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E2BMC – a hybrid between Enigma 2 and XBMC

I mentioned E2BMC in Anga 2013 Report article. It is a hybrid between Enigma 2 (OpenPLi) and XBMC XBMC 12.0 Frodo. Admin on OpenATV forum mentioned that this will be closed source project. Not a good news for opensource community which is very strong in E2 world (OpenPLi and all OpenPLi based images also joined under OE-Alliance). But its too early to tell if this will really happen.

OpenATV also got their hands on a test unit and they have already released three videos. Test box has these features:

PNX8471 ARM CPU 600Mhz (1500DMIPS)
512MB DDR2
256MB Flash
2MB NOR / SPI
15W consumption
10W in standby
HD HD PIP
1 card reader
VFD Display

Specifications of this beta box are rather unsatisfying because we know what will DUO2 bring to the table (2GB ram, 1GB flash, two tuners, two screens, etc). But I believe that specs will change. 512MB of RAM is not enough these days, especially with XBMC. I have experience with AppleTV 2 which has 512MB of RAM.

E2BMC uses native dvbapi which means that you could easily use OScam or any other popular emulator. This is important news for many as satellite boxes are just FTA boxes without emulators and therefore not interesting for many users. If I understood correctly, Enigma 2 in integrated in TV part of the XBMC. This means you can use E2 channel lists. Picons are also supported. I am not sure about plugins. I guess if Enigma 2 is only integrated in TV part of the XBMC, then we can forget installing Enigma 2 plugins. But there are tons of XBMC plugins, so that’s a relief. You can expect more information about this project very soon. But you shouldnt expect this to arrive anytime soone. October or probably later is the scheduled arrival for this new system.

Here are some videos from OpenATV team:

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