SatKing 800CA 12V/240V VAST Satellite Decoder

The Satking 800CA VAST certified satellite decoder is now available. Designed in Australia, this decoder ticks all the boxes for both the home user and the traveller.

The first thing you’ll love about this unit is its size. Measuring a mere 220mm wide it will fit in any entertainment cabinet at home or on a shelf in a caravan.

Being powered by an external transformer (included), the unit can be operated from a 240V AC socket at home or via a cigarette lead. Power consumption is a mere 9 watts so it is economical to run whether from the transformer or from the battery of your van.

Better still, the Satking DVBS2-800CA is PVR ready so you can record the programs direct to a USB stick or drive (not included).

On the rear panel, you’ll find:



  • Single satellite input with a LOOP OUT. This is particularly useful for connecting multiple decoders together.
  • HDMI socket – the preferred method of connection to your TV.
  • USB port for connection of a hard drive or USB memory stick – this will enable you to record direct to the drive.
  • AV composite video output – analog connection of video and audio cables to your TV if you have no HDMI ports.
  • RGB component video output – a high definition analog connection to your TV (if you don’t have HDMI inputs)
  • IR sensor input (I’ll go into more detail on this below)
  • RF input/output – you can feed an analog TV signal in and out to multiple TV’s so you can watch the same channel.
  • 12V DC input from either the transformer or cigarette lead.
  • Ethernet port for network connection – we haven’t tested this one as yet.
  • SP/DIF and coaxial digital audio output for connection to surround sound systems.
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Having an external IR sensor port means that the 800CA can be mounted in an overhead cupboard in the van or in an enclosed entertainment unit yet still operate from the remote control. This is achieved by plugging in the external sensor cable and mounting the sensor in a visible location such as on the front of the cabinet or anywhere in view of the remote control signal. All functions of the remote control can be used this way without the need to open the cupboard. This is a fantastic feature and the SatKing DVBS 800CA is the only VAST certified satellite decoder that offers this feature. We have 2 sensors available for the SatKing 800CA – 1 metre or 3 metre.

On starting up the 800CA, the first screen you’ll see will be the following:



The screenshot above shows that the decoder is searching for signal. When the dish is aligned, the decoder will immediately change to the scanning screen and load all available channels. Also displayed on this screen is the smartcard number that is paired to the decoder. Worth writing down the number at this stage. Of course the smartcard number can also be obtained by removing the smartcard from the decoder and recording the number from under the card.

The main menu shows various useful sub menus including the SIGNAL FINDING section. This is particularly useful for travellers who require an easy to ready screen while aligning their dish.



Entering the SIGNAL FINDING screen brings you to a map of Australia where you can select a state and zone in on that state to attain pertinent alignment information such as ELEVATION, DIRECTION and LNB SKEW.




A lot of planning and design has gone into the software and many Australians were involved in the design. This has resulted in a decoder that suits the Australian market more so than a product designed overseas. The included remote control is well designed and incorporates a learning feature so you can program it to control your TV as well.

Whether using this decoder for home or on the road, you’ll get access to all of the available VAST channels. For those of you living in any state other than WA, the channels available via the VAST service are:


VAST viewers will be able to receive all ABC digital television services including those from other states.

VAST viewers will be able to receive all SBS digital television services including those from other states.


Regional news feeds are also available (see channel 4 on VAST). These news feeds are broadcast at various times throughout the evening. This enables the viewer to catch up on local news as well as national news from the commercial and public broadcast providers.

For those of you living in WA, all of the ABC and SBS channels will be available to you also. However, instead of receiving the commercial channels Seven Central, Imparja and Ten, you will receive Prime and Win. See below:



The SatKing DVBS2-800CA VAST Satellite certified high definition satellite receiver brings a new level of features to the Australian VAST platform. Designed with ease of use in mind customers will find this VAST receiver a pleasure to use. From first turn on you will notice the unit is super fast to turn on and scan in channels, the Optus VAST card is already loaded in the decoder for you.

A large remote control with easy to read and use buttons with built in learning function to take over basic controls of your TV (no need for two remote controls any more). The compact design is a real winner measuring 220mm in width and very low power consumption, well below 15 watts.

With PVR ready via USB as standard simply connect your external USB device to use to unit as a PVR. You will also find a fast operating and easy to read 8 day Electronic Program Guide (EPG).

The unit can be used for either VAST traveller customers (12 Volt) or VAST at home customers (240 Volt) via the included power pack.

For self installation SatKing has developed an internal signal finder with an intensity beeper to assist with installations, the higher the signal the faster the beeping and an electronic map built in to give you your coordinates for easier dish positioning.

The unit also has a detailed electronic help guide and handy features like a USB speed test to test your USB device. For the VAST traveller caravan market the unit also has an optional IR target so you can place the VAST decoder in a cupboard and hide the unit out of sight, also handy to place the unit behind large screen TV’s in home when you don’t want to look at the STB.

Commercial installations and customers with older TV’s will find the built in RF modulator of great assistance, you can simply use the SatKing decoder on any TV new or old without any extra expense.



  • Australian VAST certified
  • High definition MPEG-4
  • 12/240 Volt operation for home or RV use
  • Compact size 220 mm x 180 mm x 47 mm
  • Friendly bright coloured menu
  • Signal finder with beeper
  • USB PVR ready as standard (compatible with most drives and memory sticks)
  • Large button remote with learning functions
  • Fast operating 8 day EPG
  • Infrared target (optional)
  • Parental control
  • Time shift function via PVR
  • Program auto tune with reminder
  • HDMI output
  • Component output
  • CVBS output
  • RF modulator
  • Digital audio (Coaxial & S/PDIF)
  • Dolby digital audio
  • LNB loop out (for connection to another decoder)
  • USB-2.0
  • USB speed test
  • DiSEqC 1.0/1.2 supported
  • Adjustable LNB settings
  • Low power consumption (less than 15 W)
  • Over the air software download supported
  • Subtitles supported
  • IRDETO secure silicon inside.

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