Today we will consider the possibilities of the Kartina Comigo Duo set-top box, which provides access to Internet television Kartina.TV . The main difference between the model studied today and many other TV set-top boxes and media players for watching movies and TV shows is that Kartina Comigo Duo, as indicated on the manufacturer's website, provides an opportunity to watch "Russian Television – More than 150 TV Channels" in high quality, including Full HD (1920×1080).
The essence of the idea is simple and transparent: you need to purchase a Kartina Comigo Duo set-top box, an annual or monthly subscription to Kartina.TV (each subscription includes the ability to watch TV channels on three devices), and with this kit any viewer can watch up to one and a half hundred Russian-language TV channels from anywhere in the world, where there is a sufficiently fast connection to the Internet, without binding, for example, to satellite dishes, television antennas and cables.
For residents of large cities, long and firmly tied to their Internet providers by hundreds of television channels, the choice of the prefix Kartina Comigo Duo and the services of Kartina.TV is far from obvious, but it will be appreciated by residents of the foreign diaspora, for some reason torn from habitual Russian-speaking cultural environment.
Set of prefixes Kartina Comigo Duo is located in a compact box. The set, in addition to the console, includes the necessary cables, brief instructions and a control panel.
- Prefix Kartina Comigo Duo,
- The control panel with the keyboard,
- HDMI cable,
- Ethernet cable,
- The network adapter,
- A brief initial instruction.
The prefix is miniature, with a nice minimalistic design and a lot of interfaces, namely: power, HDMI, Ethernet and three USB. In general, the appearance of the console is nice, it fits well in any interior. The power cable, like the HDMI cable to connect to the TV, is not very long, it may well happen that the console will literally hang on these wires.
The control panel is not bulky and not small, it lies optimally in the hand, and, most importantly, two-way. On the one hand there are buttons that we usually see on the control panels to the TV, on the other side there is a small but full keyboard, with small but convenient buttons.
The prefix is made on a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz, equipped with 1 GB of DDR3 RAM and 4 GB of internal flash memory. Wireless interface Wi-Fi operates over 802.11b / g / n protocols, wired LAN connection works at speeds of 10/100 Mbps.
The prefix supports video resolutions up to 1920x1080p, while the supported video codecs include such popular ones as H.264 HP@L4.1, MPEG-4, MPEG-2, WMV and others, audio codecs are represented by AAC, Dolby Digital (AC -3), Dolby Digital Plus, MP3, HE-AAC v1 / v2, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, ADPCM, PCM, MP2. Video is supported in MPEG-TS, MPEG-PS, MP4, MOV, MKV, 3GP, WMV, VOB, AVI and FLV containers, with subtitles of DVB, SRT, SUB, IDX and PGS formats.
In addition, it should be emphasized that Adobe Flash does not support this device. The Skype program is already preinstalled in the console, for video calls it will be necessary to additionally purchase a Logitech C270 webcam (only this model is supported, when ordering on the provider's website the camera price is 20 euros). Thus, the user is fully equipped to make video calls with a TV without the need to run any additional applications, once to enter their data into Skype, and the prefix will always give out notifications of incoming messages or video calls directly on the screen directly while watching TV .
Google Play apps are available for download if you have a Kartina.TV work subscription. But the console works with any computer mouse and keyboard with USB interface, which will be useful for games and surfing through the Internet browser Chrome.
The set-top box is connected with an HDMI cable to both the TV and monitor. It became interesting – can I connect the console to the computer. The unequivocal answer was received at the Kartina.TV forum – no: if the computer does not have an HDMI input, it will not be possible to make a USB connection.
You can connect to the Internet in several ways: LAN connects directly to the set-top box, connects the LAN cable from the delivery set to the router, or selects a wireless Wi-Fi connection.
The prefix is turned on fast enough. First comes acquaintance and the initial setting – Internet connection and login to the Kartina.TV system with the help of a pair of login-password, indicated on the card in the kit. After logging in, the system offered to upgrade by displaying the Android operating system icon. The update takes 10-15 minutes, depending on the quality of the Internet connection. After the upgrade, the set-top box demonstrates a variety of channels, offering the user a short course of management training.
The prefix provides access to Russian-language television, and, in a decent amount – indeed, 150 channels. It is worth noting that there are channels of other countries in their own languages - Latvian, Ukrainian, Tajik, etc. Channels are divided according to the topic – children's, educational, sports, entertainment, cinema channels, news channels, even adult channels, prudently protected password.
You should immediately pay attention to the fact that the set-top box was tested with 100 Mbps connection to the Internet channel. The picture quality is high, clear, good color transmission, without distortion and hang. The clarity of HD-channels is amazing, as well as the presence of a 3D channel, which broadcasts quite recent 3D films of film distribution.
Moreover, Kartina TV provides about 10 channels-cinemas, where around the clock there is a show of popular and new films. There is also a system for rewinding the air, the ability to view the completed transmissions from the archive (for rewinding) appears after 30 minutes, while the archive is available for 14 days. The system is not new, but it allows not to worry, that you can not make it to the beginning of your favorite program or film.
This review could be completed and go to conclusions, but after carefully studying the control panel you can see except the menu button, application button, soshial, browser. This is already becoming more interesting. Indeed, going to the main menu, you can find many more functions that the prefix performs!
In addition to watching Russian TV channels, the console provides the following options: Internet browser, Internet radio, Android-applications, video library, video wall. A full browser for accessing the Internet, for wandering around which, in addition to a full keyboard, there is a "mouse" button on the remote control, allowing you to display the cursor with control buttons on the console. A little uncomfortable is that for scrolling down the page you have to guess what happens when you press the channel buttons.
After activating your Facebook account, you have a full opportunity to communicate with your friends, and, importantly, you do not need to stop the broadcast of the TV program or run a third-party application or browser.
The function of Internet radio provides an opportunity to listen to radio stations online in good quality. Unfortunately, there are no functions to rewind the broadcast or record programs.
The video library contains a large number of Russian and not only films that have been released recently and for a long time, including during the Soviet era. In the collection there is even an anime and an art house, all films are sorted by genre. When selecting a movie, you can choose to watch in HD quality.
In addition, the video library has a collection of serials, and not only Russian but also foreign ones, which were translated and shown on Russian television.
Video wall is, in fact, an application for viewing YouTube. There is a search, there are recommendations for viewing, in general it is interesting and convenient, but a little useless – there is a browser and applications.
Finally, the most interesting is the application. Yes, these are full-fledged applications for Android OS, such as Facebook, VK, Twitter, Weather, News, even games. In the complete set the game Fruit Ninja is already installed, for management in this game one mouse is enough.
Thanks to the full access to applications in the Google Play store, the list of opportunities for viewing various content and social networking can be expanded by a variety of popular online services such as Youtube, Vkontakte, Megogo and thousands of other paid and free applications that are available in several clicks. Interestingly, in the new version of the firmware you can install not only applications from Google Play, but also from USB-drives (for example, the same XBMC, which is not available on Google Play).
At its core, the Kartina Comigo Duo set-top box is a full-fledged external Smart TV receiver with a full set of features to make life easier for users. For example, the prefix is able to remember the place where the user paused viewing the movie from the Video Library or transferring from the channel list, and the next time a call is made, a sentence is displayed on the screen to continue viewing from the moment of pause. The prefix also even keeps the history of the archived broadcasts viewed, if the user for some reason decided to go back to one of them and review it again. The prefix also supports the content recommendation service, allows you to create multiple users and even protect each account with separate passwords.
Kartina Comigo Duo TV set-top box is functional enough, it is convenient. For a week of use, the prefix hung only once. You can buy a set-top box as an additional accessory to the provider's services directly on the website Kartina.TV .
For those who do not have access to the luxury of Russian Internet TV from a home provider, Kartina Comigo Duo will be an interesting choice that literally makes spending time with the TV – 150 channels, the opportunity to watch a lot of entertaining programs, without missing a single one, thanks to functions of viewing already completed transmissions. Part of the prefix replaces the computer and media center, because it has a browser to access the Internet and Internet radio.
If you notice an error – select it with the mouse and press CTRL + ENTER.