Dream Multimedia, the leading producer of Linux-based set-top boxes, will be showing the DM500 HD as well as the DM800 HD se, both of which feature a new type of hybrid tuner, at the Anga Cable show from 3. to 5. May, and in addition will be presenting the long-awaited DM7020 HD. This newest HDTV Dreambox is characterised by its flexible tuner concept and the large colour OLE display on the front panel.
As the receiver comes equipped with two slots for plug-and-play tuners, the DM7020 HD can be used for cable, satellite or antenna reception. The Dreambox is supplied ex factory complete with an exchangeable DVB S2 tuner. The second slot remains open.
The DM7020 HD can be turned into a PVR by installing any commercially available 3.5 hard drive. Two USB 2.0 connections as well as the HDMI output and the 10/100-Mbit Ethernet interface round off the specifications for the new Dreambox. The recommended retail price has not yet been determined.
But that is not the only innovation Dream will be presenting at the Anga Cable show. At our stand (U9), the DM500 HD and DM800 HD se will be on show with an integrated hybrid tuner, which can be used for both digital cable and DVB-T reception. The Dreamboxes can be set for the desired form of reception at any time. Also, Dream will be presenting the prototype of a DVB S2 tuner with two inputs, meaning you no longer need to use a second tuner.
In addition, Dream will be showing an absolute world first, which is targeted at both television set manufacturers and at consumers. Using an interface developed by Dream, the functions of the Dreambox can be integrated into the television set.
Television manufacturers have the choice: They can either install the interface including the appropriate board in their TV sets, or they offer their products featuring only the interface. As Dream plans to offer the board for sale in the trade, consumers will have the option of installing the board themselves in just a few easy steps.
Dream spokesperson Alpaslan Karasu: The convergence of TV and IP is old hat for us. Using YouTube, mediatheques or news services is commonplace for Dreambox owners. Now, TV manufacturers too can benefit from our many years of experience in working with hybrid technologies and their integration into a consumer product.