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Message posted by juendaz on 19/6/2010 at 2:08pm
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Hi

Can anyone give me some information on portable satellites, I want to take my TV camping and I am not sure which one to buy as there are so many to choose from.

Just needing a cheap and cheerful one that will allow me to watch BBC, ITV ( For the Hubby, Football) .

Cheers

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Just bought a tv stick for the laptop we get a good digital signal here and i'm picking up 95 tv and radio stations not a bad price either 19.99 in Aldi

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Not very UP on tech, but i will look into the TV stick ! does it work on the average laptop ? Thanks for your reply

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All you need is a S/H Sky Box, which you can pick up for next to nowt, you may want to get a FTV card for it costing 25 one of payment for 3 years, although the card is not that essential the box will give you BBC etc without one, then a 60cm Dish c/w lnb (blob on end of dish) most aerial shops will sell you one  expect to pay 40 for somthing half decent, try and avoid using a mesh dish, all you then need is some kind of Tripod on which to mount the dish, you can buy a purpose made item for around 40, or just improvise, as for locating the satellite, a sat finder is more usefull than a compass, but having both is not a bad idea, sat finders can be had for about 15 upwards, also regarding audio, we use a personal wireless system, where each viewer has thier own walkman type device, which means you can have the telly as loud as you like without disturbing others, see link for that bit of kit.

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We bought a TV stick a few years back and it works well. But if you get internet on your laptop you can watch TV here.

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Thanks for all your replies, I will certaintly be getting my Hubby to look into this further, thats after he has extended the trailer LOL before our next camping trip on the 25th/26th June.

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Quote: Originally posted by juendaz on 19/6/2010
Not very UP on tech, but i will look into the TV stick ! does it work on the average laptop ? Thanks for your reply
I don't know what average is in laptops , mine is an HP G62 with a i3 processer 3g of ram 320 hd running windows 7 64bit if that helps! it only took about  30mins to set up and run and it now has pause live tv and record to harddrive which iv'e added today from the software bundle that came with the stick

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Does anyone know if i can use these TV sticks in france to get the French TNT channels?

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Hi Juendaz

Noticed your a new member so welcome to UKCS, a very informative and addictive website.

Although what on earth do you want to be watching footie for anyway, after the past two dire England matches!!

Best wishes Sam

Ps: Knowing how passionate Leeds fans can be, have to make sure to keep the noise down and minimise the air turning blue on a campsite!!!

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we've got a stic and when you scan for channels it ass you what country your in - so I assume it will pick up French TV in France, but haven't tried it yet.

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it should work, if you auto tune any device you'll notice for 75% of the process nothing is added (unless it previously asks you what country you're in).

That's because as far as I understand, england uses an alotment of frequency, france another, germany another etc.

Basically that means if you're only just within a country border you don't get the signal from the country just a few miles away.

Freecom tend to be the favourites, whilst I had problems with them 5 or so years ago, they still seem very popular, so maybe it was just bad luck? they sell internationally, too.

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Last year we used a stick for the PC, and found it very good.   Couple of weeks ago we went away, and took a freeview box and ariel with us.   Found if you walked past the ariel which was in the camper awning you lost the signal.   
Going to get a new PC stick (Richard lost the other one).
Ok I don't watch much TV, but found it handy when I needed to sit inside with the dog for what ever reason.

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Quote: Originally posted by juendaz on 19/6/2010

Hi

Can anyone give me some information on portable satellites, I want to take my TV camping and I am not sure which one to buy as there are so many to choose from.

Just needing a cheap and cheerful one that will allow me to watch BBC, ITV ( For the Hubby, Football) .

Cheers

Julie




Errrrrrrr isnt that what pubs are for.


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just seen this post and interested in using a tv stick (never heard of one before)  i wonder if anyone can tell me do you need to be connected to the internet for one of these to work, i run my laptop off a dongle and dont know what kind of signal i can get when away and can anyone recommend a good one , not too pricey...thank you

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Belinda, you don't need to be connected to the internet. The aerial picks up normal (digital in most cases) signal.

I bought a TV stick from Maplins last night, it was easy to set up and found 66 channels. It would just about work if I stood next to the window indoors but I'm in a fairly built up area of Bristol that is also in a fairly significant dip - when I tried to use an indoor aerial previously with my Humax box I got no signal at all so this wasn't too bad.

I'm hoping that outdoors with nothing to block the signal it won't be too bad - I'm not sure how effective others have found them?

I bought this one which has a dual tuner in it, but I suspect I'd have been fine with the 19.99 option which has a single tuner.

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thank you piglet   i think i will get one with the info you gave me, looked at the one you bought but is not compatable with windows 7..will google and find one..many thanks

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