Unibox 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
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:
|Size||290 x 200 x 58||180 x 145 x 38||180 x 145 x 38||180 x 145 x 38|
|Default OS||ST Linux||ST Linux||ST Linux||ST Linux|
|DVB||S2+T||S2/T/C||S2/T/C||S2 + S2/T/C|
|USB||2 x 2.0||2 x 2.0||1 x 2.0||2 x 2.0|
|HDD||e-sata, USB||USB||USB||e-sata, USB|
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)
UD-1100HD(180 x 145 x 40)
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)
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.
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) 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.
- TV2Me - the original placeshifting device, developed by Ken Schaffer
- LocationFree Player
- Monsoon HAVA
- Hauppauge MediaMVP - another connected device based on the IBM STB02500 chip
- Home theater PC
- Telly (home entertainment server)
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