FreeSkySat vs. Satcure "kits"

mhuk05

Well-known Member
Hello,

My question is what is the difference between getting a FreeSkySat system from Sky vs the type of multiple LNB or motorised system from Satcure?

I don't mean equipment but the channels that can be received? Can the "free" channels available from FreeSkySat be viewed using a Satcure system? Presumably the range of channels is greater from a Satcure system?

And, as a second question, using a Satcure type system, can free football be recieved from Hotbird or ArabSat? Or is a card needed?

Thanks and please forgive any (obvious - to you) stupidity in the question ;)
 

Chris Muriel

Distinguished Member
I believe Satcure have this information on their website.
You can also go to: http://www.kingofsat.net/en/satellites.php and see which are the digital FTA channels per satellite.
Another source is Lyngsat.com
Examples : http://www.lyngsat.com/freetv/United-Kingdom.html

Basically you can receive the FTA channels at 28 East that are (cheekily in my opinion) listed in the FreeSkySat blurb ; you won't get the FTV ones, which require a $ky digibox and that 20 quid card.
But the Satcure (and other similar steerable dish systems) widen your choice by allowing you to get FTA channels on lots of other satellites. Which satellites will depend on the physical size of the dish that you opt for.
There will be some free football but many matches are only available by subscription, requiring a CAM and card.
The FTA channels within Sky's pacakage are listed at sites like :
http://www.wickonline.com/fta.htm
More links and info here :
http://www.satcure.co.uk/tech/channels.htm

Chris Muriel, Manchester
 

mhuk05

Well-known Member
Which way (roughly) does the dish need to point? Just trying to decide where to place a dish.....
 

Chris Muriel

Distinguished Member
Dish needs to point roughly south at angle of 20-30 degrees (so you can see where you might need to clear buldings or trees).
The main sats are at 42E, 28E, 26E, 19E, 16E,13E,5E,1W,5W and 8W.
28E (Sky/Eurobird) , 19E (Astra) and 13E (Hotbird) are the prime ones.
You can easily see where to point for 28E by looking at a neighbour's $ky dish.
I believe Channel 4 and 5 currently require an FTV card.

Chris Muriel, Manchester.
 

mhuk05

Well-known Member
I can look at every bloody house down my road! I must be the only one without a dish...
Will a $ky FTV card work in a non-sky box e.g Dreambox?
 

Chris Muriel

Distinguished Member
Sky card will NOT work. $ky use a closed/proprietary encryption system (designed by NDS, their coding experts in Israel) which is embedded into the boxes. This is why their security has not been compromised.
A $ky card requires a $ky digibox.

Chris Muriel, Manchester.
 

mhuk05

Well-known Member
I read something on a forum that using a Dreambox "pointed" to an Italian satellite you might be able to get ITV and Ch4- any idea if this is true (without a $ky card)?

Thanks for your reply :)
 

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