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From the makers of the Magic Module, see this article Tweakers.Net

This box would appear to be the Hobbyists dream.

IN Dutch.
Dream Multimedia heeft een satellietontvanger ontwikkeld die op Linux draait. Het kleine kastje, genaamd DreamBox, is niet alleen geschikt voor satellietontvangst maar kan ook gewoon op de kabel worden aangesloten. Je kan er, naast TV kijken, nog een hoop andere dingen mee doen: er zit een 100Mbit Ethernet interface, een USB aansluiting en een Compact Flash card slot in. De Dreambox draait op een 250 MHz IBM PowerPC processor en kan maximaal 256MB aan RAM bevatten. Met de geïntegreerde IDE controller kun je er zelf nog een 3,5" harddisk inzetten. Er zullen twee varianten van de DreamBox op de markt verschijnen: de DreamBox 7000 zal 499 euro gaan kosten en aan het eind van dit jaar verkrijgbaar zijn, van de low-budget versie, de DreamBox 5000, zijn nog geen nadere gegevens bekend.
If any of our Low Countries Members would be kind enough to translate, I'd be obliged, as I found it difficult to find an online translator.

The box would appear to be an open source Linux unit, with fast processor and the ability once programmed to act as an All/Freecam, plus the ability to add a standard hard disk. It has an ethernet and serial port, so should be capable of control and easy programming via computer. I would be interested to find out whether the ethernet port would facilitate network video, got to say that would be very impressive.
 

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Heres my translation attempt:

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:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: LOL, that made as much sense as my ex-wife s*t*a*r*m*a*n.

But i think you can probably get the gist that this thing has bundles of potential.
 

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thanks for the insult rolfw :)
but the box would seem to be coming out in 2 versions. the cheaper version may not have a hard drive but i am probably wrong :p its a nice colour though. some of the forum replies mention divx player. it seems to be a cross between a pc and a satellite receiver. i think :D
 

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Yep, I think that's right, if you imagine the benefits of one of the DVBs cards in a computer and then turn it around so that the DVB card has all of the facilities, you've got the Dreambox. If it will fulfill promises.......well who knows.
 

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I cannot think of any great benifits actually of having my satellite receiver card in my pc. lets hope the dreambox is not as buggy as the drivers for my card are. If i could go back in time i would have just bought a humax receiver me thinks O-Ha
 

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I totally agree, my PentaVision and CI interface is sat in a box, totally unused..........But to have the flexibility of a freecam but with easy computer access and more, its got to be good.
 

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Those automated translation tools are ok but you still can't beat a good old-fashioned human brain...

"Dream multimedia has developed a satellite receiver which runs on Linux. The small box, named DreamBox, is not only suitable for satellite reception but can also be connected to cable. You can do more with it than just watch TV: it has a 100Mbit Ethernet interface, a USB port, and a CompactFlash card slot. The DreamBox runs with a 250Mhz IBM PowerPC processor and can contain a maximum of 256MB RAM. With its integrated IDE controller you can even install a 3.5" harddisk. There will be two variants of the Dreambox marketed: de Dreambox 7000 will cost €499 and be available end of the year; but there are no further details known yet of the low-budget Dreambox 5000."

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Sounds like something I'd like to own 2old.

This seems to be the spec that is doing the rounds, originally posted by Aussie.

- Embedded Magic Cam
- 250 MHz IBM PowerPC Processor (350 Mips)
- Linux open source (most parts under the terms of GPL, accordingly expandable)
- Supports Linux Standard API (Direct-FB, Linux-FB, LIRC, ...)
- DVB Common-Interface Slot
- 2 x Smartcard-Reader
- Integrated Compact Flash Interface Slot
- MPEG2 Hardware decoding (fully DVB compliant)
- Support for MPEG4 decoding
- Common available NIMs (DVB-S, DVB-T, DVB-C)
- 100 MBit full duplex Ethernet Interface
- USB Port Keyboard, Pointing Devices, WebCams and other devices
- V.24/RS232 Interface
- Big-size LCD-Display
- Up to 256 MByte of RAM
- integrated IDE UDMA66 Master/Slave Interface
- Support for internal HDD in any capacity
- unlimited channel lists for TV/Radio
- channel-change time < 1 second
- full automatic service scan
- supports directly 6 bouquet-lists (indirect unlimited)
- supports EPG (electronic program guide)
- supports videotext (insertion)
- various applications such Web-Browser or Mail-clients
- supports multiple LNB-Switching control (supports DiSEqC)
- fully adaptable OSD in many languages (skin-support)
- SPDI/F Interface for digital bit stream out (AC-3 / DTS)
- 2 x Scart-interfaces (fully controlled by software)
- MINI-DIN connector for external IR (send/receive) and I2C for
extern Rotor devices
- intern send/receive IR (Vidoerecorder)
 

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Originally posted by rolfw
Here's a link to some . menu screenshots
I got to get one of those machines. The 5000 version, is there any information on what it will miss? I have seen many speculations, telling it won't have a harddrive, can anyone confirm this?
 

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I think that the release is only a couple of weeks away, I believe also that the cheaper model won't have a hard drive, but can be easily upgraded with one. What really appeals to me is the ethernet connection, the prospect of havine the sat receiver as part of my home network is quite exciting (well in an anorak kind of way) :)
 

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Found this on the DreamBox forum (http://www.dream-multimedia-tv.de/board/viewtopic.php?t=177)

die 5600er ist weiter abgespeckt:
nur ein 4 stelliges numerisches Display
kein usb
kein ethernet
kein IDE
kein CF-Reader
aber auch 350Mips PPC
2 x CI, 1 X SC-Reader
This translated to english, for all people that doesn't understand german:

The specs for 5600 :

-only 4 digit number display
-no USB
-no ethernet
-no IDE
-noCompactFlash reader
-350 MIPS PPC (as the DB 7000)
-2x Common Interfaces
-1x Smart Card -reader

Here you can preorder DB7000 for 499euro:
http://www.satego.com/index.php4?cat=shop&subcat=dreambox

they also list DB5600 for 399euro
 

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Well I would guess that it would be the higher spec model for me, if there is ethernet or USB, then at least you can record onto your PCs hard drive, add that to a DVD writer and you've your own movie industry ;)
 

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Originally posted by rolfw
Well I would guess that it would be the higher spec model for me, if there is ethernet or USB, then at least you can record onto your PCs hard drive, add that to a DVD writer and you've your own movie industry ;)
I think USB on the DB is great because of the option to use a usb keyboard and then by ethernet access internet to browse on the internet. I really hope they will include a webbrowser in the DreamBox
 

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See HERE Dave, not released yet as far as I know, but must be soon.
 

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Originally posted by rolfw
See HERE Dave, not released yet as far as I know, but must be soon.
Well, officially it is not released but a few people around germany has recieved dreamboxes with a final firmware.
 

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Ive read somwhere that it could(or should) be setup (altered) to
decrypt incoming signals before they reached the reciever, or at least theres a chance of doing so. If so Murdocks farged.
Even not so ? if its compatable with my infa-red network
(setup for the kids pc to pc ) it will still do the trick. As for Hd model, £200 difference Just think of the amount of blank DVDs and large Hdisk you could buy for that. Dave.
 

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Agree with you on the hard disk Dave, if it has a viable ethernet capability, then just pop two 80gb hard disks into one of the network PCs.

Re: your other point, I've heard this idea before, but with my limited knowledge of how the whole process works, I can't see that the predecryptrion would be possible. All of the data from the different channels on a single frequency are first encrypted, they are then multiplexed and Modulated for transmission. At the other end they are demodulated, demultiplexed and finally decrypted, but I can't see a way that they could be decrypted prior to de multiplexing and certainly not prior to demodulation.
 

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New set of pictures, including internal and rear panel HERE

 
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