I have had the Fortec Star Lifetime Ultra for around a week now and I am VERY impressed with the quality- the picture is crisp and clean and the menu is Very nice and easy to understand. This is my first receiver with USALS (Universal Satellites Automatic Location System) /DiSEqC 1.3 and it has been a joy to work with and set up. The receiver almost sets itself up when used inconjunction with a motorized dish. I simply entered my Latitude and longitude and using the USALS function, the dish moves exactly to the selected satellite/s. The receiver comes already loaded with a comprehensive curent list of all available satellites and I had every satellite I can see in the Clarke Belt found and stored in under an hour! The blind scan or as its called with this receiver "Power Scan" is fast and very efficient, and I really like the onscreen graph as it blind scans both linear polarities, you can see at a glance where you are in the scan process. When the Signal button is used, it displays on screen two colored bars for signal level and the all important Quality changing from red/yellow/ and green with the signal % shown in clear white numbers, another click and its gone. The REALLY nice thing with this receiver is AC3 Dolby Digital audio output. At last I can watch and hear the PBS channels on AMC-3- some of the best digital pictures on any satellite and another great reason to go FTA. I have also noticed that when my dish is moving an on screen message pops up "Positioner setting!" This really saves a lot of confusion and again a real plus for this system. Its also a sharp looking receiver-silver with three chrome buttons in the front, the on/off switch is conveniently placed on the back of the receiver along with all the connections. On the downside the digital read out on the front of the receiver seems a bit low so even at eye level you cant see the all the numbers, and it would be nice to have a "Signal Lock" light on the front but over all it looks great (see below pictures) I will be adding more to this review, but could not contain myself any longer and I have been having a load of fun with it since it arrived. At this point, I must thank David from Fortec and the Sadoun crew for their wonderful service. The receiver arrived within days and as I said at the beginning, I am VERY impressed with what must be the Rolls Royce of DVB satellite receivers, its got the lot. The FortecStar Lifetime ULTRA receiver is fully MPEG2/DVB compliant, supports multi-languages, and has an easy to use menu system. The On-Screen Display allows quick channel searching capabilities. With the ability to move, delete, and re-name channel or satellite information, it’s simple to reorganize your channels the way you want them. In North America, the Lifetime receiver provides Dolby Digital audio (AC-3) for the PBS channels broadcast on the AMC 3 satellite. Digital Free-to-Air Satellite Receiver with POWER SCAN 3,000 Channel Memory (TV & Radio) Store up to 5 Favorite Channel Lists Dolby Digital Audio Out and S-Video (North American model) FEATURES: EPG (Electronic Program Guide) - 7 days of program information Fully compliant with MPEG-2 Digital & DVB broadcasting 950~2150 MHz input Frequency (IF loop throughput) Variable input Symbol Rate (1.5~45 Msps) Multi-language OSD (On-screen Display) Automatic PAL/NTSC Conversion Fast Channel Change Flexible reception of SCPC & MCPA from C/Ku band Satellites Timer Function (Automatic On/Off Setting Function) 256-Colors (Graphic Use Interface) P-I-G (Picture-in-Graphic) On-screen Display Powerful Channel Editing Function -Sorting: Alphabetic, Satellite, FTA/Scramble, Parental Lock, TP Order -Move, Delete, Edit Favorites -Parental Lock, Channel Rename, Channel Skip Manual PID/Satellite & TP/Network Scan Simultaneous Scan of 4 Satellites USALS Compatible Capable Of Setting the Frequency for SMATV Systems Upgrade through RS-232C (STB to STB, PC to STB) DIGITAL TUNER & DEMODULATOR Input Connector F-type, IEC169-24, Female Input Frequency Range 950 MHz to 2150 MHz Loop Throughput 950 MHz to 2150 MHz Input Impedance 75 ohm Signal Level -25 to -65dBm LNB Power 13/18 V DC, 500mA Max. 22 KHz Tone Frequency: 22 ± 2 KHz Amplitude: 0.6 ± 0.2 V DiSEqC Control Version 1.0 & 1.2 Demodulation QPSK Input Symbol Rate 2-45 Ms/s, SCPC/MCPC FEC Decoder Convolution Code Rate 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 5/6, and 7/8 DiSEqC USALS Compatible SYSTEM MEMORY Main Processor Sti 5518ST20 32 bit CPU Clock 81MHz Flash Memory 1 Mbytes SDRAM 8 Mbytes EEPROM 8 Mbytes Channel memory Digital channels: 3,000 Multi-Language Menu (Varies by Region) English / Spanish / French / German / Portuguese / Russian / Arabic / Turkish Remote Control IR remote control (carrier Freq: 38 KHz) MPEG TRANSPORT STREAM & A/V DECODING Transport stream MPEG-2 ISO/IEC 13818 Transport Stream Specification Profile Level MPEG-2 MP@ML Input Stream Max. 90Mbits/s Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9 Frame Rate 25 Hz for PAL, 30 Hz for NTSC Video Resolution 720 x 576(PAL) 720 x 480(NTSC) Teletext Through VBI / OSD Audio Decoding MPEG Layer I & II Audio Mode Single channel / Dual channel / Joint stereo / Stereo Sampling Rate 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 KHz A/V & DATA IN/OUT RCA Output Video, Audio L/R, 0/12V or S/PDIF on N.A. model IF Input F-type Connector Loop-through Output F-type Connector Data Interface RS-232, Connector: 9-pin D-sub type RF MODULATOR RF-Connector 75ohm IEC169-2, Male/Female Frequency 470MHz to 860MHz Output Channel CH 21-69 or Ch 3-4 TV Standard PAL D/K/I/M, NTSC Preset Channel Ch 3, or CH 38 Software changeable by Menu screen POWER SUPPLY Input Voltage AC 90 to 250 VAC (SMPS), 50Hz/60Hz Power Consumption Max 25W Stand-by Power < 5 Watts Protection Separate internal fuse PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS Size (W x H x D) 290 x 200 x 65 mm Weight 2.3 Kg ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS Operating temperature 0 ~ 40 C Storage temperature -10 C ~ + 80 C Operating humidity range 10 ~ 85% RH, Non-condensing Storage humidity range 5 ~ 90% RH, Non-condensing http://www.fortecstar.com/ This review is a work in progress and I will be adding much more in the days and weeks ahead, Thanks again to Fortec and Sadoun.