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Old 20-05-08, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Please help: Can I pick channels via SKY dish?

Hi Guys,

My bro has moved to a new house where the previous owner had Sky.
The dish is still there and not touched.

Is it possible for me to get a digital satellite receiver and pick up channels via Astra or Hotbird? Would this be possible via ths SKY digital dish?
Would I pick up many channels?

Also, what box would be recommended to pick up the channels?

Your help on this will be much much appreciated.
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Old 20-05-08, 12:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi mate,
Any free to air box will pick up any FTA channels from those two satellites, but you will need a patchable box if you intend to receive the encrypted channels. I should think that you would be best to go for a Technomate box, they are cheap and easy to patch, I have no idea, but that is what has been reported here. You will also need to realign your dish to one of the satellites, I am not sure if you would be able to get some sort of arm to allow you to pick up both satellites from the dish, as the Sly dish has a silly LNB and way of fitting it to the support arm, but someone might have an idea about that.

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Old 20-05-08, 02:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wez, thanks for the reply and advise provide.
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Old 20-05-08, 02:17 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Please help: Can I pick channels via SKY dish?

if you leave the dish where it is you would be able to pick up all the free to air channels on 28E (Astra2), a Technomate or a Freesat box would be fine for that.

To see what channels are where have a look on

www.lyngsat.com

A sky dish can be swivelled round to receive from Hotbird (13E) and Astra (19.2) as well. If it is a zone1 dish , it is not suitable for more than one LNB really, it is possible with a zone2.

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Old 22-05-08, 05:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Guys, If i was to get a 'patched' Technomate box, and then point the dish to Hotbird, I would be able to pick up many channels including some pay channel?

I understand that the free channels will come, but if a patched box the encypted channels should appear too?

Anyone do a patched Technomate at a good price?
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Old 22-05-08, 05:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Read the stickies in the Technomate section regarding updating its software.

Southernsatellite sells the Technomates, he is a trade member on this forum.

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There are a couple of pay services open on 13E.

One is closing down this year (TPS / MultiVision) and the other is probably going secure (Polsat)

There are several hundred fta channels on 13E though inclding some pretty exotic stuff (Burmese Thai Vietnamese, Kazakh etc)
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Thanks for the advise guys, appreciated
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