELSAT W7 36° East, channel list is displayed andcomplex or exotic type we channel search. We tried while the same receiver with the software will offer yourecommend activating the out an automatic search on a different software (Spark) all editing features that arereceiver’s DHCP so that it HOTBIRD 13° East, which couldn’t care less about low available. Want to move awill detect and take over all unfortunately took nine long symbol rates. All this shows channel to your favouritesnetwork parameters (IP ad- minutes and found 2056 TV that some fine-tuning is list (which, incidentally, candress, gateway, DNS server) and radio channels. It seems still required to propel the be organised using mark-automatically. like the interplay between Amiko/Enigma couple fur- ers)? One touch of a button hardware and software has ther up on the receiver rank- and it’s done. In the overall Now that the basics are some room for improvement ing. list you can either chose allfinished we can’t wait to in this regard. After all, the channels, all satellites, allexplore all the features of Spark platform achieved Once the channel list is providers or favourites.Enigma 2. Yet, there is one the same task five and half filled it can be edited to yourmore job to complete – the minutes faster, which can heart’s content with Enig- The keypad on the re-receiver’s channel list is still feel like an eternity. In ad- ma 2 without even having mote control can always beempty and begging to be dition, the Spark software of to run through a dedicated used to enter text in thefilled with everything the the new Amiko receiver also menu. We cannot think of same way we use our mo-sky has to offer. Transpond- did a better job with SCPC any other operating system bile phones for texting, aer data of major European signals. With Enigma 2 the with the same ease of use. feature that is awesome for www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 23
  15. 15. renaming channel names on automatically at a given (3) single EPG with content under Enigma 2 (or if moreor recordings, for example. time (during night-time, for information, a listing of ac- than one is possible at all)Several people in our edito- example) and download EPG tors in a movie and the like we were lost for words: Onerial offices tried it out and data from previously select- (if provided by the channel). recording is the minimumthey all felt this was a much ed channels to be stored lo- requirement, two simulta-more convenient way of en- cally. That’s a truly brilliant In our opinion the Enigma neous recordings would by atering text than using a vir- feature which makes EPG 2 info bar is worthy of spe- brilliant bonus, three wouldtual keyboard on screen and data available for channels cial praise. Every time a new be great, but the Amiko boxthe arrow buttons on the from different transponders channel is selected it is in- even managed four, all ofremote to select letters. We at any time. serted on the bottom of the which were neatly stored onshould not have to mention screen for some seconds our external hard disk. Thethat all channel list entries In general, the EPG of the and shows current and next impressive thing is that thecan be augmented with cur- Amiko SHD-8900 Alien in events, as well as icons for number of simultaneous re-rent EPG data so that cur- combination with the Enig- additional channel informa- cordings is only limited byrent event information is ma 2 software is a good ex- tion (encryption, EPG, sub- the data speed of the hardadded to channel list data. ample of how to do it right. titles, audio channels, etc.). disk, which in our case didThis way you can see what’s It offers three presentation not allow for more than fouron before even zapping to a modes: (1) graphic multi All PVR features worked SD streams at the sameparticular channel. Those of EPG for five channels at time smoothly under Enigma 2 – time. As far as HD contentyou arguing that the Amiko – you simply select the re- but frankly, we didn’t expect is concerned, our setup onlySHD-8900 only has a sin- quired bouquet and get EPG anything less. Time-shift managed one channel at agle tuner and therefore can information for five channels viewing is available at any time. As mentioned before,only provide EPG data of per screen page, all nicely time for lossless interruption the SHD-8900 is a singlethe selected channel, or of presented; (2) standard of the live program. When we tuner receiver, which meanschannels on the same tran- multi EPG for 15 channels tested how many recordings that all simultaneously re-sponder, are right. However, per screen page without the Amiko SHD-8900 Alien corded content must beEnigma 2 can be set to turn graphic presentation and can handle simultaneously transmitted on the same24 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  16. 16. transponder. Still, we’ve to jump to a selected time lite receiver, ranging from We believe the huge varietynever had a single-tuner index within a recording. conventional video games will cater for every taste.PVR receiver before which to current weather reportswas capable of handling up On a much brighter note, all the way to emulators. The comprehensive net-to four SD recordings at the the multimedia features of All you need is your set-top work integration of thesame time. Even the Spark Enigma 2 are nothing short box and access to the Inter- Amiko flagship receiver issoftware does not allow of unique. Not only is a me- net. Software updates are rounded off with a very spe-more than one, although the dia player available that will loaded and implemented in cial feature of the Enigmahardware apparently is ca- process virtually all current the same way, so you will no 2 platform: A fully-fledgedpable of much more. audio, video and image file longer need modem cables web interface for remote formats, there is even an and a PC to install a new access to the receiver from Where there is light, there integrated DVD player. This version of your receiver‘s anywhere with an Internetis also shadow – in this case way you cannot only watch operating system. connection. To access yourplaying back recorded con- satellite TV and listen to Amiko SHD-8900 at hometent lacks some important satellite radio with the SHD- We particularly liked the all you need to do is key infeatures. To tell the truth, 8900 but also call up a DVD option to fully customise its IP address in the addressall entries are presented movie, provided its content the OSD of the receiver un- field of any Internet browserin a very pleasing way and has been extracted and der Enigma 2 to reflect your and – no matter where youcan be edited to make for stored on an external hard personal taste. A number are – you are then able tolarge font sizes or to add disk or USB stick before. of skins (pre-stores design access the most impor-additional information, but schemes) can be down- tant functions like channelthis is reduced to eye candy A virtually endless supply loaded from the Internet switching, creating a timerwhen it’s not possible to fast of plug-ins is part and par- and then activated on the entry for a recording, send-forward or rewind. Enigma 2 cel of Enigma 2, all of which receiver. So if you‘re not en- ing a message to the receiv-even goes so far as to insert can be downloaded from tirely happy with the default er, and so on. If you needa message that this feature the Internet free of charge. look of your OSD you are to access a receiver featureis not yet available. As an With these software exten- free to browse available al- that is not implemented inalternative, you can use the sions you can add all sorts ternatives and exchange the the web interface you cannumber keys on the remote of features to your satel- existing skin with a new one. always call up a virtual re-26 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  17. 17. Expert Opinion TECHNICAL + DATA With two different operating systems users Manufacturer Karmacom Kft., Ganz Ábrahám street 5, Nagytárcsa 2142, Hungary can decide which one is best for them. Excellent remote control with quick access to Tel. +36-1 431 8932 special features. Fax +36-1 431 8933 Both software platforms appear to be well- E-Mail info@karmacom.tv Thomas Haring designed and mature – we experienced no free- TELE-satellite Model SHD-8900 Alien zes or software bugs. Test Center Austria Function Digital HDTV receiver with various High-definition 1080p content is processed multimedia & Internet features including dual boot natively and put out as 1080p. Channel Memory unlimited - Symbol rate 2-45 Ms/sec. SCPC Compatible yes None DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3mote control and use it like ma 2), the Amiko SHD-8900 USALS yesyour real remote at home always offers either normal HDMI Output yesby clicking on the required standby or deep standby. Scart Connector yesbutton on the screen. Since Looking at the energy dia- Audio/Video Outputs 3x RCAyou can do this from more or grams in this report the vast Component Video Output noless anywhere you can eas- difference in power con- S-Video Output noily access your box while on sumption between the two UHF Modulator noholidays, change some set- modes becomes strikingly 0/12 Volt Connector notings if required, and put it obvious. Digital Audio Output yesback into standby mode – all EPG yeswith a few mouse clicks! The Amiko SHD-8900 is C/Ku-Band compatible yes a very well built HDTV PVR PVR-Function yes Talking of standby: No receiver with high-quality USB 2.0 Connector yesmatter which operating sys- hardware. Being shipped Ethernet yestem is active (Spark or Enig- with two different operating E-SATA no systems users can decide Silicon Tuner yes which platform better meets their requirement and of- ENERGY fers the features they really DIAGRAM want and need. We tested both platforms and can rec- ommend both, as neither of them had obvious flaws. They look and feel entirely different, but both are user- friendly and will work nicely for the whole family. With its 1080p video output via HDMI Mode Apparent Active Factor Apparent Power Regular StandBy 15 W 7.5 W 0.5 this receiver will be a good Active 16 W 8W 0.5 choice even for future HDTV Deep StandBy 3.5 W 0.5 W 0.14 Active Power transmission standards. First 15 minutes: Active use with recording, playback and channel switching Second 15 minutes: Standby mode Third 15 minutes: Deep standby mode with very low power consumption www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 27
  18. 18. TEST REPORT HDTV ReceiverAB IPBox 55HD We’ve seen several Linux- based receivers over the last few years. It is an excit-HDTV Linux Receiver ing prospect for most of us to have a powerful and cus- tomisable receiving system at our fingertips. Too often in the past though, the cost of all this power gets a little• Receiver allows remote satellite reception with too much. When twin tun- ers, large hard drives andInternet streaming of video and audio lots of interfaces are added to the receiver, it ends up• Easy start of recordings directly from EPG being outside the budget of• Easy connection to the receiver’s software via FTP all but the most fanatical or rich satellite viewers. With• Plenty of additional software available, including a the AB IPBox 55HD, the new model of Slovak manufac-most versatile channel editorNews Flash!Dual Bootfor AB IPBox 55HD AB IPBox will soon release a dual boot software for theAB IPBox 55HD: the user can choose between Enigma 1HDand Enigma 2HD. This means the user can simply restart theEnigma 2HD software to the Enigma 1HD within 15 seconds.The big advantage is that the setup files stored in the VARfolder are shared by both software versions. The dual bootfeature adds another big bonus to the AB IPBox 55HD.30 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  20. 20. 12 is shared with other devic- any new channels from the es. Also on the back panel, providers doesn’t add any there is a single Scart sock- extra time to the scan. et, HDMI and SP/DIF con- nectors for digital video and Pressing OK brings up the audio, an HDMI output, and channel list which can be the antenna socket and its sorted in a number of ways. corresponding loop-through The channel storage sys- output. And that’s it. Some tem is a little bewildering people might miss a second at first, with channels be- Scart, or component video, ing arranged in a master list or stereo audio jacks, but that is not editable – which the set of connections has caught me out again on my3 been trimmed to only those second experience of Enig- that are most popular and ma. most necessary. After giving in and refer- Switching on the receiver ring back to the manual, takes quite a while to get I am reminded that eve- the operating system load- rything needs to be done ed: two minutes or more de- through the concept of pending on if a hard drive is “bouquets”. This term is connected. The 55HD comes not to be confused with the already pre-programmed sometimes-used definition with settings and channels of a bouquet being a group for packages and satellites of channels on a single tran-4 worldwide. The world of sponder, or even a bunch satellites never stands still of black chrysanthemums. though, so there are plenty In Enigma-land this is the of options for adding satel- equivalent of a favourites lites and channels. A full list. In fact, the standard range of DiSEqC controls pre-programmed bouquet is are present, allowing for indeed called Favourites. fixed dishes, switches and motors. USALS is supported Whilst channels can be se- for simple setup from just lected and viewed from the the input of the receiving lo- master list, taking the time cation’s coordinates. to copy them into a set of5 organised bouquets makes For a receiver with such a the whole experience much powerful operating system, better. And once the chan- scan speeds are surprisingly nels are in the list, they can slow. A full scan of ASTRA be edited, sorted and moved 2 clocks in at just under 25 around as you’d expect. It’s minutes. Adding the net- quite a long process, but a work scan option to gather read of the manual helps 1. Scan options you find the best ways to do 2. Service information it for each situation. An even 3. AV settings better way is to use some 4. Main menu software on a PC to do it – 5. Antenna setup more on this a little later.32 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  22. 22. More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: AB IPBOX Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Slovakia www.abipbox.com as Formula 1 racing where ture can be used to play a more than one video stream recording. can be selected. The receiver’s standard A picture-in-picture mode EPG is a little different than is available, and it is much most – the EPG button on more flexible than most – first press brings up the in- not only can the second- formation for the current ary picture be moved into programme, with the ar- a different position on the row keys moving forward screen, but it can also be and back to the next and resized. Of course, with previous shows. Pressing only one tuner the choice of blue for “Multi EPG” gives channels to display togeth- a list of the channels in the er is limited to the tran- chosen bouquet with their www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/abipbox.pdf sponder currently in use, or programmes listed – again the main or secondary pic- the arrow keys are used 1 Navigating channels isnice and easy, althoughzapping between them us-ing the up and down but-tons feels a little sluggish.A recall button is available,and there seems to be amore comprehensive chan-nel history list that could benavigated, although this isonly available from the helpmenu as it has been mappedonto the same key as theless useful function to movebetween sub-services -those very rare events such 234 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  23. 23. 4to move to the next pro-gramme. For those moreused to the grid-style EPG,one is available from eitherthe blue button, which loadsextensions or plugins, or bypressing and holding theEPG button. Yes, there areso many functions on thisreceiver some are even hid-den under long keypresses.The “help” button is alwaysa good friend – showing a 5picture of the remote and alist of available commands. The EPG is the easiestroute into recording ontoan external hard drive ifone is connected. To beable to hold recordings, thedrive needs to be formatted1. FTP via Filezilla2. Telnet3. The DreamSet settings editor4. Web interface5. Timer access via webinterface6. The web remote 6 3 www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 35
  24. 24. 12 in the Linux EXT3 format, sess the most intuitive of which the receiver will do interfaces, and I find myself if required When the pro- regularly returning to the gramme information is on help button to refresh my screen, a press of the green memory of how to add and button adds it to the timer. remove files to the playlist. The start and end times, re- It’s great to see that the peat recording options and programme information filename can all be changed from the EPG is saved along if required before press- with the file, something too ing green again to submit it often forgotten. to the recording schedule. For a quick one-off record- The IPBox runs a version3 ing, it’s a quick sequence of of Linux which means sev- pressing OK, green, green eral options exist to connect from the EPG. it to the outside world. Once hooked up via the Ethernet It’s also worth noting that LAN port, the box can be ac- when specifying the file- cessed by Telnet and FTP. name here, and in fact any- Telnet could be useful to where else in the receiver those who have a good un- where text input is needed, derstanding of Linux and the that the numeric keys on the receiver, FTP is more useful keypad can be used to input to the rest of us. If accessing text in the same manner as the rear USB port becomes a mobile phone. Eagle-eyed just too annoying, just use4 readers may notice from the FTP to access your files over pictures that the Q and Z the network, using root as characters are in different the username and ipbox as positions than on a phone the default password. keypad – but in the menus themselves they are on the When I reviewed the AB 7 and 9 keys as they would IPBox 9900HD IPBox in be on a phone! TELE-satellite 12-01/2011, I was somewhat disappoint- Recordings can be re- ed by the lack of software played via the list under available via the box’s up- the Files button, and it’s date service. In meantime, not necessary to wait for a a few more programs have5 recording to finish before appeared, some which work starting the playback. Re- better than others. There is cordings can also be viewed a Youtube player – which is through the media player, awaiting an update to the this also handles MP3 audio Enigma2 software before it and AVI files very well. The will work; a Google maps media player does not pos- viewer that comes preload- ed with landmarks around 1. EPG programme information the world including motor 2. Channel list 3. PID details racing venues and mostly 4. The customize menu works well; and a live foot- 5. Picture fine-tuning ball scores application that36 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 04-05/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1

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