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Topic # 248065 9-Mar-2019 11:57
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I have brought a few satellite decoders from in last few years.. for holiday homes of friends and family. and I disliked MySky user interface, so I got my own PVR that was more responsive and customizable. Also got rid of Sky now.. just have freeview..


But I have noticed diminishing satellite decoder sellers in market and less models..


Are satellite decoders going obsolete, in the face of internet streaming?

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  Reply # 2194373 9-Mar-2019 12:05
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There will still be a market for satellite decoders where there is no DTT and sub-optimal internet, i.e. baches in out of the way places, or just really rural locations. But many tvs have dual tuners these days so no need for the extra box.

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  Reply # 2194508 9-Mar-2019 14:46
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I'd have to say yes. Both my DVB-S and DVB-T receivers are in a box in my garage. 


Now i have a decent fibre connection, a Mi Box running Matt Huisman's Freeview kodi addon. There is no need for Satellite or terrestrial broadcast television. If i'm not watching it live, its on demand and all within a couple clicks, no logins, no switching between apps, a very nice TV Guide, and so far its been super reliable and 720P quality.  also includes all the aussie channels if you want them. 


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  Reply # 2194516 9-Mar-2019 15:03
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Lots of new houses dont even have any TV aerials or satellite dishes. And far more houses have obviously failed / broken, aerials / dishes. Which would have been quickly repaired if they were still in use.

I will need to take the roof off my house later this year, so I can install insulation. The UHF aerial and old sky dish will have to be removed first. They definitely ain't going to be reinstalled.

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