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.

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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22 Replies to “Ferguson Ariva 4K Android STBs Come with Digital TV Tuners, a Pay TV Card Reader, and a SATA Bay”

  1. @theguyuk
    I’m a little confused by this too, and it might actually be a mistake.
    WeTek had been delaying the Amlogic S905 STB due to a bug with 4K HEVC DVB videos, that was eventually fixed with Amlogic S905 Rev. C. So if the specs are correct, Ferguson is selling DVB box with Rev. B that’s known to be buggy (artifacts) with 4K H.265 DVB streams. That’d be really odd. I’ll ask them.

  2. @anotherone
    I finally got an answer:
    * S905-B (Include only Dolby)
    * S905-H (Include Dolby and DTS)
    * S905 (Plain, no Dolby, no DTS)

    B and H are “versions”, and there are also “revisions” not shown on the chip. Since Rev C has been outed many months ago, I’m pretty confident the problem with 4K DVB stream is fixed on all new devices.

  3. @The Cageybee
    Not that I am aware of. If you want one for recording while watching another, you may have to wait for Amlogic S905D boxes.

    They are some DVB sticks for Android, but mostly made for smartphones and relying on a custom app -> http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/05/26/geniatech-pt115m-and-pt115e-usb-dvb-t-sticks-let-you-watch-digital-tv-on-tablets-and-mini-pcs/

    If you install openELEC/LibreELEC, you’ll have more choices for USB DTV sticks.

  4. @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?

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