UMP (Unified Media Platform)

3.1 Watching TV


Watching TV is one of the main functions of the device. If you followed the instructions in chapter 1 and have restarted your device, or at last the OSD since then, you should be able to select TV in the Main Menu. In the TV Menu you will find a number of entries by default, though almost the entire menu can be customized to your preferences. The first option is the TV Guide. As mentioned earlier, this device uses the XMLTV system to retrieve EPG data, but relies on manual input of the individual channels. Your TV Channels do not necessarily need to match the XMLTV EPG ones, but if they don’t, the TV Guide screen isn’t very helpful. If these two channel listings match (even if only partially), you should see an overview of your channels, and the various programs running and in the near future. At the bottom of the Screen you will see the four colored controls which can be operated by the remote control or keyboard (UMP-R-1XX and UMP-R-3XX). With these controls you can navigate to an earlier or a later date.


To view a channel, either select it in the TV Guide or choose a random channel and navigate to the desired one by means of CH+ and CH- on the remote. Note that the first 9 channels are also mapped to the numeric keys on the remote control and keyboard (UMP-R-1XX and UMP-R-3XX). As opposed to many modern television sets, where there is a significant delay when switching channels or inputs, the UMP attempts to reduce this as far as possible. When switching between analog/DVB channels, there is almost no visual delay and a ~1,5 second delay in the sound. This is intentionally implemented to filter out any annoying clicking that can be introduced by changing frequency. Note that there is a slightly longer delay when switching to an AV (Composite or S-Video) channel. This is due to the way that the PCI TV interface handles these inputs.


When watching TV most common media playback controls are available, such as Play, Pause, Step, VOL+, VOL-, Mute and Exit.