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Topic # 17807 12-Dec-2007 19:25
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Hi there, have moved house and just reset up my Sky Digital Decoder. Getting the following odd issue:

I'm getting the interactive guide, I'm getting TV1, 2, Prime and Stratos but nothing else - including TV3 etc. I have a satellite connection (strength is there plus getting those channels/guide etc).  I'm only connected over the dish feed (i.e. don't have aerial connections in use).

Sky are going to send a technician and charge me $80 so any ideas?

Thanks all.
G.

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  Reply # 99670 12-Dec-2007 20:27
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I should add the error for TV3 and all the Sky channels etc is "Please contact your service provider to subscribe to this channel"...

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  Reply # 99671 12-Dec-2007 20:44
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Just guessing, but sounds like a smart card problem. Take the card out and put it back in making sure it goes in correctly.


If the dish wasn't lined up right I'd expect you'd got the atmospheric conditions message, not that one.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 99672 12-Dec-2007 20:53
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I have seen it before when people have had sky put on hold while away or if decocder is put in storage while between houses.

Normally a call to sky and they fix it over air from their end

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  Reply # 99673 12-Dec-2007 21:19
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When I shifted house and plugged in the decoder, I got similar problems to you. I called them and they got me to change a setting on the decoder. I'm sorry, but I can't remember what it was, but it fixed it straight away.

Looking back, I probably have a different LNB here than what I had at the old place.



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  Reply # 99678 12-Dec-2007 21:38
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right, thanks guys - I thought they should be able to fix from their end. have removed smart card a couple of times as well.
could it maybe be the LNB-type settings? Would have thought it would have been all or nothing there though, not just TVNZ!

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  Reply # 99680 12-Dec-2007 21:41
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Gareth I suspect you are confusing lots of detail, you say you can get 1,2 Prime and Statos, are these via the Sky STB or off air. From what you say I suspect the issue is simply one of LNB setup, checkout my comments in this thread.

Its most likely that your previous address had a 11300 LNB where as your new one has a 10750 one, or vice versa, the above link explains how to select between the two.

Cyril



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  Reply # 99682 12-Dec-2007 21:43
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Cyril, those channels are certainly coming through the STB - will give your LNB setups a go. Thanks.

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  Reply # 99696 12-Dec-2007 22:25
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If it doesn't work with what Cyril  said, I  suspect  delivery  Guy  is correct.  Try  giving sky  another  ring  tomorrow.  You  probably  lost  some  data  due  to having  decoder  unplugged  for  long  time,  just  need  to  get  them  to  suscribe  you  to  channels  again.  Get  someone  different  on phone  and  you could  get  different  answer.


If  the LNB  settings  were  wrong  I don't  think  you'd  get  any  channels.



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  Reply # 99698 12-Dec-2007 22:28
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OK, no luck on the change to LNB settings - dual throat setting gave me nothing (zero signal), so back to single throat and still same issue - TV1, 2, Maori give me connection, all others (including TV3, Prime, Sky1 etc) tell me to Contact your service provider to subscribe to this channel...

I just fail to get how I can possibly recieve 1 and 2, but not 3? I could maybe understand if I received all free to air or something?



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  Reply # 99700 12-Dec-2007 22:32
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rugrat: If it doesn't work with what Cyril  said, I  suspect  delivery  Guy  is correct.  Try  giving sky  another  ring  tomorrow.  You  probably  lost  some  data  due  to having  decoder  unplugged  for  long  time,  just  need  to  get  them  to  suscribe  you  to  channels  again.  Get  someone  different  on phone  and  you could  get  different  answer.


If  the LNB  settings  were  wrong  I don't  think  you'd  get  any  channels.


yeah, will give that a go - especially considering that the guy I talked to had relatively limited knowledge. Kept telling me to check the connection types from STB to TV - tried to explain a few times that I was definitely seeing the decoder output just fine!
so when he insisted on sending out a technician I tried to get him to agree that if it was found to be a setup issue at their end (or decoder failure) that I wasn't going to pay a thing, but he wouldn't!

thanks for help so far, certainly the most advanced technical solutions I could get...



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  Reply # 99705 12-Dec-2007 22:48
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rugrat:
all others (including TV3, Prime, Sky1 etc) tell me to Contact your service provider to subscribe to this channel...

I just fail to get how I can possibly recieve 1 and 2, but not 3? I could maybe understand if I received all free to air or something?


TV3 and Prime Sky 1 are all encrypted, Tv1 and Tv2 aren't. I bet you can pick up freeview channels as well, Cue, Stateos, Parliment TV as these don't need the NDS encyption on your smart card. I'd say the person you spoke to at sky didn't understand the situation.
Just give them another call.


Bang on - exactly the channels I can get. Right, will call them tomorrow and tell them that I am receiveing un-encrypted Freeview stations but nothing else.
Thanks heaps

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  Reply # 99736 13-Dec-2007 10:12
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I have had the same problem as well with sky when I was a subscriber I went on holiday for a month and unplugged everything including the STB.

What happens is Sky "rolls the keys" for the Video decryption every 2 months or so.  What happens is if you sky box is switched off for that length of  time it doesn't "see" the new encryption keys as they are sent, and normally sky spend 3-4 days re-sending those keys.  If you box isn't on during that time then you will need to ring sky up and say that you have left your sky box off for 2-3 months or so and that you can't see the channels you are subscribed to.

Normally it's not a problem as most people always leave their sky boxes switched on, and the key updates just happen in the background.

After spending 5-10 minutes explaining that yes you really did leave your box unplugged, and bla bla bla.  They will send down a "re-key" message over the satellite to your smartcard, and hey presto it will be up again, just leave it on TV3 which is an encrypted channel.  Takes 2-3 seconds when they decide you really did leave your box unplugged and it will be up again.







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  Reply # 99737 13-Dec-2007 10:16
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