Technomate have now introduced their model TM5402HD receiver, the cheapest HD so far. I have tested and installed several of these in the last few weeks and can report that the unit performed very well, tuning in the weakest and strongest of signals from many different satellites faultlessly. Blind search is also fast ( not quite as fast as the Manhattans but quite adequate, and it didn’t miss any channels. A stringent test on the Czech channels from SkyLink showed great pictures without any breakup, when the original Czech receiver was hopeless ( built to operate in the Cz Republic on a strong signal ) .
So I can thoroughly recommend the TM5402HD as a great receiver with a budget price, fast tuning , stable operation and great features like USB for recording, which is very easy to set up and to operate. The picture quality on the German HD and Uk HD channels was breathtaking, testing the output via HDMI on a Samsung LED flatscreen model 50 inch.
Gives the full 7 day EPG on the German channels
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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
The guide button on your satellite receiver, will operate differently on many European satellite channel services, the Spanish channels for example have no text or guide, the French have it on some channels .
The German Channels fortunately display the full 7 day whats on Guide , shortly after scrolling down the channel list, the guide will fill up and display all the programmes with the synopsis in a separate window.
With the Triax receiver / recorder I recommend, you can set up a recording directly from the Guide, simply press ‘OK’ and the timer is set! what could be simpler.
Incidentally, for anyone wanting the Uk freesat channels AND the German channels in one receiver, the Humax HD boxes have one advantage over the ordinary satellite receiver: as they are designed for FreeSat, they have access to the 7 day FreeSat guide as well as the 7 day German Guide, with an ordinary receiver only the ‘now and next’ guide is available on the Uk main channels.
I can supply the full range of Triax, Technomate and Humax receivers with any system