Amiko Alien

Specification and Review

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The main difference between this and other satellite receivers is the ability to watch internet streams as well as satellite channels.

 

 

Specifications
Amiko Alien 8900

The Original SHD-8900 Alien HD

  • MPEG-Fully DVB-S / DVB-S2 HD compliant
  • Linux Embedded OS
  • Conax Embedded Card Reader
  • Endless possibilities with Plug-In support
  • YouTube, SHOUTcast Radio, and Picasa Compatible
  • Weather forecast & Rss Reader Functions
  • S/PDIF for digital audio or Dolby Digital Bit-Stream output
  • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS
  • Endless channels (TV and Radio) programmable
  • Multilingual menu text support
  • Channel list editing
  • Favourite channel list editing
  • True-color On-Screen Display (OSD)
  • Full Picture In Graphic (PIG) function
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on screen channel information
  • Subtitle supported
  • Teletext supported by software emulation
  • Parental lock facility by channel and program event
  • Program and Channel information transfer from receiver to receiver
  • HDMI HD Video/Audio Output
  • USB 2.0 Host
  • LED Display for service information
  • RTC (Real-Time-Clock)
  • Time Shift
  • Video Recording
  • Recording one channel and Time Shifting another channel (optional)
  • Full HD 1080p output via HDMI
  • AVI, MKV, MPG, TS, WMA, WMV, M2TS, FLV, DAT, ASF, MP3 playback
  • Software Upgrade support via USB, RS232 or Internet
  • Message, FAQ and User Manual support
  • Download files from FTP server
  • SYSTEM RESOURCES
    Main Processor: 450M Hz based CPU
    Flash Memory: Nor flash: 8MB X 1 ; Nand flash:512MB X 1
    DDR SDRAM: DDR2 128MB x 2

    Tuner/Front-end
    Tuner Type: DVB-S / DVB-S2
    Input Connector: F-type, Connector, Female
    Loop Through: F-type, Connector, Female
    Signal Level: -65 to -25 dBm
    LNB Power & Polarization: Vertical: +13V/+14V, Horizontal: +18V/+19V, Current: Max. 500mA, Overload Protection
    22KHz Tone: Frequency: 22±1KHz
    DiSEqC Control: Amplitude: 0.6±0.2V, Version 1.0, 1.1 1.2, USALS Available
    Demodulation: QPSK, 8PSK
    Input Symbol Rate: 2-45 Mbps, Convolution Code Rate
    1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6,7/8,1/4,1/3,2/5,3/5,4/5,8/9,9/10 and Auto

    POWER SUPPLY
    Input Voltage: Free Voltage (100~240V AC, 50/60Hz)
    Power Consumption: 20W MAX
  • MPEG TS A/V Decoding
    Transport Stream: MPEG-2, H.264
    Input Rate: Max.120Mbit/s
    Aspect Radio: 4:3, 16:9, Letter Box
    Video Decoding: MPEG-2, MP@ML, MPEG-4 part 10/H264
    Video Resolution: 720*480P/I, 720*576P/I, 1280*720p,1920*1080i, 1920*1080p
    Audio Decoding: MEPG-1 layer I/II, Mpeg2 layerII, Dolby digital
    Audio Mode: Left / Right / Stereo/ Mono
    Sampling Rate: 32, 44.1 and 48KHz

    A/V & DATA INPUT/OUTPUT
    TV-SCART: Video CVBS/RGB output, Audio L/R output
    RCA A/V: Video CVBS output, Audio L/R output
    S/PDIF: Coaxial, Digital Audio or Dolby Digital Bit Stream Output
    RS-232C: Transfer rate 115.2Kbps, 9 pin D-sub Type
    RJ-45: 10M/100M
    USB: One USB 2.0 slot Compatible for Host
    HDMI: VER1.2, Type A

    PHYSICAL SPECIFICATION
    Size[W*H*D]: 220mm*46mm*169mm
    Net Weight: 1.0K

Back View Alien 8900

Sockets

  • Dish IN
  • Dish OUT
  • Digital Audio
  • Audio Left, Right
  • Composite Video
  • Scart
  • USB
  • HDMI
  • Rj45 ethernet
  • RS232

Watch satellite, use the box as a media centre - full remote control when watching HD movies . Stream video to other devices. Watch IPTV, WebTV.

Use a WiFi Dongle to connect to your network, or rj45 cable.

The Alien is the next generation full HD hybrid set-top box with dual-boot Spark and Enigma 2 Linux operating systems!

The Amiko SHD-8900 is the single tuner version of the Alien series and when running the Spark operating system provides HbbTV support, WebTV support, PVR Ready via external USB HDD (not included), multimedia playback, file sharing via local network, wired network support, wireless USB dongle support (optional extra - available separately), USB 3G modem support (optional extra - available separately), Wireless USB keyboard support (optional extra - available separately), Opera browser, Spark Portal, YouTube, YouPorn and SHOUTcast support - there really isn't much this won't do for you and that's without mention of all the usual popular satellite receiver features you would expect!

Dual-boot Spark and Enigma2 Linux OS

STi chipset to give one of the best quality HD pictures around!

Good support for Addons

Softcams

Easy On Screen Setup

 

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The Alien 8900 and the twin tuner version can connect to the internet to collate EPG Electronic Guide Information. This unique online service provided by satellite groups free, is automatically updated at a time of your choice ( usually during the night to avoid interrupting your viewing ) ready for the next days use.

The video shows the EPG in use. It works for most channels that produce EPG data, most of the bigger channels from France, Italy and Germany do . Spain though, still has its teletext programme guide.

 
box The new small footprint "Mini"
card slot Card slot for multiple types of encryption Cards
remote and power unit

Remote is same as 8900 model

Power Unit is separate from the box now

If you want the receiver completely hidden you can, there is now a "magic eye" sensor which can be plugged in

side view

USB

WiFi or memory stick access for software or Hard Drive

packing

New Alien Mini

Small footprint

LARGE receiver !

Accessories: IR remote sensor, AV - scart adaptor, HDMI cable,AV - comp video cable, batteries and manual

Some Interesting basic "how to" videos online for the Alien 8900

 

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