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Fortec Star Beta FTA Satellite receiver - £29.99
Fortec Star Beta FTA Satellite receiver - £29.99

Fortec Star Beta FTA Satellite receiver - £29.99

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This is one of the cheapest FTA satellite receivers on market. Maplin sell it as B-Grade but it is very good value nevertheless. Put it simply - you can't buy satellite receiver cheaper than that in this country (Germany would be a different story).

This is basic no-frills device. It got no CI, smartcards, USB, network, etc. There is RS-232 for software updates and uhm... patches (if you can find ones).

Satellite receiver provides digital free-to-air satellite reception
MPEG2/DVB compliant
Intuitive OSD
6000 channel memory (TV & Radio)
7 day EPG
Fully compliant with MPEG-2 digital & DVB broadcasting
950-2150 MHz input frequency
Upgrading through RS-232 (STB to STB, PC to STB)
Auto DiSEqC search
Zoom in/out
3 channel list mode
Fast channel change
PIG (picture in graphic)
Powerful channel editing function
USALS compatible

Spend 35 quid with Maplin and get free delivery. Or, if you spend 50 quid (2 receivers? :)) then you'll also get 3 quid off , but for this you need to sign up for their newsletter (no big deal).

This is NOT FREEVIEW or SKY receiver. The device was designed to receive FTA (Free To Air) satellite channels (there are thousands out there) and not encrypted Sky content.
- Kommunist

15 Comments

Lidl sometimes stock Silvercrest satellite receivers (and the rest of the kit) for around the £30 mark. They import from Germany of course...

Your other post on the Dreambox 500S is a lot better (£100 instead of £30 however)...

Original Poster

I know that Dreambox is much better But for someone who doesn't want to mess with firmware and require only basic functionality, this receiver is pretty good value. I am thinking of getting this as a third receiver, just for FTA stuff.

but can you get the FTV channels, like C4 and C5, that you need a freesat card for on a sky box ?

Original Poster

Here is the list of what you can get if you just connect it to Sky minidish (marked F):
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soweezy

but can you get the FTV channels, like C4 and C5, that you need a freesat … but can you get the FTV channels, like C4 and C5, that you need a freesat card for on a sky box ?




In a word..NO..

can u get b4u music any asian channels?

whats good about dreambox

Original Poster

There are plenty of Asian channels around.

so all i need is this box and thats all ?!

Original Poster

You'll also need dish, LNB and cables.

damn sounds like hard work!
i have a sky dish outside-when i try putting my old box it says no signal probably cus its messed up but when sky came they intsllaed a new lnb but then i cancelled it what cables would i need?

Original Poster

You can connect it to your Sky dish, using their cables. However, if there is no signal, you'll need to align the dish. You can see the list of channels from Astra 28.2 here lyngsat.com/28e…tml

For other satellites you'll probably need bigger dish.

Kommunist

For other satellites you'll probably need bigger dish.




Nope, the Sky Dish should be OK in most locations for Hotbird or Astra 19, obviously it will need re-aligning.

Inactive

Nope, the Sky Dish should be OK in most locations for Hotbird or Astra … Nope, the Sky Dish should be OK in most locations for Hotbird or Astra 19, obviously it will need re-aligning.



Not obvious at all if you are new to satellite TV.

It will cost about £60 to get your fixed dish aligned.

talkshop

Not obvious at all if you are new to satellite TV.It will cost about £60 … Not obvious at all if you are new to satellite TV.It will cost about £60 to get your fixed dish aligned.



Fair enough, but I presumed that anyone looking at this item would have done some very basic research.

With a bit of time and patience, it is quite easy to re-align a dish without spending anything.:)

Inactive

Fair enough, but I presumed that anyone looking at this item would have … Fair enough, but I presumed that anyone looking at this item would have done some very basic research.With a bit of time and patience, it is quite easy to re-align a dish without spending anything.:)



I am totally clueless about this .but I must agree with the above mentioned post. The OP isn't trying to lure people into a trap, & I appreciate his post!:thumbsup:
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