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Freeview Satellite channels available

The Freeview channels below are available using a satellite dish aligned to Optus D1 along with a suitable satellite decoder. Trackside is currently available Free-to-air from Sky’s feed, but as it’s not a ‘Freeview’ channel, approved decoders won’t find it without manually searching for it. Some older decoders such as Zinwell’s can’t be tuned for […]

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Other satellite channels available in NZ

There are quite a number of channels other than the Freeview ones available from a satellite dish in New Zealand. The majority of these are foreign language channels, or religious (predominantly Christian). Most of these channels are on a different satellite to those used by Sky and Freeview (Optus D1) which means that you will […]

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How many Freeview decoders do I need?

We’ve had a few people lately asking if they can use one Freeview decoder for the whole house, or if they need one for each room. It is possible to watch one decoder in multiple rooms, but there are a few conditions attached to this scenario. As with Sky’s decoders, if you only have one […]

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Pixellating, Rainfade & No signal

Pixellation on DVB-S (satellite) has a number of causes, though they all relate back to one of two things – low signal levels, or poor quality signals. If your problem is intermittant and appears to be worse in bad weather, you probably have a reception problem, caused by something interfering with the signal, or the […]

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LNB L.O. Settings

Something that often throws people when setting up a satellite decoder is what setting to use for the Local Oscillator (L.O.). Freeview approved decoders and some others use a system called ‘blind scan’ which eliminates the need to know any settings, you simply set the decoder to auto search and it will cycle through all […]

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Can I use a Sky dish to get Freeview?

99% of the time, the answer to this is yes, you can get the Freeview Satellite service from a Sky dish. Assuming the dish is still aligned correctly, and that the (intact) cabling goes to where you wish to have your Set-Top-Box (STB) it should be fine. The 1% of the time when it might […]

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Can I get an HD picture from Freeview satellite?

Short answer – Sorry, but no you can’t. Long answer – High Definition content is not available from the satellite Freeview service, only terrestrial. There are no plans to introduce HD to the stellite service. If you aren’t in an area where you can receive Freeview HD from a terrestrial transmitter, the only option to […]

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Freeview HD vs. Freeview Satellite

Transmission Type The most obvious difference between Freeview HD and Freeview Satellite is the transmission medium. Freeview HD is a digital terrestrial transmission (DVB-T) broadcast from a land based transmitter. In the case of the Manawatu area, from the Wharite transmitter. Freeview Satellite on the other hand is broadcast from a satellite (DVB-S) in geo-stationary […]

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