HDTV Trial => Set top box



Hi All

I would like to get a set top box that's can be used to receive the broadcast for a HDTV trial. All I can gather from the Trial website are as below. Can anybody tell me what type of set top box can be used? I know nuts about these technical stuff but the image I saw was just jaw-dropping good. Cheers.

Frequency: 610MHz
Bandwidth: 8MHz
Constellation: 64-QAM
Code Rate (FEC): 2/3
Guard Interval: 1/8
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), CBR, VBR(option), High Profile @ Level 4
4:2:0 sampling
[email protected], Resolution 1080 x 1920
Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Dolby AC3 2.0, x 1, 384Kbps: Main Audio
MPEG-1 Layer 2, stereo, x 1, 192Kbps: Language 1
MPEG-1 Layer 2, stereo, x 1, 192Kbps: Language 2


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Assuming you are referring to the trials through satellite (BBC Channels watched without Sky equipment) there are 2 very good receivers that come to mind;

1. Pace DS810XE
2. Humax...... but forgetting the model type!


Distinguished Member
if you want to hack the DVB-T freeview HD trial you need a monster PC and specialist card for sat stuff the pace or humax are fine hooked upto a normal sky dish


Active Member
If you are talking about the Freeview HD trial then there will probably be a few coming up for sale second hand soon once the organisers officially pass ownership over to the trialists once the trial officially finishes - promised for December. iCan - HDMI out, Humax HDMI and Component out. Upscaled SD and HD. I think the iCan was marginally the better box (neither were full function Freeview boxs - ie no digital text) but the Humax had the benefit of component out. I don't know about the Humax, but the iCan would do 576i, 576p, 720p and 1080i over HDMI and DD for audio.

What form the Freeview trial will continue remains to be seen. ITV/C4/Five last time that I looked were reporting end of Phase 1. So I guess at some point, there will be a phase 2.

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