New System Advice...

JHWright

Standard Member
I'm in the process of buying/setting up a new system, and as I'm a bit of a novice, would appreciate some answers to the below...

1) What's the difference between Astra 1H/1KR/1L/1M? Are they different transponders? If so, how does my receiver known which one to 'receive' from? Some of the channels I want ore on 1KR, and others are on 1M. Does my receiver do this automatically based on which channel I select to watch?

2) What's the difference between Zone 1 and Zone 2 dishes? What's best for 19.2 in the south of the UK? Is 60cm enough, or should I go with 80cm?

3) Are receivers available for recording Astra channels the same way I currently do on my Sky+ box? So I can set to record in advance using an EPG display? I want one with a moderate internal memory, and it doesn't need (m)any card ports as I'm only interested in FTA channels.

4) Does using a PVR ready receiver, with a memory stick/HDD work out much cheaper than an intergrated PVR receiver??

5) If a channel doesn't have an EPG, can you still pause 'live' telly (like you can on Sky+)?

6) Is a dish reasonable easy to install? Would I be better off getting an installer to at least fix the dish to the wall, and I can then sort the cables out myself?

7) What cable is best for running between the dish and receiver?

8) If I'm going to the trouble/expense of getting this system, would it be worthwhile to pay the extra pennies and get a monoblock LNB so I can pick up Hotbird 13 also? Apart from the more expensive dish, what else would I need to get to make this work? (A receiver with at least 2 inputs?? - not really sure how the monoblock works, other than being a two heads in one unit!)

Any other tips/suggestions/advice?!?!

Thanks in advance
 
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davemurgatroyd2

Distinguished Member
I'm in the process of buying/setting up a new system, and as I'm a bit of a novice, would appreciate some answers to the below...

1) What's the difference between Astra 1H/1KR/1L/1M? Are they different transponders? If so, how does my receiver known which one to 'receive' from? Some of the channels I want ore on 1KR, and others are on 1M. Does my receiver do this automatically based on which channel I select to watch?
They are different satellites co-located at the same position in space and appear as one satellite to the receiver.

2) What's the difference between Zone 1 and Zone 2 dishes? What's best for 19.2 in the south of the UK? Is 60cm enough, or should I go with 80cm?
A zone 1 dish is smaller (approx 43 cm) and a zone 2 dish is approx 60 cm - a 60 cm dish should be adequate and provide rain fade in all but the most extreme weather

3) Are receivers available for recording Astra channels the same way I currently do on my Sky+ box? So I can set to record in advance using an EPG display? I want one with a moderate internal memory, and it doesn't need (m)any card ports as I'm only interested in FTA channels.
PVRs are available as you require BUT note that only a few channels broadcast a full EPG and it is often not as easy to use as Sky's or freesat's and requires either a seperate download (onn some receivers only) or tuning to a particular channel to download only that broadcaster's EPG for several channels. Other channels only broadcast a "now and next" EPG and others nothing at all and require setting manually like an early VCR.

4) Does using a PVR ready receiver, with a memory stick/HDD work out much cheaper than an intergrated PVR receiver??
Not a clue

5) If a channel doesn't have an EPG, can you still pause 'live' telly (like you can on Sky+)?
Yes

6) Is a dish reasonable easy to install? Would I be better off getting an installer to at least fix the dish to the wall, and I can then sort the cables out myself?
Yes providing you have basic DIY skills

7) What cable is best for running between the dish and receiver?
CT100 OR WF100 or equivalet

8) If I'm going to the trouble/expense of getting this system, would it be worthwhile to pay the extra pennies and get a monoblock LNB so I can pick up Hotbird 13 also? Apart from the more expensive dish, what else would I need to get to make this work? (A receiver with at least 2 inputs?? - not really sure how the monoblock works, other than being a two heads in one unit!)
Yes but you will only need a single input receiver as long as it supports DiSEqC switching which the monobloc uses to switch between the two satellites and send the signal down one cable to the receiver.
Any other tips/suggestions/advice?!?!

Thanks in advance
 
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JHWright

Standard Member
Brilliant, thanks.

On doing a bit more research, I’m currently looking at the following kit:

80cm Orbital dish with 6 deg monoblock LNB, 10m cable and U wall mount - £61
Humax PVR9150T (160gb) - £123

I assume the Humax PVR has the necessary Diseqc capabilities to switch between 13 and 19.2?

That’s all I need isn’t it??

Does this look feasible??

Now to decide whether to install it myself or not!!
 

davemurgatroyd2

Distinguished Member
The dish etc is OK BUT the Humax PVR9150T is a Freeview PVR not a satellite PVR. You will NOT find many (if any) generic (non Sky and non-freesat) boxes in places like Dixons, Comet, Curry's etc you need to look in specialist satellite stores online (possibly Maplin's and ebay) but check what you are buying is a satellite (DSAT) PVR and not a Freeview (DTT) PVR.
 

JHWright

Standard Member
I see.

What about the Topfield TF-4000 PVR?

If I went for just a PVR Ready receiver, what are the compatibility issues with buying a hard drive? Will any hard drive be ok, or are only some HDDs compatible with PVRs? If so, how do I know what ones?

Could I get a TM5200D and just buy a HDD from PC World??
 
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