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#20193 16-Mar-2008 14:08
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I am being asked by a few guys I have sold the DM500's to in the past about if I am planning to get in any more. At this stage I was thinking no due to my wife having enough, however due to the high value of the NZ$ at the mo I am thinking of doing a one-off bulk buy of the DM600PVR.

The Dreambox DM600PVR is a udpated version from the DM500 which also has the ability to take a 2.5" IDE harddisk in addition to it's many other features.

Features include:

1)Support for full EPG download off the satellite into the box
2)Timed recording of programs off the EPG, setting up timers either via the On Screen Display or web interface.
3)Access to the internal disk via Samba (Windows Share) so you can take recorded movies off the HD, or put MPEG2 videos on.
4)Play ISO images of DVD movies including the full menu system. My wife loves this since now I have used DVDDecryptor to rip all our DVDs into a single directory on the HD, and see can play them. No more scratched DVDs!.
5)Component + Composite outputs (no HDMI) via RCA (composite) or SCART (Composite, SVideo or Component).
6)Ethernet interface for uploading/downloading content, firmware upgrade, or accessing the web interface.
7)Swapable tuners so you can use it with Satellite, or Cable TV (TCL Cable in Wgtn/chch with smartcard). For TCL cable you need to buy a Cable tuner from the DM reseller there, mine was $102NZ all up including delivery for the tuner.
8)Blindscanning. Works well, and am in the process of improving the front end code when I have time.
9)Runs Linux, so you can do pretty much anything you want. There are a number of good images for the boxes, and you can build your own if you want as well as the whole software is open source, if you are up for it!

So this is a full PVR out of the box! And it's only the size of 3 regular DVD cases ontop of each other! Will post photos of mine shortly.

The only downsides to the box is that it doesn't have HDMI/MPEG4 support so you can't use them with a DVB-T tuners to get the DTT service in NZ.

For those interested please PM me, and I was looking at selling them for ~$300, I would be expecting upfront payment before I make the order to ensure you are serious, and if Customs/GST slam me it may be a little more once they land (but i doubt more than ~$330-350 all up, but I hope it should stay just under $300). They are ex-china so not "official" boxes, but I have had great support (albiet a little slow) for the few that have had issues.

I will be installing a customised version of the PLi image (now that I am a tester on PLi, I have access to their source :) with all the NZ Specific settings (Satellite LNB, NZ Program Bouquets setup so the channels are in the right order) done, so there should be very little if any reconfiguration required once the boxes turn up (apart from putting a 2.5" IDE disk in if you want one).




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  #117544 19-Mar-2008 15:45
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Bump, so far have 8 people, 4 more and I will make an order.




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  #117545 19-Mar-2008 15:49
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Do they come with the dvb-s tuner included? ta..

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  #117549 19-Mar-2008 16:05
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They include a DVB-S tuner that supports blindscanning (Alps BSBE-702A I think) and you can swap the tuner for a DVB-C tuner (which also supports blindscanning on Cable)




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  #117734 20-Mar-2008 09:36
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http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?ForumId=34&TopicId=20291

As you said here BarTender you said there is a dvb-t version coming out i would be interested in one of these units price depending of course.


would you consider waiting for this box to get better shipping rates?




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  #117738 20-Mar-2008 10:04
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The DVB-T version that has MPEG4/H264 support (not sure about the AAC tho) called the DM8000/800 (8000 dual tuner, 800 single tuner) will be officially released by Dream in Germany next month I suspect.  RRP I have heard for the 8000 ~800Euro+, the 800 will be ~600Euro I suspect.  Which is a lot of money to spend IMHO.

The boxes I am looking at are ex-china so replicas.  And hence why they are a lot cheaper, however I would doubt anyone could tell the difference between a real or a clone, as they are extactly the same from what I have seen of the 600PVR, I suspect they are actaully made by the same manufacturer, and the official chinese company who makes them "sells some on the side".





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  #117741 20-Mar-2008 10:12
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WOW thats insanly over priced. def wont be getting one at that price.

thanks

Oh and to those complaining bout a $500 STB this is $1200ish for one (sure it has more features but still)




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  #117750 20-Mar-2008 11:08
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For me the 600PVR is a very cheaply priced SD (not HD) Fully featured PVR when bought from china, The legal boxes are ~$440 Aus + Delivery, which is kinda up there as well.  Works well with Satellite or Cable (TCL Digital Cable TV Subscribers only in NZ).  As there isn't any HD content on either Sat or Cable so the whole "HD" argument is moot IMHO.  DTT is another story, and to get a HD Dreambox is way out of my price range (if you could even buy one, since they are not released yet).

I have sold a stack of the 500's (ones that don't take a harddisk) to a number of people in NZ, and have not heard anything since apart from requests for further boxes.

For me the 600's best feature is the disk and being able to record DVD's / movies and take the box with me when I go away.  My wife and I went away a last month with kids, having all the TV shows the kids loved to watch on a box the size of 3 DVD cases ontop of each other was very easy to pack up (box, remote, powersupply, cable and I was done!) and squeeze into the car.  Plus where we were staying had a sky dish, so we hooked it up and had freeview.




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  #117762 20-Mar-2008 13:17
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Yeah the 600s are good value the 800s are not even close (but i guess the clones will be far bit cheaper).




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  #118710 26-Mar-2008 09:27
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One more and we are away!




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