Fortec Star Receivers

Fortec Star STBs - Good quality better price

Back in 2002, Fortec Star Ultra was de most popular, easy to use, easy to update, easy to everything receiver available on the FTA TV market, today still been used by many satellite enthusiasts both as Real Free To air Receiver or by downloading third party software that "convert" them to other FTA (the one that is not free for real ;-) brands.

Fortec Star is a canadian company located in Mississauga Ontario, currently offers the biggest lineup in FTA receivers, with more than 20 models distributed in three main regions Middle East, Europe and North America. Several models are only available in one region due to their technical specifications. Fortec Star products cover al areas of satellite TV reception: Antennas, dishes, Ku-Band LNBs and LNBFs, motors, switches, etc.

Fortec Star protect their receivers from hackers since its popular receiver Mercury II, the last one that was built under an OEM licence, latest Fortec receivers are only used to watch Real FTA TV, featuring a excellent image quality, fast channel change, powerful satellite blind scan, and many other characteristics only available on competitors expensive models.

So, if you are looking for Fortec STBs on FTA forums, you only will find Fortec Lifetime Ultra, Lifetime Classic and Mercury II, support for Lifetime Classic and Mercury II has been discontinued even at third party forums; all other models reviews are not easy to find, they are available in most cases at Satellite TV and Radio stores and websites. But, if you are looking for software to modify them, you are out of luck, only original software is available and authorized by Fortec Star.

Fortec Star only offers 4 models to the North American, Market: Three of them are already discontinued, you can find some Fortec Lifetime Ultra on E-Bay though. The last one, the Fortec Star DYNAMIC satellite receiver provides digital free-to-air satellite reception.

DYNAMIC is a powerful satellite receiver ideal for satellite enthusiasts. Its main features include: an easy to use menu, power scan for blind searching satellites, it detects transponders with weak signals, very useful with some international channels, its fron panel includes 8 buttos that control almost all funtions without a remote control; back panel includes three different connector types: RCA composite jacks, component jacks (Y,Pb,Pr), and an S-video connection

Fortec Star Passion HD Satellite Receiver

This high definition satellite receiver includes two Common Interface slots.

The PASSION HD satellite receiver can connect to your HD-ready television using the HDMI output connection. Of course, you can also use the component (YPbPr) output in case you don't own a HD television yet. Both card slots are conveniently located in the front panel along with a USB connector used for software updates, this unit also provides digital and analogue audio.

Main Features

  • MPEG-2, MPEG-4 H.264 HD/SD Digital Video Decoding
  • DVB-S2 and DVB-S compatible
  • PCMCIA interface (2slots) according to DVB Common Interface standard
  • DiSEqC 1.0, 1.2 and USALS (1.3) compatible
  • HDMI, Component, Composite, S-Video, Digital Audio (SP/DIF) and SCART outputs
  • Multiple output resolution modes: 1080i, 720p, 576p
  • 16 bit True color On-Screen Display (OSD)
  • Variable Aspect Ratio (4:3, 16:9)
  • Multilingual Audio and Menu Text support
  • Saves 10,000 channels (TV: 7000 CH, RADIO: 3,000 CH)
  • VFD Display (Vacuum Fluorescent Display) for Channel Number, Name and Time
  • Full Picture-In-Graphic (PIG) support
  • SCPC/MCPC channel receivable from C/Ku band satellites
  • Simple Operation through On-Screen Display
  • Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for on-screen service information
  • Subtitle supported
  • Teletext supported by VBI (where available)
  • Last channel recall function
  • Channel list editing functions
  • Favorite channel list editing
  • Menu controls on front panel
  • Parental lock facility
  • Firmware upgrade by USB
  • USB Host supported
  • Firmware and Data transfer from receiver-to-receiver
  • MOSAIC function supported
  • Sleep timer function
  • 10 event timer
  • Sat / Channel find function
  • Zoom (x2, x4, x8, x16) function
  • Utility function 

Fortec Star Receiver lineup

Dreambox DVB Receivers ALPHA Satellite Receiver

  • BETA Satellite Receiver
  • DELTA Satellite Receiver
  • Lifetime Classic NA
  • Lifetime Ultra +
  • Lifetime II SR
  • Mercury II
  • Fortec Star OMEGA
  • Passion HD
  • Platinum NA Digital
  • SIGMA Satellite Receiver
  • Fortec Star Ultimate
  • ZETA
  • Fortec Star 2100
  • Fortec Star 3100
  • Fortec Star 4000
  • Fortec Star 4100
  • Fortec Star 4200
  • Fortec Star 4300
  • Fortec Star 4400
  • Fortec Star 5100 II
  • Fortec Star 5400
  • Fortec Star 5600 II
  • HD Passion Plus
  • Innovation HD Satellite Receiver
  • Fortec Star Dynamic

Factory Reset

There are not many reason to reset Fortec Receivers to factory status, maybe after you move your dish to a new satellite, but it can be done by teleting the channels, perhaps a corrupted database or a brand new software version, in any case, be careful, Fortec Star warranty is void if your receivers becomes unusable after a software update.

Fortec Star official website offers several tools, manuals and firmware at its Downloads section, just select your receiver model and all avilable downloads will be shown

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