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  1. 1. TELEGlobal Digital TV Magazine ● 350 000 Trade Readerssince 1981 10-11/20 1 1 DTT IPTV 3DTV satellite « Company Report Company Report BT Madley APPLIED INSTRUMENTS Communications Tom Haywood Celebrates 25 Years Center 30 in Business TELE UK’s Big Uplink Station is -sate llite Company Report Back in Global Business HORIZON John McLoone Years Proudly Announces 125 000 Meters in Exactly 10 Years Digitof a Busin l TV Company Report Rep ess or ting HUBER+SUHNER Patrick Zaina Invents the Future with New Fiber Optic Products Company Report AB-COM Juraj Masaryk Conquers the Market with New Receivers Test Report World’s 4 Tuner Card 10-1 1/201 TENOW Packs 4 DVB-S2 1 1 st: Tuners Into One PC CardRead Worldwide in More Than 170 Countries
  2. 2. TELE-satellite zine TV Maga Global Digital since 1981 Published worldwide n 160 countries and read in more tha Alexander Wiese Publisher .com alex@TELE-satellite y HQ in Munich, German Dear Readers,In this issue of TELE-satellite we were able to bestow the itself must also keep up with this trend and offer theTELE-satellite Innovation Award upon a product that, just user a similar fill, just like the software. It must go in thelike all the previous Innovation Awards, has more meaning “unending” direction and can’t have any limits.to it than just a new product with outstanding features. Just how many TV channels someone watches at the sameThis time it has to do with a PC card with four tuners. time is a decision that should be made by the consumer.Some readers might be thinking at this point, “I can still When the number of available channels goes in the directiononly watch one TV channel.” A second tuner would be nice of “unending”, then the TV viewer should be able to watchto have so that a second channel could be recorded (PVR as many channels as he wants one right after the other andfunction), but why a third or a fourth tuner? also in parallel at the same time.But the manufacturer of this PC card recognized something The TELE-satellite Innovation Award for this product isthat only becomes evident after taking a second look. In a recognition for this manufacturer who has recognized thatworld overflowing with thousands of TV channels the result the hardware can’t sit still and must keep up with the ever-can only be that the hardware also be able to receive more expanding software world.than one channel. The argument that you can only watchone channel at a time is an argument from the last century.In a world with so many TV channels that can be receivedtoday, they are consumed in parallel and multitasked.The word “consumed” has some true meaning here; ifyou find yourself sitting in front of your TV set dedicatedto watching a single TV channel, you’re not consuming,you’re just “watching TV”. But if in one corner you have anews program running on a TV monitor and music playingin another corner while at the same time you’re keepingtabs on your favorite soap opera in another spot, you areconsuming the glut of channels. On the fourth tuner of thePC card you have your Internet-via-satellite connection andthere you have it, all four of the tuners are occupied. Alexander WieseIn this overabundance that we live in today, the hardware TELE-satellite Editor-in-Chief 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/ Hardcopy Subscriptions www.TELE-satellite.com/secure/eng/ Printer Blackprint Nyomdaipari Kft, Tenkefürdő utca 3, 1044 Budapest, HUNGARY/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. EDITORIAL on the Internet Opinion Download editorial in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/editorial.pdf than one channel. The argument that you can only watch one channel at a time is an argument from the last century. In a world with so many TV channels that can be received today, they are consumed in parallel and Dear Readers, in this multitasked. issue of TELE-satellite we were able to bestow The word “consumed” has the TELE-satellite some true meaning here; Innovation Award upon if you find yourself sitting a product that, just in front of your TV set like all the previous dedicated to watching a Innovation Awards, has single TV channel, you’re more meaning to it than not consuming, you’re just a new product with just “watching TV”. But if and can’t have any limits. product is recognition outstanding features. in one corner you have a Just how many TV for this manufacturer news program running on channels someone who has recognized that This time it has to do a TV monitor and music watches at the same the hardware can’t sit with a PC card with four playing in another corner time is a decision that still and must keep up tuners. Some readers while at the same time should be made by the with the ever-expanding might be thinking at this you’re keeping tabs on consumer. When the software world. point, “I can still only your favorite soap opera number of available watch one TV channel.” in another spot, you are channels goes in the A second tuner would be consuming the glut of direction of “unending”, nice to have so that a channels. On the fourth then the TV viewer second channel could be tuner of the PC card you should be able to watch recorded (PVR function), have your Internet-via- as many channels as he but why a third or a satellite connection and wants one right after the fourth tuner? there you have it, all other and also in parallel four of the tuners are at the same time. But the manufacturer of occupied. Alexander Wiese this PC card recognized The TELE-satellite TELE-satellite something that only In this overabundance Innovation Award for this Editor-in-Chief becomes evident after that we live in today, taking a second look. In the hardware itself must a world overflowing with also keep up with this Download editorial in German thousands of TV channels trend and offer the user www.TELE-satellite.com/ the result can only be a similar fill, just like the that the hardware also software. It must go in TELE-satellite-1111/ be able to receive more the “unending” direction deu/editorial.pdf 6 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  4. 4. CONTENTTENOW DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/T2PCI-E card / USB 2.0 Box forSDTV and HDTV with PVR Functions........ 18 ...112 ...168 Jiuzhou JTU31 Universal Twin LNB.................. 42 . ...126 Icecrypt STC6000HD PVR Two tuner HD Receiver with Linux OS. ............................ 54 . Skyworth HI-11 PVR ISDB-T Terrestrial HDTV Receiver with ...138 PVR for South America................. 68 MegasAt Multifeed LNBs Universal Ku-Band LNBs........... 78 ...152Test Report:Tenow PC Card Software. .................. 32 .AWARD Winning:IPTV Receivers of 21st Century.......... 88 .AWARD Winning:Digital Receivers of 21st Century........ 92AWARD Winning:HDTV PC cards of 21st Century........ 100AWARD Winning: ...198Signal Analyzers of 21st Century...... 104Company Report:Receiver ManufacturerAB-COM, Slovakia. ......................... 112 .Company Report:Signal Analyzer ManufacturerApplied Instruments, USA. ......... 126 .Company Report: Company Report:Fiber Optic Distribution Cable TV Operator Feature:Systems Manufacturer SATRO, Slovakia. ........................... 168 . Receiver Firmware.......................... 214HUBER+SUHNER, Switzerland.......... 138 Company Overview: DXer Report:Company Report: Best Digital TV Companies Satellite Enthusiast in Hungary. ....... 224 .Signal Analyzer Manufacturer of the World. ................................. 182 .HORIZON, Great Britain.................. 152 DTT of the World......................... 236 Company Report:Country Report: BT Madley International Global Readership ofSatellite Installer in Hongkong. ........ 162 . Communications Centre, UK............ 198 . TELE-satellite Magazine. .............. 24010 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  5. 5. ADVERTISER‘S INDEX 8DTEK............................................ China. ................. 25 . JAEGER.......................................... Germany............123 AB-COM.......................................... Slovakia..........30-31 JIUZHOU........................................ China. ............... 244 . ALUOSAT........................................ China. ................. 91 . JONSA............................................ Taiwan...............171 AMIKO............................................ Hungary.............. 11 KARMACOM.................................... Hungary.............. 11 ANDREAWEB.................................. Germany............203 LEXIUM.......................................... USA................... 209 AZBOX............................................ Portugal.............243 MEGASAT....................................... Germany.........52-53 AZURESHINE.................................. Taiwan...............207 MFC................................................ USA....................217 B2C-ELECTRONIC........................... Germany.........52-53 MICO.............................................. China. ................... 2 . BEIJINGTOPREAL........................... China. ................133 . MOTECK......................................... Taiwan...............179 BOIINGSAT.................................... China. ................. 81 . NABSHOW2012.............................. USA....................145 BOMARE......................................... Algeria...............163 NETUP............................................ Russia............... 209 BT.................................................. UK......................... 7 OIPF............................................... Sweden..............201 BYAELECTRONIC............................ Algeria...............233 OPENSAT........................................ Portugal.............243 CABSAT2012.................................. Dubai.................149 PANODIC........................................ China. ................... 2 . CARDATTACK.................................. Germany............179 PYCH.............................................. Poland. ...............201 CATV.............................................. Croatia...............207 PREVAIL......................................... China. ............ 40-41 . CCBN2012...................................... China. ................161 . SAPRO............................................ Czech.................175 CES2012......................................... USA....................159 SATBEAMS...................................... Belgium. ........... 229 . CHINABROADCASTING.................. China. ................203 . SATCATCHER.................................. UK....................... 73 CHINASATELLITE2011................... China. ................143 . SATELLITEGUYS............................. USA....................221 CLONE+.......................................... Poland. ...............201 SATFINDER.................................... Germany........... 223 CNBROADCASTING........................ China. ................203 . SBTVD............................................ Brasil. ............... 229 . CONVERGENCEINDIA2012............. India..................235 SCATINDIA2011............................. India..................165 DEVISER........................................ China. ................. 45 . DEKTEC.......................................... Netherlands.......115 SCHOTT.......................................... Germany............203 DIGITALTELEMEDIA....................... China. ............... 244 . SEN5.............................................. China. ................. 25 . DISHPOINTER................................ UK......................175 SICHUANJIUZHOU......................... China. ............... 244 . DOEBIS.......................................... Germany......... 16-17 SICHUANVIDEOELECTRONIC......... China. ................. 27 . DOEBIS-JAEGER............................. Germany............123 SKYWORTH.................................... China. ................. 61 . FULANELECTRONICS...................... China. ................... 5 . SMARTWI....................................... Denmark............. 75 GLOBALINVACOM........................... UK......................119 SOWELL......................................... China. ................. 21 . GLOBALSAT.................................... China. ................129 . SPAUN............................................ Germany............. 39 GOLDENMEDIA............................... Germany............. 85 STREAM.......................................... Algeria...............163 GOOSAT......................................... China. ................129 . SVEC.............................................. China. ................. 27 . HANGZHOUPREVAIL...................... China. ............ 40-41 . TEHNICB........................................ Romania. ........... 223 HORIZON....................................... UK....................... 57 TENOW........................................... China. ................221 . IBC2011......................................... UK................135,155 TEVII............................................. Taiwan...............217 ICECRYPT....................................... UK......................... 4 TOPREAL........................................ China. ................133 . ICLASS........................................... Korea.................. 13 TOOWAY......................................... Germany............203 INFINITY....................................... Croatia...............207 TRIMAX.......................................... China. ................171 . INPAX............................................ Turkey................. 47 TURBOSAT...................................... UK......................... 412 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  6. 6. 08-09/201 1 AB 3DBox Converter Magically transforms every TV program into a fascinating 3D experience 04-05/201 1 Fulan ST7111 Excellently designed operating software with built-in customer service14 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  7. 7. MAGAZINE 08-09/2009 Global Invacom Optical LNB The first worldwide production-ready optical satellite reception and transmission system with excellent results – an investment that already makes sense today 08-09/2010 AZBox Ultra HD Fully Equipped Satellite and Internet HDTV Receiver 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6984Made for TV addicts who can neverwatch and record enough channels. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 15
  8. 8. TEST REPORT Digital PC Cards该独家报道由技术专家所作TenowSteps UpProductRollout TELE-satellite Magazine Business Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/tenow Direct Contact to Sales Manager18 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  9. 9. • A world first: 4 tuner sensation on the TBS6984• Extremely low threshold, therefore perfectly suited forblind scan: the TBS6925• Pay TV on the PC with external USB box TBS5980• The first PC card for future DVB-T2 transmissionstandard• Excellent build quality and top-notch componentsthroughout www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 19
  10. 10. TEST REPORT Digital PC CardsPC cards for all digital and TBS6280 in store. No matter which product we look at first, all boast excel-transmission standards lent workmanship and styl- ish packaging. Apart from the TBS5980 – which is an external USB box – all oth-DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/T2 er cards are built to PCI-E (express) slot specifica- tions, which is for a reason:for every PC from Tenow This up-to-date interface is the only one that supports transmission rates of up to 250 MB/s, a level that is re- quired to meet Tenow’s ex- acting demands in order to The name Tenow should a this promising PC card man- unique features. For DVB- fully exploit all product fea-ring a bell with many TELE- ufacturer. The company has S/S2 we’re talking about tures.satellite readers, because recently developed a total the TBS6925, TBS6984 andin issue 02-03/2011 we ran of five new PC cards, each TBS5980, while for DVB-T/ We do appreciate, on thea company presentation of of which comes with rather T2 Tenow has the TBS6220 other hand, that hardware requirements at the user’s end are not stretched to the limits at all, so that the Te- now PC cards and the USB box will happily work with somewhat older systems as well. To be precise, DVB- S and DVB-T reception in standard definition require a Pentium III processor with 1 GHz CPU, 256 MB RAM and a graphics cards with a mini- mum of 16 MB RAM. Even HDTV reception via DVB-S/ S2 and DVB-T/T2 does not demand the world: A Pen- tium IV CPU with 3 GHz or higher, a minimum of 1 GHz RAM and a graphics card with upwards of 64 MB RAM will do the job nicely. To sum 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6984 Made for TV addicts who can never watch and record enough channels.20 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  11. 11. to three different channels controlling a DiSEqC motor More on This Manufacturer from different transponders or with some motherboards, Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: in the background. In this where the PCI-Express slots TENOW day and age of hundreds or even thousands of available does not provide sufficient power or where it introduc- PC Card Manufacturer, China www.tenower.com channels we could hardly es too much noise, then a ask for more. Alternatively, separate power cable could only three out of the four help. That’s why TBS pro- tuners can be assigned for vided this extra power sup- TV reception, with tuner ply plug for the TBS6984. number 4 being set apart for Internet-via-satellite, if re- When fed with SCPC sig- quired. As a matter of fact, nals and rather weak sig- this is a feature that can be nals from ASTRA 2D 28.8° used with all other Tenow East and Nilesat 7° West the products as well. TBS6984 also performed up to standard. We loved the TBS6984 during our test – there is TBS6925 – a PCI-E simply no way we had antici- pated how much fun it can card for profes- be to process four different sionals and techni- www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/tenow.pdf satellite signals at the same time. Using our up-to-date cal enthusiasts Intel Core 2 Duo proces- If you think four tuners isup, many less than brand These days, however, we ex- a little over the top you may sor we could not detect anynew PCs can be used for TV pect these features to come want to opt for the TBS6925. flaws or delays, but evenreception with Tenow prod- as standard and it’s not This PC card has only one when we took out an olderucts. As far as software is such a big deal any longer tuner, yet impresses with a Pentium IV system from ourconcerned you need either to even record two streams number of other features. office rumpus we were sur-MS Windows (2000/XP/Vis- simultaneously while watch- With professionals or tech- prised to find that it also didta/7) or Linux. Each product ing a third channel. savvy users in mind it does not leave anything to be de-comes with a user-friendly sired when paired with the not only support DVB-S/and conveniently shaped Tenow decided to go an Tenow card. To be fair, it did S2 with the QPS and 8PSKremote control which sits extra mile and now offers struggle with simultaneous modulations, but also DVB-nicely in your hand and will the TBS6984 which boasts recordings of different chan- S2 with 16PSK and 32APSK.be a great asset for all couch four tuners as an absolute nels and with HDTV recep- Added to that is multi-input-potatoes out there. The IR world first. After all, in- tion, but we never expected stream (MIS) reception ofreceiver is built into the cas- novative features and new it to be up to those tasks VCM and ACM transpondersing of the USB box, while all standards are what Tenow anyway. It should be noted (read more about this veryinternal PCI-E cards come is made of. The four low- that the TBS6984 offers the interesting reception stand-with an external IR receiver threshold tuners support option to get its power from ard in one of the comingwhich can easily be hooked DVB-S and DVB-S2 with the PC’s power supply unit. issues of TELE-satellite) asinto a dedicated socket on QPSK and 8PSK modula- An adapter cable is provided well as an option to save thethe slot panel. All items tions. In QPSK mode they with the card. However, this generic stream of a tran-come with a printed manual can process symbol rates power plug on the TBS6984that deserves special men- from 1 to 45 MS/s, while in is only optional since thetion thanks to all the useful 8PSK mode the range ex- card works perfectly wellinformation it provides. To- tends from 2 to 36 MS/s.gether with the installation Naturally, we put theseguide it should answer all specs to a stringent test andquestions that can possibly can happily reveal that inarise in terms of installing the real world the TBS6984and using Tenow products. lives up to its promises. It goes without saying that all four tuners cover the es-TBS6984 – 4 sential frequency band fromtuners for DVB-S/ 925 to 2175 MHz and the in- put threshold measurementS2 reception with a yielded identical results forsingle card all four tuners. Most of us will remembera time – not so long ago, So what is that raving when it takes its power fromactually – when recording about four tuners all about? the internal PCI-Expressand time-shift viewing of a The TBS6984 allows you to slot. However, under somebroadcast stream was noth- watch a channel live while at circumstances like a hugeing short of a sensation. the same time recording up power consumption due to22 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  12. 12. sponder on your PC’s hard ing our test. Indeed, we flawless video from a signal radio and data reception viadisk, up to a data transfer were able to receive an MIS with a C/N of only 4.5 dB. satellite.rate of 190 Mbit/s. transponder from ATLAN- All things considered, the TIC BIRD1 at 12.5° West If SCPC is what you’re (11495H), as well as SCPC concept of the TBS6925 is TBS5980 – an such that Tenow decided notafter, this is the right card signals with an extremely to package several tuners or external USB 2.0for you too. After all, Te- low symbol rate (less thannow went at great lengths 1 MS/s) which posed no a number of consumer mar- box with CI slot ket-driven features in this No matter how capableto come up with just the problem at all to the Tenow card, but rather launch a and rich in features all PCI-right tuner for the TBS6925 TBS6925. As if all that was tool for pros and tech-savvy E cards made by Tenowto support symbol rates all not enough, this particular users who now have a PCI-E are, they invariably requirethe way from 0.2 to 45 MS/s card comes with an efficient card at their disposal which a free PCI-E slot in the PC.in both the QPSK and 8PSK blind scan mode which was allows them to tap into the In addition, due to size re-modes. A full-range spec- able to detect even unusual more extreme and out-of- strictions of PC cards mosttrum like that for both mod- symbol rates both in DVB-S the-ordinary realms of TV, of them have no CI slot forulations is almost unique in and DVB-S2 during our test.itself. You can imagine that Applications like that reallywe gave our best to check show a tuner’s worth, andand verify the manufac- together with a very lowturer’s specification down threshold we were genu-to the very last detail dur- inely impressed to receive 0.5 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6925 Has every reception feature you could possibly ask for, plus blind scan. The card of choice for true 10-1 1/201 1 die-hard professionals venturing Tenow TBS5980 to the extreme edges of Brings pay TV onto your satellite reception. computer screen. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 23
  13. 13. 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6220 + TBS6280 Fit for the future thanks to impeccable DVB-T/T2 implementation.pay TV reception. Here too, USB 3.0 standard. The ma- and single (6220) PCI-E its second tuner can be usedTenow has a solution: the jority of users have USB cards for DVB-T/T2 recep- to record one channel whileUSB box TBS5980 measures 3.0 available even today, so tion. From the outside they watching another one, theonly 10.5 x 8.5 x 2 cm and an upgraded box should be both look identical, as ter- single version TBS6220 hascomes fully equipped with a able to use those resources. restrial TV reception does to do without that feature.blind scan tuner, all control Even though the box has to not require LNB power sup-electronics and a CE slot on live with the present USB ply and the input signal can Our test revealed thatthe front panel. 2.0 limitations, however, be forwarded from tuner 1 DVB-T/T2 reception was HDTV reception is possible to tuner 2 if more than one flawless with both models, The low-threshold DVB-S/ with the external box from is packed into the card. This and even a signal which wasS2 tuner worked smoothly Tenow. is also why only one anten- modulated by us and cor-with QPSK and 8PSK modu- na socket is required, even rupted with a substantiallations in our test, and it We tested pay TV recep- for the twin tuner model amount of errors was cor-supports symbol rates from tion as well and found that TBS6280. Speaking of the rected and displayed ac-1 to 45 Ms/s in both modes. the CI slot of the TBS5980 antenna socket, Tenow cording to specifications.Never fall for a manufactur- worked just as expected ships its DVB-T/T2 cards The tuners left a very posi-er’s sale pitch, we thought, with both a Viaccess CI with a rod antenna which in tive impression throughout,and put the USB box to the module and corresponding our test demonstrated sur- and one that was reinforcedtest. Lesson learned: Te- smart card an its Irdeto sib- prisingly good reception ca- when fed with real-worldnow can be trusted, as the ling. In a clever design move pabilities. signals as well.TBS5980 was able to even Tenow uses the spare spaceshow weak signals that hov- on the front panel to posi- Both cards can be used forered just around the tuner’s the VHF and UHF ranges and By the way, Tenow enters tion the IR receiver so thatthreshold level with only few are able to receive DVB-T/ uncharted territory with no external receiver is re-errors. T2 transponders with QPSK, its implementation of DVB- quired for the USB box – as 16QAM, 64QAM and 256QAM T2. Most PC cards available opposed to the PCI-E cards. Tenow’s box is compatible modulations. Apart from re- so far are only compatiblewith the USB 2.0 interface, ception bandwidths of 6, 7 with DVB-T and we honourwhich means it had to be TBS6280 & or 8 MHz the 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, the achievement of Tenowdesigned as a single tuner TBS6220 – DVB-T/ 16K and 32K FFT modes are to take that additional stepversion due to bandwidth available so that both cards once again. Once terrestriallimitations. We would love to T2 reception with cover the entire DVB-T/T2 HDTV via DVB-T2 gains mo-see extended versions with one or two tuners reception spectrum. mentum, Tenow will be al-two or even more tuners in The TBS6280 and ready there waiting with thefuture with the much faster TBS6220 are twin (6280) While the TBS6280 with right product.24 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  14. 14. TECHNICAL DATAManufacturer Tenow International Ltd TBS5980 Unit C-8A Input Frequency 925-2175 MHz Shennan Garden Building High-Tech Park Amount of Tuners 1 Shenzhen, CHINA Product Type USB 2.0 BoxPhone +86-755-26501345 or 26501201 Input level -69 ~ -23 dBMEmail sales@tbsdtv.com Symbol rates QPSK 1-45 Ms/sWebsite www.tbsdtv.com Symbol rates 8PSK 1-45 Ms/sFunction PCI-E card / USB 2.0 Box for SDTV and HDTV SCPC compatible yes (tested >1 Ms/s) with PVR functions and different amount of tuners, compatible with Windows and Linux DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.x operating systems C/KU band compatible yesTBS6984  CI slot yesInput Frequency 925-2175 MHz QPSK/8PSK yesAmount of Tuners 4 16 APSK noProduct Type PCI-E card 32 APSK noInput level -69 ~ -23 dBM MIS compatible noSymbol rates QPSK 1-45 Ms/s ACM/VCM compatbile noSymbol rates 8PSK 2-36 Ms/s Generic Stream capture noSCPC compatible yes (tested >2 Ms/s) BlindScan yesDiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.x TBS6220  C/KU band compatible yes Input Frequency VHF & UHF BandCI slot no Amount of Tuners 1 QPSK/8PSK yes Product Type PCI-E card 16 APSK no Channel Bandwidth 6,7,8 MHz 32 APSK no FFT mode 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32KMIS compatible no Center IF Frequency 3 ~ 5 MHzACM/VCM compatbile no RF-Input Impedance 75 OhmGeneric Stream capture no RF-Output Impedance 75 OhmBlindScan no CI slot no TBS6925 QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM yesInput Frequency 925-2175 MHz TBS6280Amount of Tuners 1 Input Frequency VHF & UHF BandProduct Type PCI-E card Amount of Tuners 2Input level -69 ~ -23 dBM Product Type PCI-E cardSymbol rates QPSK 0.2-45 Ms/s Channel Bandwidth 6,7,8 MHzSymbol rates 8PSK 0.2-45 Ms/s FFT mode 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32KSCPC compatible yes (tested >0.9 Ms/s) Center IF Frequency 3 ~ 5 MHzDiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.x RF-Input Impedance 75 OhmC/KU band compatible yes RF-Output Impedance 75 OhmCI slot no CI slot no QPSK/8PSK yes QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM yes 16 APSK: yes 32 APSK yesMIS compatible yes ENERGY DIAGRAMACM/VCM compatbile yesGeneric Stream capture yesBlindScan yes Expert Opinion Apparent Power No matter which Tenow product we look at, each single one is characterised by excellent build-quality and top-notch components. In Active Power+ our tests we always try painstakingly hard Mode Active StandBy Apparent Active Factor 16 W 9W 8W 4W 0.5 0.44 to find any shortcomings of the products we Thomas Haring test: this time we failed. Tenow passed the test TELE-satellite Test Center with flying colour and deserves our salutes. Austria– None First 15 minutes: Live TV & PVR functions; Second 15 minutes: StandBy26 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  15. 15. TEST REPORT on the Internet Digital PC Cards Download this report in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/tenow.pdf The name Tenow should a transmission rates of up to with upwards of 64 MB RAM ring a bell with many TELE- 250 MB/s, a level that is re- will do the job nicely. To sum satellite readers, because quired to meet Tenow’s ex- up, many less than brand in issue 02-03/2011 we ran acting demands in order to new PCs can be used for TV a company presentation of fully exploit all product fea- reception with Tenow prod- this promising PC card man- tures. ucts. As far as software is ufacturer. The company has We do appreciate, on the concerned you need either recently developed a total other hand, that hardware MS Windows (2000/XP/Vis- of five new PC cards, each requirements at the user’s ta/7) or Linux. Each product guide it should answer all of which comes with rather end are not stretched to the comes with a user-friendly questions that can possibly unique features. For DVB- limits at all, so that the Te- and conveniently shaped arise in terms of installing S/S2 we’re talking about now PC cards and the USB remote control which sits and using Tenow products. the TBS6925, TBS6984 and box will happily work with nicely in your hand and will TBS5980, while for DVB-T/ somewhat older systems be a great asset for all couch TBS6984 – T2 Tenow has the TBS6220 as well. To be precise, DVB- potatoes out there. The IR and TBS6280 in store. No S and DVB-T reception in receiver is built into the cas- 4 tuners for matter which product we standard definition require a ing of the USB box, while all DVB-S/S2 look at first, all boast excel- Pentium III processor with 1 internal PCI-E cards come lent workmanship and styl- GHz CPU, 256 MB RAM and with an external IR receiver reception with a ish packaging. Apart from a graphics cards with a min- which can easily be hooked single card the TBS5980 – which is an imum of 16 MB RAM. Even into a dedicated socket on Most of us will remember external USB box – all oth- HDTV reception via DVB-S/ the slot panel. All items a time – not so long ago, er cards are built to PCI-E S2 and DVB-T/T2 does not come with a printed manual actually – when recording (express) slot specifica- demand the world: A Pen- that deserves special men- and time-shift viewing of a tions, which is for a reason: tium IV CPU with 3 GHz or tion thanks to all the useful broadcast stream was noth- This up-to-date interface is higher, a minimum of 1 GHz information it provides. To- ing short of a sensation. the only one that supports RAM and a graphics card gether with the installation These days, however, we ex-28 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  16. 16. pect these features to come Pentium IV system from our ers (read more about this able to detect even unusualas standard and it’s not such office rumpus we were sur- very interesting reception symbol rates both in DVB-Sa big deal any longer to even prised to find that it also did standard in one of the com- and DVB-S2 during our test.record two streams simul- not leave anything to be de- ing issues of TELE-satellite) Applications like that reallytaneously while watching a sired when paired with the as well as an option to save show a tuner’s worth, andthird channel. Tenow card. To be fair, it did the generic stream of a tran- together with a very low Tenow decided to go an struggle with simultaneous sponder on your PC’s hard threshold we were genu-extra mile and now offers recordings of different chan- disk, up to a data transfer inely impressed to receivethe TBS6984 which boasts nels and with HDTV recep- rate of 190 Mbit/s. flawless video from a signalfour tuners as an absolute tion, but we never expected If SCPC is what you’re with a C/N of only 4.5 dB. Allworld first. After all, innova- it to be up to those tasks after, this is the right card things considered, the con-tive features and new stand- anyway. It should be noted for you too. After all, Te- cept of the TBS6925 is suchards are what Tenow is made that the TBS6984 offers the now went at great lengths that Tenow decided not toof. The four low-threshold option to get its power from to come up with just the package several tuners or atuners support DVB-S and the PC’s power supply unit. right tuner for the TBS6925 number of consumer mar-DVB-S2 with QPSK and An adapter cable is provided to support symbol rates all ket-driven features in this8PSK modulations. In QPSK with the card. However, this the way from 0.2 to 45 MS/s card, but rather launch amode they can process sym- power plug on the TBS6984 in both the QPSK and 8PSK tool for pros and tech-savvybol rates from 1 to 45 MS/s, is only optional since the modes. A full-range spec- users who now have a PCI-Ewhile in 8PSK mode the card works perfectly well trum like that for both mod- card at their disposal whichrange extends from 2 to 36 when it takes its power from ulations is almost unique in allows them to tap into theMS/s. Naturally, we put these the internal PCI-Express itself. You can imagine that more extreme and out-of-specs to a stringent test and slot. However, under some we gave our best to check the-ordinary realms of TV,can happily reveal that in circumstances like a huge and verify the manufac- radio and data reception viathe real world the TBS6984 power consumption due to turer’s specification down satellite.lives up to its promises. It controlling a DiSEqC motor to the very last detail dur-goes without saying that all ing our test. Indeed, wefour tuners cover the es- or with some motherboards, were able to receive an MIS TBS5980 – an where the PCI-Express slotssential frequency band from does not provide sufficient transponder from ATLAN- external USB 2.0925 to 2175 MHz and the in- power or where it introduc- TIC BIRD1 at 12.5° West box with CI slotput threshold measurement (11495H), as well as SCPC No matter how capable es too much noise, then ayielded identical results for signals with an extremely and rich in features all PCI- separate power cable couldall four tuners. low symbol rate (less than E cards made by Tenow are, help. That’s why TBS provid- So what is that raving 1 MS/s) which posed no they invariably require a ed this extra power supplyabout four tuners all about? problem at all to the Tenow free PCI-E slot in the PC. In plug for the TBS6984.The TBS6984 allows you to TBS6925. As if all that was addition, due to size restric- When fed with SCPC sig-watch a channel live while at not enough, this particular tions of PC cards most of nals and rather weak sig-the same time recording up card comes with an efficient them have no CI slot for pay nals from ASTRA 2D 28.8°to three different channels blind scan mode which was TV reception. East and Nilesat 7° West thefrom different transponders TBS6984 also performed upin the background. In this to standard.day and age of hundreds oreven thousands of available Download this report in Germanchannels we could hardly TBS6925 – a PCI-Eask for more. Alternatively,only three out of the four card fortuners can be assigned for professionalsTV reception, with tuner and technicalnumber 4 being set apart forInternet-via-satellite, if re- enthusiastsquired. As a matter of fact, If you think four tuners isthis is a feature that can be a little over the top you mayused with all other Tenow want to opt for the TBS6925.products as well. This PC card has only one We loved the TBS6984 tuner, yet impresses with aduring our test – there is number of other features.simply no way we had antici- With professionals or tech-pated how much fun it can savvy users in mind it doesbe to process four different not only support DVB-S/satellite signals at the same S2 with the QPS and 8PSKtime. Using our up-to-date modulations, but also DVB- www.TELE-satellite.com/Intel Core 2 Duo proces- S2 with 16PSK and 32APSK.sor we could not detect any Added to that is multi-input- TELE-satellite-1111/flaws or delays, but even stream (MIS) reception ofwhen we took out an older VCM and ACM transpond- deu/tenow.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 29
  17. 17. TEST REPORT Tenow PC Card Software该独家报道由技术专家所作Software for ception, the Windows Media Center can also receive TV and radio via DVB-T/T2 withTenow PC cards the only difference compared to satellite reception being the scanning interface. A test scan of the entire UHF/ VHF bands was completed inHere’s how to get the best just about four minutes and identified all of the currently available DVB-T/T2 transpon-out of Tenow Cards ders. After all of the basic set- tings have been taken care Hardware is only as good as the software that goes LNB’s was integrated by Mi- of, it just takes a few mousewith it. That’s why Tenow includes a CD with each of its crosoft. clicks to switch over to TV re-products on which can be found a variety of programs ception mode which appearsthat we want to take a closer look at here. Based on the location, the to be quite good. preprogrammed satellite list in the next step contains an Thanks to the Internet con- Windows Media Center assortment of entries that nection, the Windows Media The Tenow engineers have For this purpose, Windows include relatively up-to-date Center not only integrated allrecognized for some time Media Center offers a step- transponder data. Before of the channels found duringthat it isn’t always necessary by-step installation assistant the Windows Media Center is the scan into the channel list,to reinvent the wheel and that that works with a sample col- ready to use, you need only to but it also sorted them basedit often makes sense to sim- lection of preprogrammed perform a scan in order to fill on location. It places all ofply use an already available information. This includes the channel list with entries. the user’s local channels atstructure. And it’s exactly not only the satellite list al- For this task there’s an auto- the top of the list and there-just such an already avail- ready in the software but matic channel scan for an en- fore makes them immediate-able structure that has been also a prefabricated channel tire satellite entry as well as a ly accessible.worked very closely with: the list that the Windows Media manual transponder scan.Windows Media Center. Center can download auto- In our case it was the en- matically from the Internet The automatic channel crypted Austrian ORF chan- The Windows Media Center after entering in your local scan, for example, on HOT- nels that are transmitted viaoperating system manufac- postal code and current loca- BIRD at 13° east required satellite. Well, this situationturer Microsoft’s integrated tion. Before we can get down a total of 5 minutes and 30 gave us the perfect opportu-components (starting with to business with setting up seconds after which nearly nity to test the CI slot in theWindows Vista, depending on the hardware, the Windows every available channel made TBS5980 USB Box and seethe version) are what makes Media Center displays all its way to the channel list. if it works with the Windowsit possible to operate and the recognized devices and Media Center. No sooner didcontrol TV and radio PC ex- thereby makes it possible to In addition to satellite re- we insert the module in thepansion cards. activate or deactivate indi- 1 vidual components. Of course, with this kindof universal solution, it’s not In the case of Tenow’spossible for the manufacturer TBS6984 Quad Tuner cardto incorporate special fea- this would be an especiallytures and customer requests; practical feature if not allfor this reason the Windows four of the tuners have sig-Media Center is very easy to nals coming into them. Theuse and integrated into the unused tuners can very eas-operating system. ily be deactivated thus avoid- ing any problems with the Before you can use Tenow distribution of any recordingsproducts with the Windows over the receiver sections ofMedia Center, it first has to the card.be matched to the specificrequirements of the hard- For those owners of satel- 2ware. In our case it means lite systems with more thana channel scan in DVB-T/ one LNB, the Windows MediaT2 and DVB-S/S2 modes as Center offers only a rudimen-well as the correct setup of tary support of the DiSEqCreception parameters for use protocol: version 1.0 withwith our satellite antenna. up to four freely selectable1. Windows Media Center setup 6. Manual Channel Scan2. All four tuners in the TBS6984 7. Expanded EPG information can bePCI-e card are correctly recognized displayed for every channelin the Windows Media Center3. HDTV channel with the Windows 8. The visually appealing list ofMedia Center previously recorded programs4. EPG is downloaded via the 9. The Info bar provides the user withInternet detailed information on the current5. Automatic Channel Scan status and channel32 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  19. 19. slot and we were able to en- displayed for multiple chan- so that the user never has to a good digital/PVR receiverjoy ORF in HD quality. nels in an easy to follow grid. worry about it. It was espe- such as timer recordings, cially enjoyable to play with language selection, subtitles When switching between For those Tenow products the TBS6984 Quad Tuner and a nicely organized dis-channels, the software that have more than one tun- card; it was absolutely no play function for previouslyblends in an Info bar that er, the Windows Media Cen- problem recording three recorded programming.provides additional informa- ter is also the best software programs in the backgroundtion on the current program. to use in these cases. If, for while watching a fourth live On the other hand it’s also example, you’re using the TV channel all at the same possible to playback your en- At this point we have to TBS6984 card with four tun- time. And it didn’t matter tire collection of music andhighlight another outstanding ers or the TBS6280 card with at all if it involved SD or HD pictures through the Win-feature of the Windows Media two tuners, you don’t have channels. dows Media Center. SinceCenter: for the important lo- to worry about selecting the the Windows Media Centercal channels there’s not only proper tuner; this task is To round it all off, the can also be controlled by thethe EPG data available via handled by the software au- functionality of the Windows remote control that Tenowsatellite, the software con- tomatically for you. All you Media Center is further ex- includes in the package, younects automatically to the In- have to do is manually start panded two ways: on the one can sit back and enjoy watch-ternet and downloads edito- one or more recordings or hand it has all of the func- ing TV from your favoriterially prepared programming program them via the timer tions you’d expect to find in easy chair in the living room.information. and then continue to watch This has the huge advan- live TV. Expert Opiniontage of making all the EPG The distribution of record- + Perfect PC integrationdata for various channels im-mediately available. All of ing and live TV playback is handled automatically by the + + Automatic EPG update via the Internet + Very easy to programthis information can then be software in the background TBSViewer entire satellite, you sim- ply enter the start and stop available but they don’t have to be used. A scan of the each time, a detailed Info bar appears with informa- If for some reason you frequency values based on DVB-T/T2 VHF/UHF bands in tion on the current programcan’t or don’t want to use those already in the soft- Europe was completed in 4 within which can also bethe Windows Media Center, ware. It’s also just as easy minutes and 50 seconds and found EPG data. But unlikeTenow has a fully featured to perform a scan across a found all of the available sig- the Windows Media Center,free TBS Viewer that you specific frequency range. nals at our test location. the TBSViewer has to rely oncan use as an alternative. any EPG data that happensThe software was designed Since most of Tenow’s Once all of the basic set- to be sent by the provider;with ease-of-use in mind and products don’t have a CI tings have been taken care you first have to switch tocomes with all of the neces- of, you are taken to the Re- the desired channel so that slot, the channel scan cansary features. Yet there’s no ception Tools main window. the TBSViewer can read and naturally be limited to free-feeling of the software be- At first glance it looks rather process the data. Once this ly available channels anding overloaded and it’s very Spartan and only displays a is done, the information is thanks to the practical up-easy to use. few PVR function symbols, displayed in a very orga- date function, the channel list can be updated at any EPG controls as well as an nized fashion up to seven Just like the Windows Me- time without having to worry overview of available record- days in advance.dia Center, the TBSViewer about the software overwrit- ings near the bottom of thecan also be used for both ing any existing data. display. Thanks to the timer func-DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/T2 tion, you won’t miss thereception. In satellite re- In satellite mode the At first you won’t find a conclusion of your favoriteception mode the software TBSViewer was quite im- channel list but it does ap- program and since the re-shines with its 199 prepro- pressive with its wide range pear if you move the mouse cordings are saved in tran-grammed European, Asian of LOF (freely customizable) to the upper right corner of sponder stream format, youand American satellites that and DiSEqC settings capa- the display. It’s actually a can easily create a DVD us-for the most part come with bilities; many different pro- practical solution in that it ing any of the many free-reasonably current tran- tocols are supported. You makes quite a bit of space ware or shareware tools thatsponder data. can therefore use a multi- available in the channel win- are readily available. feed antenna or a motorized dow and yet is still easy to The TBSViewer’s channel dish without any problems. use. The channel list itself Our overall positive im-scan menu is highlighted by Our automatic channel scan is very well organized and pression of the TBSViewerits practical and easy op- of HOTBIRD at 13° east was can be sorted a number of was further enhanced by theeration. After selecting the completed by the TBSViewer ways such as by satellite or practical picture-in-picturedesired satellite from the in just a little over five min- by provider. Thanks to the function that let’s you passpreprogrammed list, you utes; this is comparable to practical search function, the time during those longcan either mark a single the Windows Media Center. every channel is easy to find. commercial breaks as welltransponder to be scanned as by the functional teletextor you can enter a start and In DVB-T/T2 mode there After changing channels decoder.stop frequency after which are preprogrammed fre-the software will search allthe preprogrammed tran- quency lists for various re- gions, in particular several Expert Opinionsponders that fall within the states in Germany, Hong + Comfortable channel scanselected frequency range. Kong, the UK, France as well as Hungary. These prepro- + + Extensive LOF settings capabilities + Channel list invisible during normal operation If you want to scan an grammed frequencies are34 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1

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