German TV

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#1
Hi, I'm new here and don't know much about the different satellite boxes, however I am studying German and would really like to get German TV in my house (I live in Scotland). I'm only really interested in German channels and maybe even some Italian but I also would really like ''German MTV''.

Could anyone please advise me on which satellite box would be recommended for what I am after?

Thanks in advance for your help,

Fern
 

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#2
Pretty much any free to air digital receiver and an 80cm dish should achieve your aims.
 
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#3
As rolf says or....
If you can get hold of an old analogue box for not a lot of money then you'd have more german than you could swallow.
I got my analogue box of a tv engineer friend who was going to bin it.
 

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#4
MTV Germany is free to air, so is Viva and Viva 2, you're in luck.
 
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#5
There's lots of excellent free German tv on Astra1, and it's the easiest satellite to get in England (I use a 40cm dish, the smallest size!). However, going into northern Scotland, the signal power hugely decreases, and you rapidly start needing a much larger dish. For more info, Google "astra 1 footprint" (search for images).

Almost any free-to-air type digital sat receiver will get these channels (even a Sky digibox will, using "other channels", worth doing if you can find one very cheap). A "blind scan" receiver is useful, this will automatically find new channels, which saves constantly checking on Internet. However, most receivers have a built-in channels database, which should be fairly accurate.

To find transponder and channel details, look at www.satcodx.com, for 19E.

A CAM (conditional access) receiver will additionally get subscription channels, but it's unlikely you'll want to pay for these, as there's loads of free ones.

(added) there's also some free RAI channels on Hotbird, for getting both Astra1 and Hotbird together you can buy a special "monobloc" single lnb, but the receiver must then have diseqc, note that Sky digiboxes don't.

added - for just the free German/Italian channels on Astra1/ Hotbird, see:

www.lyngsat.com/freetv/Germany.html .
www.lyngsat.com/freetv/Italy.html .
 
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#6
I am learning German too and i use a cheap Digital reciever that i got off eBay for 50 quid. It does a good job, although i am upgrading soon because i am a bit of a satellite junkie at heart. Unless you are bothered about sports, movies etc, i find that i am spoiled for choice with my set up. 2 of the best channels for learners, depending on the level you are at are Bahn TV and Neun live, as they repeat a lot of content/phrases. I would try to stretch to a digital reciever over an analogue one as analogue will not be around for ever and there are more channels on digital (although not `loads` more) You might want to have a look at my thread titled `Subtitling on digital receivers` in the Digital Systems forum
 

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#9
Yes, that would get the free German and Italian channels, at a "good" price. You'd find it hard to buy the separate bits cheaper.

Sometimes Lidl sell sat receivers/kits, cheaper, but only occasionally, and they sell out very quickly!
 
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