Strong’s latest offering in High Definition Digital Set Top Boxes is this cute little guy. He may be only 160 x 104 x 28mm and weigh in at 168Gms, but He packs a punch.
Of course it is Full 1080p High Definition, and allows you to watch Multimedia Files on your TV( Common File Types; JPEG, MP3, AVI, MKV etc) from USB, it has HDMI and Composite connections and Digital Audio Output. You can record onto an external USB Hard Drive or stick (Not supplied), BUT! You can record 2 programs from same network while watching another program. Sounds confusing? It’s not really; all ABC channels are on the same Network, ALL 9s, 10s and 7s are on their own network ie: 7, 72 ,7Mate, are all on the Seven network so you could record 7, 72 and watch Mate. Works for all other Networks too.
It also has a 7 Day EPG with one touch record, timer record etc. Closed Captions and Parental Lock, Auto and Manual channel search. It has comes with a handy detachable power cable, which makes installation a bit easier (great for caravans as well). Comes with Remote Control, Installation Manual & AV Leads (we do however recommend HDMI leads for optimal picture and audio quality.
I get asked A LOT about the difference between Freeview (7, 9, 10, ABC, SBS etc) and Free to air Satellite; no they are not the same thing.
Free to air Satellite and Free to Air (Freeview) are different in Australia, long standing tradition within our borders is that normal terrestrial digital TV (What you get through your aerial) is referred to as Free to Air, which is kind of strange as we only have 1 subscription service (Foxtel) which is paid, all the national broadcasters are free anyway.
Now when it comes to Satellite it becomes a completely different story; Free to air is ALL Channels available over a one or more selected satellites, that DO NOT require an access Smart Card. There is also hundreds of channels available, granted many of them are non English. Head over the http://www.lyngsat.com for a huge list of services, http://www.lyngsat.com/AsiaSat-5.html this is just a sample of Asia5 satellite. You will also note various other description listed as well DVBS or DVBS2 or MPEG4, HD etc. this is the type of broadcast this service offers, most are now starting to switch to DVBS-2, MPEG4, HD, so if you have an older satellite receiver it may not decode the services anymore.
Then with Freeview or VAST (Viewer Access Satellite TV) which covers the national broadcasters ie; 7, 9, 10 all in digital via satellite; this is entirely different set up, yes it is still Ku Band, still requires a dish, LNB and receiver, but it is now activated by a Smart Card and needs a special card, matched with a VAST accessible (or compliant) receiver. For more info about VAST please visit the Government Digital ready website. Please note that STRONG Australia currently does not have a VAST Compliant receiver.
What is the difference between C band and Ku Band? This is in reference to the type of frequency, essential C band operates at a lower frequency and covers a larger area, and Ku band operates at a higher frequency and covers a smaller area, this area is referred to as a Footprint….see below image so you need a direct line of sight with any actual satellite to be able to access the stream.
In addition the Ku Band dishes are smaller (under 1.2m) and C Band dishes are larger. They also require different LNB(Fs) [low noise block filter] this actually grabs the signal bounced of the satellite and collected in the dish and then sends to a receiver and decodes it as images.
STRONG‘s DVRs changed the world of TV, with the SRT7000, now we have re released this ever popular model, along with a few changes. The SRT 7014 offers the usual STRONG DVR features; 500GB Hard Drive, Twin Tuners, Multimedia playback, it also supports a Component & Composite AV Input to record from external devices; such as Camcorder, CD, DVD, Pay TV and game consoles. With access to the internet; with full web browsing, social media and live video streaming, there is also Smart Phone connectivity – you can turn your smart phone into a remote and you can share photos, video and music between your phone, iPad(or other tablet), PC and DVR. It also offers streaming to DLNA enabled devices. It comes with a wireless dongle for Wifi connection or you can run thernet cable. You can even add a wireless keyboard and mouse (not supplied). But back to the TV; the SRT 7014 features Smart Series Record, you can record every episode of your favourite TV program in simple steps, you don’t even need the internet connection for this feature. The Twin Tuners allow you to record up to 3 programs while watching a 4th (from 2 networks) or a pre-recorded program.
Access the latest Digital Channels
Live video streaming with iPhone/iPod/iPad & Android Devices, check out out YouTube channel for more info
Record up to 500 hours of content
Record three, while watching a fourth
Smart Series Record
Internet Browser and Social Media
Smart Phone Connectivity & Streaming to DLNA devices
Pause & Rewind Live TV
Access all available Digital Channels
7 Day Electronic Program Guide (EPG)
Chase Play, Editing, Book Marks and Ad skipping options
Multiple Outputs; HDMI, Component & Composite
Digital Audio Output
Multimedia Playback – File types include; MP3, JPEG, MKV, WMV, VOB, MOV, AVI, DivX and many more.
Picture in Picture Mode (PIP)
Closed Captions text for the hearing impaired, Record & Playback
AV Input – to record from external devices such as; VHS, Camcorder, Game Consoles, CD/DVD and music. Please note files are recorded as .TS Format as Digital files in Standard Definition. Visit the Product Tutorial for more information.
NEW – signal strength meter on info bar
NEW – Delete multiple files from file list
* Internet connection is required, may incur data usage charges
Everything you love to do on the internet, your can now do on your TV – in HD!
Love watching the latest YouTube clips, TV Shows and Movies? No need for everyone to sit around a small PC Screen; enjoy in HD on your TV. With a full Web browser and Media Repositories like XBMC, Video streaming couldn’t be easier. You can even sign up for Netflix & Hulu Plus to access more great online content.
Share movies, photos and music to any DLNA enabled device.
Access games from Playstore, as well as old school console games with game emulators, take a trip down memory lane with Classic Sega/Nintendo/ PlayStation games, Arcade games, as well as the endless list of Android platform games. You can use a Bluetooth or USB game controller, or even set up a remote app on your phone!
Facetime with friends
You can access all Social Media Platforms; Facebook, Twitter, Skype etc. It is recommended for ease of use to add a Wireless keyboard and mouse (not supplied). Using the built in Microphone you can ‘chat’ with family and friends – add a web camera (not supplied) and you can have video calls.
News and Current Affairs
Catch up with the news and current affairs from local sources or from around the world, with full web browser, as well as news apps and periodicals.
Connect a USB Hard Drive and you can watch all your movies, in full HD, you can also view photos and listen to music.
For more information on the new Rock-Box by STRONG, please visit our website www.rock-box.com.au
Not signed up to Getflix yet? Not sure what Getflix is? There is a whole world of entertainment not available to us Aussies, until now!
Getflix offers a unique way to unblock sites usually restricted to USA residents only, you still sign up to the likes of Netflix and Hulu Plus and pay your monthly subscription, but let’s face it the relatively small charges compared to PayTV in Australia; it makes good cents (pardon the pun). So why not start your free trial today> visit www.getflix.com.au to read more.
So what can you expect for approx AUD$20.00 per month? Getflix, Netflix & Hulu Plus
Getflix visit the Getflix website and start your free trial. If you decide to sign up (I am sure you will) the usual cost is AUD$2.95 but sign up before 31st May and Like their Facebook page and it will only cost AUD$2.45 per month. Please read instructions, they are not overly difficult, but if you miss a step things don’t work! my bad! Also if you have DDNS as opposed to DNS you may need to update IP address at Getflix a few times initially (every few days I had to log back into Getflix and update the IP, but after a week mine settled down). Initially I was only using Netflix, but it worked so well I now use Hulu Plus as well.
Netflix (approx AUD$8.63 [US$7.99] per month) is just like a huge video store, but without the actual DVDs. There is an enormous amounts of Movies and TV Shows that can be selected to watch via streaming over the internet. Pretty much anything that has already been released on DVD is available. You can even set up accounts for different members of the household and select shows to add to ‘My List’ to watch later. It even remembers what episode of a series you are up to. If you have Netflix set up on TVs in different rooms of the house (or on smart phone/tablets), you can pause a movie in the lounge room and then start watching from where you stopped in bed……..now that’s cool. It even suggests things to watch based on current preferences. There is a whole world of TV Shows we have never even seen in Australia, as well as so many old favourites.
Netflix is easy to negotiate and is very user friendly, the quality is amazing (dependent on internet speed), however it has this really cool feature of adaptive technology……… meaning that if your internet is quite slow the show will still play but the quality will be a little lower (still perfectly watchable as far as I am concerned) or if you have really great internet it is in most cases HD – this also depends on the show, movies from the 60,70,80 etc wont be in HD unless they are re mastered!
Hulu Plus (approx AUD$8.63 [US$7.99] per month) Hulu is a mix of old and new, features a large range of titles of TV Shows and Movies, but also offers Catch Up TV, not Australian, but USA Catch Up TV…………..don’t get left behind or miss an episode anymore. It remembers what you watch (similar to Netflix) and offers selections you may be interested in, but will list ‘New’ episodes on a program you are currently watching that you have not seen yet. The only downfall with Hulu Plus is that there is occasionally adverts in some TV Shows, 30 – 60 seconds in most cases, the most I have had so far is 3 commercials in an ad break. Apparently none during movies.
The best things about both of these services is that you can watch what ever YOU WANT…when YOU WANT, it is not restricted to timetables and EPGs simply select what show you want and press play. No Need to download, as these are streaming, so it will use less download limit; but beware it will use you download allowance, so you may need to keep an eye on your usage if you are on a small plan. After 3 weeks of using we are very happy with all 3 services, and run them on the New Rock-Box HD Media Player and even on our Android Tablets. It is suitable for various other devices as well from PC, iOS, Android, PS, XBox, & more. So why not start your free trial today!
Rock-Box by STRONG Australia, is the latest offering in HD Media Players, available in Dual and Quad Core options; due for release April 2014, this Media Player promises to be The Ultimate Media Player
Plays Full HD Movies, Music and Photos on your HD TV
Dual (SRT RB2) and Quad Core (SRT RB4) versions available, Android Operating system (4.2.2), Full Web Browser
Access HD Movie content through Netflix, Hulu+ & more (requires US VPN)
Access Google Playstore for Apps, Games, Movies and more
Watch multimedia Files via USB or Micro SD Card reader, plays virtually any file format
1GBRAM with 8GB storage (SRT RB2) or 2GB RAM, with 16GB storage (SRT RB4)
Built in Wi-Fi and LAN
Built in Bluetooth and Microphone
Plays AAA Android games and Retro game emulators
DLNA File sharing
Features rotatable, non-detachable Wi-Fi antenna for stronger signal strength
Suitable for XBMC and other Media applications
HDMI and Composite outputs
MEPS power saving
Compact design 115 x 115 x 30mm (Antenna height 120mm)
Comes with a Remote with on screen keyboard and mouse feature or you can connect a wireless keyboard and mouse or keyboard/trackpad
We believe the Rock-Box is the quickest, easiest way to access unlimited Movie & TV content on your HD TV (also suitable for older style TVs). It has more SMART FEATURES than most products currently available. The unit is small, simple to use, easy to install and value packed.
**Please note that this product requires Internet, charges and data usage may apply.
SRT MPT, new HD Media Player from STRONG Australia with built in HD Digital TV Tuner with record function via USB, coming April 2014.
Features Dual Core AndroidTM Operating system , full web browser
Play HD movies, music and photos on your TV, plays virtually any file format
Access HD Movie content through Netflix, Hulu+ and more
Shop Google Playstore for apps, games, movies and more
Watch multimedia files via USB or Micro SD Card Reader
1GB RAM, 8GB built in storage
Built in Wi-Fi, plus LAN
High Definition Digital TV Tuner receiver with Record Function via external USB Hard Drive; Record 1 program while watching another from same network ie; record 7 and watch 72 (Hard Drive not supplied)
Access all Digital TV Stations in your area
Access Facebook, Twitter, Youtube on your TV
DLNA for wireless connectivity
Comes with Remote control with on screen virtual keyboard and mouse
Small, compact design – 115 x 155 x 30mm (D x W X H)
Easy to install and use
* Please note Internet connection is required, Internet usage and data charges may apply
** Channel reception is subject to local broadcast coverage and may require an upgrade to your existing aerial
Australia is fast approaching the final stage switch over from analogue to digital only TV, with Melbourne, Sydney and Remote Central and Eastern Regions turning the analogue off for good in early December 2013.
As the final step in the move to Digital only TV, some TV Channels are changing their frequency (where the signal comes from, not the actual channel – 7 will still be 7). This retune began in May 2013 and is due to be completed by December 31st 2014. You will need to retune your TV, Set Top Box or Digital Video Recorder when these changes happen in your area. If you don’t, you won’t be able to receive all free-to-air channels. To find out your area’s retune date and more information on what you will need to do, please visit http://retune.digitalready.gov.au
So why the re tune? These moves will free up broadcasting space that will be used for new services, such as mobile broadband. Different areas will need to retune on different dates until the end of 2014. Just like the switch to digital-only TV, the retune has been carefully planned to make sure the change is as easy as possible.
If you own a STRONG Digital set top box or Digital Video Recorder, it is easy to re tune your channels via the menu settings and run and automatic channel scan. Don’t forgot the default PIN Code is “0000”. If you have any problems, we have an automated help desk which solves most common problems, or you can request a call back 1800 820 030. You can even send an email; email@example.com
If your set top box or DVR does not automatically save the new channels inputs, try doing a factory reset (in settings) and then re scan.