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Topic # 112811 21-Dec-2012 11:25 Send private message

Hi Guys,

Just being curious, does anyone know if Skytv NZ is broadcast with a geographic lock? I'm a kiwi based in the UK and would really like to watch kiwi tv again and figured that since Sky broadcasts over a satellite, all I'd need would be a strong enough signal from Optus D1, a decoder and the all important active subscriber card!

It doesn't seem necessary to plug in the modem so astronomical phone bills wouldn't be an issue, can anyone think of any barriers?

Thanks in advance,

Jason

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  Reply # 735958 21-Dec-2012 11:28 Send private message

Just the obvious. The beam footprint just covers NZ NOT the entire world.




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  Reply # 735959 21-Dec-2012 11:29 Send private message

are you aware that the earth is a sphere?

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  Reply # 735967 21-Dec-2012 11:42 Send private message

Yes, they do broadcast via satellite, but unless you can come up with some new fancy nutrino based system, the big chunk of plant earth between the satellite above NZ and you in the UK will do a very effective job of ensuring that you get no signal ( even if you put the dish deep down in your basement)

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  Reply # 735970 21-Dec-2012 11:43 Send private message

Maybe a better solution:

For freeview on your PC you try TVNZ on demand and TV3 ondemand?
Then for isky you can use http://www.isky.co.nz/ (But you will need to be a valid sky account holder)

For all of the above you will need to have a NZ Ip address. Search the net for a suitable provider that has an NZ server. I know Astrill has.



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  Reply # 735973 21-Dec-2012 11:44 Send private message

Your best bet is to find somebody in NZ willing to let you use their iSKY account

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  Reply # 735993 21-Dec-2012 12:37 Send private message

boby55: Your best bet is to find somebody in NZ willing to let you use their iSKY account



This is probably the best option unless you don't mind providing your own set of orbiting repeater satellites

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  Reply # 736019 21-Dec-2012 13:50 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: are you aware that the earth is a sphere?

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And you're on the other side so can't even see the satellite.
Optus D1 is in geostationary orbit in the vicinity of New Guinea.

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  Reply # 736026 21-Dec-2012 14:18 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: are you aware that the earth is a sphere?


What you talkin bout Willis? Do you have any proof of this wild claim?

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  Reply # 736039 21-Dec-2012 14:35 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: are you aware that the earth is a sphere?


Since when, it was quite flat last I looked outside.

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  Reply # 736044 21-Dec-2012 14:42 Send private message

cyril7:
NonprayingMantis: are you aware that the earth is a sphere?


Since when, it was quite flat last I looked outside.

Cyril


I thought Wellington was hilly...

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  Reply # 736045 21-Dec-2012 14:44 Send private message

NUP all water from my office here, and its flat, no hills on the water. all the way out the harbour entrance, still flat.

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  Reply # 736050 21-Dec-2012 15:02 Send private message

You guys forget that the universe is a large mirror ball with our solar system in the middle. All light and radio waves reflect off (inside of) the ball back to us so it looks like there are millions of stars, but there is actually only 1 and it is our sun. How else could space go on for ever? It just reflects indefinitely. So yes, you can get the signal from D1 anywhere in the universe.




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  Reply # 736063 21-Dec-2012 15:25 Send private message


Then for isky you can use http://www.isky.co.nz/ (But you will need to be a valid sky account holder)


isky cannot be used outside of NZ, so you'd also need a VPN to NZ.


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  Reply # 736071 21-Dec-2012 15:42 Send private message

Thankyou for reminding me just how many idiots shall perish in the impending apocalypse.


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  Reply # 736125 21-Dec-2012 17:54 Send private message

Niel: You guys forget that the universe is a large mirror ball with our solar system in the middle. All light and radio waves reflect off (inside of) the ball back to us so it looks like there are millions of stars, but there is actually only 1 and it is our sun. How else could space go on for ever? It just reflects indefinitely. So yes, you can get the signal from D1 anywhere in the universe.

Surely not....
Then again that sphere would also do a good job of containing the giant turtles.....
(reference to discworld)

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