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  1. 1. TELE The World’s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine since 1981 DTT IPTV 3DTV satellite I N T E R N AT I O N A LB 9318 E 02-032012 Company Report PANODIC You Zhen Yu built a Top Five digital TV company in just a few years Company Report TRIMAX Jerry Chu expands his office and widens his product range Company Report JIUZHOU Jimmy Zhang strongly enters the Internet digital tv market Company Report Test Report TURBOSAT SATCATCHER Chris Ward introduces More than a Cable Meter: several new amazing everything the installer needs digital tv receivers Test Report 02-03/2012 The Super Receiver 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,It was only a few issues ago when TELE-satellite more important, such as for example, a comfortableintroduced to you the first receiver with the Linux channel scan.operating system that could be started with two differentuser interfaces. The user could opt to work with one If you, as a viewer, want the opportunity to be ableinterface on one day and try the other interface the next to select a user interface for a digital TV receiver thatday; it was entirely up to them. In this issue of TELE- is best suited to your needs, then you would need asatellite we are introducing a Linux receiver that can receiver that offers precisely this kind of option. Theactually be started with three different user interfaces. software that a manufacturer factory-installs in its receivers is becoming more and more a selling point toIn this way the hardware (the receiver) is distancing the user and not a feature of a receiver that the useritself more and more from the software (the user must live with. Whether or not receiver buyers use theinterface). You can look at it like this: if you have a original software or supplement the box with additionallaptop, you could start it first with Windows and then applications - in the end it’s another freedom for thelater on you could start it with Apple’s operating user: he can choose to utilize what the manufacturersystem. Both operating systems are sophisticated and has to offer or he can load software that he likes better.equivalent but there are some users that swear byone operating system and others that simply can’t do Freedom of choice is now even more in the handswithout the other operating system. of the customer. And this seems to be a sign of the times; no one wants to be told what to do anymore,It’s the same with the user interfaces in digital TV especially when it has to do with how to use a receiver.receivers. Every receiver that we present in TELE- The customer is king; he even has a say in the usersatellite operates with a sophisticated user interface software.but there are those that would prefer to use a specificsoftware. An additional argument here is the ever Sincerely,increasing choice of applications. If you record TVprograms on a regular basis, you might place morevalue in the presentation of an EPG and thus prefer towork with a user interface that is especially comfortablein this area. Then there are those viewers that watch TVchannels from broadcasters that don’t even provide anEPG. For this group a comfortable EPG means nothing Alexander Wieseto them; instead for them other criteria would be much 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/ Hardcopy Subscriptions www.TELE-satellite.com/secure/eng/ Printer Blackprint Nyomdaipari Kft, Tenkefürdő utca 3, 1044 Budapest, HUNGARY/EUROPE 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 Redaktion TELE-satellite, Postfach 1234, D-85766 München-Ufg Chefredakteur Alexander Wiese (verantwortlich) Anschrift wie Verlag, Verlag TELE-satellite Medien GmbH, Aschheimer Weg 19, D-85774 Unterföhring, Inhaber: Alexander Wiese, Verleger, Unterföhring Anzeigen Alexander Wiese (verantwortlich), Anschrift wie Verlag
  3. 3. CONTENT AZBox ME Linux Receiver with Multimedia Features with 3 Boot Images........ 16 ...126 ...144 SatCatcher Digipro C Max Professional Digital and Analog Cable TV Meter............ 34 ...154Huber+Suhner CLIK!Optic Splitter Box................................ 48 Elgato Tivizen DVB-T Reception via WiFi... 58logitech Revue Multimedia BoxMultimedia Box with Google TV............. 70 ...172 ...178Feature:The Wonderful World of SparkPart 1: YouTube................................... 80Vitor’s Workshop:Waterfall Diagram for theSPAROS 609 Satellite Meters................. 88 ...200AWARD Winning:Digital Receivers of 21st Century........... 96AWARD Winning:HDTV PC Cards of 21st Century........... 106AWARD Winning:Signal Analyzers of 21st Century......... 112AWARD Winning: Company Report:IPTV Receivers of 21st Century......... 122 Satellite Meter and Receiver Manufacturer Trimax, China................................... 172 DXer Report:Company Report: Satellite Enthusiast inReceiver Manufacturer Company Report: Budapest, Hungary............................ 218Panodic, China.................................. 126 Wholesaler and Installer Sortec, Slovakia................................ 178 Satellite DXer Overview:Company Report: Hall of Fame of SatelliteWholesaler and Manufacturer Company Overview: Enthusiasts of the World..................... 228Turbosat, Great Britain ...................... 144 Best Digital TV Companies of the World................................... 188 Technical Service:Company Report: Digital TV Transponder StreamsDigital TV Manufacturer Company Report: around the World............................... 236Jiuzhou, China.................................. 154 Satellite Uplink Station Castor, Netherlands........................... 200 DTT of the World............................ 262Country Report:Digital TV Shopping in DXer Report: Global Readership ofSão Paulo, Brazil............................... 162 Saul Spinetti in São Paulo, Brazil......... 212 TELE-satellite Magazine.................. 2728 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  4. 4. ADVERTISER‘S INDEX 8DTEK....................................... China........................ 51 JAEGER..................................... Germany.................. 83 ALUOSAT................................... China................105, 111 JIUZHOU................................... China.......................276 AMIKO....................................... Hungary..................... 9 JONSA....................................... Taiwan....................211 APPLIED INSTRUMENTS........... USA........................ 209 KARMACOM............................... Hungary..................... 9 AZBOX....................................... Portugal..................275 LEXIUM..................................... USA.........................227 AZURESHINE............................. Taiwan..................... 67 MEGASAT.................................. Germany..............32-33 B2C-ELECTRONIC...................... Germany..............32-33 MFC........................................... USA.........................221 BEIJINGTOPREAL...................... China.......................125 MICO......................................... China.......................... 2 BOIINGSAT............................... China.......................131 MOTECK.................................... Taiwan....................227 BOMARE.................................... Algeria.................. 205y NABSHOW2012......................... USA.... 147, 169, 177, 185 BSD........................................... Brazil......................253 NETUP....................................... Russia.....................215 BT............................................. UK.......................... 239 OIPF.......................................... Sweden...................257 BYAELECTRONIC....................... Algeria....................225 OPENSAT................................... Portugal..................275 CABSAT2012............................. UAE.......................... 91 PANODIC................................... China.......................... 2 CARDATTACK............................. Germany.................211 PREVAIL.................................... China................... 46-47 CASTOR..................................... Netherlands............241 SAPRO....................................... Czech......................215 CCBN2012................................. China.......................129 SATBEAMS................................. Belgium...................251 CHINABROADCASTING............. China.......................253 SATCATCHER............................. UK............................ 77 CNBROADCASTING................... China.......................255 SATELLITEGUYS........................ USA.........................245 COMMUNICASIA2012................ Singapore........165, 175 SBTVD....................................... Brazil......................249 CONVERGENCEINDIA2012........ India.......................187 SCATINDIA2012........................ India.......................167 DEVISER................................... China........................ 65 SEN5......................................... China........................ 51 DEKTEC..................................... Netherlands............137 SICHUANJIUZHOU.................... China.......................276 DIGITALTELEMEDIA.................. China.......................276 DISHPOINTER........................... UK...........................243 SICHUANVIDEOELECTRONIC.... China........................ 37 DOEBIS..................................... Germany.............. 14-15 SKYWORTH............................... China........................ 21 DOEBIS-JAEGER........................ Germany.................. 83 SMARTWI.................................. Denmark.................151 DVBCN...................................... China.......................247 SOWELL.................................... China........................ 27 DVBWORLD............................... UK.......................... 209 SPAUN....................................... Germany.................. 23 FULANELECTRONICS................. China.......................... 5 STREAM..................................... Algeria....................207 GECEN....................................... China................... 55, 85 SVEC......................................... China........................ 37 GLOBALINVACOM...................... UK............................ 61 TEHNICB................................... Romania..................221 GOLDENMEDIA.......................... Germany.................. 75 TENOW...................................... China........................ 95 HANGZHOUPREVAIL................. China................... 46-47 TEVII........................................ Taiwan....................225 HORIZON.................................. UK............................ 43 TOPREAL................................... China.......................125 IBC2012.................................... UK....................161, 181 TRIMAX..................................... China.......................143 ICECRYPT.................................. UK.............................. 4 TURBOSAT................................. UK.............................. 4 ICLASS...................................... Korea....................... 11 WSINTERNATIONAL.................. USA........................ 22910 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  5. 5. 02-03/2012 AZBox ME Today‘s absolute best Linux Receiver 04-05/201 1 Fulan ST7111 Excellently designed operating software with built-in customer service12 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  6. 6. 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 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6984Made for TV addicts who can neverwatch and record enough channels. www.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 13
  7. 7. TEST REPORT Linux HD Receiver The New Super Receiver • Can be started in three different user interfaces • Comes with an extremely sensitive tuner • Already a fully functional multimedia box • Very low heat generation guarantees long hardware life • Includes learning remote control and reset button in case of unsuitable images16 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  8. 8. TELE-satellite Magazine Business Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/12/03/azbox-me Direct Contact to Sales Managerwww.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 17
  9. 9. TEST REPORT Linux HD Receiver What‘s the difference be- a mix of brushed aluminumtween a super receiver and a and a black acrylic visor be-normal receiver? hind which can be found a If it‘s a Linux receiver VFD display. The shape ofyou‘re talking about, then the receiver is easy to de-the answer is clear: it‘s when scribe: it is perfectly squareit can boot in more than all around (25cm x 24 cm xjust one Linux image. For 4 cm).the Linux operating system The simple design of thethere are a number of very receiver was also carriedsophisticated user interfaces over to the front visor whichthat each have there own is just as minimalistic in de-special highlights. sign. You can only see a sin- TELE-satellite has already gle button surrounded by anreported on Linux receivers LED ring the color of whichthat can boot in two different indicates the operationalimages. But the brand new status of the receiver, as wellAZBox ME can actually start as a VFD display that canwith three different images show alphanumeric charac-and that for us makes it a ters in blue and a USB port.super receiver. Naturally the It was nice to see that theAZBox ME can do a lot more AXBox designers installed why some manufacturersthan just start with three dif- the USB port in the proper don‘t install the USB portferent user interfaces. orientation so that a USB the proper way. A stylish „Z“ This surprising receiver stick won‘t face down when made out of brushed alumi-makes quite an impression. it‘s inserted. It‘s a minor num, the logo of the AZBox 02-03/2012The housing is made of black detail but, nevertheless, family, rounds out the front AZBox ME Todays absolutemetal while the front visor is we can‘t quite understand panel of the receiver. We ap- best Linux Receiver 0.5118 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  10. 10. preciated the simple design; BOOT Normal/Recovery. If a Sigma backed out of the even though it does makeit doesn‘t always have to be problem ever occurs during OpenMIPS project. That‘s sense to be able to turn thea complex geometric shape. a firmware flash, there‘s no too bad. Although it‘s not receiver completely off if itSometimes less is more. need to panic! Simply move that big a tragedy; it would won‘t be used for a while.Since the housing isn‘t coat- the switch over to Recovery still have been a MIPS pro- Pulling the plug out is noted in a glossy paint, you can and load new firmware via cessor based Android which the best way to kill power tohandle the receiver as much the network. For the user means it couldn‘t have been the receiver especially if theas you want without having this means no more worry- used to access the Google cables are all nicely placedto worry about getting fin- ing about accidentally up- Market not to mention the behind a cabinet.gerprints on the surface. loading the wrong firmware thousands of apps that can The available YUV jacks It was at this point that or having the power go out be found there - these are are perfect for those whoa question came to mind: during a flash process. all laid out for ARM proces- have, for example, a videoshouldn‘t this receiver have a And while we‘re talking sors. But since AZBox manu- projector, that still don‘tcard reader? We checked the about flashing, the AZBox facturer OpenSAT makes the have their own digital inputs.back of the box and didn‘t ME has the largest capac- source codes available to any The component outputs pro-find one there. Only when ity memory that we know interested developer, there‘s vide a way to enjoy HDTVwe looked at the right side of. A fat 512MB lets us in- still hope that something will using an analog pathway.did we find a slit in the hous- stall three firmware images happen with Android. The AZBox ME only comesing. Yep, that must be it. The in parallel. During the boot The rear panel also sports with one tuner but it has acard reader supports Conax process, Bank 0, 1 or 2 can an HDMI port and RCA jacks looped-through output soSmartCards. If you want to be selected. These banks for component outputs that additional receivers canuse this card reader, keep in can be flashed however the (YUV) as well as composite be connected. In additionmind that the SmartCard will user likes so that there‘s re- video and audio (L+R). In to instructions for program-stick out about 2cm so you ally no excuse not to try ev- addition there‘s e-SATA, USB ming the three flash posi-have to make sure there is ery available image! 2.0 and an optical audio out- tions and a pocket guide,enough room on the side of The receiver comes put. there‘s also a remote controlthe receiver. shipped with two different We also liked the main and a SATA cable as well as a When we took a closer Linux images (Bank 0 and 1). power switch that can be set of screws.look at the receiver‘s rear Actually, Android should also used to turn the receiver Since a Linux receiver canpanel, we instantly noticed be part of this but at the last completely off. Many manu- only reach its full poten-an inconspicuous switch: moment chip manufacturer facturers omit this switch tial with a hard drive, we acquired a 2.5“ SATA hard drive. You could, of course, also use an external hard drive via the USB port or e-SATA interface, but this would disturb the harmony in the living room by add- ing more visible components and cables. Installing the hard drive is easy. A total of seven screws need to be removed from the receiver housing in order to get the top cover off. The designers of the AZBox ME came through once again: a sheet metal box is mount- www.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 19
  11. 11. ed to the housing with four ous steps. First on the list screws; it can hold a 2.5“ was selecting the language. as well as 3.5“ hard drive. It‘s interesting to note that We never expected that this you can also choose „Bavar- little receiver would also ian“ as one of the languages. be able to hold a 3.5“ hard Next come the video set- drive! Another plus point! tings. Lastly comes the tuner Once everything was configuration and the start screwed back together, the of a channel scan. We tested hard drive was automatically the firmware with our DiS- recognized. It was format- EqC 1.0 antenna system that ted through the Hard Drive consists of four antennas menu. Included were all of pointed to ASTRA 28.2E, AS- the typical PVR functions TRA 19.2E, HOTBIRD 13.0E such as Timeshift and timer and HISPASAT 30W. The recordings. channel scan revealed the The AZBox ME remote con- expected number of chan- trol is ideal. Even though it‘s nels and did so in a speedy rather unremarkable and not fashion. all that luxurious, it does sit With a freshly generat- nicely in your hands with all ed and therefore unsorted of the buttons easily reach- channel list it might not be able with your thumb. much fun channel surfing; it The arrow buttons are would probably take quite a surrounded by a ring of six few button pushes to wade additional buttons. This ar- through the thousands of rangement might take a little channels before you‘d find a getting used to in that, for channel you like. example, you could acciden- This Linux operating sys- tally press the EPG button tem functions in a beautifully instead of the down-arrow different way: the up/down button. But it won‘t take long buttons as expected switch before you get used to the between one channel at a setup and are able to keep time forwards or backwards the buttons separate from while the left/right buttons one another. switch between providers. The highlight of the remote They are automatically ar- control can actually be found ranged by satellite. Once you inside the battery compart- get used to this simple logic, ment: there you‘ll find a but- you can switch amazingly ton that activates the learn- fast between channels. ing function. This makes it Naturally you can use a possible to reprogram the variety of settings editors right button in the first row to modify the settings. We to, say, turn your TV on and recommend the excellent off. But, of course, you can freeware „DreamSet“ (www. reprogram this button to dreamset-editor.com) since handle every other possible it‘s compatible with the dif- function. ferent firmware versions of The AZBox ME is delivered the AZBox ME so that you with two pre-installed Linux only need one editor for both images; the user is immedi- images. ately given a choice between Operating the Boot (0) im- the two images. Even though age is for the most part logi- both of them are Linux imag- cal and self-explanatory. The es, they both use completely Boot (0) firmware left us with different user interfaces. We an overall good impression. selected „Boot (0)“ to start It‘s easy to see that we‘re with. An assistant recog- dealing with a mature oper- nized the first-time use and ating system in which every guided us through the vari- function has been perfectly20 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  12. 12. integrated. We quickly be- After spending some time came acclimated to the EPG with this image, our curiosity and the Videotext feature got the better of us and we also functioned lightning couldn‘t wait any longer; we fast with its unlimited page had to try the image at „Boot memory. It‘s curious though: (1)“. To accomplish this we while watching a channel, a had to perform a reset and push of the red button dis- then while restarting the re- plays a small „Event List“ ceiver we had to hold down menu from which EPG infor- the „1“ button on the remote mation can be accessed. A control until the receiver fourth menu point is labeled confirmed our selection. The „Technical Information“ and receiver‘s boot loader recog- makes it possible to display a nizes the last selected image variety of relevant informa- and boots it automatically so tion on the currently running that when switching images program. All the PIDs are the user simply needs to se- shown as is information on lect 0, 1 or 2 during the boot resolution and reception plus process. there‘s a black box on the A totally different greet- right side that is supposed to ing image appeared and display a graphic with BER, after only a short loading SNR, signal and bitrate. Al- time we could clearly see though these values are that a completely different also shown numerically, the user interface was loaded. graphic was not displayed. Even though the skin of the Hopefully this will be cor- interface was adapted to rected in a future version of the AZBox ME, we instantly the firmware; a satellite DX- recognized one of the most ers heart beats faster with popular operating systems this kind of information and of Linux satellite receivers. if it‘s displayed graphically, As before, an assistant it then makes it possible to once again guided us through observe this data over time. the initial setup. In the first We entered the IP address step the video output and of the AZBox ME into the PCs resolution are selected. Mozilla Firefox browser to Next the user selects from test if it would be presented a list of many different lan- in the web frontend. And guages whereby a small flag sure enough, a page was is shown next to the lan- opened with an abundance guage name. It‘s a small but of functions. useful element if you can‘t You can access the EPG read the English spelling of information for all channels, each language. switch between channels After a short introduc- and stream them into the tion to navigating with the browser and display them remote control, the next using the browser‘s VLC step was the configura- plug-in. tion of the tuner. You can You don‘t have to sit in choose between a simplified front of the TV; you can ac- automatic configuration or cess the receiver through an expanded configuration the network. You can also for more complex satel- completely configure the lite systems. We opted with AZBox ME through the web the simple configuration for frontend, set up timer re- DiSEqC 1.0 with four inputs cordings - you can even call (A, B, C and D). up a virtual remote control. The last step was starting It‘s unbelievable how far the an automatic channel scan. integration between the re- After just a few minutes it ceiver and browser has gone. was complete and we could22 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  13. 13. Compact 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
  14. 14. check out the functions. in how easy it would be to Channel surfing was clocked program a recording and if at 2-3 seconds between FTA the receiver could correctly HD channels and 1-2 seconds handle this programmed re- for FTA SD channels. The cording coming out of stand- EPG information was dis- by mode. We came up with played very nicely; you can the following situations: select from different display modes and even lengthier • Recording from Standby program descriptions are to- with the antenna already tally readable. The PVR func- pointed at the correct satel- tions are also available with lite. Result: the recording this image as they were with was handled without any the Boot (0) image. problems. The Timeshift function can be activated at any time - all • Recording while watch- you have to do is push the ing another channel in which Pause button. Oddly enough, the antenna was pointed at the real Pause function was a different satellite. Result: programmed into the yellow no problems here either. button. The AZBox ME promptly Recordings are not started displayed a message on the with the Record button (this screen that because of a switched the receiver over to timer recording the satellite radio mode) but rather with has to be changed. It then the red button. We‘re deal- switched to the programmed ing here with a contradiction channel. Outstanding! in the keyboard layout that is due to the OpenSource Linux • Attempt to timer record operating system. Neverthe- two overlapping programs less, it didn‘t take long to get on two different transpon- used to this arrangement. ders. Result: in this case the receiver displayed a mes- Recordings can be started sage that involved two over- at any time, although we lapping programs. The user were much more interested needs to select recordings in24 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  15. 15. such a way that there is noconflict between them. • Attempt to timer recordtwo overlapping programson the same transponder.Result: the receiver didn‘thave any problems here; itcan handle multiple record-ings on the same transpon-der. At this point we wanted totest how well suited the AZ-Box ME would be for satelliteDXers. Somewhat differentcriteria are important here.Satellite DXers want to beable to receive rare or weaksignals. Most of the time thisinvolves feeds, that is, brieftransmissions such as withlive broadcasts. In many cases thesetransmissions are unedited,something that can be veryentertaining especially if youhappen to catch a blooperor some other mishap thatwould normally not make itto the regular transmission. Many feeds are encrypted,but luckily not all of them.But often enough the MPEG4:2:2 format is used whichcan handle a larger color www.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 25
  16. 16. space so that an acceptablepicture can be displayedeven after it has been editedseveral times over. Standard receivers can‘tdo anything with this formatand therefore can‘t displaythis type of transmission. firmware versions. The mostBut this makes the AZBox ME critical component is alreadyamazing in that it can play in place: a BlindScan-com-back this format without any patible tuner!lag! This fact alone would be To see how well the AZ-a great selling point in feed Box ME works with motor- ASTRA 2D to see if we could ties of this receiver but wehunter circles. ized antennas, we hooked up receive BBC HD. Well, how still hadn‘t checked out the To test it we found sev- the receiver to our 1.0-me- about that! The tuner, de- multimedia side of this box.eral transponders with MPEG ter offset antenna with DiS- spite a small antenna, a So, we decided to copy a4:2:2 feeds. We had luck EqC 1.2 motor. We asked misaligned motor and bad number of movies from thewith the first transponder the receiver to perform an weather was able to receive AVI container via FTP ontoand were able to watch a automatic channel scan on the problem transponder 50 the receiver‘s hard drive andlive broadcast. To verify that 14 different satellites. Since (10847 V 23000, 8/9) on AS- in a second test we connect-this was indeed a transmis- this task would take some TRA 2D and display it with- ed an external USB 2.0 hardsion with MPEG compres- time, we let the receiver run out any interference. drive that contained multi-sion in 4:2:2, we recorded overnight. Additional traits of a good media content.the transponder stream (TS) We woke up the next tuner include the ability to All of the movies wereand copied it to our PC us- morning anxious to see if the receive small symbol rates played back without anying FTP. The Open Source receiver was successfully and also to display a pic- problems; even DivX codedtool „Mediainfo“ (mediainfo. able to handle the job or if ture even if the signal is movies were handled withoutsourceforge.net/en) offers it crashed, something that weak. With that in mind we any difficulties. We weren‘t,the necessary assistance in happens all too often with turned our dish to TELSTAR however, able to display sub-that in addition to the Codec, other receivers. 12 at 15W and called up the titles in SRT format; but thisthe Chrome Profile is also To our relief we found that 11566H transponder. This is normal: we don‘t know ofshown. the receiver was still running uses a symbol rate/FEC of any receiver that can do this. Feedhunters love to use a and that it had found a total 5625 ½. BYU TV was dis- The AZBox ME surprised usfunction called BlindScan in of 6136 services (TV, radio played without any hesita- once again when we inadver-which the entire frequency and data). This was impres- tion worth mentioning. tently tried to open an AVIrange of an LNB is scanned sive especially because a We also attempted the file that originated from ourin a very short time for ac- storm passed through dur- Russian INTER+ channel on Fuji S9000 camera. Thesetive transponders without ing the test that knocked our the same satellite that was videos normally can only behaving to enter in additional antenna slightly out of align- broadcasting on 10988H opened under Windows andparameters such as symbol ment and therefore was no with a symbol rate/FEC of quite often a Codec from therate or FEC. longer optimally aligned. 2180 ¾. This transponder camera manufacturer would Although the AZBox ME Instead of trying to per- had already been found dur- also have to be installed. Be-currently doesn‘t have a fectly realign the antenna, ing our overnight channel fore we realized what we hadBlindScan feature, the addi- which was not possible be- scan. done, the receiver playedtion of this function has been cause of the ongoing storm, Thus far we‘ve been very the video back without anypromised for one of the next we turned the antenna to impressed with the capabili- difficulties at all.26 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  17. 17. Playing movies back from types and confirmed to our downloaded into the receiver movie, that we earlier copieda hard drive is all by itself a satisfaction that it was no and, of course, Plugins can to the receiver‘s hard drivebeautiful thing, but it would bother for the AZBox ME to be manually copied via FTP via FTP, and stream it to thebe far better to be able to play back DivX data via the to the AZBox ME and then PC via VLC through the webhave direct access to our network. installed. frontend.multimedia server on which Another great feature is And just like with the first Throughout the entirecan be found a nicely or- the integrated YouTube cli- image, we also opened the test, during which the AZ-ganized library of music, ent. This lets you watch Mozilla Firefox browser on Box ME was thoroughly putpictures and movies. The YouTube videos through the our PC in the Boot (1) image. through its paces, the re-server allows via SAMBA free AZBox ME on your TV. The And just like before we were ceiver remained remarkablyaccess to this data. text entry in the search field able to access nearly all of cool even though there was We spent a few moments with the keyboard was actu- the AZBox ME‘s functions via no cooling fan. Every otherwith the AZBox‘s network ally quite fast and it was fun the web frontend although Linux receiver that we knowsettings and were able to es- playing with this application. it was a completely differ- of gets quite hot and eventablish a connection rather The incredible assortment ent web frontend; one that puts out more heat in stand-quickly. Instantly a new hard of features in this receiver was suitable to the Boot (1) by mode than the AZBox MEdrive appeared in the mul- can be even limitlessly ex- image. There are so many does in normal operationaltimedia player from which panded with the installation functions that you could use mode. This guarantees thatwe could access our server of Plugins. There are already that you‘ll always discover the internal hard drive andthrough the network. We a number of Plugins avail- something new. We were the electronics will have atested a variety of media able that can be directly able, for example, to take a long and healthy life.28 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  18. 18. We could have tested thisreceiver for days on end; we other multimedia devices. The vast array of functions in Expert Opinion Best Linux receiver with outstanding hard-were always discovering new this receiver will blow away wareand fascinating features or even the most experienced Factory-equipped with two Linux imagescapabilities in this little pow- enthusiasts and they‘d have Large flash memory can administer three imageserhouse. The AZBox ME istruly a super receiver. the ability to always try out new functions, Plugins and + Emergency image can be activated through a switch Vitor Martins Augusto Normal, everyday users images. TELE-satellite Low heat dissipation Test Centerwill be satisfied with every Even for the most sophis- No cooling fan Portugalaspect of this box: it comes ticated satellite DXer, thiswith a fast processor and the receiver would be an incred-modern firmware permits in- ibly fascinating machine - it – BlindScan function not yet available (coming soon)tuitive operation. Three dif- comes with a highly modernferent firmware images can tuner that also happens tobe installed at the same time be extremely sensitive plus TECHNICAL DATAso that it‘s easy to try out a it can handle professional Manufacturer OpenSAT Ltd, Lagoa, 4950-283 Mazedo, Portugaldifferent image. MPEG 4:2:2 transmissions. Website www.azbox.com Even the most daring at- The AZBox ME manufacturer E-Mail info@azbox.comtempts at flashing the mem- OpenSAT has already said Model AZBox MEory no longer pose any risk that they will shortly be add-since the little switch on the ing BlindScan as well. Function Digital HDTV / Linux Receiver with Multimedia Features and large Flashmemory for 3 Boot Images Processor (CPU) SIGMA SMP 8655 AD RAM Memory DDR 256 MB Video Memory DDR 256 MB Flash Memory 512MB Tuner Availink AVL2108 Single Tuner, Blindscan capable DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, USALS Harddrives eSATA and internal SATA (2.5“ or 3.5“) Video Out HDMI, YUV and Composite-Video Video Containers MPEG1/2/4 (M1V, M2V, M4V); MPEG1/2 PS (M2P, MPG); MPEG2 Transport Stream (TS, TP, TRP, M2T, M2TS, MTS), VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV, IFO, ISO; Matroska (MKV), MOV (H.264), MP4, RMP4 Video Codecs XVID SD/HD; MPEG-1; MPEG-2: MP@HL; MPEG-4.2: ASP@L5, 720p, 1-point GMC; WMV9: MP@HL; H.264: BP@L3; H.264: MP@L4.0; H.264: HP@L4.0; H.264: HP@L4.1; VC-1: MP@HL; VC-1: AP@L3 Audio Containers AAC, M4A, MPEG Audio (MP1, MP2, MP3, MPA), WAV, WMA, FLAC, OGG Audio Codecs: AAC, AAC+, Dolby Digital, DTS, WMA, WMA Pro, MP1, MP2, MP3, LPCM, FLAC, Vorbis, DTS (Audio Passthrough); Dolby Digital (Audio Passthrough) Picture Formats JPEG, BMP, GIF Resolutions 576i (480i), 576p, (480p), 720p, 1080i, 1080p Ethernet 10/100 Base-T Ethernet Card Reader 1x (Conax Licence) ENERGY DIAGRAMback of the receiver guaran- All of this is packaged intees that you can reflash the a small, attractive housing. Apparent Power Mode Apparent Active Factor Deep Standby 8.5 W 2.5 W 0.29receiver should something We are very enthusiastic PVR 26 W 14 W 0.53ever go wrong. This receiv- about this box and want to Active Power Reception Standby 21.5 W 21 W 11 W 10 W 0.51 0.47er lets you enjoy the high- congratulate OpenSAT forest levels of multimedia - it the success of this super re-can easily take the place of ceiver. www.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 29
  19. 19. TEST REPORT on the Internet Linux HD Receiver Download this report in German www.TELE-satellite.com/TELE-satellite-1203/deu/azbox.pdf Was unterscheidet ei- Der überraschend kleine in blauer Farbe darstellen nen Super Receiver gegen Receiver macht einen sehr kann, und ein USB-Port sind einen normalen Receiver. wertigen Eindruck. Das Ge- hier sichtbar. Schön ist, Wenn es sich um einen Li- häuse besteht aus schwar- dass die AZBox Entwickler nux-Receiver handelt, dann zem Metall, die Frontblende den USB-Port richtig herum lautet eine klare Antwort aus einer Mischung zwi- eingebaut haben, so dass darauf: wenn er in mehr als schen gebürstetem Alumi- ein eingesteckter USB-Spei- nur eines der Linux-Images nium und schwarzer Ac- cher nicht nach unten zeigt. anfassen, ohne dass gleich booten kann. Denn für das rylblende, hinter welcher Dies ist zwar nur eine Klei- störende Fingerabdrücke Betriebssystem Linux gibt sich ein VFD-Display ver- nigkeit, trotzdem verstehen entstehen. es eine Vielzahl sehr aus- birgt. Die Form des Recei- wir es nicht, warum manche An dieser Stelle kam uns gereifter Benutzeroberflä- vers lässt sich sehr einfach Hersteller es nicht schaffen, eine Frage auf: sollte das chen, die jede für sich über beschreiben: sie ist qua- die USB Ports richtig herum Gerät nicht einen Kartenle- ihre eigenen Highlights ver- dratisch (25cm x 24 cm x einzubauen. Ein stilisier- ser haben? Auf der Rücksei- fügen. Über Linux-Receiver, 4 cm), ohne jede Spiele- tes „Z“ aus gebürstetem te fanden wir auch keinen… die in zwei Linux Images rei. Das minimalistische Aluminium, Markenzeichen Doch dann sahen wir auf der booten können, berichtete Design kommt jedoch gut der AZbox Familie, runden rechten Seite einen Schlitz TELE-satellite bereits. Aber zur Geltung, da auch die das vordere Erscheinungs- im Gehäuse. Ja, das muss die nagelneue AZBox ME Frontblende entsprechend bild ab. Uns hat das Design er sein. Standardmäßig un- kann sogar in drei Images entworfen wurde. Nur ein sehr gut gefallen. Es muss terstützt der Kartenleser starten und das macht sie einziger Knopf, umgeben nicht immer eine komplexe Conax Smartcards. Möchte für uns zu einem Super Re- von einem LED-Ring, des- Geometrie sein, manchmal man diesen Kartenleser be- ceiver. Aber die AZBox ME sen Farbe Hinweis auf den ist weniger definitiv mehr. nutzen, gilt es zu bedenken, kann natürlich noch weitaus Zustand des Receivers gibt, Da das Gehäuse nicht mit dass die Karte ungefähr 2 mehr, als in verschiedenen das schon angesproche- Klavierlack gefärbt ist, kann cm absteht und somit etwas Benutzerprogrammen zu ne VFD-Display, welches 8 man den Receiver nach Lust Freiraum zur Seite benötigt starten. alphanumerische Zeichen und Laune berühren und wird.30 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  20. 20. Als wir uns die Rücksei- wir weiterhin einen HDMI- um den Deckel abheben zu EPG-Taste drückt. Haptischte des Receivers näher an- Anschluss, Chinch-Buchsen können. Wieder haben die sind diese jedoch nach kur-schauten, fiel uns sofort für den Komponenten-Aus- AZBox Entwickler mitge- zer Zeit sehr wohl auseinan-ein unscheinbarer Schalter gang (YUV), Composite-Vi- dacht, denn im Inneren ist der zu halten. Der absoluteauf: BOOT Normal/Reco- deo und Audio (L+R). Dazu eine Blechhalterung mit 4 Höhepunkt der Fernbedie-very. Wenn beim Flashen noch e-SATA, USB-2.0 und Schrauben am Gehäuse be- nung verbirgt sich jedocheiner Firmware etwas doch einen optischen Audio-Aus- festigt, die sowohl 2.5“ als im Batteriefach: dort ist einnicht klappt, dann hat man gang. Sehr positiv bewer- auch 3.5“ Festplatten tra- kleiner Knopf, der die Lern-bei diesem Receiver keinen ten wir das Vorhandensein gen kann. Wir hatten gar funktion aktiviert. Diese er-Grund zur Panik! Einfach eines Einschaltknopfes, der nicht erwartet dass dieser möglicht es, die rechte Tas-den Schalter auf Recovery den Receiver komplett ab- kleine Receiver auch 3.5“ te in der ersten Zeile neu zuschieben und über das Netz- schaltet. Diesen sparen vie- Festplatten unterbringen programmieren. Sie dientwerk eine neue Firmware le Hersteller ein, obwohl es kann; noch ein Pluspunkt! dazu, das Fernsehgerät einaufspielen. Für den Anwen- doch Sinn macht dass man Nachdem alles wieder zu- und auszuschalten. Mander heißt es: endlich keine den Receiver auch komplett geschraubt war, wurde die kann aber natürlich jedeSorge mehr, dass man aus abschalten kann, wenn man Festplatte automatisch er- andere Funktion auf dieseVersehen die falsche Firm- ihn über einen längeren kannt. Diese haben wir im Taste programmieren.ware aufspielt, oder dass Zeitraum nicht nutzt. Den Festplatten-Menü forma- Die AZBox ME wird mitmitten im Flashvorgang der Stecker zu ziehen ist selten tieren lassen. Es standen zwei vorinstallierten Linux-Strom ausfällt. eine sinnvolle Alternative, nun auch die typischen PVR Images ausgeliefert, der Und wo wir schon über besonders wenn die Kabel Funktionen wie Timeshift Anwender kann also sofortdas Flashen sprechen: die schön aufgeräumt hinter oder Timer-Aufnahmen zur zwischen den Images wäh-AZbox ME hat den größten dem Schrank liegen. Verfügung. len. Obwohl es sich in bei-uns bekannten Flashspei- Die vorhandenen YUV Die Fernbedienung der den Fällen um Linux-Imagescher. Großzügige 512MB Chinch-Buchsen sind ein AZBox ME ist genial. Ob- handelt, verwenden dieseerlauben es, parallel 3 echter Mehrwert für all wohl etwas unscheinbar komplett unterschiedlicheFirmware-Images zu instal- diejenigen, die z.B. einen und nicht besonders luxu- Benutzeroberflächen. Wirlieren. Beim Bootvorgang Videoprojektor besitzen, riös gestaltet, liegt sie sehr wählten erst mal „Boot (0)“.kann zwischen Bank 0, 1 der noch nicht über digi- gut in der Hand und ermög- Ein Assistent erkannte dieund 2 gewählt werden. Die- tale Eingänge verfügt. Ein licht es, mit dem Daumen Erstbenutzung und führtese können je nach Belieben C omp onenten-A ns c hlus s alle Tasten zu erreichen. uns durch die verschiede-des Anwenders geflasht über YUV bietet in diesem Etwas gewöhnungsbedürf- nen Schritte.werden, so dass man wirk- Fall die Möglichkeit, HDTV tig ist der Umstand, dass Als erstes galt es, dielich keine Ausrede hat, alle über dem analogen Weg um die Richtungstasten Sprache zu wählen. Kuriosverfügbaren Images aus- zu genießen. Die AZbox ME weitere 6 Tasten ringför- ist hier, dass auch „bay-zuprobieren! Der Receiver bietet nur einen Tuner, doch mig angeordnet sind, was risch“ als Sprache gewähltwird mit zwei verschiedenen dieser hat einen durchge- in der Einarbeitungsperiode werden kann. Weiter gehtLinux-Images ausgeliefert schleiften Ausgang, so dass dazu führte, dass man statt es mit den Video-Einstel-(Bank 0 und 1). Eigentlich man weitere Receiver an- auf die Unten-Taste auf die lungen.sollte sich noch Android hin- schließen kann.zugesellen, doch da machte In der Verpackung wirdder Chip-Hersteller Sigma neben einer Anleitung zumim letzten Moment einen Programmieren der drei Download this report in EnglishStrich durch die Rechnung Flashpositionen und einerund zog sich aus dem Open- Kurzanleitung noch eineMIPS Projekt zurück. Scha- Fernbedienung und einde. Aber eigentlich auch SATA-Kabel sowie ein Satzkein echter Verlust, denn Schrauben mitgeliefert.es handelte sich eben doch Da ein Linux-Receiverum ein auf MIPS Prozesso- sein volles Potential nur mitren angepasstes Android, einer Festplatte ausspielenmit welchem man sowie- kann, haben wir uns eineso nicht auf Google Market 2.5“ SATA Festplatte be-geschweige denn auf die sorgt. Natürlich kann mantausende Apps zugreifen eine solche auch externkönnte, da diese für ARM über USB-2.0 oder e-SATAProzessoren ausgelegt sind. betreiben, doch dies störtDa der AZBox Hersteller die Harmonie im Wohnzim-OpenSAT aber die Source- mer, denn es sind wiedercodes jedem interessierten erneute Gehäuse und Ka-Entwickler zukommen lässt, bel sichtbar. Der Einbau www.TELE-satellite.com/bleibt doch die Hoffnung, der Festplatte ist leicht zudass es noch was werden bewerkstelligen. Insgesamt TELE-satellite-1203/könnte mit Android. müssen am Gehäuse 7 Auf der Rückseite finden Schrauben entfernt werden, eng/azbox.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 31
  21. 21. TEST REPORT Digital Cable Meter SatCatcher Digipro C Max Professional • compares favorable to professional meters • comes with many useful accessories for the installer • easy to read screen even in direct sunlight • includes Tilt measurement for professional installations34 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  22. 22. TELE-satellite Magazine Business Voucher www.TELE-satellite.info/12/03/satcatcher Direct Contact to Sales Managerwww.TELE-satellite.com — 02-03/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 35
  23. 23. TEST REPORT Digital Cable MeterAn Accurate InstrumentWith Many Accessories 02-03/2012 Satcatcher Digipro C Max More than a cable meter: includes everything a professional installer needs Accuracy is something further demands on a me- ate. It should also offer a time. Buttons are largethat every installer will ter: the instrument should wide choice of accessories and clearly labeled. Thevalue with a signal meter have a bright and readable making the work simpler POWER button has an edg-but apart from that true display, and its keyboard and more efficient. To our ing around it what guar-professional users have should be easy to oper- delight, the new Digipro C antees that the meter will Max by Satcatcher fulfills not switch on accidentally all those requirements. when pressed against a Its display is exceptionally solid surface. The keyboard bright and clear, you can consists of a numeric key- operate its keyboard even pad, quick access buttons, with gloves on your hands, navigational arrows and 4 and the number of accesso- function keys F1 - F4. The ries they offer to the pro- function of these F1 – F4 fessional user is really sur- buttons depends on the prising. particular menu or screen The meter can be sup- you arrived at and is always plied packaged in two ways. explained at the bottom of In a metal box like other the display window. Speak- Satcatcher meters or in a ing of the display, it is one premium package with lots of the strongest points of of extras included. For our this meter. This TFT LCD It test we opted for the latter is very bright and clear. You and were delighted at the will be able to read it even many useful accessories. outside in a very sunny day. The most unusual and most There is also a loudspeaker useful for an installer is a embedded in the Digipro C fully adjustable vest with a Max Professional, giving off lot of pockets and straps. a significant sound volume. It allows you not only to The Digipro C-Max Pro- transport and use the me- fessional lets you either use ter in a convenient way but a pre-programmed chan- also to keep handy all sorts nel band plan or you may of other tools an installer choose to blindscan the must have. Apart for the whole bandwidth. The effort vest, you get a plug type you put into the initial chan- power supply, a car lighter nel band plan programming DC charger, a neck strap will pay off in much quicker with a piece of sheep skin measurements. To create fur to avoid skin irritation, a band plan, you enter the and a bad weather cover Meter Config menu and se- for the meter along with lect Edit Channel item. In an attachable sun shade. this screen, you edit the Everything is neatly packed channel name (most of the in a carrying bag so you installers would probably do not need to worry that use the standard chan- your meter accessories will nel designators like: S02, disappear somewhere over S28, K32), its kind (analog time. or digital), and a number The workmanship of the of parameters as: frequen- Digipro C Max is very good. cies, modulation, symbol The enclosure is robust but rate, bandwidth. Of course quite elegant at the same there is a different set of36 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 02-03/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com

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