ASTRA reception equipment

 
 

What equipment is needed to receive ASTRA services? Can you supply me the equipment to watch ASTRA channels? How much will the equipment cost? Can I use an old analogue receiver for digital? How big is the satellite dish to receive ASTRA services? Can I use a TV aerial to receive ASTRA channels? I already have a satellite dish – can this be used for ASTRA reception? How long can the cable to the dish be?

What equipment is needed to receive ASTRA services?

You need a satellite dish antenna, a receiver and a TV set to watch ASTRA TV channels. Some TV sets have a suitable receiver built in. >Learn more about ASTRA reception equipment

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Can you supply me the equipment to watch ASTRA channels?

No, ASTRA cannot provide reception equipment. Unless the broadcaster provides the equipment as part of a subscription to pay-TV channels, you should purchase all the equipment you need from a dealer in your country. >Find a dealer in your country

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How much will the equipment cost?

The price of the equipment to receive ASTRA channels varies with the sophistication and additional features of the equipment, where it is bought, and from whom, so it is not possible to give a price here. You should “shop around” to get the best value for your money but the low-end models available are highly affordable, and you may be able to buy the equipment you need second-hand.

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Can I use an old analogue receiver for digital?

Because digital satellite TV uses a different transmission format to the old analogue broadcasts, you cannot use an analogue receiver for digital transmissions (although you may be able to re-use the dish and LNB). >Learn more about How to Receive ASTRA

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How big is the satellite dish to receive ASTRA services?

The size of the dish depends on the services you want to receive and where you want to receive them. You can get an approximation of the size of dish required in your area using the ASTRA Satellite Footprint Tool. Alternatively, speak to a satellite installer near you for precise information. >Visit the ASTRA Satellite Footprint Tool

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Can I use a TV aerial to receive ASTRA channels?

No, only an antenna designed for satellite signal reception can successfully receive ASTRA channels. Although there are some alternative antenna designs available (such as flat plate antennas), a TV aerial will not work.

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I already have a satellite dish – can this be used for ASTRA reception?

It may well be possible to redirect an existing dish to receive ASTRA channels. Success depends on the size of the dish and the age of the LNB. A local dealer will be able to advise you about this. >Find a dealer in your country

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How long can the cable to the dish be?

Up to 100 metres with high-quality cable. The length can be increased if a special amplifier ("line driver") is used.

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