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On Digital box: will it work abroad?

Discussion in 'Satellite TV, Sky TV & FreeSat' started by CIMPSA, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. CIMPSA

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    Hi there

    As I say above, I have one of the PIoneer boxes (which is now my property, apparently;) ), and I am moving abroad, to Spain, and I wonder if I can take it with me, and whether it will work there.

    Any ideas?

    Cheers

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    It will certainly switch on but you'll require a rather large and high aerial to receive the UK terrestrial transmissions! ;)

    I suspect that it will be incompatible with any local Spanish transmissions (but please let us know).

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    Actually, I have to confess that all I want is to be able to tune the "UK Bright Ideas" channel...how can I live without it?:blush:

    Seriously, I just wondered whether the systems were compatible or not. I do not know which system is in Spain, but does anybody know the broadcasting system in the UK? Also, I was thinking, devices like the Nokia Mediamaster, are they different then in every country?

    Sorry if I am being just thick...

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    If its not compatable with a spanish system forget it you will never pickup a uk signal. Uhf is line of site this means that the signal will never get to spain it will just carry on into outerspace the earth belive it or not is not flat so it doesn't matter how big your aerial is.I have been a radio ham for many years and never got any where near to spain only into france under very extreme atmospheric conditions this might happen once a year and last a couple of days if your lucky forget it and tape a couple of weeks worth it all get the same after that anyway.
     
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    Ehhh...I was joking about the "UKBright Ideas" channel:clown:

    I just want to pick up the Spanish channels, not the UK ones.

    Thanks anyway for the input

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    Don't the manufacturers sell the same boxes in lots of countries? Have a look round the pioneer site, I'm sure I read something about the same boxes being available in other countries.
    I would guess it'd work but whether you'll get the full service, or any service (due to encryption) I don't know.
    Perhaps you could e-mail whoever operates the system over there.
     
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    Although digital terrestrial TV is to a common DVB-T standard, UK got their first by using early versions of the COFDM demodulator chips.
    Thus the UK service uses COFDM with 2K carriers (actually 2048)
    whereas the "full standard" is 8000 (actually 8192) carriers.
    A later receiver or STB will probably be capable of both.
    Any receiver capable of receiving 8K COFDM will be also backwards compatible with the UK's 2K ysytem.
    There may of course be software issues and the like but that's the theory anyway.

    Chris Muriel, Manchester.
     
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    Well, I checked the STB and ia a COFDM 2K type (Pioneer DBR-T210GBS). I am now trying to find out which system is implemented in Spain.

    Thanks for all the info.

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