Finnish television in the UK

Jonstone

Well-known Member
My wife is from finland and it would be nice if we could access finnish television via satellite.

Is this possible and what equipment would I need to make it happen?

Thanks
 

fernandez

Novice Member
http://www.flysat.com/fta.php
Doesn't list any FTA Finnish channels:(

The YLE channels are on Thor3 at .8W encypted in Conax, so an official card and suitable receiver/CAM with an 80cm - 1M dish would be required.
Unless you can obtain an official card from relatives in Finland the cost on the 'grey market' is quite high
 

remlap

Novice Member
YLE would need more than a 1m in Prestatyn if you could get your hands on a official card.

1.2m maybe.
 

Jonstone

Well-known Member
Thanks

Official card wouldn't be such a problem and I do have a flat roof I could monut a large dish on but not entirely sure what the neighbours would say :thumbsdow

Maybe I could persuade my father in law to buy a PS3 with playtv and watch it via remote play instead :)
 
My wife is from finland and it would be nice if we could access finnish television via satellite.

Is this possible and what equipment would I need to make it happen?

Thanks
Looking at the lyngsat page, http://www.lyngsat-maps.com/maps/thor3.html, suggests that you could need something as big as a 1.5 dish to be certain of picking the channels up. Remember that in poor weather that signals on the edge will be even harder to pick up. You might get away with a smaller dish if you went for a better quality one.

A dish only needs a clear line of sight to the satellite, so sticking it on a scaffold pole concreted into the ground would be fine. They don't need to be mounted on walls, chimneys or roofs.
 

1080 jawbreaker

Well-known Member
phone a local satellite tv specialist in your area, they will recommend a dish size. a 1 meter dish at gound level can be tucked away in the back garden as long as there is enough clearance for lign of sight to the satellite. 1 west is as high in the sky as it gets so you shouldnt have any problems there. A relative should be able to pick up a subscription for you. Grey market imports can be as much as £800-900 so avoid like the plague. If the satellite route doesnt work then theres is always slingbox, broadband permiting :)
 

vex

Novice Member
Not exactly what you were thinking of when you made this post but how about this.

http://www.slingmedia.com/#/showChoicesButton/

Buy an extra receiver in Finland and install it at parents or friends house, in Finland
Buy a Slingbox and connect it to the internet and the Finnish satellite receiver.
Come home to the UK
Buy a cheap pc and connect that to your TV.
Connect it to the internet
Dial in and connect to your Slingbox in Finland.

Watch and control your Home TV/Receiver from any PC in the world

HTH

V.

Bu**er, just noticed 1080JB suggested it as well.
 

Cupart

Member
My wife is from finland and it would be nice if we could access finnish television via satellite.

Is this possible and what equipment would I need to make it happen?

Thanks
Hi Johnstone,

I'm in the same situation as you and you can get TV Finland which is specifically for Finnish expats living abroad. They broadcast a mix of the best (if you can call any Finnish TV the best of) from YLE1 & YLE2 as well as TV3 and 4.

Here's all the info you need:

h**p://yle.fi/tvfinland/english.htm

Don't spend time and energy on the other suggestions as it will cost you a fortune and/or hassle.

TVFinland transmits from Thor5 with an excellent European coverage :)

Cheers,

F
 

vex

Novice Member
You still need a good sized dish to be able to see the Thor 5 satellite out on the west of the UK.

V.
 

Cupart

Member
You still need a good sized dish to be able to see the Thor 5 satellite out on the west of the UK.

V.
Nope. All of The UK and Ireland receives Thor5 - broadcasting in the "outer" foorprint - with an EIRP of 50dBW which corresponds to a dish size of 50-65 cm (according to Lyngsat) which I don't classify as large.

The official sky zone 2 dish (Raven) is 80 x 60 cm to put it in perspective... :rolleyes:
 

vex

Novice Member
Sorry, I looked at both footprints because I did'nt know which ones carried the ex-pat channels you referred to.

V.
 

lovelldr

Active Member
Well, in the east mids, I was getting about 75-78% on MTV3 and the YLE channels, and was receiving the channels ok :) But with bad weather, I only get about 68%, which causes either no signal, or signal breakup... That's all on a Gibertini 85cm dish. So if you go for a good quality 1m dish, (i.e. the 1m Gibertini, then I'd imagine you should be able to receive a good enough reception for this (assuming you were in a similar location to me)

Just noticed, you're in Prestatyn, so you might require the 1.2 dish ... But anything above 1m requires planning permission
 

Cupart

Member
grooverider0101:

Nope. All of The UK and Ireland receives Thor5 - broadcasting in the "outer" foorprint - with an EIRP of 50dBW which corresponds to a dish size of 50-65 cm (according to Lyngsat) which I don't classify as large.

The official sky zone 2 dish (Raven) is 80 x 60 cm to put it in perspective... :rolleyes:
 

fernandez

Novice Member
how do i use this site and sky?
i want some foreign channels.
is there anyway to add them onto my listing?
If you mean with a Sky receiver and a Sky mini-dish, the simple answer is you can't.
You will require another (larger) dish pointing in a different direction(s) and even then channels added on a Sky receiver can only be accessed through the 'Additional Channels' menu. These will have to be FTA channels using parameters the box will understand.
The Sky box was never meant to handle signals other than those from Sky
If I'm wrong in my assumption please explain further what you want to do
 

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