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Chris in Crete

My Location
Sorry to bother you but can anyone help. We recently moved to Crete and have just had Sky installed. We have a 1.8 dish, 0.6 LNB, and a panasonic TU-DSB50 receiver. Our problem is we only receive limited channels. We pay sky for the full package i.e. sky sports and movies, but only receive sky movies 7 and sky movies 9. Also don't receive sky sports extra, and also do not receive BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and quite a few other channels. Can anyone suggest what the problem could be. We do not know alot about this so could you put it in laymens terms. Many thanks


Staff member
Scottish Borders
My Satellite Setup
TM 5402HD
Skybox F3
Sky+ UK.
My Location
Scottish Borders
Your dish is nowhere near big enough for the channels broadcasting off the Astra 2D satellite (BBC ITV) for starters. This bird has a very restricted coverage compared to the others. You are probably looking at a minimum 3.5m dish to get 2D in Crete.

Have a poke around h**p://www.astra2d.co.uk for more details.

Edit - got web address wrong!


Specialist Contributor
My Satellite Setup
Octagon Quad Optima OQSLO @ Laminas OFC-1100 @ Powertech DG-380 @ Vu+ Solo²(OpenATV) / Technotrend S2-1600
Sony KDL32W656A / TBS 6220 (DVB-C)
Terratec T-Stick+ (DAB+)
My Location
Stuttgart (48.79N/9.19E)
3.5m ? The smallest dish i remember that gets the BBCs only (no idea if all day) is 4.5m in Rethymno. The situation in Crete is very difficult. From http://www.msg-shop.gr/ i also know that they installed some huge dishes for 2D around the island but somewhere a 5m could get full 2D, whereas not far away a 6m could not.

Maybe anybody knows more ?

The North beams of 2A should also be quite difficult but not so much than 2D. Could be that a 3m or even a 2.40m will get them all 24/7.
So i'm afraid, a 1.80m is the absolutely minimum and as you see even below the limit for Sky reception there.

Greetings to Kriti :)
Chris - Stuttgart/Germany