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Test Report for Fortec Star Lifeteime II

Fortec Star Lifeteime II

Fortec Star is a consumer satellite company dedicated to providing high quality satellite equipment for the reception of satellite television. The company products are available worldwide. Fortec Star Lifetime II is one of them. The Lifeteime II is a Free-to-air digital satellite receiver.

The front panel of Lifetime II is designed simay. The front panel window display has occupied the most part of the front panel. There are five buttons on the left side of this box, which are used to control this box, when the remote control is missing. The rear panel is designed simply. It is equipped with two scart connectors, Rs-232 for uploading a new receiver software, RCA jacks, S/PDIF output and IF input. The remote control is designed simply. It has all the command buttons, which get an easy access to all the functions.

The Fortec Star Lifetime II has enough capacity to store 5000 TV and Radio channels. It comes preprogrammed with 100 updated worldwide satellites. Additional satellites may be added manually. The receiver supports DiSEqC 1.0, 1.2 and USALS protocols, so it can be easily used with a multifeed antenna. All the local oscillator frequencies for C and Ku-band are preprogrammed. Reception of SCPC and MCPC is an easy job for Fortec Star Lifetime II receiver. User can communicate with the receiver in English, Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Persian, Russian, Spanish and Turkish languages.

After antenna setting and selecting other parameters, it is time to set up the channel search. Manual PID entry is also possible. The receiver has quite fast scanning. 1102 TV and 462 Radio channels were found in 3 minutes and 10 seconds. As soon as the search is completed, the receiver goes on automatically to save the channels first. The automatic search can also be limited to FTA channels if desired. The users have also the opportunity to scan all channels too. The progressive scan window will appear on your screen. The manual channel scan is also very clearly set up. Editing, deleting, adding or individual transponders is possible directly in the channel scan menu.

Pressing the OK button will display the channel on your screen. The scanned channels can be edit, sort, rename and moved in to one of the seven favourite list for easy recall later time. Kids may be kept away from adult channels through parental control function. The EPG gets access to the TV guide that shows the necessary information of the current and future programmes on different channels. The information is only available for the channels with EPG information serviced by programme providers. While watching the channel, press the info button and the channel name appears with further information as well as two bars reflecting signal strength and signal quality of the current channel. The same informations may also be obtained while switching from one channel to another. You can see the picture closely by pressing the Zoom button on the remote control. The multipicture display is also one of the extraordinary characters of Fortec Star Lifetime II receiver.

The receiver has fast channel changing speed. Channel Switching time less than 1 second. Lifetime II receiver can handle symbolrates starting at the rate of 2.45ms/sec with out any problem. Even reception of SCPC signals lower than the manufacturer symbolrates is also possible. The receiver takes automatic switching between PAL and NTSC. Video games are also included just in case you want to keep yourself occupied during commercial breaks. The receiver also supports the teletext function. Various applications such as Calendar and Biorhythm are also included.

The Fortec Star Lifetime II is an easy to programme, family friendly receiver that can be used in a home as well as where do u want to take it. The whole operation and using process is very simple.



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