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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 04-052012 Test Report Test Report SKYWORTH HS18 PANODIC The Ideal Mini Alan Yu Markets an HDTV Receiver Extremely Small and Elegant Receiver Test Report AMIKO Jozsef Zsiman Introduces an Excellent New Combo Tuner HDTV Receiver Company Report SOWELL Eagle Chain Embraces the Internet and Expands Product Range to IPTV Company Report AZBOX Hugo Condessa Adds the USA to His Network of Wordwide Dealers An SPAUN SAT-HD Test Report Amazing New HDTV Signal 04-05/2012 Analyzer 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,Everything is getting smaller and more compact. In this Logically, from a TV viewers point of view, he shouldissue we’re introducing two new entries into the mini be able to put whatever channel he wants in each andreceiver class: receivers that are so small you can easily every receiver channel memory location; it shouldn’thide them behind your TV yet they come without any matter if the TV channel is received via satellite, via aloss in user-friendliness or functionality. An additional terrestrial antenna, via the cable connection or over thechapter in this trend towards miniaturization can be Internet.seen in another way in those larger “true” receivers:they are becoming ever more complex and offer ever We are only at the early stages of this integration. Theincreasing possibilities. different distribution methods still require different user interfaces. This is going to change. The miniaturizationExamples of these complex receivers are two additional will bring together the different methods into onemodels that we are introducing in this issue of TELE- receiver and as a result the operation of the receiversatellite. Receivers that you can ideally use to receive will also become unified.TV channels via the Internet or that can be consistentlyimproved with software updates. What’s true in the real world for the hardware is also true in the virtual world with the software.Receivers are becoming more and more boxes that cando it all - it only makes sense: as a TV viewer youdon’t want to be concerned with how the TV channelsget to your TV’s screen. The result is: receivers shouldbe able to receive all the different variants, whetherit’s transmissions via satellite, via cable, terrestriallyor through the Internet. And, of course, they should beable to record all of these programs (PVR). Alexander WieseThe big challenge for receiver manufacturers is to doall of this and yet make their receivers easier to use. Editor-in-Chief TELE-satellite InternationalTV viewers still have to decide whether they want towatch TV via satellite or through the Internet; the usermenus in the receivers are totally different for satelliteTV channels and Internet TV channels. 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/ Hardcopies Available to Advertising Clients Only 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 Skyworth HS-18 DVB-S2 Very Small DVB-S2 PVR Receiver with HDMI.................................. 16 ...148 Ricks Satellite ...156 Panodic M3601E DVB-T Extremely Small Receiver with High-Sensitivity HDTV Tuner......... 32 Amiko STHD-8820 CICXE PVR DVB-S / DVB-S2 & DVB-T Combo Receiver with PVR............. 44 ...164 ...172 SPAUN SPAROS SAT HD DVB-S / DVB-S2 and DSS Signal Analyzer................ 58 SPAUN SMF 790 LTE Stop Band Filter..... 72 ...192 TRIMAX TM-6800+ Handheld Satellite Meter for DVB-S / DVB-S2 or DVB-T / DVB-C................... 78Feature:The Wonderful World of SparkPart 2: KartinaTV................................. 92Feature:AZBox ME Receiver SoftwarePart 1: Blindscan............................... 100 ...206Vitor’s Workshop:Chip Flashing: Flash or no flash!.......... 110AWARD Winning:Digital Receivers of 21st Century......... 118AWARD Winning:HDTV PC Cards of 21st Century........... 128AWARD Winning:Signal Analyzers of 21st Century......... 134 Company Report: Wholesaler Hypex, UK........................ 172 Feature:AWARD Winning: DVB-S2 VCM Signal Reception............. 224IPTV Receivers of 21st Century......... 144 Company Overview: Best Digital TV Companies Satellite DXer Overview:Company Report: of the World................................... 180 Hall of Fame of SatelliteReceiver Manufacturer Enthusiasts of the World..................... 230Sowell, China.................................... 148 Company Report: Ground Station Shenzhen TV, China..... 192 Technical Service:Company Report: Digital TV Transponder StreamsSatellite Dealer Ricks Satellite, Company Report: around the World............................... 238Kansas City, USA .............................. 156 Satellite Forum Operator Scott Greczkowski, USA...................... 206 DTT of the World............................ 264Company Report:Headend Manufacturer Feature: Global Readership ofWadt, Brazil...................................... 164 CommunicAsia Singapore 2012........... 218 TELE-satellite Magazine.................. 2728 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  4. 4. ADVERTISER‘S INDEX 8DTEK....................................... China........................ 19 KARMACOM............................... Hungary..................... 9 ALUOSAT................................... China................127, 133 LEXIUM..................................... USA.........................211 AMIKO....................................... Hungary..................... 9 MFC........................................... USA.........................201 APPLIED INSTRUMENTS........... USA.........................177 MICO......................................... China.......................... 2 AZBOX....................................... Portugal..................275 MOTECK.................................... Taiwan....................215 AZURESHINE............................. Taiwan..................... 65 NABSHOW2012......................... USA.... 105, 113, 167, 197 BEIJINGTOPREAL...................... China.......................227 OIPF.......................................... Sweden...................237 BOIINGSAT............................... China........................ 71 OPENSAT................................... Portugal..................275 BSD........................................... Brazil......................221 PANODIC................................... China.......................... 2 BT............................................. UK...........................241 PREVAIL.................................... China....................30-31 CASTOR..................................... Netherlands............243 SAPRO....................................... Czech......................175 CHINABROADCASTING............. China.......................237 SATBEAMS................................. Belgium...................211 CNBROADCASTING................... China.......................237 SATCATCHER............................. UK............................ 77 COMMUNICASIA2012................ Singapore......... 23, 117 SATELLITEGUYS........................ USA.........................221 DEVISER................................... China........................ 81 SBTVD....................................... Brazil......................217 DEKTEC..................................... Netherlands............. 95 SCATINDIA2012........................ India.......................107 DIGITALTELEMEDIA.................. China.......................276 SEN5......................................... China........................ 19 DISHPOINTER........................... UK...........................215 SICHUANJIUZHOU.................... China.......................276 DOEBIS..................................... Germany.............. 14-15 SICHUANVIDEOELECTRONIC.... China........................ 47 DOEBIS-THOMSON.................... Germany.................. 69 SKYWORTH............................... China........................ 11 DVBCN...................................... China.......................217 SMARTWI.................................. Denmark.................. 97 FULANELECTRONICS................. China.......................... 5 SOWELL.................................... China........................ 35 GECEN....................................... China................... 43, 85 SPAUN....................................... Germany.... 29, 153, 175 GLOBALINVACOM...................... UK............................ 61 SVEC......................................... China........................ 47 GOLDENMEDIA.......................... Germany.................. 27 TEHNICB................................... Romania..................177 HANGZHOUPREVAIL................. China....................30-31 TENOW...................................... China........................ 51 HORIZON.................................. UK............................ 37 TEVII........................................ Taiwan....................201 IBC2012.................................... UK....................161, 191 TOPREAL................................... China.......................227 ICECRYPT.................................. UK.........................4, 75 TRIMAX..................................... China.......................103 JIUZHOU................................... China.......................276 TURBOSAT................................. UK.........................4, 75 JONSA....................................... Taiwan....................153 WSINTERNATIONAL.................. USA.........................21110 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  5. 5. 02-03/2012 AZBox ME Today‘s absolute best Linux Receiver www.TELE-satellite.com/ TELE-satellite-1203/eng/azbox-me.pdf 04-05/201 1 Fulan ST7111 Excellently designed operating software with built-in customer service www.TELE-satellite.com/ TELE-satellite-1105/eng/fulan.pdf12 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — 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 www.TELE-satellite.com/ TELE-satellite-0909/eng/globalinvacom.pdf 10-1 1/201 1 Tenow TBS6984Made for TV addicts who can neverwatch and record enough channels. www.TELE-satellite.com/ TELE-satellite-1111/eng/tenow.pdf www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 13
  7. 7. TEST REPORT Miniature HDTV ReceiverSkyworthHS18• Ideal for hidden installation on theback of TVs• Perfectly suited as a fully featuredcamping receiver• Fully functional PVR thanks to theUSB interface• Supports all of the standard pictureformats• Very sensitive IR remote controlsignal receiver16 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
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  9. 9. TEST REPORT Miniature HDTV ReceiverAn HD CompatibleMini DVB-S2 Receiver 04-05/2012 Sky wor th HS-18 DVB -S2 Sophisticated, fully-fea tured miniature receiver ww w.TELE-satel TEL E-satellite-1205/enlite. com / g/skyw orth .pdf 0.56 The SCART connector is HS18 can easily be fixed in pleased with the workman- prepared for the day whenvery widely used in Europe place so that the tension ship quality of the Skyworth HDTV is transmitted viaand for many years there on the HDMI cable won‘t HS18 and we also liked that satellite in 1080p. We alsohave been small satellite be too much. It‘s small 11 it‘s just a little bit larger found the two Auto modesreceivers that you simply x 7 x 1.7cm size takes up than a pack of cigarettes. quite practical whereby inplugged into the SCART almost no space at all and the first mode the resolutionconnector. But when the yet comes with all the dif- When you turn the re- is automatically matched toSCART connector was de- ferent connection capabili- ceiver on for the first time, the incoming satellite sig-veloped, there was at that ties you‘d expect to find in you‘re greeted with the nal while the second modetime no HDTV and as a re- a modern receiver. This in- main menu and its six sub- orients the receiver to thesult these little SCART re- cludes, of course, the satel- menus. As usual, we started resolution of the TV.ceivers don‘t measure up lite IF input, a USB 2.0 in- with the system settingsto today‘s requirements. In terface for external storage with which you can set up All of these capabilitiesorder to display HD content devices, a port for an RS232 the receiver to your per- are even further enhancedon a TV, you have to use the adapter plug, a jack to plug sonal requirements. The by the automatic time syn-HDMI jack. in the external IR receiver very fist step is to select the chronization. Skyworth put as well as a jack for the ex- desired OSD language. You some thought into this and And it‘s exactly this con- ternal 12V power supply. can choose from English, doesn‘t ask the user to en-cept that Skyworth has The package also includes French, German, Italian, ter the local time differ-addressed: the Skyworth a small but handy remote Spanish Portuguese, Rus- ence from GMT but ratherHS18 is the first mini re- control. The buttons are sian, Turkish, Polish, Arabic provides a list of countriesceiver with an HDMI output. clearly labeled and provide as well as Farsi. and cities to choose from.With the HS18 the HDMI ca- a comfortable back pres- We found this to be notble is a mere 10cm in length sure when pressed. The HS18 works quite well only more practical but alsoand not only that, it‘s incor- with the available TV equip- much more customer-ori-porated directly into the re- One of the LEDs that is ment in that it supports ented! Other settings possi-ceiver. This lets the set top integrated into the infrared picture resolutions in 480i, bilities include the ability tobox disappear completely receiver shows the current 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p individually set the sharp-behind the TV right next to operational status of the 50Hz, 720p 60 Hz, 1080i 50 ness, contrast and bright-the HDMI jack. box, if it‘s red the receiver is Hz, 1080i 60 Hz as well as ness of the video output. in standby and if it‘s green 1080p 50 Hz and 1080p 60 Thanks to the included the receiver is in opera- Hz. Clearly, if you own the Once the Skyworth HS18mounting material, the 100g tion. All in all, we were quite HS18, you will be perfectly has been matched to the18 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
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  11. 11. 11 available TV system, the lites and also a transponder next step would be to set scan. up the correct connection to the satellite antenna. The The user will like the ability HS18 supports all of the to limit the automatic chan- available DiSEqC protocols, nel scan to FTA-only (free- that is, 1.0 for reception of to-air) and also to TV or ra- up to four satellites, 1.1 for dio only and to TV and radio. up to 16 satellites as well as Added to this is the inte- 1.2 and 1.3 for motorized grated network scan and as12 antennas. The list of prepro- a special bonus there‘s also grammed satellite positions a BlindScan. The BlindScan is made up of 46 entries feature functioned quite and includes all of the stan- well in our tests and man- dard European satellites. aged to find 1461 TV chan- We were happy to see that nels and 516 radio channels the list itself was very up- on HOTBIRD at 13°E in just to-date. The transponder four minutes. In comparison list as well as the satellite the automatic channel scan list can easily be edited so of HOTBIRD at 13°E with the that it really only takes just help of the preprogrammed a few button-pushes on the transponder data found remote control to add, edit 1478 TV channels and 52213 or delete transponder or radio channels in about six satellite entries. minutes. On the LNB side of things Once the channel list has there are a large number of been filled with hundreds of preprogrammed LOF val- channels, it would be nice ues available for the C-band for the user to have a de- and the Ku-band; manual cent channel sorting and ed- LOF entry is not possible. iting function; the Skyworth Once the receiver knows HS18 doesn‘t disappoint exactly what satellites it here either. In a clearly and can receive, the next step logically designed menu in- involves filling up the chan- dividual channels can be as-14 nel list. To accomplish this signed a PIN code, deleted, task, there are three search moved, renamed or moved modes available: an auto- into one of the 32 freely matic channel scan on one namable Favorites Lists. It satellite, an automatic chan- deserves to be mentioned nel scan on multiple satel- here that if needed all the 1. Main Menu (Antenna installation) 2. Main Menu (System settings) 3. Main Menu (Tools) 4. PVR Menu 5. The extensive satellite list with all usable European orbital positions15 6. Antenna settings including position entry for DiSEqC 1.3 7. DiSEqC 1.1 for up to 16 LNBs is also supported 8. The LNB LOF values can be selected from a preprogrammed list; manual entry is not possible 9. Channel scan on one satellite 10. Transponder scan 11. The HS18 also supports BlindScan 12. Thanks to extensive editing capabilities, the channel list can easily be matched to a user‘s requirements 13. All channels on a satellite can be deleted with the push of just one button 14. Setting the time by choosing the country and city 15. The receiver‘s software can quickly be updated via USB storage devices www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 21
  12. 12. channel entries from a sin- displayed through the Sky- The new HS18 receiver same transponder. As yougle satellite can be deleted worth HS18. For this pur- from Skyworth comes with would expect with a high-at one time; this would save pose there are two modes a fully functional and quite quality product, Skyworthsome users a lot of time and available: a complete over- sensitive DVB-S2 tuner. also included a time shiftaggravation. view of a single channel and Whether it was weak sig- function with the HS18 that also a simultaneous display nals, such as those on allows the user to pause a In general we were quite of five channels in a grid for- BADR at 26°E that come in live program and come backhappy with the quick reac- mat. Both formats are clear- relatively weak here in Aus- to it at a later time withouttion time of the receiver to tria, or narrow band SCPC missing a thing. In this wayremote control commands signals, the receiver could you can answer that tele-as well as with the sensitive not be brought out of its phone call or handle someIR receiver. Both of these rhythm. As a result, the other unavoidable interrup-make using the receiver that ly organized and offer the HS18 had no trouble at all tion in the middle of your fa-much easier and can put a user a good overview of the receiving the 12634V tran- vorite show without missingsmile on the lips of users upcoming programs. Since sponder on TURKSAT at a beat.when they‘re working with the Skyworth HS18 is a PVR 42°E with a symbol rate ofthe receiver such as when receiver, timer recordings 2.222 MS/sec. We were also The incorporated mediasorting the channel list. can be set up directly from surprised at the picture and player in the HS18 plays the EPG. Unfortunately, you audio quality of the small back all the prerecorded Once the receiver has can only set up a total of HS18. It can be used in an TV and radio content but isbeen completely set up ac- eight timers; considering RV with a 24“ monitor just trumped by an MP3 jukebox,cording to the user‘s re- the number of TV channels as well as with a 50“ LCD TV a picture viewer and a videoquirements, the main menu that are available today, this in your living room at home. player for all of the stan-can be left simply by push- number is somewhat small. dard formats (for example,ing the „Exit“ button. This Even though the HS18 MPEG, VOB, TS, MKV, AVI).takes the receiver to the But this is made up for by isn‘t much larger than afirst channel in the chan- the well-arranged channel pack of cigarettes, it eas- This makes the small Sky-nel list. An informative Info list that can be easily ac- ily becomes a fully featured worth HS18 box a fully-fea-bar appears that displays cessed with a single push of PVR receiver thanks to its tured multimedia receiverthe title of the current and the OK button. The list can USB 2.0 port and the use of with which you can not onlyupcoming programs plus be further refined to those an external storage device. enjoy TV and radio pro-provides information on the channels from individual Its capabilities exceed many grams, but you can also en-availability of teletext, sub- satellites or from specific other mini receivers in that joy listening to your favoritetitles or EPG data. groups (provider, CAS). A it can record two HD chan- songs. And let‘s not forget practical search function nels simultaneously while that it can also play the lat- As long as the program- with the use of the OSD showing a third TV channel est video clips from the In-ming provider offers EPG keyboard is also available live. Since the HS18 only has ternet and lets you presentdata for the next several to help make finding specific a DVB-S2 tuner, all three your vacation pictures anddays, it can be evaluated and channels much easier. channels have to be on the videos to all of your friends.22 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
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  14. 14. 26 3127 3228 16. The Skyworth HS18 becomes a fully-featured PVR receiver with the addition of a USB 2.0 storage device 17. TimeShift is also supported 18. An Info bar appears at the bottom of the screen with every channel change and provides information on the current and upcoming program 19. EPG display of five channels 20. EPG display of one channel 21. Timer entries can be set up directly from the EPG 22. Channels can be easily searched for using the OSD keyboard 23. Two HD recordings can be handled at the same time; if a third recording is started, the receiver asks the user to stop a current recording 24. While a recording is in process, the channel list only shows those channels that are on the same transponder 25. The media player can play back content previously stored on a29 USB 2.0 storage device. 26. SCPC reception on TURKSAT 42°E is no problem at all 27. Thanks to language selection, multiple audio channels can be managed 28. The list with entries after scanning a satellite 29. The HS18 is also a fully-featured MP3-Player, picture viewer and media center 30. MP3 playback 31. Videos can be played back in a variety of formats without any interference 32. AVI playback We should also mention vert them into a DVD at a that the Skyworth HS18 is later time on your PC.30 one of only a very few digi- tal receivers that we have On top of all these fea- recently tested that can tures that were just men- work with the NTFS data tioned, the little Skyworth system. This is particularly comes with yet even more advantageous because you small but practical features are no longer restricted by including a dedicated button the FAT system which would on the remote control to ad- require another file for any- just the video signal resolu- thing over 4GB. This makes tion as well as an integrated it easier to edit any record- teletext decoder. The inter- ings and, for example, con- nal software of the HS18 www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 25
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  16. 16. can also be easily updated fun thoroughly testing the Expert Opinionthrough a USB storage de- Skyworth HS18. It‘s a so- Sophisticated and stable software, widevice. And as long as we‘re phisticated receiver that assortment of features and applications andtalking about updates, the is loaded with features all excellent workmanship. Because of its smallnext software revision from of which are packed into a + size it‘s an ideal receiver for RVs but wouldSkyworth should include the housing that is only a few also make a very practical receiver for youractivation of the RJ45 inter- centimeters in size. Thanks living room Thomas Haring TELE-satelliteface and the integrated card to its small size it can easily Test Centerreader. be used anywhere, whether – None Austria it‘s in your RV or in your liv- All in all, we had a lot of ing room. TECHNICAL DATA ENERGY Manufacturer Shenzhen Skyworth Digital Technology CO., LTD. DIAGRAM Unit A 13-16/F, Skyworth Mansion., Gaoxin Ave. 1.S. Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518057, China Apparent Power Internet www.skyworthdigital.com Mode Apparent Active Factor Active 12.5 W 7W 0.56 Email sales ganweicai@skyworth.com StandBy 0W 0W 1 Tel +86-755-26010018 Model HS18 Active Power Function Very small PVR Receiver with HDMI Input frequency 950 - 2150 MHz EPG yes C/KU-Band yes HDTV support yes (up to 1080p) RS232 yes Ethernet yes USB 2.0 yes Size 11 x 7 x 1.7 cmThe first 15 minutes active use with channel switching, recording, Weight 115 Grplayback, etc. The second 15 minutes in Standby28 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. TEST REPORT DVB-T Receiver Panodic M3601E32 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  19. 19. • innovative user concept• optimised for DVB-T reception of SD and HDchannels• fully-fletched integrated PVR• recordings can be edited on the PC www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 33
  20. 20. TEST REPORT DVB-T ReceiverElegant Receiver Taking UpAlmost No Space At All As an avid reader of TELE- thought it looked too good mean by that? Well, all but- colleagues at the editorial of-satellite you will have no- to be hidden behind a flat tons controlling PVR func- fice what they thought aboutticed a persistent trend in screen TV or attached to the tions are positioned in the the remote control, and therecent times: Set-top boxes wall using the wall-mounting uppermost section of the re- feedback was overwhelm-are shrinking all the time openings on the bottom side mote control, followed by the ingly positive. It does takeand it seems the race is on of the box. As far as connec- arrow keys that follow the some time to leave behindto launch the smallest box. tions are concerned, this new conventional cross-shaped acquired habits and get usedAll this is not without a rea- Panodic mini-receiver sports arrangement. It is only in to it, though.son, because not everybody HDMI and RF connections on the lower section that thehas enough space or techni- the left side, as well as the numeric keypad is located. Unfortunately, the externalcal fondness to display bulky obligatory power socket and In addition, the ‘Stop’ button IR receiver is a componenttechnical gadgets in the liv- connector for the separate cannot be found next to all we cannot praise so highly,ing room. The package we IR receiver on the right side. the PVR buttons, but appears as it did not always pick upreceived from Panodic al- We’re talking about DVB-T on the lower right side of the commands sent from the re-ready hinted at the rather di- here, so an external power arrow keys. You might won- mote control. It was moreminutive size of the M3601E unit providing a 5V current is der what that is all about, point and shoot rather thanDVB-T receiver and after we more than enough – after all, and to be honest, so did we remote controlling, if wehad opened it all we found there are no LNBs requiring at first. But the manufacturer wanted to make sure thewas a 11.5 x 7.5 x 2.5 cm up to 18V from the device. has looked at which buttons receiver followed our com-black box weighing a mere are used most frequently as mands. On a more positive118 g. Just think of it, a piece Obviously, the Panodic well as which section of a re- note, the integrated LEDof cheesecake is heaver than DVB-T receiver is shipped mote can be reached most which indicates the currentthis receiver – in all senses of with a remote control, but easily and then designed its operating mode (green = on,the word! when looking at the layout of remote control layout ac- red = standby) is a very use- the control, there’s nothing cordingly. Not such a bad ful feature. We appreciated both de- obvious about it at all. Ev- move, we have to say. Sosign and build quality of erything seems to be upside that you don’t have to take Right after turning on thethe M3601E and we almost down at first sight. What we our word for it we asked our Panodic M3601E for the very 0.55 04-05/2012 Panodic M3601E DVB-T Extremely small receiver with high-sensitivity HDTV tuner www.TELE-satellite.com/ TELE-satellite-1205/eng/panodic.pdf34 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  21. 21. first time an installation wiz-ard pops up on the screenand smoothly runs the userthrough the following rou-tines: language, location,HDMI output resolution andvideo aspect ratio. We likedthe fact that language selec- but with the Panodic M3601E tion, they can be renamed, bile DVB-T antenna. In casetion and location are inter- you’ll be on the safe side deleted or marked as ‘not no previous channel searchlinked, so that the receiver again after 15 seconds. suitable for children’. A to- exists users have to manu-automatically activates the tal of eight favourites lists ally select a reference chan-corresponding OSD language The aspect ratio settings can be created so that even nel for signal analysis. It is inafter a country has been se- are more or less self-explan- in very large families each this antenna alignment menulected. It goes without say- atory and considering the member will have their own (and only here!) that the 5Ving that the language can be fact that video output invari- customised channel list. With power supply for the anten-changed at any time so that ably is via HDMI we take it a small receiver like the Pan- na can be turned on or off.a Frenchman in London will as a given that virtually all odic M3601E it may be nec- Once the optimum alignmentalso be happy, to give just users will go for 16:9. Events essary from time to time to is achieved an automatic orone example. A list of all broadcast in 4:3 can be pre- clear the existing channel list manual channel search cansupported languages can be sented with bars on both and create a new one – after be performed, which canfound in the Technical Data sides or can be zoomed up the box was used in a differ- be restricted to free-to-airtable. to cover the entire screen, ent area with different local channels only, if required. depending on your personal channel frequencies, for ex- We mentioned different preferences. The initial in- ample. There is a dedicated The internal clock can beHDMI output resolutions stallation process is complet- menu item even for that pro- set manually, but of coursein the installation wizard a ed with an automatic channel cedure, and we have to say the time stamp transmit-moment ago. The following search that in our case took we are truly impressed by so ted via DVB-T channels canmodes are available: 576i, less than 60 seconds for the much attention to detail. be used instead. Users only576p, 720p, 1080i as well entire VHF and UHF frequen- have to select their regionas 1080p, which makes this cy bands. In System Setup the re- and the receiver then au-DVB-T receiver a perfect ceiver’s parameters can be tomatically determines thechoice even for so-called Full Even though all major set- adjusted to make sure it correct time zone, i.e. theHD. Every time this setting tings are dealt with during both works with your exist- time difference to GMT. Eachis changed a small window the installation routine we ing antenna and other equip- time zone is shown togetherpops up asking the user to do recommend visiting the ment in the living room. The with large cities in that par-confirm the selection within main menu for a quick look manufacturer has even add- ticular zone, so that there is15 seconds, otherwise the around. It is made up of the ed a neat wizard to help with no excuse for not getting thereceiver will switch back following items: Channel List optimum antenna alignment time zone right. Automaticto the previously used for- Editing, System Setup, Tools, – which is another feature switching between daylightmat. This might not sound Game and Rec. Compared to we truly appreciated. Based saving and standard timelike such a big deal, but not satellite television, the range on a previous channel search rounds off this very worth-all TVs are 1080p compat- of DVB-T channels is small by it automatically selects one while menu item.ible and the ‘wrong’ selec- any standard, but still Panod- of the detected frequenciestion would create nothing ic offers professional channel and displays easy-to-view When we opened the chan-but a black screen. And that list management even in its signal strength and signal nel list editor for the first timemeans no OSD either to undo DVB-T receiver. Channels quality bars. This way it is we couldn’t find any way tothe setting. They say a small can be sorted alphabetically child’s play to find the best rename the eight favouritesleak will sink a great ship, or according to FTA/encryp- possible alignment of a mo- lists, but when we looked36 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
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  23. 23. 11 at System Setup we were With the Panodic M3601E all the wiser. As a matter of you need not worry, since it fact, it is here that Panodic comes with a fully-fledged has added a dedicated menu EPG which shows a chart item for doing just that. Plus, with the programming of it is also possible here to cre- five channels at a time. Us- ate, display and edit up to ing the colour-coded function eight timer entries as well as keys you can scroll through to protect menu access and the available information on access to certain channels a day-by-day basis or in two- with a PIN. hour increments. Since the M3601E also boasts full PVR12 TELE-satellite editorial functionality it is possible to staff are frequently asked mark events for recording. what makes a great set-top box, and our answer always Picture this: You’re right stays the same: A cleverly in the middle of a suspense designed and implemented movie und just before the OSD, reliable software and a murder mystery is solved reasonable user concept. We there is somebody on the know that shiny features like phone or at the door. Thank- an integrated PVR, blind scan fully, the new Panodic DVB-T or DivX playback always catch box allows for timeshift view- our attention and more often ing, so every time somebody than not determine which or something interrupts your brand or model we buy, but viewing pleasure you can13 without a perfect operating pause the live broadcast system all those features are and continue from that very more or less worthless. The scene at a later stage. What’s M3601E leaves nothing to be more, you’re not limited in desired, and quite frankly we your choice of storage me- did not expect anything less dium and can attach either from Panodic. A simple touch a USB memory stick, exter- of the ‘OK’ button calls up nal HDD or even SD memory the channel list and an info card to the USB 2.0 port. bar pops up every time we change the channel and dis- Manual recording is anoth- plays the current and next er feature of this mini receiv- event as well as date, time er which can stand any test, and additional parameters as it allows HDTV recording14 of the currently selected as well, even though it is channel. That’s all great and not possible to record more wonderful, but how can you than one channel simultane- plan a cosy evening in front ously. What we truly appreci- of the telly without know- ated, however, was a range ing which channel broad- of PVR setup options in the casts the latest blockbuster main menu which – among movie, TV documentary or other things – lets you decide your favourite sports event? whether or not a buffered 1. Installation wizard of the Panodic M3601E 2. System setup with a number of configuration options 3. A USB memory sticks can be used to update the receiver’s firmware 4. The ME3601 is a fully-fletched PVR receiver with a range of15 useful functions 5. Channel list editing 6. Manual channel search 7. Antenna alignment with signal indicators 8. Language settings 9. Video output formats 10. Clock adjustment 11. Manual timer entry 12. Up to eight timer entries can be saved 13. Up to eight favourites list can be renamed in the main menu 14. Music, images and videos can be played back by the receiver 15. Playing back HD videos from the Internet www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 39
  24. 24. 16timeshift recording should is only broadcast via DVB-T2be added automatically to at our test location as well,a recording that is started so we decided to pick upmanually. If you activate this MPEG-4 signals from INTEL-feature you can save an en- SAT 904 at 60° East and EU-tire event even though you TELSAT W9A at 9° West andonly pressed the ‘Rec’ button then modulated these signalssome time into the event. onto a standard DVB-T car-Furthermore, you can select rier. Surprise, surprise: All ofauto standby, which turns off a sudden we were able to re-the receiver after a recording ceive some Russian SD chan-is completed. This particular nels (from 60° East) plus 17option will definitely prove its Fashion One from the Unitedworth in everyday use, but States (from 9° East) in bril-can of course be turned off if liant high-definition quality.not required. The PVR func- This only goes to show thattions are rounded off with the chipset of the DVB-T re-MP3 playback, photo pre- ceiver is fully HDTV (MPEG-sentations on the TV screen 4/H.264) compatible, butas well as playing back VOB, does not support DVB-T2. IfMPEG, TS, MKV and DivX you live in a market that hasvideos downloaded from the specified DVB-T with MPEG-4Internet. the M3601E will be perfectly suited to your requirements. An essential part of our testroutine involves analysis of A small box like this Panod- 18audio and video quality and ic receiver lends itself to mo-we can firmly say that the bile use, so we also found outtiny Panodic receiver passed how it deals with weak sig-with flying colours. Thanks to nals – a situation we are of-its HDMI output it provided ten faced with when out andexcellent video to both our about. No matter how weak52-inch plasma and a 22-inch the signal, and no matterLCD for mobile use. We were how many artificially insert-truly impressed by this top- ed error bits (yes, we reallyquality performance, which added error bits into a DVB-Tincidentally also goes for the signal until the data streamaudio output. The fact that became virtually useless forthe M3601E’s built-in tuner reasonable video!), the soft-is only DVB-T compatible is ware of the box never frozea minor drawback, because but instead did its job withthis means HDTV reception remarkable steadfastness.is not possible in regions that Yet, Panodic never stops im-have implemented DVB-T2 proving its set-top boxes andfor HDTV (such as Great Brit- will make available firmwareain, among others). MPEG-4 updates from time to time40 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  25. 25. 19 2220 2321 24 via its website. Those soft- long for a box of this size, 25 ware updates can easily be we may have to prove you performed using any USB wrong one last time. The storage medium. Panodic M3601E comes with two integrated video games If you think the list of fea- (Othello and Sudoku) which tures has already grown too might come handy when a 16. PVR settings 17. MPEG-4/H.264 HDTV reception with DVB-T 18. Automatic channel search 19. Info bar with information on current and next event 20. EPG showing five channels 21. Timer entries can be created right from the EPG 22. Audio selection 23. Playing back a previously recorded event 24. Display of current recording 25. Events recorded by the M3601E can easily be edited or saved onto a DVD using a PC www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 41
  26. 26. commercial break just drags ed set-top box offering not Experte Opinionon for too long. only technically mature soft- Easy to operate DVB-T receiver with user- ware but also a very small friendly OSD. The unconventional design In summary, testing the size. This way it will blend in of the remote control requires some gettingnew Panodic DVB-T receiver nicely with the rest of your + used to, but then proves it has been devel-was more than just our job. living room equipment, but oped with users in mind. The ME3601E sports Thomas HaringRather, we truly enjoyed ev- will also be a perfect com- a wide range of useful features. TELE-satelliteery step of the way. What we panion while camping or Test Center Austriadiscovered was a sophisticat- staying at your holiday home. The external IR receiver does not pick up com- – mands easily and must be pointed at very accurately with the TECHNICAL remote control. Unfortunately, DVB-T2 is not supported. DATAModel Panodic M3601EFunction Mini Receiver with HDMI and PVR ENERGY DIAGRAMManufacturer Panodic, 12/F Grentech Building, Keji C Road 3rd, Nanshan, Shenzhen 518057, ChinaTel +86-755-8659 0230 Apparent PowerEmail market@micoelectric.comWebsite www.panodic.comInput frequency UHF (474-858 MHz) VHF (177.5-226.5 MHz)EPG yes Active PowerSupported standards MPEG4Video resolution 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080pRS232 no Mode Apparent Active Factor Active 9W 5W 0.55Ethernet no StandBy 0W 0W 1USB 2.0 yesHDTV yes (only via )MPEG4/H.264 yes (only via )Supportes languages/regions English, French, German, Spanish, Italien, Greek, Active use with recording, playback, channel switching, etc. during Portugiese, Russian, Polish, Croatian, Slovenian the first 15 minutes. Standby during the second 15 minutes.42 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  27. 27. TEST REPORT Combo HDTV Receiver Amiko STHD-8820 CICXE PVR44 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
  28. 28. • for reception of both DVB-T and DVB-S/S2 with lowthreshold tuners• automatic detection of DiSEqC configuration• extensive customisation options for the OSD• individual channel lists can be saved and transferredto other receivers• perfectly suitable for DXers thanks to 12V relay andblind scan www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 45
  29. 29. TEST REPORT Combo HDTV ReceiverThe Best of Two Worlds Satellite television (DVB- AMIKO have achieved just remote control that comes tery compartment cannot beS/S2) offers a virtually un- that. Their latest combo re- with it. dropped accidentally whenlimited range of channels ceiver bears the model name The remote sports an er- exchanging the batteries.from all corners of the world, STHD-8820 CICXE PVR. gonomic design that makes Big cheers from us for sowhile terrestrial broadcast- When we opened the pack- it sit nicely in your hand. much thoughtfulness.ing in the UHF/VHF bands aging we noticed right away The material used is of high The receiver itself meas-(for example DVB-T in Eu- that we were in for quite a quality, so that it doesn’t ures 300x231x64 mm andrope) allows reception of treat. Everything smacked only look nice, but has a re- weighs some 1.8 kg. If itchannels from closer to of high quality and attention ally nice feel to it too. Added were a young woman wehome. Many of those local to detail, and the pleasant to that is a user-friendly ar- could easily say it would bechannels cannot be offered surprises just kept rolling rangement of buttons, all of fit for the world’s catwalks.via satellite due to costs or on: We discovered a manual which are clearly labelled The core of the box is a 400licencing restraints, but are boasting excellent design, and have a convenient pres- MHz CPU with 1024 Mbitsnonetheless part of what easy-to-understand text and sure point. We found that DDR SDRAM. The front panelviewers watch every day. various different languages. all buttons we needed were is made of a stylish reflecting So why not launch a set- It came with a warranty card positioned right where we material and features a totaltop box that is able to re- that had the receiver’s cor- would have expected them of five buttons for operatingceive and process DVB-S/ rect serial number already so that you’ll be best friends the receiver without the helpS2 signals just as well as printed on it, so that cus- with the remote control in a of a remote control (on/off,DVB-T channels? As we are tomers can easily register matter of minutes. channel up/down, volumewitnessing different types the product online with the The manufacturer’s atten- up/down). Hidden behind aof media converge, why not manufacturer. tion to detail shows in many flap we found the integrateddo the same for satellite and But let’s get to the heart ways, one of which is a strap Conax card reader (henceterrestrial television? of the matter and look at on the remote that makes the CX in the model designa- Hardware engineers at the receiver itself and the sure the cover of the bat- tion) as well as a CI slot for 04-05/2012 AMIKO STHD-8820 CICXE PVR Perfect Box to Receive all Available HDTV Programmes www.TELE-satellite.com/ TELE-satellite-1205/eng/amiko.pdf 0.5446 TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine — 04-05/2012 — www.TELE-satellite.com
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  31. 31. 11 all standard common access impressed with the level of modules. All this makes the workmanship and the range new AMIKO receiver a rea- of features offered by the sonable choice for pay TV AMIKO receiver. reception as well. The front After we had connect- panel characteristics are ed the AMIKO STHD-8820 rounded off by a USB inter- CICXE PVR to our satellite face which can be used to antenna, a DVB-T antenna, attach a USB memory stick, our router and a TV display for example, to watch photos our fingers were itching to or listen to music with the flip that mains switch and let help of the receiver. Thanks the receiver prove its worth.12 to USB connectivity on the One of the first elements front panel there is no need catching our attention was any longer to fiddle around the beautiful and perfectly in the back whenever you readable VFD display in the want to present your holiday middle of the front panel. photos on the TV screen. It permanently displays the Speaking of the back pan- current time in the left sec- el: It will please most users tion, while the right section no end, since it sports all of the display provides sta- required connection options tus information or shows and some more, all neatly the name of the currently arranged and demonstrat- selected channel. A num- ing what makes a top-notch ber of small icons light up set-top box these days. Ob- to indicate the reception13 viously, there is an antenna mode (DVB-S/S2 or DVB- input for each tuner as well T) or a storage medium at- as loop-through output, fol- tached to the USB interface, lowed by an HDMI output for among other things. While connecting the receiver to these icons are too small to the TV panel, a USB 2.0 in- be recognisable from a dis- terface for an external stor- tance, we nonetheless found age medium to make full use them to be a useful addition of the box’s PVR features, to the brilliant VFD display. an RS-232 interface, a total AMIKO has decided to of three RCA jacks for ste- do without an installation reo audio and CVBS video, wizard, which means the one optical and one digital first piece of information audio output, an RJ45 Eth- your TV screen will show14 ernet socket, a mechanical is ‘No Channel’. No need to mains switch and last but by worry, though, as now is a no means least a switchable good moment to tap into 0/12V output – a specifica- the main menu. It sports a tion that is hard to come by user-friendly design and is and will be appreciated all based on a logical structure: the more by satellite DXers. All main menu items are Altogether, we were highly neatly arranged in the left 1. The Auto Install assistant automatically determines the existing DiSEqC configuration 2. Menu items for channel list editing 3. System preferences 4. Both an integrated CA slot and a CI slot are available15 5. The AMIKO STHD-8820 CICXE PVR is Internet-ready thanks to its RJ45 socket 6. Channel search on EUROBIRD 9° East 7. SCR option 8. Useful azimuth/elevation calculator 9. Info bar 10. Extended EPG information 11. The channel list can come with one, two or three columns depending on a user’s preferences 12. The channel list can be restricted to certain CA systems, if required 13. The channel list can be restricted to favourites only 14. Current schedule for five channels 15. Complete EPG data for five channels www.TELE-satellite.com — 04-05/2012 — TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine 49

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