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# 70040 17-Oct-2010 16:56
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Hi everyone. this is my first ever post, so i hope i'm doing this correctly.

I recently found a topic that told people who to recieve SBS/1 and SBS/2 from Australia on your decoder. I was wondering, are there other channels available other than these two?
I spoke to one of my friends a week or so back saying "ooh, this SBS channel is really good!" and he said to me that you could also get ABC too, but he didn't know how.

is this true? can anyone list all the channels that ARE potentially available, foreign or not.


thanks heaps :)
i look forward to getting a response 

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  # 392866 17-Oct-2010 17:05
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ive found sites claiming that BBC World and AUSTRALIA NETWORK can be picked up....
but no instructions of what frequency etc :(

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  # 392904 17-Oct-2010 19:01
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check out the channel list at http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/channels-i-27.html

It will tell you what satellite can pick up what channels and their frequencies

 
 
 
 




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  # 392927 17-Oct-2010 20:16
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that's a great help.... but do you know how i can find out the number code thing to get them onto my decoder?

for example, i got the SBS1 as: 0083 0162 0162

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  # 392930 17-Oct-2010 20:25
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SBS is one of the few channels you can get with a standard setup. That is a temporary feed, and could disappear at any moment with no notice.

You can't receive ABC in New Zealand without going to a load of effort, even then it's questionable.

You can get some channels like Australia Network off Asiasat 5 C Band. But that requires a new dish and more effort.

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  # 392931 17-Oct-2010 20:25
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Have a look here  http://www.lyngsat.com/optusd1.html



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  # 392932 17-Oct-2010 20:28
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yeah everyone keeps directing me to that site, but to be honest i have no idea whatsoever. lol. i'm good with hooking things up, etc, but when it comes to "behind the scenes" things, im rubbish. hahahaha

i'll keep checking back to see if anything happens.... but why these channels that ARE available don't get put onto FreeView OFFICIALLY is beyond me.
it'd be so much better for everyone, eh.

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  # 392957 17-Oct-2010 21:47
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The lyngsat site is worth persevering with as it tells you all you need to know. Browse starting at Optus D1, and check the EIRP column to see which satellites give any decent level of signal over NZ. SBS1/HD and SBS 2 are easy - they are Ku band off Optus D1 so don't need another LNB (but a dual output or better may be a good idea) or dish, although they are vertically polarised rather than horizontal, like Sky and Freeview.

BBC World and ABC are on Intelsat 5 from memory, and may need a 90 cm dish or bigger (not necessarily a separate dish though), and also a C band LNB. There are numerous 'foreign' language channels and an abundance of religious programming on other satellites above our horizon and fairly easy to get with an offset LNB on a 90 cm dish - these are from Optus D2 and Optus C1 I think. Lyngsat tells all.

I settled on just getting a 90 cm dish and a dual LNB - I get Freeview and SBS. To go to the next step for me (BBC World, etc) would have cost a bit more than it was worth to me. The C band LNB and offset bracket are cheap enough, but there's a significant expense and hassle value in having to have a gruntier and powered multiswitch to feed the signals independently to multiple locations, as I would want to do.

Why aren't things that are freely available part of Freeview? Why should they be? They are broadcast by different companies for different purposes. We only get SBS since Optus D1 is so congested that the only way SBS could transmit into Tasmania was to use a beam that also covers NZ. The downside, and it's a big downside, is that that congestion (among other things, like policy!) means that we can't even get the current Freeview channels in HD, and if more channels are added, it will be at the expense of signal quality on all as the bandwidth pie is sliced into more pieces.

 
 
 
 


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  # 393005 18-Oct-2010 07:39
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lannykaster: i'll keep checking back to see if anything happens.... but why these channels that ARE available don't get put onto FreeView OFFICIALLY is beyond me.
it'd be so much better for everyone, eh.


Because these channels have nothing to do with Freeview and technically aren't allowed to be viewed in NZ.

Optus D1 contains numerous beams - some are spot beams covering NZ, some Australia and others cover the entire region. From memory the SBS transmission we get here is a link into Tasmania and is only viewable here because of transponder space constraints. It could go at any time.

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  # 393127 18-Oct-2010 12:33
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 Optus D1 contains numerous beams - some are spot beams covering NZ, some Australia and others cover the entire region. From memory the SBS transmission we get here is a link into Tasmania and is only viewable here because of transponder space constraints. It could go at any time.


Could this be the case for BBC and Aust network - could go at any time too?

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  # 393147 18-Oct-2010 13:14
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berrys:
 Optus D1 contains numerous beams - some are spot beams covering NZ, some Australia and others cover the entire region. From memory the SBS transmission we get here is a link into Tasmania and is only viewable here because of transponder space constraints. It could go at any time.


Could this be the case for BBC and Aust network - could go at any time too?

Extremely unlikely.  In those cases, it is the provider's intention to take make their content widely available.
 

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  # 393183 18-Oct-2010 14:32
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I was quite surprised when I did a blind scan and found all the Sky channels and was surprised that all the FTA channels are encrypted. Would like to get BBC and ABC AU but I guess I need a bigger dish. So quite good stuff on SBS 1 & 2




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  # 393188 18-Oct-2010 14:51
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old3eyes: I was quite surprised when I did a blind scan and found all the Sky channels and was surprised that all the FTA channels are encrypted. Would like to get BBC and ABC AU but I guess I need a bigger dish. So quite good stuff on SBS 1 & 2

Yeah - some arrangement needs to be sorted out between Freeview and Sky.

For BBC and Australia Network, you'll need a C-band LNB.  You can probably get away with a single dish, maybe 90 cm, point it at Intelsat 5 with the C-band LNB centred, then mount your ku-band LNB for Optus D1 on an arm to offset it. 

SBS has some decent documentaries, and some excellent movies, particularly "foreign" ones.  Well worth the minor cost of a dual LNB even if the service disappears next week!  Honestly though, I don't see how that can happen without somebody giving up a transponder on Optus D1, but I'm no expert.
 



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  # 393194 18-Oct-2010 15:03
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SBS is great! I've watched the Christian Bale film, "Rescue Dawn", the fantastic two part documentary "America Before Columbus" and, at the moment, "James May's Toy Stories" is on.... although it starts again on TV3 next week.

You just gotta keep schecking the online schedule, and adding on two hours. lol

Next month, "The Ricky Gervais Show" starts! Can't wait for that.Was hoping C4 would pick it up, but yeah.

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  # 393196 18-Oct-2010 15:08
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I've not had a need for an online schedule or bothering with time zones - I just use the 7 day EPG as I do for any other service.
Does that not work for you?



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  # 459527 16-Apr-2011 20:11
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there are a few Freeview receivers on TradeMe saying that they are able to pick up the Australian channels:

SBS/1
SBS/2
Nine Digital
GEM
GO!

also the "Freeview Shop" says that they are able to be picked up on a standard OPTUS D1 dish: http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/channels-i-27.html


does anyone know what the frequencies would be for these?
i know that SBS/1 is 12646 - 12600 - Vertical

does anyone have any idea as to what Nine Digital or GO! would be??????

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