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TELE-satellite International — The World‘s Largest Digital TV Trade Magazine
— 09-10/2012
removing the USB memory
after flashing so that the re-
ceiver does not automatically
start the flash menu.
Again, the receiver needs
to be re-started after the
flash routine and it first
shows the RTI welcome
screen, followed by an instal-
lation wizard.
The first parameter that
needs to be adjusted is
screen resolution, which we
once again set at 1080i with
50 Hz. Language selection is
next and just like with AZtri-
no the list of options is very
Finally, we had to config-
ure our reception equipment.
To that end we selected the
SIMPLE mode and entered
the four satellite positions we
can receive. After that, we
were able to initiate a chan-
nel search, which was com-
pleted after 48 minutes with
a result of 4017 channels in
We should like to mention
at this point that the weather
had vastly improved since the
previous search and when
looking up we saw a blue sky
instead of grey cloud.
We went on to test the
media player of the RTI im-
age, only to find out that the
firmware version we used
came with a bug of the media
player which meant that films
or music just would not play
back. What a shame, even
though we are convinced one
of the upcoming release ver-
sions will address that issue.
While we were at it, we
simply could not keep our fin-
gers off the OpenPLI image
either. In terms of functions,
it is largely identical with the
RTI image, even though the
pre-installed skins obviously
look different.
You need to dig a little
deeper to discover the dif-
ferences: The OpenPLI firm-
ware comes with a different
media player which was able
to access all of our films on
an external USB HDD or via
the local network. The player
even displayed subtitles cor-
On the other hand, blind
scan is not available with this
image. As they say, you win
some, you lose some…
Just like with the RTI image
there is a pre-installed plugin
server which provides a wide
range of plugins and there-
fore can be used to expand
the range of features of the
receiver enormously. Among
other things, e-mail plugins
are available as is access to
various content libraries.
Once again, the AZBox
manufacturer has come up
with a new product for a mar-
ket segment that has been
neglected so far.
The AZBox miniMe is a very
small Linux receiver with el-
egant, yet low-key looks
plus a range of functions and
features that are second to
none. For more information
about general features of the
AZBox range please have a
read of our ‘AZBox Receiver
Software’ series which fo-
cuses on a specific aspect in
each issue of TELE-satellite.
In spite of its small size
the AZBox miniMe does not
heat up even during heavy-
duty use: lukewarm is all we
could feel. There is no built-
in fan required, which means
the unit does not create any
noise whatsoever.
No matter whether you
only want to watch satellite
television or tinker with your
hardware and software: The
AZBox miniMe is the way to
go. Not only is it possible to
install different firmware ver-
sions, two images can even
be installed at the same time,
provided they work with the
same kernel.
If worse comes to worst,
you can always switch the
recovery button which will
quickly get you out of trou-
bles with a working image.
Trying out new plugins is
fun, and creating network
shares with all associated
possibilities will keep you en-
tertained for days. Even the
missing front display can be
retrofitted – find out how by
reading ‘Digital Picture Frame
for the AZBox ME’ in TELE-
satellite 06-07-08/2012.
Thanks to the IR jack it also
possible to position the re-
ceiver completely out of sight