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Ultimate Geek
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#150615 28-Jul-2014 14:44
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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.
Does anyone know where I can get one in NZ?

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.

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  #1100040 1-Aug-2014 14:25
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Your options are fairly limited if just looking in NZ as there isn't much of a market outside Freeview boxes. My recommendation would be to import a Vu+ Solo2 or Duo2.

I have the Solo2 and it's fantastic! Linux based like your Dreambox. (I'm running the OpenPLI image) Dual DVB-S2 tuners. Several EPG plugins, (Cool TV Guide is really good) USB drives don't usually have to be reformatted but the internal drive will need to be.


Trade NZ and US shares and funds with Sharesies (affiliate link).

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Ultimate Geek
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  #1101201 3-Aug-2014 16:42
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Thanks for the reply.  It does sound like the most viable option. It looks like ordering one in from overseas seems like the way I'll have to go.


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Ultimate Geek
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  #1101207 3-Aug-2014 17:09
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One question: Where did you buy it from?  I looked at world of satellite in the UK, which someone else recommended here in a past post, and they don't ship to NZ.

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  #1101217 3-Aug-2014 17:45
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rmt38: One question: Where did you buy it from?  I looked at world of satellite in the UK, which someone else recommended here in a past post, and they don't ship to NZ.

Try YouShop - let's you get stuff sent from the UK from sellers who won't ship here.

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  #1101221 3-Aug-2014 18:05
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Does the Solo2 work with Sky cards at all?

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  #1107032 12-Aug-2014 13:20
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Yeah you can configure it to woirk with (the right) Sky cards.

I got mine from BF Sat in France, (via Ebay auction). But as suggested above would be easy enough to get it sent to Youshop and have it forwarded from there.

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  #1118358 30-Aug-2014 09:02
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You can buy dreambox 800hd clones from deal extreme and they will ship for $155 us, not as good as vu+ and they are older and have slower processors but it you just want hd tv they are good.  Sure if you spend some time looking at de they will have more up to date boxs.

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