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Wannabe Geek

# 143696 24-Apr-2014 02:39
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hello everyone,

I am looking for a satellite receiver, I just want to catch as many channels as I can (really enjoy watching different channels) , I currently have a sky dish at my house (not currently subscribed to sky tv), also have vision asia dish, its respective decoder and current subscription.

I don't have a uhf antenna at my roof (if it is necessary , I could get it installed thats not a big deal)

All suggestions are welcome.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 1030533 24-Apr-2014 12:15
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What Id do is get a DishTV 7010 or other and combine the 2 satellites together with a 22khz switch, the Vision Asia dish could be on Optus D2 or IS19 depending on when it was last used.


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Wannabe Geek

  # 1030686 24-Apr-2014 16:21
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Thanks for your reply. I don't know if this is of any help but I stopped using sky 2-3 years ago approx, and using vision asia approximately for the last 10 years or so (when I clicked on menu->installation, it shows is-19,is-8,optus D2). Before vision asia went high definition, there were few free to air channels coming on it , news channels from all around the world like russian etc, and some other languages channels too. After it went HD they all disappeared, when that happened I called them and asked them if I could get those free channels back, they said no as they are on different satellite.

Though mainly I am looking to catch any american channels if at all possible, I don't mind whether it is through satellite receiver or I have to buy another IPTV decoder or something else for that, if there are any such options please let me know. 

Though my first preference is american channels, but I don't mind watching channels from all around the world, I love watching different cultures,tv shows and countries.

Before posting on geekzone, I was searching on google for satellite receivers, I came across lot of recommendations for dreamax, vu+ duo etc. I saw on youtube there were videos of these decoders showing HD channels,  Are these receivers any good?


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Ultimate Geek

  # 1030727 24-Apr-2014 17:23
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I've bought expensive brand one's to have them fail and cheap one's that are still going. It jsut comes down to what features you want, recorder etc... how many channels you want to record whilst watching etc.... Whether you want HDMI/Composite/Component or S-Video outputs etc....

But you want to get something with DVB-S2 support. That includes MPEG4 content and should still decode MPEG2 HD from the odd channel offering it although most use MPEG4.

DVB-S (older decoders) only support MPEG2 so look for DVB-S2 decoders.

For American channels you'll probably need to go IP. There's not a lot of USA programming free to air for NZ. There's news channels around like BBCWorld and RT (my fav) and Al Jazerra etc...

I get my channel update lists from  Not all are receivabe in NZ but the likes of Optus D1/2 IS19 etc... are all listed in there both free to air and the scrambled/paid channels.

You use the foot print's to work out what size antenna you need and what type such as C-Band or Ku etc... it shows which one's are MPEG2 and which one's are HD etc.... Depending on your setup you may need multiple dishes.

My favourite decoders are Strong (Korean made). I've had Ultraplus units (nice but a few hickups I had with mine) but their PVR functions are nice.



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Uber Geek

  # 1031599 26-Apr-2014 15:10
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I note Dish Tv sell new and refurbished satellite receivers. Here is a link to the refurbished pricing.

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