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TEST REPORT Miniature Scart Receiver

Skyworth DVB-S and DVB-T

Scart Receiver
with PVR Function 0.41

Small but Beautiful! 0.5

Who hasn‘t seen this before? Flat screen TV, DVD player, The engineers at Skyworth
have also been thinking about
game console and stereo system - they all want to have this for some time and have
their own spot in your wall unit or TV cabinet but it‘s already developed a DVB-S and DVB-T
bursting at the seams and finding a spot for another device receiver that isn‘t much bigger
than a deck of cards. The
is next to impossible. Wouldn‘t it nice if you could make receivers utilize an integrated
one or two devices disappear yet still be able to keep their Scart connector and therefore
functions? can be plugged directly into
the back of a TV into a cor-
responding connector. In this
way you don’t use any valu-
able space in the cabinet and
also manage to avoid adding
any more cables.

While the manufacturer

opted for a white cabinet for
the DVB-T model, the DVB-S
model comes in black. The
DVB-S model comes with
an F-type input connector
whereas the DVB-T model
was fitted with a European-
style RF connector. Unlike
the DVB-T model, the DVB-S
model does not come with a
looped-through signal output.

As small as these receivers

are, it‘s obvious that there‘s
no room for a built-in power
supply. Instead the manu-
facturer includes a 12-volt
external power supply in both
receiver packages.

There‘s also no doubt that

the infrared signal from the
included remote control would

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Innovative Miniature Receiver
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Arabic ‫ العربية‬
Indonesian Indonesia
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never find its way to the back menu icon near the bottom German Deutsch
English English
of the TV. Naturally the manu- of the TV screen takes you to Spanish Español
facturer thought of this too five different submenu points Farsi ‫ فارس ي‬
French Français
by including an external IR (TV, Radio, Multimedia, Game Hebrew ‫ עברית‬
Greek Ελληνικά
receiver in the package. This and Setup) after pressing the Croatian Hrvatski
Italian Italiano
IR receiver is placed in a con- menu button. Hungarian Magyar
Mandarin 中文
venient location and takes the Dutch Nederlands
Polish Polski
incoming infrared signals and The Setup menu lets you Portuguese Português
passes them via a cable to the match both receivers to the
Romanian Românesc
Russian Русский
receiver. To top it all off, a USB reception system in use as well Swedish Svenska
Turkish Türkçe
interface was included so that as to the TV. The OSD can be Available online starting from 2 April 2010
external storage device can be displayed in English, French,
connected; a PVR function is German, Portuguese, Spanish, want to start with the DVB-S for use with two satellites,
also available in both units. Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swed- model. A list of 43 European DiSEqC 1.0 for use with up to
ish, Finnish, Russian and Turk- and Asian satellites have been four satellites and the motor
In general, we were very ish. These same languages preprogrammed into the box. control protocols DiSEqC 1.2
satisfied with the quality of the are also available for audio and 1.3 (USALS) are also sup-
receivers. Even the remote and subtitles. The internal The list may be up to date ported.
control sits nicely in your hand clock can be set automati- but it is unfortunately not quite
although some of the buttons cally through the DVB data complete. For example, ABS1 The next step after all the
are rather small and you have at 75° east or INTELSAT 3R at LNB parameters are taken
stream or it can be set manu-
to be a little careful not to 43° west are not to be found care of would be to fill up
ally if needed. Both receivers
accidentally press two buttons even though satellites further the channel list. Three scan-
are PAL and NTSC compatible
at the same time with your east and west are in the list. ning modes are available for
and are able to recognize the
finger. The parameters of each sat- this task: Standard, NIT and
color standard of the incoming
signal automatically. ellite such as LOF, switching BlindScan.
Our two test receivers did voltage or 22 kHz signal can
not come with user manuals be individually set up. The LOF In standard mode, the
The Scart output provides
but considering that oper- can also be manually entered receiver scans only the tran-
the output signal of both units
ating these receivers was so that every type of LNB can sponders that have been pre-
in CVBS; through the setup
mostly self-explanatory and be supported. programmed into it. In NIT
menu, RGB and S-Video out-
that they didn‘t come with an mode the receiver also takes
puts are also available. YUV
overly-complicated range of The manufacturer did a fine a look at the NIT data found
outputs for connection to a
functions, the user manuals job setting up the DiSEqC during a standard scan. In
projection TV system or HDMI
weren‘t really missed. Since menu. It is graphically very BlindScan mode the receiver
outputs for use with a high-def-
both of these receivers oper- easy to read and clearly dis- scans all the frequencies and
inition plasma or LCD TV are
ated mostly from the same plays the switching setup so polarizations without the need
unfortunately not available.
menu structure and came with that it‘s easy to understand of a preprogrammed tran-
the same basic functions, we even for beginners. sponder list.
The receiver you end up
opted to present both of them
using, DVB-S or DVB-T,
in one test report. Any differ- In addition to tone burst Since there is no CI slot in
ences between the two will be depends on what kind of
either receiver, the scan can
highlighted here. incoming signal you have. We
be limited to free channels
only. It is also possible to scan
Installation every satellite that has been
Since both of these receivers activated. This is a very prac-
don‘t use an installation assis-
tant, „No Signal“ is displayed
the first time the receiver is
turned on as there are no pre-
programmed channels stored
in memory. The circular main

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Main menu Matching the receiver to the TV Setup menu

Editing the satellite settings Excellent SCPC reception at only 1.331 Ms/sec Three different scan modes are available

Channel scan DVB-S Channel List DiSEqC options are clearly displayed

Transponder Editor The electronic programming guide Options and Info on external storage media

All channel list editing options are presented in DiSEqC motorized systems are also supported Reception of circular polarized channels on
an easy-to-understand menu EUTELSATW4 at 36° east

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tical feature especially when channel scan. The automatic gram guide (EPG) giving the would automatically switch
a DiSEqC motorized system scan quickly goes through the user programming informa- over to the currently high-
is being used. The standard entire frequency spectrum tion for the next several days. lighted channel in the list.
scan finishes its task relatively looking for active frequencies.
quickly and needs only about In manual mode, the user can The EPG display was nicely The channel list can be set
six minutes to process all the enter the frequency manually. organized by Skyworth up to your personal tastes
transponders on the HOTBIRD although it would have been via the main menu. Channels
satellite at 13° east. Everyday Use nice if more than five lines of can be moved to a Favorites
After the channel scan on EPG data were shown. As it list, or with the push of one
In BlindScan mode 14 min- both receivers is completed, is though you might have to button can be repositioned
utes was needed but the extra a push of the OK button exit’s scroll through several pages of in the list, deleted, renamed
time allowed 1299 TV and 455 the main menu at which point data before you find the chan- or blended out. You can also
radio channels to be found. the receiver switches to the nel information you want. sort the entire channel list
Compared to the 1223 TV first receivable channel. automatically and lock out
and 414 radio channels found Since both receivers come individual channels with a PIN
during the standard scan, it‘s An Info bar at the bottom with a USB interface so that code. And of course all of this
a significant difference. of the screen displays infor- external storage media can is also true for all the stored
mation on the current and be connected, they naturally radio channels. The DVB-S
Thanks to an easy-to-under- upcoming program as long as both have the capability to set model performed quite well in
stand transponder editor, this data is made available by up recordings directly from our SCPC test on a test tran-
many of the entries in the pre- the provider. the EPG. It‘s even possible to sponder with a symbol rate of
programmed list can be modi- set up recordings on a daily, 1.331 Ms/sec.
fied. There‘s also a manual As expected, a second push weekly or monthly basis.
scan for individual transpon- of the Info button displays There were also no prob-
ders that can be accessed more detailed programming Pushing the OK button lems with the reception of
via the editor. Unfortunately, information on the currently brings up the channel list; this weaker transponders such as
there was no way to enter running program. With a third list is also displayed in a nicely the circular polarized Russian
PID‘s in manually and thus no push of the Info button the organized fashion. If desired, channels on EUTELSAT W4 at
way to receive channels with Skyworth receivers display the channel list can be limited 36° east.
incorrect or incomplete NIT a variety of technical param- to single satellites or to favor-
data. eters such as frequency, ites. We were also impressed with
symbol rate or PIDs. the tuner in the DVB-T model;
DVB-T Receiver While scrolling through the it provided interference-free
The DVB-T model comes Pushing the Guide button channel list we found it a little reception even while using a
with an automatic and manual opens up the electronic pro- annoying that the receivers skimpy indoor antenna.

Automatic DVB-T channel scan Editing the DVB-T Channel List Detailed information on a DVB-T channel

Music Player, picture viewer and video player Previously recorded programs Practical picture viewer
are available

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Multimedia Today we expect that almost To round it all off, both of design requirements for
every PVR compatible receiver these mini-receivers also simple set-top boxes stan-
and PVR
is capable of functioning as come with an integrated video dard” as required by the
Thanks to the USB interface an music or a picture viewer. game, a calendar and a calcu- Commission Regulation (EC)
on both receivers it is possible Skyworth is no exception and lator. No. 107/2009 of 4th Febru-
to connect external storage included both of these func- ary 2009. Recently Skyworth
media and thereby activate tions in both of their receivers. Just as practical is the ability introduced another of these
the PVR function in both units. to upload new software via a miniature sticker receiv-
Thereafter it‘s easy to record Thanks to the small size USB stick or a USB hard drive; ers supporting this stan-
or playback programs. of both of these receivers, you just need to download it dard. Both DVB-T and DVB-S
there are other possibilities first from the manufacturer‘s models also support the “Auto
A Time Shift function is also such as when using a USB website. StandBy” software function,
provided so that a telephone stick: both receivers are which is required by the above
call can no longer interfere not only perfect for camp- Finally a note to our energy standard. It means the box
with your evening program- ing trips where they could be diagram: the power con- switches to StandBy when no
ming schedule. Unfortunately used as a PVR receiver or a sumption of the DVB-T model customer control signal has
it‘s not possible to watch a music player, but you could already achieves the “eco- been received in last 3 hours.
previously recorded program also take your receiver and
while another one is being USB stick when you visit Expert Opinion
recorded nor can you watch friends or relatives to show +
a live program while another them your latest vacation Both receivers are compatible for daily use and
is being recorded even if the pictures on their TV. All are very family friendly. Thanks to their extremely
live channel is on the same you have to do is plug the small size they virtually disappear behind your
TV but still manage to provide all the necessary
transponder or on the same receiver into a spare Scart
features and control everything via a nicely orga-
frequency. jack and you‘re ready to go. Thomas Haring
nized OSD. TELE-satellite
Test Center
The problem-free software also left us with a Austria

ENERGY DVB-S very positive impression.

Mode Apparent Active Factor While recording a program, it is not possible to watch a
StandBy 5W 2W 0.4 live program or playback a previously recorded program at
Reception 12 W 5W 0.41
the same time.

Apparent Power
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Model Mini Box for DVB-T: DVBTM0001

The first 15 minutes standby, then channel surfing and Mini Box for DVB-S: DVBSM0001
intensive PVR use Function Miniature SCART Receiver with PVR Function

ENERGY DVB-T Channel Memory


1.3-45 Ms/sec
DiSEqC 1.0, 1.2, 1.3 (USALS)
Mode Apparent Active Factor USALS yes
StandBy 4.5 W 1 W 0.2
Reception 9W 4.5 W 0.5 22 kHz yes
Apparent Power
HDMI Output no


Color PAL and NTSC

Video Output CVBS

Active Power RGB Output yes

S-Video yes


Audio Output yes

RS232 yes

UHF-Modulator no

Power 12 V
The first 15 minutes active use including PVR operation, the second
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