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maplin digital satellite kit ??

p5yco

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hi, i am a complete novice to this and was hoping if somebody could shed some light on to the subject for me. i recently saw a digital satellite kit on maplins website which contains a 80cm dish, receiver and a universal lnb. it says it can receive over 4000 free to air channels, will any of these channels be the same as what i get on freeview as the receiver says dvb ie. e4 and itv2? once connected how many channels will there be and how many of them are english language? it seems a lot of people have satellite dishes, but if the channels arent english language then whats the point? am i missing out on something, i have heard you can get cards for the boxes, what do they do? any info on receivable channels would be good. please explain.
 

Nick_UK

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As far as I'm aware, the Maplins kit does not include a card reader, so your viewing would be limited to non-encrypted channels. The 4000 channels quoted would be distributed over many different satellites, so you would either have to either move the dish manually, or get a motorisor kit.

ITV2 and E4 are not available unencrypted, and E4 on satellite is only available via a Sky pay-package.

For lists and more information about satellite reception, see www.lyngsat.com
 

p5yco

Standard Member
if i got a receiver with a card slot, what sort of channels will this give me access to? are the cards legal and where do you get them from?
 

p5yco

Standard Member
also does anybody know of any well established reliable on-line retailers of satellite systems and accessories?
 

p5yco

Standard Member
i was thinking more along the lines of retailers who sell dishes, receivers, lnbs and cards etc - not sky.
 

p5yco

Standard Member
with this kit will i be able to receive the astra and hotbird satellites together?
 

Nick_UK

Banned
p5yco said:
with this kit will i be able to receive the astra and hotbird satellites together?
Only if you buy a motorised dish mount, and only want to watch un-encrypted channels.
 

Chris Muriel

Well-known Member
Or use a "magic arm" afair + 2 LNBs ; this saves the need for a motorised system but is somewhat of a compromise.

Chris Muriel, Manchester (with a 1.8 metre Channelmaster offset steerable dish here).
 

Nick_UK

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Will an offset mount be effective with a smaller dish, Chris ?
 
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