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SprintAce

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#133873 6-Nov-2013 12:46
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Hi All

New to Geekzone, so hope I'm posting in correct location. I see quite a lot of historical discussion re receiving SBS in NZ. I have decoder with smart card & currently viewing SBS & Network 7 via C1 satellite. Heard that SBS may be removing service from Satellite at end of year. I'm a true geek - Is there anyone well informed about this? Would you expect my decoder to still receive signal in 2014? Thanks for any input

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hdinsider
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  #928282 6-Nov-2013 16:33

The SBS service on the beam that we can see on C1 will definitely end this year. It's been replaced by the VAST system which is like a locked version of freeview satellite here. Unfortunately, as well as being encrypted, it's on satellite beams that cover Australia only.




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gareth41
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  #928308 6-Nov-2013 17:30
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Your only option is a large 3m+ solid dish and someone in a non terrestrial reception area of Australia who can get a vast box authorized and send it over.  I've heard of a few people doing this already, not only with vast but foxtel aswell.  You'll only get the C1 beam though, not D3 as its too tightly focused over Australia.

SprintAce

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  #928423 6-Nov-2013 22:57
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Thanks very much for the input. Confusing 'tho - 2 comments/2 contradictory answers. Any other informed views out there? Have already ascertained I can purchase a VAST decoder. Thanks all



hdinsider
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  #928513 7-Nov-2013 08:53

Hi Sprint, the answers don't contradict each other. SBS is only available here next year if you 'obtain' a VAST box and set up a huge ku dish. Even then, a new carrier could be added on the same frequency on the NZ beam that would block it without warning.




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Thunderflash
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  #929856 9-Nov-2013 09:26
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Both answers above are correct. SBS will no longer be available on the Aurora service at the end of this year. To make the move onto VAST here in NZ will not be easy, To start with (as mentioned above) you would need at least a 3m dish. Even at 3m you would be pushing your luck to get a solid VAST service. Tests show that you would more likely need 4m+ dish. But I would be interested to see how you get on with your VAST setup, if you go down that track. Cheers

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