European Space Agency

LyngBox

Objectives

The objective of this project is to develop a satellite receiver which will be an easy to use product that will solve most common problems experienced by users.

Developed with a high-end specification like DVB-S2/DVB-T dual receiver, HDTV MPEG-4, built-in HDD and free access to LyngSat Network services, it will be able to continuously update itself from data published on the Internet, and thus provide the satellite television viewer with a straightforward, complete, and continuously updated solution for all of their viewing.

Challenges

The receiver will be developed using the latest technology including:

  • DVB-S2/DVB-T built in as standard ,
  • Optional DVB-S2/DVB-T module,
  • HDTV,
  • MPEG4 (primary for HDTV, not DivX),
  • Built-in HDD as standard,
  • Automatic channel update,
  • Network connection.

Benefits

Some the main benefits of this new receiver will be the following:

  • The receiver is developed with focus on user interface and ease of use,
  • Dual Receiver (DVB-S2/DVB-T),
  • No static channel lists (automatic channel list update). One of the biggest problems is that the channel list in a conventional satellite receiver is static. It requires a lot of knowledge by the user to add new channels, so much knowledge that many viewers avoid watching the ever increasing selection of satellite TV channels. Firstly, the viewer has to find out that a new channel exists. The LyngBox can provide the viewer with daily information about new channels via the internet connection . Step two is to know the technical parameters of a channel. It is normally not enough to know on what satellite a channel is transmitting, you also have to know the frequency, polarity, SR (Symbol Rate) and FEC (Forward Error Correction). All this information is available at LyngSat which the LyngBox obtains automatically. Despite knowing all of the above, it is still not likely that the viewer can watch the channel. The satellites have different beams and the channel could be transmitting on a beam that requires a bigger dish. The channel can also be encrypted or use another frequency band than what the viewer can receive. To know if a channel is receivable with a specific type of equipment, the LyngBox can use LyngSat Maps to automatically select all receivable channels.
  • Automatic channel update. A common problem is that channels seem to disappear suddenly. The reason is that TV companies want to optimize their coverage area and/or decrease their transmission costs. The viewer will think that the channel has stopped transmitting, since there is normally no tuning advice or information about the move. With the LyngBox, all such information is automatically updated so the viewer is not affected when the channel moves or changes parameters.
  • Logical multi channel recording menu (if the user is not at home to operate the device). To record a channel can be complicated. To record one program normally works fine, but to record programs on two different channels if you are not at home is a problem. More and more receivers have a built-in hard disk that will solve this problem. The LyngBox has a built-in hard disk, plus the option to use a DVD-R/RW.
  • More focus on free-to-air TV channels.

Plan

The overall duration of the project is 24 months and all of the work will be carried out directly by LyngBox Media staff, or staff seconded from our four parent companies.

Current status

The project has now been successfully been finalized on November 9, 2007. LyngBoxes have been used extensively in a pilot operations with users from Sweden, The Netherlands and Italy. Next step is to start field testing in our target markets in order to ensure that the product is compatible with all country specific transmissions and other standards and regulations. First mass production will happen in December and the planned launch to the distributors and end-user is now in January 2008. The target price to end-users will be 700 Euro including VAT.

The LyngBox project strategic objectives has been met in most cases, especially when it comes to our strategic planning objectives and ensuring that this project enables LyngBox Media to become a recognised player in the field of high-end STB. Our integration of web-services from LyngSat Network is unique in the business and will keep our product ahead of competing offering.

The ESA project has also enabled LyngBox Media to attract an external investor that has secured our long term success of the company.

The LyngBox commercial opportunities are now dependent on a successful launch and marketing of the product. LyngSat Network will be used extensively to make the product known in the trade and a number of key distributors have already been signed up to sell the product in the different markets in Europe. LyngBox Media plans to offer the product platform to operators and enterprises in need of a product that can offer the combination of satellite, terrestrial and IP services.

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Status date

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 15:56