Beosat RX

(1990-1991) External satellite receiver. Remote control by Video Terminal or Beolink 1000

Type numbers: 3026, 3028, 3030

 

Picture by Nick Jarman

Description

The Beosat RX was B&O’s only stand-alone satellite receiver. It was carefully designed so as to be usable with all Beovision televisions, and would work correctly with any UK-supplied model. To allow this, connections could be made either by a 21-pin AV connection or via the TV set’s aerial connection using the built-in RF modulator. The Beosat RX functioned primarily by remote control, though contained its own receiver so that if the television did not have a remote control, or used the earlier ultrasonic type, a Beolink 1000 would have to be bought to go with it. For more modern sets, four options were available:

  1. Direct control from a Video Terminal (for use with the 33XX and 77XX series Beovisions).
  2. AV control from a Beovision using the Video Terminal (for use with the Beovision MX 2000 and M 20).
  3. Direct control from the Beolink 1000 terminal (for use with sets with no remote control, and the MX 1500).
  4. AV control from a Beovision using the V Terminal or Beolink 1000 (LX and later MX models). This mode also made the Beosat RX accessible through a link system.

To simplify operation, on-screen menus were used to tune and operate all the functions of the Beosat RX. When used with a VX 5000 video recorder (which the Beosat was styled and scaled to stand underneath), satellite programmes could be recorded under timer control, a unique feature at the time. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The receiver itself was a sophisticated and modern design. It could be used with two dishes (or a dual LNB), and could control an outdoor disc motor and a “polarotor” polarising control. A decoder for encoded programmes requiring a subscription card was not fitted, though one could be added externally. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

The Beosat RX was a unique product in the B&O range and was not replaced directly. Later satellite receivers were all of the built-in variety, something that was made possible by the adoption of a common chassis for all B&O TV sets. Text copyright © Beocentral. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.

Prices

1990£495 

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