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CONTENT                            GLOBALINVACOM                            Fibre IRS DTT                            Proce...
ADVERTISER‘S INDEX 8DTEK..................................... China......................... 77         JONSA................
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TEST REPORT                     Fibre Optic System for DTT16 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV...
FibreIRS DTT   Processor    of Global     Invacom •	excellent device to filter out any unwanted signals •	very simple devi...
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■TELE-satellite Test Editor Jacek Pawlowski atwork. The FibreIRS DTT Processor is connectedto a professional signal anaylz...
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SPAUNBluBox 16                       •	excellent technical quality due                       to specially designed hardwar...
TEST REPORT                     Satellite Headend16 Satellite Tuners And16 QAM Modulators in One Unit  Headend equipment u...
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played with various con-         East) but you are able to addfiguration settings avail-       additional ones by yourself...
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  1. 1. TELE The World’s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine since 1981 3DTV HDTV IP/Web satellite I N T E R N AT I O N A LB 9318 E 06-07-082012 Company Report Company Report GOOSAT TSREADER Mike Miao Greatly Rod Hewitt Leads the Increases Production World Market in Testing Capacity in New Factory Digital Streams Company Report Company Report SVEC DVBCN Wang Duo Puts High Anna Xie Created the Investment in High Quality Largest Digital TV Online Community in China Test Report Test Report SPAUN AMIKO ALIEN2 BluBox 2nd Generation Receiver with 3 Tuners and IP/Web-TV HeadEnd The Best in Reliability for Cable Systems Battle of the Big Boxes Best Systems for Digital TV Cable Distribution Test Report GLOBALINVACOM Fibre Optic DTT System Ready for the Future in Optical Distribution 06-07-08/2012 www.TELE-satellite.com
  2. 2. TELE-satellite International t The World’s Larges zine Dig ital TV Trade Maga since 1981 Alexander Wiese Publisher .com alex@TELE-satellite y HQ in Munich, German Dear Readers,In addition to the newest top receivers and future-oriented to be visually appealing; it just needs to be functional. It’s notheadends, we are also introducing to you in this issue of TELE- a critical component of daily use. And if it isn’t important forsatellite something that at first glance doesn’t seem all too the user, then the value of the receiver is also reduced. Theimpressive: a display (a small monitor) that can be connected receiver simply becomes a part of everyday life. It’s not all tooto a receiver. The display can be configured in such a way that exciting to switch channels with the remote control.it shows the logo of the currently received TV channel. Now you A large display that can permanently show the more relevantcould argue that there isn’t much that could be less exciting; data, such as, channel logo, abbreviated EPG and the time, turnsmost channels already blend in their channel logo into the the receiver into a real control center. Can you imagine howvideo, in fact, most every receiver shows the channel name much more fun it would be to enjoy an evening of TV with oneon its display. So, what purpose does it serve to prominently of these “pimped up” receivers? Pushing a button on the remotedisplay the logo yet again? control now takes on a completely new meaning now that youIf you’re asking this question, you’re overlooking one aspect can do more with it instead of just switching the channels on thein today’s digital receivers that is being provided less and less: monitor. Now the information on the display changes along withthat control center feeling. The integrated display is in most the actual channel – the effect of the remote control is muchreceivers simply an alphanumeric display that in almost every more exciting.case only has a limited number of character places such that Every manufacturer is amazed with a company like Apple thatmost channel names can’t be fully displayed. The channel name can take products and turn them into something special. It’sis either cut off or the display scrolls through the channel name. actually something that any manufacturer could do. Even digitalWith some channels this is not the case; a channel such as TV receivers can be made into something special if they areThe Entertainment Channel “E!” fits in every receiver display. turned into a true TV channel control center. I’m waiting forBut I have yet to come across a display that can completely fit the day when receivers will come with a lavish display ratherchannel names like “The History Channel”. than an alphanumeric display (a technology that stems fromThe argument is this: the display on a receiver really only serves the earlier days of electronics from the last century). I wantas an emergency function that lets you set up a receiver even to see receivers that give the user the feeling of being activelywithout a monitor. The on-screen menu provides everything involved in the programming control center of their living room.your heart desires and in most cases shows the channel name Then, instead of typical everyday receivers, you’ll have anin its entirety. So why should manufacturers include a large exciting and emotional TV device that meaningfully speaks todisplay in their receivers? the user – and this is exactly what makes a manufacturer likeBut there is another motive to think about here regarding the Apple so successful.subject of receiver displays. On the one hand the user onlysees the wonderful on-screen receiver menu during installationand then again in an abbreviated form (channel display whenswitching between channels) for one or two seconds. Hmm,what’s the use of a menu that will hardly be used by the userin everyday use?My take on this is that the whole approach is wrong. A receiver Alexander Wiesemenu that is only visible during the installation doesn’t have Editor-in-Chief TELE-satellite International TELE satellite Address TELE-satellite International, 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/ Hard Copy Subscription www.tele-satellite.com/subscription/ Copyright © 2012 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
  3. 3. CONTENT GLOBALINVACOM Fibre IRS DTT Processor Filtering and Ampli- ...154 ...174 fying Terrestrial Signals.............. 16 SPAUN BluBox-16 Satellite Headend............ 24 Panodic HDT-127A ...184 ...210 Small DVB-T HD PVR Receiver...... 34 Amiko Alien 2 Triple Tuner PVR HDTV Receiver.................... 44 ...230 ...256 Skyworth HT21 Miniature DVB-T HDTV Receiver... 62Feature:The Wonderful World of SparkPart 3: Spark Apps.............................. 74Feature: Company Report:AZBox ME Receiver Software Receiver and TV Manufacturer DXer Report:Part 2: Multimedia............................... 84 GOOSAT, China ................................ 154 Satellite DXer DX-Ralf, Germany.............................. 246AWARD Winning: Company Report:Digital Receivers of 21st Century........... 92 Online Dealer Antenaomega, Brazil...... 174 Company Report: Wireless Internet ProviderAWARD Winning: Company Report: Pignet, São Paulo, Brazil..................... 256HDTV PC Cards of 21st Century........... 104 Professional Dish Manufacturer SVEC, China..................................... 184 Satellite DXer Overview:AWARD Winning: Hall of Fame of SatelliteSignal Analyzers of 21st Century......... 110 Company Report: Enthusiasts of the World..................... 262 Software ProgrammerAWARD Winning: Rod Hewitt, USA................................ 200 Technical Service:IPTV/WebTV Receivers Digital TV Transponder Streamsof 21st Century.............................. 122 Company Report: around the World............................... 270 Digital TV WebsiteVitor’s Workshop: DVBCN.com, China............................ 210 DTT of the World............................ 304Digital Picture Framefor the AZBox ME.............................. 126 Company Overview: TELE-satellite History: Best Digital TV Companies TELE-satellite in 1982..................... 310Feature: of the World................................... 218H-8PSK Hierarchical Modulation........... 134 TELE-satellite History: Company Report: TELE-satellite in 1992..................... 312Feature: TV Station TV Bandeirantes,Motorised Antennas Campinas, SP, Brazil.......................... 230 TELE-satellite History:for Satellite Reception........................ 140 TELE-satellite in 2002..................... 314 Uplink Overview:Digital Technology: TELE-satellite’s Best Satellite Global Readership ofNew Developments............................ 148 Uplink Earth Stations...................... 240 TELE-satellite Magazine.................. 3208 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  4. 4. ADVERTISER‘S INDEX 8DTEK..................................... China......................... 77 JONSA..................................... Taiwan......................217 ALUOSAT................................. China..........103, 109, 121 KARMACOM............................. Hungary....................... 9 AMIKO..................................... Hungary....................... 9 LEXIUM................................... USA...........................259 ANTIFERENCE......................... UK.............................237 MFC......................................... USA...........................213 APPLIED INSTRUMENTS......... USA...........................249 MICO....................................... China........................... 2 AZBOX..................................... Portugal....................323 MOTECK.................................. Taiwan......................255 AZURESHINE........................... Taiwan....................... 69 NABSHOW2013....................... USA...........................181 BEIJINGTOPREAL.................... China........................207 OIPF........................................ Sweden.....................269 BOIINGSAT............................. China........................153 OPENSAT................................. Portugal....................323 BSD......................................... Brazil........................253 PANODIC................................. China........................... 2 BT........................................... UK.............................245 PREVAIL.................................. China.....................22-23 CASTOR................................... Netherlands..............243 SAPRO..................................... Czech........................217 CES2013.................................. USA...........................203 SATBEAMS............................... Belgium....................253 CHINABROADCASTING........... China........................255 SATCATCHER........................... UK.............................. 51 CHINASATELLITE2012............ China........................187 SATELLITEGUYS...................... USA...........................237 CNBROADCASTING................. China........................255 SATSON................................... Belgium..................... 37 COMMUNICASIA2012.............. Singapore.................197 SBTVD..................................... Brazil........................269 CSTB2013................................ Russia.......................177 SCATINDIA2012...................... India.........................195 DEVISER................................. China......................... 27 SEN5....................................... China......................... 77 DEKTEC................................... Netherlands..............167 SICHUANJIUZHOU.................. China........................324 DIGITALTELEMEDIA................ China........................324 SICHUANVIDEOELECTRONIC.... China........................143 DISHPOINTER......................... UK.............................259 SKYWORTH............................. China......................... 11 DOEBIS................................... Germany................ 14-15 DOEBIS-THOMSON.................. Germany...................157 SMARTWI................................ Denmark...................161 DVBCN.................................... China........................249 SOWELL.................................. China......................... 33 FULANELECTRONICS............... China........................... 5 SPAUN.........................................Germany.... 47,213,233,239 GECEN..................................... China.................... 41, 81 STRONG.................................. Austria....................... 89 GLOBALINVACOM.................... UK.............................. 55 SVEC....................................... China........................143 GOOSAT.................................. China......................... 19 TEHNICB................................. Romania.................. 239 GOLDENMEDIA........................ Germany.................... 65 TENOW.................................... China........................131 HANGZHOUPREVAIL............... China.....................22-23 TEVII...................................... Taiwan......................233 HORIZON................................ UK.............................137 TOPREAL................................. China........................207 IBC2012.................................. UK..................... 173, 229 TRIMAX................................... China........................129 ICECRYPT................................ UK...........................4, 73 TURBOSAT............................... UK...........................4, 73 JIUZHOU................................. China........................324 WSINTERNATIONAL................ USA...........................25910 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  5. 5. 02-03/2012 AZBox ME Today‘s absolute best Linux Receiver www.TELE-satellite.com/12/03/azbox-me 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6984 Made for TV addicts who can never watch and record enough channels. www.TELE-satellite.com/11/11/tenow12 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  6. 6. MAGAZINE 08-09/2009 Global Invacom Optical LNB The first worldwide optical satellite reception and transmission system www.TELE-satellite.com/09/09/globalinvacom 06-07-08/2012 AMIKO ALIEN 2 Unbeatable combination of features and function – for excellent viewing pleasure!www.TELE-satellite.com/12/07/amiko www.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 13
  7. 7. TEST REPORT Fibre Optic System for DTT16 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  8. 8. FibreIRS DTT Processor of Global Invacom • excellent device to filter out any unwanted signals • very simple device settings • increases C/N parameters at the output • useful for both coaxial cable systems and for the new fibre optic systems www.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 17
  9. 9. TEST REPORT Fibre Optic System for DTTA Set of Brick 06-07-08/2012Wall Filters FibreIRS DTT Processor Delivery perfectly clean DTT signals for any distribution system www.TELE-satellite.com/12/07/globalinvacomand SignalAmplifiers GlobalInvacom is a leadingcompany in introducing fiberoptics to satellite tv recep-tion and TV distribution net-works. Now they introducedanother very useful piece ofdistribution system that canbe very beneficial not onlyfor fiber optics based sys-tems but also for classicalcoaxial cable systems. GlobalInvacom’s DTT Pro-cessor is a device installedbetween a terrestrial anten-na and the remaining partof a distribution system.Its most important functionis filtering the signal yourantenna picks up. Filter-ing means passing throughthe desired part of the fre-quency spectrum wherethe signals of interests aretransmitted while blockingeverything else from reach-ing the output. Why is this that impor- cal currents into light will betant? Thanks to the filtering, covered in our next test re-the signal that finally comes port. Such converter if fedto the input of your DVB-T or with very a noisy input sig- one. That’s because DVB-TDAB receiver contains much nal might have a problem in TV operates in the 470-862less noise. The probability generating well modulated MHz range while DAB in theof picture pixelation, video/ light. Typically, the rule is: 217-230 MHz range. So it is DAB band is treated as oneaudio glitches or complete garbage in = garbage out. possible to combine them in 13 MHz wide channel.loss of reception is greatly If the signal quality is low one RF output. We are used nowadaysreduced. Starting with a at the input, it will become The basic version of the that one needs to connectclean signal is even more even worse at the output. DTT Processor enables you a notebook PC to configureimportant in a distribution Fortunately, filtering can be to select up to six different a professional system unit.system based on fiber optic used to break this rule. TV channels. You can buy It is convenient when thecomponents. That’s because The FibreIRS DTT Pro- additional plug-in modules settings we need to do arewe need to convert the elec- cessor of GlobalInvacom and extend its functional- complex. But in the case of atrical RF signal existing in accepts signals from two ity to eight DVB-T channels. DTT processor, the settingsthe initial stages of such terrestrial antennas: one re- Each channel is 8 MHz wide are quite simple: the num-system to modulated light. ceiving terrestrial TV signals in accordance with a typical ber of a channel you wantGlobalInvacom’s converter and the other digital audio terrestrial DVB-T-TV chan- to be passed through andcapable of changing electri- (DAB) signals. The output is nel plan. Consequently, the its signal gain. So it is really18 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  10. 10. 1 good that GlobalInvacom’s 60 dBµV for DVB-T and not processor does not require more than 65 dBµV for DAB. you to connect to a PC. The output of every channel GlobalInvacom’s FibreIRS should be adjusted optimal- DTT Processor not only ly to 70 dBµV if you connect passes through the desired the GlobalInvacom ODU32 TV channels and blocks the RF-to-light converter to the rest of the spectrum but processor. If your antenna also amplifies their signal. has a built in amplifier – no The unit is enclosed in a problem. The DTT Processor metal case designed to be generates 12 V to power the mounted on a wall on two amplifier. screws. It has an external We started our test with a2 AC/DC plug type adapter. real world signal. In our test After unscrewing two screws location in Western Poland, and removing the cover, you two DVB-T multiplexes are get access to the interior of available. They are trans- the processor. Every mod- mitted on channels E41 and ule has an eight position DIP E45. The signal level was switch you use to set the de- slightly above 66 dBµV – ex- sired channel number (from actly as needed. As you can 21 through 69) and to turn see on the attached screen a module on or off. A piece shots, the input signal con- of foiled paper is attached to tained some undesired sig- the internal surface of the nals too. These were some cover. It’s a short list of op- analog TV channels which erating instructions, as how are still transmitted as well to turn the module on/off as some spurious signals and how to set the channel produced mainly in the an-3 number. A few clicks with a tenna amplifier. But the small screwdriver is enough output of the DTT Proces- to do all that setting. A sor was completely free of green LEDs mounted on the them. Only the two digital top of each module signals channels were left. We ad- which one is turned on. justed the output of every Except for that, every unit channel to 70 dbµV without has its own red knob for ad- any problem. justing channel gain. The But that’s not all. The car- nominal adjustment range rier-to-noise (C/N) param- is 30 dB. There is also one eter measured at the output slide switch enabling you to was better than that at the additionally boost the out- input by 12 dB! For example put by about 20 dB (18 dB in for E45 channel, it rose from the specs). It adds this extra 31.1 dB to 43.7 dB. We were gain to all passed through really astonished because4 channels. It may be very we had not expected such useful when you deal with significant improvement in very extended or complex signal quality. cable networks in which you We checked the gain ad- expect significant attenua- justment range for every tion. channel. We got 26 dB ad- For best performance, the justment range for E41 and input signal should be above 24.5 dB for E45. A little 1. The original input signal picked up by a terrestrial antenna. There are 2 DVB-T signals at 634 and 666 MHz (channel 41 and 45) and a lot of unwanted noise. 2. After passing FibreIRS DTT Processor, only the desired DVB-T signals remain. 3. A test with a white noise generator proves excellent adjacent channels rejection. 4.Sharp roll-off and flat pass band - splendid frequency characteri- stics of one of the FibreIRS DTT Processor channel filters.20 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  11. 11. ■TELE-satellite Test Editor Jacek Pawlowski atwork. The FibreIRS DTT Processor is connectedto a professional signal anaylzer. the analyzer‘svideo output is fed into the laptop to generate thescreenshots for this report. Expert Opinion Very good adjacent channel separation Flat pass band + Wide range of signal gain adjustment Very easy setup requiring no PC but just a screwdriverless than specified (30 dB) the passband is very flat – – none Jacek Pawlowski TELE-satellite Test Centerbut still quite a lot. The ad- another desired feature of a Polandditional output boost that good filter.could be turned on with a We did not have an op- TECHNICALswitch was 18.4 dB and 17.2 portunity to check the DAB DATAdB respectively. Almost ex- band but after such impres- Manufacturer Global Invacom Ltd., Great Britainactly in line with the speci- sive results with TV chan- Web www.gloablinvacom.comfication (20 dB). Of course, nels, we have no doubt that E-mail sales@globalinvacom.comwe had absolutely perfect also this band is processed Phone +44-1621-743440video when we connected a equally well. For DAB, Glo- Fax +44-1621-743676DTT receiver to the proces- balInvacom uses a Low Pass Model FibreIRS DTT Processorsor output. Filter. Function Filtering and amplifying terrestrial signal Finally, we fed the pro- To sum it up – the proces- DVB-Tcessor with a white noise sor delivers what its specifi- Frequency range 470-862 MHzgenerator signal to exam- cation promises. The output Number of channels 6 (expandable to 9)ine the frequency response. signal is exceptionally clean Broadcast standard 8 MHzAs our screen shots clearly and its C/N improves more Gain 20 dBshow, the performance of than anybody could expect. Channel flatness < 2.5 dBthe filters was awesome. We can heartily recommend Adjacent channel rejection > 45 dBWe sometimes use the term using GlobalInvacom Fi- DAB“brick wall’ for a filter with breIRS DTT Processor not Frequency range 217-230 MHzextremely steep roll-offs. only for any fiber optic sys- Insertion loss < 2 dBThat’s the term you can tem but also for the usual DC power certainly use for GlobalIn- coax cable distribution net- Input voltage 20 Vvacom’s FibreIRS DTT Pro- works. We are sure that the Current consumption 1Acessor. Its SAW filters do a end users will be completely Physicalvery good job. You can see satisfied with the quality of Size 182 x 205 x 122 mmit in the other screen shots terrestrial signals delivered Weight 3.7 kgshown in this report. Also to their outlets. Operating temperature 0 to +50º C www.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 21
  12. 12. TEST REPORT Satellite Headend24 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  13. 13. SPAUNBluBox 16 • excellent technical quality due to specially designed hardware ICs • automatically detects faulty settings • extremely easy to use • each unit contains a full tuner and QAM modulator • adjacent channel allocation possiblewww.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 25
  14. 14. TEST REPORT Satellite Headend16 Satellite Tuners And16 QAM Modulators in One Unit Headend equipment usu- gress in commercial satellite box is blue (the standard S2) and four for cable TVally comes in 19” units to receivers and now the same color for SPAUN) and has signals (DVB-C QAM). Therebe fitted in a standard 19” happens with headends. very clear labels and a ta- are also 2 RJ45 Ethernetrack. And we expect a sat- SPAUN’s BluBox 16, when ble with basic parameters connectors and 24 statusellite headend to consist of compared to a traditional printed on the front panel LEDs on the front panel.several devices: a profes- head end equipment, is not (what is also very typical A power socket is placedsional satellite receiver with just a technological step, it for SPAUN). BluBox 8 and on the bottom side of thea transport stream output, is a giant leap forward. BluBox 16 come in the same box, which leads to twoa re-multiplexer and a QAM The BluBox16 is not de- enclosure but the latter has power supply units insidemodulator. Imagine our sur- signed for a 19” standard greater possibilities. the box. Yes, that’s right,prise when SPAUN’s new rack. It is housed in a quite BluBox 8 has one signal SPAUN added redundancyBluBox arrived at our lab; we small metal enclosure - 32 module and BluBox16 (such here: even if the main powerhad to revise our thinking x 24 x 22 cm (about 13.5” unit was in our test) has two supply breaks, the BluBoxabout how a headend sys- x 9.5” x 8.5”) and it is sup- signal modules. BluBox16 keeps working with thetem has to look like. We are posed to be installed on the has 8 signal connectors: 4 spare power supply. This isoften impressed by the pro- wall with four screws. The for satellite signals (DVB-S/ what true professionalism is 06-07-08/2012 SPAUN BluBox 16 Great leap forward in headend technology www.TELE -satellite.com/12/07/s paun26 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  15. 15. 1 the very top connector is al- giant leap forward in head- ways just a satellite IF input, end technology. its lower companion can be The BluBox 16 design is configured as an input num- based on special integrated ber 2 or a looped through circuits called FPGA (Filed output of input 1. Programmable Gate Ar- To do this and all other ray). To put it simply, they configuration settings, you are a kind of digital signal need to connect the BluBox processors in which many to your computer network. features are implemented After hooking up an Ethernet in the very complex hard-2 cable to the RJ45 connector ware rather than software. on the front panel, you can Thanks to that, they are sig- run an Internet browser on nificantly faster than tradi- any computer connected to tional processors relying on the same computer network programs. But that’s not all. and enter its IP address: This sophisticated hardware 192.168.1.250. In a second made it possible to achieve or so, you can see a web such a clear output signal page generated by BluBox that you can simply connect and you can set everything QAM outputs in series with- on the sub pages. All pages out any filtering. SPAUN’s are available either in Ger- user guide gives an example3 man or in English. of connecting the outputs of Just below the Ethernet three BluBoxes 16 and gen- connector in every module, erating 48 QAM channels you can see two connectors in total (approx. 350 SD/ dedicated for DVB-C QAM HD programs of high qual- signals. The very bottom ity). And all this without any one is just the output where combiner or filter – just 3 the digital cable TV signal is BluBox 16 units and a few generated and can be fur- pieces of coaxial cable with ther fed to your cable net- F connectors on both ends. work. The connector above The BluBox 16 is accom- is an input where you can panied by a single page in- insert a signal from another struction explaining how to4 BluBox unit. In such simple connect it to the PC network way, you can sum up the and download a full operat- outputs of two modules of ing manual. We followed the BluBox 16. In the same way, instructions and in a minute you can sum up signals from we were looking at the separate BluBoxes units. web page generated by the And now, the most ex- BluBox 16. We downloaded citing information about the operating manual and SPAUN BluBox 16. Every found out that it was very signal module of the Blue- comprehensive and detailed Box 16 can convert not few- but at the same time organ- er but 8 different satellite ized in a logical manner. It transponders to 8 fully con- was really easy to follow1. 8 QAM chanels generated by one BluBox module2. 16 QAM channels generated by two BluBox modules figurable DVB-C QAM chan- it and lots of screen shots3. Excellent output signal quality nels. In other words, one made the reading and un-4. Individual QAM channel level can be adjusted BluBox 16 is able to convert derstanding even easier. 16 transponders to 16 QAM We skimmed the manualall about: to be save against Satellite IF signals are channels! We could not be- but as soon as we realizedfailure. What else is worse in connected to the F connec- lieve it. But, yes, BluBox 16 how logical and intuitivea tv distribution system than tors located in the upper has in fact 16 independent everything was arranged,subscribers loosing their sig- part of every module. You satellite tuners and 16 inde- we put it aside and startednals. The second power sup- can connect signals either pendent QAM modulators! setting up the box with theply gives the SPAUN BluBox from individual LNBs or from And everything is fully con- wizard that pops up at thean outstanding feature in different outputs of a twin/ figurable. Can you imagine beginning and helps in ini-high reliability and up-time.. quad/quattro LNB. While that? That’s why we call it a tial installation. Later, we28 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  16. 16. played with various con- East) but you are able to addfiguration settings avail- additional ones by yourself. Setup windowsable in the sub pages of After selecting the satellitethe 192.168.1.250. By the transponder (either directlyway, even this IP address or by choosing the TV chan-at which BluBox is normally nel from that transponder),available can be changed by you select the frequency ofthe user. So if you expect the QAM channel that is sup-you may need frequent con- posed to carry the contentfiguration changes of sever- of the satellite transponder.al BluBox modules, you may You simply pick it from thegive them individual ad- list which contains QAMdresses (like 192.168.1.249, channel numbers and corre-192.168.1.248,...) and con- sponding frequencies.nect them permanently to By default, the box as-your computer network. If sumes 256QAM and 6.9 Ms/you think that you will only sec. However, after switch-occasionally need to correct ing the user interface fromthe settings, you may leave basic to expert mode, youthe address unchanged and are free to change it to anyconnect to your network QAM order and any symbolonly one module at a time to rate. However, we adviseedit and save the settings. to keep 6.9 Ms/sec as thisThat’s how we did it during matches the 8 MHz channelour test. bandwidth normally used in If you have one BluBox cable TV.16 and want to insert satel- If you do everything likelite TV and radio channels we described above, youfrom a Ku-band satellite into should notice that all 10your cable network, prob- status LEDs of the mod-ably the best idea is to use ule located above the RJ45a quad LNB and configure connector turn from amberall four satellite inputs/out- to green. This means thatputs of the BluBox as the the BluBox 16 locked to allordinary inputs. Then, you programmed satellite tran-connect each LNB output to sponders and generatedthe BluBox 16 satellite input.In this way, you will have aguarantee that you will beable to select any combina-tion of transponders fromthe Ku-band satellite, nomatter low/high band or H/Vpolarization. Of course, youcan do the same with quat-tro LNB. The configuration processis simplified by the SPAUNsoftware to the maximum.While you can do it by se-lecting a satellite tran-sponder from the list (byits frequency), you can dothat also by selecting a TVchannel name from the list(like FTV, CNN,...). Present-ly, BluBox 16 has the mostpopular European satellitesstored in its memory (AS-TRA 19.2° East, HOTBIRD13° East and EUROBIRD 9° www.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 29
  17. 17. 30 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  18. 18. corresponding QAM chan- QAM channels appeared at nels. the output of the module as To find out how foolproof expected. As you can also the unit is, we intentionally see it for yourself on the at- changed the settings for one tached photos, there were QAM channel. Instead of the no spurious signals visible in default 256QAM constel- the spectrum but only eight lation, we set 64QAM. Im- very clean modulated carri- mediately, the front panel ers. LED indicator assigned to After such promising be- the channel as well as its ginning, we configured the counterpart on the PC moni- second module in a similar tor changed from green to fashion but selected differ- amber. After clicking it on ent channel frequencies of the PC monitor, a window course. After connecting the popped up listing all the pa- output of the first module to rameters of the channel and the QAM input of the sec- the cause of the problem be- ond module we measured came obvious. The total bit the signal at the output of rate of all TV and radio chan- the second module where nels from the selected satel- the summary signal of both lite transponder was greater modules was expected. All than what the QAM channel 16 QAM channels looked modulated with 64QAM with brilliantly. See the picture. 6.9 Ms/sec symbol rate can We checked that we can carry. see the videos of the TV If you are a little bit fa- channels transmitted in the miliar with digital TV, you QAM channel and took a know what to do. You can few measurements. As we either increase the sym- expected, the purity of the bol rate (but normally, you signal was tremendous - al- would not like to do that as most no noise at all. MER at this would interfere with the 37.3 dB and BER < 0.9 E-9 adjacent channels), increase were at the end of our me- the QAM to maybe 128QAM ter’s scale. The measured (and if this is not enough, to signal power was match- 256QAM) or remove some ing the settings done in the TV channels from the satel- BluBox 16 very well. We lite content to be included in checked that indeed you are the QAM channel. We did the able to set the output power last thing and after blocking of all QAM channels in the two TV channels the total bit range: 62...82 dBµV in 1 rate decreased enough to be dBµV increments as stated handled by the 64QAM and in the specifications. 6.9 Ms/sec channel. All LEDs But you can do more than were green again. that when setting signal lev- We decided then that it els. The BluBox 16 lets you was time to take a few meas- set individual deviation in urements at the outputs of signal levels of various QAM the BluBox 16. We config- channels from -6 through +3 ured 8 channels of one mod- dB in 0.5 dB steps. We did ule of the unit in such a way the maximum increase for that every second cable TV one channel and maximum channel was occupied. We decrease for another chan- did so for easy channel iden- nel and took the photo. Eve- tification in a spectrum view rything worked as expected. of a signal analyzer that we By adjusting the power of connected to the output. Of individual QAM channels you course, the BluBox hardware are able to compensate for is good enough to generate the losses in a cable net- adjacent cable channels. 8 work. Normally, you willwww.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 31
  19. 19. increase the power for the You can manually select possibility to rename the settings were stored in thechannels of higher frequen- the presence of the 22 kHz original TV and radio chan- BluBox memory safely andcies and decrease for those waveform as well as the nel. Some expertise is re- did not disappear on powerat the lower end of the spec- LNB voltage (13/18 V). You quired when tinkering with cycling. After some periodtrum. can edit, remove or add new theses settings especially in of operation, internal fans The BluBox 16 had no transponders like in a regu- NIT processing. Fortunately, were automatically switchedproblem in processing DVB- lar satellite TV receiver but everything is explained in on to keep internal tempera-S and DVB-S2 signals. Of additionally you can label great detail in the operating ture low. They generatedcourse, the content of the every transponder, for ex- manual. Moreover, the de- some noise but this is nor-transponder (MPEG-2 or ample with the name of the fault settings (without pro- mal in professional equip-MPEG-4) does not matter as provider. cessing the tables at all) will ment like computer networkthe BluBox does not decode Individual channel num- be perfect anyway for most servers. The output signaland re-code video of the TV bers can be assigned to the customers. was stable and very cleanchannels. If something is in TV and radio channels con- To sum up, setting up the spectrally. Also the C/N ra-High Definition on a satellite tained in the generated QAM BluBox 16 was a piece of tio was excellent. SPAUN’stransponder, it will be left in channels. And if the set-top- cake. Everything was intui- BluBox 16 did a great job inHD in the cable network. boxes used in your cable tive and worked as expected. converting DVB-S/S2 satel- SPAUN provides us with system are supporting LCN We encountered not a single lite transponders into DVB-Cquite a choice of different (Logical Channel Number) problem. Of course, all our cable channels.settingsfor the satellite in- functionality, the channelput and cable output. For order in their channel listsexample, you can set man- will be exactly as you want it Expert Opinion to be. As mentioned before, Extremely compactually the LOFs of the LNB Single unit converts large number of transpon-as well as its changeover you can block some channels ders to QAM channels (16)frequency. Explanation for from appearing in the cable Very clean output signalless advanced readers: the network simply by removing BluBox outputs can be cascaded to multiplylow-band and hi-band of Ku-band overlap each other; so ticks next to their names in the appropriate menu (in the + the number of QAM channels in the system output Jacek Pawlowski TELE-satellite Well designed application for setting up thethe central part of Ku-band expert mode). Test Center instrument Polandcan be received either with The BluBox gives you also Installation wizard, basic mode and expertlower LOF (9750 MHz) or some possibilities to ma- mode suits both less and more advanced usershigher LOF (10600). In a nipulate NIT, SDT and CAT BluBox includes two power supplies for extreme high up-timenormal set-top-boxes this tables. You can change IDs not possible to descramble the channels of various satellitedecision is taken by the box of the network, service or – PayTV providers and re-scramble them with a different CASmanufacturer and the user conditional access system.has no freedom to change it. If you wish, you can re- DiSEqC 1.0 is supported. place the original networkYou can select toneburst: name with your own net- TECHNICAL DATAoff/A/B or satellite A/B/C/D. work name but you have no Manufacturer SPAUN electronic GmbH & Co. KG Germany Web www.spaun.com E-mail contact@spaun.com Phone +49-7731-8673-0 Fax +49-7731-8673-17 Model BluBox 16 Function / to Head End Number of inputs 4 (cascadable) Input frequency range 950 ... 2150 MHz Allowable input signal power 64 ... 94 dBµV Number of outputs 2 (cascadable) Output frequency range 47 ... 862 MHz Output signal power setting (general) 62 ... 82 dBµV Individual QAM channel power adjustment -6 … + 3 dB range Number of transponder processed Up to 16 Number of QAM channels generated Up to 16 QAM standard / ITU-T J.83 Annex A (fixed) QAM constellations 16QAM, 32QAM, 64QAM, 128QAM and 256QAM QAM symbol rate range 1.0 … 7.2 Ms/sec Power supply 2 x 100 … 240 V, 47 … 63 Hz, 85 W plus LNB32 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  20. 20. TEST REPORT DVB-T Mini Receiver Panodic HDT-127A34 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  21. 21. • very small receiver with HDTV • with PVR • very small remote control • big plus: USB connection on the front panelwww.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 35
  22. 22. TEST REPORT DVB-T Mini Receiver 06-07-08/2012 Panodic HDT-127A DVB-T Perfectly equipped DVB-T mini receiver www.TELE-satellite.com/12/07/panodicSpace-saving and 0.63Elegant DVB-T Receiver The Panodic company slo- station or the time when in as well as three RCA jacks The level of workmanshipgan is ‘Digital World. Simple standby mode. In addition, for stereo audio and CVBS of the HDT-127A is ratherLife.’ and the HDT-127A lives an LED indicates the oper- video. A coax digital au- high, but we would not haveup to that promise. We’re ating mode of the receiver dio output for digital sound expected anything less fromtalking about an elegant which can be changed with rounds off the connection Panodic.DVB-T set-top box that is the On/Standby button that options. The only thing that Most receivers thesesmall yet easy to use and is located right next to it. is lacking is a mechanical days feature an installationfilled to the brim with useful During our test we came power switch to fully dis- wizard that guides usersfeatures. to appreciate the USB 2.0 connect the box from the through the initial set-up Measuring only 190 x 120 interface right on the front mains. routine, and the new Panod-x 35 mm it will fit into any panel – this way it’s much The remote control that ic HDT-127A is no exception.TV cabinet and blend in less hassle to connect and is shipped together with the What is new, however, is thenicely thanks to its unob- disconnect a USB storage receiver comes with clearly user experience offered bytrusive overall appearance. medium. labelled buttons offering this box: While most manu-But don’t be deceived by its If we now turn around the a very pleasant pressure facturers lead users to asmall size: With all the func- receiver to have a look at point. Like the receiver it- number of windows in whichtions it has in store it will the rear panel we can find self the remote is very small individual settings can beplease even the most dis- the RF input as well as loop- in size and it should be used adjusted, Panodic has ar-cerning users. through output, HDMI for within a three metre radi- ranged the four most im- A four-digit segment dis- high-definition video and us from the receiver if you portant sections (region,play on the front panel shows audio output, a scart euro- want to make sure the box language, video resolution,either the channel number connector for hooking up listens to all of your com- video aspect) in a singleof the currently selected standard-definition TV sets, mands. window.36 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  23. 23. 1 Depending on the region channel management and you select the receiver au- editing functions. It is pos- tomatically suggests the sible to delete, move, re- corresponding language for name or PIN-lock individual the on-screen display, which entries or to mark channels we found rather conveni- for skipping. With a total ent. It goes without saying of eight favourites list all that this selection is not members of your family are set in stone and you may guaranteed their own per- of course choose French sonalised channel line-up. as your language of choice In case not all channels even though you use the were found by the receiver2 receiver in Germany, for ex- during the initial automat- ample. ic search or new channels In terms of video out- have become available, it is put resolutions, the follow- possible at any time to ac- ing options are available: cess the installation menu 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i and and repeat the search – you 1080p, which makes HDT- may even choose whether 127A a perfect match for fu- or not to look for encrypted ture transmissions with full channels as well. HD resolution as well. If need be, a manual Whenever you change the search is available too, resolution you have 15 sec- which lets you enter either onds to confirm the new res- the required frequency or olution, and if you fail to do the channel number in the3 so the box goes back to the VHF or UHF band. previously set video format. There is even a dedicated No more despair in front of menu item for antenna ad- a black screen, caused by a justment, which calls up two resolution that is not sup- signal bars (indicating qual- ported by your TV panel. A ity and strength) in order to small step in terms of tech- move the antenna until the nology, a giant leap in terms two bars show the best pos- of user-friendliness, so to sible values. Use this menu speak. item to also select whether In addition, you can set or not the coax cable should the video output to either provide 5V current to the 4:3 (pan & scan or letter antenna, which is required box), 16:9 or Auto, which for an active antenna.4 means the receiver adjusts All remaining set-up op- the aspect ratio automati- tions of the main menu con- cally. sist of the usual parameters Once all parameters in such as audio language, the four sections are set by teletext, subtitles and digi- the user the next step is an tal audio output in either the automatic channel search BS or LPCM format. across the entire VHF and The internal clock of the UHF bands. In our case the HDT-127A can be set manu- HDT-127A took slightly more ally, or the receiver can read than 90 seconds and de- out the correct time from tected all active DVB-T fre- the DVB-T data stream. To quencies. As soon as that make sure the right time process is completed the for your location is shown5 receiver switches to the first it is not necessary to indi- found channel. Now, let the cate the time difference to viewing pleasure begin… GMT (as is the case with Contrary to satellite TV many other manufactur- reception with hundreds or ers) but only to select your even thousands of channels region from a list. The re- the DVB-T offering usually ceiver even shows a number hovers around a dozen or of major cities in each time so stations, with some re- zone, so that you couldn’t gions boasting more variety possible get it wrong. Talk than others. Nonetheless, about user-friendliness! Panodic has chosen to im- The Panodic HDT-127A is a plement the entire range of PVR receiver and that is why38 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  24. 24. 6 a dedicated menu item is true-to-life colours, while available for PVR functions. the coax digital audio output Here you can permanently offered a flawless sound- activate timeshift viewing, track to our DD 5.1 home select a partition of the ex- theatre receiver. ternal USB storage medium While the HDT-127A only for recordings and request supports DVB-T and cannot the receiver to automatical- process DVB-T2 signals, it ly add the timeshift buffer is nonetheless capable of to a recording that is start- dealing with HDTV broad- ed manually. In our opinion, casts transmitted in MPEG4. this is a particularly conven- Such signals are not avail-7 ient feature as it makes sure able at our location, which is you can save an entire pro- why we decided to convert gram even though you only the signals of two satellite initiate the recording some transponders to an MPEG4 time into the broadcast. DVB-T frequency so that we Once all settings are tak- were able to check the box’s en care of and the receiver worth in terms of HDTV is hooked up to all existing functionality. equipment it is finally time To that end we used His- to do what that neat lit- panTV from EUTELSAT 7A 7° tle DVB-T box is made for: East and the Saudi Sports watch TV! transponder from BADR 26° As usual, pressing the OK East. HispanTV uses MPEG4 button on the remote calls SD as transmission stand-8 up the channel list. Not so ard, while Saudi Sports usual is the fact that the channels come in MPEG4 left/right buttons can be HD. As expected, all chan- used to access and switch nels were processed by the between the favourites lists, HDT-127A smoothly and a feature that we truly came without any glitches what- to appreciate during our soever. test. Picture this: You’re relax- A cleverly designed and ing in front of the telly after easy to read info bar pops a busy day at work only to up every time a new chan- find out that your significant nel is selected, showing the other has thrown away to- title of the current and next day’s paper with the TV list- events if this information is ings. Not a problem at all –9 provided by the channel. simply press the EPG button The HDT-127A takes ap- on the remote and let your proximately one second receiver spell out every- to switch between chan- thing that’s on TV tonight. nels, which puts a lot of fun Detailed program informa- into zapping. We were im- tion for up to five channels pressed with the video and is displayed in a grid layout. audio quality delivered by It is possible to jump back this DVB-T receiver: If you and forth in steps of two make use of the HDMI con- hours or one full day, up to nection you’ll be spoilt with a maximum preview for sev- crisp and sharp images and en days. If you’re aiming for 1. Installation wizard of the HDT-127A10 2. A new resolution needs to be confirmed within 15 seconds, otherwise the receiver will switch back to the last working resolution 3. Automatic channel search 4. The channel list can be managed and edited in numerous ways 5. Entering the frequency number for a manual search 6. The Panodic HDT-127A can even assist with correct antenna alignment 7. Language selection 8. Setting the correct time 9. Timer entries can be created for daily, weekly or monthly recordings 10. A total of eight timer entries are available and can be assigned individual names www.TELE-satellite.com — 06-07-08/2012 — TELE-satellite International — 全球发行量最大的数字电视杂志 39
  25. 25. 11 1612 1713 1814 1915 11. Software updates make sure convenient features such as the receiver stays up-to-date creating timer entries right 12. MP3 jukebox from the EPG and record- 13. Picture viewer 14. PVR options ing daily, weekly or monthly 15. Teletext decoder events, then you need not 16. The remaining recording look further. capacity is shown every time a new recording starts The PVR functions of the 17. Channel list HDT-127A are on a par with 18. EPG information for five the best on the market and channels make sure you’ll never miss 19. Reception of Hispan TV in MPEG-4 (SD) your favourite show again. If you’re still not entirely40 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 06-07-08/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com

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