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Is there any way of receiving UK Sky tv in USA? I am moving in June, and was considering bringing my sky digital digibox and card, if there is any way I could use it to pick upsome freeview channels which I might not get with dish/directTV or - if I keep the subscription going and hook it up to a satelite dish in US would I pick up any channels??
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Is there any way of receiving UK Sky tv in USA? I am moving in June, and was considering bringing my sky digital digibox and card, if there is any way I could use it to pick upsome freeview channels which I might not get with dish/directTV or - if I keep the subscription going and hook it up to a satelite dish in US would I pick up any channels??
You are better off getting the direct tv much cheaper. 4 decoder sets for about $40.00 and some come with harddisk drives.
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My advice would be to buy a huge satalite dish. My brother can pick up quite a few US channels from the UK, so maybe you can pick up the UK channels in the US with a big enough dish.

Failing that, you can watch Sky sports news on Fox world sports net at 4pm every day.
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Failing that, you can watch Sky sports news on Fox world sports net at 4pm every day.
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It would have to be a big dish, as the footprint of the Sky Satellite transmission will be optimised for Europe. Scottish viewers used to need bigger dishes than their English neighbours as the signal was weaker up North. Dunno if that's still the case.
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there are lots of websites that tell you the footprint of various satelite broadcasts. my father uses a multi-sat system in the UK and knows a lot more about it than me but from what I know... you won't pickup any European satelite transmissions from the European Satelites.. possibly somewhere is bouncing them tho?
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I thought the footprint was smaller before they switched over to the digital service?. I remember my uncle having a huge dish back before Sky started with channels like Screensport and lifestyle that had womens wrestlin We got our first dish about 2 weeks after Sky first launched.
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Ok, just found the footprints

Astra south.
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Would it be beyond the realms of possibility, that another satellite could bounce the signel off the astra satellite so if you had the right dish and LNB you could receive a tv picture beamed direct from the U.K. here in the States?. I know my brothers dish could pick up the American version of CNN and ESPN plus a few of the network TV stations. You could pick up all kinds of feeds from news channels, like reporters waiting to go on air. Infact during the war in Iraq, he could listen to a Sky team somewhere in the middle of the desert talking to their producers back in the U.K. about when they were going to air their report. He also stumbled across a live feed directly after the spanish train bombings that according to him was rather grusome, as they were zooming right into the torn apart trains.
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Is there any way of receiving UK Sky tv in USA? I am moving in June, and was considering bringing my sky digital digibox and card, if there is any way I could use it to pick upsome freeview channels which I might not get with dish/directTV or - if I keep the subscription going and hook it up to a satelite dish in US would I pick up any channels??
no, I wish. It's well outside the coverage area. It's all cable or digital cable here anyway, unless you want to go with directTV packages.
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