Digital Devices Octopus NET SL SX8 Max

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Octopus NET CI:

Octopus NET with integrated server-side Twin CI - Please note the hints in the article text

SX8 | SX8 Basic:

Octopus NET with DVB-S2X Basic or DVB-S2X Full (Pro) Support - Please note the hints in the article tab "Comparison Table"

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Octopus NET SX8 - Certified SAT>IP, Unicast & Mulitcast [MPTS] streaming server with 8 tuners... more
Product information "Digital Devices Octopus NET SL SX8 Max"

Octopus NET SX8 - Certified SAT>IP, Unicast & Mulitcast [MPTS] streaming server with 8 tuners for DVB-S/S2/S2X with optional Twin CI.

The Octopus NET SL series and its hardware is a SAT>IP 1.2.2 streaming server certified by SES Astra for your home network for use with RTSP compatible players and SAT>IP clients, which exist primarily as app, software or hardware clients. Likewise, the server is used for the distribution of DVB signals in professional installations and environments via RTP|UDP multicast as an IPTV headend. All you need is a compatible SAT>IP hardware client or software, e.g. in the form of an app or PC software. Even simple players that can process RTSP streaming, such as the well-known VLC® Player or powerful TV software such as DVBViewer® or VDR® can be used.

Proven technology in a new design

The SL series and the former V2 series use the same hardware components. The new chassis offers more flexibility and passive cooling of the server, even in difficult deployment environments. The Octopus NET mainboard, powered by a slim Linux OS with our open source SAT>IP service, delivers a stable streaming engine through a powerful FPGA processor. In this way it can be guaranteed that even with maximum usage of up to 12 streams there will be no degradation in relation to latency (stream delivery below 500ms).

A 5 port Gigabit switch is available for each server, so that additional devices can be added to your network. In addition, this switch can be used in multicast mode for controlled broadcasting of the streams (Stream on LAN Output), so that only certain ports let out certain streams.

Flexible, modular and exchangeable

Of course, your Octopus NET is equipped with Digital Devices tuners, so if at a later date you find that other tuners or a larger number of tuners are needed, you can easily exchange or replace the tuners of the server with a card of the "Max" series or "DuoFlex" series. This modular design allows you to remain flexible with regard to extensions, replacement of tuner hardware or conversion to other types of reception.

The tuners of Octopus NET SX8

Octopus NET has 8 tuners which can be used for the following types of reception:

  • DVB-S (satellite tuner)
  • DVB-S2 (Satellite Tuner)
  • DVB-S2X (satellite tuner) Full APSK and MIS Support

Over the 4 SAT inputs of Octopus NET, up to 8 independent internal tuners (frontends) can be supplied. For this the Full Spectrum method is used, also known as FBC (Full Band Capture). The following connection options are available, which can be set in the web interface:

  • Multiswitch Emulation "Quad"
    Connection to a quad LNB or 4 multiswitch outputs for the reception of one satellite. The available number of tuners is 8x DVB-S/S2/S2X, which can be used independently of each other. A total of 4 cables are required from the LNB or multi-switch. DiSEqC control for reception of multiple satellites is not possible in this mode.

  • Multiswitch Emulation "Quattro"
    Connection to a Quattro LNB or 4 trunk outputs of a multiswitch for the reception of one satellite. The available number of tuners is 8x DVB-S/S2/S2X, which can be used independently. A total of 4 cables from the LNB or multi-switch are required. DiSEqC control for reception of multiple satellites is not possible in this mode.

  • Multiswitch Emulation "Off"
    With disabled internal multiswitch emulation, one input is connected to one internal tuner (frontend). The available number of tuners is 4x DVB-S/S2/S2X, which can be used independently. Less cables than inputs can be connected in this operating mode. Also, the reception of multiple satellites is possible in this mode using DiSEqC control.

  • Single Cable Reception | SCR (Single Cable Routing)
    If single cable reception is enabled, the Octopus NET Server is operated with Unicable®¹ or JESS®|Unicable II² support. When using Unicable® or JESS®, all 8 tuners are available. Multiple satellites are supported in this mode. Only 1 cable is needed at the Unicable input for all 8 tuners. Thanks to the integrated multi-switch no additional splitters are needed.

Unicast streaming with SAT>IP

With RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol), you can distribute the LiveTV signal in your local home network at home or, for example, in smaller hotels simply via LAN or WLAN, regardless of whether SD, HD or UHD. In unicast mode, the number of simultaneously usable clients is equal to the number of installed tuners. From simple media players with RTSP support to software products like DVBViewer® or SAT>IP Apps to hardware clients like Panasonic® TVs with integrated SAT>IP service (TV>IP). With the help of our OctopusCast software you can create M3U playlists in no time or distribute them via the integrated DMS server in the network to existing clients with media player function.

Multicast Streaming with SAT>IP

As a multicast streaming server via the RTP or UDP protocol, Octopus NET distributes the streams with MPTS technology. This makes it possible to stream one or more channels or even whole transponders with only one stream and tuner. MPTS compatible clients such as Panasonic® TVs can be supplied with a large number of channels in this way.

SAT>IP Server with CI Support³
(Note, only for the above selected variant "With CI Support" Item number: 292018)

As the only SAT>IP server available on the market with integrated CI support, encrypted streams can also be decrypted directly in the server in advance with certain software clients or any player compatible with RTSP, by an extended option in the RTSP request. Of course, in addition to server-side CI support, CI+ is also available on the client side, depending on the respective technical equipment of the used client.


*1 Unicable® Requirement: Unicable®/ SCR / CENELEC EN50494 compliant LNB or multiswitch according to EN50494

*2 JESS® Requirement: Jess®/ CENELEC EN50607 compliant LNB or multiswitch according to EN50607

*3 According to SAT>IP specification, there is no server-side CI support. The extension of Octopus NET servers with a CI slot, are a separate extension based on the SAT>IP protocol. This extension currently only works with software clients, where the manufacturers/developers have added a related integration in their software. A SAT>IP capable TV or SetTop Box (hardware clients) cannot handle the CI in Octopus NET so far. Decrypting multiple services from different transponders (MTD - Multi Transponder Decrypting) is not possible with Octopus NET systems. Decrypting multiple channels of one transponder (SDT - Single Transponder Decrypting) is possible in multicast mode. STD is technically possible for unicast operation, but there is no practical implementation for decrypting multiple services by the offered clients with CI support for Octopus NET. Basically, in unicast operation clients which support the CI of Octopus NET can request one service (channel) per tuner and CI slot for decryption. When using multiple CI slots / CA modules, multiple decryption is possible according to the number of used CIs. When using different decryption systems, there is no automatic assignment to the corresponding CA module, the assignment for different encryption methods over multiple CA modules, can usually be managed by the client.




Tuner: 8
Netzwerk: 5 Port GigaBit Switch
Einkabelbetrieb: JESS | Unicable II (EN50607), Unicable I (EN50494)
Anschluss via: LAN
Anzahl CI-Slot(s): 2 (Optional)
SAT>IP Standard: 1.2.2
Empfangsart(en): DVB-S, DVB-S2, DVB-S2X
Related links to "Digital Devices Octopus NET SL SX8 Max"
  • Octopus NET SL SX8 (Network tuner, 5-port switch, housing)
  • Integrated DD Max SX8 | Max SX8 Basic | DuoFlex CI (Depending on selection)
  • Full version DD-TV Online available
  • External power supply (EU plug)
  • Empfang
  • 4/8 x DVB-S|S2|S2X (SAT-Tuner)
  • Up to 2 Common Interfaces
  • HDTV H.264 – 1080p
  • Features
  • Sensitivity < 30 dBµV
  • Unicable® SCR / Cenelec EN50494
  • Supports a connection of up to 8 tuners using one antenna cable
  • required: Unicable®/ SCR / CENELEC EN50494 compliant LNB or multi switch
  • JESS© / Cenelec EN50607
  • Supports a connection of up to 32 tuners using one antenna cable
  • required: CENELEC EN50607 compliant LNB or multi switch
  • Streaming engine
  • 12 Unicast clients (independent of number of connected tuners)
  • Streaming of 12 complete transponders
  • RTP streaming with very low latency
  • UDP streaming with very low latency
  • Very low jitter
  • Consistent network utilisation and no peaks
    Notice: improve the quality of the WLAN data transmission significantly
  • Complete hardware filtering for all PIDs ( no limitation )
  • SAT>IP (Version 1.2.2) for 12 singlecast clients und/oder max 12 multicast streams
  • flexible configuration singlecast and / or multicast
    SPTS: a SPTS-Version is available for the 8 tuner Octopus NET against an additional fee
  • Embedded network switch
  • 5 Port managed GigaBit-Switch (10/100/1000)
  • Ethernet protocols IPv4 and IPv6
  • Quality of Service, Audio Video data have priority
  • 8192 MAC addresses
  • 4 class priority for QoS according to IEEE802.1q
  • IP filtering
  • Additional features
  • Very low power consumption
  • Very low stand by power consumption
  • Open Source SW


Power Cord UK version to connect to Octopus NET power supply.

Length ca. 1,8 m




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