Vu+ Duo2, Solo2 and Solo SE are high-end Linux based DVB receivers powered by Broadcom processors made by Ceru, and with a relatively active community of users and developers. All three models have recently received support for XBMC in their “Black Hole” firmware. Solo SE is the most recent model having been released in 2014, against Duo2 and Solo2 that have been selling since 2012 according to Wikipedia. Since I’ve never heard about these, I’ll check out Duo2, as it comes with the most features out of the three.
- SoC – Broadcom BCM7424 dual core MIPS processor @ 1.3 GHz with VideoCore IV GPU
- System Memory – 2GB RAM
- Storage – 1 GB NAND flash + SATA III interface for 2.5″ and 3.5″ HDD (internal) + eSATA +
- Video Output – HDMI, SCART, Composite, and Component (YPbPr)
- Audio Output – HDMI, stereo audio, and optical S/PDIF
- Tuners – 2x S2/C/T2 (Up to 4 tuners supported)
- Front Panel Displays – 3.2″ TFT LCD (262,000 color / 16-bit) + VFD display
- Connectivity – Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi up to 300 Mbps
- USB – 3x USB 2.0 ports
- Misc – IR receiver, 2x Smart card slots, RS232 port,
- Power – 12V/1.5A
The box also supports 3DTV, PiP, on-the-fly video transcoding for mobile devices, up to 16 channels recording via four tuners, and is compliant with HbbTV providing access to TV guides, catch-up services, web video, VOD, or portable services. The Linux distributions used in Vu+ products is based on Enigma2, and it also supports OpenPLI, an open source software for set-top boxes based on Enigma2.
Vu+ Duo2 sells for 349 Euros on Satshop.TV or 399.99 GBP on Amazon UK. The other two Vu+ set-top boxes supporting XBMC/Kodi cost a bit less, as Vu+ Solo2 goes for 299 Euros, and the new Vu+ Solo SE (Second Edition) for 220 Euros. More details can be found on VuPlus website.
Thanks to Harley for the tip.
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