Saturday, July 14, 2012

Getting English TV in Norway

You need a free to air satellite receiver, the best LNB you can get and a fairly large dish.

If you look at, you can see the footprints of satellites and the dish sizes needed to receive transmissions. Err on the side of better too big than too small. Too small may simply be a waste of time. The signal will be weak enough with a big dish overpowered by neighbouring satellites and will need careful adjustment. If you're handy with concrete or drilling into rock, fix your dish that way. Forget motorised systems. They're too prone to wear and tear. Set your dish up perfectly then set it in stone!

The dish needs to be pointed at 28.2 degrees east to get the transmissions from the cluster of Astra and Eurobird satellites there. When you have BBC World, Bloomberg and CNN, you're close (or pointing at the 19 degrees E Astras). Tune the satellite dish until the signal for these is as strong as possible then look for BBC1 (stronger than BBC2, 3 & 4). If you're getting shopping channels like paversshoes, you're also pretty well tuned in. You'll also get some free, mild porn or swingers / gay chat sites. It's a pain but if you have kids, spend a bit of time deleting these. It won't take long. If you don't, it's a bit like using the top shelf of a newsagents as a babysitter.

If you're into techy stuff and have the right gear (old PC with a serial port, right cable, popular receiver etc.) you can sometimes download firmware hacks and flash your receiver to get scrambled premium channels until codes change. I've only updated the firmware on my receivers to make them as up to date as possible so I know nothing about getting paid for channels.

Get a smaller dish pointing towards the Sirius and Thor sats to get Norwegian radio and SOME TV content.

In theory, if you're sick of Norwegian broadband venders, you could get your broadband from the UK via satellite, again, with a big enough dish.

If you want to watch BBC iPlayer outside of the UK, there's some buggy software that gives you a UK based IP address. I've tried it but thought it allowed too much garbage to come through the portal it opened in the firewall so I undinstalled it. I think it's called expatshield or something like that.

Good luck!

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