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TBS5281 DVB-T2/T/C Dual Tuner TV USB Box (The Successor:TBS5881)

Model#: TBS5281

Weight: 560 g(s)

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TBS 5281, the successor of TBS5280, is an USB interface digital terrestrial TV box with two tuners for watching and recording Freeview SD or HD channels on PC. The two tuners enable you to watch TV channel on one multiplex while recording another channel on another multiplex simultaneously. It’s ready with Windows BDA driver and Linux driver up to the latest kernel(Tested on Ubuntu, Fedora, Opensuse and many other Linux distributions). It’s compatible with Windows7 Media Center, MediaPortal, DVBlink, DVBDream, DVBViewer, ProgDVB, Skynet, TSreader, XBMC, MythTV, VDR and lots of other popular DVB software.

Nowadays, more and more countries adapt DVB-T2 as standard for broadcasting digital terrestrial TV contents due to its better bandwidth comparing to DVB-T. Especially in the UK, Freeview SD channels are broadcasted through DVB-T but Freeview HD channels like BBC HD, BBC One HD, ITV 1 HD and Channel 4 HD are broadcasted through DVB-T2. Sweden, Finland, Russia, Ukraine, Czech, Italy, South Africa and New Zealand are already broadcasting DVB-T2 channels or have DVB-T2 on trial.

TBS 5281 DVB-T2/T Twin Tuner external TV Box is an USB interface TV box with two independent DVB-T2 Tuners. With single TV tuner, you're limited to watch one channel at one time only. While with dual tuner, you can watch two channels or you can watch one channel and record another channel without interference. Even more if you want to make full use of the recording capability of the two tuners, you may record two whole TS (Transponder Stream),one of which could contains maximum ten, twelve SD or HD TV channels into your PC hard disk, which means you will be able to record up to 24 channels with TBS 5281 in the same time.

You won't miss a thing! This feature contributes a lot especially when you are building up HTPC or IPTV streaming server. By using appropriate software, e.g. MediaPortal and its plugins, you may stream terrestrial and cable TV contents to your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

Main Features:

  • Watch Digital TV & listen to radio on PC
  • DVB-T2/T SD or HD TV receiving
  • Real time and scheduled program recording(PVR)
  • Time Shifting to pause live TV
  • Dual tuner for recording two different channels/multiplexes


Support PLP( Physical Layer Pipe)

  • DVB-T2/T
    • For DVB-T2/T
    • Receiving channel: VHF band and UHF band
    • Channel bandwidth: 6, 7, 8 MHz
    • DVB-T2/ T modulation type: QPSK, 16QAM, 64QAM, 256QAM
    • FFT mode: 1K, 2K, 4K, 8K, 16K, 32K
    • Code rate: 1/2, 3/5, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5, 5/6, 7/8
    • Guard interval:1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, 19/128, 19/256
    • Intermediate frequency
    • IF mode: low IF
    • Center IF frequency: 3 ~ 5 MHz
    • Note: default 4MHz
    • RF-input impedance 75Ω (IEC-DIN female)
    • RF-output impedance 75Ω (IEC-DIN male)
  • DVB-C
    • Fully compliant with DVB-C and ITU J83 A/C specifications
    • Receiving frequency: 47~862 MHz tuning range
    • Input level: -65 ~ -10dBm
    • 16QAM, 32QAM, 64QAM, 128QAM and 256QAM support
    • Symbol Rate: 0.87 to 9Mbaud

System requirements:

  • Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7/8/10 or Linux
  • DirectX9.0 or later version
  • Available USB port
  • Dualcore CPU
  • 1GB RAM or above
  • Graphic card with at least 64MB RAM

Package contents:

  • 1 x TBS5281 DVB-T2/T/C Dual Tuner TV USB Box
  • 1 x Power adapter
  • 1 x Mini aerial
  • 1 x USB Cable