Should I throw away my satellite system and take intensive Greek lessons?

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Am I right in thinking that in a few weeks I won't be able to pick up anything decent here in Southern Greece? The messages that I got a few days ago saying that I'm about to lose channels 4,5 and Sky news have stopped but will I get anything worth watching? I bought my system before I left the UK thinking I could keep in touch with all things current but it seems I won't be able to do that for too long now. Should I trash the whole lot and try to learn Greek really fast?

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There still may be a resolution to this card problem, it's just a matter of waiting. Perhaps this will be a blessing in disguise if it forces a rapid learning of the Greek language, always useful if it is your country of residence. :)
 

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How does one get Sky news when abroad as it seems to be
encrypted on Hot bird?
 

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It isn't on 28.2 Meldrew, even though the card message does seem to pop up on that channel also.
 

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meldrew said:
How does one get Sky news when abroad as it seems to be
encrypted on Hot bird?

You could try to receive it from Astra 1E 11597 V.
 

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It's also on 30W, if you can receive it in Greece.
 

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johnfallen I think you're missing the point here M8! See, I'm English but I live in Greece and I'm losing all the UK TV because of the satellite change so all I'll have is Greek TV. Are you with me so far? Well Greek TV broadcasts mainly in Greek!! But I'm afraid my Greek isn't that good yet! As for your post that the BBC broadcast in English. Well you obviously haven't listened to many TV presenters lately!!
Get it now?
 

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Thanks, 600. Yes, I think I catch your drift. By the way, the "optimistic" footprint says a 3 m dish will get you 2D from anywhere in Greece.

I am sure Greek TV and radio are just great. Go for it. Learn one of the languages of your country of residence, always a good thing, as rolfw says. My point is, don't rely on them translating The Archers.

For what it's worth, I personally go for programmes like Bremner, Bird and Fortune on Channel 4, and Have I got News for You on BBC. Essential for the low-down on Iraq, for example. I could be wrong, but I doubt if they'd translate well into Swedish. Or Greek. I wouldn't know these programmes existed if weren't for a friend sending us occasional video tapes from UK. For those shows alone, I'd get Jodrell Bank in our back garden, if I could afford it. Mind you, Swedish TV has just started Ali G in Da' House, with subtitles, so anything is possible. Eventually.

Yes, I think Eddie Wareing and his like are no longer employed, though some stuff gets close.

But now, speaking of regional diversity – there's a good thing. I saw a poor Welshman posting from Greece on the Astra2D site. If we really want to retain cultural diversity and all that, shouldn't we broadcast everything, everywhere? The Swede living in Basingstoke could still get his Bingo-Lotto and midnight hardcore, the Welshman could get Neuwyddion Cymraeg and Eistedfoddau in Kalamata, and chaps like me could still choose CD Review in place of Home Truths of a Saturday morning. Seems only fair. It takes all sorts, after all.
 
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