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Test Report for Opensky 5 STARS

Opensky 5 STARS

Gone are the days when analogue transmission was the only way of informations. These days, the large analogue receivers are replaced by digital receivers, which are stylish and occupy minimum space. This is due to the ability of one satellite, located at GEO in particular to provide communications continuity over one-third of the globe. Special receivers are also designed for it and Opensky 5 STARS is one of them.

There are seven buttons on the front panel of Opensky 5 STARS. The signal point on the front panel window detects the satellite signal, when there is a signal light on blue. The current channel number is shown by the four digit green display. Since it is an FTA receiver, no CI slot could be found on the front panel. The front panel window display is situated on the left side of the box.

The rear panel of Opensky 5 STARS is very interesting to look for. One scart connectors for TV, serial interface RS-232 for uploading new receiver software, RCA jacks, IF out put, S/PDIF and a main power switch. The remote control has easy accesses to all the functions. It will sit nicely in your hand.

Communication is never a problem with Opensky receivers. Every user can find an easy language for communication. Same is the case with Opensky 5 stars. The receiver can communicate with the user in English, Arabic, German, French, Persian, Turkish, Italian, Greek, Spanish and Russian. Opensky 5 STARS has the capacity to store 4000 TV and Radio channels. It comes preprogrammed with 110 updated satellites from worldwide. If you want to add more satellites, then it is manually possible. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.2 and USALS protocol. The auto-DiSEqC function of Star Track is worthy to mention here.

After connecting the receiver to all external connections and pressing the menu button on the remote control, the main menu screen will appear before you. You will find here different menus in order to go ahead. First select the antenna setting menu in order to get more and more signals and to select a satellite. Try to find that satellite which has powerful beam in your area.

The receiver has fast scanning. It will not disappoint you indeed. 935 TV and 477 Radio channels were found in 6 minutes and 35 seconds. Then receiver saved the searched channels and on the first channel found. As like other receivers, the searched channels can be edit, delete, sort and moved to the eight favourite lists for easier recall later time. Pushing the OK button will display the channel list on your screen. It is very concisely designed. If you want to watch any channel, just press the OK button and watch that channel.

The parental lock menu prevents children or unauthorized persons from watching programmes. The Electronic Programme Guide will help you to see channel guide information to get current and next channel programme schedule. Every time you change channels, programme information will be displayed for a few seconds. These informations include current time, channel name, current channel number and name, satellite name and programme information. If you want to see the picture closer, just press the Zoom button to see the picture in detail.

If you press the blue key on remote control, you will be able to choose between 4,9,10,13 or 16 pictures. After making your selection, the screen will be divided and the current channel will be displayed in the first box in the upper left corner, followed by the next channels in the successive boxes until the screen is full. Teletext is provided to get channel data through the stream. The receiver switches automatically between PAL and NTSC. Symbolrates starting at the rate of 1.45ms/sec is not a problem for Opensky 5 STARS. The receiver has 2 Mbyte Flash Memory.

Opensky 5 STARS is an elegant receiver to fulfil most of the demands of the present era. Operation and all menus of the receiver are designed simply.



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