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Topic # 29403 6-Jan-2009 10:43
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Hi I would like to know what size dish would be required to watch the Australian TV channels in NZ I have had a look on lyngsat website and the footprint only covers AU with a few spots in the Islands. I do think that these signals are barely receivable here but not sure if it would have to be a very large dish or not

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  Reply # 187736 6-Jan-2009 10:54
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What satellite? Where in NZ are you located? Remember also that most content is Encrypted so without appropiate hardware you won't be watching anything even with a big dish.



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  Reply # 187754 6-Jan-2009 12:31
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this is the satellite http://www.lyngsat.com/optusd1.html
and this is the footprint http://www.lyngsat-maps.com/maps/optusd1_nb.html
I live in the tauranga area of new zealand
The footprint does not show any NZ coverage and the channels I am after are the non encripted ones like SBS and ABC

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  Reply # 187757 6-Jan-2009 12:44
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i have read elsewhere that if it's possible (was tested with AU C1 beams though), you'd need at least a 3m solid, which wouldn't be cheap, and need to be very very well anchored.

this is only heresay though, I have never tried it personally.  I can't remember where I saw it though.

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  Reply # 187758 6-Jan-2009 12:45
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numberonekiwi: this is the satellite http://www.lyngsat.com/optusd1.html
and this is the footprint http://www.lyngsat-maps.com/maps/optusd1_nb.html
I live in the tauranga area of new zealand
The footprint does not show any NZ coverage and the channels I am after are the non encripted ones like SBS and ABC


A 1m dish is fine. Anything smaller and you risk rain fade issues.

SBS and ABC as well as 7Central are all encrypted on the Aurora platform. You need a valid Aurora card to watch these.

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  Reply # 187764 6-Jan-2009 13:01
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Oops just reead the post so a slight correction.

You can't get the Aussie FTA channels on D1 in New Zealand as they are Australian spot beams that only cover Australia. You won't get far without a very large dish and even then success would probably be dependant on your location.

The Optus Aurora platform is on C1 and can be viewed in NZ with appropiate card and a 1m+ dish.

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  Reply # 187821 6-Jan-2009 16:21
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sbiddle: Oops just reead the post so a slight correction.

You can't get the Aussie FTA channels on D1 in New Zealand as they are Australian spot beams that only cover Australia. You won't get far without a very large dish and even then success would probably be dependant on your location.

The Optus Aurora platform is on C1 and can be viewed in NZ with appropiate card and a 1m+ dish.


only half of it though, the two NA beams are not available here on a standard sized dish

http://www.lyngsat.com/packages/aurora.html

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