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Old Feb 15th 2011, 6:02 pm   #1
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Default Could you use Freesat in the US or elsewhere?

For those who are familiar with Freesat, you can punch in your post code and you get the programming from that locality (so I could punch in a Birmingham postcode and not have to keep getting the STV dross that I get).

I was wondering whether, as the signal is from a satellite (essentially via a Sky dish) not an aerial or mast, you culd potentially receive Freesat in, say, France (punch in a southern England postcode), or even the US?
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Flat-earth believers would certainly pick it up. Probably most of the bible-belt I would think.
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Depends on the cone from the satellite, chances are parts of France probably could.

But in the US? Even if you had a dish the size of England, you'd not pick up a signal
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Default Re: Could you use Freesat in the US or elsewhere?

It may be possible..

there is a video around (but is has been removed from youtube!) about a german chap in brazil, who has a home made 8m dish! and he just about gets the analogue signals from astra 1 satellites, and some digital ones also...


In france and most of europe you can use any UK postcode in a freesat box to receive channels...the post code just determines the regions for 101, 102, 103, and 104. In fact BBC1 Channels Islands is one of the weakest signals for us in spain, but ITV1 Channel Isalnds is one of the strongest, so the thought that punching in a southern UK postcode for use in France is better, is not the case!

the limitation of channels you get would be dish size required. In France 80cm dish gets all channels, areas on eastern spain 2.4m dishes...

but the freesat box will start to work as long as it can get its EPG data from Eurobird 1 satellite...but it may be hard to get the main UK TV channels from the much weaker spot beam Astra 2d...

In the US a HUGE dish would be required, as the UK TV satellites are centered and focused on the UK, not USA... but as the videos above show, it is may not be impossible!
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Default Re: Could you use Freesat in the US or elsewhere?

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or even the US?
Good luck with that
http://www.ses-astra.com/business/en...-map/index.php

May need one of these:
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