IceCrypt S1600CHD

Icecrypt S1600CHD

With an Icecrypt S1600CHD satellite receiver you can you view the main PSB channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 which are available on Intelsat 907 at 27.5° West.
This service is a backup for Freeview and carries PSB channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, it is often referred to as BBC-SATBACK.
It is a backup of Freeview multiplexes PSB 1 and PSB 3, it is not intended for direct-to-home (DTH) reception.
All the channels including radio are encrypted using the BISS encryption system.
Using keys for a service that is not available in your country is illegal, check copyright laws in your country or territory.

Set Timers or use the One Touch Record feature to store your favourite programmes onto an external hard drive.  Take the recordings with you to playback on any device which reads TS (Transport Stream) files such as a PC, Laptop or Media Player.
Use the USB port(s) to playback your media files, music and view photos on your TV. Move, Delete and Rename channels without restriction.

Organise your channels into Favourite Groups, Sort Alphabetically or Lock Channels with a Parental Block. Enjoy, where broadcast, a full 7-day Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) to choose what you want to watch. Note that the S1600CHD receiver does not pick up the Sky UK or Freesat EPG 7 day, as these are not standard DVB.

PLEASE NOTE: IceCrypt is no longer trading.


Preparing the Custom Firmware

Download the custom firmware for Icecrypt S1600C HD from the SatPimps website:

You may need to register at the site first for the download link to work. At the current time of writing, the latest version of the custom firmware is 1.6.41 (scroll down the thread as the latest posts are at the bottom).

The downloaded file is a zip file (open with Windows Explorer or the freeware, 7Zip), and contains just one file, S1600C_1.6.41_EMU.abs

Extract this file and save it in the root directory of a USB stick (no other files or folders).

Preparing the IceCrypt Receiver

Unpack the Icecrypt receiver, install the batteries in the remote, and connect to a TV or Monitor using either the supplied HDMI cable or supplied AV leads, connect the power adapter lead (do not connect to an antenna at this point), and switch on using the red Power button on the remote (there is no power switch on the receiver itself).

Backing up the Original Factory-Installed Firmware

Insert a clean USB stick into USB port A on the side of the receiver (USB port B is on the rear), then on the remote, push the Menu button, and once the Menu is on the screen select:
Backup to USB
Select: uda (uda should be preselected)
Filename (just use the default filename they provide)
Press OK on the remote to begin the backup process, usually takes less than a minute.

Safely eject the USB stick by going to back to the Main Menu, then select:
Remove USB Device Safely

Store the backup file somewhere safe in case it is needed in the future.

Installing the Custom Firmware
Icecrypt USB UpgradeInsert the USB stick containing the custom firmware file into USB port A
On the remote press Menu, then select:
Upgrade by USB
Filepath: uda (should be preselected by default)
Upgrade File: (the filename on the USB stick should be shown automatically)
Upgrade Mode: All SW + Channel List
Press OK on the remote to begin the upgrade process, usually takes less than a minute.

The custom firmware should load in under 1 minute. The device will then reboot itself, and in less than 1 minute the IceCrypt logo should then appear.
The custom firmware above is NOT the latest version. We must now upgrade to the latest version. Take the Icecrypt receiver to your router and connect them with an Ethernet cable, then go into the Icecrypt menu and select Internet, Network Local Setting, and ensure that the Default Network Type is: Wired, then press the menu button to return to the Internet main menu. Now select Ftp Upgrade.

Do NOT change any of the settings in the boxes, just press the red button to Connect. This should then bring up the list of latest firmware on the server. Select S1600_1.6.85_27W.abs (or later), then click on the red button to upgrade to the latest version and select All SW+ Channel list.


Loading the BISS Code

You can get the latest BISS Code for Intelsat 907 from a number of sites on the Internet.

On the remote select Menu, then select:

Conditional Access
CA Settings (you should now see card info)

On the remote enter 1407
(you can see this being entered in the top-right corner of the menu screen)

This brings up a secret menu, select:
Key Edit

Now enter the latest BISS code. To enter the letters from A to F use the keys as shown at the bottom of the screen.
The receiver is now ready for use.

The BISS key consists of 16 digits (8 x 2 digits). Some programmes or receivers may require a 12 digit key.
To obtain a 12 digit key,  remove the 4th and 8th groups of digits, these are checksums.


Intelsat 907 at 27.5° West

Finding channels on Intelsat 907
Connect the IceCrypt to an Antenna pointed at Intelsat 907 at 27.5 deg W, and ensure that the Quality is at least 60% (a figure of over 75% is what you should be aiming for)
On the Menu go to Installation > Satellite Installation, press OK
Select the TP Index, then press the Yellow button (TP Edit), on the next screen press the Green button (Add), and enter the following parameters:

Intelsat 907 at 27.5° West
Transponder 74
11.495 Vertical
SR: 44100
FEC: 9/10
Modulation: QPSK
Encryption: BISS
Spotbeam: Spot 2 (Europe)

Now press the Menu button, and choose Yes when it asks if you want to save.

Ensure you have selected the newly entered 11495 V 44100 for the TP Index, then press the Green Button for a TP Scan, and set the following parameters:

Scan Mode: All
Program Type: TV+Radio
Scan Type: Blind Scan
NIT Search: Off
PID Search: BBC
Then scroll down to select ‘OK to Search’ and press OK on the remote.

Once all the programmes have been scanned and loaded, you can press Exit

You can scroll through the channels using the Blue Up/Down buttons, and you can change between TV and Radio channels by pressing the TV/Music button on the remote, and to see the Channel List press the EPG button.

Screen resolution is reported to be either 544×576 or 720×576 for standard definition channels in MPEG-2 and 1920×1088 for high definition channels in MPEG-4.
All the channels seem to be ‘flagged’ as data, this is confirmed using DVB Dream software.
Please note that UTV HD, STV HD and BBC Alba are data channels.


Legal and copyright issues

This information is provided for educational purposes only, neither the author, or, condone any illegal use or misuse of the information provided.
Is it legal or illegal to view these channels? Well, the answer has to be yes, viewing encrypted copyright content without permission is illegal.
It is not possible to purchase a legal subscription for the service. Any company or individual offering the service is doing so without permission from the broadcasters and is breaking the law.

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