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Portable Satellite Receiver - £59.99 @ Lidl
Portable Satellite Receiver - £59.99 @ Lidl

Portable Satellite Receiver - £59.99 @ Lidl

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Portable Satellite Receiver

This portable set includes all you need to receive free view digital channels on holiday or at home
Set consists of:
- Stereo satellite receiver, satellite dish, single LNB, remote control (including batteries), cable for in-car power supply, coaxial 10m cable, SCART cable and a wide range of accessories supplied in a durable carry case
Satellite update via Astra
Features include:
- 4500 programmable channels
- Automatic channel finder
- Plug and play
- Digital radio reception
- OSD (On Screen Display)
- Child lock
- Power supply via mains or in-car power supply
Multiple installation options:
- Inside carry case, with screw clamp, suction feet or wall bracket
Free 3 year manufacturer's warranty

42 Comments

Original Poster

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Is this powerful enough to use at home ?
(i.e can I connect this up to the TV in the spare room and get Freeview)

My guess is yes you could. But why would you want to spend £60 on this instead of a cheap £20 freeview box and £10 for a digital capable internal aerial giving you a massive a 50% saving!!!!

This set is only woth it if you need mobility - caravaning, camping, etc.

Riaow

My guess is yes you could. But why would you want to spend £60 on this … My guess is yes you could. But why would you want to spend £60 on this instead of a cheap £20 freeview box and £10 for a digital capable internal aerial giving you a massive a 50% saving!!!!This set is only woth it if you need mobility - caravaning, camping, etc.



Would this option give you as many channels? :thumbsup:

Original Poster

it says 4500 programmable channels

Yeah like those free internet TV channels -- the German equivalent of Ideal World and a multitude of other useless channels.

If you want to tell your mates down the pub you can get 4500 channels off your mini-sat you go right ahead. Me, I'll be sticking to TV in languages that i can understand.

Riaow

But why would you want to spend £60 on this instead of a cheap £20 f … But why would you want to spend £60 on this instead of a cheap £20 freeview box and £10 for a digital capable internal aerial giving you a massive a 50% saving!!!!



Answer - you would want it if:
1. You live in non-Freeview are (as I do).
2. You want to watch foreign channels (such as German, French, Italian, Russian, you name it).

BTW, you can get just about any Freeview channel from Sky dish using this receiver. This is perfectly legal (as channels are FTA) and you don't need any subscription. And there are plenty FTA English movie channels too.

I bought one of these from Lidl a few years ago. Still using it today.
Great for FTA and European channels.

Stupid question - does this get Sky1?? Guessing not :P

MrShed

Stupid question - does this get Sky1?? Guessing not :P


You know the answer, don't you? :-D

Yes :'( haha!

This is used for receiving Free-To-Air European channels, not freeview. So is really only of use if your multilingual and want to keep up with whats happening in Poland, France, Italy etc.

Good price though, I've voted it HOT for the price. Great for anyone with a caravan who go to sites that haven't got very good TV receiption.

also good for going campervaning (word?) abroad i presume? pick up some nonsense channels in france, for example? sound about right?

Any good sports channel can be recieved by this satellite receiver?

If you lived in a flat without Sky, could you stick this on the balcony or something and pick up channels? Can you plug a sky box into the dish? Anyone tried this sort of thing?

MrShed

Yes :'( haha!



You mean NO.

A dish pointing at Sky (Astra) satellite connected to a SKY box with ANY Sky card (even expired) will pick up about 180 channels, which includes lots of news, BBC, ITV, Eurosport, some film channels etc. If you have a friend who has Sky, go and ask him/her to pull out their card to see what you get without any card. With a card you get some extra channels such as channel 4 and 5 I think.

The list in a previous post looked quite good to me, alot more interesting than freeview, but then I'm a Sky user, no freeview here!

Anyone thinking of getting this as a Freeview alternative should note that all of Channel 4's channels (apart from Film Four), all of 5's channels, Sky Three and ABC1 to name a few are FTV (Free To View) and not FTA so you wouldn't be able to watch these.

There are plenty of other channels though.

An old Sky box is better as you also get the EPG (Program guide), which is not available on any non-sky box including this one.

If pointed in the right direction does anyone know if i would be able to receive channels from the far east? I ask because although I subscribe to Sky Sports a lot more Premiership football is shown in the far east even live 3pm Saturday afternoon games.

What about the Norweigen Football channels that show Premeirship Matches ?

Does anyone know if this would work abroad to pick up UK FTA channels? E.g. my folks live in Portugal - would they be able to pick up BBC, etc by pointing this in the right direction?
Gopes

Bcfaigg

Does anyone know if this would work abroad to pick up UK FTA channels? … Does anyone know if this would work abroad to pick up UK FTA channels? E.g. my folks live in Portugal - would they be able to pick up BBC, etc by pointing this in the right direction?Gopes



You would need a 3 metre dish

EyeDoubleYou

What about the Norweigen Football channels that show Premeirship Matches ?




Unless you live in Norway. No chance!

OrigamiNinja

If pointed in the right direction does anyone know if i would be able to … If pointed in the right direction does anyone know if i would be able to receive channels from the far east? I ask because although I subscribe to Sky Sports a lot more Premiership football is shown in the far east even live 3pm Saturday afternoon games.



The curvature of the earth prevents viewing far eastern and USA satellites, and even if it was possible, you would need a dish the size of Goonhilly, about 10 metres diameter or more.:roll:
Also a subscription would normally be required. :roll:

talkshop

You would need a 3 metre dish

Isn't 1m would be enough for 28.2 in Portugal? According to Lyngsat it is in 46dBW area.

Does anyone know will I be able to pick up Asian(Chinese/PhoenixCNE) channel with this?

also if I plug my current or an old Sky box into the Dish will it work?(giving me EPG etc?)

obviously I'll have to point the dish to the right direction, is there any equipment included to do the measurements? (or even better a motorised base?)

I've already got freesat with Sky(well, used to subscribe but expired & didn't renew, but I'm currently having some signal problems) I'm thinking of using this as another extra Freesat viewer (No Freeview here till 2010 :x ) Does the dish have to be outdoors? can I use it in my bedroom? is it big? what's the signal strength like?

thanks for any help or advice.

Kommunist

Isn't 1m would be enough for 28.2 in Portugal? According to Lyngsat it is … Isn't 1m would be enough for 28.2 in Portugal? According to Lyngsat it is in 46dBW area.



My real point is that a much larger dish is required than the one in the kit.

A 1.5/1.8 metre dish is about right.

satalogue.com/sec…htm

The receiver is the same as a Comag and is "patchable" to a degree.

Whether you can use it on a balcony/ through a window depends on where it points (south east for Astra) and how good you are at pointing it at a 28.2 (or 19.2E)

talkshop

My real point is that a much larger dish is required than the one in the … My real point is that a much larger dish is required than the one in the kit.A 1.5/1.8 metre dish is about right.]http://www.satalogue.com/section11/page1a.htm


Agree But still not 3m beast.

Anyway, if someone is living in Portugal, he/she should be able to get a decent dish there. It looks like it is only in this country people can't just go to high-street store and buy sat stuff (Maplins is an exception).

mhuk

The receiver is the same as a Comag and is "patchable".Whether you can … The receiver is the same as a Comag and is "patchable".Whether you can use it on a balcony/ through a window depends on where it points (south east for Astra) and how good you are at pointing it at a 28.2 (or 19.2E)


Friend of mine have a very similar kit (from Maplins) and it works pretty well on Hotbird. But if there are strong winds or snow, then signal goes to lala land.

what benifits do u get if its patched?

cozzyman

what benifits do u get if its patched?


Patched receivers can 'open' some encrypted channels (not Sky). It is illegal, BTW.

Are you guys sure this box can be patched? The last Comag SL65 wasn't patchable.

patching the box "for educational purpses" is not illegal

and also i`d love to know if this could be patched too..

Anyone...

[SIZE=2]does anyone know if this could pick up slovak tv channels?[/SIZE]

There are two Slovak channels on Astra 3A (23.5) - RingTV and TA3; but, according to Lyngsat you'll need bigger dish.

Kommunist

There are two Slovak channels on Astra 3A (23.5) - RingTV and TA3; but, … There are two Slovak channels on Astra 3A (23.5) - RingTV and TA3; but, according to Lyngsat you'll need bigger dish.



ta!

bear in mind there is no card slots in these receivers and unlikely to be patchable or prgorammable or anything

you are at the mercy of the direction of where the satellite dish faces
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