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Topic # 86628 10-Jul-2011 18:18
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According to this site

http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/channels-i-27.html

There is BBC, NHK among many others which are free-to-air provided you have a big enough dish.

Can anyone confirm you can receive those channels for free?
And are you able to receive them with a USB TV tuner?

Thanks

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  Reply # 491809 10-Jul-2011 23:11

if you have a satellite tuner and a satellite dish you can pick up some channels that are not part of freeview. If you repoint your dish or add a c band dish you can pickup dozens of other channels including bbc world and NHK world. Jayx.co.nz has a good description of what satellite channels can be received here. I don't work there and haven't bought from them but they seem to know what they're doing.

If you have a terrestrial tuner pointing at skytower there are some Korean channels that can be tuned in... I don't think these are part of freeview either so the epg probably won't show them.




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  Reply # 491813 10-Jul-2011 23:19
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Freeview is on the Optus D1 satellite. The other channels you mentioned are FTA, but they are on other satellites... which can be received with a big enough dish. You can only receive the channels listed under "Freeview and other FTA channels on the Optus D1 satellite". Note that while most of those channels can be received with any satellite tuner (yes, a USB satellite tuner would be fine), you need a DVB-S2 tuner to receive the 9, GEM and Go! feeds.

[Edit: looks like hdinsider beat me to it. :)]



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  Reply # 492133 11-Jul-2011 16:55
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thanks for the help!



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  Reply # 492267 12-Jul-2011 01:50
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just wondering why http://www.freeviewshop.co.nz/ is so much cheaper than Jayx.co.nz?



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  Reply # 492268 12-Jul-2011 01:55
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mm1352000: Freeview is on the Optus D1 satellite. The other channels you mentioned are FTA, but they are on other satellites... which can be received with a big enough dish. You can only receive the channels listed under "Freeview and other FTA channels on the Optus D1 satellite". Note that while most of those channels can be received with any satellite tuner (yes, a USB satellite tuner would be fine), you need a DVB-S2 tuner to receive the 9, GEM and Go! feeds.

[Edit: looks like hdinsider beat me to it. :)]


i noticed those 3 channels you mentioned arent listed on both the sites. i have a friend in aus who has those channels via a dvb-t usb tuner. does nz receive them using dvb-s2 and is 90cm the biggest dish needed to receive everything? are there any other channels like that?  hope these arent too many questions

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  Reply # 492351 12-Jul-2011 10:26

The feeds of CH9 and SBS are not intended for NZ viewers and could be switched off at any time. I guess those sites don't want to make promises of other channels that could go away at any time or customers would want their money back. These feeds aren't as easy to setup as the freeview channels either so you may need a bit more skill to get them or help from an installer.

As for relative cost, jayx and freeviewshop both seem to have good products and service, but different brands are going to have different prices as they will have quality and feature differences.

I have personally had experience of buying the cheapest dish and the cheapest decoder from trademe and you unfortunately get what you pay for. Had a dish rust away in a year once and decoders that glitch and fail early too.




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  Reply # 492353 12-Jul-2011 10:32

CH9, Gem and Go! are DVBS-2 on Optus D1, SBS1HD, SBS1 and 2 are DVB-S.

Gem is 1440x1080i Dolby only at a low data rate.

SBS1HD is MPEG2 720p.

I enjoy watching them but am prepared to accept that they might just disappear one day, so haven't spent much money to get them. They work on a 90cm no problem.

You won't get anything else on D1.

The feeds available on the other satellites (Intelsat 5 and Optus D2) are well described on jayx.co.nz






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