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Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by sparkle999, Mar 7, 2005.

  1. sparkle999

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    Hello all,

    Can anyone tell me if it is possible, with a standard sky+ setup, to 'tune in' to any german tv channels? I can't see any german channels (ie: normal stuff spoken in german!) in the sky tv listings, I don't think sky broadcast any? It crossed my mind that perhaps the dish could pick up other transmissions, but I am no expert in this field... :)

    Any thoughts appreciated.
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    Have a look at the following website as these will tell you the channels available.

    Sky Digital channels come from both EUROBIRD 1 (28.5E) and ASTRA 2A,2B,2D (28.2E).

    If you find any then you will need to manually tune them into you Sky Box.

    http://www.satcodx.com/
    http://www.lyngsat.com/
     
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    Hi sparkle,

    In last month's TV Satellite Monthly, someone asked the same question on their Satellite Surgery page.

    Apparently it's commonplace and possible to receive Astra 19.2 degrees east and 28.2 degrees east from the same dish although you do need a larger dish. The person who asked the question already had a 120 cm. satellite dish. You also need an additional LNB, a special bracket for holding the LNBs (called a "little extra") and ideally a DiSEqC (Digital Satellite Equipment Control) switch for flicking between the two satellites. Total cost shouldn't be more than £100 for the LNB. Then you tune the new channels into the Sky Digibox.

    Maybe you were the correspondent, who was hoping for an easier option. I had looked into this myself for a German friend but he is elderly and decided it was too much hassle.

    It's a pity I don't live next door to you! We have a very large satellite dish, because we couldn't receive Sky analogue without this size dish, dumped behind a bush since we had Sky digital about five years ago. It's been waiting to be taken to the dump by my husband, but out of sight out of mind!
     
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    Sorry, I should have said total cost shouldn't be more than £100 for the LNB, bracket and switch.
     
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    Hi all, thanks for your help.

    Cynthia, "TV Satellite Monthly" I must say I've never heard of - but sounds like I should have read it! The idea of a 1.2m dish and a switching mechanism doesn't sound too fantastic (I know, you can't please some people! :) ), so I may have to give this a miss.

    Richardys - thanks for the links, I'll have a trawl through the stats and see if I can glean any information from them. I'll post up if I manage to make any headway.

    cheers
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    Hi

    What you need is an 80 or 90 cm dish aimed midway between astra 19.2 and astra 28.2 with a
    twin monoblock lnb and a 2way lnb switch. you will get these from a specialist satellite shop.
    you wont get all the available channels as the sky box wont tune into all the frequencies and different symbol rates needed .
    do a google search foe waferword and look at what they have to offer.

    Maltezer
     
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    Deutsche Welle is available on Sky and gives German news and magazine documentary type stuff in german. But as for the ARD and ZDF then you will need to do as the others have advised above.

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    Managed to tune the sky box into DWTV, result!

    Also noticed from the websites mentioned earlier that channels such as Euronews have a single video stream and multiple audio streams. There didn't seem to be an option on the sky box to select "APID" (audio program id), however setting the default language to german did the trick - turned to euronews and the audio was in german.

    Thanks again to everyone for your kind help. In case anyone else searches for this in the future, details of the DWTV channel are as follows:

    SR 22000
    FEC 5/6
    Freq 10.744
    Pol H

    All the best
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    Glad I could help.
     
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    For ease of use deutsche welle is on channel 834 in the EPG..



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    That's really funny... :blush: it did occur to me that sod's law would kick in somewhere... but you should have left me feeling really clever!
     
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    Thank you for the information, Kid Rock, about Deutsche Welle and the channel number.

    My elderly German friend is overjoyed to find this and neither of us had any idea that this programme was available on Sky. He's 82, and has lived in this country for 50 years but gets homesick sometimes and longs to hear his native tongue. What a great forum this is!
     

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