My Dreambox 500s (clone?) no longer starts. It had many features I liked, and in addition, as it was Linux-based and had support from projects like OpenPLI there was the chance to build a my own easier to use interface. I've upgraded to a YH F2 (perhaps rebranded, perhaps a Skybox F2 clone) from TradeMe, which while it also has some nice features, is very closed and has never been reverse engineered. The operating system is not Linux. And it can only be modded to the extent that you replace the tunings, and the startup logo, or some similar limited set of things.
What I would like to do is buy a satellite receiver which has the following features:
- Open source ideally Linux-based firmware allowing improvement (Dreambox supports this).
- Recording to an existing hard drive in standard formats, without requiring the drive be reformated (F2 supports this, Dreambox supports this).
- EPG that allows easy viewing of multiple channels with a good range of times at once (my Dreambox supported this).
- Fully DVB-S & DVB-S2 compliant (S/S2-supporting F2 picks up the Aussie channel 9, where Dreambox S-supporting did not).
- Optional: dual tuner.
There are none on Trademe. And I can't find any stores in NZ which sell them. Write off all Openbox, Skybox, YH. These are all the same OpenBox non-Linux OS.