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Topic # 127359 7-Aug-2013 18:48
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I currently live in Southland and have a 90cm Dish pointed at C1 getting Aurora from OZ, I get the SBS channels and Channel 7 but in December it's being switched off.  

Is there somewhere else I can point the dish with some decent free channels? 

I heard at some point you could get Australia network, BBC World News and NHK Japan News.

I would be happy with them.

Any help appreciated.



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  Reply # 873521 7-Aug-2013 21:21
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I'm the same but live in Nelson, Have been watching SBS since not long after it was taken off D1 and enjoy watching both CH7 and SBS. As to what else is around worth watching after the end of this year, I'm not sure, maybe something else will replace these channels on this transponder once they are switched off.



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  Reply # 873710 8-Aug-2013 10:12
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I've got a chap in Australia willing to send a Vast Decoder card and a Vast Box to me and he indicated I'd just need to register it online with a rural address in Australia that I can get from google maps although I have a house I have tenants in in QLD that could register it at that house.

I'm not overly sure if the Vast signal will work with my 90cm Dish in Southland though, I was under the assumption the signal was tight over Australia.







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  Reply # 873734 8-Aug-2013 10:58
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How much does a satalite dish cost ? and if i get the biggest one can i get fox wb cbs and nbc in America with the biggest dish ? When i say fox cbs and nbc i don't mean their news channels i mean there channels that play tv programs like the simpsons american dad ,everybody loves raymond.

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  Reply # 874292 8-Aug-2013 23:02
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phrunt: I've got a chap in Australia willing to send a Vast Decoder card and a Vast Box to me and he indicated I'd just need to register it online with a rural address in Australia that I can get from google maps although I have a house I have tenants in in QLD that could register it at that house.

I'm not overly sure if the Vast signal will work with my 90cm Dish in Southland though, I was under the assumption the signal was tight over Australia.







We're able to receive the SBS and C7 transmissions from Optus Aurora on Optus C1 because they are broadcast on a transponder with a footprint that covers New Zealand (NANZ beam). The footprint of the transponders that broadcast VAST cover Australia only (NA beam). Articles I have read suggest you would need a 4 meter dish to receive VAST in NZ.

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  Reply # 874396 9-Aug-2013 10:01
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phrunt,

Isn't obtaining a service through deception fraud? Isn't getting a vast setup which is only for Australia and funded by Australian taxpayers defrauding the Australian government and taxpayers?

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  Reply # 874415 9-Aug-2013 10:34
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freitasm.

Vast is a system funded by the Australian government so people in rural areas can view TV. It isn't designed for NZers to view Australian TV and saying that you live somewhere in Australia when you don't to obtain that service is deception.



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  Reply # 874613 9-Aug-2013 15:04
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uhm, i am an Australian living in NZ, I pay a majority of my tax in Australia as I rent out my house over there, the house I would be signing up vast to is my own house.  I don't see a problem with me using it here in NZ if I can get it to work.




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  Reply # 874615 9-Aug-2013 15:05
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It also looks like the Vast footprint will hit NZ

http://www.satbeams.com/footprints?beam=5550


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Reply # 874667 9-Aug-2013 16:32
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phrunt: It also looks like the Vast footprint will hit NZ

http://www.satbeams.com/footprints?beam=5550


I don't think so.
If you follow this link; http://www.lyngsat.com/Optus-C1.html
You will see that VAST is broadcast on transponders with the NA beam.
If you go back to your satbeams page and click on NA under the Optus C1 banner, then you will see the footprint that VAST has.
(I wish you were right!).

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  Reply # 874758 9-Aug-2013 20:04
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It will be very unlikely that the VAST service will be receivable in NZ. This signal is only on the spot beam (footprint) over Aus. The thought of picking up these transponders over NZ is referred to as C1 overspill. For a good overview on picking up this overspill, you could have a read of this pdf file.

http://www.jayx.co.nz/C1%20over%20spill.pdf

A number of channels on VAST service use DVB2 (HD), this format requires a stronger signal to decode. So even if you manage to find a dish large enough to pull in these transponders, you would then be needing at least 45% signal strength for a reasonable picture.

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  Reply # 874877 9-Aug-2013 22:33
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To go back to your original question "What to point my satellite dish at...".

The options aren't very exciting;

Optus D2 at 152 degrees East has got;
RT (Russia Today - 24 hour English language news channel - a lot like BBC World, but with a different perspective - much better than the American news channels).
Press TV (24 hour English language news channel from Tehran - not as slick as RT, but another perspective on world events).
NHK (English language channel, news and features about Japan).
iFilm (strange Indian movies in English).
lots of foreign language stuff
lots of religious channels.

Intelsat 19 at 166degrees east has also got RT, see http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/information/technical/channels-i-27.html


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  Reply # 874984 10-Aug-2013 09:58
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silverlake:
Press TV (24 hour English language news channel from Tehran - not as slick as RT, but another perspective on world events).


Press TV has gone.

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  Reply # 874987 10-Aug-2013 10:06

If you can see the western horizon from your place in Southland, NSS-6 might be receivable. There is a lot of free TV on that one. Use dishpointer.com to check it from your location.




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