I asked some questions to Kathrein about this very promising receiver, had bad answers:
1. on the control signal specs you report just DiSEqC 1.0, no 1.2 or 1.3 (usals): so, how to move a motorised dish with the receiver? The receiver only supports DiSEqC 1.0 without motor control
2. it's evident that the absolute news of the receiver is the Linux based system and the Ethetnet port: is the LAN completely open or does it have some limits, as if to watch (and record) hdtv broadcasting (hdcp protected) on a remote connected PC? This option is not availiable the Ethernet port can not be used in the moment
3. the UFS910 is not PVR or PVR ready: are you planning a PVR model? and eventually, when will it be available? The UFS 910 is temporaly not PVR ready
so, it seems a no use receiver at the moment...:mad:
Well, what can I say? The Kathrein page you provided a link for still specifies 1.0 and no ethernet... I would double check before ordering anything as others in this thread have some kind of confirmation on the lack of features.
Let's hope that reseller is right and that the manufacturer Kathrein have just been lazy updating their spec pages.
I called Kathrein in Germany and asked if there is support for USALS and networking.
There is built-in 10/100Mbps ethernet controller but the receiver only supports Diseqc 1.0 at the beginning but they are working on adding USALS support but could not give any timeframe when it would be added.
Triple Dragon, Dreambox 8000, Echostar AD3000ip, TBS6522,6925,6983 PCie cards. Gibertini 1.25m motorised dish driven by the AD3000, with either Inverto BU Quad or Norsat / XMW Ka LNBs . SMW 1.05m + 3 other dishes. Speccy: Promax HD Ranger+
Well at least it's going to have Unicable software for working several STB's from the same (Unicable) LNB. Seems to be putting the cart before the horse though in providing that before allowing the other Diseqc protocols too.
I'm happy such a receiver is available on the market, it has huge potential, I'm not a "Kathrein enemy"...
I'm just reportin' what I read
in areadvd they talk about USB and ethernet port as a mystery: 3 USB ports actually good only for software upgrade and for multimedia applications actually not known, the ethernet actually has no use at all, as directly from Kathrein they confirmed to me: "this option is not availiable, the Ethernet port can not be used in the moment"
USB could be pretty much use if an external hdd could be connected
we all know what an active ethernet port could be for on a Linux based receiver
all these connections can be developed, so as DiSEqC, but they arent't at the moment
I agree most of the hdtv receivers have a slow channel change, but I never heard about "2 seconds and a half" to switch sd channels, "3 seconds and a half" to switch hd channels...: they can correct it too, but I guess they need time...
and it's a shame because, according to areadvd report, the image quality is superb, much better than any other hdtv receiver actually available
btw. I'm standing by, watching if they can develop the receiver: if they do, it'll be mine...
I've been reading several threads on different boards, and i find that its taking too long for the manufaturers to deliver really good receivers. There are too few HD receivers available, granted that there aren't that many HD channels to begin with...
But we europeans are moving much too slow. If i were to buy a receiver today i would have only 3 choices, Pace, Topfield or Humax and they all cost almost the same, the other brands are bit too obscure. There is too little competion, wich makes me just wait for the second generation of HD receivers. I'm disapointed. O-no