Ferguson Ariva 4K Android STBs Come with Digital TV Tuners, a Pay TV Card Reader, and a SATA Bay

We already have a choice of Android TV boxes with digital TV tuners (DVB-T2, DVB-S2, ATSC…) with devices like K1 Plus T2 S2, U4 Quad Hybrid, and Wetek Play 2, but Ferguson, a company based in Poland, has two other options based on Amlogic S905 processors with their Ariva 4K and Ariva 4K Combo with one or two tuners, a Pay TV card reader which is not available on competitors’ models, and 2.5″ HDD bay in the bottom of the case implemented via a USB 2.0 to SATA bridge.

ferguson-ariva-4kAriva 4K & 4K Combo specifications:

  • SoC –  Amlogic S905-B quad core ARM Cortex-A53 @ up to 1.5 GHz with Mali-450MP GPU

    RCU660 Universal RCU - Click to Enlarge
    RCU660 Universal RCU – Click to Enlarge

  • System Memory – 1 GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8 GB eMMC flash + slot for HDD mounting (on the bottom) + micro SD card slot
  • Video Output – HDMI 2.0 up to 4K @ 60Hz and AV port
  • Audio – HDMI, AV, and optical S/PDIF
  • Audio Decode – Dolby Digital/Digital Plus, MPEG, OGG, OGA, FLAC, ALAC, Ape, M4A, RM, MPEG-1 Layer1/2, MPEG-2 Layer II (DTS pass-through)
  • Tuners
    • Ariva 4K – DVB-S/S2 tuner & demodulator via LNG IN F-Female connector
    • Ariva 4K Combo –  DVB-S/S2 tuner & demodulator via LNG IN F-Female connector + DVB-T/T2/C tuner & demodulator via ANT IN IEC-Female connector
    • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1 and DiSEqC 1.2, USALS (Universal Satellites Automatic Location System) support
    • Card reader for pay-per-view television / conditional access (CAS)
    • PVR functions – Record, time-shifting with support for FAT32 and NTFS file systems
  • Connectivity – 10/100M Ethernet, dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • USB – 3x USB 2.0 host ports
  • Misc – IR receiver, recovery pin hole, power button, and front panel LCD display
  • Power Supply –  12V/2.0A (24W); >0.5W in standby mode
  • Dimensions – 258 x 158 x 43 mm
  • Weight – 800 grams

The device runs Android 5.1, and ships with RCU660 universal IR remote control, and an instruction manual available in English, German, Polish, and Spain.

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Ariva 4K Combo – Click to Enlarge

Usually, I don’t even look at the user manual since it’s normally useless, but Ferguson put a lot of efforts and details in their 42 pages manual, so it might be useful. If you can read Polish there’s also a Wiki. They also have a YouTube account explaining how to configure their devices, for example using USALS when you have a motorized satellite dish that can handle multiple satellite as shown below.

Ferguson Ariva 4K Android TV boxes can be bought on Satshop.tv for 179 Euros, and 189 Euros for the Combo version including VAT. You’ll also find some more details on Ferguson website.

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theguyuk
theguyuk
3 years ago

@CNX

I notice this is listed as s905-B, what is the difference to a s905 ?

Cheers.

anotherone
anotherone
3 years ago

thank you nice information.
The kii pro what revision have?

xxx
xxx
3 years ago

where to find proper video to check if ferguson have hevc bug?

xxx
xxx
3 years ago

where to find proper video to check if ferguson have dvb bug?

Paul Taraneh
3 years ago

Another S905 box, geez

theguyuk
theguyuk
3 years ago


Thank you for the informative quick reply.

The Cageybee
The Cageybee
3 years ago

A bit pricey. Are there any Android boxes with dual DVB-T2 tuners?

Markocc
Markocc
3 years ago

Ha-ha see usb port number 3

xxx
xxx
3 years ago

i have this box with me.

anotherone
anotherone
3 years ago

Are there any “cheap/good” dvb-t2 usb sticks for android boxes without tuner?

xxx
xxx
3 years ago

Ferguson links do not works,any idea how to find user guide?

Harley
Harley
3 years ago

Too bad there are still no TV tuner software for Android that supports acting like a proper PVR backend server service/deamon for Kodi’s PVR API.

See: http://kodi.wiki/view/PVR and http://kodi.wiki/view/PVR_backend

This means that there is still no possible to watch Live TV inside Kodi (XBMC) using the integrated TV tuner when running Android OS.

theguyuk
theguyuk
3 years ago

@Harley
I have tried recording a video stream in Kodi while watching it and that works, addon saved it as a flv file. The add-on has to support record.

As a sideline, on a Remix mini 2GB, I can watch, BBC iPlayer in a scale able browser window while using another browser window to surfer the net.

So I suspect either no Android interest in PVR or Android gets in the way, lack of driver support maybe?

Tweety
Tweety
3 years ago

@Harley
For this particular Ariva 4K Combo there is a nice try to bulid full funcional LibreELEC. When community will handel LNB drivers it would be all about bug fix “only”. More info here: http://forum.satkurier.pl/topic/16565-ferguson-ariva-4kariva-4k-combo/page-18#entry1190307

skydiva
skydiva
3 years ago

Next shitty box from ferguson, very poor support for their devices.

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