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Master Geek

#83421 16-May-2011 18:25
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Hey guys. Don't often post on here, but i'm hoping you could help me.

I'm currently subscribed to SKY and also have a Zinwell freeview receiver. I managed to "hack" into it and made it get the two SBS channels as well as the other normal New Zealand channels.

Now i've found a DVB-S2 receiver on TradeMe that claims it can get SBS in HD as well as the channels "GO!", "NINE" and "GEM"

I was wondering if any of you have this set up and are the channels reliable??

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What other channels would i be able to receive if i purchased a DVB-S2 box??

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Uber Geek


  #469835 16-May-2011 19:41
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I dont think SBS HD requires DVB-S2. My HVR3000 card from hauppauge is only DVB-S and it gets that stream.

Unless the STB is trying to say that by being version 2 it can handle an HD video stream (in this case it's mpeg2).

SBS hd is the only HD stream we can get.

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Ultimate Geek

  #469862 16-May-2011 20:45

The feeds of CH9, GO! and GEM are DVB-S2. You will need a DVB-S2 box to receive them. I get them fine on a 75cm dish unless it rains hard.

GEM is 1920x1080i HD but low bitrate (I think it's a backup feed only- not intended for DTH reception). Looks good when nothing moves.

SBS1 HD is 720P but looks reasonable. (An SD copy of SBS1 is also there, but the HD looks way better).

All these Aussie feeds are not intended for NZ viewing and could disappear at any time. (as soon as they either find capacity on a local beam or link it over fibre).

There are other DVB-S2 and HD feeds on other satellites but you would need larger dishes to get them. (eg 2.4m for NHK HD on Intelsat 8, or 2.4m for CCTV HD on Chinasat 6B) There are probably a bunch on Asiasat 3 and 5 but you'd need larger dishes again and a good view of the horizon.

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  #470276 17-May-2011 21:29
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yeah, don't buy the decoder just for Nine and its variants. They are not official and could disappear at any time.

In saying that, a decent DVB-S2 decoder is future proofing.

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Master Geek

  #470309 17-May-2011 22:18
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that's all i'd be purchasing it for.... the "extra" Australian channels

i mean, how long have they been available for so far?
not just a month or two, eh? 

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Ultimate Geek

  #470322 17-May-2011 22:39

CH9's ones have been there since January. They were up and down for a few weeks and then up solid since Feb.

SBS has been there for a few years.

I bought a DVB-S2 box to enjoy it while they are there, afterwards, it's still going to work for freeview, so not a total waste of money.

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Master Geek

  #470324 17-May-2011 22:43
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what other channels can you personally pick up on your DVB-S2 receiver, besides the average New Zealand channels???

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