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Sab Triple Tuner

SAB™ Unix HD Triple Tuner

14B_SAB_S903
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DESCRIPTION of SAB Unix HD Triple Tuner

  • Manufacturer: Made by SAB in Holland
  • Linux Operating Sysem: SPARK (Default) or Enigma2
  • Box Contains
    • SAB Unix HD Triple Tuner
    • Remote Control & Batteries
    • User Manual in English
  • Definition: Standard & High Definition
  • Capacity of 5000 TV & Radio Channels
  • PVR Ready
  • Note: 320GB Internal Hard Drive Option
    • If Chosen, Deactivates Front USB Port & Card Reader
  • Resolution: Up to 1080p
  • MPEG-2, MPEG4, H.264 and DVB-T Compliant
  • DVB-S2 & DVB-T2 Compliant
  • Tuners: 1x DVB-T2 & 2x DVB-S2
    • Note: Need Quad LNB Minimum to Get Best Results
  • Colour: Black
  • Dimensions: 300x64x231mm
  • Multi-Language Support
  • Back of Box
    • Scart (TV)
    • Aerial In / Aerial Out
    • HDMI Connection
    • RCA Sockets
    • RS232 for Software Upgrades
    • LNB IN/OUT x2
    • USB port
    • S/PDIF Output for Digital Audio
    • On/Off Switch
    • Ethernet Port
  • Front of Box
    • Manual Operation Buttons
    • Digital Display
    • USB Port
    • Conax Card Reader
  • Available Pre-Programmed - See 'List of Channels' Tab
  • Supports FAT32 & NTFS
  • Comes With 3 Pin UK/Ireland Plug
  • PVR Ready
  • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and USALS
  • Media Player: AVI, MKV, MPG, TS, WMA, WMV, M2TS, FLV, DAT, ASF, MP3
  • IP TV Services Including On Demand RTE Player (Enigma2)

Choice of Operating Systems - Why Choose Enigma2 Option?

Choosing this otpion allows you tap into some great online features

  • 7 Day EPG Guide on Satellite as well as Saorview channels
  • Automatic channel updating if there is a new frequency changes
  • Ability to add Series link option
  • Ability to add additional features as free plugins become available
  • Display channel logo next to channel e.g. BBC, ITV, C4 Logos etc
  • Possible to automatically group and list channels e.g. By movies, news, kids

Note: Enigma2 is an open source freeware platform - people use it as it has a great online community behind it and allows you to add lots of features. But it is really for DIYers who can put up with the pains that come with this type of a "lets develop a feature and see what happens' - it is not covered or supported officially by any manufacturer. We give a full warranty on the default Spark OS which is both reliable and fully supported by the manufacturer. We don't (no one does) give warranty on any Enigma2 features

USES of SAB Unix HD Triple Tuner

  • HD digital recevier for receiving both
    • Irish digital terrestrial TV (Saorview Channels)
    • Has DVB-T2 tuner so will work with Freeview HD in UK
    • Standard & HD free UK satellite channels
  • Channel List (See List of Channels Tab) Include
  • RTE 1, RTE 2, TV3, 3e, TG4, UTV Ireland, TG4, RTE One +1, RTEjr etc
    • Need to tune Irish channels to your local transmitter (See video guides)
  • BBC 1,2,3,4, UTV, ITV 2,3,4, ITV be, Channel 4, More 4, E4, Film 4, Channel 4/7 etc
  • Channel 5, CBS, Showcase, Food Channel, Travel Channel, EWTN, VIVA, Pick, Challenge etc
  • CITV, CBBC, Cbeebies etc
  • Sky News, BBC News, Euro News, CNN, CNBC etc
  • True Movies 1 & 2, True Drama, Horror Channel, Men & Movies etc
  • Huge Array of Music Channels
  • All +1 Channels Where Available
  • HD Channels include the following
    • BBC 1 HD, BBC 2 HD, BBC3 HD BBC 4 HD, CBBC HD, Cbeebies HD, UTV HD, C4 HD, BBC News HD, RTE 1 HD, RTE 2 HD etc
  • PVR Features - Add recording with an external hard drive
    • Equipment needed - 250GB, 320GB external hard drive etc
  • Allows viewer to pause, rewind & record live TV shows

ADVANTAGES of SAB Unix HD Triple Tuner

  • The big advantage of the SAB triple tuner box is that as the name suggests, it is a triple tuner
  • This means that you can record a UK channel and watch any other UK channel (need two satellite feeds from dish & external USB storage device)
  • This extra satellite tuner means that it is more versatile than a standard combo receiver when recording
  • The SAB triple tuner is essentially the same box as the Golden Media Triplex & Amiko Alien 2 Triple Tuner boxes at a much lower price
  • The SAB triple tuner is capable of a variety of internet functions (Youtube, Shoutcast, Opera etc)
  • Supports on demand services including RTE player on ENIGMA2
  • The SAB tiple tuner is capable of being upgraded to ENIGMA2
  • Does the job of both a HD satellite receiver and a HD digital terrestrial receiver in a single unit
  • Supports both standard & high definition transmissions
  • It futures proofs your investment by meeting all the latest HD standards
  • Has PVR features (ie. Can pause/record Live TV with addition of external storage device)
  • Large remote for older people
  • Comes with a 3 pin Ireland & UK plug
  • New model comes with an upgraded DVB-T2 tuner so will work with Saorview & Freeview HD
  • Extremely responsive remote

DISADVANTAGES of SAB Unix HD Triple Tuner

  • Does not support MHEG5 which will mean no teletext on HD terrestrial channels
  • More expensive than either a HD satellite receiver or a stand alone digital terrestrial receiver but cheaper than getting them seperately
  • It does not have an RF out i.e. it is not possible to run the picture to an additional room unless you use either an external Modulator or a TRI-Link (allows you to operate box with a sky eye from another room)
  • Although it does not have a 7 day EPG on staellite channels by default, the triple tuner can receive a 7 day EPG on the UK channels over the internet with Enigma2

Index

  • Overview of Latest Enigma2 Verson
  • Automatic Terrestrial Channel
  • Scan Manual Terrestrial Channel Scan
  • PVR Features in Enigma2
  • Networking an Enigma2 Receiver
  • Formatting a USB Drive to EXT3 for Enigma2
  • Edit Channel List on Enigma2
  • Key Plugins - How to Enable & Use
    • Auto Bouquets
    • Cool TV Guide
    • Cross EPG
    • On Demand (RTE Player)

Overview of Latest Enigma2 Version

Automatic Terrestrial Channel Scan

Manual Terrestrial Channel Scan

PVR Features in Enigma2

Networking an Enigma2 Receiver

Formatting a USB Drive to EXT3 for Enigma2

Edit Channel List on Enigma2

Key Plugins - How to Enable & Use

Auto Bouquets

Cool TV Guide

Cross EPG

On Demand (RTE Player)

INDEX

  • Overview & Install of the Sab Triple Tuner Combo Receiver
    • First Time Installation Menu
  • How to Tune in UK Satellite Channels with Autoscan
  • How to Tune in Terrestrial Saorview Channels with Autoscan
  • How to Sort & Delete the Channels on the Sab Triple Tuner
  • How to Program the Sab Triple Tuner with a USB Drive
  • How To Manually Tune in a Satellite Channel
  • How to Use the EPG & Information Button
  • How to Format an External Hard Drive on the Sab Triple Tuner
  • How to Pause & Record Live TV on the Sab Triple Tuner
  • How to Schedule Future Recordings on the Sab Triple Tuner
  • How to Play Back your TV Recordings
  • How to use the Media player for TV Recordings, Videos, Music & Photos
  • How to Access Subtitles on the Sab Triple Tuner
  • How to Safely Remove your External USB Device
  • How to Perform a Factory Reset on the Sab Triple Tuner
  • How to Turn On/Off Audio Description (AD)

Overview & Installation

Complete users guide for the Sab Triple Tuner Satellite Combo Receiver

The Sab Triple Tuner is a PVR ready satellite & digital terrestrial TV combo receiver

This receiver takes 3 feeds from

  • Satellite dish for free UK satellite channels (2x feeds needed for full functionality)
  • UHF aerial for Saorview channels (1x feed needed)

How to Install the Sab Triple Tuner

  • Unpack the box
  • Contents
    • Sab Triple Tuner Satellite Combo Receiver
    • Remote Control, 2x AAA Batteries & User Manual
  • Push the lead from the Aerial into the "Aerial in" connection
  • Screw the leads from the satellite dish into the 2x LNB in connections
  • Connect the scart or HDMI lead from TV to "TV out" connection on box
  • Plug in the power lead
  • Turn on the power switch on the back on the box
  • After around 60 seconds, the box will come on and should automatically switch TV to the correct AV channel if you are connected using a scart cable.  If using a HDMI cable, you may need to use the source button on your TV remote to change to the correct AV channel on the TV

First Time Installation Menu

  • The video above gives a brief overview of the first time installtion menu on the Sab triple tuner box
  • If you buy the box pre-programmed, you will not need to view this
  • If you buy the box un-programmed or perform a factory reset, this will become relevant

How to Tune in UK Satellite Channels with Autoscan

  • Press the menu button on remote control
  • Go to install
  • Go to satellite install
  • Select the Astra 2A @ 28.2E
  • Press red button to scan
    • Blind Scan: ON
    • Mode: FTA
    • All other options as default
  • Press OK to scan
  • Takes around 5-10 minutes
  • All FTA channels will be tuned in
  • When scanning is finished, it asks you to save changes, say yes

How to Tune in Terrestrial Saorview Channels with Autoscan

  • Press the menu button on remote control
  • Go to install
  • Go to terrestrial install
  • Select auto installtion
  • Takes around 4-5 minutes
  • All available Saorview channels will be tuned in
  • When scanning is finished, it asks you to save changes, say yes

How to Sort & Delete Channels on the Sab Triple Tuner

  • Press the menu button on remote control
  • Go to channel
  • Go to organizing channel
  • Use up/down arrow buttons to navigate to desired channel
  • Press arrow right button to go to options
  • Use up/down arrows to select option and press OK
  • You can now either move or delete the desired channel
  • Press exit to leave this menu
  • It will ask do you want to save changes, say yes

How to Program Box with a USB Drive

Backup Channel List to USB Drive

  • With a blank USB drive plugged into box
  • Press the menu button on remote control
  • Go to system
  • Go to upgrade
  • Backup system to HDD
  • Select database from options
  • Press red button to backup

Load Channel List Software from USB Drive

  • Press the menu button on remote control
  • Go to system
  • Go to upgrade
  • Go to upgrade from USB
  • Select database
  • Arrow down to folder
  • Search USB drive for the channel list file (version.xml)
  • Press red button to select file
  • Press red button to upgrade channel list
  • Box will reboot
  • Channel list now loaded

How to Manually Tune in a Satellite Channel

  • Press the menu button on remote control
  • Go to install
  • Got to satellite install
  • Go down to Asta 2A @28.2
  • Press the yellow button for TP (Transponder)
  • Press green button to add a new TP
  • Example
    • Freq: 11260
    • Polarity: V
    • Symbol Rate: 27500
    • Press OK to add TP
  • If TP did not previously exist, it will add to TP list
  • If TP already exists it will tell you
  • You can now browse TPs for relevant entry
  • Once you find the correct TP, press red button to scan
  • Select
    • Mode: FTA
    • All other settings are default
    • Press OK to scan
  • Very quick scan performed
  • Tunes in channels found on desired TP
  • New channels are added to end of channel list

EPG & Information Button

EPG

  • Press the EPG button to bring up the Electronic Programme Guide
  • Works well on the Irish Digital channels with a full 7 day guide
  • Only gives a now and next channel option on satellite channels

Info Button

  • Get information on the current programme
  • Press the "INFO" Button once to get basic channel info
  • Press it again to get programme synopsis for the channel you are on

How to Format an External USB Drive

  • Connect the hard drive to the back of the triple tuner using the available USB port
  • Wait a few seconds for the receiver to detect the drive
  • Press the menu button
  • Go to system
  • Go to PVR/HDD settings
  • Go to HDD format
  • Press red button
  • Select from options (FAT32 & NTFS supported)
  • Press OK
  • Very quick process

How to Pause & Record Live TV

  • The video above shows how you can utilise the functions below
    • Pause Live TV
    • Record Live TV
  • Note: You must have an external hard drive or memory stick connected to the receiver

Schedule Future Recordings on the Sab Triple Tuner Satellite Combo Receiver

  • The video above shows how to set up future recordings using the timer menu which is particularly handy for UK satellite channels which only have a now/next EPG capability

How to Play Back your TV Recordings

  • The video above shows how to access and play back your TV recordings on your external hard drive

The Media Player - Playing Videos, Music & Photos

  • The Sab triple tuner has an excellent quality media player along with it"s PVR playback facilities
  • You can access the media player on the Sab triple tuner by simply pressing the "FOLDER" button on the remote control
  • This will give you acces to play back photos,music and videos
  • Note: The Sab triple tuner can play back xvid/mp3 AVI video file formats

How to Access Subtitles on the Sab Triple Tuner

  • Option 1: From the Remote
    • Use the yellow button marked "txt" on the remote
    • It pulls up the subtitles menu
    • Just select subtitles using the arrow keys in that menu
  • Option 2: From the Settings Menu
    • Menu
    • System
    • Basic settings
    • Language settings
    • Change the default (Auto) to manual

How to Safely Remove Your External Hard Drive

  • The video above shows how to safely remove a USB device from your triple tuner box
  • There is a button on the remote in the bottom right with a USB symbol with a red X that is used for this
  • You should NEVER just plug out your external USB device without performing this procedure

Performing a Factory Reset on the Sab Triple Tuner

  • The video above shows how you can perform a factory reset on the Sab triple tuner
  • You may need to do this in the case of a firmware upgrade where it is always advisable to perform a factory reset immediately after the firmware upgrade

Turn On/Off Audio Description

  • In the case of HD channels, there may be times when Audio Description (AD) is turned on by default
  • AD is usually used for people who are blind
  • AD is a feature that offers a narration service over the existing audio content to describe to the user, what is going on and to give context to the usual audio track of a programme
  • The video above shows how you can disable this and just listen to the default audio stream

Index

  • How to assemble a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to mount a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • How to align a Sky/Freesat satellite dish
  • Running the cables & attaching connectors
  • Installing the satellite receiver

1. How to Assemble a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

List of Sky dish components

  • Sky Satellite Dish
  • Wall Bracket
  • Wall Tube (Arm)
  • Elevation Bracket
  • Dish Bracket
  • Fixing Kit
  • Feed Arm

Tools needed to assemble Sky dish

  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Philips screwdriver

Steps to assemble the satellite dish

  • Open fixing kit and select U-bolts (qty: 2), nuts (qty: 4)
  • Insert the U bolts through the wall bracket
  • Thread on the nuts
  • Insert the arm and tighten the nuts using 10mm socket and ratchet
  • The wall bracket & arm assembly is complete
  • Next insert U-bolts (qty: 2) through the elevation bracket
  • Loosely tighten nuts
  • Attach the elevation bracket to the dish bracket
  • Using bolts and washers (qty: 4), tighten with 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Use the bolts and nuts (qty:4) and the Philips screwdriver to attach the dish bracket to the dish
  • Use the long threaded bolt and small nut to attach the feed arm to the back base of the dish bracket so the arm protrudes in front of the dish
  • Finally insert the LNB (and plastic insert) into the end of the arm and secure with a tie wrap

2. How to Mount a Satellite Dish

Equipment needed to mount a satellite dish on a wall

  • Sky satellite dish, complete with wall bracket and arm
  • Coach bolt M8 x 50mm & 10mm plastic plugs (qty: 4)

Tools needed to mount on a wall

  • Cordless drill - ideally a 24-36v SDS Drill
  • 8mm, 10mm drill bits
  • 10mm, 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Satellite meter

Criteria on where to mount the satellite dish?

  • Dish must face South East (141 degrees i.e. direction of sun 11am BST)
  • Wall must be a solid surface capable of carrying weight of satellite dish
  • Signal must not be blocked by houses or trees (signal is coming in at 21 degrees to the horizontal)
  • Place at back or gable end of house to minimise visual intrusion
  • Place as close at possible to TV room to which the satellite cables are to connected so as to minimise cable run

Steps

  • Place the wall bracket and arm in the correct location
  • Use the cordless drill and 8mm drill bit to drill 4 guide holes
  • Use 10mm drill bit to drill holes to a depth of 60mm
  • Insert the 4 plastic plugs in the holes and mount the wall bracket using the 4 coach bolts
  • Tighten the coach bolts using the 13mm socket and ratchet
  • Attach the satellite dish to the arm of the wall plate
  • Use 10mm socket to lightly tighten the dish 'U'-bolts so they are fixed to arm but the dish can still be rotated
  • Follow steps in the how to align a satellite dish guide

3. How to Align a Sky / Freesat Satellite Dish

  • Having already mounted the satellite dish on your wall
  • Attach your satellite meter to the dish LNB
  • Align the dish so that it is (1) perfectly vertical, (2) pointing south east (141 degrees).
  • Rotate the dish slowly over and back
  • Repeat adjusting the tilt angle by 1 or 2 degrees to until a signal is found
  • Tighten the U-bolts and side bolts using the 10mm & 13mm sockets
  • Disconnect the satellite meter
  • Connect a cable with an 'F-type' connector from the dish to the satellite box
  • Check that the signal is working

4. How to Run Cables & Attach Connectors

The next step is to run satellite cable to the satellite receiver

Tools needed

  • Hammer
  • Snips
  • Drill
  • SDS Drill Bit 10X450

Equipment

  • Satellite Installation Kit

Prior to begining you must decide

  • Decide how to run cable
    • Connect into existing cables in the attic
      • Normally neater but requires additional connectors
      • May need a multi-meter to be able to identify the correct cable
      • May result in longer cable runs
    • Run a cable directly from the satellite dish to the satellite receiver
      • Fastest and easiest way to run a cable
      • Cable runs are normally shorter
      • Requires the drill of a hole through a wall

STEPS

  • If the satellite receiver is to be located next to the external wall of a room
    • Use a drill and an SDS Drill Bit 10x450 to drill a hole through the wall
    • Ensuring to drill from the inside out
  • To conceal broken plaster use either
    • Hole tidy (insert inside and out before the cable is run)
    • Cable cover nailed onto the outside wall after the cable has been run
  • Feed the end of the satellite cable through the wall leaving enough cable to reach the front of the satellite box
  • Now start tacking the cable using 7mm clips and a hammer
  • Ensuring that the cable runs down from the hole that been drilled in the wall
  • This will stop water following the cable into the house
  • Continue tacking the cable
    • Run cable vertically or horizontally but NEVER diagonally
    • If possible hide cable under the plint or behind drain pipes (using 300mm cable ties)
  • Cut the cable leaving enough length to reach the LNB of the dish
  • Put on an F connector on the each end of the satellite cable
  • Screw the F connector on to the LNB
  • Seal the connection using Insulation tape or ideally waterproof self amalgamating tape
  • Secure the cable to the dish feed arm using either 300mm cable ties or Insulation tape
  • Final step is to put on an F connector on the satellite cable next to the satellite receiver

How to put on an F-connector

5. How to Install Your Satellite Receiver

  • Unpack the box
    • Satellite Receiver
    • Remote control
  • Screw the lead from the satellite dish into the LNB in connection
  • Connect a scart or HDMI cable from your TV to the box
  • Plug in the power lead
  • Turn on the power switch on the back on the box
  • After 5-6 seconds the box will come on and should automatically switch TV to AV channel
  • You may need to switch AV channel on TV if it does not automatically switch over

See map below for main Saorview transmitters in Ireland. Alternatively, click on link to view all main Saorview transmitters and regional sub stations [Click Here to View Map]

 

RTE Digital

The above map shows the main Saorview coverage & transmitters, the colour code of the best UHF aerial to use and their catchment area

Saorview Frequencies

The table above shows the channel range & polarity of each of the transmitters in Ireland. The final column shows the UHF group colour code for the most appropriate aerial for the transmitter. Of course it is possible to use a wide band UHF aerial (either the standard white tipped, higher gain, high gain grid or 32 element) which will  work on all transmitters

UHF Aerial Groups

The table above shows the range of UHF TV Aerials available, their frequency range and the colour code associated with each aerial.

Combo Receiver Channels

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I bought the SAB Unix HD Triple Tuner with enigma2 preloaded. I ordered it on the 3-5-16 and it arrived on the 5-5-16 which was great. The box itself looks better than my old zgemma box and the enimga2 image provided is very stable. I can now watch saorview with my One For All Digital Indoor aerial and get the free to air UK channels from my sky dish. I added a 1TB external usb drive which I had and formatted to ext3 so the box would mount the full drive and see all 1TB of the drive. Having the 1TB drive allows me to record and pause and all that goodness and I can record saorview channels while watching the free to air channels and I can record two free to air channels and can watch saorview at the same time. All in all the box is really great and the enigma2 image is really stable, I had one little crash and that was when I was playing around with the skins but it wasn't a big deal so I'm giving this box 5 stars out of 5.
Got it 2 days ago, it's a great piece of kit... I can't wait to learn all the features of this box.
[STAFF NOTE We have changed the enigma image to a more stable version since this review was left] I bought this box based on 5 star reviews so feel some balance is required. Enigma freezes quite a lot. Doesnt always record programs as scheduled. The 7 day guide and wireless dongle communication feature work very well (dongle purchased separately). All in all, good system for watching live but no substitute for subscription provider systems.

We are going to go back to the Spark OS and see if that's any better - will lose the 7 day guide unfortunately.
Purchase and Delivery from TV TRADE was excellent. Problems seem to be related to the experimental enigma OS we went with.
Have been using MythTV and Mediaportal for years but the endless tweaking has become a pain, got this lo,aded it with the Enigma firmware (Instructions also from this site) added a hard drive and so far so good! Loads more to do to get it the way I want but excellent little box! Great service from this site (as usual) too! Thanks!
Product delivered promptly the day after ordering by courier. Very easily set up and performed flawlessly. Very pleased with the unit and very satisfied with the service, thank you tvtrade!
The support guys are great help. I would highly recommend it.
I bought two and find them great but most importantly there is great instructions on utube and the after sales servive is excellent.
I'd highly recomment this unit and buying anything from TVTRADE.
Thanks for your assistance
Love it
Very happy with both receiver and service from tv trade. couldn't recommend both highly enough

Combo Receiver Installation Diagram (satellite-combo-receiver-set-up.pdf, 384 Kb) [Download]

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