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					FEATURE                 Spark Receiver Software




                                                                                                                                 The
                                                                                                                            Wonderful
                                                                                                                             World of
                                                                                                                               Spark
                                                                                                                                                                                   Part 1:
                                                                                                                                        YouTube
                                                                                                                                           •	Perfect	receiver	software	integration
                                                                                                                        •	Excellent	filter	function,	for	example,	just	HD	videos
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                                                                                                                                                    •	Multiple	built-in	virtual	keyboards
                                                                                                                                                              •	Sophisticated	search	function
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                                                                                                                                                                         •	Easy	Saving	of	video	clips
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FEATURE                 Spark Receiver Software



This Makes it Fun
                                                                                                                        in the Internet the limits
                                                                                                                        between TV reception via
                                                                                                                        satellite, cable, terrestrial


to Watch YouTube
                                                                                                                        antenna and also the Inter-
                                                                                                                        net are becoming less and
                                                                                                                        less distinct. It‘s no surprise


With Your Receiver
                                                                                                                        then that many TV viewers
                                                                                                                        also access YouTube con-
                                                                                                                        tent since the days of pixi-
Thomas Haring                                                                                                           lated low resolution videos
                                                                                                                        are over - HD is the magical
  We‘ve reported a number                  Spark sets new standards                   vides numerous elegant ad-        word of the future! But who
of times already in TELE-sat-              for digital receiver software              ditional functions and extra      wants to sit in front of a PC
ellite about receivers from                in that it‘s not limited to just           features.                         monitor and watch YouTube
different     manufacturers                the solid, sophisticated basic                                               videos when instead you
that included the innovative               structure that operates the                  It‘s exactly these addition-    can watch them in top notch
Spark software from Fulan.                 device, but rather also pro-               al features - those that con-     HD quality on that LCD big
1                                                                                                                       screen TV you have in your
                                                                                                                        living room? Fulan had this
                                                                                                                        in mind too when they in-
                                                                                                                        tegrated YouTube into their
                                                                                                                        Spark receiver software.

                                                                                                                          When you start the You-
                                                                                                                        Tube app, the user is imme-
                                                                                                                        diately greeted with the best
                                                                                                                        recommended videos from
                                                                                                                        around the world. But, as a
                                                                                                                        user in Germany, would I be
                                                                                                                        interested in those videos
                                                                                                                        that are currently popular in
                                                                                                                        the USA? Or the other way
                                                                                                                        around, would someone in
                                                                                                                        the USA want to know what
                                                                                                                        the top videos from Korea or
                                                                                                                        Taiwan are?
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                                                                                      vert a digital receiver into
                                                                                                                           It‘s exactly for this rea-
                                                                                      a multimedia machine with
                                                                                                                        son that Fulan integrated
                                                                                      total Internet integration -
                                                                                                                        three different options into
                                                                                      that are the subject of our
                                                                                                                        the green function button on
                                                                                      new series of articles that
                                                                                                                        their remote control: First of
                                                                                      will introduce you to these
                                                                                                                        all, you can choose a specific
                                                                                      special Spark features indi-
                                                                                                                        country from a list that in-
                                                                                      vidually in the upcoming is-
                                                                                                                        cludes Worldwide, Australia,
                                                                                      sues of TELE-satellite.
                                                                                                                        Brazil, Canada, France, Ger-
                                                                                        We‘re going to start things     many, The United Kingdom,
                                                                                      off with an Internet service      Holland, Hong Kong Ireland,
                                                                                      that over the past several        Italy, Japan, Mexico, New
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                                                                                      years has boomed and is           Zealand, Poland, Russia,
                                                                                      becoming increasingly more        South Korea, Spain, Taiwan
                                                                                      and more popular: YouTube.        and the USA. The user can
                                                                                      Thanks to larger bandwidths       therefore limit the search or
                                                                                                                        display results from one of
                                                                                      1. The YouTube app can be         these countries.
                                                                                      found under the Networking
                                                                                      heading in the Spark software‘s     The second option allows
                                                                                      Main Menu
                                                                                                                        the user to select how old
                                                                                      2. The YouTube app is just one
                                                                                      of the many practical apps        the displayed video clips
                                                                                      offered by the Spark software.    should be. The results can
                                                                                      3. The YouTube App start page     be limited to clips from to-


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                                                                                      day only, from the current         mal, Movies Comedy, Movies
                                                                                      week, the current month or         Documentation, Movies Ac-
                                                                                      you can choose to show all         tion, Movies Classics, Mov-
                                                                                      available videos. With just        ies Foreign, Movies Horror,
                                                                                      the push of one button the         Movies Drama, Movies Fam-
                                                                                      user can eliminate old clips       ily, Movies Shorts, Movies
                                                                                      or those clips that are no         SciFi, Movies Thriller as well
                                                                                      longer interesting resulting       as Trailers. In this way it‘s
                                                                                      in search results that are not     much easier and quicker to
                                                                                      full of unnecessary trash.         find the content you‘re look-
                                                                                                                         ing for!
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                                                                                                                            If all of these choices are
                                                                                                                         still not enough, you can
                                                                                                                         search for new videos ac-
                                                                                                                         cording on the tastes of oth-
                                                                                                                         ers. The blue function button
                                                                                                                         allows you to display video
                                                                                                                         clips based on the following
                                                                                                                         criteria: highest rated, top
                                                                                                                         favorites, top viewed, most
                                                                                                                         talked about, most linked
                                                                                                                         and most commented. Of
                                                                                                                         course, all of these choices
                                                                                                                         can be used in conjunction
                                                                                                                         with the search limitations
                                                                                                                         provided by the green func-
                                                                                                                         tion button with regard to
                                                                                                                         country, date and resolution.

6                                                                                        The third option is espe-         We also liked the ability
                                                                                      cially interesting for those       to display those videos that
                                                                                      who have an HD compat-             are currently being viewed
                                                                                      ible plasma, LCD or LED TV:        by others. If you‘re cur-
                                                                                      you can limit the displayed        rently watching a recap of
                                                                                      video clips to those that are      an NBA basketball game,
                                                                                      in 640x480 or 1280x720 for-        you can, with the push of a
                                                                                      mat so that with the push of       single button, call up dozens
                                                                                      one button on the remote           of additional videos that are
                                                                                      control you can fine tune          connected to that game or
                                                                                      the search to ignore non-HD        to the NBA in general. This
                                                                                      content. We really liked this      actually makes it fun to take
                                                                                      function in our tests; trying      advantage of the unbeliev-
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                                                                                      to watch a low resolution          able number of YouTube vid-
                                                                                      video on a 50“ LCD TV isn‘t        eos that are available.
                                                                                      all that pleasing to the eye.
                                                                                                                            But what would YouTube
                                                                                         In addition to the ability to   be without a sophisticated
                                                                                      take advantage of the three        search function? Fulan put
                                                                                      fine tuning search options         quite a bit of work in this
                                                                                      just mentioned above, the          part of it as well. They inte-
                                                                                      Spark software also supports       grated the ability to search
                                                                                      the capability to access vid-      the seemingly endless You-
                                                                                      eo clips from specific groups      Tube archives based on spe-
                                                                                      including Movies, Cars, Mu-        cific keywords. For this you
4. Country selection Spain                                                            sic, Animals, Sports, Travel,      can use a fully fledged OSD
5. Limiting the displayed videos to those from the USA,                               Short Movies, Videoblog,           keyboard or you can switch
from this week and HD-only                                                            Games, Comedy, People,             over to a mobile telephone
6. The different groups of clips can be called up using                               News, Entertainment, Edu-          style text entry format. Fu-
the yellow function button
                                                                                      cation, HowTo, Nonprofit,          lan even thought of those
7. The user can also orient themselves to the tastes of
other YouTube users                                                                   Tech,     Movies_anime_ani-        users that don‘t utilize Latin


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10                                                                                                                      8. Top viewed, most            13. Search for „Madonna“          17
                                                                                                                        discussed or most              14. Mobile telephone text-
                                                                                                                        commented videos can           style keyboard
                                                                                                                        easily be displayed
                                                                                                                                                       15. Even Cyrillic
                                                                                                                        9. With the push of just       characters are no
                                                                                                                        one button the Spark           problem for the Spark
                                                                                                                        software can show those        software
                                                                                                                        clips that are currently
                                                                                                                        being viewed by others         16. Search results for
                                                                                                                                                       „Madonna“
                                                                                                                        10. The History function
                                                                                                                        shows the previously           17. Search results for
                                                                                                                        accessed clips                 „Madonna“ limited to
                                                                                                                                                       USA and HD content
                                                                                                                        11. YouTube clips can be
                                                                                                                        marked for download with       18. The same search for
                                                                                                                        just a single push of a        Korea returns completely
                                                                                                                        button                         different results
                                                                                                                        12. The Spark software         19. The Spark software
                                                                                                                        downloads YouTube clips        can store YouTube videos
                                                                                                                        from the Internet in the       effortlessly onto local
                                                                                                                        blink of an eye and stores     storage devices
                                                                                                                        them on your preferred         20. Playback of locally
                                                                                                                        storage device                 stored YouTube content


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                                                                                                                                                       tion if you wanted to. Fulan      trially. If you link the stor-
                                                                                                                                                       addressed this problem in         age device with a PC, you
                                                                                                                                                       their Spark software and          can edit the video clips to
                                                                                                                                                       has provided the capabil-         your heart‘s desire. We ap-
                                                                                                                                                       ity to store any of your fa-      preciated that the clips are
                                                                                                                                                       vorite YouTube videos onto        stored in MOV format; you
                                                                                                                                                       a local storage device. The       can use nearly any playback
                                                                                                                                                       download process was actu-        software without any further
                                                                                                                                                       ally quite fast; we were then     conversion.
                                                                                                                                                       able to access the video
                                                                                                                                                       clips stored on our USB stick       The array of practical
                                                                                                                                                       outside of the YouTube app        functions in the YouTube app
 characters; they‘ve provided              search function works very                   on date, country and resolu-      If you watch YouTube vid-    through the data manager of       are further enhanced by the               highlight the fact that almost              lan‘s software programmers
 additional keyboards that                 efficiently and delivers the                 tion. What you end up with      eos on a PC, you might miss    our Spark compatible receiv-      History function. It can be               no other manufacturer has                   really went all out in pro-
 come integrated with special              desired results in the blink of              are perfect results that in     the ability to store them on   er. It handled the YouTube        used to recall clips that have            integrated YouTube into their               viding the user with a well-
 characters so that, for exam-             an eye. Of course, the green                 every way represent the de-     the PC‘s hard drive so that    clips just like any other re-     already been viewed with                  digital receiver software so                rounded software package
 ple, a Cyrillic keyboard could            function button can be used                  sires and requirements of       you could play them back       cordings that were received       the push of just one button.              professionally and in such                  for YouTube reception in the
 be presented on the TV. The               to limit these results based                 the user.                       without an Internet connec-    via satellite, cable or terres-     In conclusion we want to                a sophisticated manner. Fu-                 living room.


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