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advice on TV s what you you advise

Posted: Sun May 17, 2020 7:33pm
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dave sierra golf

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Hola     I live in Balsicas     and have almost given up trying to find programs etc

I have satellite   but of late the picture keeps pixelating    been told  reception is not good in the south of Spaiñ

even from a very large dish

Then I have tried Mag Boxes    many have tried and failed     around 9 am    I lose picture   (it tends to freeze)

been told  I am in a black spot       I do feel sorry for the engineers who have tried   apart from the one who took my mag box! 

doe´s anyone use amazon fire stick?     or know who can help    please 

eduardo3332

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 2:30pm

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Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 2:30pm

Do flexa network not cover your area have fibre optic installed then you should have no problems

Amelia

Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 6:29pm

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Posted: Mon May 18, 2020 6:29pm

I use an Amazon Firestick in conjunction with ExpatTV. Works perfectly, and gives a 7-day catchup service. Of course, this is dependent on having a decent wifi service, which I now have, thanks to my ISP taking on an engineer who knows what he's doing (at last!).

dave sierra golf

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:50am

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Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 8:50am

Amelia wrote on Mon May 18, 2020 6:29pm:

I use an Amazon Firestick in conjunction with ExpatTV. Works perfectly, and gives a 7-day catchup service. Of course, this is dependent on having a decent wifi service, which I now have, thanks to my ISP taking on an engineer who knows what he's doing (at last!).

Hola thank you      please who was your  enginner 

Tony1948

Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 3:58pm

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Posted: Tue May 19, 2020 3:58pm

1. If your dish has a clear line of sight to the satellite position, you cannot be in a 'black spot'. That is simply nonsense. Basic physics rule.The Ku band radio frequencies used by satellite TV are highly directional. Severe weather conditions (heavy storm clouds) can and do degrade the signal. On occasion solar storms can also degrade the signal.
There is also likely to be some loss of signal if the satellites orbit places it in front of the Sun with relation to the ground receiving dish. Ii may get swamped by background noise. Given the constant changes to the Sun's relative position, this should not happen too often or last very long. 
Poor cable connections or a duff LNB can affect the signal quality
We have a 1.4 mtr dish in Camposol and a ZGEEMA receiver, the reception is usually first class. There have been signal interruptions, but rarely.

2. The receiver is important. There is a lot of crap out there. A good quality receiver can make a huge difference.

3. We have a Firestick. It works just fine receiving Amazon Prime Video, Netflix & other services. Our Samsung smart TV also receives Internet based services including Prime and Netflix. If you want UK content on Amazon Prime, you would be best having an Amazon account registered in the UK and a VPN service covering your Internet connection.

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Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 9:46am

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Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 9:46am

Tony1948 wrote on Tue May 19, 2020 3:58pm:

1. If your dish has a clear line of sight to the satellite position, you cannot be in a 'black spot'. That is simply nonsense. Basic physics rule.The Ku band radio frequencies used by satellite TV are highly directional. Severe weather conditions (heavy storm clouds) can and do degrade the signal...

.... On occasion solar storms can also degrade the signal.
There is also likely to be some loss of signal if the satellites orbit places it in front of the Sun with relation to the ground receiving dish. Ii may get swamped by background noise. Given the constant changes to the Sun's relative position, this should not happen too often or last very long. 
Poor cable connections or a duff LNB can affect the signal quality
We have a 1.4 mtr dish in Camposol and a ZGEEMA receiver, the reception is usually first class. There have been signal interruptions, but rarely.

2. The receiver is important. There is a lot of crap out there. A good quality receiver can make a huge difference.

3. We have a Firestick. It works just fine receiving Amazon Prime Video, Netflix & other services. Our Samsung smart TV also receives Internet based services including Prime and Netflix. If you want UK content on Amazon Prime, you would be best having an Amazon account registered in the UK and a VPN service covering your Internet connection.

Hola   thank you for your help     it is the Wi-Fi  that has a black spot      it kicks in (or is it out?) around  9am

I have done speed tests     that seem fine     was told I am on the end of the "line"  so the download drops off if many other

people are using the "cable"     I do have no idea what I am talking about      just what I have been told 

I will order a fire stick       so Thank you 

Roland

Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:03am

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Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:03am

If your WiFi keeps dropping out around 9 am you should be finding out what causes that first.

No point buying a Firestick because that will not work if your Wifi drops out.

Do a search for 'Wifi drops out' on Google that will bring up lots of things to try.

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Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:33am

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Posted: Thu May 21, 2020 10:33am

dave sierra golf wrote on Thu May 21, 2020 9:46am:

Hola   thank you for your help     it is the Wi-Fi  that has a black spot      it kicks in (or is it out?) around  9am

I have done speed tests     that seem fine     was told I am on the end of the "line"  so the download drops off if many other...

...

people are using the "cable"     I do have no idea what I am talking about      just what I have been told 

I will order a fire stick       so Thank you 

You are welcome.

Your Wifi issues will have no effect of satellite TV reception. They are not usually connected. Some Satellite TV receivers do have an internet and / or internal WiFi network connection, which is mainly used for downloading software updates for the receiver.

 There are two distinct considerations with accessing the Internet and Wifi.

1. Your download / upload speed is primarily limited to that supplied by you Internet Service Provider (ISP). If there are lots of people connected (branched off) to the cable service to your area, the available bandwidth will be shared. Imagine a water supply being split between a lot of houses. As each house turns on a tap, the available shared supply reduces. In addition, the TRUE available bandwidth delivered will depend on any limiting device that the service has to pass through (a local hub for example). Using the water analogy again, imagine that the supply had to pass through a very narrow pipe at some point. That would reduce the available flow. :)

2. The WiFi signal in your home is generated by the Router which is connected to the cable providing the Internet service. Some Internet services are connected to homes / client properties via microwave links (Compusurf for example). There will be a receiver on the roof and a cable down into the property.
The sighting of the WiFi Router in the home can have a dramatic effect on the available signal in the house. Particularly if the signal must pass through walls (especially walls with steel reinforcement). Having a Wifi Router placed in a corner can also sometimes cause issues.
There are WiFi boosters, which can be placed around the property to help with the 'black spot; issue. In addition, devices which are fixed in position, like a smart TV for example can be connected directly to the Router by a wired Ethernet connection. There is a kit available to do that with a Firestick if need be. 
It is very easy to end up with a fairly complex installation if care is not taken. :)

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