CaptiveWorks Free to Air Receivers


CaptiveWorks is one of the most trusted names by FTA users and fans. With a good combination of quality and support at affordable prices. CaptiveWorks offers a lineup of 6 FTA receivers and one DVB Recorder

CaptiveWorks Inc. launched its first receiver for the US and Canadian markets in December of 2005. The CW-600S (first available model) made a strong impact on the Free To Air Satellite Receiver market.

CaptiveWorks new star is CW3000, this FTA receiver that looks and works more like a multimedia computer that a STB is the best buy available in FTA world.

There is nothing on the market even remotely close to the Captiveworks CW3000 high definition media platform. Its ability to tune satellite TV is just one of its features; it has also a DVD burner, a web browser powered by Mozilla Firefox, it can stream media to computers on your network or play media files from a computer network. CW3000 can play media files from a USB stick or (CD/DVD,) view IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) channels over the internet, internet radio channels, tune local TV broadcasts and it has the capacity to tune one channel and record another simultaneously, P2P-TV, etc.

What about games? YES, CW3000 can be used as game platform and even as game server to play online, it also supports keyboard and mouse for internet browsing and playing games. Storage? Yes, thank you; CW3000 it supports up to two hard drives for storage or even for booting with a different operating system (for dual boot) Microsoft Windows maybe?.

The CW-3000HD is the most advanced High Definition Multimedia Platform available, however it needs a 8PSK adapter to allow full HD MPEG4 compatibility High Defintion channels using MPEG2 are fully supported without adapter.

The back of the box looks like most any computer because that's basically what the cw3000 is, a finely integrated multimedia friendly AMD computer with an Asus motherboard running on Linux.


Ports and Outputs

The newer version of the CW3000 includes an optical S/PDIF audio output. standard VGA monitor output, HDMI, VGA, S-video and component (RGB) video. The component (RGB) video output supports HD formats from 480i through 1080i. All modes of HD video are supported through the HDMI or DVI video outputs from 480i all the way through 1080p and PCI Ports.


CaptiveWorks Receivers


  • CaptiveWorks FTA ReceiversCW-600S FTA Receiver
  • CW-650S FTA Receiver
  • CW-700S FTA Receiver
  • CW-800S FTA PVR Receiver
  • CW-3000HD Hi-Def Linux FTA and ATSC Home Entertainment Platform


CaptiveWorks website : provides firmware and tools downloads for all STBs models they are available at their downloads page: Download latest CaptiveWorks Firmware We strongly recommend to read CaptiveWorks Warnings and disclaimers before you try to load new software to your CaptiveWorks receiver

Factory Reset

As all FTA STBs available CaptiveWorks receivers have the option to reset the receiver to its factory status. In case that you have the latest firmware at hand; it is good idea to do a Factory Reset and then load the firmware into the receiver.

Main CaptiveWorks 3000HD FTA receiver Features


  • Processor: Powerful AMD 3000+ 64Bit Processor
  • Memory: 512MB DDRII RAM Expandable to 8GB
  • Flash Drive: 1GB Fast System Flash
  • Hard Drive: Not Included
  • Video: MPEG2 and MPEG4 Acceleration
  • Satellite Tuner
  • QPSK
  • ATSC Tuner
  • Latest LG 5th generation tuner for enhanced reception.
  • Input terminal: F-type 75 Ohm
  • Receiving frequency: 950~2150 MHz tuning range
  • Input level: -65~-25dBm
  • Support MCPC and SCPC
  • Symbol rate: 2~45 Msps
  • FEC Codes: 1/2,2/3,3/4,5/6,7/8 and Auto
  • Supports QAM 64 and QAM 256 Cable signals.
  • One TV antenna 75 ohm reception port.
  • One stereo connection jack to sound card for analog TV.
  • Video Output: VGA/HDMI or DVI/Component/S-Video
  • Audio Ouput: Analog and SPDIF Dolby Digital Audio output
  • USB Ports: 4 USB v2.0 ports on back panel and 2 USB v2.0 ports on front panel.
  • Media Reader: All In One Media Reader. Supports most popular flash cards.
  • Ethernet Port: RJ-45 10/100/1000 Mbits compatible.
  • DVDRW: Read/Write DVDs and CDs.


  • Open Source and available for download online
  • Linux Operating System Version 2.6 Kernel
  • Powerful X Windows Environment
  • Java 1.42 Graphical User Interface
  • Software Upgradeable Via Internet and/or USB Storage Device
  • Firefox browser with support for popular plugins including Flash.

Multimedia Software:

  • DVB-S Free To Air Using Open Source Video Disk Recorder (VDR)
  • ATSC Reception Using Open Source Video Disk Recorder (VDR)
  • EPG (Electronic Program Guide) Support (stored on Hard Drive)
  • Automatic Channel Scanning
  • Comprehensive DVR Functionality
  • Pause Live TV With Full Fast-Forward and Rewind Capability
  • Timer Recording Through Program Guide
  • Automatic Timer Recording For Series and Daily/Weekly Programs
  • Grid And List Style Electronic Program (Guides Stored on Hard Drive)
  • Updates Download via the Internet
  • Internet TV (IP TV) Streaming Video Player
  • Peer To Peer TV (P2P TV) Streaming Video Player
  • Customizable User Interface via Themes
  • Video Player For popular video formats (Requieres Wireless keyboard).
  • Music Player For popular audio formats including MP3 and WMA (Requieres Wireless keyboard).
  • DVD Player/Writer
  • CD Player/Writer


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