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Test Report for I Class Twin Satellite High Definition PVR Receiver

I Class Twin Satellite High Definition PVR Receiver

HD PVR is the world’s first High-Definition video recorder for making real-time H.264 compressed recordings at resolutions up to 1080i. HD-PVR records component video (YCrCb) from cable TV and satellite set top boxes, with a built-in IR blaster to automatically change TV channels for scheduled recordings. One of such PVR has been introduced from I Class and that is twin satellite high definition PVR Receiver.

Front panel really gives a pleasant feeling with buttons of Menu, Exit, OK, Left, Right, Up and Down, Volume), as well as a power button. The smartcard reader is there to make the pay-tv fans happy. And last but not least is the onscreen channel name on the front panel display that will really make you happy.

Rear panel have all the necessary connections, including HDMI output, S/PDIF audio output, LNB input, two USB interface, RS-232, two scart connectors, RCA jacks and a power button. You may enjoy your prime time with I Class PVR without any delay.

With the remote control almost all features of the box can be easily addressed with as well as the button giving direct one-click access to PVR recordings. I Class user manual keeps up with good traditions. You can hardly wish for a more detailed explanation of all receiver’s basic features. There are some interesting tips there as well, if you would like to go beyond simple satellite reception. Even a newbie would hardly get lost.

Once I Class PVR is powered up for the very first time, the user lands in an Installation Wizard. But first let’s set the preferred languages on the welcome screen. It has the capacity to store 8000 TV and Radio channels.

On-screen menu can be displayed in different languages. The same choice you get here for the preferred audio language as well as teletext character set. Next step lets you select your time zone, daylight savings options and if you would like to set the current time manually or rather let the receiver update it automatically from the satellite stream.

Third step brings us closer to the satellite-related stuff. First you have to add receive-able satellites by pressing the red button. LOF frequencies can be freely entered, as well as endless DiSEqC options selected, since the receiver supports all versions of this protocol, from 1.1, 1.2 to USALS. Once all work here is done, you’re only one yellow-button-click away from channel search.

You can now select from Automatic and Manual Scan. We selected Automatic Scan. 86-transponder satellite position was completed in 4 minutes and 45 seconds. Live picture and sound hit the screen within seconds.

The channel list is still feature-loaded, allowing one-click sorting by alphabet, FTA/encrypted, provider or satellite. If the alphabet sorting is on, it’s easy to select the first letter of the channel you’re interested in, just select it on the remote in a way you would do on your mobile phone when typing an SMS. Pressing the FAV button of remote control toggles to favourite-list mode, the same “Sports”, “Drama”, “News”, “Movie” and “Music” default groups are pre-programmed. The Picture in Picture (PIP) function is very informative. There is also a integrated photo album. You may transfer your favourite channels in one of the eight favourite lists.

Adding new channels to favorite lists takes place in a convinient window with two panels, just copy the needed ones from left to right and voila, you have all the channels you like in one place, without the need to search for them again and again in the main list. If you press the same “i” button once outside of the channel list, it will bring the good old info bar, showing channel number, name, satellite, current time, avail-ability of teletext, broadcasting format as well as SD/HD resolution.

It’s easy to start recording, easy to stop it, but, and easy to get back to it when it’s needed. You can set Time shift function as Auto or Manual and you can set default record time. Recording can be either started by clicking the button on the remote control, either by selecting the needed show in EPG, either by accessing a special “Recording Schedule” submenu.

Pressing “EPG” button once brings up a list of the upcoming events for the currently selected channel, second click opens a real program guide – you will see a big grid with event titles from current and neighbouring channels. The schedule can be zoomed in and out, and is only limited by amount of information the broad-caster is willing to share. Even if Internet is inaccessible from the receiver, you can still view photos, play MP3s or movies from your I Class PVR. The USB one also became much more convinient. No more endless rebooting, just go to Main Menu – Advanced Setup USB Mode, plug in the USB stick with a firmware file you’d like to use, it will be copied to receiver’s memory and installed.



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