Satellite system

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 12:19
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Have just seen a Complete Satellite System on ebay for $299.00 from Itechworld. Has anyone bought one of these if so are they any good?
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Reply By: Cruiserman - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 13:01

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 13:01
Don't have that system but have seen it advertised before.

Note the $100 "postage" to anywhere other than Perth. Makes it $399.

Also it is on the Select TV system. Two months free then $29.95 per month. If you want Aurora it will cost around another $100 for an Aurora card.


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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 14:00

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 14:00
Hi Cruiserman

Same vendor sells optus aurora cards for $85. What is the difference between select tv and aurora? Is the card an annual thing? I know 0 about satellite reception, but we get zero to poor reception when out in the sticks with a caravan antenna.

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Follow Up By: Cruiserman - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 16:14

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 16:14
Hi Mothermen,

Satellite TV will give you a perfect picture where ever you are in this wide brown land :)

Select TV gives you several movie channels, discovery channel, some foreign language channels, and others. It does not give you the free to air channels- ABC, SBS, NINE, SEVEN, TEN. You pay $29.95 per month but can stop and start at any time.
For details See here

The Optus Aurora system gives you The ABC TV from each state (5 channels), SBS from 4 states, Seven Central from QLD, Imparja (a mix of ch 9 and 10) from NT, an indigenous channel from Alice Springs, and Ch 31 from Perth. Once you pay for the Optus card you pay no more ever (thats a long time!!). The card fits into any satelitte receiver with an irdeto 2 card slot. When you turn on your system for the first time you call or email Optus and they "activate" your card. You now get the ABC and SBS channels, Ch 31, and the indigenous channel. Also lots of radio stations. To get Imparja and Seven Central you have to contact them both seperatly and tell them you are in an area not covered by regular TV reception, and they will turn you on, suposedly for six months at a time, but we have been "activated" for about 10 months now.

Many people like the Select TV system because it is easy and uncomplicated, pay your money and your on. We have the Optus system because we like to get the "regular" TV programs. It's cheap with no ongoing costs, but it can be a hassle to get Seven Central and Imparja working.

Hope all that is not TOO confusing :)

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Reply By: Diney - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 13:08

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 13:08
Thanks will take that on board.
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Follow Up By: DIO - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 15:14

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 15:14
Check out these links for a bit more info:

Select TV link this is really a form of 'budget' Pay TV

Aurora TV link

The Optus Card enables the traveller to watch ABC (ABC SA, WA, SE, NT and QLD), SBS, (SBS SA, WA, QLD and SE), Imparja (covers programming from the Nine and Ten networks on a single channel) and Seven Central (Seven frm QLD). GWN and WIN TV are available if travelling throughout WA. There are a large range of radio channels that can be listened to in clear digital format as well.
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Reply By: Gob & Denny - Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 17:16

Saturday, Mar 31, 2007 at 17:16
mate tried to set his up a week ago still no picture its very frustrating trying to setup
i reckon i saved $700 by not getting the same system
ireckon the satelites were turned off that night
what a pain in the bum

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Reply By: Go-N-Grey (WA) - Sunday, Apr 01, 2007 at 11:00

Sunday, Apr 01, 2007 at 11:00
I went to Itechworld about a month ago to purchase the $399 system. Opted for a 85cm dish (+$100) - stronger signal in the North of WA and easier to align in areas of signal, generic Strong Satellite receiver (+$100) - already have Foxtel, and dont want more automatic deductions on my credit card, and Optus card (+$85), so walked out nearly shelling out $700, not quite what I expected.

The guy programmed up the Strong receiver, and I had the whole thing up and working in a matter of minutes once I registered with Optus, and figured out the azimuth markers disk bracket.

The "F" connectors supplied are fiddly and cheap, and keep falling to pieces, or out of the cable, so will be replacing them with something much more robust, and suitable for repeated assembling and dismantling. Commercial BNC Connectors are appealing, but not sure if these will work the sat cable.

Might also consider buying the 60cm dish (+$100) smaller and easier to handle when touring the SW where the signal is stronger. The whole thing resides under the lift up double bed in the van when travelling.
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