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Zidoo D1 Android DVB-T2 Set-top Box is Powered by ALI M3733 SoC

April 27th, 2015 3 comments

We’ve already seen Android set-top boxes powered by ALi M3733 dual core Cortex A9 processor with either DVB-T2 or DVB-S2 tuners. Zidoo, the maker of Zidoo X9 Android HDMI player and recorder, have unveiled a new model based on ALi processor dubbed Zidoo D1 that will come with a DVB-T2 tuner, and they’ve also released a video giving a better glimpse of the user interface used in ALi M3733 media players.

Zidoo_D1The hardware specs are very similar to Uyesee L100T2:

  • SoC – ALi M3733 dual core Cortex A9 processor with a dual core Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 512 MB or 1GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4 or 8 GB NAND flash
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4 up to 1080p + 3.5mm AV jack
  • Tuner
    • DVB-T and DVB-T2 with male and female IEC 169-24 connectors for loop and output.
    • Frequency – 104-862MHz (VHF/UHF)
    • Demodulation – QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM for DVB-T; QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256AM for DVB-T2
    • FFT mode – 2K,8K for DVB-T;  1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32K, 32K ext. for DVB-T2
    • FEC Code rate – 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 for DVB-T; 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6 for DVB-T2
    • Guard interval – 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32 for DVB-T;  14, 5/32, 1/8, 5/64, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128 for DVB-T2
    • Bandwidth – 6MHz, 7MHz, 8MHz
    • De-multiplexer – MPEG2 ISO/IEC 13818-1
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports including one OTG port
  • Misc – IR receiver, recovery button, On/Off switch
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 18.2 x 12 x 1.7 cm

Zidoo_D1_Ali_M3733_Set-top_boxEven the tuner part is exactly the same, and the main difference with Uyesee DVVB-T2 receiver is that they are using a 3.5 mm jack with composite and stereo audio instead of RCA connectors.

The video above shows the user interface, and the DVB part starts at 1:27, where you can see support for scanning, EPG, and other functions associated with free-to-air TV, except recording and time-shifting, which hopefully will be implemented later. I’ve been told the 512MB RAM version won’t be able to record TV channels, and you’ll need the 1GB RAM version to do so.

I don’t have pricing and availability information for Zidoo D1, but the first Uyesee L100T2 samples should be available right now, and sell for $45 + shipping, so you may be able to purchase them online for about $60 including shipping in a few weeks. Zidoo D1 is likely to be slightly more expensive, as Zidoo generally puts lots of efforts on the software side, and releases firmware often, at least it’s my experience with Zidoo X9. More pictures can be found on Zidoo D1 product page.

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Mygica ATV586 Amlogic S805 Android TV Box Comes with DVB-T2 or ATSC Tuner

April 9th, 2015 5 comments

One of the first quad core Android DVB-T2 receiver was VideoStrong K1 that now sells for $80 on Aliexpress, but there’s now some competition from Geniatech, with the same Amlogic S805 processor, thanks to Mygica ATV586 Android TV box featuring either a DVB-T2 or ATSC tuner.
ATV586_DVB-T2_Media-player
ATV586 Specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S805 quad core ARM Cortex A5 @ 1.5GHz with quad core Mali-450MP GPU
  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 4 GB NAND flash + micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Video & Audio Output – HDMI 1.4
  • Video Codec – H.265, H.264 etc.. up to 1080p60
  • Tuner
    • DVB-T & DVB-T2 standard with single input terminal (75 Ohm); Frequency – 48.25 – 863.25 MHz; Bandwidth: 6, 7 or 8 MHz
    • ATSC also supported (with a different tuner)
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 ports
  • Misc – IR sensor
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 210 x 171 x 35 mm
  • Weight – 160 grams

DVB-T2_Android_Media_Player

The box runs Android 4.4.2 (Kitkat) with various pre-installed apps like Kodi 14.1, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and more. The DVB-T2 function is allegedly supported directly within Kodi, which might be an advantage against competing solutions, and the system can also stream digital TV from the box to your smartphone or tablet. Other features include OTA firmware update, EPG and TV recording to an external hard drive.

The box should be available by the end of the month for $139 (MSRP), which is quite a mark-up compared to Videostrong K1 price, but hopefully actual retail price will be a bit lower, and software may justify the price. Mygica ATV586 must be based on Geniatech ATV586, but with some modifications like the addition of an external Wi-Fi antenna, which replaces optical S/PDIF on the Geniatech device.

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ALi M3733 Dual Core Processor Finds its Way into DVB-T2 & DVB-S2 Android and Linux Set-top Boxes

April 9th, 2015 8 comments

Ten years ago, I remember ALi was in big player in DVD players, but I had not much heard about them since then. Thanks to a ARMdevices.net I found out they are still around, and their latest Ali M3733 dual core ARM Cortex A9 processor will soon be found in DVB set-top boxes like Uyesee L100T2 with a DVB-T2 tuner, or EKT DSD7045 DVB-S2 hybrid set-top box. The former is running Android 4.4, but the latter is likely based on Linux since it only has 512MB NAND flash.

Ali_M3733_Android_Set-top-box

Uyesee L100T2

The EKT receiver runs SolidTV middleware with HbbTV, conditional access, and more features, and it does look like an interesting product, but I’ll focus on the Uyesse for this post:

  • SoC – ALi M3733 dual core Cortex A9 processor with a dual core Mali-400 GPU
  • System Memory – 512 MB DDR3 (Option: 1GB)
  • Storage – 4GB NAND flash (Options: 8 to 32GB)
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4a up to 1080p + composite video ouput
  • Audio Output – HDMI + audio port
  • Tuner
    • DVB-T and DVB-T2 with male and female IEC 169-24 connectors for loop and output.
    • Frequency – 104-862MHz(VHF/UHF)
    • Demodulation – QPSK,16QAM,64QAM for DVB-T; QPSK,16QAM,64QAM,256AM for DVB-T2
    • FFT mode – 2K,8K for DVB-T;  1K,2K,4K,8K,16K,32K,32K ext for DVB-T2
    • FEC Code rate – 1/2,2/3,3/4,5/6,7/8 for DVB-T; 1/2,3/5,2/3,3/4,4/5,5/6 for DVB-T2
    • Guard interval – 1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32 for DVB-T;  14,5/32,1/8,5/64,1/16,1/32,1/64,1/128 for DVB-T2
    • Bandwidth – 6MHz,7MHz,8MHz
    • De-multiplexer – MPEG2 ISO/IEC 13818-1
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports including one OTG port
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
EKT DSD7045 Satellite Receiver

EKT DSD7045 Satellite Receiver

The box runs Android 4.4.4 with a customized version of XBMC/Kodi with “dolby dts hardware decoding”. Uyesee box specifications do not have any codec listed, but I found some details on the EKT device:

  • Single 720p Hardware transcoding MPEG-4 Part 10 AVC HD/ H.264 HP@L4, MP@ L3
  • HEVC, h.265 software decoding @720p
  • Backwards compatible with MPEG-2 MP@ML

I’m assuming the 720p limitation is only for transcoding and H.265, and that common codec like H.264 / MPEG-4, MPEG-2 can all be decoded in Full HD. There’s no M3773 on ALi products page, so it’s difficult to confirm this information right now. DVB-T2 recording is only working with the 1GB version, so once this type of devices become available make sure you don’t get a model with only 512MB, unless you don’t care about recording and time-shifting. The receiver will come with a remote control, an HDMI cable, a power adapter, and user’s manual by default, with optional 2.4GHz air mouse or wireless mouse and keyboard combo.

You can find out a bit more about L100T2 and its user interface in the video below.

The video might have been recorded a few weeks ago, and M3773 devices should be available very soon. Uyesee will showcase their L100T2 box and other products at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair on April 13-16, 2015.

[Update: Reference price is $45, and pre-production sample will be available by the end of April]

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Giveaway Week – HD18T DVB-T2 Android Set-top Box

March 14th, 2015 116 comments

HD18T is an Android media player powered by Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 processor and featuring a DVB-T2 tuner, and that’s the device I’m giving away to a lucky commenter today.

Shenzhen Tomato DVB-T2 Box (Click to Enlarge)

Shenzhen Tomato DVB-T2 Box (Click to Enlarge)

Since the processor has been around for a while, I haven’t done a full review, but instead I focused on the DVB-T2 part. The results were mixed, as while I could scan and watch SD and HD TV channels fine, the videos recorded did not get any audio, possibly because I switched channels during recording, but that’s strange since the video was recorded just fine. However, some people based in Singapore mentioned that while DVB-T works, DVB-T2 does not work with this device, so your mileage may vary.

DVB-T2 Android STB and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

DVB-T2 Android STB and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

All accessories above are included in the giveaway except the EU to US plug adapter  on the top right. You can find more pictures and full specs in the unboxing post.

Simply leave a comment below to enter the draw, with other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • Free EMS for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • $19 Registered Airmail Small packet for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 18th of March
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this week giveaway, I’ll draw another person.
  • Winners are announced in comments under each giveaway, and I’ll also write a separate post for all winners.

Good luck!

HD18T Android DVB-T2 receiver currently sells for $73.99 on DealExtreme, and just under $70 on Aliexpress.

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Giveaway Week – VidOn.me AV200 Android Media Player

March 13th, 2015 164 comments

After Vidon Box giveaway earlier this week, it’s time for another Vidon.me box with AV200 powered by Allwinner A31 qaud core Cortex A7 processor coupled with 2GB RAM and 8GB eMMC, and a metallic body.

VidoOn.me_AV200In Vidon.me V200 review, I concluded the box had pretty good video decoding capabilities in XBMC, as well as fast Wi-Fi, but the box still suffered from a few stability issues, and since the device was phased out, quite unlikely to get further firmware updates.

AV200 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

AV200 and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

All accessories shown above are included except the HDMI cable. You can check out more pictures here.

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below.

Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org
  • I’ll contact the winner by email right after the draw, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • Free EMS for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • $26 Registered Airmail Small packet for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 18th of March
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this week giveaway, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

VidOn.me AV200 is not available for purchase anymore.

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DV7810-T2 is a Quad Core DVB-T2 Android Receiver with a CA Slot, Conax and Novel-SuperTV Support

March 12th, 2015 15 comments

There are a few Android TV boxes on the market with digital tuners (DVB-T2, DVB-S2, ATSC..), such as WeTek Play or VideoStrong K1, but unless you install some “special” app like OSCAM, you’ll only be able to watch Free-to-air channels. Shenzhen SDMC Technology DV7810-T2 Android set-top box adds a conditional access smartcard slot to work with the built-in DVB-T2 tuner.

DV7810-T2_BoxDV7810-T2 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core Cortex A9 processor @ 2.0GHz with an octa core Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3 (1GB optional)
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash (Options: 4, 16 or 32GB), SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b, AV
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (dual band optional) with external antenna, and Bluetooth 4.0
  • Tuner – DVB-T / DVB-T2 Tuner (MXL608+AVL6762) with RF In and Out
  • Conditional Access – CA smartcard slot. Supports Conax and Novel-SuperTV solutions.
  • DRM – Verimatrix, Playready, Widevine
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, power LED, LED display on front panel. 3.5 mm IR jack
  • Power – 12V/1A; 6W typical power consumption
  • Dimensions – 170 x 125 x 27 mm (Plastic + aluminum casing)
  • Weight – 326 grams

Amlogic_S812_DVB_ConnectorsThe box comes with a remote control, a user’s manual, a power adapter, and AV and HDMI cables by default. This set-top box is running Android 4.4, and is said to support Beenius and HbbTV middleware, but I’ve been told the European standard HbbTV has not been implemented in the box yet.  Seven days EPG, USB PVR, Timeshifting, program playback, and “timing playing” are other features supported by the system.

Android_DVB-T2_Conditional_Access_Slot

SD Card, USB ports, and CA Slot

This box is probably not suited for selling directly to individuals, as I assume some sort of conditional access integration with content providers is required (TBC), but the company lists its Android set-top box on Alibaba, and on its own website.

Thanks to CSylvain for the tip.

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Beelink i one (i826) / Ubox i828 Quad Core Amlogic Media Player & Recorder with HDMI Input

March 9th, 2015 12 comments

There are very few Android TV boxes capable of recording video over HDMI. One of them is Zidoo X9 which works pretty well as long as you use the built-in apps, but playing 4K and/or H.265 with Kodi is a disaster, and despite Mstar MS09810 being a quad core Cortex A9 processor, the actual performance barely better than Amlogic AML8726-MX dual core Cortex A9 processor due to the poor memory bandwidth. But now, if you’d like a system with HDMI PVR function, but better performance and good Kodi support, Beelink i one (i826) could be an option with its Amlogic S812 processor and HDMI input support. There’s also a similar looking UBox i828 featuring Amlogic S802 processor which lacks H.265 support.

i_one_boxi one / Ubox i828 specifications:

  • SoC
    • i one – Amlogic S812 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 at 2.0GHz with ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU
    • Ubox i828 – Amlogic S802 quad core ARM Cortex A9r4 at 2.0GHz with ARM Mali-450MP6 GPU
  • System Memory – 2G DDR3
  • Storage
    • i one – 16 GB eMMC Flash + SD card slot up to 32GB
    • Ubox i828 – 8GB eMMC flash + SD card slot up to 32gb
  • Video I/O
    • Output – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K2K @ 30 Hz
    • Input – HDMI up to 1080p to switch between inputs and recording.
  • Audio I/O – HDMI ports, and optical S/PDIF
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB – 2x USB 2.0 host ports + 1x micro USB OTG
  • Misc – IR Sensor, Power LED, power button, and recovery/update switch (via hole)
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – 11.9 x 11.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Weight – 208 grams

Beside the media player, the package includes an HDMI cable, an OTG cable, a power adapter, and a remote control. Both devices run Android 4.4.2 pre-loaded with XBMC / Kodi, “original ecology and AZW custom UI” whatever that means. I guess the first means stock Android home screen, and the later is another launcher.  I could not find screenshots of the user interface.

i_one_box_HDMI_recordingi one (i826) can be found on GearBest for $110.69, but I’ve been given BI826GB coupon lowering the cost to $99, while Ubox i828 can be purchased for $102 on GeekBuying. Please note that both companies use the same marketing material, so provided they did not make mistakes in the specifications, both products should be based on the same Beelink hardware platform, with Amlogic S812 and 16 GB eMMC in i one, replaced by Amlogic S802 and 8GB eMMC in Ubox i828. Both devices appear to be better value than Zidoo X9 ($116 or more), but we’ll have to see how well PVR and timeshifting functions work [Update: Finally, PVR is not working yet]. I’m sure some of you will ask about HDCP, but I don’t know yet, and I’ll try to find out. [Update 2: GearBest told me HDCP is working on the HDMI input port]

Via AndroidPC.es

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M9 Android TV Box Based on Amlogic S812 Sells for $63 (Promo)

February 16th, 2015 10 comments

M9 (aka E8 Plus) is yet another Android media player powered by Amlogic S812 with 2GB RAM and 8GB flash, but it’s currently selling for $62.71 including shipping on Aliexpress from a seller with positive feedback. The offer is valid for 17 hours more.
M9_TV_BoxM9 specifications:

  • SoC – Amlogic S812 quad core cortex A9r4 @ 2 GHz with octa-core Mali-450MP6 GPU @ 600+ MHz
  • System Memory – 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB NAND flash + SD card socket
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Video Output – HDMI 1.4b up to 4K2K @ 30 Hz, AV port
  • Audio Output – HDMI, AV, optical S/PDIF
  • Video Codecs – 4k2k H.264, H.265 UHD, HD MPEG1/2/4, AVC/VC-1, RM/RMVB, Xvid/DivX3/4/5/6, RealVideo8/9/10,
  • Audio Formats/Codecs – MP3, WMA, WAV, OGG, FLAC, APE, AC3, AAC etc… Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD pass-through
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – Power button and LED, IR receiver
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A
  • Dimensions – N/A
  • Weight – N/A

M9_Rear_Panel
The device runs Android 4.4, and ships with an HDMI cable, an IR remote control, a power supply, and a user’s manual in English.

I’ve checked some other shops, and the $63 price tag seems to be a pretty good deal, compared to $90 on Ebay, and about $80 with other Aliexpress sellers.

Thanks to Gabe for the tip.

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