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Old 30th April 2012, 11:29 AM
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I am looking for Satellite TV of some description and need an idea of what I can get and how much it will cost, I am in the Paraklisha area of Limassol.

It would be nice to get Dreambox or Sky TV anyone know anything about dish size and cost for installing something like this?
Hi guys

Astra is the satellite that house the SKY channels. Currently we have 2a, b, c and d. These have a less narrow beam over the UK and so we get some overspill into fringe areas like Cyprus. This means we are on the border of receiving the current signal.

However with the launch of 1n many channels have disappeared as some channels have moved from 2a, b, c and d to 1n, this beam is much narrower and tighter over the UK for copyright reasons. SKY TV is only meant for broadcast in the UK and Ireland.

Now with the new satellites about to be launched in the next year or two (as 2a, b, c and d reach the end of their lifespan) we expect these to have an even tighter beam over the UK which will mean probably fewer channels in Cyprus than we have ever had.

If you want to follow some of this you can see on the forum below which is about satellites not an expat forum. You will see in the thread below there is no chance of receiving those channels. Some engineers have tried but virtually zero. You can follow the thread for 1n and Cyprus below. There are plenty of other threads too dealing with Cyprus you just have to do a little search. I have added an underscore to the beginning of the link so remember to take it off if you are copying and pasting the link otherwise it wont work.

_http://www.satellites.co.uk/forums/astra-28-2e-astra-1n-astra-2d-fringe-reception-technical-discussion/196328-1n-reception-cyprus.html

Clive if you were even contemplating a dish you would need at least a 3.2m dish in Limassol to receive most of the channels still available. They are not cheap but the price has come down considerably the last few years. There are other alternatives but they are not cheap either it all depends how much you want UK TV.

If you want an idea of alternatives feel free to send me an email to the address which appears below and I can take you through some of them. I run a company that offers such a service, but I cant go into it here as I do not want to appear to be touting for business. Or if you just want some more info on the whole situation regarding satellites in Cyprus by all means feel free to get in touch.

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giannis, any help for nova greek tv here in limassol can u provide plz?

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I have googled to try to find out if Sky is moving to a new Satellite andthe only mentions of that are from 2008. Nothing at all more recent.
Are people getting confused with the fact that BBC moved to a new satellite recently and so we have lost it here?
It's definitely happening.

The satellites that currently house the sky platform(Astra) are coming to then end of their life span. The new 2e, 2f and 2g Astra satellites will house the sky platform in the future. 1N that currently houses BBC and other channels is only a temporary solution as this is not its final orbit position. When it does finally reach where it is intended to go the BBC channels will also move to the new Astra satellites of 2e, 2f and 2g. You won't hear anything until its official. Currently 1N is providing a test for the new Astra satellites which is why its not in it's final position. Therefore people are assuming based on the performance of 1N that the new Astra satellites will have a similar performance.

This link is some sort of confirmation.

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I am looking for Satellite TV of some description and need an idea of what I can get and how much it will cost, I am in the Paraklisha area of Limassol.

It would be nice to get Dreambox or Sky TV anyone know anything about dish size and cost for installing something like this?
Give Andreas a call on 99667577, I have been using him for years with no problems. I only needed two one metre dishes to get just about everything out there! He is based in Limassol

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Give Andreas a call on 99667577, I have been using him for years with no problems. I only needed two one metre dishes to get just about everything out there! He is based in Limassol
With all due respects that is impossible.

Which English channels are ypu referring to when you say you can get everything.

It will be impossible to receive the sky platform with a dish of 1m on cyprus. I think you are referring to hotbird which a 1m dish will be ok, however you will receive English speaking programmes but you won't get UK tv as such. You will get channels like BBC World but these are not mainstream tv viewing for people who really want mainstream UK tv in Cyprus. For other these channels will suffice it all depends what you really want

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ITV has been moved to the new satellite 1N today. The following might give a better understanding of the situation.


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How will these changes affect viewers overseas?There have been many rumours doing their rounds on the Internet, that overseas viewers will lose all their channels once these changes are complete. For viewers in some areas of Europe, this may be true, this depends on which spotbeam Sky deciide to use for their channels. There is no reason for Sky to opt for the UK spotbeam, their channels are encrypted and there are no copyrigh issues. There are many expats who have legal subscriptions registered to a UK address, there are many British or Irish pubs and bars that have Sky Sports, these are all income for Sky.
It seems unlikely that Sky would want to lose this income, at this time there are no answers and no guarentees of future reception.
As for the main terrestrial broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, these are going to use the UK spotbeam and already do on Astra 2D and Astra 1N. If you can already receive signals from these two satellites, then little is likely to change over the coming years. Again there are no guarentees, the new satellites are the same type as Astra 1N and are almost certain to have similar spotbeams, only time will tell.
Many free-to-air channels currently use Eurobird 1 at 28.5 east, launched in 2001 it has an expected lifespan of twelve years, there is currently no information on whether this satellite is to be replaced. If not, then many will have to move to the new satellites.
Now is not the time to be investing in any new equipment, it will be wiser to wait until the launch of Astra 2F towards the end of 2012.
Satellite changes at 28.2 East, how will these changes effect viewers overseas?

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ITV has been moved to the new satellite 1N today. The following might give a better understanding of the situation.




Satellite changes at 28.2 East, how will these changes effect viewers overseas?
Whilst much of the above is correct Cyprus, unfortunately, will fall into the "for some people this will be true" part with regard to losing most channels. There has not been any 1N reception in Cyprus confirmed by engineers who have tested with spectrum analysers and posted on the satellite forums. Most people with dishes will have seen they have lost some ITV and BBC channels along with a few others. This is what 2E, F and G will be like which is a pretty good indicator of the type of reception we can expect when those birds are launched, hence the huge interest in 1N even though its in a temporary orbit. It will eventually move to its final destination when the other satellites are ready and will take over from 1N which is meant for another location.

The best we can hope for is that Sky use a wide beam satellite on 2E F or G, but even then you can bet your life they will put the skysports channels and movie channels on them as they might be concerned about losing all those bars with subscriptions. The narrow beam will be used for the most common channels which most people want like the BBCs, ITVs, CH4s etc etc. This will be like 1N and will likely mean none of these channels through satellite in Cyprus.

This is an excerpt from the satellite forums.

"What does seem almost certain is that with a more focused beam than 2D, those in the east such as in Turkey and Cyprus who have already felt the effect of a tighter beam from 1N will continue to be out in the cold regarding 2E, 2F and 2G. This has not been due to power but to the fact that 2D was not really a fine focus device but 1N (as will be 2e, 2f, & 2g) is. However, what happens in the rest of Europe seems to be a bit more confused and debatable and regarding reception in southern France and in Spain there seem to be two main views of what is perhaps to come."

If you want to read the whole thread here is the link

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