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Master Geek


# 81139 8-Apr-2011 18:11
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Is it possible to use an Australian Smart Card in a Sky STB (Pace DSR600) to pick up Australian channels?

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Ultimate Geek


  # 456830 8-Apr-2011 19:00
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I'm almost certain you won't be able to use the Sky STB, as I think they don't let you tune channels yourself.

I assume you're planning to use an Aurora card here? If you are, I'm also pretty sure they also use different encryption (Sky uses NDS, I think Aurora uses Irdeto).

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Ultimate Geek


  # 456831 8-Apr-2011 19:18
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Even if you could I understand you would need a very large dish as the aussie satellite signals are spot beamed to Australia only.

 
 
 
 


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  # 456839 8-Apr-2011 19:52
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The exception is the Aurora network (Australian Free-to-Air channels broadcast via satellite), which for some reason is available here as well (if you have the card).



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Master Geek


  # 457009 9-Apr-2011 14:15
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michaelt: The exception is the Aurora network (Australian Free-to-Air channels broadcast via satellite), which for some reason is available here as well (if you have the card).


We have a card to the Aurora network, just wondering whether or not we need to buy a new STB, but it seems we will.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 460520 19-Apr-2011 14:48
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3m+ solid dish (not mesh) will get you the aussie spot beam on C1, but its low SNR and very susceptible to rain fade, plus almost everything is encrypted and subscriptions are only sold in Aus.

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  # 460526 19-Apr-2011 15:06
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Yeah but Aurora is on C1, which you can get with a standard sky (65cm) dish and Ku lnb. In fact the dual 10750 sky lnb actually looks at C1 already with the 22kHz tone switched on.

99% certain you'll need a new receiver.

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Master Geek


  # 467592 10-May-2011 14:59
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Optus C1 + Optus Aurora Card activated u will get 3x SBS channels & Channel 7, with a DVB-S2 receiver you will get Nine Digital, Go & Gem off D1 FTA.

 
 
 
 


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Ultimate Geek


  # 468413 12-May-2011 18:23
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Beaker: Optus C1 + Optus Aurora Card activated u will get 3x SBS channels & Channel 7, with a DVB-S2 receiver you will get Nine Digital, Go & Gem off D1 FTA.

Other than obtaining the card is there anything else one needs to consider? e.g. any other restrictions that are enforced?

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Master Geek


  # 468441 12-May-2011 19:11
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Yes, read up about Optus Aurora cards, registration & addresses to activate.. there are ways around this though.

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Ultimate Geek


  # 468459 12-May-2011 19:41
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Aurora is being pulled soon, a new service called VAST is already out to replace it.  VAST uses ir2 and the cards are all locked to receivers, plus its all on the aust beam so you need a 3+ metre dish to get a signal lock in NZ.



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# 468899 13-May-2011 20:17
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gareth41: Aurora is being pulled soon, a new service called VAST is already out to replace it.  VAST uses ir2 and the cards are all locked to receivers, plus its all on the aust beam so you need a 3+ metre dish to get a signal lock in NZ.


...crap.

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Master Geek


  # 468906 13-May-2011 20:43
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When you say soon, its actually going to cease end of 2013, so looking at least 30 months yet ;)  but that's OK because the world will end 21 Dec 2012 anyways.. LOL

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  # 468983 14-May-2011 07:46
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Beaker: When you say soon, its actually going to cease end of 2013, so looking at least 30 months yet ;)  but that's OK because the world will end 21 Dec 2012 anyways.. LOL


Is that 21 Dec GMT, EDT, PDT, CEST, or NZST?

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