Unibox

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Unibox[1] is a satellite, cable and terrestrial digital receiver (set-top box). It has been distributed widely for use with Pay TV. It also enables the receiver to store digital copies of MPEG TS on internal harddisk or networked filesystems.

Linux on the Uni-box[edit]

Unibox was based on the Linux operating system.[2]

Originally Unibox was developed in Korea and sold in Europe, CIS, the Middle East and so on. Enthusiast groups in all over the world have developed localized software versions for the Unibox.[3]

Unibox models[edit]

There have been a number of different models of Unibox available. The numbers are suffixed with -S for Satellite, -T for Terrestrial and -C for Cable:

UD Combo 1000HD 1100HD 2000HD
Product Dis-continued Available Available Will-be-available
Life Cycle 2011.May- 2011.Sep- 2011.Nov- 2011.Dec-
SoC STi7105 STi7105 STi7110 STi7110
Size 290 x 200 x 58 180 x 145 x 38 180 x 145 x 38 180 x 145 x 38
CPU(MHz) 450 450 450 450
RAM(MB) 256 256 256 256
Flash(MB) 32 32 32 32
Flash type NOR NOR NOR NOR
Default OS ST Linux ST Linux ST Linux ST Linux
DVB S2+T S2/T/C S2/T/C S2 + S2/T/C
Common Interface 1 0 0 2
Smart card 2 1 1 2
USB 2 x 2.0 2 x 2.0 1 x 2.0 2 x 2.0
RS232 Yes No No Yes
LAN(Mbit/s) 100 100 100 100
HDD e-sata, USB USB USB e-sata, USB
SCART 1 0 0 1
HDMI 1 1 1 1
Display VFD No No VFD
S/PDIF Optical Yes Yes Yes Yes
Component Yes No No Yes
Composite(RCA) Yes Yes Yes Yes

UD-Combo[edit]

This is essentially a full high definition(1080p) version of the UD Combo(S2+T) PVR, a 450 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB of Flash memory, 256MB of RAM. It also features one HDMI, two USB 2.0, one e-SATA and one 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces. It has a VFD display.

UD-1000HD(180 x 145 x 40)[edit]

This is full high definition(1080p) USB PVR. It also features one HDMI, two USB 2.0, one 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces. It has and touchpad on front.

UD-1100HD(180 x 145 x 40)[edit]

This is essentially a full high definition(1080p) version of the UD-1000HD(S2/T/C) USB PVR, a 450 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB of Flash memory, 256MB of RAM. It also features one HDMI, one USB 2.0, one 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces. It has and touchpad on front.

The main differences of the UD-1100HD compared to the UD-1000HD are one USB port.

UD-2000HD(280 x 180 x 58)[edit]

This is full high definition(1080p) USB PVR. It supports one fixed tuner and one detachable tuner module(S2,T,C). It also features one HDMI, two USB 2.0, one eSATA, two Common Interface, two Smart card, one Optical and one 10/100 Mbit/s Ethernet interfaces.

Plug-ins[4][edit]

There are also many 3rd party plugins available. Plugins such as Weather forecast, YouTube, IRC chhatting, WebCam, youporn, torrent are available.

In addition, unofficial third-party conditional access software modules (CAMs or emulators[5]) are widely circulated on the Internet that emulate the CA systems developed by NDS (VideoGuard), Irdeto, Conax, Nagravision, Viaccess and other proprietary vendors. Some Uni-box owners use these softcams in conjunction with card sharing software to access pay TV services without a subscription card inserted in every connected box. This practice may be illegal in some jurisdictions and third-party software for this purpose is neither officially endorsed nor supported by UNIDIS and voids the official warranty.

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