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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  • 20. 1 6 1. Channel scan of TURKSAT 42° 2. Thanks to the sensitivity of the tuner, SCPC reception is also possible without any problems 3. Timer function 4. EPG display in the TBSViewer 5. The TBS6984’s four tuners are recognized by the TBSViewer 6. Extensive satellite list 7. Thanks to the practical picture-in- picture feature, two channels can be displayed at the same time. 8. The TBS6280’s two tuners 9. DVB-T/T2 Scan 10. DVB-T2 support allows you to view HD channels terrestrially2 73 8 94 105 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 35
  • 21. DVBDream other basic settings like se- lecting the desired recording not only for the beginner but also for the professional. as well as the amount of data transmitted by the channel. In addition to the TBSView- format (MPEG or transponder In this way, for example, theer, Tenow has also included stream) as well as activating The foundation for all of channel scan speed can be in-a version of DVBDream on the support for a future CI this is a perfectly functioning fluenced in that the manufac-the CD that comes with its slot. Lastly comes the chan- core of basic features such turer-determined time to readnew products. Unlike the nel scan. as EPG display, PVR, Timer the PIDs can be changed andWindows Media Center and recordings, language selec- the TimeShift and streamingthe TBSViewer, this software A scan of ASTRA at 19.2° tion and subtitle display while parameters can be individu-jumps right to the most im- east was finished in a little for the professional there’s a ally set up via a network.portant settings when it’s more than ten minutes; it’s wide assortment of additionalstarted for the first time. This not the best scanning time in integrated features. For ex- Our overall positive impres-includes selecting the correct the world but it did correctly ample, there’s the ability to sion of the DVBDream washardware that the DVBDream identify and process every stream TV and radio channels further enhanced by the abil-can automatically recognize available signal. directly via LAN as well as the ity to place the channel win-thanks to the BDA compatible Internet making it possible to dow in full-screen mode orTenow drivers. The next step The DVBDream’s main win- start your own streaming ser- keep it reduced to its own TVinvolves adapting the soft- dow is divided in such a way vice. There’s also a bit rate window. In this way you canware to the reception system viewer that provides precise continue to work on your PCto be used. that the channel list is on the data on the usage rate and while keeping an eye on the left side with a control bar lo- the data transmission volume TV window at the same time; And this is where the cated at the top that provides of a transponder. The Demul- an ideal solution if you wantDVBDream shines: not only access to various functions tiplexer statistic displays the to watch, for example, a livethrough its individual LOF as well as a large window for PIDs of the current channel sporting event.settings capabilities, but also the TV playback. In general,through its DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1,1.2 and 1.3 (USALS) support the DVBDream comes with a multitude of settings capabili- Expert Opinionand its extensive 134 Euro- ties and features; you can tell + Full of features especially for the professionalpean, American and Asiansatellite list. After that the right away that this software through its simple and logical + + Internet streaming possible + Can also record in transponder streamuser can take care of a few operation is an excellent tool1 4 52 1. LOF Settings 6 2. DiSEqC Settings 3. In DVBDream the user can select for themselves the desired codec for the supported video format3 736 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 22. 8 TBS-VHID various software tools. Be- TBS-VHID is Tenow’s cause of this clever method, own tool used to integrate this program is compatible the included infrared re- with nearly every reception mote control. It contains tool and if there are spe- pre-configured profiles for cial settings that haven’t the Windows Media Center, been preprogrammed, this TBSViewer, DVBDream as can easily be taken care well as ProgDVB and gives of. You can also modify the you the ability to control ev- operation of individual but- ery function from the com- tons with just a few mouse fort of your easy chair. clicks. The interface between the For the user this all means9 remote control and the vari- that the TBS-VHID Tool can ous software tools works in not only control nearly ev- such a way that the received ery reception program via remote control signals are remote control, it can also converted into keyboard directly influence the opera- shortcut commands which tion of the remote control’s are then used to control the buttons. Expert Opinion + Preprogrammed for all of Tenow’s supported software + + Additional settings can be entered manually + Operation of remote control can be modified10 1 24. Automatic channel scan modified5. DVBDream comes with a 8. EPGwide variety of settings capa- 9. Bitrate Viewerbilities 10. Multitude of settings capa-6. LAN Streaming bilities within the channel list 1. The TBS-VHID Tool for the reception of remote control commands is7. Each channel entry can are available compatible with a large number of different programsbe individually adapted and 2. The buttons can be individually programmed TBS6925 After entering in the required parameters (frequency, po- data of about 30MB/sec, it We also liked the fact that might not be a bad idea to Tenow included a complete TS Recorder larization, LOF, symbol rate use the manufacturer deter- motor control in the TBS Re- Tenow has another delicacy and DiSEqC), it tries to read mined limits (time durationfor the professional TBS6925 the desired transponder. corder; it’s a tool that pro- or maximum data recordingcard: the TS Recorder is also fessionals undoubtedly will size) otherwise the remain-included on the CD. If it’s successful, the user use to receive satellites oth- ing free space on the hard will be able to see additional er than those all-too-popular drive could drop to zero in a The TBS6925 is the only technical parameters such heartbeat. DTH positionscard in our tests that can as modulation and streamstore the entire transponder type. Now all you need tostream, including all of theavailable data, on a PC’s hard do is push the Record button and the TBS Recorder begins Expert Opiniondrive. storing all of the received + Ability to record the originally transmitted signal This is exactly where the data on the hard drive. Since we are dealing with + + Integrated motor control + Ideal for professional applicationsTS Recorder comes into play. a relatively large amount of 37
  • 23. TBS-IPdata nually entered. We were also It took us just a few mouse TBS6984 Quad Tuner card; in If you’re not fortunate happy to see that the DiSE- clicks to set up an Internet just a few short steps we hadenough to live in an area qC protocols 1.0, 1.2 and 1.3 connection and put it to use. Internet via satellite set upthat has DSL or fiber-optics (USALS) are supported. on one tuner while the otheravailable, you’ll almost cer- We were especially sur- three tuners were used fortainly have Internet access The necessary drivers for prised at how well Internet TV reception.via satellite by subscribing to the network interface are via satellite worked with thean ISP, as this would often be installed during the normalthe only high-speed solution. installation process for the specific card or USB box and Expert OpinionThe included TBS-IPdata pro- are therefore immediate- + Preprogrammed ISP datagram is the perfect tool forthis situation. ly available to the operating system. + + Extensive preprogrammed satellite list + Also compatible with multiple tuner cards It comes with an elaboratelist of preprogrammed satel- 2 3lites and transponders fromproviders that offer theseservices from around theworld. Of course, these pa-rameters can be also be ma-11. One of the recognized tuners on thereception cards has to be selected foruse with the TBS IP Tools2. The TBS IP Tools’ extensivesatellite list3. A valid transponder was found;Internet via satellite can now begin! TBS BlindScan Scan function the user has to enter the desired frequency regardless whether it was DVB-S or DVB-S2. Even processed. The results can be stored in a data file which One of the more interes-ting features that Tenow has range and the polarization as those with unusual symbol- makes it available for furtherintegrated only in its sin- well as whether the 22 kHz rates (like 5778 or 8680 ks/ processing or for import intogle tuner DVB-S/S2 cards signal should be activated or sec) were recognized and other programs.(TBS6925, TBS6921 and not.TBS5980) is an exceptional Expert OpinionBlind Scan function. Our test scan of ASTRA 4A at 4.8° east was comple- + Compatible with every LOF value The manufacturer did not ted in just over seven mi- nutes and found every ver- + + Also recognized unusual symbolrates + Ideal for finding new channelsbuild it into the TBSViewersoftware; instead it is availa- tical high-band transponderble in the form of the TBS 1 2Blind Scan tool. This littleprogram provides a total ofthree preprogrammed LOFvalues (for the Ku-band line-ar and circular and also forthe C-band) and if desiredlet’s you enter LOFs manu-ally. DiSEqC 1.0 is suppor-ted but unfortunately notthe 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 (USALS)protocols. When starting the Blind1. The TBS5980 supports Blind Scanand can even recognize unusualDVB-S2 symbol rates without anyproblems.2. The TBS6925 professional card isin the process of performing a BlindScan on ASTAR 4A at 4.8° east38 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 24. Highlights 2011 www.spaun.com Quality made in GermanyCompact Headend 8 / 16 x DVB-S(2) into QAMBluBox 8 and BluBox 16• 8 / 16 x DVB-S(2) (QPSK/8PSK) into DVB-C (QAM)• For the reception of 60/120 TV programs SD/HD and 30/60 Radio programs• Compact dimensions and high energy efficiency• LNB control with 14/18 V + 22 kHz or DiSEqC • Configuration via LAN/IP• Complete processing of the transport streams possible• All 8 / 16 output channels can be placed individually in the spectrum• Two individual input ports Optical Transmitter SOTx 1310607 NF SAT-HD-ANALYZER SPAROS SAT HD • Frequency range of 47 ... 2200 MHz • Laser output power: +6 dBm • High quality and bright display (4.3 inch) • Quattro- and QUAD-LNB support • MPEG4-display and measuring • SCR single cable switching commands according to EN 50494 Optical Receiver • DiSEqC control SORx 1310607 NF and SORx 1310607/1 NF • Spectrum analysis • Robust, impact-resistant housing • 4-way / 1-way receiver in a compact housing • Splash-resistant keypad • Remote powerable through one coaxial output SPAUN electronic GmbH & Co. KG · Byk-Gulden-Str. 22 · 78224 Singen Tel.: +49 (0) 77 31 - 86 73 - 0 · Fax: +49 (0) 77 31 - 86 73 - 17 Email: contact@spaun.com · www.spaun.com
  • 25. TEST REPORT Twin LNB该独家报道由技术专家所作Jiuzhou JTU31UniversalTwin LNB• performed very well in output powermeasurements• gives better results than announce inproduct speciafications• especially well suited for the modern twotuner PVR receivers• output power measurements better thanour reference LNB• light weight makes LNB suitable formultifeed installations42 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 26. TELE-satellite MagazineBusiness Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/jiuzhou Direct Contact to Sales Manager www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 43
  • 27. TEST REPORT Twin LNBTwo in One 10-1 1/201 1 Jiuzhou JTU31 Universal Twin LNB Great performance optimized for Twin Tuner PVR ReceiversA great Choice For Usewith Twin Tuner PVR Receivers This is not the first time at practical point of view, two the same dish andTELE-satellite that we test parameters are of most we measured eachLNBs from Jiuzhou: in TELE- interest to the user: how of the two out-satellite 10-11/2010 we test- strong is the signal at the puts of those twined their Monoblock LNBF and output of the device and LNBs. We namedin TELE-satellite 06-07/2009 how good it is. In techni- the tested units T1their Multifeed LNB. What we cal terms, the first is re- and T2 (becausealways liked in Jiuzhou is the lated to LNB output power they were Twinfact that this company does expressed usually in dBμV models) and theirnot over specify their prod- (rarely in dBm) and the sec- outputs as “a” and “b”.ucts. As a true professional ond to MER (Modulation Er- You can see the resultsmanufacturer, Jiuzhou quite ror Ratio) expressed in dB. for the reference LNBmodestly informed us that To put it in simple terms, (REF) and JTU31s (T1a,the noise figure of the JTU31 MER is a measure of the T1b, T2a and T2b) onwas 0.6 dB. It may look infe- signal to noise ratio. the attached graphs.rior to the competition who Measuring two samplesclaim usually something like If a LNB has a high out- of same LNB helps us to0.2-0.3 dB but is that really put power, it is well suited determine that all LNBsso? You can not tell until you for long cable installations of this series are withintest the product. or an installation with pas- the same range. The Jiuzhou JTU31 KU band sive splitters that attenuate If we would onlyLNB is quite light so it should signal. If a LNB produces a test one samplenot pose any problems even signal of high MER, the re- LNB, we wouldin multifeed installations. ception system has a big not be sure ifBecause it is a twin LNB, it margin for bad weather the other LNBscomes with 2 rubber cov- conditions or even a margin of this seriesers for F connectors. At the for slight misalignment of a would givebottom side of the case, the dish. same results.JTU31 has three small holes In the beginning of the So testingfor letting out water that test, we installed our ref- two samplesmight condense inside. We erence single LNB on a 90 gives us ameasured that JTU31 con- cm offset dish. Then, we good aver-sumes only 140 mA during mounted two JTU31 sam- age for thisnormal operation. ples one after another on LNB series. As usually, we used HOT-BIRD on 13° East as oursource of test signals be-cause this satellite has a lotof transponders spread fromend to end of the Ku bandfrequency range. From a44 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 28. ■ Testing the Twin LNB JTU31: we mounted one after the other our reference LNB and each of the two sample Twin LNBs JTU31 in a 90cm Offset dish and measured the results with a professional satellite meter. More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: JIUZHOU Receiver Manufacturer, China www.jiuzhou.com.cn www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/jiuzhou.pdf46 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 29. The two JTU31s performed say that these LNBs are re- opinion about them is veryvery well in output power ally good. Local oscillator ini- positive. A regular satellitemeasurements – especial- tial frequency accuracy was TV viewer will be absolutelyly for vertical polarization. better than 0.1 MHz and its happy with the performanceThey were better than our drift from -30° C to +60° of these LNBs, especiallyreference LNB by 4 dB on C was only 0.4 MHz for low nowadys with the wide-the average. 4 dB difference band and 1.5 MHz for high spread use of twin receiver:is the equivalent of about 12 band. Intermodulation prod- of course, these twin LNBmeters of coaxial cable. ucts specified as -45 dBm models are especially well When we checked out were in fact -55 dBm and suited for the modern twothe MER results, the JTU31 -60 dBm for the two samples tuner PVR receivers.looked quite good as well. we tested, so their prod- As an additional advice weIt was practically as good uct in realitiy is better than suggest LNB buyers not toas our reference single LNB. Jiuzhou’s official technical pay too much attention toFor some transponders specifications - it is always the noise figures. The over-slightly better for the oth- a hallmark of a profession- all performance of an LNBers - slightly worse. But the al manufacturer to deliver depends not only on the in-difference was really very better performing products ternal noise floor but also onsmall, practically negligible than announced. the intermodulation perfor-– only 0.5 dB. There are LNBs on the mance and phase noise of We checked the techni- market that beat our refer- their local oscillators. Only acal specifications and the ence LNB in MER readings. real life test like this TELE-in-house test results of the However, the JTU31 Twin satellite test can truly revealmanufacturer, that Jiuzhou LNBs were practically equal the effective performance ofshared with us and we must to our reference and our a new product.48 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 30. TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer Sichuan Jiuzhou Electric Group Co. Ltd, China Internet www.jiuzhou.com.cn E-mail lewisliu@skytrack.cn Telephone +86-755-26947264 +86-755-26947236 Fax +86-755-26947266 +86-755-26715408 Model JTU31 Function Universal Twin LNB for Ku-Band I/P Frequency Range 10.7 GHz ~ 12.75 GHz O/P Frequency Range 950 MHz ~ 2150 MHz L.O. Initial Accuracy ± 1.0 MHz (@ 25° C) L.O. Temperature Drift ± 2.0 MHz (-30 ~ + 60° C) L.O. Phase Noise -60dBc/Hz @ 1 kHz offset(Max.) L.O. Phase Noise -80dBc/Hz @ 10 kHz offset(Max.) L.O. Phase Noise -100dBc/Hz @ 100 kHz offset(Max.) L.O. Spurious -55 dBm (Max.) Noise Figure 1.0 dB (Typ.) @ 25° C Conversion Gain 55 dB (Min.) Gain Variation 8 dB (Max.) Gain Flatness ±0.5 dB/27MHz Intermodulation -45 dBm (Max.) Isolation 20 dB (Min.) Image Rejection 40 dB (Min.) P1dB 0 dBm (Min.) Output VSWR 2.5:1 (Max.) DC Current consumption 200 mA (Max.) Polarization Switching Voltage V:11.5~14V, H:16~19V Band Switching Low:0 kHz, High:22 ± 4kHz Water Proof Test +60°C water for 5 minutes Expert Opinion High output power and good noise perfor- mance matching 0.2-0.3 dB LNBs + Very good intermodulation performance Very small LO drift Lightweight Good workmanship Jacek Pawlowski TELE-satellite – Test Center None. Polandwww.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 49
  • 31. TEST REPORT on the Internet Twin LNB Download this report in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/jiuzhou.pdf This is not the first time inferior to the competi- for letting out water at TELE-satellite that we tion who claim usually that might condense in- test LNBs from Jiuzhou: in something like 0.2-0.3 dB side. We measured that TELE-satellite 10-11/2010 but is that really so? You JTU31 consumes only we tested their Mono- can not tell until you test 140 mA during normal block LNBF and in TELE- the product. operation. the signal at the output of satellite 06-07/2009 their The Jiuzhou JTU31 KU As usually, we used the device and how good Multifeed LNB. What we band LNB is quite light HOTBIRD on 13° East as it is. In technical terms, always liked in Jiuzhou is so it should not pose our source of test sig- the first is related to LNB the fact that this compa- any problems even in nals because this satellite output power expressed ny does not over specify multifeed installations. has a lot of transponders usually in dBμV (rarely their products. As a true Because it is a twin LNB, spread from end to end in dBm) and the second professional manufac- it comes with 2 rubber of the Ku band frequency to MER (Modulation Error turer, Jiuzhou quite mod- covers for F connec- range. From a practical Ratio) expressed in dB. estly informed us that the tors. At the bottom side point of view, two param- To put it in simple terms, noise figure of the JTU31 of the case, the JTU31 eters are of most interest MER is a measure of the was 0.6 dB. It may look has three small holes to the user: how strong is signal to noise ratio.50 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 32. If a LNB has a high out- So testing two samples tion products specified as pecially nowadys with theput power, it is well suited gives us a good average -45 dBm were in fact -55 widespread use of twinfor long cable installa- for this LNB series. dBm and -60 dBm for the receiver: of course, thesetions or an installation The two JTU31s per- two samples we tested, twin LNB models are es-with passive splitters that formed very well in out- so their product in realitiy pecially well suited for theattenuate signal. If a LNB put power measurements is better than Jiuzhou’s modern two tuner PVRproduces a signal of high – especially for vertical official technical speci- receivers.MER, the reception sys- polarization. They were fications - it is always a As an additional advicetem has a big margin for better than our reference hallmark of a professional we suggest LNB buyersbad weather conditions or LNB by 4 dB on the av- manufacturer to deliver not to pay too much at-even a margin for slight erage. 4 dB difference is better performing prod- tention to the noise fig-misalignment of a dish. the equivalent of about ucts than announced. ures. The overall perfor- In the beginning of the 12 meters of coaxial ca- T here are LNBs on the mance of an LNB dependstest, we installed our ref- ble. market that beat our ref- not only on the internalerence single LNB on a When we checked out erence LNB in MER read- noise floor but also on the90 cm offset dish. Then, the MER results, the ings. However, the JTU31 intermodulation perfor-we mounted two JTU31 JTU31 looked quite good Twin LNBs were practi-samples one after an- as well. It was practically mance and phase noise cally equal to our ref-other on the same dish as good as our reference erence and our opinion of their local oscillators.and we measured each of single LNB. For some about them is very posi- Only a real life test likethe two outputs of those transponders slightly tive. A regular satellite TV this TELE-satellite testtwin LNBs. We named the better for the others - viewer will be absolutely can truly reveal the ef-tested units T1 and T2 slightly worse. But the happy with the perfor- fective performance of a(because they were Twin difference was really very mance of these LNBs, es- new product.models) and their out- small, practically negligi-puts as “a” and “b”. You ble – only 0.5 dB. Download this report in Germancan see the results for We checked the techni-the reference LNB (REF) cal specifications and theand JTU31s (T1a, T1b, in-house test results ofT2a and T2b) on the at- the manufacturer, that Ji-tached graphs. Measuring uzhou shared with us andtwo samples of same LNB we must say that thesehelps us to determine LNBs are really good. Lo-that all LNBs of this se- cal oscillator initial fre-ries are within the same quency accuracy was bet-range. If we would only ter than 0.1 MHz and itstest one sample LNB, we drift from -30° C to +60°would not be sure if the C was only 0.4 MHz for www.TELE-satellite.com/other LNBs of this series low band and 1.5 MHz for TELE-satellite-1111/would give same results. high band. Intermodula- deu/jiuzhou.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 51
  • 33. TEST REPORT HDTV Combo Receiver该独家报道由技术专家所作 Icecrypt STC6000HD PVR • Superbly designed and manufactured remote control • Very fast Blind Scan • Many useful features • Well thought-out EPG and channel handling • Very large channel memory makes the box well suited for motorized dishes54 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 34. TELE-satellite MagazineBusiness Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/icecrypt Direct Contact to Sales Manager www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 55
  • 35. TEST REPORT HDTV Combo ReceiverAn Aristocrat 10-1 1/201 1 Icecrypt STC6000HD PVR Well designed features in a well designed boxamong Double Tuner Boxes You can tell right from the ers. Let’s start with the box. such ports – the other two The remote control isstart that this Linux based Its front panel is equipped are located on the rear pan- rather large but that makesreceiver is a top class model. with a large 12 character el. it very easy to operate. TheEven the cooling slots on the bluish white dot matrix vac- The rear panel has eve- labels are very legible. Sur-top cover are arranged in a uum fluorescent display. It’s rything you might expect. prisingly, the remote controlnice pattern - not just in a not all that bright so won’t There are two tuner inputs does not come with a stand-simple grid. This initial im- distract you when watching with corresponding looped- ard rubber keyboard. Eachpression is confirmed again TV in a dark room. through outputs, HDMI and button has its own micro-and again as you familiarize The VFD shows the channel S/PDIF digital video and switch beneath a cap. Eve-yourself with this receiver. name, menu name or time. audio outputs, all sorts of ry microswitch generates And it’s not just the look There are only five buttons analog outputs (composite/ a very distinctive clickingand feel of the box and its on the front panel: channel RGB/YPbPr video and stereo sound and has a very crispremote control, but also up/down, volume up/down audio) as well as a number feel to it. Its operation isthe style of its on-screen- and standby. It would seem of data ports: two rear USB very reliable.graphics. However, behind that their purpose is more ports, an e-SATA port for an Every push of a button isall of this elegance must be to quickly check if the box external HDD, an RS-232 in- registered by the receiverexceptional performance, is operational than for any- terface and an Ethernet jack and you don’t have to worryotherwise, what’s the point? thing else. for a local area network. about how fast you push a The buyer of a luxury car As is typical, the right The sample that we re- series of buttons; the boxautomatically expects that hand side of the front panel ceived for testing came with reacts instantly to your ac-its external appearance and is actually a drop-down flap a DVB-S2 tuner and a DVB-C tions.internal comfort will be com- behind which you’ll find two tuner. However, any combi- This is due not only toplemented by a powerful universal smart card read- nation of DVB-S2, DVB-C, the design of the remoteengine. But what about the ers, two Common Interface DVB-T or DVB-T2 is possi- control unit but also to theSTC6000HD PVR? We exam- connectors for CA modules ble. You can order a version high power of the micropro-ined this receiver very close- and one USB port. This is of the STC6000HD PVR that cessor unit and the amountly for our TELE-satellite read- just the first one of three suits your needs. of memory installed in 0.556 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 36. 1 the STC6000HD PVR. The fonts. But as soon as you STC6000HD PVR’s User switch the OSD language to Manual is very well written Russian, the program name and very well organized. The is displayed properly using explanations of the receiv- the Cyrillic alphabet. er’s functions and features The next step is setting are detailed and precise al- your time zone. Daylight though the screenshots are Savings Time is also sup- a little bit too small and are ported. The STC6000HD hard to read without a mag- PVR can be set up to behave2 nifying glass. like an alarm clock. It can On a few occasions when automatically turn on and we wanted to refer to the display a selected channel at user manual, we found what the preset time of day. This we were looking for very is an interesting option for quickly beginning with the a total TV addict for whom index (located at the very starting a day with a favorite beginning of the manual) TV channel in the morning is and then jumping to the an absolute must. A sleep right page. It’s a well struc- timer can also be configured tured user manual. here. The OSD is in full color and After finishing these “ad- high resolution - exactly as ministrative” tasks, it was3 it should be for such a high time for more interesting class model. When turning steps – setting up an an- on the receiver for the first tenna system and searching time, the STC6000HD PVR for channels. When you en- asks you to select a lan- ter the antenna setup menu, guage. The receiver comes you can immediately see with an extensive choice that all DiSEqC protocols are of OSD languages: English, supported (1.0, 1.1 and 1.2) French, German, Dutch, along with USALS (which is Greek, Spanish, Arabic, also sometimes referred to Italian, Portuguese, Turk- as DiSEqC 1.3). ish, Russian, Polish, Czech, The LOF’s of the LNB are Swedish, Finnish, Danish, selected in two steps. You4 Norwegian, Slovak, Sloveni- first define whether it is a an, Macedonian, Romanian, single band, universal or SCR Serbian and Hungarian. The model and then you choose same languages are avail- the right LOF frequency. able for the first preferred The LOF cannot be entered audio, the second preferred manually but the drop down audio, the first preferred menu offers you a long list subtitle language, the sec- to choose from: 5150, 9750, ond preferred subtitle lan- 1000, 10050, 10300, 10600, guage and the preferred 10750, 11200, 11250, teletext language. 11300 and 11475 for sin- We noticed that the choice gle LOFs and 9750/10600 of OSD language has an im- and 9750/10750 for univer-5 pact on the program name sal LNBs. If you opt for an description in the channel SCR LNB, you do not have a info box. For example, when choice of LOFs. you watch a Russian chan- In our model, the channel nel, the program name can search was divided into two be displayed with strange submenus: Satellite Search and Cable Search. Satellite 1. System Tools menu Search offered as many as 2. Configuration menu five different search modes: 3. Installation menu automatic, manual, blind, 4. Utilities menu advanced and fast scan. 5. Info bar with extended information displayed More advanced readers58 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 37. 67 would know that the auto- The satellite list of the matic search is based on the STC6000HD PVR contains transponder data for every no fewer than 162 satel- satellite preprogrammed lites from all over the world. into memory by the manu- That’s a huge number but facturer. The manual mode there was one satellite miss- allows you to search only ing: Express AM4 at 11.0° one transponder that you west. So we used one of the select from the list for a giv- four “spare” satellites in the en satellite. list (called User 01 through The advanced mode lets User 04) and edited it. you not only select a specific Next it was time to check transponder but also specify the receiver’s channel scan-8 video, audio and PCR PID’s ning speed. As usual, we se- of the channel you want to lected HOTBIRD at 13° east find and process. Blind Scan as our test satellite. The is still something fairly new STC6000HD PVR came with to satellite TV but is quite 99 transponders stored in common to terrestrial TV its pre-programmed memo- sets. The box scans the fre- ry for this satellite. The au- quency spectrum and when tomatic channel scan with it detects a transponder, it network search turned off tries to recognize its param- took 7 minutes and 22 sec- eters. Generally, Blind Scan onds. 1274 TV and 383 radio mode is still not completely channels (FTA and scram- reliable in satellite boxes bled) altogether were found.9 because the transponder’s We reset the box and re- parameters can vary quite started the automatic scan a bit and there are no fixed with network search turned channel plans. on. Naturally, the scan last- The last option - Fast Scan ed longer – 10 minutes and - was a kind of puzzle to us. 5 seconds. The number of After playing with the box channels found increased for a while, we realized that to 1454 TV and 384 radio this mode is used to search channels. for channels of specific sat- After another factory re- ellite TV providers. Our box set, we started the Blind had two such providers pre- Scan. The result was very10 programmed: Canal Digital good indeed: 8 minutes and TV Vlaanderen. If you and 30 seconds and 1477 happen to be a subscriber TV channels and 409 radio to one of them, it will pro- channels. vide you with a convenient It looks as though the fu- speedy channel search. ture belongs to Blind Scan. It does not take much longer 6. Information box of a radio channel than an automatic scan but it 7. Simple channel list shows consistently manages to find also current programs more channels even when 8. Channel list compared with a network 9. EPG in a classical grid mode search. The STC6000HD 10. Detailed EPG of a single channel PVR lets you limit the blind www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 59
  • 38. 1112 scan to one polarization only strong signals (yes, this can or to FTA only or TV only. sometimes happen in ca- If you are the happy owner ble networks). The receiver of the STC6000HD PVR and performed very well and have the nature of a true was able to process signals DXer, you should opt for the even well outside its speci- Blind Scan rather than any fications. of the other channel search For example, the modes. Only in this way can STC6000HD PVR was able you find channels that the to process cable signals as others modes will be com- strong as +47 dBmV even pletely unaware of. though the specifications After a successful search only promise a range from13 of the HOTBIRD transpond- -15 dBmV to +25 dBmV. To ers, we decided to test its scan the entire frequency USALS operation and force band, the box needed 7 the box to search 25 satel- minutes and 30 seconds. lites from 30° west to 45° During our tests, we noticed east. The process ended up that the receiver can recog- with about 1700 TV and 1300 nize a change in QAM mode radio FTA channels. The on-the-fly and process the STC6000HD PVR’s memory signals without the need to was only 30% occupied as rescan the band. That is un- its capacity is 10,000 TV expectedly nice feature. and radio channels. The box Before finishing the instal- had absolutely no problem lation process, it is a good14 receiving SCPC channels idea to check the A/V set- and easily dealt with weak tings and see if they are op- transponders. Obviously, timized for your TV set. Ex- the tuner in the STC6000HD cept for typical settings like PVR is quite good. picture aspect ratio, we can After being that successful also set the HDMI output with satellite channels, we resolution up to 1080p here. moved on to cable channels. Not too many receivers We used our cable head-end can do that. Most of them equipment to generate a can only produce 1080i so package of DVB-C channels. this is another plus for the We tried all QAM modes STC6000HD PVR. from QAM-16 to QAM-256. Note that if the resolu-15 The STC6000HD PVR had tion is set greater than 576i, no trouble locking on and there is no video output on processing these channels. the SCART or RCA analog We checked the reception of outputs; there’s only a mes- very weak signals and very sage informing you that the resolution is set too high for 11. Mosaic view this output. Although there 12. Picture-in-picture – basic mode are receivers available that 13. Picture-in-picture – side can produce downscaled by side mode 576i video on the SCART/ 14. Selecting the language of channel subtitles RCA outputs while gener- 15. Language settings ating an HD picture on the 60 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 39. HDMI output, Icecrypt has in the classic way by press- chosen not to do that. Nor- ing the OK button. The other, mally, it’s not a problem for a simplified one, is accessed the user. It doesn’t happen by pressing the up or down too often where you need arrow buttons. The simpli- to watch HD content on an fied version shows just the HDMI output and still need a channel names in the left downscaled video version at column and the correspond- the same time. ing current program names Right after the channel in the right column. In this16 scan, the box shows you the way you can very quickly first FTA channel. This is a scan “what’s on TV” at that small but nice feature: if the moment. first channel in the list hap- The regular version pro- pens to be a scrambled one, vides much more informa- you are not presented with a tion about the channels, sat- black screen but instead are ellites and favorite lists. You taken to the first FTA chan- can not only sort channels nel. Channel surfing is a in different ways (by name, pleasure. Switching between transponder, CAS, provider MCPC FTA channels takes and tuner) and filter them slightly over one second. by satellite or favorite group When you switch to a really but also find a channel by17 low symbol rate channel like entering the first letters of DIYALA 11071 [H] SR=2099 its name. on Atlantic Bird 2 at 8° west, You can also assign chan- it takes about three seconds. nels to a selected favorite Similarly, when you switch list. The receiver initially to a scrambled channel it comes with ten favorites also takes longer – around lists with preset names: 2-3 seconds. Drama, News, Music, etc. You can watch scram- However, you can rename bled channels because the them as desired and even STC6000HD PVR has two add additional lists. slots for smart cards and More channel related op- two CI connectors for CA erations are possible after18 modules. During our tests, entering the Service List the receiver worked very Manager. In this submenu, well with a SECA Nagravi- you can do all the tricks sion card as well as with a you’ve come to expect: de- VIACCESS card. Of course, leting, moving, renaming, it’s always a good idea to locking or skipping a chan- consult the receiver vendor nel. What we would like to to make sure that it will work emphasize is the ease of use with a specific PayTV system of this manager. Everything you are subscribed to. is optimized. There are very There are two channel list few receivers out there that versions. One is accessible let you delete unnecessary19 2062 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 40. channels from a long list as suming less than 1 W of fect and no MPEG artifactsfast and conveniently as the power. We measured 0.8 were visible or audible. TheSTC6000HD PVR. W. However, switching back STC6000HD PVR not only Also moving channels is to operate mode takes over stored the audio/video ofsmartly organized – you do 40 seconds. If this is too the channel but also the al-not deal with each chan- long for you, you can choose ternative soundtracks andnel separately but mark a the shallow standby mode program description asgroup of channels and then in which switching back to presented in the EPG. Andhighlight a position where operate mode takes only 4 that’s not all. It also record-the entire group should end seconds. The penalty is the ed subtitles.up. Everything works very energy consumption. The You can’t edit the re-fast – evidently the power of receiver consumes 15 W in cordings directly with thethe receiver’s main proces- shallow standby and is only STC6000HD PVR – you havesor and the amount of RAM slightly less than what is to use your PC for this pur-contribute to this. Overall, consumed in operate mode pose. However, you can setmanaging channels in the (20 W). bookmarks at any point inSTC6000HD PVR is excep- The STC6000HD PVR al- the recording so that youtionally well done. lows you to record more can jump to it when watch- The Electronic Program than one channel at a time. ing it again. This is probablyGuide is accessed with the The exact number depends the simplest way of gettingEPG button. There are two on the data transfer rate of rid of the commercial breaksmodes: grid mode which the connected memory de- that might be inserted in ashows a multichannel view vice. The STC6000HD PVR recorded movie.along a timeline and single has a special test function The recordings are storedchannel mode. Everything in its menu. When started, it as files with a TS extension.works really fast and navi- measures the performance If you use a suitable PC ap-gating the programming of a USB stick or external plication, you can convertschedule is pure pleasure. HDD and displays what you this to a file that can be usedAs expected, you can mark can expect. to burn a DVD.programs for recording di- We checked a contempo- Time shifting workedrectly in the EPG. rary 8 GB USB stick con- equally well in our tests. This In such a classy receiver, nected to one of the receiv- function may be set to workeven the RECALL function is er’s USB ports. The receiver either manually –the boxnot a basic one. So when you informed us that we can ei- starts recording when thepress the RECALL button, ther record two HD channels Pause button is pressed, ora list of previously watched at the same time or record automatically – the box re-channels is displayed. You one HD channel while using cords A/V all the time fromcan either press the RECALL the time shift feature. These the moment we switch tobutton again to choose the are excellent results that another channel. The timervery last channel or use everyone should be satisfiedthe up/down arrow buttons with! 16. Dish Settings menu 17. Configuring channel searchto select another one and Based on these results, 18. Cable channel searchpress OK. we attempted two HD re- settings are simpler to set than There are two stand- cordings simultaneously. the satellite onesby modes available in the The quality of the record- 19. Channel manager ings when played back left 20. TeletextSTC6000HD PVR. In deep 21. YouTube browser withstandby mode the box is nothing to be desired. The search panel activatedalmost completely off con- video and audio were per- 22. List of installed plugins 21 22 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 63
  • 41. buffer for automatic record- insert. You can choose the are shown as frozen frames. cording. If you want to re-ing can be set, for example, second channel you want to When you surf between cord something important itto 120 minutes. see from a drop down menu. channels you often encoun- might not be a bad idea to The STC6000HD PVR lets Of course, if your version ter some channels that are use this function becauseyou not only play back pre- of the STC6000HD PVR has very loud or others that are schedules may not alwaysviously recorded content but only one DVB-S2 tuner, very quiet. Icecrypt has a be completely accurate.also multimedia files stored you are limited to the same remedy for that. You can in- If you have access to theon your disk like: MP3, JPG, transponder and cable chan- dividually set each channel Internet, you can connectMPG or DivX AVI. nels. You can also watch two audio level to be played nor- the STC6000HD PVR to your The STC6000HD PVR has channels in equal size side mally, increased by 30% or LAN. It’s compatible withso many functions and fea- by side. reduced by 30%. It’s a really DHCP routers so in mosttures that it’s difficult to list Another nice feature is the helpful feature. cases you won’t need to con-them all. But we’ll try any- multi-picture display (or mo- You can configure the figure anything. Once con-way. One nice feature is PIP saic display). You can watch STC6000HD PVR to auto- nected you can watch video(picture-in-picture). You can nine or twelve channels ar- matically add some timewatch two channels simulta- ranged in a mosaic and you before and/or after each re-neously. can navigate between them. The main one fills the en- One channel is live, the resttire screen while the other ismuted and shown in a small64 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 42. clips on YouTube (a regular more interesting plug-insmenu option in the receiver) will eventually become avail- TECHNICAL DATAor even surf any other pages able for the STC6000HD PVR Manufacturer Icecrypt, Sittingbourne, United Kingdomif you use a plug-in called and as an owner of this re- Webpage www.icecrypt.comWebZeal. The WebZeal plug- ceiver you’ll have a lot of fun Email info@icecrypt.comin is a web browser and was trying them out. Last but not least, we Fax +44-1795 427 666pre-installed by the manu-facturer. want to highlight the ability Model STC6000HD PVR Since this is a Linux based to save your channel lists Function Two tuner HD receiver with Linux OSreceiver, additional soft- and other settings to the at- Choice of tuners , , orware can be installed in the tached storage devices. It’s Input range of tuner 950-2150 MHz, -65 to – 25 dBmSTC6000HD. This could be an excellent feature that will Input range of tuner 50 MHz ~ 1 GHz, QAM 16 ~ QAM 256,software downloaded from let you quickly restore all 1Ms/sec ~7 Ms/sec, -15 dBmV ~ 25 dBmVthe Icecrypt home page - your channel and favorites Input range of VHF III: 174~230 MHzfor example a new version lists after upgrading your and tuners UHF IV: 470~606 MHz UHF V: 606~862 MHzof WebZeal – or it could be software. DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2plug-ins developed by inde- Overall, the STC6000HDpendent programmers. PVR is not only very el- USALS yes We expect that more and egant and classy but also HDMI output 1 extremely convenient and SCART 2 fast. It will satisfy not only Analog A/V outputs 6 x RCA regular family users but also Component video output yes demanding DX-ers and sat- S-Video output yes ellite enthusiasts. UHF modulator no 0/12V connector no Digital audio output optical S/PDIF EPG yes C/Ku-Band compatible yes SCPC compatible yes PVR function yes USB 2.0 ports 3x Ethernet yes E-SATA yes Main processor STi chipset Memory Flash ROM 64 Mbytes, SDRAM 256 Mbytes, EEPROM 256 Bytes Power supply AC 100 ~ 250 V 50/60 Hz Power consumption 55 W max. (1 W max. in deep standby mode) Dimensions 340 x 60 x 230 mm Weight 2 kg Operating temperature 0° ~ +45° C ENERGY DIAGRAM Expert Opinion Apparent Power Very fast and pleasant operation due to a pow- erful processor and amount of RAM Flexible design allowing various DVB tuner Active Power+ combinations Compatible with Linux plug-ins Mode Apparent Active Factor Active 40 W 20 W 0.5 Numerous data interfaces Jacek Pawlowski StandBy 30 W 15 W 0.5 Deep StandBy 4W 0.5 W 0.125 Elegant hardware and stylish OSD TELE-satellite Test Center Poland Software occasionally hangs up (though you can always restart the box with the standby button)– Small bug for owners of motorized dishes: Blind Scan func- 5 minutes - shallow standby mode, next 5 minutes - operational tion does not drive a USALS motor mode with playing back a recording from an external USB HD, last 5 minutes - deep standby mode www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 65
  • 43. TEST REPORT on the Internet HDTV Combo Receiver Download this report in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/icecrypt.pdf You can tell right from the We examined this receiver behind which you’ll find two start that this Linux based very closely for our TELE- universal smart card read- receiver is a top class mod- satellite readers. Let’s start ers, two Common Interface el. Even the cooling slots on with the box. Its front pan- connectors for CA modules the top cover are arranged el is equipped with a large and one USB port. This is in a nice pattern - not just in 12 character bluish white just the first one of three a simple grid. This initial im- dot matrix vacuum fluores- such ports – the other two pression is confirmed again cent display. It’s not all that are located on the rear pan- ceived for testing came with and again as you familiarize bright so won’t distract you el. a DVB-S2 tuner and a DVB- yourself with this receiver. when watching TV in a dark The rear panel has eve- C tuner. However, any com- And it’s not just the look room. rything you might expect. bination of DVB-S2, DVB-C, and feel of the box and its The VFD shows the chan- There are two tuner inputs DVB-T or DVB-T2 is possi- remote control, but also nel name, menu name or with corresponding looped- ble. You can order a version the style of its on-screen- time. There are only five through outputs, HDMI and of the STC6000HD PVR that graphics. However, behind buttons on the front panel: S/PDIF digital video and suits your needs. all of this elegance must be channel up/down, volume audio outputs, all sorts of The remote control is exceptional performance, up/down and standby. It analog outputs (composite/ rather large but that makes otherwise, what’s the point? would seem that their pur- RGB/YPbPr video and stereo it very easy to operate. The The buyer of a luxury pose is more to quickly audio) as well as a number labels are very legible. Sur- car automatically expects check if the box is opera- of data ports: two rear USB prisingly, the remote con- that its external appear- tional than for anything ports, an e-SATA port for an trol does not come with a ance and internal comfort else. external HDD, an RS-232 in- standard rubber keyboard. will be complemented by a As is typical, the right terface and an Ethernet jack Each button has its own powerful engine. But what hand side of the front panel for a local area network. microswitch beneath a cap. about the STC6000HD PVR? is actually a drop-down flap The sample that we re- Every microswitch gener-66 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 44. ates a very distinctive click- ond preferred subtitle lan- sal LNBs. If you opt for an mode is still not completelying sound and has a very guage and the preferred SCR LNB, you do not have a reliable in satellite boxescrisp feel to it. Its operation teletext language. choice of LOFs. because the transponder’sis very reliable. We noticed that the choice In our model, the channel parameters can vary quite Every push of a button is of OSD language has an im- search was divided into two a bit and there are no fixedregistered by the receiver pact on the program name submenus: Satellite Search channel plans.and you don’t have to worry description in the channel and Cable Search. Satellite The last option - Fast Scanabout how fast you push a info box. For example, when Search offered as many as - was a kind of puzzle to us.series of buttons; the box you watch a Russian chan- five different search modes: After playing with the boxreacts instantly to your ac- nel, the program name can automatic, manual, blind, for a while, we realized thattions. This is due not only be displayed with strange advanced and fast scan. this mode is used to searchto the design of the remote fonts. But as soon as you More advanced readers for channels of specific sat-control unit but also to the switch the OSD language to would know that the auto- ellite TV providers. Our boxhigh power of the micropro- Russian, the program name matic search is based on the had two such providers pre-cessor unit and the amount is displayed properly using transponder data for every programmed: Canal Digitalof memory installed in the Cyrillic alphabet. satellite preprogrammed and TV Vlaanderen. If youthe STC6000HD PVR. The The next step is setting into memory by the manu- happen to be a subscriberSTC6000HD PVR’s User your time zone. Daylight facturer. The manual mode to one of them, it will pro-Manual is very well written Savings Time is also sup- allows you to search only vide you with a convenientand very well organized. The ported. The STC6000HD one transponder that you speedy channel search.explanations of the receiv- PVR can be set up to be- select from the list for a giv- The satellite list of theer’s functions and features have like an alarm clock. en satellite. STC6000HD PVR containsare detailed and precise al- It can automatically turn The advanced mode lets no fewer than 162 satel-though the screenshots are on and display a selected you not only select a specific lites from all over the world.a little bit too small and are channel at the preset time transponder but also specify That’s a huge number buthard to read without a mag- of day. This is an interest- video, audio and PCR PID’s there was one satellite miss-nifying glass. ing option for a total TV ad- of the channel you want to ing: Express AM4 at 11.0° On a few occasions when dict for whom starting a day find and process. Blind Scan west. So we used one of thewe wanted to refer to the with a favorite TV channel in is still something fairly new four “spare” satellites in theuser manual, we found what the morning is an absolute to satellite TV but is quite list (called User 01 throughwe were looking for very must. A sleep timer can also common to terrestrial TV User 04) and edited it.quickly beginning with the be configured here. sets. The box scans the fre- Next it was time to checkindex (located at the very After finishing these “ad- quency spectrum and when the receiver’s channel scan-beginning of the manual) ministrative” tasks, it was it detects a transponder, it ning speed. As usual, we se-and then jumping to the time for more interesting tries to recognize its param- lected HOTBIRD at 13° eastright page. It’s a well struc- steps – setting up an an- eters. Generally, Blind Scan as our test satellite.tured user manual. tenna system and searching The OSD is in full color and for channels. When you en-high resolution - exactly asit should be for such a high ter the antenna setup menu, you can immediately see Download this report in Germanclass model. When turning that all DiSEqC protocols areon the receiver for the first supported (1.0, 1.1 and 1.2)time, the STC6000HD PVR along with USALS (which isasks you to select a lan- also sometimes referred toguage. The receiver comes as DiSEqC 1.3).with an extensive choice of The LOF’s of the LNB areOSD languages: English, selected in two steps. YouFrench, German, Dutch, first define whether it is aGreek, Spanish, Arabic, single band, universal or SCRItalian, Portuguese, Turk- model and then you chooseish, Russian, Polish, Czech, the right LOF frequency.Swedish, Finnish, Danish, The LOF cannot be enteredNorwegian, Slovak, Sloveni- manually but the drop downan, Macedonian, Romanian, menu offers you a long listSerbian and Hungarian. The to choose from: 5150, 9750,same languages are avail- 1000, 10050, 10300, 10600,able for the first preferred 10750, 11200, 11250, www.TELE-satellite.com/audio, the second preferred 11300 and 11475 for sin- TELE-satellite-1111/audio, the first preferred gle LOFs and 9750/10600subtitle language, the sec- and 9750/10750 for univer- deu/icecrypt.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 67
  • 45. TEST REPORT Terrestrial HDTV Receiver for South America该独家报道由技术专家所作SkyworthHI-11 PVRISDB-T68 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 46. • Easy operation with all theimportant features• Enormous channel memoryfor storage of numerousISDB-T channels• Manual channel scan evenfinds weak channels• 5V output for electronicroom antennas• All available transponderspreprogrammed www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 69
  • 47. TEST REPORT Terrestrial HDTV Receiver for South America 10-1 1/201 1The HD Box Skyworth HI-11 PVR ISDB-T Unkompliziert zu bedienender terrestrischer Receiver für SüdamerikaSDTV and HDTVreception via ISDB-T When you see the Sky- rear panel on the other hand but won’t slip off them when Portuguese, Russian, Turk-worth HI-11 PVR for the first is nicely equipped. In addi- the buttons are pressed. ish, Polish and Farsi). As youtime, you see a box that was tion to the ISDB-T antenna can see, even if you’re a for-designed with simplicity in input and looped-through “F” All in all, we were very im- eigner living in South Amer-mind. It’s not unnecessar- outputs, there’s also 6 RCA pressed with the workman- ica, there’s a good chanceily fancy or flamboyant and jacks for stereo audio, com- ship of the HI-11 PVR despite the Skyworth receiver willthere are no flaps or buttons posite video and YUV. Last the fact that the box looked support your native tongue.that stick out. but not least, you’ll also find rather bare due to the lack an HDMI output as well as a of a display. Immediately af- Oddly enough, despite all Skyworth designed this USB 2.0 interface. There’s no ter turning on the box for the the settings that are possibleset-top-box in such a way that main power switch. first time, the user is greeted at this point, the user can-it would be as inconspicuous by the Installation Assistant. not select the resolution ofas possible and yet perform The included remote con- the output signal here; thisits duties effortlessly and in trol left us with a very good The first thing it asks is can only be done at the endan uncomplicated manner. impression. All of the but- to select the correct instal- of the installation in the mainThe HI-11 PVR doesn’t even tons are relatively large and lation location (Argentina, menu. But when you get tohave a display; there’s just clearly labeled. Thanks to the Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and that point you can choosea single red LED that indi- plastic coating, your fingers Uruguay) as well as the on- between 16:9 and 4:3 or setcates Standby mode. The will glide across the buttons screen display (OSD) lan- it to automatically switch be- guage (English, French, tween the two modes. German, Italian, Spanish, Once the basic settings have been taken care of, the70 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 48. 1receiver automatically starts been perfectly aligned whena channel scan of the entire the first channel scan wasfrequency spectrum with the performed. With the help ofpress of the OK button. It the signal strength and sig-completed this scan in just nal quality displays in the90 seconds and found all the manual scan menu, this canavailable regional ISDB-T quickly be corrected. There’schannels. even a separate menu sec- tion with a level display just Although not as many for adjusting the antenna.channels are available viaISDB-T as there are via sat- With the channel scan the 2ellite, it still pays to have a user can choose the desiredlook in the HI-11 PVR’s set- frequency band (UHF ortings menu after the channel VHF) as well as the chan-scan so that you can organ- nel number. The manufac-ize the channel list (maxi- turer put some thought intomum 1000 entries) to your the receiver here as well;personal tastes. less experienced users don’t have to worry about the Skyworth has integrated painstaking task of enteringall of the necessary options in the correct frequency; itvery nicely into the receiv- can easily be selected fromer. Thanks to the as many a nicely compiled list.as eight group oriented Fa- 3vorites lists, each family Skyworth even thought ofmember can store their fa- those users that own smallervorite channels individually ISDB-T antennas with activefor fast recall at a later time. signal amplification; +5V is supplied to the amplifier di- We also appreciated the rectly through the coaxialfact that the manufacturer cable linking the antennadidn’t forget about a man- and the receiver.ual frequency scan; there’salways the possibility that And just like the DVB-Tthe antenna may not have standard, the ISDB-T stand- ard also includes additional 4 information in the transmis- sion such as the date and time. Naturally, the HI-11 PVR can access this extra in- formation. Depending on the 1. Automatic channel scan 2. Manual scan 3. Language settings 4. The receiver sup- ports all of the critical video output resolu- tions 5. Time setting via the 5 ISDB-T signal 0.59 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 71
  • 49. 6 region, the time difference ing. The days of muddling from GMT can be individually through the programming of programmed; even daylight a video recorder and setting savings time (summer time) up your receiver in advance can be activated or deacti- are over. vated with the push of just one button. If a channel has more than one audio track, the HI-11 To round things off, it’s PVR can switch between7 even possible to adjust the them by simply pushing the on-screen display to your yellow function button; even personal tastes. You can ad- teletext can be effortlessly just the OSD transparency activated and displayed. between 0 and 40% so that if a menu page or some oth- Despite the limited avail- er blended-in function is ac- ability of programming via tivated, the current TV pro- ISDB-T, the search function gram remains visible in the within the channel list is background. worth mentioning. With its help, every available chan- The Skyworth receiver can nel can be easily located and deliver the video signal to accessed by pushing a single8 the output in a variety of for- button on the remote control mats and resolutions: PAL- and entering the first letters M, PAL-N, 480i, 480p, 576i, of the channel name. 576p, 720p 50 Hz, 720p 60 Hz, 1080i 50 Hz and 1080i After our detailed test, we 60 Hz are available. noticed that a dedicated but- ton on the remote control to After all of the settings switch the video output res- have been taken care of, you olution was missing; ideally, can exit the menu and the re- this is a feature that every ceiver will switch over to the receiver should have. first receivable channel. An Info bar appears along the The video and audio quali-9 bottom edge of the screen ty of the Skyworth HI-11 PVR that reveals the channel was quite convincing during name but, of course, only if our tests. It can handle SD the provider makes this data signals as well as HD signals available. And again, just without any difficulties and like with DVB-T, in ISDB-T can quickly switch between you can also access a com- channels at a speed of just plete digital programming over one second. Even the guide with the HI-11 PVR up Skyworth manufactured to seven days in advance; tuner performed admirably the data appears after push- and can even acceptably ing the EPG button. display weaker ISDB-T sig- nals with the help of error10 Since this receiver includes correction. a PVR function, it makes it a lot of fun to mark your fa- Thanks to the USB 2.0 in- vorite programs for record- terface, the new Skyworth receiver does more than just receive signals; it can record 6. Eight separate Favorites lists are available programs on external stor- 7. Info bar display age media such as a hard 8. The manufacturer also drive, USB stick or an SD integrated three video games card. 9. Media player with M3 playback and picture gallery 10. Picture display And that important tel-72 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 50. Expert Opinionephone call won’t get in the To top it all off, the receiv-way of your TV enjoyment; er also comes with three High Channel Memory Capacity Fast Channel Switching Timethe Time Shift function letsyou pause the program your integrated video games: Tetris, Othello and Sudoku. + Very Easy to Use USB Interface for PVRwatching, handle the tele- The receiver’s firmware canphone call and then continue also be updated via a USB The firmware refers in some cases to features Juan Carlos Duarte TELE-satellitewatching that program with- stick. The option to up- grade the firmware via an – that are not actually available in the receiver Test Center Chileout missing a beat. itself RS-232 interface exists in Since it’s only MPEG-2 sig- the software but the lacknal coding that comes into of an actual RS-232 port TECHNICALplay with ISDB-T, the exter- would make that task rath- DATA Manufacturer Skyworth Overseas Ltd, Unit 1601-4 Westland Centre,nal storage media can easily er difficult. 20 Westland Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kongbe linked to a PC and before Email sales sales@skyworth.comyou know it, the data can be In all likelihood, this menu Internet www.skyworth.com.hktransferred to a DVD. Natu- option was left over from a Model HI-11 PVRrally, the receiver can also firmware version that was Function: Receiver with PVR functionformat the external storage originally meant for another Channel memory 1000device in either NTFS or FAT; device. The same is true for Frequency lists Preprogrammed for UHF and VHF bandthat’s one less step that has the Conax card reader listed EPG yesto be performed through the in the Information menu that HDTV support yes (up to 1080i in MPEG-2)PC. in reality doesn’t exist. Input frequency UHF (473-887 MHz) VHF (177 bis 213 MHz) Slowly but surely it’s be- The Skyworth HI-11 PVRcoming standard for decent is a solid, reliable ISDB-T re- ENERGY DIAGRAMPVR receivers to also pro- ceiver that can easily handlevide the ability to playback both SDTV and HDTV sig-MP3 music or JPEG pictures nals. It can be customizedfrom an external storage de- to the individual demands Apparent Powervice. of the user and comes pack- aged in a decent yet unre- The HI-11 PVR doesn’t dis- markable housing. Active Powerappoint here either: it canhandle the job given to it Thanks to the PVR func-without any problems and tion, the user can take the Mode Apparent Active Factor Active 13.5 W 8W 0.59without errors. It can there- big step into the age of digi- StandBy 10 W 6W 0.6fore be used as a true blue tal recording and with theMP3 jukebox and can also be Time Shift function lets youused to show off your latest interrupt your favorite TV orvacation pictures to family radio program without miss- First 15 minutes: Active operation with recording and playbackand friends. ing a thing. plus live TV; Second 15 minutes: Standby74 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 51. TEST REPORT on the Internet Terrestrial HDTV Receiver for South America Download this report in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/skyworth.pdf When you see the Sky- posite video and YUV. Last The first thing it asks is worth HI-11 PVR for the first but not least, you’ll also find to select the correct instal- time, you see a box that was an HDMI output as well as lation location (Argentina, designed with simplicity in a USB 2.0 interface. There’s Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and mind. It’s not unnecessar- no main power switch. Uruguay) as well as the ily fancy or flamboyant and The included remote con- on-screen display (OSD) there are no flaps or but- trol left us with a very good language (English, French, tons that stick out. impression. All of the but- German, Italian, Spanish, 4:3 or set it to automatical- Skyworth designed this tons are relatively large Portuguese, Russian, Turk- ly switch between the two set-top-box in such a way and clearly labeled. Thanks ish, Polish and Farsi). As you modes. that it would be as incon- to the plastic coating, your can see, even if you’re a for- Once the basic settings spicuous as possible and fingers will glide across the eigner living in South Amer- have been taken care of, yet perform its duties ef- buttons but won’t slip off ica, there’s a good chance the receiver automatically fortlessly and in an uncom- them when the buttons are the Skyworth receiver will starts a channel scan of plicated manner. The HI-11 pressed. support your native tongue. the entire frequency spec- PVR doesn’t even have a All in all, we were very Oddly enough, despite all trum with the press of the display; there’s just a sin- impressed with the work- the settings that are pos- OK button. It completed this gle red LED that indicates manship of the HI-11 PVR sible at this point, the user scan in just 90 seconds and Standby mode. The rear despite the fact that the cannot select the resolution found all the available re- panel on the other hand is box looked rather bare due of the output signal here; gional ISDB-T channels. nicely equipped. In addition to the lack of a display. Im- this can only be done at the Although not as many to the ISDB-T antenna in- mediately after turning on end of the installation in the channels are available via put and looped-through “F” the box for the first time, main menu. But when you ISDB-T as there are via sat- outputs, there’s also 6 RCA the user is greeted by the get to that point you can ellite, it still pays to have a jacks for stereo audio, com- Installation Assistant. choose between 16:9 and look in the HI-11 PVR’s set-76 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 52. tings menu after the chan- the region, the time differ- effortlessly activated and terface, the new Skyworthnel scan so that you can ence from GMT can be indi- displayed. Despite the lim- receiver does more thanorganize the channel list vidually programmed; even ited availability of program- just receive signals; it can(maximum 1000 entries) to daylight savings time (sum- ming via ISDB-T, the search record programs on exter-your personal tastes. mer time) can be activated function within the channel nal storage media such as a Skyworth has integrated or deactivated with the push list is worth mentioning. hard drive, USB stick or anall of the necessary options of just one button. With its help, every avail- SD card.very nicely into the receiv- To round things off, it’s able channel can be eas- And that important tel-er. Thanks to the as many even possible to adjust the ily located and accessed by ephone call won’t get in theas eight group oriented Fa- on-screen display to your pushing a single button on way of your TV enjoyment;vorites lists, each family personal tastes. You can the remote control and en- the Time Shift function letsmember can store their fa- adjust the OSD transpar- tering the first letters of the you pause the program yourvorite channels individually ency between 0 and 40% so channel name. watching, handle the tel-for fast recall at a later time. that if a menu page or some After our detailed test, ephone call and then con- We also appreciated the other blended-in function we noticed that a dedicated tinue watching that programfact that the manufacturer is activated, the current TV button on the remote con- without missing a beat.didn’t forget about a man- program remains visible in trol to switch the video out- Since it’s only MPEG-2 sig-ual frequency scan; there’s the background. put resolution was missing; nal coding that comes intoalways the possibility that The Skyworth receiver ideally, this is a feature that play with ISDB-T, the exter-the antenna may not have can deliver the video signal every receiver should have. nal storage media can easilybeen perfectly aligned when to the output in a variety The video and audio qual- be linked to a PC and beforethe first channel scan was of formats and resolutions: ity of the Skyworth HI-11 you know it, the data can beperformed. With the help PAL-M, PAL-N, 480i, 480p, PVR was quite convinc- transferred to a DVD. Natu-of the signal strength and 576i, 576p, 720p 50 Hz, ing during our tests. It can rally, the receiver can alsosignal quality displays in 720p 60 Hz, 1080i 50 Hz and handle SD signals as well format the external stor-the manual scan menu, this 1080i 60 Hz are available. as HD signals without any age device in either NTFScan quickly be corrected. After all of the settings difficulties and can quickly or FAT; that’s one less stepThere’s even a separate have been taken care of, switch between channels that has to be performedmenu section with a level you can exit the menu and at a speed of just over one through the PC.display just for adjusting the the receiver will switch over second. Even the Skyworth Slowly but surely it’s be-antenna. to the first receivable chan- manufactured tuner per- coming standard for decent With the channel scan the nel. An Info bar appears formed admirably and can PVR receivers to also pro-user can choose the desired along the bottom edge of even acceptably display vide the ability to playbackfrequency band (UHF or the screen that reveals weaker ISDB-T signals with MP3 music or JPEG picturesVHF) as well as the channel the channel name but, of the help of error correction. from an external storagenumber. The manufacturer course, only if the provider Thanks to the USB 2.0 in- device.put some thought into the makes this data available.receiver here as well; less And again, just like withexperienced users don’thave to worry about the DVB-T, in ISDB-T you can also access a complete digi- Download this report in Germanpainstaking task of entering tal programming guide within the correct frequency; it the HI-11 PVR up to sevencan easily be selected from days in advance; the dataa nicely compiled list. appears after pushing the Skyworth even thought of EPG button.those users that own small- Since this receiver in-er ISDB-T antennas with cludes a PVR function, itactive signal amplification; makes it a lot of fun to mark+5V is supplied to the am- your favorite programs forplifier directly through the recording. The days of mud-coaxial cable linking the an- dling through the program-tenna and the receiver. ming of a video recorder And just like the DVB-T and setting up your receiverstandard, the ISDB-T stand- in advance are over.ard also includes additional If a channel has moreinformation in the transmis- than one audio track, thesion such as the date and HI-11 PVR can switch be- www.TELE-satellite.com/time. Naturally, the HI-11 tween them by simply push- TELE-satellite-1111/PVR can access this extra ing the yellow function but-information. Depending on ton; even teletext can be deu/skyworth.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 77
  • 53. TEST REPORT Ku Band LNB该独家报道由技术专家所作MEGASAT LNBsExtremelySmall andExtremelyWell • very small size • perfectly suited for multi-LNB dishes • extremely light weighted • powerful output • excellent noise figures78 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 54. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 79
  • 55. TEST REPORT Ku Band LNBSmall and Well 10-1 1/201 1 Meagast Multifeed LNBs Extremely small, lightweight and extremely goodCan You BelieveMEGASAT‘s Specifications? In today’s market reality,the noise figure has becomeTHE parameter for evalu-ating LNB performance. Ifyou do not mark your LNBat least NF=0.3 dB, you willhardly sell any. So most ofthe manufacturers marktheir products as 0.3 dB or0.2 dB. From time to time, wecan spot a product marked0.1 dB. Can we assume thata product marked 0.1 dB willperform better than 0.2 dB,and 0.2 dB will beat 0.3 dB? Well, not really. Nothing else but the real test in which we compare the new product against a very good compet- itor can reveal the truth. So frankly saying, when we saw the 0.1 dB Megasat Multifeed LNB’s, we were somewhat skeptical. The more so as these were not the well matured regular LNB’s but the narrow profile devices suitable for mul- tifeed systems for closely spaced satellites. Designed for 23 mm diameter holders,80 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 56. each unit has also an addi-tional ring adapter for classi-cal 40 mm holders. So, noth-ing prevents mounting themon the regular offset dishes.Another striking character-istics is their low weight.The quad model is probablyhalf the weight of the typicalquad LNB. Their workman-ship leaves absolutely noth-ing to be desired. So, the first impressionwas really great. But whatabout this 0.1 dB noise fig-ure? Can the new LNB’s re-ally match the matured clas-sical designs? Or is this just“creative marketing”? Therewas no other way but tocompare the samples witha known LNB of very goodquality that we keep in ourlab as reference. Our ref-erence has superior noiseperformance and quite largeoutput power. We com- pared it to a number of other tenna more stable and re- T1 and T2 and quad versions brands and selected it to be sistant to strong winds. For as Q1 and Q2. The individual our reference device for all our tests we used two sam- outputs of twin LNB’s were new LNB’s. Will the narrow ples of each type: single, designated with letters a and profile lightweight Megasat twin and quad. So, a lot of b, while for quad versions Multifeed LNB’s get close to LNBs, a lot of measurements with letters a, b, c and d. it? and a lot of data to process. When we measure output We installed the samples However, in this way, TELE- power (signal strength at the on a 85 cm offset dish with satellite readers get very LNB output), we usually do classical 40 mm holder. The objective results. In the at- not publish detailed charts included adapters made tached charts we marked the but only asses whether it is this operation simple. Once results of our reference LNB strong enough for long ca- again we appreciated the as “REF”. Megasat Multifeed bles or you should rather low weight of the devices. Single LNBs were marked as keep the cables short in This makes the whole an- S1 and S2, twin versions as your installation. However, this time the results were so shocking to us that we de- cided to present all output power charts. You can see in the charts that for practically every satellite transponder, Megasat’s LNBs produced stronger signal than our ref- erence. One could expect that the quad LNB would not be as good as single or twins but no – it was even better!82 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 57. really very well. All of them matched our reference LNB and even for some tran- sponders of horizontal po- larization they were slightly better (by 0.5 dB). That’s re- ally impressive! This means that not only they have low noise figure but they are also quite resistive to cross modulation. According to our measure- ments, power consumption of Megasat family is quite low: 70 mA for single, 162 mA for twin and 147 mA for quad LNB. This is a real pleasure for a test editor to get samples that are so superior in all their parameters. We can do nothing but heartily recom- mend all Megasat Multifeed LNBs not only for the com- mon TV viewers but also for the enthusiastic satellite DXers. They have excellent electrical parameters, they are narrow profiled, suitable for 23 mm & 40 mm holders and very light. You can put a lot of them on a single dish without any fear of over-That’s something we really ent parameter for assess- see in the charts all Megasat loading mechanically yourdid not expect. Megasat’s ing quality of the signal Multifeed LNBs performed antenna.LNBs are well suited for long produced by an LNB is modu-cable installation and their lation error ratio (MER). Theoutput is high enough to parameter is related to thecompensate potential signal signal versus the noise ra-losses in DiSEqC switches tio. For a typical signal (27.5and multiswitches connect- Ms/sec) 6-7 dB is the recep-ed to their outputs. tion threshold. The better And what about signal the LNB the higher MER ofquality? The most conveni- its output signal. As you can www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 83
  • 58. TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer MEGASAT, B2C-electronic GmbH, Niederlauer, Germany Internet www.megasat.tv E-mail info@b2c-electronic.de Telephone +49-9771-63 567-100 Fax +49-9771-63 567-109 Model Meagast Multifeed Function Universal Ku-Band Single, Twin and Quad LNB for linear polarization Input Frequency 10.7 GHz – 12 GHz Output Frequency 950 MHz – 2150 MHz Noise Figure 0.1 dB Expert Opinion Excellent electrical parameters – low noise and high output signal level Lightweight and narrow profile Suitable for 23 mm and 40 mm holders + Very good workmanship. Especially recommended for multifeed Jacek Pawlowski systems to receive closely spaced satellites TELE-satellite Test Center (like 2°) Poland – None.84 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 59. TEST REPORT on the Internet Ku Band LNB Download this report in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/megasat.pdf In today’s market real- really. Nothing else but diameter holders, each ity, the noise figure has the real test in which we unit has also an additional become THE parameter compare the new prod- ring adapter for classical for evaluating LNB perfor- uct against a very good 40 mm holders. So, noth- mance. If you do not mark competitor can reveal the ing prevents mounting your LNB at least NF=0.3 truth. So frankly saying, them on the regular offset figure? Can the new LNB’s dB, you will hardly sell when we saw the 0.1 dB dishes. Another striking really match the matured any. So most of the manu- Megasat Multifeed LNB’s, characteristics is their low classical designs? Or is facturers mark their prod- we were somewhat skep- weight. The quad model is this just “creative mar- ucts as 0.3 dB or 0.2 dB. tical. probably half the weight keting”? There was no From time to time, we can The more so as these of the typical quad LNB. other way but to compare spot a product marked were not the well matured Their workmanship leaves the samples with a known 0.1 dB. Can we assume regular LNB’s but the nar- absolutely nothing to be LNB of very good quality that a product marked row profile devices suita- desired. that we keep in our lab as 0.1 dB will perform better ble for multifeed systems So, the first impression reference. Our reference than 0.2 dB, and 0.2 dB for closely spaced satel- was really great. But what has superior noise per- will beat 0.3 dB? Well, not lites. Designed for 23 mm about this 0.1 dB noise formance and quite large86 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 60. output power. We com- When we measure out- related to the signal ver- family is quite low: 70pared it to a number of put power (signal strength sus the noise ratio. For mA for single, 162 mA forother brands and selected at the LNB output), we a typical signal (27.5 Ms/ twin and 147 mA for quadit to be our reference de- usually do not publish sec) 6-7 dB is the recep- LNB.vice for all new LNB’s. Will detailed charts but only tion threshold. The better This is a real pleasurethe narrow profile light- asses whether it is strong the LNB the higher MER of for a test editor to getweight Megasat Multifeed enough for long cables or its output signal. As you samples that are so su-LNB’s get close to it? you should rather keep can see in the charts all perior in all their param- We installed the sam- the cables short in your Megasat Multifeed LNBs eters. We can do nothingples on a 85 cm offset installation. However, this performed really very but heartily recommenddish with classical 40 time the results were so well. All of them matched all Megasat Multifeedmm holder. The included shocking to us that we our reference LNB and LNBs not only for theadapters made this oper- decided to present all out- even for some transpond- common TV viewers butation simple. Once again put power charts. You can ers of horizontal polari- also for the enthusias-we appreciated the low see in the charts that for zation they were slightly tic satellite DXers. Theyweight of the devices. This practically every satellite better (by 0.5 dB). That’s have excellent electricalmakes the whole antenna transponder, Megasat’s really impressive! This parameters, they are nar-more stable and resistant LNBs produced stronger means that not only they row profiled, suitable forto strong winds. For our signal than our reference. have low noise figure but 23 mm & 40 mm holderstests we used two sam- One could expect that they are also quite resis- and very light. You canples of each type: single, the quad LNB would not tive to cross modulation. put a lot of them on a sin-twin and quad. So, a lot be as good as single or According to our meas- gle dish without any fearof LNBs, a lot of measure- twins but no – it was even urements, power con- of overloading mechani-ments and a lot of data to better! That’s something sumption of Megasat cally your antenna.process. However, in this we really did not expect.way, TELE-satellite read- Megasat’s LNBs are well Download this report in Germaners get very objective suited for long cable in-results. In the attached stallation and their outputcharts we marked the re- is high enough to com-sults of our reference LNB pensate potential signalas “REF”. Megasat Mul- losses in DiSEqC switchestifeed Single LNBs were and multiswitches con-marked as S1 and S2, twin nected to their outputs.versions as T1 and T2 and And what about signalquad versions as Q1 and quality? The most con-Q2. The individual outputs venient parameter for as-of twin LNB’s were desig- sessing quality of the sig-nated with letters a and nal produced by an LNB www.TELE-satellite.com/b, while for quad versions is modulation error ratio TELE-satellite-1111/with letters a, b, c and d. (MER). The parameter is deu/megasat.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 87
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  • 65. Manufacturer Icecrypt Website www.icecrypt.com TELE-satellite Function Two tuner HD receiver with Linux OS Magazine Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 10000 DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 (USALS) S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio —/● ●/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/icecrypt Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1/ 1 10-1 201 00 0HD PV R Icecr ypt STC6features in a Well designed d box well designe0.5 Manufacturer Skyworth Website www.skyworth.com.hk TELE-satellite Magazine Receiver with PVR Function function Business /LAN —/— Channel Memory 1000 PVR ● S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio —/● —/— Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/skyworth Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1/ 1 10-1 201 -T -11 PV R ISDB Sk ywor th HI trial receiver for res Easy to use ter America South0.59 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 93
  • 66. AWARD WINNING Digital Receivers of 21st Century Manufacturer Icecrypt Website www.icecrypt.com TELE-satellite Function Digital Satellite Receiver with PVR ready Magazine Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 5000 DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 (USALS) S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio —/● ●/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/09/icecrypt Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 08-09/201 0HDCCI Icecr ypt S300 an finds ndsc Super fast bli all channels 0.47 Manufacturer Jiuzhou Website www.jiuzhou.com.cn TELE-satellite Magazine / , PVR Function Digital Receiver Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 4000 PVR ● S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio ●/● —/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/09/jiuzhou Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 08-09/201 69 6 Jiuzhou DTS6mbo receiver m HD Co Ideal living roo uth America for So 0.5794 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • 68. AWARD WINNING Digital Receivers of 21st Century Manufacturer AB-COM Website www.abcomeu.com TELE-satellite Function HDTV Linux Receiver with single tuner and USB for PVR Magazine Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 10000 DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio —/● ●/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/05/abipbox Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 04-05/201 HD AB IPBox 55 eiver for Ideal Linux rec dget those on a bu 0.5 Manufacturer Fulan Website www.fulansoft.com TELE-satellite Magazine Digital HDTV Receiver with Function Dual-Boot and Spark online-plattform Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory unlimited Voucher DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 S-Video/HDMI —/● Scart/Digital Audio —/● www.TELE-satellite.info/11/05/fulan Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 04-05/201 11 Fulan ST 71 ting software signed opera Excellently de in customer service with built- 0.5596 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 69. 这些是获得最高奖的产品 Manufacturer AB-COM Website www.abcomeu.com TELE-satellite Magazine Twin Multimedia Function Receiver Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 10000 DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio —/● ●/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/01/abipbox Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 12-01/201 00 HD AB IPBox 99 Media l Satellite and Very Powerfu dless Features En Receiver with0.72 Manufacturer Jaeger / Doebis Website www.doebis.de TELE-satellite Magazine Digital HDTV Receiver Function with Smart Card reader for HD+ Business /LAN ●/— Channel Memory 5000 Voucher DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.2 S-Video/HDMI —/● Scart/Digital Audio ●/● www.TELE-satellite.info/11/01/jaeger Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 12-01/201 + 2011 Jaeger HD TV ly Fr iendly HD Excellent Fami ized for the HD+ Receiver optim dard in Germany Stan Transmission 0.62 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 97
  • 70. AWARD WINNING Digital Receivers of 21st Century Manufacturer AZBox Website www.azbox.com TELE-satellite Magazine Digital HDTV Receiver with and Tuners Function and various Multimedia Business & Internet Features /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 15000 DiSEqC S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 —/● ●/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/01/azbox Direct Contact to Sales Manager 1 12-01/201 mium HD Az Box Pre er for watching Perfect rec eiv ls available all TV channe erica in South Am Manufacturer Jiuzhou Website www.jiuzhou.com.cn TELE-satellite Magazine Function Digital PVR Receiver /LAN —/— Channel Memory PVR 1000 ● Business Voucher S-Video/HDMI —/● Scart/Digital Audio ●/● www.TELE-satellite.info/10/07/jiuzhou 06-07/2010 Direct Contact to Sales Manager T6720 Jiuzhou DT er HDTV rec eiv Future- proof th features TV loaded wi for ter restrial g pictur e quality and outstandin 0.5898 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 71. 这些是获得最高奖的产品 Manufacturer AZBox Website www.azbox.com TELE-satellite HDTV receiver with Function various Multimedia & Internet Features Magazine /LAN Channel Memory ●/● 15000 Business Voucher DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 S-Video/HDMI —/● Scart/Digital Audio ●/● www.TELE-satellite.info/10/05/azbox Direct Contact to Sales Manager 04-05/2010 mium HD Plus Az Box Pre eo quality Excellent vid et ac cess with full Intern 0.52 Manufacturer AB-COM Website www.abcomeu.com TELE-satellite Magazine Digital Linux-based HDTV Function PVR Receiver Business /LAN ●/● Channel Memory 10000 DiSEqC 1.0 / 1.1 / 1.2 / 1.3 S-Video/HDMI Scart/Digital Audio —/● ●/● Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/09/09/abcom Direct Contact to Sales Manager 08-09/2009 HD AB IPBox 91 ers and e both for DX A smar t choic age reg ular family us0.61 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 99
  • 72. HDTV PC cards OF 这些是获得最高奖的产品100 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 73. TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/tenow www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/tenow Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales ManagerManufacturer Tenow International Manufacturer Tenow InternationalWebsite www.tbsdtv.com Website www.tbsdtv.com PCI-E card with 4 tuners compatible with Windows Function PCI-E professional card with Blindscan functionFunction and Linux operating systems Channel Memory unlimitedChannel Memory unlimited Satellite Memory unlimitedSatellite Memory unlimited Symbol Rates 0.2-45 Ms/sec (QPSK), 0.2-45 Ms/sec (8PSK)Symbol Rates 1-45 Ms/sec (QPSK), 2-36 Ms/sec (8PSK) DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.xDiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.x 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6925 Has every reception feature you could possibly ask for, plus blind 10-1 1/201 1 scan. The card of choice for true Tenow TBS6984 die-hard professionals venturing Made for TV addicts who can never to the extreme edges of watch and record enough channels. satellite reception. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 101
  • 74. AWARD WINNING HDTV PC cards of 21st Century TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/tenow www.TELE-satellite.info/11/07/tevii Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales Manager Manufacturer Tenow International Manufacturer TeVii Technology Website www.tbsdtv.com Website www.tevii.com Function / PCI-E card with 2 Tuners PCI-E card for TV & Radio reception on the PC in SDTV and Function HDTV with two separate Tuners Channel Memory unlimited Channel Memory unlimited Channel Bandwidth 6,7,8 MHz Satellite Memory 178 preprogrammed - added by user: unlimited FFT mode 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32K Symbol Rates 2-45 Ms/sec Center IF Frequency 3 ~ 5 MHz DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 10-1 1/201 1 06-07/201 1 Tenow TBS6280 TeVii S480 TWIN TUNER PC CARD Fit for the future thanks to impeccable Perfectly suited to upgrade a PC with DVB-T/T2 implementation. 2 x HDTV reception plus PVR102 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 75. 这些是获得最高奖的产品 TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/03/netup www.TELE-satellite.info/09/09/tevii Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales ManagerManufacturer NetUP Manufacturer TeVii TechnologyWebsite www.netup.tv Website www.tevii.comFunction Two Tuners PCIe card Function PCI-E card for TV reception on the PC in SDTV and HDTVChannel Memory unlimited Channel Memory unlimitedSatellite Memory — Satellite Memory 177Symbol Rates 1 to 47 Ms/sec (QPSK), 1 to 31.5 Ms/sec (8PSK) Symbol Rates 2-45 Ms/secDiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 08-09/2009 02-03/2010 TeVii DVB-S/S2 PCI-E CarD S470 NetUP Dual DVB-S2-CI An elegant solution for normal The best PC card we ever tested and HDTV reception on a PC www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 103
  • 76. 这些是获得最高奖的产品104 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 77. TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/09/8dtek www.TELE-satellite.info/11/07/8dtek Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales ManagerManufacturer 8dtek Technology Manufacturer 8dtek TechnologyWebsite www.8dtek.com Website www.8dtek.comFunction Satellite Meter for Antenna Alignment Function Satellite Meter for Antenna AlignmentFrequency Range L-Band (950-2150 MHz), DVB-S/S2 and analog signal Frequency Range L-Band (950-2150 MHz), DVB-S/S2 and analog signalVideo Output A/V (composite + mono) Video Output CompositeBuilt-in Monitor Color graphic 16:9 LCD Built-in Monitor Color graphic LCD 08-09/201 1 06-07/201 1 8dtek DSM Desired 8dtek DSM Gifted A HDTV signal meter and receiver all in Very useful small tv meter with one with plenty of professional features high-end features www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 105
  • 78. AWARD WINNING Signal Analyzers of 21st Century TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/07/satcatcher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/11/horizon Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales Manager Manufacturer SatCatcher Manufacturer Horizon Global Electronics Website www.satcatcher.com Website www.horizonhge.com Signal meter for digital signals in DVB-S, DVB-T and DAB. Function Antenna Alignment Meter Function Analogue signals in FM radio. Frequency Range 950~2150 MHz Frequency Range 46~870 MHz Video Output — Video Output Composite Built-in Monitor LCD display Built-in Monitor 120 x 64 3.5“ LCD color display 06-07/201 1 SatCatcher Digipro ST Combo Combo Signal Analyzer with Huge Memory for Satellite and Terrestrial Channels 10-1 1/2010 Horizon HD-S2 Extremely easy to use with an amazing list of features for the pros106 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 79. 这些是获得最高奖的产品 TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/09/spaun www.TELE-satellite.info/10/09/horizon Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales ManagerManufacturer SPAUN Electronic Manufacturer Horizon Global ElectronicsWebsite www.spaun.de Website www.horizonhge.comFunction TV Signal Analyzer with WiFi Receiver Digital and analog terrestrial TV meter Function with spectrum analyzer and USB data outputFrequency Range 45~865 MHz (terrestrial) and 950~2150 MHz (satellite) Frequency Range 49~861 MHzVideo Output RCA Composite Video Output —Built-in Monitor 7 inch 16:9 color LCD display Built-in Monitor LCD display 08-09/2010 08-09/2010 SPAROS 609 WIFI OPTION Horizon HD-TM USB PLUS Converts the signal analyzer to a Small, economic and fast universally usable tool terrestrial signal meter www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 107
  • 80. AWARD WINNING Signal Analyzers of 21st Century TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/07/satcatcher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/07/horizon Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales Manager Manufacturer SatCatcher Manufacturer Horizon Global Electronics Website www.satcatcher.com Website www.horizonhge.com Signal Meter for DVB-T, analogue TV, digital DAB radio, Function DVB-C and analog cable TV meter Function analogue FM radio Frequency Range 51~858 MHz Frequency Range 46~870 MHz Video Output — Video Output — Built-in Monitor LCD display Built-in Monitor 120x64 3.5“ LCD color display 06-07/2010 06-07/2010 Satcatcher Digipro T Max Horizon HD-CM Cable Meter Easy to use signal meter that doesn’t stop Small, lightweight and easy to use at DVB-T. Everything you want from a anywhere in the world signal meter108 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 81. 这些是获得最高奖的产品 TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/05/8dtek www.TELE-satellite.info/10/03/trimax Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales ManagerManufacturer 8dtek Technology Manufacturer Trimax TechnologyWebsite www.8dtek.com Website www.trimaxtec.comFunction DVB Signal Meter with tv monitor for DVB-S and DVB-T Function Satellite Meter with TV and SpectrumFrequency Range 950~2150 MHz (satellite) and UHF/VHF (terrestrial) Frequency Range 930~2150 MHzVideo In/Output RCA/RCA Video Output RCA CompositeBuilt-in Monitor 3.5“ LCD color display Built-in Monitor 3.5“ LCD color display 04-05/2010 02-03/2010 8dtek TSM-8800 Trimax SM-3500 Easy menu operation and exceptionally simple to operate 0.6 A well-balanced digital meter with spectrum display and TV mode www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 109
  • 82. AWARD WINNING Signal Analyzers of 21st Century TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/10/01/horizon www.TELE-satellite.info/10/01/gi Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales Manager Manufacturer Horizon Global Electronics Manufacturer Global Invacom Website www.horizonhge.com Website www.globalinvacom.com Function Handheld Satellite Meter for fast and easy Dish Alignment Function Signal Analyzer with an Optical Input Frequency Range 950~2150 MHz Frequency Range 950(160)~2150 MHz Video Output — Optical Range +10 to -25 dBm Built-in Monitor 128x64 Pixel LCD Video Output — Built-in Monitor Eight-digit LCD display 12-01/2010 12-01/2010 Horizon NanoSat Global Invacom OptiScan Ideal for the speedy alignment of Future-proof satellite signal analyzer satellite antennas for optical and coaxial LNBs110 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 83. 这些是获得最高奖的产品 TELE-satellite TELE-satellite Magazine Magazine Business Business Voucher Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/09/11/satcatcher www.TELE-satellite.info/09/11/horizon Direct Contact to Sales Manager Direct Contact to Sales ManagerManufacturer SatCatcher Manufacturer Horizon Global ElectronicsWebsite www.satcatcher.com Website www.horizonhge.comFunction Fully-fledged Signal Meter with TV display Function Satellite Meter optimized for Ka-BandFrequency Range 930~2150 MHz Frequency Range 950~2150 MHzVideo Output RCA Composite Video Output —Built-in Monitor 120x64 3.5“ LCD color display Built-in Monitor LCD display 10-1 1/2009 10-1 1/2009SatCatcher DigiPro Excel-TV MK3 Horizon HD-TC8 Easy and self-explanatory – a device for Ideal multirange signal analyzer laymen and pros alike for the Ka and Ku-bands, optimized for Turbo Coded Data Transmissions www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 111
  • 84. COMPANY REPORT Receiver Manufacturer AB-COM, Slovakia该独家报道由高级编辑所作 ■ Company premises of receiver manufacturer AB-COM in Topolcany, Slovakia. The company has cooperation agreements with TV manufacturer LG and pay TV provider Skylink, which is why their logos also appear prominently on the roof of the building. AB-COM generates 30% of its turnover in the local markets of Slovakia and the Czech Republic, with the remaining 70% share coming from other European markets. AB-COM: Innovation Guaranteed112 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 85. • Particularly successful in Central Europe• Products for different applications such as 3D andpay TV• Focus on cost-efficient product range• Products optimised for individual applications www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 113
  • 86. COMPANY REPORT Receiver Manufacturer AB-COM, SlovakiaConquering ë Topolcanythe marketwith newreceivers Slovakian receiver manufacturer AB- by Juraj Masaryk in the year 2002. In alongside and is the official distributor ofCOM has found its firm place in the the beginning the business acted as a all AB-COM Europe products in the com-Central European market within an wholesaler for satellite components and pany’s home markets of Slovakia andimpressively short time. Based in the it was only in the year 2010 that AB- the Czech Republic.little-known town of Topolcany, some COM Europe was established as an inde-100 km east of the Slovakian capital pendent receiver manufacturer. AB-COM Company founder Juraj Masaryk tellsBratislava, the company was founded as a wholesaler continues to prosper us how AB-COM products are supplied to ■ Juraj Masaryk is founder and Managing Director of AB-COM. Here he is seen explaining all the features of the 3D converter that is built into the AB 3D boxes.114 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 87. 116 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 88. other markets in Europe: “In the Ukraine regional wholesale channels.” Only few the AB IPBox brand are already widelywe have our own affiliate by the name of dark spots are left on the European map, known,” Juraj explains. “These are HDAB-COM Ukraine and in many European and Juraj Masaryk emphasises that “we receivers based on Linux.” For terres-countries local wholesalers have taken are very open for wholesalers in coun- trial reception AB-COM offers the ABover distribution of AB-COM products.” tries where AB-COM is not yet present.” TereBox series with DVB-T receivers forHe continues by letting us know that Interested parties are more than wel- both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. “In the first“our products are directly available in come to get in touch with him. quarter of 2012 we will also launch ourneighbouring countries Poland, Hungary ■ The 600 sqm warehouse is filled toand Austria. In addition there is indirect The effort could well be worth one’s the brim with components and finisheddistribution in Hungary, Romania and while since AB-COM has an attrac- products. Two warehouse staff members are kept busy shelving newly deliveredBulgaria, where we have a dedicated tive product portfolio in store. For each items and preparing finished productswholesale partner. In the Baltic states, product range or product segment AB- for dispatch to wholesale customers. “The warehouse is filled with items worthFinland, Sweden, the Netherlands, COM has launched dedicated brands, almost one million euro,” Juraj MasarykSpain, Italy and Greece local distribution the names of which already imply what explains and draws our attention to the huge amount of cardboard boxes. This wayof AB-COM products takes place through the products are about. “Receivers with AB-COM can make sure each customer order is fulfilled in the best possible way. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 117
  • 89. ■ View to the Assembly line: an employee puts the recently assemblied receivers in their gift boxes.118 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 90. first DVB-T2 receiver,” he hints at some consumer applications you need not look net networks are gradually disappearinginteresting plans for the future. The only further than to the brand new AB 3DBox and that almost every household thesequestion that still begs an answer is in receiver line which features HD receiv- days has set up a WiFi network. So whywhich countries DVB-T2 will actually be ers with integrated 3D TV converter. The not add WiFi capability to satellite re-launched. As a matter of fact, nobody newly developed 3D boxes are sched- ceivers? “These boxes are based on theknows at this stage because every coun- uled to hit the market in the first quarter Ali 3606 chipset which is particularlytry will decide independently whether of 2012. In the previous issue of TELE- fast,” Juraj adds.and how to introduce DVB-T2, and these satellite we presented the stand-alonedecisions are not always easy to under- 3D converter, whose software will also Thanks to all these achievements AB-stand. be used in the AB 3DBox receivers. COM Europe has taken only two years to become a significant player that is ac- The LinkBox series features another The recently introduced AB-COM tively tapping into various product seg-range of receivers: “Here we are talk- CryptoBox receiver line from AB-COM ments. For Juraj Masaryk, innovation ising about boxes we produce for Czech has a very special treat in store: As ex- the key to success and a cornerstonepay TV provider Skylink, which uses the tremely good-value receivers targeted for a successful expansion path. EvenIrdeto encryption system.” These receiv- towards the pay TV market, all receivers the company name has turned out to beers are particularly inexpensive, Juraj from this line include CA and a CI mod- wisely chosen: The acronym AB appearssays and adds “we’d be ready to offer ule. The truly special feature, however, on all new brand names whenever a newthis box to other content providers using is a USB interface which can be used to products series is launched. This wayIrdeto as well.” If you need further proof connect a WiFi dongle, Juraj Masaryk ex- AB-COM is able to grow and prosper forfor AB-COM’s orientation towards future plains. He knows that fully cabled Ether- a long time to come!■ Michal Krajcik’s passionis all about photography. Itshould be, as he is the headof design and looks after thewebsite of AB-COM.120 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 91. 11. Meet Marketing Manager Michal Grezo. What’s that on hisscreen? It’s the advertisement of the AB 3DBox as it appeared in 2TELE-satellite.2. Pavol Blaho is Sales Manager www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 121
  • 92. 1 2 Sales Managers Slovakia 1. Daniel Lukacovic and... 2. ... Pavol Grznar and ... 3. ... Juraj Babula take care of customers in Slovakia. 3122 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • 94. Technical Service1. Customers requiring technicalassistance turn to Peter Valo.2. In case of problems ServiceManager Martin Durinsky handlesall requests and coordinates therepair process.3. Hardware problems? No problemfor Hardware Engineer DanielHerda who will open the box,address any malfunction and puteverything together again. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 125
  • 95. COMPANY REPORT Signal Analyzer Manufacturer Applied Instruments, USA该独家报道由高级编辑所作25 YearsAppliedInstruments■ Applied Instruments leases two suites in thisindustrial complex from which digital TV signalanalyzers are produced.126 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 96. • The power of this company is its robustsignal analyzers• Company plans worldwide expansion withits internationally compatible analyzers• Special test signal generators for receivermanufacturers• Special attention to ergonomic operation• Technical customer service an importanthighlight of the company www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 127
  • 97. COMPANY REPORT Signal Analyzer Manufacturer Applied Instruments, USARobustSignal Analyzers ë IndianapolisMade in USA■ General Manager Tom Haywood in the showroom witha selection of products from Applied Instruments. Heowns 50% of the company while his partner Jeff Haas,Director of Engineering, owns the other 50%.128 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 98. ■ Jeff Haas is Director of Engineering and prefers to work at this shack. He is co-owner of Applied Instruments. A small family business has managed son Tom Haywood explains to us where From here the path to satellite signalto become one of the most well-known the name came from: “We apply a solu- analyzers was not a long one. “In 1998names in the North American cable and tion to every problem and provide the we introduced the first satellite signalsatellite TV signal analyzer market. It’s instruments just for that purpose – Ap- analyzer from the ‘Buddy’ series”, com-the perfect reason for us to go and pay plied Instruments.” ments Tom Haywood.Applied Instruments in Indianapolis, In-diana, USA, a visit only to find out that The new company originally began The Sat Buddy quickly became knownthe company is expanding into the in- with three employees, one of whom was and loved by North American satelliteternational market with its products David Poelstra, a research engineer installers and over the years was con-that are Made in USA. that worked together with Doyle Hay- sistently improved and fitted with new wood in the first company. In 1990 they features. Scott Haywood, Tom Hay- Who’s behind Applied Instruments? released their first successful prod- wood’s son and third generation in theIt really is a family-owned business. uct to the market – a cable TV signal company, is a sales manager at Ap-It was founded exactly 25 years ago analyzer that not only was easy to use plied Instruments and tells us about thein 1986 by Doyle Haywood, the father but was also affordable. Over the years newest Buddy version: “It’s the Superof the current General Manager Tom other analyzers appeared. “In order to Buddy 29 and in addition to letting youHaywood. His son Scott Haywood also test long cable lengths, we produced a measure satellite TV signals, it can alsoworks for the company as a sales man- Return Path Test Set”, remembers Gen- be used to install the Wildblue Internet-ager. eral Manager Tom Haywood, “It consist- via–satellite service. These LNBs re- ed of a CW Test Signal Generator that quire 29 volts that the Super Buddy 29 When we look back at when it all start- was attached to one end of the long can supply, hence the ‘29’ in the modeled, we find out that there’s even more cable and a receiver at the other end. name.”history behind the company’s founder In this way we could check the qualityDoyle Haywood: he founded a compa- of the cable.” Tom Haywood, the current Generalny back in 1973 that produced signal Manager, is actually a construction en-analyzers for cable TV. In 1979 he sold In 1994 MMDS (Multichannel Multi- gineer but always enjoyed lending athat company to a large corporation. point Distribution Service), also known hand at the company. In 1996 he de-But when he came up with the idea to as wireless cable, gained widespread cided to work exclusively for his father’sdevelop clean reliable test signal gen- use primarily in rural areas and Ap- company: “The creation of solutionserators for CATV, he quickly founded a plied Instruments was there provid- and the ergonomic products have al-new company: Applied Instruments. His ing the appropriate signal analyzers. ways fascinated me”, he reveals, “It’s130 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 99. ■ A motorized C-band dish on the wall as well as numerous other dishes on the roof are all used by Applied Instruments to develop and test their signal analyzers. APPLIED INSTRUMENTS Company Details Signal Analyzer Manufacturer, USA www.appliedin.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 25 .................................. 50 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0................................ 10 ................... 20 Mio U$D Production Certificates DVB Production Categories own brand Main Products Cable TV Signal Analyzers, Satellite TV Analyzers, Noise Signal Generators, Noise Power Ratio Test Instrument www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1109/eng/applied.pdfnot all that much different from being to noise testing”, comments Tom Hay- USA and Canada, with only the remain-a building designer who must also be wood. ing 5% being shipped abroad to coun-creative and a problem solver.” tries like Switzerland, Sweden, Great General Manager Tom Haywood ex- Britain, Belgium as well as Australia”, When his mother, the wife of founder plains to us their product palette: “80% comments Scott Haywood.Doyle Haywood, began to have health of our sales are made up of receptionissues, his father decided to leave the signal analyzers, 10% are test genera- But this is what will change in thecompany and sell 50% ownership of the tors with the remaining 10% made up of company’s 25th year of operation: “Wecompany to Tom Haywood. The other complete systems consisting of signal are actively looking for competent dis-50% was sold to Jeff Haas. Both are en- generators and signal analyzers.” And tributors in Europe, The Middle Eastthusiastic with the opportunity to fur- as far as sales figures go, he tells us, and Asia.” It is critical for Applied In-ther expand Applied Instruments. “For the past several years sales have struments to find technically competent been stable at about US$ 5.5 million partners: “Our products are not throw- But the company doesn’t only manu- but for 2012 we are expecting roughly a away products; they are solidly builtfacture signal analyzers that are used 10% increase.” and can be repaired if the need were toat the receiving end. An especially in- ever arise.” Technical customer serviceteresting highlight is the Noise Power Where will this increase come from? is actually quite important when deal-Ratio testing product that manufactur- Sales Manager Scott Haywood has a ing with products like signal analyzers;ers of amplifiers, optical transmitters few answers for us: “We are currently professional installers use signal ana-and receivers, and other active devices developing a signal analyzer for DVB-S2 lyzers on a daily basis and can therebycan use to test the operating range of that will become available in the fourth document a proper installation. Reli-their products. It consists of a noise quarter of 2011. We are also working ability and help with technical problemsgenerator that sends its signal to the on terrestrial signal analyzers for ATSC are excellent reasons why an installerreceiver to be tested and a correspond- and QAM that will appear in the first would want to choose a quality producting signal analyzer that measures the quarter of 2012.” from a manufacturer that he knows willoutput signal from the tested receiver. support him later on. Applied Instruments is looking at sat- “Our NS-3 Broadband Noise Genera- ellite signal analyzers as their way of “We produce everything ourselves”,tor is often used by receiver manufac- expanding into the export market. “Up comments General Manager Tom Hay-turers and satellite service providers to until now, 95% of our products have wood referring to his nine productionsimulate rain fade and conduct carrier been shipped to North America, that is employees, “Our R&D team consists of www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 131
  • 100. 1 3 2 seven engineers, the repair team is made up of five en- gineers and our technical customer service has four en- gineers.” On top of that are three employees in admin- istration as well as two sales managers so that a total of 30 employees make up Applied Instruments all of which work in an 11,000 Sq-foot office/production facility lo- cated in an industrial zone southeast of Indianapolis. After 25 successful years, Applied Instruments is 1. Sales Manager Scott Haywood enjoys reading TELE-satellite. “I’m especially interested in the satellite DXer reports”, reveals ready to plow into the international market. The en- Scott, “It shows the enthusiasm they have for their hobby.” It’s thusiasm of the engineers and the requirements that an enthusiasm that Scott shares and that can be readily seen in customers have for their signal analyzers provides this the company’s signal analyzers. company with an excellent chance to grow in the world 2. Diana greets visitors at the reception desk. 3. Camille Edmonds keeps track of finances and organizes the market over the next 25 years with their robust signal books. analyzers.132 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 101. 11. One of AppliedInstruments’ most 2 3successful products: theSuper Buddy, a satellitesignal analyzer that isespecially popular in theNorth American market.2. The Noise SignalGenerator NS-3 is anothersuccessful product fromApplied Instrumentsused by satellite receivermanufacturers.3. Another AppliedInstruments successstory: the Noise SignalGenerator NS-1 is usedby installers to check thecondition of coaxial cable.It is handy and easy to use.4. Marketed only toreal professionals,this Noise Power RatioTest Instrument costsaround US$15,000 andis commonly used in aproduction environmentby manufacturers ofamplifiers and opticaltransmitters and receivers. 4134 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 102. 1 4 1. The typical desk of a highly creative puzzle-lover: Luc Nguyen works in the Technical Department. 2. Scott Larson is Technical Service Manager and helps customers with more complex problems. 3. How do you properly connect the signal analyzer? Craig Shockley can always be reached by telephone and helps customers with technical questions. The most frequently asked questions have to do with Applied Instruments’ successful product, the Buddy. Here he is holding the newest Super Buddy 29 model. 4. To the right is the parts storage area and in the middle is production. Nearly all of Applied Instruments’ products 2 are low volume products and are assembled manually. 5 3136 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 103. 65. If there’s a problem with one of their products, the repair teamjumps into action: Jeff Milner (left), Oren Williams (center) andRyan Ramsey (right) quickly solve any problems.6. Dave Clodfelter is one of the production technicians. He isseen here assembling a CATV Return Path test set.7. For RF Engineer Russ Phillips there’s nothing better thanto be deeply immersed in the technology. His work station isfully loaded with test instruments which he uses to constantlyimprove Applied Instruments’ products.8. The hardware is one thing, but a customer has to be able tooperate it. Robin Ross is responsible for the software; he finetunes each operational step to make it as easy as possible forthe customer to use. 7 8 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 137
  • 104. COMPANY REPORT Fiber Optic Distribution Systems Manufacturer HUBER+SUHNER, Switzerland该独家报道由高级编辑所作■ Smack in the middle of theSwiss Alps: that’s whereHUBER+SUHNER can be foundin Herisau in northeasternSwitzerlandFiber Optics atHUBER+SUHNER138 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 105. TELE-satellite Magazine Business Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/11/11/hubersuhner Direct Contact to Sales Manager• One of the leading fiber optic companies in the world• New CLIK! System for easy installation• New market segment that will make coaxial cabledistribution systems obsolete• Now available: economical alternative withdistribution systems starting with eight users www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 139
  • 106. COMPANY REPORT Fiber Optic Distribution Systems Manufacturer HUBER+SUHNER, Switzerland ë Herisau From Satellite Dish Directly into Your Home With Fiber Optics140 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 107. ■ To the left is the original foundingbuilding of the company SUHNER backin 1869. To the right is the new receptionbuilding of the merged worldwidecompany HUBER+SUHNER. It’s amazing! A company that has both of them were involved in insulat- themselves. The two companies werebeen in existence for more than 100 ing the new electric cable at that time: competitors up until 1969 when theyyears is jumping into the new fiber op- the companies SUHNER in Herisau and merged together under the combinedtic distribution market with a new in- HUBER in Pfäffikon, both in northeast- name of HUBER+SUHNER. Since thennovative “CLIK!” plug system. Maybe ern Switzerland. Towards the end of the company has been well-known asthat’s exactly the reason why such the nineteenth century, this area was a provider of professional connectionan old company like this would want known for its textile industry and as solutions for the large telecommunica-to conquer a new technological field: electricity made its way into the re- tions, transport and industrial compa-how else would HUBER+SUHNER have gion, more and more electrical wiring nies around the world. This businessgotten so old if they hadn’t always de- was needed. The copper wire was in- segment makes up about 30% of theirveloped brand new technologies? We sulated with cloth and then dipped in sales.took a look around one of their com- Gutta Percha, a natural form of rub-pany locations in Herisau in northeast- ber. Sure enough, HUBER was the first Since HUBER+SUHNER’s emphasis isern Switzerland to get a better idea of company in the region in 1894 to in- cable technology, the remaining busi-what this new “CLIK!” technology is all stall electric lights. ness segments are divided into massabout. produced cable (40%), distribution The foundation was now laid to not technology (30%) and lastly standard Over 100 years ago there were two only incorporate the latest technol- products, that is, prefabricated cablecompanies that were founded and ogy in their production, but to use it in all lengths and types that can be or- www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 141
  • 108. 1 1. Patrick Zaina is Product Manager for fiber optic 2 connectors. Here we see him in front of a professional distribution cabinet consisting primarily of fiber optic splitters. The “CLIK!” system is a compact version for the distribution of satellite signals in smaller apartments. 2. Jürgen Silbereisen is one of the five “CLIK!” system design engineers. Here we see him programming an online calculator that installers can use to determine exactly what “CLIK!” systems components they would need for a specific distribution system. “The online calculator lets the installer plan for an optimal system. After entering in all the parameters, the software produces a list of components along with signal level calculations at every endpoint.” You can find the calculator at www. clikulator.com142 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 109. ■ Marketing Manager Othmar Fuchs presents us with a “CLIK!’ system brochure here in the main lobby. HUBER+SUHNER Company Details Fibre Optic Cables and Distribution, Switzerland www.hubersuhner.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0............................ 2500 ............................. 5000 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0.............................. 500 ................ 1000 Mio SFr Production Certificates ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IRIS, RoHS, REACH Production Categories own brand CLIK! Main Products Connectivity solutions for Radio Frequency, Low Frequency and Fiber Optic applications. Fibre optic distribution systems for www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/huber+suhner.pdf professional and home use. Address HUBER+SUHNER AG Degersheimerstrasse 14 9100 Herisau144 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 SWITZERLAND1/201 1 — www.TELE-satellite.com Tel +41-71-353-4111
  • 110. Fiber Optic Cable Productiondered by catalog. The company reach-es roughly 800 million Swiss Francsyearly in sales with their 4500 employ-ees. 950 of them work in the main fa-cility in Herisau. One division that is focused on theapplications of fiber optic technologywas founded in 2009. Patrick Zainais the Product Manager of this divi-sion and he tells us more about thenew “CLIK!” system that makes it easyto link fiber optic cables together:“Five design engineers worked on the“CLIK!” system from 2009 to 2010 sothat we are now able to introduce it tothe world.” The system in a very easyway divides the signal from a fiber op-tic LNB nearly loss-free using match-ing splitters and delivers it to multipleend users. “A highlight of our system isthe sophistication of our plug system”,explains Patrick Zaina, “we designed itin such a way that the plugs are onlynegligibly larger than the cable itselfmaking it very easy to pull these ca-bles through an existing conduit oreven just place them under a carpet.” Many installers are reluctant to workwith fiber optic cables because thesmall glass fibers inside the fiber opticcable are extremely sensitive. “Thereare two problems: dirt and damage.Both of these problems were elegant-ly solved.” The problem with dirt wassolved very easily: a cap on the plugprevents any dirt from getting to theplug during the installation and is onlyremoved when the cable is plugged into the distributor. The second problem involving break-age of the glass fiber was solved by HU-BER + SUHNER in an even more elegantfashion: “The glass fiber is wrappedwith a Kevlar coat that is generally un-breakable but at the same time is justas flexible as a normal coaxial cable.”For the installer this means that thisnew technology makes installing fiberoptic cable even less problematic thancoaxial cable. “Initial feedback frominstallers shows that the installationof fiber optic cable is almost twice asfast as standard coaxial cable.” Thesefirst installers are convinced users ofthis new technology. “We’ve calculatedthat a home distribution system witheight users of our “CLIK!” system costsabout the same as a typical coax cableinstallation.” This calculation doesn’t even takeinto account the fact that the instal-lation of fiber optic cable all the way146 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 111. ■ HUBER+SUHNER’sproduction area inHerisau in northeasternSwitzerland. All thedifferent variationsof fiber optic cableare manufacturedhere, from very thincables for installationin the home to multi-cables for distributionsystems up toextremely resilientcables for outdoor usesuch as with mobiletelephone companies. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 147
  • 112. to the end user is absolutely future-proof; the ever increasing data ratesare already exceeding the capacity ofcoax cable distribution systems. “Sofar more than 100 “CLIK!” systemshave been installed mostly in Italy,here in Switzerland and also in Austriaand Germany”, Patrick Zaina lists forus. “Our prefabricated “CLIK!” cablesstart at around 10 Euros for a five-me-ter length. The longest length is 100meters and costs around 60 Euros.The “CLIK!” distribution boxes cost un-der 70 Euros and for a four-way split-ter the cost is under 110 Euros.” Theseprices are extremely low consideringthis is a signal distribution system withessentially no signal attenuation. Inorder to be compatible with fiber op-tic systems that have FC connectors,HUBER+SUHNER also has the match-ing adapter cables. In taking a look at the future, PatrickZaina states a harsh but simple truth:“If you don’t work with fiber optic tech-nology today, you’ll be out of businesstomorrow.” And that’s exactly howit is! As an installer, if you stick withlaying coaxial cable forever and ever,you’ll wake up one morning and noticethat the world has passed you by. “At the moment our system is made 1up of four-way and two-way split-ters, each with different distributionrequirements, that are used basedon cable lengths and connectors”,explains Patrick Zaina regarding the“CLIK!” system product palette. “Bythe end of 2012 we will also be addingthree-way and five-way splitters; weare also working on wall sockets.” Thelatter project caught our ears sinceat the moment there are no receiversthat come with fiber optic cable inputs.But HUBER+SUHNER is planning forthe day when these kinds of receiv-ers will be available. Then you’ll simplyconnect your receiver to the fiber opticwall socket. Then there will be no morecoax cable at all! Today you still needcoax cable to connect the receiver tothe fiber optic converter box. “Right now we are focusing on theEuropean market”, reveals MarketingManager Othmar Fuchs, “But we al-ready have interest from Asia and SouthAmerica.” Even in these locations, they 2are looking to convert to the new eraof fiber optic signal distribution. Theage-old company HUBER+SUHNER is 1. The originating material: One of these rolls contains roughly 14km of glass fiber without any sheathing; it’s the pure glass fiber with only a thin protective cover.once again at the forefront in develop- 2. The heart of the system: left, at a rate of about 100 meters per minute, the glass fibering the newest technologies and bring- goes in one side and comes out the other with its first “coat”.ing it to the market.148 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • 114. 1. Closeup: it goes in here…. 2. …and comes out here. 3. To improve adhesion, the just manufactured fiber optic cable is covered with a Kevlar thread. 4. After mounting the plugs, the connection end is finely polished. The end surface is polished in this rotational polisher for 1-2 minutes. 5. The polished connector is placed under a microscope so that the surface of the connection end can be inspected. 6. Finished! The prefabricated “CLIK!“ fiber optic cable is piled up in the storeroom. They come in various sizes. Here we see a box3 with 10-meter cables. 6 www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 151
  • 115. COMPANY REPORT Signal Analyzer Manufacturer HORIZON, Great Britain该独家报道由高级编辑所作HappyBirthdayHORIZON!• Manufactured 125,000 analyzers intheir first 10 years• Expanding into the High End Range• Provides the right products for theworldwide cable TV market with theirDVB-C signal analyzers• OEM expansion with strongdistribution partners• High technical know-how throughthe nearby university152 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 116. ■ HORIZON’s headquarters can be found in the‘Allen House’ in Harlow not far from Cambridge.9 employees work here of which four are in theR&D team and two are in sales. The actual signalanalyzer production facility is located in westernEngland and has roughly 100 employees. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 153
  • 117. COMPANY REPORT Signal Analyzer Manufacturer HORIZON, Great Britain 10 Years of Success in the International Signal Analyzer Market HORIZON was founded in 2001 by the existing CEO Mr Paul Pickering and in 2011 are celebrating their 10- year anniversary. You’ll ë Harlow find their headquarters in Harlow, a small town in Essex, not too far from Cambridge with it’s world famous uni- versity. Choosing a lo- cation in close proximity to Cambridge University did not happen by ac- cident. Managing Direc- tor John McLoone explains, “Quite often we pass some of our technical work on to the universities.” That’s a smart move since Cambridge University has put out more Nobel prize recipients than any other university in the world. through our distribution partners”, says John McLoone as he points out that HO- The care in the management of the RIZON has a very clear strategy. company stands out in other segments of the company’s operation, for exam- HORIZON grew in the first 10 years ple in the decision as an OEM to pro- thanks to their satellite signal analyz- vide their own products to other distri- ers. Analyzers for terrestrial reception bution partners as well as selling the came later on. As a birthday present, Horizon brand. John McLoone has clear HORIZON has started an entirely new priorities here: “If there are countries product line: “We’re starting with DVB- with well-established distributors, C signal analyzers!” we’ll cooperate with them. If that’s not the case, we’ll sell our products there Naturally, some deeper thought went ourselves.” After 10 successful years into this decision: everyone’s talking you’ll find HORIZON signal analyzers in about the shutting down of analog ter- larger countries not under the HORI- restrial and satellite signals. But much ZON brand name but rather under the larger cable TV markets exist in many name of the corresponding distributor. countries: “Many cable operators are “Roughly 50% of our sales are achieved just finding out that they have to digi- ■ A display cabinet with a selection of talize their systems otherwise their HORIZON products. customers will mi- grate to alterna- HORIZON Company Details tive providers.” Signal Analyzer Manufacturer, UK www.horizonhge.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 50 ................................ 100 It’s a perfect op- Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ portunity to pro- 0............................... 2.5 .....................5 Mio GB£ vide this segment Production Certificates with matching RoHS Production Categories signal analyzers. own brand and OEM “We’re especially Main Products Satellite, Terrestrial and Cable Signal Analyzers and Meters strong when it www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/horizon.pdf comes to price- Address Horizon Global Electronics Ltd First Floor Office, Allen House154 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 Edinburgh Way Harlow, Essex, CM20 2HJ UK
  • 118. ■ Managing Director John McLoone with unit number 125,000 that was produced in their tenth anniversary year. This is a one-of-a-kind piece that was gold plated. The awards on the wall were awarded to HORIZON in 2007 by the Queen of England for being “One of the Top Export Companies in the Country”. HORIZON is expecting for its tenth anniversary year 2011 sales of 2.5 million GBP and is optimistic that 2012 will bring with it an increase of 15%.156 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • 120. 1sensitive signal analyzers”, explainsJohn McLoone regarding the company’s 2strategy: “For specialized cable install-ers there are high-quality signal ana-lyzers from other manufacturers, butfor those installers that perform instal-lations on a daily basis, a quality costeffective signal analyzer hasn’t beenavailable up until now.” A look at HORIZON’s signal analyzerproduct porfolio confirms that they areall mid-range products that are priceconscious and easy to use. “In 2010we already offered our first generationof DVB-C signal analyzers to severalchosen markets on a testing basis”, ex-plains John McLoone, “for example, inthe Dutch, Canadian, USA and Indianmarkets.” These DVB-C analyzers wereso successful that now the second im-proved series is coming to the market.“These DVB-C analyzers with the mod-el name HD-CM can be used anywherein the world where cable networks areinstalled in DVB-C.” Managing DirectorJohn McLoone is more than euphoricover this new product: “We’re expect-ing that this signal analyzer will soon 1. Technical Director is Paul Hardcastle. On his wall is an ambitious timetable that he constantly works on. Currently he’s working on a test sample of the new DVB-C cablereach 30% of our sales!” signal analyzer HD-CM. HORIZON is expecting this model to really take off since more and more cable operators are switching over to DVB-C. The new DVB-C segment will be com- 2. Hardware designer Ivan Valbuena is part of the R&D team and is always at work finding more ways to improve HORIZON’s signal analyzers. He was, for example, involved inplimented by many new satellite and upgrading the HD-S2 model with ACM so that it can be used with Avanti’s Internet-via-terrestrial products. Paul Hardcastle is satellite service.158 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 121. 1Technical Director and he’s working off 2of an ambitious timetable. “We’re cur-rently preparing our newest HD-TM2model; it’s an analyzer for DVB-T2. Inthe first quarter of 2012 an analyzerfor DVB-C+, the HD-CM+, will follow. Inthe second quarter the HD-ST2 comboanalyzer for DVB-S2 and DVB-T2 willmakes its appearance.” This signal analyzer, in the HORIZONtradition, will bring with it somethingnew: it will be HORIZON’s first analyzerwith a color display. “We’ll also havea DVB-S2 version of the Nano.” Howstrong DVB-S2 is can be seen in anoth-er number: “In 2010 our DVB-S2 modelHD-S2 made up about 25% of all oursatellite analyzer sales.” That all com-pletely changed in 2011: now 75% ofall satellite signal analyzers are DVB-S2models. Demand for DVB-S has startedits decline. HORIZON has actually given them-selves a very nice birthday present:at the end of 2012 HORIZON will bestepping into the high-end signal ana-lyzer market with their new model HD-STCM2, a combo unit with commoninterface for DVB-S2, DVB-T2 and DVB-C. And best of all: “It will come with aspectrum analyzer and live TV.” After 10 years of mid-range signalanalyzers, HORIZON is fully committedto jumping into an entirely new product 1. If an analyzer should ever have a problem, Trevor Salter is there to help: he is the Servicesegment. It is by far the best birthday and Repair Manager and has every necessary spare part close at hand.present that HORIZON could have pos- 2. Who answers the phone when you call? It’s Gill Baker who also takes care of HORIZON’ssibly received. administration.160 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 122. Country Report Satellite Installer in HongkongThe Optimistand the Pessimist ë Hong Kong• There are two professionals in Hong Kongin the satellite sector that have contraryexpectations as far as the future is concerned.One of them is Berry K. M. Ng and is involvedprimarily with satellite reception on the boats andyachts of Hong Kong’s rich and famous. The other isKen Wong; he’s a real satellite enthusiast who managedto turn his hobby into his job in which he sets up satellite systems in HongKong. We met up with both of them at the annual Hong Kong InternationalBoat Show in Club Marina Cove in Sai Kung, one of the suburbs where HongKongites take a break from all the money they earned and dine at one of themany seafood restaurants if they don’t happen to be on their yachts cruisingup and down the coast.■ Berry K. M. Ng sells and installs satellite TV systems for yachts. At a stand ata boat show he presents his systems.162 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 123. ■ Berry Ng shows us one of his own installation solutions: he installed two reception systems on a mast on the The latter you can almost take as “Supermom” yacht. “We came up withgospel; Berry Ng, who installs satellite an aesthetically pleasing constructiondishes on these yachts, explains, “Most for a yacht”, says Berry Ng. Because of this he’s become very popular withof them use the 3G mobile network for yacht owners and their agents alike. Thetheir Internet connection.” From this installation of a system should blend inwe can conclude that these yachts don’t nicely with the rest of the yacht.stray very far away from the coastline. But it’s a different picture whenit comes to TV reception on yachts.“There is very limited terrestrial pro-gramming available and this isn’t veryattractive to yacht owners”, commentsBerry Ng, “we install three-axle dishantenna systems that automaticallyalign to a satellite.” TELE-satellite hasalready had several test reports onsuch systems that automatically ad-just to the motion of a ship bouncingthrough the waves and follows a satel-lite on its own using the three axes. “In our region the satellites the cus-tomers want to receive are CHINASAT9 at 92.2E, ASIASAT 4 at 122E andTELSTAR 18 at 138E”, says Berry Ng,“CHINASAT carries numerous channelsin Chinese while TELSTAR 18 carriesthe channels from Hong Kong Cable.But for our customers ASIASAT 4 is the ■ Hong Kong International Boat Show im Club Marina Cove in Sai Kung164 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 124. reveals Berry Ng and then he continues, “The tendency however is upwards; for the upcoming year we’re expecting a 10 to 20% increase in the number of satel- lite TV reception systems sold.” Berry Ng believes this because of the growing market in Mainland China: “More and more customers from China are discov- ering yachts and want them equipped for TV reception.” While the market in Hong Kong is stagnant, the growth in- crease will come from China! Ken Wong, however, has a different outlook for the future. He discovered satellite reception in the year 2000. “Back then I worked for a company that sold computer cable”, remembers Ken Wong, “One day the company added satellite systems to their menu and al- lowed me to test one of those systems so that I could present it at a local trade show later on.” With a 60cm dish pointed to 86.5E, Ken Wong began his satellite enthusiast career. “I taught myself everything”, says self-made technician Ken Wong”, it wasn’t long before I began installing additional satellite systems.” Not long after that he became self-sufficient. “In 2003, together with my partner Tim Wong, I founded the company A&C Technology, Ltd.” And what do those two letters stand for? “A stands for Agressiveness and C stands for Consid- erate.”most popular since it carries the pack-age from the Taiwanese provider Dish-HD with its many HD English-languagechannels.” Anyone who can afford ayacht will also want an HDTV monitoron board and, of course, will want to re-ceive the corresponding programming. ■ Ken Wong has been installing satellite The major portion of Berry Ng’s busi- systems in Hong Kong for the past tenness involves the electronics of a ship. years and is a satellite“We sell roughly 20 TV systems a year”, enthusiast himself.166 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 125. The best year for this small, youngcompany was 2004: “Back then we soldand installed roughly 100 systems.”Those booming days are over. Salesnumbers dropped regularly and by2010 it was only about 35 systems ayear. Ken Wong has a reason: “Satellitereception in Hong Kong is not illegal butnevertheless, the people don’t seem tobe interested in it.” In other words, thepeople in Hong Kong are far more inter-ested in making money than they are inhaving a large selection of TV channels.“Many of them work late into the nightand don’t feel like watching satellite TV- if they even know what that is.” Ken Wong knows exactly what satel-lite reception means. He’s probably theonly one in all of Hong Kong that has anactual satellite dish farm. “I live on oneof those small islands that can only bereached by ferry. On the far side of theisland there’s a large piece of land onwhich I can erect my antennas.“ A lot ofthought went into his dish farm. He hasthree 3-meter dishes installed on this 1property: “one mesh antenna with amotor, another mesh dish fixed on CHI-NASAT 6B at 125E as well as a primefocus antenna pointed to the JapaneseBS series of satellites at 110E.” Asidefrom that, there’s also a 1.2-meter an-tenna to receive THAICOM at 87.5E anda smaller 75cm dish that he uses to re-ceive the local Hong Kong cable pack-age on SINOSAT I at 134E. Ken Wong doesn’t believe that sat-ellite reception has much of a chanceanymore in Hong Kong. “DishHD fromTaiwan would have to promote them-selves here since the people would liketo watch HDTV”, believes Ken Wong,but that won’t happen because Dish-HD’s target market is Taiwan and notHong Kong or Mainland China. Ken Wong fears that he is slowly be-coming a foreigner in Hong Kong andthat he is one of the last satellite enthu-siasts here. High speed Internet con-nections will drive the local people toIPTV. Ken Wong doesn’t see a future for 2satellite reception here in Hong Kong. 1.This is one of Ken Wong’s 3-meter antennas with a motor on one of Kong Kong’s islands.On the other hand, Berry Ng sees in-creased demand for satellite TV recep- 2.Ken Wong’s other 3-meter antennas are fixed dishes. The antennas are located on a piece of land on one of Kong Kong’s islands.tion on yachts. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 167
  • 126. COMPANY REPORT Cable TV Operator SATRO, Slovakia该独家报道由高级编辑所作CustomerService atCable TVProviderSATRO■ Customers can find SATRO’sCustomer Center in this building incentral Bratislava.168 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 127. • Special offer for using multiple TVs• Utilizes Hybrid Fiber Networks• Has 10-15% of the Slovakian market• 50% of new customers opt forMultiroom with SmartWi www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 169
  • 128. COMPANY REPORT Cable TV Operator SATRO, Slovakia"Half of our new customerschoose the Multiroomsolution” ë Bratislava■ Martin Kopca is cableoperator SATRO’sExecutive Director. Thanksto SmartWi’s card sharingsystem, his company canoffer Multiroom solutionsto its customers. Back in the old days when TV sig- nals were still transmitted in ana- log mode, cable TV customers could simply use splitters to connect mul- tiple TVs. For example, in addition to the main TV in the living room, they could add another TV in the bedroom or a third in the kid’s room. With the advent of digital tech- nology, this simple solution was no longer possible. If a cable customer wants to add a second TV, the logic with almost every cable TV provid- er was that they should take out a second cable TV subscription. Some cable operators offer a discount for adding additional TVs. But there’s a problem with this: what if the cus- tomer doesn’t use this second dis- counted subscription himself and in- stead passes it on to someone else so that they can split the savings be- tween them? For this reason, many cable TV pro- viders don’t even offer a discounted subscription rate for a second or third connection. So when one cable TV provider states that half of their new customers opt for a Multiroom solution – for reception on multiple TVs – then this statement was so puzzling and unusual that TELE-sat- ellite decided to find out the reason for this. Why at one cable operator would half of the customers want170 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 129. something that isn’t even available with most of the other cable opera- tors? What is this one cable TV pro-■ Marek Michalik isresponsible for SATRO’s vider doing differently than all themarketing. Here he’s other cable operators in the world?showing us SATRO’s newlogo. In an industrial zone in Bratislava right next to Highway D2 towards Brno and across from the Galéria Shopping Center can be found cable TV operator SATRO’s ad- ministration building. Martin Kopca, SATRO’s Executive Director, works here and he’s a very enthusiastic engineer. The statement that half of SATRO’s new customers choose the Multiroom solution comes from him; it allows customers to watch SATRO’s cable TV programming individually on up to four TVs. “Of course, you could connect up to eight TVs with our Multiroom system”, reveals Mar- tin Kopca, “but if someone wants■ SATRO’s cable networkin Slovakia. SATRO has anespecially strong presencein the cities of Bratislava,Nitra, Topoľčany, Myjavaand Galanta. In Galanta,SATRO has already installedan HFC (Hybrid Fiber Coax)system, that is, a system that uses optical cable for its main distribution network and normal coax cable for connecting to customers. SATRO supplies roughly 40,000 households with TV service, of that 25,000 are still in analog and 15,000 are in digital. Of the digital customers, 8000 have Internet service through SATRO’s cable in addition to their TV service and 2000 only subscribe to Internet service.172 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 130. to connect more than four TVs, red of exporting his expertise. “For many ter Antenna TV) in various apart-flags go up by us.” The reason is not years our founder was busy setting ment buildings. The newly foundedso much that SATRO fears a custom- up TV transmission networks in Af- company expanded very quickly;er is doing something they shouldn’t rican countries”, remembers Marek in 1992 it became a real firm thatbe doing (that is to say, letting next Michalik regarding the company’s Frantisek Kaduch named SATRO (andoor neighbors connect to his cable history. abbreviation of Satelitny Rozvod orTV service), but rather if there are Satellite Network). It all becameso many rooms in an apartment or In 1986, still in those communist very serious in this same year: thehouse, the SATRO Multiroom solu- days, Slovakian state television be- city of Bratislava gave out exclusivetion might not be able to do its job. gan making plans to distribute the licenses for specific sections of the“Our technicians will check it out on increasing number of available TV city; SATRO acquired the licenselocation and if the situation is un- channels to apartment houses via for the Devinska Nova Ves district.derstandable, we simply install more cable TV systems. Frantisek Kaduch SATRO was given the rights to in-than one Multiroom solution.” was occupied with this subject and, stall cable TV systems in the homes thanks to his foreign experience, in this district. After three years, all Now we want to know what this recognized the enormous potential 6000 homes in this district had beenMultiroom solution is all about. “It’s that existed here for the future. His wired by SATRO.very simple: we use SmartWi’s card chance came in 1989 when commu-sharing system; it’s the ideal solu- nism died in Slovakia: he became There’s an even more importanttion for us!” says Martin Kopca and self-employed and installed the first reason why cable TV was so wellthen explains, “The SmartWi system cable networks (SMATV – Small Mas- received: the people finally wantedis based on the transmission of cardinformation in the 860 MHz range.This frequency range can be freelyused as long as the power outputdoesn’t exceed a certain limit.” The effect is that the output signalis strong enough to reach multiplereceivers in a normal apartment buttoo weak to be used by anyone in aneighboring apartment. “The Smart-Wi system guarantees that not oneof our cable customers can pass oursignal along to a friend or relative orsimply resell it”, says Martin Kopcaexplaining that they chose this sys-tem because only legitimate custom-ers can actually use the card signal. How did SATRO even figure outthat SmartWi was the 100% solutionto their problem? Let’s find out moreabout SATRO. “SATRO was foundedby Frantisek Kaduch who still todayholds an 85% share in the company.The remaining 15% share is ownedby his son and successor”, explainsMarek Michalik, responsible forSATRO’s marketing. When Slovakia was still a commu-nist country, Frantisek Kaduch wasworking for state-run television inthe transmission technology section.He took care of the broadcaster net-work and back then had the privilege■ In TELE-satellite’s04-05/2011 issue can befound our test report onSmartWi’s card sharingsystem. The report canbe read online here:www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/eng/smartwi.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 173
  • 131. ■ This is Bratislava’s TVtower that was erectedin 1975. At the foot of thetower is a restaurant. Thetower is located at theedge of Bratislava on theKamzik hill that is 435.5meters above sea level. Thetower itself is 200 metershigh with all the transmitterelectronics located at the170-meter level. Otherproviders besides SATROuse this tower to transmittheir services whichinclude local terrestrial TVprogramming and mobiletelephone services. to embrace their freedom and watch all those new satellite TV channels. “Above all it was the private TV channels from Germany that were back then a strong argument for the peo- ple to want cable TV”, explains Martin Kopca from the past. But this reason has largely fallen to the wayside thanks to the increasingly large number of local TV channels that have appeared in their own national language. Back then SATRO was obvi- ously not the only company that installed and operated cable174 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 132. TV. SATRO reached a market share quencies are reserved country-wide of view, the implementation of MVDSof 10-15% in the year 2000 and it’s for other services”, he explains, “LTE has another significant advantage:still about the same today.” will be taking over these frequen- “We use it to offer high-speed In- cies.” ternet!” For this service the cable The market has stabilized but it has customer gets a reception systemcertainly not come to a halt. “We’re So, SATRO inaugurated the MVDS with a transceiver - a two-way sys-always upgrading our system”, ex- system in 2009. This system oper- tem. “We offer real symmetry here,plains Martin Kopca who as an avid ates in the 11.7 to 12.3 GHz range in other words, upload and downloadengineer plays an important role in – yes, this is precisely within the Ku- speeds are identical with us.” Forthe further development of SATRO’s band. “The advantage is the larger the Internet SATRO sees long-termimplemented technologies. “In the bandwidth. We divided this range interest for those customers outsidebeginning, everything, of course, into two bands; this resulted in 38 of the city, beyond the reach of thewas analog”, he says, “Back then we streaming 8 MHz channels”, details hard-wired cable network. “Cablewere able to carry 30 to 40 TV chan- Martin Kopca”, for each stream we distribution within the city is opti-nels.” Since the laying of cable only can provide 10-12 SD channels for mal”, explains Martin Kopca, “but inmade sense economically within the our customers.” He gives us a sur- the areas surrounding the city wherecity, a new technology came into use prising explanation for the use of installing cable is not economicallyin 1998: MMDS. SATRO transmitted QAM64: “This modulation doesn’t of- practical, MVDS technology is thesignals that could be received by fer error correction but transmitter perfect solution.”customers outside of the city with a and receiver are in line of sight ofterrestrial dish antenna. “We were each other anyway and not relatively After seeing what the future holds,only licensed to use the MMDS fre- far apart either. The big advantage it’s time to get back to the Multiroomquencies up until 2011. The system with QAM64 is that with it we can solution. “When we switched over towill be turned off because the fre- completely cover the transponder digital technology, many of our older stream of a satellite. One DVB-S customers were hesitant; we couldn’t satellite channel at 38 Mbit/s corre- offer them a solution on how to con- sponds to exactly one QAM64 chan- nect two or more TVs”, says Martin nel.” Kopca. He took a look at the various solutions that were available. “One Looking at it from a strategic point manufacturer, for example, offered ■ When the weather is nice Rudolf Pobis enjoys the exclusive view you get from Bratislava’s tower. The Danube is in the background.176 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 133. ■ Our visit to the tower came at just the righttime: a new directional transmitter antennawas being installed. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 177
  • 134. ■ These are modulators for SATRO’s MVDS system in the TV tower. Broadcast Technician Rudolf Pobis regularly keeps an eye on the settings. He explains to us, “We transmit with three segment antennas at about 50W each. This provides reliable reception to a range of about 25 km in the direction of each segment antenna.” This is enough to reliably cover the city of Bratislava.178 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 135. ■ A look down from the TV tower: the two uplink dishes for Slovakian DTH providerSkylink are seen in the forest clearing. They are a strong competitor to SATRO’s TV “Back then we didn’t have a Multi-programming packages. room solution and many custom- ers were reluctant to switch over toa receiver with two tuners but on the can only be used inside the home of digital. They insisted on sticking withone hand the box would get too hot the cable customer. Since the original an analog signal.” Since SATRO be-during operation while on the other card is not manipulated by SmartWi, gan offering their Multiroom solution,there were problems with remotely as might be with other solutions, all that reluctance completely changed:controlling the box or connecting to of the concerns that hackers might “Every other customer opts for theTVs in other rooms.” be able to penetrate the system fade Multiroom solution”, says Martin Kop- away. Martin Kopca can’t figure out ca with a smile on his face. SATRO He squashed every idea until he why other cable system operators makes it very easy for a customerstumbled on to the SmartWi card haven’t also implemented this sys- to decide on the Multiroom solution.sharing system. “All of a sudden we tem. “Demand is enormous because “Our basic package costs 39 Euros ahad the solution to all of our prob- today’s customers have more than month and to add a Multiroom sys-lems!” says Martin Kopca who today one TV and they want to be able to tem – a SmartWi box and the secondis still thrilled since SmartWi has watch all of their TV channels on ev- programming package – it costs justeverything that the other solutions ery TV.” 2 Euros more a month, 1 Euro for thedidn’t have. It is manufacturer-inde- SmartWi box and 1 Euro for the pro-pendent for the boxes that are used When SATRO switched over to digi- gramming package.”(“We use chip-pairing”, explains tal technology, many of their exist-Martin Kopca) and guarantees at the ing customers were hesitant to make Is there anything to criticize withsame time that the reception cards the change from analog to digital. the SmartWi system? Martin Kopca180 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 136. moving the SmartWi box also didn’t We will then be able to offer this sys- help”, reveals Martin Kopca from ex- tem to those customers with larger perience, “But SmartWi found a rem- homes or multi-story homes.” edy: the new generation of SmartWi now at the start scans five different As you have just seen, the Smart- frequencies and selects the one fre- Wi card sharing system, that TELE- quency that has no interference.” satellite has already written about as a system for private end-users, can This trick also eliminates those rare do much more: it provides cable TV cases where there were still sources operators with the perfect opportu- of interference. “We are very sat- nity to satisfy a customer’s need to isfied with SmartWi since its soft- connect more than one TV. Cable TV ware is always being optimized and provider SATRO clearly recognized consistently improved”, says Martin this option and has implemented this Kopca and then continues, “even in system to the satisfaction of many those cases where the SmartWi’s of its customers. The fact that half output power is too low (and can’t of their new customers opt for this be increased), SmartWi has found system, is an indisputable argument a solution that they are working on. in favor of the SmartWi system.can only shake his head: “The systemis perfect and 95% of the time thereare no limitations with the instal-lation.” SmartWi reaches its limitswhen the customer’s apartment orhouse is too large. “Its range is lim-ited since we simply aren’t allowed totransmit any stronger in the 860 MHzrange.” Then there are those cas-es where other transmitters in thehome can create interference. “Quiteoften it’s a DECT telephone or a cus-tomer’s WiFi router that can createinterference.” Martin Kopca suggeststhat in these cases to try and movethe SmartWi box to a different loca-tion. “In most cases, this solves theproblem very simply.” ■ This is an exampel of a transceiver unit The first generation of SmartWi for SATROs Internet Servicewas restricted to operating on onespecific frequency. “In certain cases www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 181
  • 137. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World DISHPOINTER H HORIZON H GLOBAL INVACOM H H SMARTINNOVATIONS SEATEL H H SATBEAMSBEST DIGITAL TV H HUBER+SUHNERCOMPANIES inW EUROPEHORIZON Company DetailsSignal Analyzer Manufacturer, UK www.horizonhge.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 50..................................100 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................... 2.5......................5 Mio GB£ Production Certificates RoHS Production Categories own brand and OEM Main Products Satellite, Terrestrial and Cable Signal Analyzers and Meterswww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/horizon.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0801/eng/horizon.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0701/eng/horizon.pdfHUBER+SUHNER Company DetailsFibre Optic Cables and Distribution, Switzerland www.hubersuhner.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0............................ 2500 ...............................5000 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0.............................. 500................. 1000 Mio SFr Production Certificates ISO 9001, ISO 14001, IRIS, RoHS, REACH Production Categories own brand CLIK! Main Products Connectivity solutions for Radio Frequency, Low Frequency and Fiber Optic applications. Fibre optic distribution systems forwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/huber+suhner.pdf professional and home use.182 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 138. SMARTINNOVATIONS DISHPOINTER Satellite Distributor, Netherlands Software Programming, UK www.dishpointer.comwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1011/eng/smartinnovations.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0803/eng/dishpointer.pdfSATBEAMS OPERATOR MARKET QualifiedSoftware Programming, Belgium www.satbeams.com Classification for Best Digital TV Companies Attributes of Qualified Company: ■ High Production Volume ■ Quality Controlled ■ Customized Product Case ■ Customized Product Software ■ Aftersale Servicewww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1011/eng/satbeams.pdfGLOBALINVACOM SEATELFibre Optic Products, UK www.globalinvacom.com Maritime 3-Axis Dish Manufacture, UKwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/globalinvacom.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1005/eng/globalinvacom.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0803/eng/seatel.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0909/eng/globalinvacom.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0805/eng/globalinvacom.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 183
  • 139. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World H SMARTWI GT-SAT H H MEGASAT DOEBIS H H MEDIA BROADCAST GOLDEN MEDIA H H SPAUN POWER SMART H H SPAUNBEST DIGITAL TVCOMPANIES inN EUROPEMEGASAT Company DetailsWholesaler and Manufacturer, Germany www.b2c-electronic.de Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 12....................................25 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0.................................. 5....................10 Mio €uro Production Certificates DVB Production Categories own brand MEGASAT Main Products Satellite Receiver for DVB-S/S2, LNB with normal size and extremely small size, dishes, multiswitches, Mobile Satellitewww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1109/eng/megasat.pdf Systems with automatized two axis motors (CampingSat)DOEBIS SPAUN POWER Address b2c - electronic GmbHSatellite Wholesaler, Germany www.doebis.de Power Supply Manufacturer, Germany www.spaun.com Industriestrasse 4a 97618 Niederlauer/S. GERMANY Tel +49-9771-63567-100 Download Report www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1109/eng/megasat.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1011/eng/doebis.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1011/eng/spaun.pdf184 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 140. SMARTWI MEDIA BROADCAST Wireless Card Reader Producer, Denmark www.smartwi.net Broadcasting Services, Germany www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1011/eng/smartwi.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/mediabroadcast.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0709/eng/smartwi.pdfGOLDEN MEDIA GT SAT Manufacturer and Distributor, Germany LNB Distributor, Luxembourg www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/goldenmedia.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0805/eng/gtsat.pdfSPAUN SMART High Quality Accessory Manufacturer, Germany www.spaun.com Receiver Manufacturer, Germany www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0811/eng/spaun.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/eng/smart.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 185
  • 141. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World H NETUP SAPRO H AB-COM H H ABC BIZNIS H AMIKO H IPONT H STAB AZBOX H H PROMAXBEST DIGITAL TVCOMPANIES inS/E EUROPESAPRO Company DetailsManufacturer and Wholesaler, Czech Republic www.sapro.cz Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 12....................................25 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................... 2.5......................5 Mio €uro Production Certificates DVB Production Categories own brands Di-Way, Di-Box, SatElita, Dreamsky, HD-Box Main Products Satellite Receivers for economic range, mid range and high range, Wholesaler for LNBs, dishes, accessorieswww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1109/eng/sapro.pdfAMIKO Company Details Address in Czech Republic SAPRO s.r.o. Address in Slovakia SAPRO SK s.r.o.Receiver Manufacturer, Hungary www.amikostb.com Konská - Podlesí 455 SUPERSAT Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees 73961 Třinec ul. Slovanská cesta 672 ▼ ▼ 0................................ 50..................................100 CZECH REPUBLIC PSČ 02 201 Čadca Tel +420-591008312 This, Next Year Estimates) Average Turnover (Previous, SLOVAKIA  ▼ Tel +421-220-648942 Download Report 0................................ 10....................20 Mio €uro Production Certificates ISO, RoHS, DVB Production Categories own brands AMIKO, SYNAPS - cooperation with FULAN Main Products Receiver for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/MPEG-4, DVB-C, award winning product Dual Boot Linux receiver for DVB-S/S2 and DVB-Twww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1107/eng/amiko.pdf186 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 142. AB-COM AZBOX Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Slovakia www.abcomeu.com Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Portugal www.azbox.comwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/abcom.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/abipbox.pdfIPONT PROMAX 3D Software Solutions Accessory Manufacturer, Spain www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1107/eng/ipont.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0909/eng/promax.pdfNETUP ABC BIZNISIPTV Software and Hardware Producer, Russia Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Slovakiawww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/netup.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0903/eng/abcbiznis.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 187
  • 143. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World H ATLANTA H YAHYA H COMINTOUCHBEST DIGITAL TV H ECHOLINKCOMPANIES inMIDDLE EASTATLANTA ECHOLINK Satellite Wholesaler, UAE Satellite Wholesaler, UAEwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1007/eng/atlanta.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1007/eng/echolink.pdfCOMINTOUCH YAHYA Satellite Wholesaler, UAE Software Programming, KSAwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1007/eng/comintouch.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0911/eng/yahya.pdf188 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 144. Best Digital TV Companies of the World COMPANIES OVERVIEW H BOMARE H BYA BEST DIGITAL TV COMPANIES in MAGHREBBYA Company DetailsDish and Receiver Manufacturer, Algeria www.bya-electronic.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 75..................................150 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0.................................. 5....................10 Mio €uro Production Certificates RoHS, DVB Production Categories OEM, ODM Main Products Satellite Dishes with Full and Perforated Metal (60, 105 and 120cm), TV-Sets with CRT, LCD (32 and 40 inch) or Plasma (42www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1107/eng/bya.pdf and 50 inch), Satellite Receiver for DVB-S/S2BOMARE Company DetailsTV and Receiver Manufacturer, Algeria www.bomarecompany.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 75..................................150 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................. 12.5....................25 Mio €uro Production Certificates RoHS, DVB Production Categories OEM, ODM Main Products LCD and Plasma TV-Sets with integrated DVB-Tuner, Satellite Receiver for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T, Home Theatre Systemswww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/bomare.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 189
  • 145. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World H TOPFIELD H ARION H TEVII H AZURESHINE H MOTECK H MTI H INFOSATBEST DIGITAL TVCOMPANIES inSE ASIA H SUBUR SEMESTATEVII Company DetailsPC Card & Receiver Manufacturer, Taiwan www.tevii.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 25....................................50 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................... 2.5...................... 5 Mio US$ Production Certificates RoHS Production Categories OEM, ODM Main Products PC Cards for DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/MPEG-4, Boxes for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/MPEG-4, PC Sticks for DVB-S/S2www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1101/eng/tevii.pdfAZURESHINE MOTECK Professional Dish Manufacturer, Taiwan www.azureshine.com.tw Antenna Motor Manufacturer, Taiwan www.moteck.comwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0707/eng/azureshine.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0707/eng/moteck.pdf190 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 146. TOPFIELD INFOSATHigh-End Receiver Manufacturer, Korea Dish Manufacturer, Thailandwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0905/eng/topfield.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0907/eng/infosat.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0801/eng/topfield.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0803/eng/infosat.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0705/eng/infosat.pdfARION SUBUR SEMESTA High Quality Receiver Manufacturer, Korea Dish Manufacturer, Indonesia www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0903/eng/arion.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0805/eng/subursemesta.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0801/eng/arion.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0701/eng/arion.pdf OPERATOR MARKET Qualified MTI Classification for Best Digital TV Companies LNB Manufacturer, Taiwan Attributes of Qualified Company: ■ High Production Volume ■ Quality Controlled ■ Customized Product Case ■ Customized Product Software ■ Aftersale Service www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0707/eng/mti.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 191
  • 147. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World H DEVISER H YINHE H BOXSAM H PREVAIL H SVEC H CHANGHONGBEST DIGITAL TVCOMPANIES in SKYWORTH H H JIUZHOU GLOBALSAT H H SOWELL TRIMAX H H TENOWCHINA BOIINGSAT H H SMIT H ALUOSATDEVISER Company DetailsSignal Analyzer Manufacturer, China www.devisertek.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0.............................. 250..................................500 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................. 12.5.................... 25 Mio US$ Production Certificates RoHS, CE, UL, ISO 10012, ISO 90001 Production Categories OEM, own brand Main Products Signal Analyzers for Cable, Terrestrial, Telecommunications, Fiber Optic and Satellite, Spektrum Analyzers, Vector Networkwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1107/eng/deviser.pdf Analyzers, Broadcasting Measurement Instruments, QAM MetersPREVAIL Company DetailsFiber Optic and CATV Manufacturer, China www.prevail-catv.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0.............................. 250..................................500 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................. 12.5....................25 Mio €uro Production Certificates RoHS Production Categories OEM Main Products Fiber Optic Nodes and Systems, Optical Receivers and Transmitters, CATV Equipment, Bi-directional Networkwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/eng/prevail.pdf Transmission Equipment, Head-Ends, Splitters, Taps192 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 148. BOIINGSAT Company DetailsLNB Manufacturer, China www.boiingsat.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0.............................. 500................................1000 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................. 12.5.................... 25 Mio US$ Production Certificates RoHS in preparation Main Products LNBs for Ku and C bands, Ka band in preparation. Variants in Single, Twin, Quad, Quattro and Octo.www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1105/eng/boiingsat.pdfTENOW Company DetailsPC Card Manufacturer, China www.tenower.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 12....................................25 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................... 1.5......................3 Mio €uro Production Certificates RoHS, DVB Main Products PC-Cards for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/T2, DVB-C with single, dual and quad tuner, CAM Box for DVB-S2, USB-Stick for DVB-S/S2, DVB- C and ISDB-Twww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/tenow.pdfGLOBALSAT Company DetailsReceiver Mass Manufacturer, China www.globalsatdvb.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0.............................. 125..................................250 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0................................ 75.................. 150 Mio US$ Production Certificates RoHS, FCC, UL, CE, DVB, ISO Main Products Receiver for HDTV and SDTV in DVB-S/S2, DVB-T, DVB-C, ISDB- T, HD+, CI+ and HbbTV, Multimedia Receiver, IPTV Boxes, Media Playerwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/globalsat.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 193
  • 149. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the WorldTRIMAX Company DetailsSignal Analyzer Manufacturer, China www.trimaxtec.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 25....................................50 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0.................................. 1...................... 2 Mio US$ Production Certificates RoHS, FCC, DVB Main Products Signal Analyzer with built-in Monitor for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T and DVB-Cwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/trimax.pdfSOWELL Company DetailsOEM Receiver Manufacturer, China www.sowell-tech.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 50..................................100 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0................................ 25.................... 50 Mio US$ Production Certificates DVB Main Products Receiver for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T/T2, DVB-C and ISDB-T, Receivers with 3D graphicswww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/sowell.pdfSKYWORTH Company DetailsOEM Receiver Manufacturer, China www.skyworth.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0............................ 1250................................2500 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0........................... 1.250.................. 250 Mio US$ Production Certificates RoHS, CE, REACH, DVB Main Products Receiver for DVB-S/S2, DVB-T, ISDB-T with single, twin and combo tuner, Receiver Sticks for USB, SCART in DVB-S and HDMI in DVB-S2www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1103/eng/skyworth.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/skyworth.pdf194 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 150. JIUZHOU CHANGHONG Receiver Manufacturer, China www.jiuzhou.com.cn Receiver and TV Manufacturer, Chinawww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/jiuzhou.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0903/eng/jiuzhou.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/changhong.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0803/eng/jiuzhou.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0703/eng/jiuzhou.pdfSVEC BOXSAMProfessional Dish Manufacturer, China www.svec.com.cn Receiver Manufacturer, Chinawww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/svec.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1009/eng/boxsam.pdfALUOSAT YINHESatellite Consultant, China www.aluosat.com High Volume Receiver Manufacturer, Chinawww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0905/eng/aluosat.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1007/eng/yinhe.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 195
  • 151. COMPANIES OVERVIEW Best Digital TV Companies of the World H SATMAN H MFC SEATEL H SADOUN H WS INTERNATIONAL H H COWMIX QUALITY SATELLITE HBEST DIGITAL TV H SEATELCOMPANIES inAMERICAAPPLIED INSTRUMENTS Company DetailsSignal Analyzer Manufacturer, USA www.appliedin.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 25....................................50 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0................................ 10.................... 20 Mio U$D Production Certificates DVB Production Categories own brand Main Products Cable TV Signal Analyzers, Satellite TV Analyzers, Noise Signal Generators, Noise Power Ratio Test Instrumentwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/applied.pdfWS INTERNATIONAL Company DetailsWholesaler and Manufacturer, USA www.wsidigital.com Engineers in Research & Development | Total Number of Employees ▼ ▼ 0................................ 10....................................20 Average Turnover (Previous, This, Next Year Estimates) ▼ 0............................... 2.5...................... 5 Mio U$D Production Certificates DVB Production Categories own brands LEXIUM Main Products Receiver for DVB-S, dishes 75cm up to 4.5m, LNB and LNB holders for KU and C band, DiSEqC switches, signal analyzerswww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1109/eng/wsinternational.pdf196 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1 – Operator Market Qualified
  • 152. QUALITY SATELLITE MFC Satellite Dealer, USA Satellite Filter Manufacturer, USA www.microwavefilter.comwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1005/eng/qualitysatellite.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0903/eng/mfc.pdfCOWMIX SADOUN Satellite Dealer, USA Satellite Dealer, USA www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1003/eng/cowmix.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0707/eng/sadoun.pdfSEATEL SATMAN Maritime 3-Axis Dish Manufacturer, USA Satellite Dealer, Canada www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0911/eng/seatel.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0705/eng/satman.pdfwww.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-0901/eng/seatel.pdf – Operator Market Qualified www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 197
  • 153. COMPANY REPORT BT Madley International Communications Centre, UK该独家报道由高级编辑所作Partner for theBig Players Alexander Wiese■ Is there an observation deck in Madley? But ofcourse! You simply climb up onto the ‘Madley1’antenna. From there you can see the operationsbuildings in Madley. In the background you cansee another 32-meter antenna as well as threesmaller 8-meter dishes. These antennas werepreviously used to uplink the Sky package andare now ready to be used by new broadcastingcustomers.198 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 154. • Operates 65 dishes in southwestern Great Britain• Recently began offering uplink services forprogramming providers• Equipped for HD and 3D program processing• International optical links in all directions• Highly motivated technical specialists www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 199
  • 155. COMPANY REPORT BT Madley International Communications Centre, UKBTsEarth Station ë MadleyOpens Up toLargeBroadcasters The worldwide company British dio programs and transmit them via ■ Station Manager Nick Wood showsTelecommunications Plc – (BT) has the uplink station in Madley. Oldtimers us the just-installed upconverter in ‘Madley1’. They are ready for thoseopened its enormous earth station in in the satellite industry will be quick to customers who want to use the modernthe small English town of Madley with tell you that broadcasters have been technology at Madley and broadcast their programming from here. “Theits 65 satellite dishes to international able to use the satellite dishes at Mad- incoming signals in the 70 MHz rangebroadcasters. They can use BT’s latest ley for quite some time now. are modulated to 6 GHz.” (That’s thetechnology to process their TV or ra- Sure enough, the station in Madley, uplink frequency for the C-band)200 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 156. New Improved Wireless Smart Card Splitter Operating range Compatibility Faultlessness In designing Clone+ Home Edition 150 wireless splitter, we took into account most common problems appearing during use of the devices. Clone+ is characterized by operating range increased to 150 m, compatibility with all digital satellite, cable, terrestrial receivers and CI modules, faultless serving of 8 active users. www.ClonePlus.comThe New IPTV Standard• OIPF provides the IPTV market with open end-2-end IPTV specifications• OIPF includes most IPTV stakeholders• OIPF stimulates a go-to-market drive from the IPTV industryOpen IPTV Forum Tel: +33 4 92 94 43 83650, Route des Lucioles Fax: +33 4 92 38 52 90F-06921 SOPHIA-ANTIPOLIS Cedex Email: contact@oipf.tvFrance Website: www.oipf.tv
  • 157. ■ How large is 32 meters? Station ManagerNick Wood is standing in front of ‘Madley1’, thefirst dish erected at the Madley earth station.The transmission electronics inside the dishbuilding are currently being upgraded andprepared for use by international broadcasters.Nick Wood enjoys taking time to read TELE-satellite magazine.202 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 158. located somewhere between Birming- and the broadcast division was “put a diameter of 32 meters”, begins Da-ham and Bristol, has been in operation into storage”. It was agreed that BT vid Woodhouse, “we use them in thesince 1978. Back then it supported the would stay out of the satellite broad- C-band, for example, to uplink themuch older earth station in Goonhilly cast business for three years. English Premiere League to Asian(in far southwestern Great Britain), In 2011, these three years are now programming providers.” The Madleywhich was built in 1962. over and BT can once again begin of- earth station can receive satellites The first dish that was erected in fering these services. “During these and uplink to them all the way fromMadley was 32 meters in diameter three years we were very active in 66E to 304E.and is still in operation today. Sure upgrading all of our technology”, ex- “From Madley we can reach so manyenough, it’s currently being upgraded plains Nick Wood. He manages 100 satellites that we could theoreticallywith a new digital transmitter. earth station employees almost all of transmit one channel in such a way Up until 2008 the Madley earth sta- which have a technical background. that it could be received across twotion was very active with TV and radio And there’s plenty for them to do. thirds of the world”, comments theuplinks. Station Operator Nick Wood David Woodhouse is the Station Op- Satcom Operations Manager regardingcan tell us more: “Back then we made erations Manager and gives us a long the enormous range a TV program-the start of Sky Television possible. list of all the satellite dishes installed ming provider could have throughThat was February 5, 1989.” at Madley: Madley. In 2008 a reorganization took place “Our three largest antennas have But there’s more: if a programming204 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 159. ■ Emma Tennant is a Senior Media Relations Manager in the BT Press Office, Group Communications. Over the large expanse of the Madley earth station, she takes note of the most important events for placement in a Madley chronicle. The last chronicle was published in 2008 to celebrate the 30th year of the earth station. operator actually does want to reach the entire world, BT also operates an- other earth station in Sao Paulo, Bra- zil. “We are best linked to the Ameri- can continent by an optical sea cable.” In addition to the two huge 32-me- ter dishes, Madley also operates two 18-meter dishes. “These are used in the Ku-band primarily for sporting events.” Just a little smaller are the two 16-meter antennas for the C-band and two smaller 13-meter dishes that are also used in the C-band. “We use the 13-meter dishes, for example, to broadcast the BBC World Service for Africa”, we learn from David Wood- house, “and we use the smaller 8-me-www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 205
  • 160. 1 1. In the Network Operations Center: Mal Furber (left) from the TV Operations team and David Woodhouse (right), Satcom Operations Manager. From here you can keep an eye on all of the uplinks. 2. Control Operations Technician Richard Harris can control all the BT Madley International Communications Centre dishes from here. “We wrote some portions of the control software ourselves”, says Richard Harris proudly. He uses this software to watch over the function of each and every satellite dish at Madley. The monitor on the left displays a simplified representation of all the antennas in the security zone while the monitor to the right allows direct access to each individual antenna. 2206 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 161. 1 2ter antennas to transmit the BBC London and other key locations in 1. One of the most well-known of the international broadcasters is the BBCWorld Service to the Americas via IN- America and our other customers.” World Service. Satcom OperationsTELSAT 805.” Clearly, BT is a worldwide networked Manager David Woodhouse proudly Madley has another ten 8-meter company that can offer large broad- shows us the cabinet of modulators that prepare the BBC World Service for thedishes. In total there are 65 anten- casters the ideal infrastructure to cov- satellite uplink.nas that include smaller dishes that er all the different applications that a 2. Just installed: this is one of currently 14are used for reception only as well as broadcaster might need. HD modulators that are ready to be used by international broadcasting customers.numerous other dishes of all sizes that “Our highly qualified technical em- “We can also use the HD modulatorsare used for testing or monitoring pur- ployees are another argument in fa- to modulate 3D channels”, explainsposes. vor of BT”, continues Nick Wood and David Woodhouse, “We use the same modulators for HD and 3D.” Now that BT is once again allowed then elaborates, “Here in Madley weto take part in TV programming satel- have an emergency response team onlite transmissions, Madley can already standby that can immediately get un- only be undertaken by a company thatboast their first success: “We are get- derway should there ever be an emer- truly has the necessary experiencedting everything ready to receive the gency.” personnel available. “A similar situa-Arabic channels from BADR4 and re- Nick Wood explains exactly what tion occurred in 2005 with the earth-transmit them”, reveals Station Man- this means: “When the Tsunami struck quake in Kashmir and a more joyfulager Nick Wood. in 2004, our emergency response event was the marriage of Prince Wil- What makes BT’s Madley earth sta- team from Madley was quickly onsite liam and Kate.”tion so attractive to providers? “Mad- rebuilding the communications infra- The BT employees in Madley areley is linked by highly diverse optical structure.” highly motivated and are ready forcable networks with the BT Tower in An emergency response like this can anything that comes their way.208 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 162. 1 For those broadcasters with am- 1. What happens when there’s a power outage? Within 45 seconds this operations center forbitions of HD and 3D, the Madley four diesel emergency power generators jumps into action. “We have enough diesel for eight days of operation.” Just like everything else in Madley, there are two of those emergencyearth station would seem to be the power generator stations.ideal solution to process their chan- 2. These are four of a total of eight emergency diesel generators. They may be quiet now, butnels and retransmit them. will start up immediately in an emergency. Nick Wood: “All eight of these generators provide 7.5 MW of power; currently we only need about 4.5 MW.” This means that Madley has plenty Senior Media Relations Man- of room for expansion to handle many new broadcasting customers. If you take a closerager Emma Tennant reveals to us look you’ll see a face painted on the side of the motor: it’s an inside joke because the motorwho these broadcasting custom- casing resembles a very well-known character in children’s books here in Great Britain: Thomas The Tank Engine.ers should contact: “That would be 3. BT is prepared for every eventuality. This can be seen in this emergency response vehicle.Client Manager Harry Formosa; he If there’s a catastrophe, no matter where in the world, the Madley employees go and repaircan be reached at harry.formosa@ the communications systems and also install emergency communications systems if necessary. This demonstrates the extensive know-how of Madley’s technical employees.bt.com”210 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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  • 164. COMPANY REPORT on the Internet BT Madley International Communications Centre, UK Download this report in English www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1111/eng/btstation.pdf The worldwide company Sure enough, the station active with TV and radio British Telecommunica- in Madley, located some- uplinks. Station Opera- tions Plc – (BT) has opened where between Birming- tor Nick Wood can tell us its enormous earth station ham and Bristol, has been more: “Back then we made in the small English town in operation since 1978. the start of Sky Television of Madley with its 65 satel- Back then it supported the possible. That was Febru- lite dishes to international much older earth station ary 5, 1989.” “During these three years broadcasters. They can in Goonhilly (in far south- In 2008 a reorganiza- we were very active in up- use BT’s latest technology western Great Britain), tion took place and the grading all of our technol- to process their TV or ra- which was built in 1962. broadcast division was ogy”, explains Nick Wood. dio programs and transmit The first dish that was “put into storage”. It was He manages 100 earth them via the uplink sta- erected in Madley was 32 agreed that BT would stay station employees almost tion in Madley. Oldtimers meters in diameter and out of the satellite broad- all of which have a techni- in the satellite industry will is still in operation today. cast business for three cal background. be quick to tell you that Sure enough, it’s currently years. And there’s plenty for broadcasters have been being upgraded with a new In 2011, these three them to do. David Wood- able to use the satellite digital transmitter. years are now over and house is the Station Oper- dishes at Madley for quite Up until 2008 the Mad- BT can once again begin ations Manager and gives some time now. ley earth station was very offering these services. us a long list of all the212 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 165. satellite dishes installed at smaller 13-meter dishes to cover all the different available. “A similar situa-Madley: that are also used in the C- applications that a broad- tion occurred in 2005 with “Our three largest an- band. “We use the 13-me- caster might need. the earthquake in Kashmirtennas have a diameter of ter dishes, for example, to “Our highly qualified and a more joyful event32 meters”, begins David broadcast the BBC World technical employees are was the marriage of PrinceWoodhouse, “we use them Service for Africa”, we another argument in fa- William and Kate.”in the C-band, for exam- learn from David Wood- vor of BT”, continues Nick The BT employees inple, to uplink the English house, “and we use the Wood and then elaborates, Madley are highly moti-Premiere League to Asian smaller 8-meter antennas “Here in Madley we have vated and are ready forprogramming providers.” to transmit the BBC World an emergency response anything that comes theirThe Madley earth station Service to the Americas team on standby that can way.can receive satellites and via INTELSAT 805.” immediately get underway For those broadcastersuplink to them all the way Madley has another ten should there ever be an with ambitions of HD andfrom 66E to 304E. 8-meter dishes. In total emergency.” 3D, the Madley earth sta- “From Madley we can there are 65 antennas that Nick Wood explains ex- tion would seem to be thereach so many satellites include smaller dishes that actly what this means: ideal solution to processthat we could theoretically are used for reception only “When the Tsunami struck their channels and re-transmit one channel in as well as numerous other in 2004, our emergency transmit them.such a way that it could be dishes of all sizes that are response team from Mad- Senior Media Relationsreceived across two thirds used for testing or moni- ley was quickly onsite re- Manager Emma Tennantof the world”, comments toring purposes. building the communica- reveals to us who thesethe Satcom Operations Now that BT is once again tions infrastructure.” broadcasting custom-Manager regarding the allowed to take part in TV An emergency response ers should contact: “Thatenormous range a TV pro- programming satellite like this can only be under- would be Client Managergramming provider could transmissions, Madley can taken by a company that Harry Formosa; he can behave through Madley. already boast their first truly has the necessary reached at harry.formo- But there’s more: if a success: “We are getting experienced personnel sa@bt.com”programming operator ac- everything ready to re-tually does want to reach ceive the Arabic channels Download this report in Germanthe entire world, BT also from BADR4 and retrans-operates another earth mit them”, reveals Stationstation in Sao Paulo, Bra- Manager Nick Wood.zil. “We are best linked to What makes BT’s Madleythe American continent by earth station so attrac-an optical sea cable.” tive to providers? “Madley In addition to the two is linked by highly diversehuge 32-meter dishes, optical cable networksMadley also operates two with the BT Tower in Lon-18-meter dishes. “These don and other key loca-are used in the Ku-band tions in America and ourprimarily for sporting other customers.”events.” Clearly, BT is a worldwide www.TELE-satellite.com/ Just a little smaller are networked company that TELE-satellite-1111/the two 16-meter anten- can offer large broadcast- deu/btstation.pdf nas for the C-band and two ers the ideal infrastructure www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 213
  • 166. FEATURE Receiver Firmware该独家技术信息由工程师所做 JTAG- Interface • Reprogram a Defective Receiver • All Necessary Information can be Found in the Internet • Can Also be Used On Other Boxes With Flash Chips • Allows for Better Understanding of Receiver Functions214 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 167. ■ Standard JTAG interface for a parallel port. It can be ordered from many electronic shops.www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 215
  • 168. FEATURE Receiver FirmwareThe Solution for aFaulty Firmware UpdateVitor Martins Augusto For those of you who update satel- starts a program called the “Bootload- won’t be able to start the receiver andlite receiver software on a more regular er”. The “Bootloader’s” job is to deter- it instantly turns into a brick. Nothingbasis, you will almost certainly recog- mine at the start if a firmware update works anymore.nize these two aggravating problems: should be undertaken. If that’s not theuploading the wrong software or a ver- case, it would then copy the contents There are two different situationssion that is incompatible as well as the of the flash memory into RAM and will here: if the “Bootloader” is still intactunexpected power failure during an up- start the firmware from there. This pro- but the firmware itself is missing or cor-date. If either of these problems show cess of copying the Flash to RAM and at rupt, it won’t be able to start the re-their face, the result is almost always a the same time uncompressing it is re- ceiver, however, since the “Bootloader”“dead” receiver or as it’s also called, a sponsible for the time delay that occurs is also responsible for firmware up-“brick” - good for nothing. during a receiver power up. dates, the user can still upload the cor- rect firmware through the “Bootloader”. But wait, there might still be one last The “Bootloader” program can be But it’s much worse if the “Bootloader”chance to upload the software if the re- found in the flash memory at a specific itself is missing. You won’t be able toceiver comes with a JTAG interface. But address (usually the last 64KB, start- do anything at all. Many manufacturersfirst things first. What actually happens ing at &H7FFFE000). If no program can offer updated firmware that doesn’t in-when you turn on a receiver? When the be found at this address or the wrong volve replacing the “Bootloader” in or-receiver is turned on, the processor one happens to be there, the processor der to prevent problems like this. If the■ The inside of a standard receiver. The arrow points to the JTAG connector while the circlehighlights a white triangle that indicates pin #1 on the JTAG connector. The JTAG interfaceis plugged in such that the red line on the cable is on the same side as the triangle.216 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 169. 1“Bootloader” is defective, the receiver receiver, for example, because the ceiver. Either you unsolder the Flashcan no longer be started. On the whole, hardware is identical. Many budget re- chips, reprogram them externally andit would probably be better to include ceivers are based on the same hard- then resolder them in place with all ofa new installation of the “Bootloader” ware; the manufacturer simply match- this requiring professional equipmentprogram with every new firmware up- es the firmware to the receiver. It could to remove, reprogram and reinstall thedate. therefore be quite interesting to try out chips, or, with a little bit of luck, you’ll the firmware from another manufac- find a JTAG interface on the main circuit If the receiver displays “8888” or turer. In this case though you almost board. The JTAG interface provides annothing at all, then the firmware up- always have to update the “Bootload- indirect way to access the Flash chipsdate has failed. If the receiver can no er” software. It’s easy to mistakenly via the processor. When the box islonger perform an update via the se- upload the wrong firmware and at the turned on, the processor is placed intorial interface, then it’s safe to say that same time the wrong “Bootloader”. a specific mode so that you can read,the “Bootloader” has been deleted and delete and reprogram the Flash chips.nothing will work anymore. If the receiver can no longer start up because of the lack of the correct For this to work you’d need a JTAG Experienced users enjoy the idea of firmware and “Bootloader”, then there interface along with the correspondinguploading the firmware from another are only two ways to repair the re- software. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy 2218 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 170. 3to fabricate a JTAG interface so that Quite often manufacturers use a stan- interface and should therefore be anit can be inexpensively purchased in dard plug with 20 pins. If this isn’t the integral part of your toolkit. Windowsmany electronic shops. If you can’t find case, it becomes necessary to deter- Vista and Windows 7, especially the 64-a JTAG interface in your local store, you mine the correct pin layout. Normally, bit versions, often have problems withcan build one yourself. All you need is a the correct JTAG pin layout for specific the tools for firmware uploads.few resistors and a standard 74HC244N receivers can be found by performing abuilding block. You’ll find schematic Google search when you’re not dealing Many receivers are based on proces-diagrams in the Internet for every ca- with a standard 20-pin connector. sors manufactured by STi. This is thepable receiver that can be programmed case with most budget receivers. Andvia JTAG. The JTAG interface is connected to just for this family of processors there’s your PC via the parallel port. But first an excellent freeware program: jKeys. The JTAG protocol consists of six you have to check and see if such a PC This tool functions perfectly with thelines: still exists in your house. Your best bet JTAG interface on the parallel port and would be to use an older laptop with through a current database automati- • TRST • TDO • TDI Windows XP. A laptop like this would cally recognizes most of the STi pro- • TCK • TMS • GND also be perfect to use for uploading cessors in common receivers. Most of new receiver firmware via the serial the time, however, jKeys cannot rec- ognize the receiver’s Flash chip. There are far too many different Flash chips out there and every manufacturer uses 4 their own set of chips; you’d have to be able to read the name of the manu- facturer and the model of the chip and then find the corresponding datasheet in the Internet. For our example we’ll use a standard receiver. The built-in Flash chip is the model MX 29LV160CTTC. A search on Google yields numerous websites that provide the necessary datasheet. Why is it so easy to find this? It has to do 1. The rear panel of an older laptop: parallel ports and serial interfaces were standard back then and are needed for the JTAG interface. Don’t throw away or give away those old laptops! They can serve as excel- lent repair tools! 2. Our workstation for our JTAG firmware work. 3. If the receiver only displays “8888” or nothing at all, then the firmware upload has failed. If the receiver doesn’t talk anymore regarding a firmware update through the serial port, it’s safe to say that the “Boot- loader” was also deleted. 4. A look inside our defective sample recei- ver: here you can see the STi chip to the lower left (an STi 5518BVC) as well as the MX 29LV160CTTC-70G Flash chip and the JTAG connector. These components are always located close to each other since the connections between them have to be kept short because of the high frequencies being used. www.TELE-satellite.com — 10-1 1/201 — TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 1 219
  • 171. Update via jKeys with electronics wholesalers that pro- vide datasheets for every component so that prospective buyers can choose the correct component for their needs. That’s just perfect for us! From these datasheets we can get all the relevant information regarding the makeup of the chip. We are interested in the following information: - Size of the chip, in this case 2MB - Construction of the memory banks - If any write-protection needs to be bypassed before deleting and writing on the chip This information is entered into the jKeys Definitions Data. In jKeys Defini- tions we search for the group with these Flash definitions and carry in the data structure of the Flash chips. Now we can actually start jKeys. As a precau- tion, you should download the contents of the Flash memory. It’s a task that would only make sense with a function- ing receiver. We’ll hold on to this image dump just in case a future firmware up- grade isn’t completed successfully. If that does happen though, you can then reload your backup image. For this purpose we would need to use the jKeys Flash menu to which a receiver reset would be necessary. Perform these steps in order: turn the receiv- er off, turn it back on and at the same time press the jKeys OK button. If ev- erything is OK, the programming menu will be displayed. Let’s assume that nothing works any- more. The first step is to delete the entire Flash. This process sets all the bits in the Flash memory to “1”. The programming function can only set a bit from “1” to “0”, not the other way around. This would explain why an in- terrupted firmware update always leads to a defective receiver: the “Bootload- er” is located in the last 64KB and is de- leted before the Flash process! Lastly, you select the desired firmware data and program the Flash chip. Many STi based receivers link the Flash chip to an address range of &H7FE00000 to &H7FFFFFFF; this corresponds to pre- 1. jKeys has in this case recognized the receiver with its Flash chip since the cor- responding definitions are already in the database. 2. Reading the entire Flash chip (address &H7FE00000 to &H7FFFFFFFF). It’s always a good idea to make a backup of the firm- ware with new receivers. 3. To activate the deleting and program- ming mode of the Flash chip, the receiver must briefly be turned off and then back on.220 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 172. cisely 2MB. Once the programming pro- the firmware and are not programmed 4. If the deleting and programming modecess has been completed, you simply onto the Flash chip. In a case like this, of the Flash chip has been successfully activated, this menu will appear.turn the receiver off, remove the JTAG you would need to open the firmware in 5. Security question before starting theinterface and then turn the receiver a Hex editor and delete the extra bytes Flash chip writing process.back on. The newly uploaded software that don’t belong to the firmware. Thisshould then automatically start. actually sounds harder to do than it re- cessor on the main board where a user ally is. could attach a JTAG connector. On top To make sure that the receiver was of that, the Flash chip is made inacces-correctly programmed and won’t crash First of all, the firmware must be ex- sible by a special type of glue. All of thisbecause of some faulty configuration, it actly the same size as the capacity of is designed to prevent a hacker fromis recommended that the original firm- the Flash chip. If it’s 2MB (2048 KB) in gaining access to the contents of theware be loaded via the serial interface. size, then the firmware must be exactly Flash chip which would contain criticalThe process described here works with the same size. Therefore, you simply encryption data.nearly every STi processor based re- cut out the corresponding bytes rightceiver. at the start. Sometimes only the “Boot- If you tried working with JTAG just loader” is made available. This would once before, it won’t seem so diffi- But what do you do if you have a re- have to be loaded at the end of the cult the next time. The big advantageceiver that doesn’t come with an STi Flash chip’s memory space, typically at is that once you know how to do it,processor? It still pays to look into it &HFFFE000. This involves the last 64KB you can easily return a receiver to itsfurther: many manufacturers use a and the data containing the “Boot- original condition through JTAG shouldJTAG interface on the main circuit loader” must have exactly this size. If something ever go wrong.board and offer either officially or unof- you’re only loading the “Bootloader”ficially JTAG software for their receiver. program, the receiver still won’t work, Smaller specialized digital TV com-A quick search via Google will reveal but at least you’ll be able to upload the panies would certainly be able to bringthe necessary pin layout for the JTAG firmware through normal channels. many receivers back to life since thereinterface as well as the corresponding are many end users out there that willprogramming software. This will allow Modern, more sophisticated receiv- manage to make a mistake uploadingyou to program various Linux receiver ers quite often don’t come with a JTAG firmware. Digital receivers aren’t themodels through JTAG. connector. In order to handle any firm- only devices that utilize the JTAG pro- ware upgrades, a slightly different con- tocol; in fact, you’ll find it in almost Another problem is that many users cept is used: the receiver operates us- any device that uses a processor and adon’t have a backup of the firmware ing two “Bootloaders”. The “First Stage flash chip. This would make it possiblethat they can use to reload onto a re- Bootloader” checks to see if any firm- to save even Smartphones and otherceiver via JTAG. Even here there are ware needs to be uploaded. If that’s not devices after a failed firmware update.possibilities: the case, a “Second Stage Bootloader” is run that then starts up the existing But let’s not forget that safety is par- 1) You can extract the firmware from firmware. The advantage to this meth- amount! Be careful when working in-a second functional receiver. od is that the “First Stage Bootloader” side an exposed receiver! Keep in mind 2) You can search the Internet to see is never overwritten; this would allow that receivers come with an integratedif someone else has exactly the firm- the user to reload the firmware in any 220V power supply (110V in some partsware that you need. situation. of the world)! Take every safety pre- 3) You can extract the firmware from caution! One false move could place thea manufacturer’s firmware update. Manufacturers of proprietary re- JTAG interface in contact with a power ceivers for PayTV providers do things supply component; this could lead to With the last option you should note quite differently. Here there’s not only serious damage to the receiver and po-that a firmware update often includes no JTAG connector (it’s been omitted tential electric shock to the user. Makea so-called “header”, in other words, a on purpose), there are also no circuit sure the JTAG interface is securely inspecific number of bytes that describe board tracks available from the pro- place before turning the receiver on.222 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 173. DXer REPORT Satellite Enthusiast in Hungary该独家报道由高级编辑所作FromTV-DXerto Sat-DXer• Erected large dishes on twotowers• All dishes were purchasedused• Installation work performedon his own or with friends• Produced all mechanical ■ Laszlo Toth (DX Bozoth) in front of his 4.65-meter dish antenna.pieces by himself His property is located in the small town of Püspökladany in eastern Hungary. The next largest city is Debrecen.224 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 174. DXer REPORT Satellite Enthusiast in Hungary ■ A look at Laszlo Toth’s (DX Bozoth) parade of dishes in his own private garden. k The World of Satellite DXers DXers Previous TELE-satellite DXer Reports can be Read Here: World www.SatcoDX.net226 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 175. Laszlo Toth The year was 1974; that’s when Laszlo Toth turned on his TV and saw an Italian TV channel. This experienceaka DX Bozoth infected him: the closest Italian city was more than 900 km away so this was by no means normal TV recep- tion, but rather it was long-distance reception. This occurs under certain weather conditions and Laszlo Toth found this to be so exciting that he turned this into a hobby. He worked for the Hungarian railroad in their metal shop; this gave him two ad- vantages: he had experience working with metal but, far more important, as a railroad employee he was able to ride the trains for free. He took advantage of all this by ac- quiring a log periodic antenna that covered the entire frequency range as well as the necessary parts for a lattice mast. In 1976 he managed to erect a 33-meter high mast. Two months later though, a strong thun- derstorm rolled through that tipped over his wonderful mast. That tempo- rarily spoiled his interest in his hobby. In 1996 something new appeared: satellite TV. He acquired a used satel- lite dish that someone else had built themselves: “It was a 130cm dish”, remembers Laszlo about his very first dish antenna. Just like with TV DXing, Laszlo couldn’t hold back here either: in ■ The large 4.65-meter antenna is moved manually be Laszlo to other satellites. He marked these other positions here. The antenna is currently pointed to THAICOM at 78.5 east as he is showing us here with his finger.
  • 176. 1998 came a 3.6-meter antenna There are two points that are very ■ From his 9-meter high tower that carries his 5-meter dish, we can see his very firstthat he mounted to a stable mast on important when it comes to installing 16-meter high tower on which there’shis house. But for him it still wasn’t large dishes like this: the wind load a 3.7-meter antenna with a rotor. In theenough: “A friend gave me his used produced by such a large dish and background to the right are the masts on his house with his terrestrial antennas.3.7-meter Andrew dish.” But where to the extremely heavy weight of suchput it? For Laszlo there was only one a professional antenna. “We couldn’tanswer: he had to erect a tower. Once put all the segments of this 4.6-me- limit the antenna’s visual range. Allagain he put his metal fabrication ter antenna together on the ground; those trees on his property are caus-skills to work and took advantage of it could only be done directly on the ing him all kinds of problems. “Buthis free train pass. “I built this 16-me- mast”, admits Laszlo. The reason: I can’t bring myself to shorten theter tower”, explains Laszlo proudly as “The fully assembled antenna would trees”, explains Laszlo. He prefershe points out the lattice tower that have been far to heavy to lift up into instead to build higher towers andhas since been surrounded by trees place.” He would have had to rent a masts.and can only be seen fully from a dis- crane. But since the antenna wastance. mounted directly on the mast, the Laszlo, who is known in satellite exact parabolic shape of the antenna Internet forums by the name DX Bo- Did that satisfy his enthusiasm? could not be maintained. In the end, zoth, especially enjoys extreme re-Not a chance. In 2007 he became the 5-meter dish did not fulfill his ex- ception. “I can receive the Spot 1 andactive once again. This time he con- pectations as much as he had hoped. S2 beams here on EXPRESS 3-3 atstructed a much wider tower on which 96.5 east in the Ku-band”, lists Lasz-he mounted a 5-meter antenna. The He was much happier with another lo, “For this location, it’s only a fewtower is 9 meters high and was not as dish that he this time mounted direct- degrees above the horizon.” Anotherstable as he had hoped it would be. ly on the ground: “This is a 4.65-me- true long-distance reception feat isA friend suggested that he use sup- ter antenna that I have a lot of fun MEASAT 3-3A at 91.5 east in the Ku-port rods that increased its stability DXing with.” But the disadvantage of band and NSS6 at 95.0 east with itsbut then was only good enough when a ground installation is, of course, the Ku India beam. “I can also receivethe wind wasn’t blowing. surrounding trees and houses that PAKSAT at 38.0 east in the C-band228 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 177. ■ How do you switch back and forth between a C-band LNB and Ku-band LNB without any signal loss? For Laszlo the answer is quite simple: He uses a motor to move the correct LNB into the antenna’s focal point. Here he is showing us his ingenious design: the LNB frame is moved on a rail to the antennas center by a motor. Laszlo can control everything from a shack in his house. But it wasn’t always like this: the rack on the right carried a receiver and a TV monitor only a few years ago. Laszlo used this to take care of settings directly at the antennas.230 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 178. and the Israel beam from AMOS at4 west in the Ku-band”, says Laszloproudly about the capabilities of hissystem. There’s quite a few more dishes onhis property, including a 4.6-meterantenna and a 5.0-meter dish. There’seven a number of smaller antennasthat Laszlo uses for testing purposes.He experiments quit a bit with feedsand LNBs and always wants to find outif there’s more that he can receive.His garage was long ago converted toa workshop in which he has his ownlathe that he uses to make many ofthe mechanical dish mounting compo-nents. Since all of the dishes he haswere acquired in used condition, theyoften came without any mount or LNBrods. But these are only minor issuesfor Laszlo; he just builds everythinghe needs himself. He really can’t domuch with polar mounts anyway: “Itsturning range is not large enough.I can receive here from 96.5 eastto 55.0 west; most mounts can’t dothat.” Laszlo Toth found a hobby that fitsin perfectly with his capabilities andexperience. He’s convinced that hisneighbors think he’s crazy, but thatdoesn’t bother him at all. His hobbyis more important to him than whatother people think. He’s living out hisDXer dream!■ DX Bozoth (which means Bozoth “thicket”and refers to his beard that was muchthicker in his younger days) controls allof his dishes and motors from his shack.Here he is moving a dish to AMOS for thereception of the METV music channel onthe Israel beam. This cannot be received inHungary with smaller antennas.
  • 179. 1 1. One of Laszlo’s self- made polar mounts. The segments of a 4.6- meter dish and a 5.0- meter antenna can be seen in the background leaning on a wall that marks the boundary to his neighbors property; he plans to put them together soon. 2. Laszlo uses this lathe in his workshop to fabricate all the necessary mechanical parts that he needs. 2232 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
  • 180. ■ Is that him? Yes, despite being 65 years old, Laszlo has no problems climbing on the mast on the roof of his house to fine-tune a UHF antenna on the top of the mast. Obviously, Laszlo has no fear of heights!234 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 10-1 1/201 — www.TELE-satellite.com 1
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