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  1. 1. TEST REPORT DVB-S2, ISDB-T and IPTV HD-ReceiverAZBox Premium HD When we picked up the parcel from our local postfor South America office we were impressed with the stylish design of the packaging, which consists of black paperboard with silver lettering specifying the tech- nical details of the set-top box: The receiver we wereSatellite reception, Internet, terrestrial TV: The AZBox brand sent came with a DVB-S2promises to cover all, and to find out if the company lives up to tuner and a second tuner forits promises we were sent a receiver to our southern test centre ISDB-T. Here in the capitalin Chile. AZBox provided us with the Premium HD receiver sothat we had a chance to test the box with real signals sent in theISDB-T transmission standard used in South America for digitalterrestrial TV. In Chile, the Viña-del-Mar/Valparaiso andSantiago de Chile regions are currently served withISDB-T, and we tested the receiver in bothreception areas. 1 12-01/201 AZBox Premium HD Perfect receiver for watching all TV channels available in South America22 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — 1
  2. 2. ■ View of Santiago de Chile. On the left the tv center of national broadcaster TVN the configuration menu which let us choose between TUNER A DVB-S and TUNER B ISDB- T. Naturally, we selected ISDB-T which immediately offered an automatic or manual search mode. If you go for manual, it is possible to enter channel and frequency individually. With SEG SELECT you can select any value between 1SEG and 13SEG. We decided to give the AUTO search a go and set SEG to ALL to achieve TELE-satellite World Download this report in other languages from the Internet: Arabic ‫العربية‬ Indonesian Indonesia de Chile TVN-Mega- With the integrated ISDB-T Czech Česky German Deutsch Canal 13 broad- tuner it is possible to find English English Spanish Español both analog and digital ISDB-T channels either with Farsi ‫فارس ي‬ French Français, and UCV is transmit- AUTO or MANUAL search Hebrew ‫עברית‬ Mandarin 中文 in an SDTV and an HDTV mode, and of course we Dutch Nederlands Polish Polski in Viña del Mar and could not wait to find out Portuguese Português In addition, this how the receiver handled the Romanian Română Russian Русский is also available via channels. Using the elegant Turkish Türkçe Available online starting from 3 December 2010mobile phone networks. remote control we entered — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 23
  3. 3. More on This Manufacturer Read TELE-satellite’s Company Report: AZBOXas many results as possible. for the very first time. To be Satellite Receiver Manufacturer, Portugal www.azbox.comOnce all parameters are set honest, the video quality ofyou need to confirm them by what we saw on screen waspressing the OK button and truly breathtaking.that leads to another pop-upwindow, which we closed with To make sure we receivedEXIT in order to start the a usable signal at all wescan. After that, we went to had hooked up the AZBoxthe HORIZONTAL TV menu receiver to an external UHFto watch digital terrestrial TV antenna, as the digital trans- missions in our region are for watch Internet content such test purposes only and come as YouTube, for example. with limited signal strength. One word of caution: When A second look at the Pre- we plugged in the receiver Quiz show on TVN HD mium HD receiver reveals for the first time ISDB-T another feature: An E-Sata reception was not working. hard disk can be connected As it turned out, the terres- internally to achieve PVR trial tuner had become loose functionality for both SD and during transport and needed HD resolutions. We obviously to be put in place again firmly. made use of this option and We have not encountered any did not detect any flaw. The problems ever since. maximum recording capacity is two hours. In addition, it is possible with this box to also Screenshot of a broadcast from national channel TVN HD ■ Broadcast centre of TVN in Santiago de Chile24 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — 1
  4. 4. Talk show on UCTV HD Canal 13 Main search menu With the Premium HD receiver AZBox introduces■ Broadcast centre of UC a high-end box for SouthCanal 13 Chilevision America. Have a look at the TELE-satellite world map fur- ther back to find out which regions in South America use the ISDB-T standard for digital terrestrial TV. As you can see, most countries have opted for ISDB-T and some countries, such as Brazil for example, are already well on their way to becoming digi- tal. Other countries, such as Chile, are currently in a test- ing stage. What all regions have in common is that the AZBox Premium HD as tested by us is the ideal satellite receiver with its DVB-S2 und ISDB-T tuners, which allows reception of all channels – no matter how they are trans- mitted.26 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine — 12-01/201 — 1
  5. 5. Expert Opinion + Fully automatic search for all available channels Many additional features Reception of content through all modern trans- mission modes - Juan Carlos Duarte TELE-satellite Built-in tuners may become loose during trans- Test Center port Chile TECHNICAL DATA Manufacturer Opensast, Edificio OPENST, Lagoa, C.P. 4950-283 Mazedo, MNC, PortugalResults of channel search in Viña del Mar Fax +351-251-652-966 E-mail Website Model AZBox Premium HD Function Digital HDTV Receiver with and Tuners with various Multimedia & Internet Features System Memory DDR 128 MB Video Memory DDR 128 MB Connector F with loop Connector F with loop Channel Memory 15000 Symbolrates 2-45 Ms/sec SCPC compatible yes DiSEqC 1.0/1.1/1.2/1.3 HDMI Output yesResults of channel search in Santiago de Chile Audio/Video Output Video (YCbCr), Audio (L/R) Component Video Output yes S/PDIF Output yes RJ45 yes UHF Modulator yes 0/12 V Output yes Digital Auto Output no C/Ku Band compatible yes PVR Function yes USB 2.0 Connector yes Ethernet yes E-SATA yes (inside) Dimensions 340/243/66 mm Weight 2.65 kg (without hdd) Power 12/24 VChannel menu options — 12-01/201 — 1 TELE-satellite — Global Digital TV Magazine 27