As satellite tv goes, the German main channels do have a fairly good epg ( Electronic Programme Guide ) , much better than the French for example, even with the Fransat or TNT receivers which are pretty expensive, only NOW and NEXT programme information is offered.
There is an option on the latest receivers from Amiko, to include the “Cross Epg” which is an app. loaded in the receivers software. This remarkable service accesses an online database, maintained by Rytec, which contains programme information for most of the free German tv channels
The main advantages are 1) speed and 2) completeness
1) As the database is accesses each night at a pre determined time and downloaded completely automatically, it is ready instantly, when the user presses the EPG button on any channel. Without this facility, it would depend on which frequency the receiver is tuned to, as to which information is available. So it makes very slow progress indeed when a user is browsing across channels for something interesting to watch for the evening.
2) The quality and number of channels indexed on the Rytec database is far superior to the per-channel broadcast information, some of the smaller channels which usually have no EPG at all, do appear when the app is used.
don’t let the small size of this receiver fool you ! It is the most sophisticated receiver currently available.
It displays in full HD , the picture quality on the German HD channels is amazing. Amiko have refined their design of digital filters to eliminate the digital effects and dot patterns that used to appear on some receivers in the past. On modern Hi Tech tvs like Samsung the picture quality is simply the best I have seen even against much more expensive receivers like Dreambox and VU+
For the real satellite enthusiast there is the option of booting the machine in Linux , using software more often found with Dreambox receivers – Enigma2. With this, you have many options, the online community continues to improve both function and online facilities into their open software. Under the Amiko native “Spark” software, though, there is more than enough to satisfy most users, the software is very stable and extremely user friendly.
For the users wanting a clean , box free appearance in the tv room, the Amiko can be hidden away in a cupboard or drawer, it only needs the Infra Red sensor to be visible, to pick up the remote commands. It will also record your programmes, when connected to a suitable recording drive – I can supply these too.
Up to date list of German Channels available: ( note there are actually over 100 with the regional variations and “exotic” channels but just the main ones are listed here )
To connect the Amiko to the internet, to use the Rytec database, I can supply a WiFi adaptor, pre made short ( up to 15 m ) ethernet cables or make cables to order to reach your router.
For a quote, to install German Channels with the new Amiko Mini HD receiver please click here we work anywhere in England , Scotland or Wales
If you have been using a Technomate TM 5200 or 5300 or 5400 SD receiver or a TM5402 HD receiver, you can use the USB facility to Update the software and add a USB hard drive for recordings. The ordinary pen type memory stick can be used in the Software transfer menu to update the software, or save a list of channels that you have painstakingly sorted into favourite groups. You can then use the file in another Technomate receiver.
Once you have partitioned the drive using a PC for FAT32 file system, the drive is ready to connect to the Usb port on the front or back of your receiver. It should then be formatted on the receiver, to be fully ready for use , recording.
On the German channels the on screen guide can be used to set up timer recordings, simply navigate to the programme to be set for recording and press ok. See full article
I’ve received a number of requests for Turkish and German channels in the same installation and from one dish.
Yes! It is possible, see the section of the main site on the Multi dish by using this marvellous wide angle dish, All the German free channels and All the Turkish free channels, plus the Uk freesat can all be received on one set top box.