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Tornado M53 IPTV Set Top Box

Product Overview

Tornado M53 is an innovative Standart-Definition set-top-box (STB), specifically designed for deployment in IPTV and Video-on-Demand infrastructures. The product features H.264 and MPEG2 video compression, which allows it to deliver quality video streams over IP networks with low bandwidth utilization. Tornado M53 supports Standart-Definition video up to 480i and additionally, features a myriad of popular information and communication services, including calendar, calculator, information and more.

Key Features

  • Unicast and Multicast operation modes
  • IPTV and Video-on-Demand Support
  • Digital Music and Internet Radio Delivery
  • H.264, MPEG2, WMV/VC1 Support
  • Media Center Functionality
  • Dolby 5.1 Audio Support
  • 100+ Over-The-Top (OTT) and Free-To-Air (FTA) Channel Support *
  • TV Remote Management

Unicast and Multicast operation modes

The STB can operate in several modes to allow universal device deployment: Multicast mode allows deployment in closed Local Area Networks (LAN) where all video/audio content is received in multicast format; Unicast mode allows implementation in Open Wide Area Networks (WAN) and Internet where the video/content is received from remote location and using secure and reliable network connections. The Unicast mode can be achieved using TCP or UDP protocols to guarantee maximum image quality and uninterrupted operation. To prevent interruptions, M53 also supports internal data buffering.

IPTV and Video-on-Demand Support

Tornado M53 offers delivery of streaming video content, including IPTV and Video-on-Demand (VoD) directly to the TV screens of end-users. The device receives H.264, MPEG2 and WMV/VC1 encoded video streams over broadband connections. It then decodes such streams internally and sends the resulting video signal to the TV set of the end-user.

Digital Music and Internet Radio Delivery

Tornado M53 also supports delivery of streaming audio content, enabling end-users to enjoy digital music and Internet radio channels on their TVs. The product utilizes high audio compression MP3 technology for maximum quality of the delivered audio content.

H.264, MPEG2 Support

Tornado M53 supports low bit-rate H.264 video compression technology which substantially reduces its bandwidth requirements. H.264 offers better video quality at substantially lower bit rates, compared to older video compression technologies. Tornado M53 also supports popular MPEG2 and WMV/VC1 video compression technologies.

Media Center Functionality

Tornado M53 offers to end-users convenient access to content stored on attached USB hard drive or USB memory. The device offers 2 USB ports that can be used to connect external storage to store and view video and audio data content thus providing data library services. When the end-user selects a file from that media library, Tornado M53 will play it on the TV. In addition, M53 has an integrated client that will allow Local PC computers to write and read data files from/to the device for media library management purposes.

Dolby 5.1 Audio Support

Tornado M53 supports the Dolby 5.1 Audio standard for exceptional sound quality. The Dolby technology allows up to 6 channels of surround sound to be delivered to end-users. An established standard for high end home theatre systems, surround sound is gaining wider adoption in modern IPTV systems.

100+ Over-The-Top (OTT) and Free-To-Air (FTA) Channel Support *

The server includes over 100 built-in OTT and FTA channels that allow service jump-start with a large number of pre-defined channels. In addition, the OTT channels do not require bandwidth support because the STB devices will access them directly without connecting to the Streaming server. OTT and FTA channels are great IPTV service complement that provides better channel variety and selection.

TV Remote Management

There are two types of inexpensive and easy to deploy interfaces that allow the TV set and the STB IPTV/VOD device to be controlled by a single remote control.

Advanced Remote Control, Keyboard and Mouse

SysMaster Corporation offers state of the art advanced remote control device that has the following features to facilitate easy IPTV browsing and Web navigation.

Key Features

  • Advanced Remote Control
  • Sliding Keyboard with QWERTY layout
  • Advanced Button Mouse
  • Long Operation Range
  • Slick User-Friendly Design
  • Compatible with M55 and M70 STB devices
  • Allows easy Access to Web Based features such as Web Browsing, Email, Chat, Google Maps, YouTube, Picasa, and others.
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