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Post by Peter Brown on Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:40 pm

Some observations from my recent trip to Italy:

Satellite

Astra 2 - 60 cm dish. A full set of UK free channels is available on the Mosel so I assume the same in the Netherlands, Belgium, North west Germany and the very north of France. Sky news and some film/drama channels were available in Bavaria and all the way down to Pompeii.

Astra 1 19.2E is fully available and channels include BBC news, Sky news and many other news channels. I prefer this to the other continental satellites as I watch F1 on RTL.

Italian Digital TV - very good reception in all places visited. Channels numbered over 1000 but probably 700ish!!!. I found that many programmes originally in English and duded in Italian were broadcast with both soundtracks. Using the 'audio' button on my Avtek TV I could select the English Track.

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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by SteveUK on Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:53 pm

Thanks for that information Peter.

There have been a few threads on various sites, but the actual situation has still been a bit confused as far as I could see!  It's great to have some real-life experiences.

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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by meanchris on Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:02 am

There are some new dead spots since the new Astra SATs came online. One of them is around Bremen/Hamburg in northern Germany. It pays to do some research if travelling to make sure that there's coverage if your wife (or you) can't do without Corry. :D

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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by mry716 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:10 am

We have just returned from the south of France and were amazed at the excellent reception we received with our Mobil Sat


http://www.mobilsatplus.it/index.php/en/reflector.html


A 68cm square dish giving a gain of 80.6db which is better than some 85cm dishes.
It worked flawlessly and provided a full range of Astra 2 and Sky programming as far south as Montelimar and Gap.
Inevitably when raining the reception disappeared or the picture broke up but we were able to see full coverage of the 3 F1 races without problem only using Astra 1 (Sport1 and RTL) as an alternative for a couple of practice sessions due to thunderstorms.
We have one of the small Sky boxes that do not record and have an inverter to run it.

Anyone wishing more info please pm me. 
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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by Dutto on Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:36 am

Hi there,

Just one small point on the subject of satellite reception ....

.... it is a "black art"!

In Toulouse they built a seven storey block of flats between where we moored our boat in the port and the Astra 2 satellite; and the only time we lost reception was when the tower crane was moving!

In Moissac we had perfect Astra 2 satellite reception in the port right up until May when the leaves started to grow!

On the East Fortune CL a month ago (a place where we have had perfect reception before) we had zero Astra 2 reception when the wind blew and made the trees (about half a mile away) sway!

In view of this I don't think there are any "dead spots" within Europe; but there may be a single leaf waving in front of your satellite dish! tap_fingers tap_fingers

Hope this helps. allthumbz

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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by Swansea Jac on Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:41 am

Here in Wales we lose Sky when it rains heavily...quite often, in fact!
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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by mry716 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:59 am

Hi Swansea Jac.
I suggest a bigger dish as there should be no 'rain' problems in the UK unless it is an extreme storm. They are so cheap nowadays and easy to fit it really would be worth the effort.
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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by Dutto on Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:06 pm

Swansea Jac wrote:Here in Wales we lose Sky when it rains heavily...quite often, in fact!
Oh, sorry! Whistle1 Whistle1 

Wales is a dead-spot for just about everything isn't it .... hugegrins hugegrins

.... but even in Skegness we lose reception in thunder storms and heavy rain. tap_fingers tap_fingers

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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by Swansea Jac on Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:20 pm

We do tend to have rather a lot of heavy rain and thunderstorms around here...Had a corker last evening.... just as "Strictly" was about to start...got it on terrestrial in the other room, though!


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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by mry716 on Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:27 pm

Your signal strength and signal quality bars for sky should be 7/8 to full under normal circumstances and rain should not normally cause a problem. If the bars are less ie 1/2 way ask for a dish realignment or do it yourself. Its pretty easy.
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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by Dutto on Mon Nov 10, 2014 2:31 pm

Swansea Jac wrote:We do tend to have rather a lot of heavy rain and thunderstorms around here...Had a corker last evening.... just as "Strictly" was about to start...got it on terrestrial in the other room, though!
Oh dear, here was me thinking  "Lucky  sensored1 !" and then you finally got "Strictly" on terrestrial. lol4 lol4 

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Re: Continental TV reception

Post by Swansea Jac on Mon Nov 10, 2014 3:46 pm

lets_dance    topmarks   I really do enjoy "Strictly", Dutto, ...especially after they have eliminated the plonkers and get down to the proper competition...Oh sorry! err sorry   goneoff lol!
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