Arqiva wins distribution deal with Freesat
News from Arqiva today:
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, has secured a further contract to deliver Freesat's Electronic Programme Guide. Dual and redundant multiplexing, uplink and satellite capacity on Eurobird 1 will ensure the constant availability of the essential EPG data to over 2 million Freesat receivers across the UK.
John Bozza, Sales Director, Broadcast & Media at Arqiva, said: "Arqiva's international infrastructure and technical expertise at delivering critical transmission services provides major broadcasters with the highest levels of confidence. We are delighted that Freesat has chosen to renew our distribution contract and we look forward to maintaining the exceptional service levels they demand."
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jb38.thanks for your comments.aerial company came out yesterday,both channel 1+channel 4 were missing,and came back on whilst they were here. and they are scratching there heads,they are now suggesting a bigger dish,
i have nothing blocking the dish,no trees or high buildings.i will let you know the outcome if any ??????.any idea what freesat box i should buy,record/pause/rewind.watch 1 channel record another.with single feed from the dish
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phil: Well although I am a believer in using Zone 2 dishes for satellite reception such as are used as standard in North of the border installations, basically as they capture a signal just that little bit better than Zone 1 types likewise resulting in the LNB giving a slightly higher output signal, which in turn makes the receiver circuitry less prone to suffering from heavy rain cloud picture break up.
But as far as your location is concerned I cant help but feel that this is really just been suggested as a bit of a "shot in the dark" measure in hoping to get over a problem, as to be factual about it the signal strength / quality levels presently seen indicated whether it be on a sat test meter or even the equipments own indicators, should be all that's necessary to determine the source of fault, as its much easier to diagnose causes sat faults "whilst on-site" over the numerous possibilities that always applies when dealing with terrestrial Freeview reception problems, as there are far more variables involved with the latter.
On the subject of PVR's, Freesat devices are of the twin tuner variety and likewise for correct operation use twin inputs albeit that they can still work if only one lead is used, the snag with this being that you are very limited in what you can do as any programme channel being viewed has to be on the same polarity / frequency as the programme that's being recorded, this being the same with all Freesat devices used this way except a Humax Freesat HDR twin tuner PVR.
The reason is that they have an LNB1 loop out facility to feed into LNB 2 input for the purpose of feeding the signal into the second tuner, this enabling many more programme channels to be viewed or alternatively recorded "but" with the snag this time being that although unlike before they can all be on different frequencies, its so long as these frequencies are "all" on the same polarity, this once again limiting what you can do.
For maximum versatility you cant beat a twin input, as if it requires changing the block these can be obtained for under the £10.00 mark and are simple to fit, then it only requires another cable to be run.
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