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Topic # 34635 26-May-2009 14:13
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Hi,

can someone tellme where I can get a Dreambox in NZ? are they compatible with Freeview frequency?
Can I get Freeview with any satellite receiver or does it have to be digital?

Thanks

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  Reply # 218033 26-May-2009 15:12
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Trademe seem to be allowing Dreambox listings again, there are some on there.

All satellite receivers are digital, you used to get analogue ones ~10 years ago but virtually all satellite broadcasts are now DVB-S.

You can pick up Freeview with virtually any DVB-S receiver but the ease of setup depends very much on the type of STB and your knowledge.




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  Reply # 218061 26-May-2009 16:43
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the best place to buy a Dreambox is from Australia (I assume you want a DM500, but beware it will probably be a clone these days)

Satronics sells them, you can find them on eBay too.

They are basically digital set top boxes that run Linux under the hood. there are a few other things it does too.

If I were you, i'd spend a bit more and get a DM600 or DM7020, as you can record to the HDD, so in effect it's a PVR.

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 218163 26-May-2009 22:36
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whats the URL to santronics? The link in your post just took me to the GZ homepage!? Do you know a reliable source in China? there are many offers on Alibaba but who can you really trust - gold member doesn't mean anything anymore these days

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  Reply # 218169 26-May-2009 23:14
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  Reply # 218170 26-May-2009 23:15
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sbiddle: Trademe seem to be allowing Dreambox listings again, there are some on there.


They aren't disallowing dreamboxes but they are disallowing clones. (units which are infringing copyright of the dreamboxes)

As DM500-S have not been made for years.. if you see one claming new then it is most likely a clone/forgery

like:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Electronics-photography/TVs/Satellite-receivers/auction-219852693.htm

for example is a blatent clone.

Asa it says on the dreambox website:


"Production of the Dreambox DM500-S has been discontinued as of June 2007.


It was replaced by the new model DM500+.


Should you be offered a brand new Dreambox DM500-S, please check thoroughly to see whether that device is a forgery."




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  Reply # 218200 27-May-2009 06:49
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LennonNZ:
They aren't disallowing dreamboxes but they are disallowing clones. (units which are infringing copyright of the dreamboxes)




What I meant by this was the fact that it's only the DM500 clones appearing on TM - they banned these and were proactive at stopping the auctions of these but this one seller seems to be selling plenty now.

I know several people who have imported these from an online seller in China with no issues, expect price is around $130 or so incl delivery which was under a week..


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