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TechniSat Announces DigiCom Beta 1 DVB-Sat-Receiver

New Set-Top Box to Ship in November (October 02, 2001)
TechniSat announced the availability of the DigiCom Beta 1 satellite receiver, featuring an integrated betacrypt decoding module, as of November 2001. The basis for the development of this unit was laid by the licensing agreement signed in August with BetaResearch, the technology division within the Kirch group of companies.

With the availability of a built-in card reading module, all users need to enjoy the Premiere bouquet of programmes is a valid Smartcard. The TechniSat DigiCom Beta 1 receiver also provides reception of all non-encrypted digital TV and radio programs.


Since the unit includes a feature for updating the operational software of the DigiCom Beta 1 via satellite, customers will automatically receive current updates without having to lift a finger. In addition, a convenient and easy-to-use on-screen display menu is available in eleven languages, making operation of the DVB receiver child's play. These days, many digital TV and radio programs are broadcast via satellite In order to ensure that viewers can receive this huge selection of satellite programs as quickly and conveniently as possible, the DigiCom Beta 1 is pre-programmed at the factory. An automatic program scan feature helps you to update the program list regularly later on, so that you are constantly up to date in being able to choose from the constantly increasing range of digital satellite programs.

The electronic programme guide (EPG) assists viewers in keeping track of all these programs. The EPG is based on a special technology developed by TechniSat. An associated company, INFOSAT, provides the editorial means in compiling a database that covers all programs and platforms, providing a uniform presentation of all relevant information relating to all digital satellite content. INFOSAT maintains an editorial team in Luxembourg, in close proximity to the ASTRA uplink station, in order to compile this convenient and extremely useful, up-to-date INFOSAT-EPG.

In addition, the DigiCom Beta 1 is also equipped with, among other features, a timer for 128 events, DiSEqC 1.0, a parental control feature, and is Dolby Digital compatible (AC3). The DigiCom Beta 1 measures a compact 305 x 65 x 135 mm (WxHxD) and is available in grey, from authorized stockists, at a retail price of 359,- (DM 702,14 in Germany).

The DigiCom Beta 1 represents an addition to the TechniSat range of digital products. Digital set-top boxes capable of receiving programmes encrypted by means of the betacrypt system via cable are currently under development by TechniSat. In addition, boxes equipped with the Common Interface (CI), and capable of taking up to two Conditional Access (CA) decoding modules are being planned.

About TechniSat Digital GmbH
The TechniSat group develops and produces products in the field of entertainment electronics as well as in the field of information technology, all based in Germany.

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