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maplin digital satellite kit ??

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by p5yco, Sep 30, 2005.

  1. 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.
     
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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
     
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    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?
     
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    also does anybody know of any well established reliable on-line retailers of satellite systems and accessories?
     
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    How about these people? :devil: ;)
     
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    i was thinking more along the lines of retailers who sell dishes, receivers, lnbs and cards etc - not sky.
     
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    Sorry, couldn't resist :)
     
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    with this kit will i be able to receive the astra and hotbird satellites together?
     
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    Only if you buy a motorised dish mount, and only want to watch un-encrypted channels.
     
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    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).
     
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    Will an offset mount be effective with a smaller dish, Chris ?
     

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