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September 5, 2007

New HDTV product logos launched

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EICTA, the industry body representing the information and communications technology and consumer electronics industries in the European Union, has launched a new generation of product qualifiers for high-definition television display and decoding equipment. From now on, products in the EU that meet a set of technical criteria determined by EICTA will carry the HD Ready […]


July 16, 2007

Techno TM9100 - Dreambox killer?

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Technomate TM9100 - Multimedia Centre running on Enigma + PVR Ready + 9in1 Memory Card Reader + Ethernet Communication Port + Unlimited Channel Memory + 2x Smart Card Readers + 1x Common Interface (CI)
When first released onto the market in November 2006, this box was regarded by many in the Linux STB world as […]


May 9, 2007

Topfield TF7700 HSCI is a winner

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Filed under: Satellite Receivers

The superb new TF7700 HSCI from Topfield is now widely available to buy online. It’s a top quality high-definition receiver which fully supports the MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264 and DVB standards. It’s available in two finishes - black and silver
If you’re looking for an easy to use trouble-free HD receiver, then this one is definitely […]


April 15, 2007

ISRO’s Insat-4B now operational

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After a month of in-space testing and commissioning work, the Insat-4B satellite is now fully operational, and will soon begin broadcasting direct-to-home (DTH) programming to the vast Indian market.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that Insat-4B had now reached its target orbital location of 93.5 degrees East, and is ready to go to […]


March 22, 2007

Fine-tuning a motorised dish

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Filed under: Satellite Help

Here are our Five Top Tips for fine-tuning a DiSEqC motorised setup. 
This mini-guide assumes that you have already set up your mounting brackets/mast, motor, dish, LNB etc. and have managed to tune in a least a few satellites. Your setup is far from ideal though, right? Poor signal strength and quality? Missing some satellites? Read […]


February 20, 2007

Dreambox DM600 PVR takes a bow

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Appearing for the first time on the Dream Multimedia website are details of the cute little Dreambox DM-600 PVR - basically a DM-500 with an IDE interface and enough room to accommodate a 2.5 inch laptop drive.
So now there is no excuse for those of you with only enough space under the TV to jam […]


January 30, 2007

NSS-8 launch ends in disaster

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The launch of the SES New Skies NSS-8 communications satellite by Sea Launch Company, LLC was brought to a rather abrupt and very fiery end this evening, when the Zenit 3SL launch vehicle suffered a catastrophic failure almost as soon as the main engine was lit.
It proved to be third time unlucky as the twice-postponed […]


January 12, 2007

Kathrein UFS910 HD Linux STB

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The Kathrein UFS-910 HD satellite receiver is available to buy now, and it’s a very interesting prospect.
Not as well-featured as the long-awaited Dreambox 8000, it does however boast full DVB-S2 and MPEG-4 capability (as well as being backwardly compatible to DVB-S and MPEG-2) and have the required HDMI output connector.
It also carries the much sought-after Ethernet […]


December 23, 2006

Happy Christmas from Satellite Help!

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Seasons greetings to all our members and guests! May your holiday period be happy and safe.
Why not check out the January 2007 issue of What Satellite and Digital TV magazine to see our forum feature in the Sat Ch@t section?
The Satellite Help forum has just celebrated its first birthday, and we have had a fantastic […]


November 13, 2006

Feedhunting for non feedhunters

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Satellite feedhunting for non feedhunters
Feedhunting is a strange world. You just never know what you’re going to turn up on a satellite feed, and I guess that’s part of the attraction.
The feedhunter is a committed individual. Whether they are tracking down feeds for their own enjoyment or for the benefit of others, they […]


November 6, 2006

Arabsat’s BADR-4 on schedule

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International Launch Services (ILS) said today that it’s on schedule to launch Arabsat’s BADR-4 on Wednesday, 8th November from Launch Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
BADR-4 will be launched by a Proton M/Breeze M at 20:01 Nov 8 GMT.
The BADR-4 satellite is an Astrium Eurostar E2000+ model, the third Eurostar satellite to be […]


October 30, 2006

China launches SinoSat-2 satellite

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China successfully launched a homemade high-power communications and broadcast satellite into space aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket at 0:20 on Sunday.
The new-generation SinoSat-2 satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, is designed to serve broadcast TV, digital TV, live broadcast TV and digital broadband multimedia systems on […]


October 19, 2006

Eutelsat orders HOT BIRD 10

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Eutelsat Communications today announced that Astrium will build the HOT BIRD™ 10 broadcast satellite which will be launched in first quarter 2009 and positioned at the Group’s 13 degrees East location. Following HOT BIRD™ 8 and 9, it is the third high-power broadcast satellite based on Astrium’s Eurostar E3000 platform that will be located at […]


October 13, 2006

DIRECTV 9S and Optus D1 launched

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Arianespace successfully placed a further two commercial satellites into geostationary transfer orbit today.
After an on-time lift-off from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, the Ariane 5 launch vehicle went on to deploy DIRECTV 9S for U.S. digital TV service provider DIRECTV, along with the Optus D1 telecommunications spacecraft for Australia’s Optus.
The launch occurred […]


October 6, 2006

Freeview delays Playback campaign

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Freeview is delaying its main marketing spend for its digital TV recorder strategy until the New Year. Though some manufacturers will have Freeview Playback-branded digital TV recorders in shops by Christmas, the main awareness campaign is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2007.
Freeview launched its digital TV recorder strategy in May […]


September 23, 2006

Canal+ Nordic gets a fresh look

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C More Entertainment is restyling and repackaging the Canal+ premium channels in the Nordic region.
The existing mixed-content offerings will be done away with. In their place will be three Canal+ branded channels dedicated to movies & series with two others focussing on sports. Subscribers who choose both the movie and sports packages will also […]


September 9, 2006

Murdoch pockets 14m pay packet

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Rupert Murdoch was paid more than £14m ($25m) last year as chief executive of media giant News Corporation - almost 10% up on the previous year, according to documents filed in the US.
The media mogul made £13.8m ($25.7m) in the year that ended in June, including a £11.3m ($21m) bonus, a rise of 9.8%.
[…]


September 1, 2006

Eutelsat orders W2A satellite

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In a press release from Eutelsat Communications and Alcatel Alenia Space today, September 1, 2006 the pair announced that Eutelsat has retained Alcatel Alenia Space, for the design, manufacturing, assembling, tests and on-ground delivery of the W2A satellite.
Due to be launched in first quarter 2009, the main mission of this powerful new satellite will […]


August 24, 2006

Sky Box Office currently FTA!

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[EDIT] These channels are currently black again, but keep your eyes open as they have been FTA a couple of times recently (for a few days at a time!)
Just a quick note to let you good people know that several Sky Box Office movie channels are currently Free To Air on:
Satellite: 28.2EFrequency: 12090 Polarisation: […]


August 9, 2006

Stream DVD’s to your Dreambox!

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Currently undergoing what could be described as beta-testing, the stream2db plugin is a useful utility for the Dreambox which allows streaming of DVD and other video TO a Dreambox receiver as opposed to originating there.
Developed by a knowledgeable friend in the Dreambox field, PCD, this plugin should prove very useful to just about anyone […]