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Types of Satellite system

This will depend on your individual requirements and circumstances and what channels you wish to receive.

The main things to consider are:

Which Satellites you want to receive 

  • in the UK we are able to choose from many different satellites, some are mainly specific for a particular country such as Turksat for Turkey and Astra2 for the UK, others such as the Astra1 and Hotbird satelites transmit programs from many different countries.
  • Your Location - you can only receive satellites with a ‘footprint’ that covers your area.

 

For instance this picture is the Footprint from the Turksat 3A Satellite. We can see the signal has a strong European Beam that reaches as far as the UK. This is fine for UK reception so long as you have clear line of sight to the Satellite and your dish is big enough

In this second picture the footprint is for Turksat 2A and we can see its beam is focused over Europe and does not reach as far as the UK thus we are unable to view and channels from this SatelliteAs the Satellites are in obit around the earth we can only see part of the ‘arc’. The highest point is South we can then view the satellites in an orbital position from 45 degrees to the East of South and 45 degrees to the West of South. The Sky satellite for instance is located at 28.2 degrees East of South. The furthar East or West a Satellite is the closer it gets to the horizon and thus is lower in the Sky. This means trees or other buildings are more likely to obstruct the signal.

 

  • What satellite or satellites you want to receive from - you may want one or more different satellites to receive a wider range of channels
  • Whether you want to receive just free-to-air (FTA or ’clear’) channels or encrypted ’subscription’ channels - you need to choose a receiver that’s compatible with your official subscription card. 

 

The main components of a satellite TV system

A dish the correct size for the satellite you want to receive signals from. Either single multifeed or motorised.
An LNB (Low Noise Block) attached to the boom arm on the dish. 
A satellite receiver
Suitable cable and plugs

The scenarios and example set-ups given below are suitable for UK locations and assume you want to receive FTA channels in a range of languages from 2 of the most popular satellites available in the UK. 

Scenario 1 - You want to receive FTA channels from the Astra satellite at 19 East.

You could use a basic FTA digital satellite receiver, 60cm dish and a single LNB.

For example, the Technomate TM5100s costs £69 and the 60cm dish, single LNB, will cost £39.

Scenario 2 - You want to receive FTA channels from the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 East

You could use a basic FTA digital satellite receiver, 80cm dish and a single LNB.

For example, the Technomate TM5100s costs £69 and an Orbital 80cm dish, single LNB, will cost £49

Scenario 3 - You want to receive FTA channels from both the Astra and Hotbird satellite

You could use a basic FTA digital satellite receiver, 80cm dish 2 LNBs an LNB multi-holder and DiSeqC switch to toggle between the LNBs

For example, the Technomate TM5100s costs £69 and an Orbital 80cm Dualsat Pack complete with all the components you require will cost £89


Other Satellites and variations are of course available so please feel free to contact one of our friendly sales team to discuss any requirements you may have on 01892 548468

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