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.
- 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
- 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
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.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.