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Getting started (with Azbox ?) - 09-November-2010, 23:08

Hi there,

I'd like to swap out my proprietary STB (Thomson via Zon) for something more flexible. I want to use my existing (fully paid for) Nagra card to watch satellite channels but with the flexibility to record/store to (or play from) my local network, as well as being able to watch different channels in different rooms.

A straightforward enough requirement no ? But I have some questions :

Am I right in thinking that an Azbox is a good choice for this ? What model/configuration would be best ? What software will read my Nagra card ? What other software will I need that does not come with the hardware ? Who out there has actually done this ?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly welcomed . . .
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19-November-2010, 21:47

What is your expactations from Azbox? It is a great STB but it could be the pijn in your ass sometaimes. It depends on what you gonna do with it.

So far i know:

It is an UNSTABEL SetTopBox digital receiver for DVB-S/C because the firmware and capabilities are not really usefull and satisfied. I'm using it with a c-line (card sharing) and i have also a Dreambox DM800 on my house. If i Compare this boxes:

Dreambox is much better if you would like to watch TV and networkshare (intern/extern)
Azbox is much better if you wanna watch your digital media files (so like a Extern Media Player) and if you are watching TV not a lot.

I'm watching right now DVB-S from 6 satellites and different providers, STB is locking himself sometimes and i have to restarti it to get it OK again. So this is annoying. Also cccam and related other share plug-ins are not really stabel and they are stopping while you ae watching, not often but it happens anyway. I can't even reshare my client with my other (dream)box because Azbox wont work with reshare in my case.

But i'm not a real TV watcher and it did well if i want to rec or timer for a program or TV Show. Also it has a great screen & video quality (comparing to Dreambox)

EPG information is not good enough, and ZAP time is also slow.

But as i allready said: I'm watching TV just 1-2 hour in a dayand it works like charm usualy. I'm using it mostly as an extern media player for my files (MKV/AVI/JPEG/MP# etc) it can also connect to youtube to play videos.

So the choice is up to you.

My advice, get a Dreambox from China (around € 175 --> i bought 1 mounths ago) and buy a mediaplayer to watch your favorit videos/pictures or mnusic files and attach them to your network
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