Universal TV Explorer
(Formally known as the Prodig-5)

  • Coverage of satellite, cable and television.
  • Tuning by channel and frequency (IF or direct in the case of satellite)
  • Automatic channel search with the possibility to create channel plans for each new session.
  • Automatic identification of the type of signal.
  • Multi-standard analog measurements: Level, Video-Audio, C/N.
  • Digital measurements: Power, C/N, Channel Identification.
    • COFDM 2k/8k: MER, VBER, CBER
    • QAM 16/32/64/128/256: BER, MER.
  • Simultaneous display of all the measurements and main associated parameters.
  • MPEG decoding.
  • List of services and PID's.
  • TFT Monitor (320 candles/cm).
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Promax TV Explorer Shown

Product Information
Datasheet 1.5 MB
Manual 1.4 MB
Selection Guide 496 KB TV Explorer Selection Guide
US TV Explorer
296 KB
DiSEqC Brochure 498 KB
Satellite Catalog
2.35 MB
TVExplorer Demo 1 Video
TVExplorer Demo 2 Video
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The Promax TV Explorer (formally Prodig-5) is setting new standards in the way installers make and understand measurements. The TV EXPLORER has an impressive new range of functions developed to easy measurements and detection of impairments in both digital and analog systems. The EXPLORER's compact and rugged construction makes it ideal for field use. A 5" color LCD shows all the measurements and the picture of Analog and digital channels.

The TV Explorer includes a high resolution spectrum analyzer function with a new intelligent way to directly control the display of signals on the screen. It is ideal to be used in this transition period from Analog to digital, as it covers a wide range of standards, PAL / SECAM / NTSC in Analog and COFDM /QPSK / QAM in digital. From now on, your analyzer will be a much more intelligent and easy to use tool!

What Satellite is this?

When using AUTO-IDENTIFICATION function from spectrum analyzer or antenna alignment modes the TV Explorer does what no other meter can do. It tells information about the origin of the signal, what satellite or what transmitter is it coming from!!! This is obtained from network identification data contained in the transport stream.

This new function is downloadable via the Internet and comes with the TV Explorer firmware version 4.02. The functions is particularly useful to locate a satellite. Go to antenna alignment mode, move the dish until you receive some signals, press AUTO-ID and you know what satellite you are on.

Explorer: One Key and Go!

When the 'Explorer' key is pressed for a few seconds, a new spectrum exploration session begins. Unlike any other meter currently on the market, the EXPLORER makes a dynamic exploration of the spectrum, detecting all the channels in the swept band. This applies to the terrestrial and satellite television bands.

This new measurement concept sets a radical change in the way to understand and to use the meter. The analyzer is no longer a passive unit, that only measure the channels. It is the analyzer on its own that begins by locating all the channels available in the band.

The Promax Prodig-5 detects all the channels in the band with no need for any previous details such as, the number of channels available, the type of signals transmitted or their characteristics. The EXPLORER is then able to determinate the nature of the signal (Analog or digital) and the channel bandwidths. It can also automatically identify digital channel shifts that the instrument will display.

With the data collected after each exploration, it creates a register that contains tables of channels that can be independent for each area or system. Each of these tables can be saved with a different name.

At any time, the stored sessions can be retrieved and the pattern used for a new sweep that will then be very fast. This feature can be very useful, for instance in countries with a MFN network.

Measurements: All in one screen

In the EXPLORER all the related measurements are displayed simultaneously on the same screen. Therefore, whenever the Measurement function is selected the instrument shows the different parameters that define the quality of the signal under test.

For a 8VSB channel:
  • Power
  • C/N
  • MER
  • VBER
  • SER
Promax Prodig-5B 8-VSB Screenshot Shown

For a Digital Cable QAM (ITU-T J.83 Annex B) channel:

  • Power
  • C/N
  • MER
  • BER
Promax Prodig-5B QAM Screenshot Shown
For digital satellite DVB-S QPSK channel:
  • Power
  • C/N
  • CBER
  • VBER
  • MER
Promax Prodig-5B DVB-S QPSK Screenshot Shown
For digital satellite DSS QPSK channel:
  • Power
  • C/N
  • CBER
  • VBER
  • MER
Promax Prodig-5B DSS QPSK Screenshot Shown
For a  Analog NTSC channel:
  • Level
  • Video-Audio
  • C/N
Promax Prodig-5B Analog NTSC Screenshot Shown

One of the measurements can be selected as a preferred and then it will be highlighted and a graphic bar for this particular measurement displayed in a prefered position.

When pressing the measurement key, the highlighted measurement is switched to the next in the row. In this way the instrument adapts to the diverse preferences of the user.

Introducing for America and South Korea the TV Explorer US

The US TV Explorer now covers most TV standards in America and South Korea.  This model includes analog NTSC and Digital 8VSB, QAM, QPSK (DVB-S), and DSS.

Ordering Information
Model Description Buy Online Price
TV EXPLORER Promax TV Explorer Automatic TV/Satellite Level Meter including Auto-Identification, Explorer Discontinued
USTVEXPLORER PROMAX US TV EXPLORER Automatic TV & Satellite Level Meter including Auto-Identification and Explorer for American standards. Includes MPEG demodulator Discontinued
Optional Accessories
DC-265 Promax DC-265 Carrying Bag for TV EXPLORER (with transparent window) Buy Now $83.00
DC-266 Promax DC-266 Carrying Bag for TV EXPLORER & TV EXPLORER II Buy Now $83.00
OP-005-19 Promax OP-005-19 Rack mount option for TV EXPLORER range Discontinued