Couple of pictures of an old DrHans dish setup from 2000's. Includes a Fortecstar 2.4m dish. This cheap beast did quite well, performing about the same as a quality 1.8 dish. Considering the price and mobility of the Fortecstar, the price/performance ratio was exceptional. Astra 2D could be received 24/7. Badr 5/6 and Nilesat 201 without any signal. Later I tested this setup for Astra 2E and 2F but the results were mixed. 24/7 reception of all channels was not possible.
In this gallery, check out the satellite gear DrHans used to own back in early 2000's. The IRTE 180 PF dish still stands strong but is obscured by high trees, rendering it useless. The only satellite that could probably still be received is Nilesat at 7W. After DrHans moved to another location, the dish has no practical use anymore.
Are you really HD-Ready?
So you're thinking about getting into the HD game, is that right? Let me share my experience first.
First of all, try to answer the following questions.
The card I have bought is a Viaccess 2.5, prov. ID 022200 (Televisa Networks) which opens five Mexican channels on Panamsat at 43°W. Just like Digitalb, subscribing to Televisa is legal in all parts of Europe and it's a great choice if ... and it's a big IF ... if you really, REALLY, want to receive some Mexican channels, ideally for the purpose of learning Spanish. Three channels on Televisa Networks are worth the €225/12months subscription.
Gallery of first HD broadcasts in Europe. Pictures captured with an analog capture card, therefore the quality is not really HD.
Orbit is a Middle-Eastern pay-tv provider, broadcasting from Arabsat 3A (26°E) and Intelsat 10-02 (1°W) satellites. The Intelsat position is not official and it is not known whether Orbit will continue broadcasting from there in the future. Both Intelsat and Arabsat beams can be received with a 85+ cm dish in Central Europe, although some transponders appear to be weaker and a small satellite dish could cause trouble in bad weather. A 120 cm dish would probably be the recommended size in most parts of Europe.
Digiturk is a nice likable small package that shows a lot of new TV-series on CNBC-e, Comedy Max and Dizi Max. These three channels show new American TV series with Turkish subtitles, sometimes even in Widescreen. The subtitles are quite small on Comedy Max and Dizi Max but slightly bigger on CNBC-e. CNBC-e can be also received from 42°E FTA but a larger dish is required in Europe, that's why Digiturk might be a good solution. Series shown on CNBC-e include The 4400, Seinfeld, South Park, Desperate Housewives, 24, Scrubs, King of Queens, The Simpsons, Joey, Fat Actress and Arrested Development. They've got it all.
Televisa is an encrypted package of five Mexican channels operated by Visat and broadcasting from PanAmSat at 43° West for European viewers. Televisa provides more channels in America, but they´re not possible to receive in Europe. The encryption system is Viaccess and keys are public.
There's no need to say that 1°W is a great spot for some fine television. 1°W offers many channels, almost all of them in original language and those best ones are without any fixed subtitles (Canal+, Kiosk).
Tak tohle je opravdu kontroverzní téma. Já měl přípežitost sledovat programy UPC po dobu asi 5 dnů, takže jsem stihnul akorát udělat několik obrázků a párkrát projet nabízené kanály. Kabelovou televizi jsem nikdy neměl, takže si netroufnu srovnávat kvalitu obrazu, která určitě nebyla nejlepší, ale taková katastrofa, jako jsem předtím četl na různých messageboardech to taky nebyla. Je úplně jasné, kteří lidé nejsou s kvalitou programové nabídky a obrazu spokojeni. Jsou to ti, kteří mají přístup k jiným digitálním placeným kanálům, mezi které v době začátku UPC patřila hlavně populární Seca, na kterou díky rozšíření karet koukal každý Pepa z vesnice (nic proti Pepům z vesnic, já se taky považuju za venkovana :-).