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Test Report for FORTEC STAR Lifetime Classic Digital Satellite Receiver

FORTEC STAR Lifetime Classic Digital Satellite Receiver

The number of digital satellite receivers is increasing day by day and Fortec Star lifetime classic is one of them. The front panel is designed normally and is not so much appealing to the eyes. A power on/off button is seen clearly on the front panel, but as soon as you will open the flap on the right side of the receiver, you will come across the buttons using for the whole operation of the receiver. There is also a four digit display on the front panel which shows the current channel or the current mode.

The rear panel of the receiver is not so much complicated. It is designed like the most other receivers containing two scart connectors for TV and VCR, RS-232 for uploading new receiver software, RF output, video RCA connection and on/off button for the whole receiver. The remote control with its 32 buttons control to the receiver perfectly. The buttons of remote control are placed widely having all the important menu, channel up/down and exit button.

After connecting the receiver to a TV with the included scart cable, an installation menu appears on your screen soon. In the setting menu other languages can be selected as English, French, Dutch, Italian, Indonesian, Arabic, Persian and Russian. The language selection is on user choice. After the language selection, all the parameters in antenna set up should be set manually like satellite name, frequency, LNB type, LNB power, DiSEqC. After completing this process, press the green button of remote control for the manual scanning. There are two list for satellite and TP separately. If the highlight bar is in the satellite list, press the red button again, you can also add, modify, delete or move current satellite.

The sub-menu provides you two kind of information. Single satellite scanning and Multi-satellite scanning. Here you will have to select one of the highlighted icons and press the OK key, the machine will start searching, but if the highlight bar is in the TP list, press the red button again, you can also add, modify and delete TPs of current satellite. If you press the green button again, the sub-menu will provide you two information: TP scan and PID scan. The receiver will only search the programmes or by adding PID manual, that is for more experienced users. If you want to go back to the antenna setup, jut press the yellow button of the remote control and you will be there.

We scanned the Hotbird satellite first through single satellite scanning. Here one can’t remain impress from the receiver’s fastness. 505 TV and 198 radio channels were found in four minutes. It was a great surprise for us. After the successful scanning, the receiver automatically turns to the first channel found. Popular channels can be placed into one of the five favourite lists for easy recall any time. Channels can be rename, lock and deleted or sort all channels by A to Z, free/CAS, FAV or TP. If you are interested in a particular satellite, press the SAT button of remote control to select your desired satellite or use FAV button to select the favourite group you are interested in.

The menus reacts very quickly to your commands. A push of the OK button displays the channels list. The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) delivers informations in advance up to seven days. Additionally the OSD shows the encryption techniques use. Switching between channels is very fast. SCPC and MCPC signals starting at the rate of 1.45Ms/sec was not a problem during our test. The receiver switches automatically between PAL and NTSC. A big plus is the DiSEqC 1.3 protocol to help make antenna positioning and alignment much easier. The receiver comes preprogrammed with 5000 channels and S/PDIF for digital audio or Dolby AC-3 Bit stream output. The TV signals are in CVBS and RGB mode. An included 4-event timer will never let you to miss your favourite programme. The receiver has the ability of setting the frequency for SMATV system. The UHF modulator is compatible with all PAL norms. The parental lock feature will keep your kids away from adult programmes. The Fortec Star receives C-band and Ku-band channels without any problem. The PIG (Picture in Graphic) is also worthy character of the receiver. The included videogames will never feel you bore in long commercial breaks.

Model : Lifetime Classic Function : Digital FTA Receiver Channel Memory : 5000 Symbolrates : 1.45Ms/sec SCPC/MCPC Compatible : Yes C-/Ku-band : Yes EPG : Yes Scart Connectors : 2 PAL / NTSC / SECAM : Yes Timer : 4-event DiSEqC : 1.3 USALS : Yes



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