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TELE-audiovision International — The World‘s Leading Digital TV Industry Publication

— 03-04/2015

settings, which include lan-

guage selection and video

output resolution. Full 1080p

resolution is available via

the HDMI output, so it can’t

really get better than that.

A wide range of on-screen

languages can be chosen

from to cover most markets.

Obviously, the (up to three)

installed tuners need to be

set up as well, and the range

of configuration and adjust-

ment options offered on

the hardware and software

fronts leaves nothing to be

desired. No matter whether

it’s DiSEqC 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 or

1.3, manual LOF selection or

SCR unicable compatibility,

the Formuler F1 has you cov-

ered and will happily cooper-

ate with any reception equip-

ment you may have in place.

As far as channel search

modes are concerned, this

receiver turns out to be of

the versatile kind, offering a

wide variety of handy search

options. Added to that is an

exemplary satellite and tran-

sponder list that adds even

more shine to the overall im-

pression of the F1. And while

we’re talking about the name

of this box, you could be

forgiven for thinking you’re

sitting in a race car when it

comes to an overall search

across an entire satellite: For

HOTBIRD 13° East this latest

Formuler receiver took no

more than three minutes and

found a total of 2023 chan-


1. Installation assistant

2. Selecting a video output


3. OSD language selection

4. Establishing an Internet


5. Tuner configuration

6. DiSEqC settings

7. Tuner settings

8. If the second tuner receives

the same signal as the first

tuner, its settings can simply

be duplicated

9. DVB-T2 settings

10. Search to complete the

initial installation

11. OpenPLI start screen

12. Channel search on BADR

26° East

13. Main menu

14. System settings

15. All adjustment options are

clearly categorised according

to features/functions

Let’s look at the main

menu of the Formuler F1

now, which looks very sleek

and understated with only

five menu items. But rest as-

sured, thanks to the OpenPLI

image the receiver’s behav-

iour and configuration can

be customised down to the

very last detail. What do we

mean by that? Well, to give

you an example, the OSD

menu alone extends over

more than two pages! So we

can say that the software de-

velopers have made a point

of creating an extremely

streamlined entry point with-

out compromising bespoke

adjustment options and set-

tings. In actual fact, most

other menu items are as

comprehensive as the OSD

menu, no matter whether it’s

network settings, PVR or any

other function the Formuler

F1 offers.

We particular loved that

the OpenPLI image lets you

allocate custom functions

or features to the function

keys of the remote control.

Or rather, two different func-

tions for each key, depend-

ing on whether you give it a

short or a long press. Long

gone are the times when us-

ers had take a device’s user

concept for granted – with

the Formuler F1 it’s up to you

to decide which features and

functions are close to your

heart and therefore available

at the touch of a button.

The channel list of the

Formuler F1 sports a user-

friendly design and its con-

tent can be categorised into

All, Satellites, Providers and

Favourites with the help of

the remote control’s colour-

coded function keys. This

makes sure you’ll find the

desired channels quickly and

easily, even if the entries on

the channel list go into the

thousands when you use an

antenna with DiSEqC motor,

for example. To make mat-

ters even easier, the current

TV channel is always inserted

in the left-hand section of the

channel list screen. As a pos-

itive side not we should men-

tion that Enigma 2 has finally

done away with all restric-

tions in terms of maximum

number of entries or pack-