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    Hi,

    I am thinking of buying a dish etc to enable me to connect to Astra / Hotbird on a dual LNB.

    Can anyone recommend a kit on ebay to do this? I believe an 80cm dish would be right with a mono LNB (You can get both satellites from one position apparently.

    Can anyone advise if the tv can tune to these channels itself, or would I need a decoder or a smart card etc?

    Total satellite noob, so any advise would be great.

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    whats the orbital position of the satellites ?

    You are best to get a dedicated Linux based satellite reciever.

    If correctly aligned an 80 cm dish using a 6 degree monobloc lnb will receive Hotbird 13 east and Astra 19.2 east - note this is not the Astra satellite used for the majority of UK channels incl Sky which is 28 east. There are lots of free channels on these satellites including some English language channels but the vast majority of the most interesting channels are scrambled and need some kind of subscription to open them using a digital set top box starting from around £60.
    You probably have a lot of reading to do - try Googling 'Alsat forum' to start you off.

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    doogan9

    If correctly aligned an 80 cm dish using a 6 degree monobloc lnb will … If correctly aligned an 80 cm dish using a 6 degree monobloc lnb will receive Hotbird 13 east and Astra 19.2 east - note this is not the Astra satellite used for the majority of UK channels incl Sky which is 28 east. There are lots of free channels on these satellites including some English language channels but the vast majority of the most interesting channels are scrambled and need some kind of subscription to open them using a digital set top box starting from around £60.You probably have a lot of reading to do - try Googling 'Alsat forum' to start you off.



    Thanks for that, was also looking at http://robssatellitetv.com/eurotvreception.htm.

    I'm beginning to realise it is not as simple as buying a dish on ebay, mounting the dish (using a sat finder), pluging in, and pressing auto tune although it should/could be, from experience however nothing is that simple.

    You will need a sat receiver - that TV is listed as having freeview but nothing about sat support. Make sure you buy something that supports more than just freesat if you want to pick up euro stuff.


    As suggested above - the alsat forum is a good starting point
    Edited by: "mas99" 31st Jul 2014

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    mas99

    You will need a sat receiver - that TV is listed as having freeview but … You will need a sat receiver - that TV is listed as having freeview but nothing about sat support. Make sure you buy something that supports more than just freesat if you want to pick up euro stuff.As suggested above - the alsat forum is a good starting point



    I believe it does, I have read about people with sony tv's just plugging in regular dish and getting 3000 foreign channels. Although it's supposed to be freesat or foreign (astra/hotbird) not both at same time. You get no epg either.


    avforums.com/thr…81/

    Edited by: "Musician" 31st Jul 2014

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    doogan9

    If correctly aligned an 80 cm dish using a 6 degree monobloc lnb will … If correctly aligned an 80 cm dish using a 6 degree monobloc lnb will receive Hotbird 13 east and Astra 19.2 east - note this is not the Astra satellite used for the majority of UK channels incl Sky which is 28 east. There are lots of free channels on these satellites including some English language channels but the vast majority of the most interesting channels are scrambled and need some kind of subscription to open them using a digital set top box starting from around £60.You probably have a lot of reading to do - try Googling 'Alsat forum' to start you off.



    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/80cm-DUAL-SATELLITE-DISH-PACK-MONOBLOCK-LNB-FITTING-/330340167590?pt=UK_ConEle_SatCableFreeview_RL&hash=item4ce9ceefa6

    Would a kit like this do the job?

    you can open up channels with keys but obviously will need one of them Linux based box's.

    I have a motorised setup at home and can watch 3pm football kick offs on about 10 different channels.

    Musician

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/80cm-DUAL-SATELLITE-DISH-PACK-MONOBLOCK-LNB-FITTING-/330340167590?pt=UK_ConEle_SatCableFreeview_RL&hash=item4ce9ceefa6Would a kit like this do the job?



    Yes, that would start you off providing you have suitable wall allowing you to point dish to South. There are plenty of suitable boxes on the auction site - if you look for this it will arrive in plug and play condition - Spiderbox-6000-HD-PVR-with-all-channels-installed-and-free-Flash-Drive - and also has built-in pvr.


    Have one to sell? Sell it yourself
    Details about Spiderbox 6000 HD PVR with all channels installed and free Flash Drive

    Ignore the last 2 lines on my last post - copied those by accident.

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    I found the astra 1 satellite last night using a sat finder app (for fun) , It seems to be the one everyone's sky dish's point at, is this the correct one, was labelled as astra1 19.2 e on the sat finder with augmented reality on.

    Musician

    I found the astra 1 satellite last night using a sat finder app (for fun) … I found the astra 1 satellite last night using a sat finder app (for fun) , It seems to be the one everyone's sky dish's point at, is this the correct one, was labelled as astra1 19.2 e on the sat finder with augmented reality on.



    No - the Astra satellite used by BBC, ITV, Sky, etc is 28 degrees east - quite a long way from 19.2 east.

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    Thanks all
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