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FREESAT HD TV

Post Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:36 am

FREESAT HD TV

Has anyone out there had any experience in installing the new BBC/ITV satellite platform on Astra 28? What is the minimum size dish is required in the Algarve. ?


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Re: FREESAT HD TV

Post Posted: Mon Sep 29, 2008 9:07 pm

the size of the dish is exactly the same as what you would need to receive the same stations in a sky digibox as they are exactly the same stations, around 1.3 meters in Algarve. The only difference is the box. At the moment you need to subscribe to Sky to be able to use the HD part, with a Freesat HD box you can receive whatever the Freesat range of channels transmit on HD.

 

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Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:45 am

Hi there thanks for responding, there is a lot of confusion out there, you have answered the question regarding the size of the satellite dish. I have installed Freesat in Northern Portugal which is quite a way north of the Algarve, hence the reason of my first post
Just for the record Freesat HD is a Free alternative to the Sky HD platform which is NOT free
Freesat brings you over 130 great digital TV and radio channels, including high definition (HD) programmes from the BBC and ITV – all for free. But it doesn’t stop there – Freesat gives you super fast digital text and enhanced interactivity, as well as digital subtitles and audio description. Channel 4 HD will not be available on Freesat in 2008; this is likely to change in 2009.
With Freesat, favourites like BBC Three, BBC Four, ITV2, ITV3, Channel 4, More 4 and Film Four are all yours. There’s no need to choose between different packages.
You’ll also get around 20 digital radio stations, so you can listen to live sport, great comedy, music, drama and the latest news.
As well as the best of free digital TV, you can also watch drama, natural history, sport and more in breathtaking HD, for free.
With Freesat, HD programmes are subscription-free, so you get even better viewing at no extra cost. All you need is an HD Ready TV connected to a Freesat HD digital box, or TV with Freesat HD built in.
You can buy Freesat in-store or online at Argos, Comet, Currys, John Lewis and some independent retailers. After a one-off payment, it’s free forever.

GrundigGUFSATHDGRUNDIG HD FREESAT RECEIVER Currys Price£149.99

HumaxFoxsat - HDFreesat Digital Box Currys Price£149.99

Freesat is not available on the Sky platform a separate receiver box needs to be purchased


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Re: FREESAT HD TV

Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:06 pm

So nandnjudge2 can you please clarify. What do you get on Sky HD that you cannot receive on Freesat HD? Bearing in mind that I pay some £49 per month for Sky with sport and movie channels (currently with Sky+ but I'm considering buying a Sky HD box as I already have an HD TV).


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Re: FREESAT HD TV

Post Posted: Tue Sep 30, 2008 10:02 pm

Hi there, here is a list of all the FREE TV & RADIO CHANNELS I can currently pick up. According to marketing information this list in the next 12 months will extend to over 200 TV channels

From a personal point of view I have very close links to Jersey Channel Islands and the Border region. I have access to both Local TV channels.

My kit includes the Humax Foxsat-HD receiver, which gives brilliant results for both HD & non HD Channels. To be quite honest if you set the video resolution to 1080i on the receiver the quality of the BBC non HD channels are not far short of the existing HD channel. I suspect the BBC are using HD cameras on most of their current programs (not old repeats) hence the improved quality

I appreciate at the end of the day it is horses for courses, with Sky one gets a lot more choices but at a price, as you say £49 per month plus more if you down the HD route.

TV CHANNELS
* BBC One (plus all the regional news stations ie BBC Channel Islands)
* BBC Two
* BBC Three
* BBC Four
* BBC HD (More Channels due soon but not on Sky Platform)
* BBC Alba
* ITV1 (plus all the regional news stations ie Border TV)
* ITV2
* ITV2+1
* ITV3
* ITV+1
* ITV4
* ITV HD ( 5 Channels due soon but not on Sky Platform)
* Channel 4
* E4
* E4 +1
* More 4
* More 4 +1
* Zone Thriller
* Zone Romantica
* Zone Reality
* Zone Horror
* Zone Horror +1
* S4C
* BET
* BBC News
* BBC Parliament
* Fight Network
* Russia Today
* Al Jazzera
* Euro News
* S4C2
* France 24
* Men & Motors
* Overseas Property
* Wedding TV
* Information TV
* Audi Channel
* Teachers TV
* 9X
* CBBC
* CBeebies
* CITV
* Pop
* Pop Girl
* Tiny Pop
* Kix
* Film Four
* Film 4 +1
* Movies 4 Men
* Movies 4 Men 2
* True Movies
* True Movies 2
* B4U logo
* Bubble Hits
* Chartshow TV
* Scuzz
* Vault
* Zee Music
* 9XM
* Shop on TV
* Gems TV
* Bid TV
* JML
* Price Drop TV
* QVC
* Pitch TV
* Celebrity Shop
* Simply Shopping TV
* Best Direct
RADIO STATIONS
* Radio1
* 1xtra
* Radio2
* Radio3
* Radio4
* 5live
* 5live SportsExtra
* 6Music
* Radio7
* Asian Network
* BBC World Service
* BFBS Radio
* Insight Radio
* NME Radio
* XFM
* Gold
* Choice
* Capital
* Classic fm
* WRN Europe
* RTE Lyric FM
* RTE Radio 1
* RTE Radio na Gaeltachta
* RTE 2 FM
* Absolute Radio
* Absolute Classic Rock
* Absolute Xtreme
* Planet Rock
* BBCi
* NetPlay TV
* Gala TV


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Re: FREESAT HD TV

Post Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:11 pm

Interesting stuff nandnjudge. Thanks.

I was told that to get Channels 4 and 5 I need to also buy a Sky Freeview card for about £25 in the UK but that it needs validating before it can be used in PT (or possibly anywhere).

Any idea where I can buy one and how to validate it?

 

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Re: FREESAT HD TV

Post Posted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 3:36 pm

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