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    Default Newbie trying to get into satellite tv and howto decode


    Hi everyone, great forum. I'm completly new to the satellite scene and i barely know the basics. I live in lebanon and i'd like to receive free internet through download (is upload possible through satellite for free as well through usage of vsat? ) and i'd also like to receive a decent variety of english movie channels (is it possible to get hbo?). My main concern is cost, i'd like to minimize cost as much as possible. Can you tell me what equipment i should be looking for and offer more insight/guidance. Truely a newb in the domain of satellites, thank you

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    go through this topic and then ask the questions

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    just a friendly warning. this hobby is COSTLY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boknoy_ph
    just a friendly warning. this hobby is COSTLY.
    please take the advice, it is a costly learning affair and will cost you more than just having to be a subscriber.
    best of luck and expenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cogil
    Quote Originally Posted by boknoy_ph
    just a friendly warning. this hobby is COSTLY.
    please take the advice, it is a costly learning affair and will cost you more than just having to be a subscriber.
    best of luck and expenses.
    One more friendly warning,,,,wait for the time ,war over in your country
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    One of the main reasons im chosing satellite tv is because of the war. Incase more towers are bombed by israel ill still be able to be connected with the world. I visited the forum link that was provided, it doesnt offer any insight into the specifics that i should be looking for. I would like to know satellite dimensions that i would need for an internet/hotbird dual setup, what kind of receiver do i need? will i also need 2 lnbs or is 1 sufficient? When you say costly how much are we talking here? Thanks...

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    if you want two way internet, better subscribe to a service. nothing much to grab also on hotbird.

    when it comes to cost, consider this:

    you start with modified FTA receivers and a dish. that should cost you around 100 dollars. then you heard about another satellite offering more channels, you buy yet another bigger dish. alas, your receiver cannot decode said NEW channels you found, you opt for a CAM, a card. then after sometime, your CAM and card needs upgrading, you buy a CAS3 interface. ahhhhh.... you can sleep tight now. but wait! you can't sleep and miss your favorite shows while you are sleeping, so you buy a PVR and record your favorite shows while snoring soundly and disturbing all your neighbors in the process.

    everything seems to be ok now. until the day you heard some other satellites within your coverage area. you get tired of going up to the roof and positioning the dish yet again (or paying somebody to do it for you) so you rush to the store and get yourself some motors, actuators, etc.

    all is fine and dandy, you are fiddling merrily on your remote control when the channels goes black again! what could it be you ask? so you log-on to the net and heard that there is something available via internet if your receiver can connect to it.

    with trembling hands, you open up your wallet, take out your credit card and punch in the digits for your purchase of a Dreambox and Tripledragon STB. while waiting for your packages to arrive, you drive out to your ISP and subscribe to a DSL package that will suffice your satellite needs via internet.

    the postman says hi, pats your nice dog on the head and goes on his way, leaving you with your new toy to play with.

    really..... if i don't start talking about the possibilities and the gadgets you have to buy just to satisfy your curiousity about this hobby, your pocket will bleed, your missus (or mother) will yack at you incessantly even in your dreams about the cost it takes to being a couch potato.

    your expenses may well be over the thousands by now. are you prepared for it?
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    How true, "boknoy" how true.
    You forgot the bit about thunder storms and lighting strikes. Lost 3 LNB's and a receiver last week .

    But at the end of the day Free television, does cost a lot of money, and our friend will learn, there's always someone out there that will sell him a set-up, that will get everything, decrypt everything, at a much lower price, then anyone else can .. It all sounds so wonderfull, Until you switch the thing on, then you find, you only get what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bassett
    How true, "boknoy" how true. You forgot the bit about thunder storms and lighting strikes. Lost 3 LNB's and a receiver last week .
    Does that mean you'm not getting LNBP shoing up on your emetbaox now or were you using another decoder?

    Can you post that bit about losing your lnbs and reciever during a lighting storm on my forum too. It's good for toehrs to realize these things can and do happen.
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