You've picked a difficult time to start your hobby, there are several updated encryption systems kicking off at present, it may well be that for a period of months, a lot of the English language films on those satellites will be unhackable.
Many people in your position have bought the Humax 5400 irci with a patched embedded CAM to enable decoding of several different encryption methods. Some of these encryptions however are being as we write, upgraded to newer more complex ones and are not at present hacked.
Have a look at www.lyngsat.com and look at the pages for 19.2e and 13e, this will give you the available channels.
I have a patched IRCI 5400z and it's brought me hours of pleasure. With a correctly programmed card (I use a Funcard and, occasionally, a Silver Card with DS9) I can find more English language films than I can easily watch (and I'm a film enthusiast), all the Premier League football my wife can stomach (and I'm a Manchester United fan), several English language channels documentary and news channels and 24 hour mature content on at least 4 channels. After 23.00 hrs its difficult to avoid the mature content on premium and PPV channels.
Rolf is right, of course. There are problems looming as new encryption systems emerge and we may have the inconvenience of inaccessible channels for a while. I'm optimistic that any changes to the encryption systems will be hacked before too long.
However, the really pleasurable, interesting and satisfying part of this hobby is overcoming the difficulties and the learning process itself. I spend far more time looking at satellite sites on the Internet, adjusting, fine-tuning and generally fiddling with my satellite toys than I do watching the television. I know that's sad, but that's the way it is.
The 5400Z requires a modification to enable ongoing upgrades and there are a couple of threads discussing this. Some companies sell these already modified and patched, there is a small unit called a Z board which is added, you will need to ask if it is home updatable.
I have bought the Hyundai 1000 patched receiver, could you tell me why when I go to some of the channels ie: FilmNet etc it comes up with please wait then the screen goes blank, I am using a Boris5in1 on the FunCard
I'm one of those fans who's actually stood on the terraces at the Stretford End, not one of the limp-wristed Southern Jessie types who claims to support the Club but wouldn't know where to find the stadium, since it means coming north of Watford. Now they're sad.
Neither am I one of those self-appointed, non-Mancunian, 'experts' who peddles the myth that all true Mancs really support City. Oh really? Try telling that to the three generations of my (Manchester born and bred) family who've always supported the Reds.
And I saw the Busby Babes play (only once, but that's a memory worth having). And the Charlton, Law, Best, etc sides.
Sad? That's the epithet we reserve for for Arsenal supporters.
My IRCI 5400z is great. I bought it ready patched and have reflashed it several times. The z Board is needed only once, to convert the 5400z back to the original 5400 status. In my opinion, it's best to let the dealer do it, since it's not cost effective to buy or build a z board and you may invalidate your guarantee if you open the case to fiddle with the innards.
One of the best things about the Humax is the amount of support available on the Web. For example, look at
[updated:LAST EDITED ON 19-Apr-02 AT 10:46 PM (GMT)]Hi Cindy, there are some files specifically written for the Hyundai 1000, not sure whether the boris is one of them. It may of course be that the keys for that provider are out of date, so worth checking. I can't remember where I saw the files but I'll have a root around later
Just because you've stood on the terraces at the Stretford End doesn't give you the right to call the rest of us Southern Jessies.
I've been a staunch Man-Utd follower since the early 1990's and I'm as committed a fan as anyone. If only you'd endured the pain of having Gary & Phil Neville tatooed on each testicle, you wouldn't be so quick to criticise!