NEWS AND VIEWS
          July 10, 2011

Mike and Laurel Kohl
S-9141 State Road 23
Plain, Wisconsin   53577-9612



July 10, 2011

A week and a month later, and a new update for you.  We are in a particularly upbeat mood over some multiple pieces of good news.

1) Thank you to all that called and wrote concerning Laurel's battle with the big C.  Her latest MRI scan and other tests from a week and a half ago now show that major progress has been made in arresting the spread of cancer.  Its previous invasion has been greatly reduced through the use of chemotherapy, and we are hopeful to complete this task within several months.  Your prayers for her complete recovery are greatly appreciated, as I know that she did not return from the brink of death by medicine alone.

2)  I can factually report that Skyvision's shipment of Manhattan RS-1933 receivers physically arrived last Thursday afternoon, and that the first pre-ordered units shipped on Friday.   Please drop me an Email at or and you too can become the proud owner of one of these innovative new receivers.  Price is $199.95 plus 19.00 shipping to U.S. Lower 48 addresses.  35.00 shipping fee to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other U.S. possessions.  41.00 to Canada.

Receivers will include a triple RCA (yellow-red-white) cable for connection to analog equipment such as a TV monitor or a modulator device.  Add 24.95 at the time of order to also include a 6-foot HDMI cable for high definition interface.  Other devices and adapters are also available, including Ch 3/4 as well as UHF television modulators for in-house distribution.  RCA Y adapters to split video and audio in the case of a monitor as well as need to connect a TV modulator.  Rack mount cabinets as well as rack trays for those that need a control point for one or more receivers.   Broadcasters, professional downlinkers and cable systems of all types may consider the latter items.  Don't forget this offering if you are a television broadcaster that is considering adding new digital subchannels such as ME TV, THIS TV, RETRO TV and others.  Our receiver is much less costly than the commercial boxes being supplied by the networks, and in addition to being at least as reliable, is in many cases more flexible in its metering and programming abilities.  If you already have a box from your network supplier, consider getting a Manhattan RS-1933 as an inexpensive backup receiver so that you won't go off the air while other equipment fails.

Repeating our discussion from last month, which is now more timely with the actual availability of the Manhattan RS-1933 receiver:

Skyvision is the master distributor for all Manhattan products in North America.  If you are a satellite dealer wanting to become a reseller of the Manhattan RS-1933, please contact me at the above coordinates, or Email directly to for more details.   A lot of time and effort has taken place to get this receiver to market, including some secondary re-engineering that resulted in a heavier duty power supply and better printed circuit board design.  Licensing agreements were worked out so that unlike some of the other would-be suppliers of new MPEG-4 receivers, we have permission to use a Dolby circuit that processes otherwise unavailable audio.  FCC approvals have been obtained.  If you have been considering some of the competition at a sometimes attractive price, check into these areas:  a number of other units have been quietly imported in small batches by some enterprising dealers without the benefit of licensing or government approval.  They may or may not have any real warranty in North America, either because they have not properly cleared official importation channels, or perhaps simply do not have any arrangements for service on this side of the Atlantic.  The RS-1933 has a blind scanning circuit that functions very well on MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 systems, including DVB-S and the previously elusive DVB-S2 signals.  High Definition is processed where available.  A modern HDMI connection is available for HD output, while there are also conventional yellow-red-white RCA connections for non-HD reception, or to feed auxiliary devices such a modulators and monitors.    Unlike previous receivers that had add-on S2 modules, the RS-1933 has all components on one board, resulting in a heat output comparable to a clock radio rather than a rotisserie.  The receiver has been tested on extremely weak signals from AMC-3 at 87 West / C-band, and shines in its reception of the many Retro TV signals.  Ditto for Ku-band reception on AMC-21 at 125 West, where just under 20 PBS signals can often be found.  With the lack of U.S. network feeds on standard definition after the demise of the 4DTV system, the Manhattan RS-1933 can restore your ability to get a variety of network signals, many often in High Definition as a bonus.  If you have customers with needs for some of the commercial radio signals on AMC-8 C-band at 139 West, this makes an excellent backup unit to costly proprietary commercial receivers, as long as the signals are unencrypted.

Until next time,