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Octagon SX88 multistream Receiver - Satellite TV Europe

Octagon SX88 multistream Receiver

The new  SX88 H.265 HEVC HD from the German manufacturers Octagon, definitely punches above its weight. With a VERY small footprint, just 12 x 2.5 x 8 cm , this is a VERY capable receiver. Its size makes it easy to hide out of sight, there is a plug  in IR sensor, to pick up the remote commands if it is mounted for example behind the TV.

Main Features

  • Blind scan tuning
  • Multistream tuner
  • small size great for Caravan/Campervan 12 volt use
  • YouTube & Red Tube loaded
  • Internet Radio Loaded
  • Kodi ready
  • Xtream iptv support
  • Stalker iptv support
  • H265 bandwidth capable
  • DNLA network connection

 

In use…

My first test was on the Astra4 satellite tuning the Ukraine channels, in full blind scan mode, this is the slowest scan mode and did take a while. However the scan finished and revealed a perfect score, no channels missed.  The previous best performer, with its excellent tuner and hardware blind scan was the Technomate 5402 m3 model, which also added every possible channel, but obviously no multistream.  The multistream channel on Astra4 “Channel 112” came up ok in the channel list but without a name.  Easy enough to edit one in though. I don’t know if this is an anomaly with this Ukraine channel or with multistream.

The second test was the multistream Italian and French channels on Eutelsat 5w. Again the search was fairly slow but performed perfectly, all the Tivu Italian and Fransat French channels correctly identified in the channel list  and with crystal clear HD pictures on all channels. Note that the long term future of these channels is unknown and my own opinion is that it is unlikely to continue indefinitely without Fransat or Tivu introducing encryption at some point.

For quick installation and Backup/restore functions, there is an option to backup to a USB device your Channel list, settings, favourite groups etc.

The remote reminded me of the optibox , cheaply made but functional. The menu system is clear with big block icons.  Without even glancing at the instruction book ( yes a BOOK! ) I found it easy to navigate into the installation menu and select the options for scanning.

In conclusion,  excellent intro box for multistream. At half the price of a Fransat HD box and a third of the price of a Tivu box, its worth considering, despite the possible long term changes.

Specifications

Key Features:
H.265 / MPEG4 – HD / SD, DVB-S2 multistream tuner
Multistream Root, Gold, (PLP, PLS) T2MI Support without parameter input
Hardware BlindScan (low symbol rate support) Low symbol support
Stalker, Xtream IPTV
.m3u, YouTube, RedTube
2 x USB 2.0 connections
4-digit 7-segment display

Characteristics:
Linux OS operating system
WebIF & FTP access
Conax card reader
Recording & TimeShift (* optional)
Network 10 / 100Mbit LAN
WiFi (WLAN) + 3GB Model Suppoert via USB ports
DLNA Player Support
Unicable & FastScan Support
DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS Support
EPG Electronic program guide
High-resolution OSD UI user interface
4x Programmable buttons on the remote control
Subtitle & teletext (video text) support
0.5W Standby
Dimensions (LxDxH) 120mm x 80mm x 25mm

Front:
4-digit 7-segment display
LED indicator (red / green)
IR sensor (infrared receiver)

Back:
H.265 HD DVB-S2 tuner LNB input
Network 10 / 100Mbit connection
HDMI output
Digital audio connector
AV Audio Video Jack Jack to RCA

Page (right):
LED / IR (external display or IR infrared receiver) connection
USB 2.0 port

Page (left):
USB 2.0 port
DC-12V power supply
RS232 socket

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