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Can I pick up Freeview from Germany?

Can I pick up Freeview from Germany?

Can I pick up Freeview from Germany?
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As with analogue TV, the signals do not normally travel far enough for them to travel this far.

You can, however, watch many of these channels from the Astra 2D satellite from Germany, see:

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Thursday, 29 November 2012
9:37 PM

Hello I have just moved to Kerpen in Colonge Germany. I would really like to get the old English channels such as bbc1, itv, channel 4 and so on. How would I be able to do this? Many thanks :)

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Calley's 1 post DE
Friday, 30 November 2012
Les Nicol

8:11 AM

Calley: You should be able to receive "Freesat" in this area of Germany. I would have have this checked out by a local installer making sure that there are no obvious local line of sight issues first. I would go for one of the "Humax" boxes as these have very sensitive tuners. You may get away with a 60cm dish, but I suspect an 80cm will be required.

The receiver can be obtained and shipped to you from the likes of Amazon or possibly some other UK outlet.

P.S. Friends, near the French/Swiss border have good reception on a 60cm dish, but with s new satellite coming into play, that will have a more focused fixed beam over the UK, I would opt for the larger 80cm dish if you can.

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB
Saturday, 2 February 2013
9:20 AM

We live near Berlin & have cable tv through our local provider & pay for sky tv (full package).any ideas how we can get UK channels - bbc & itv? thanks

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lynn's 1 post DE

7:45 PM

For reception of UK channels via FreeSat, research future footprints on dedicated websites. As Les Nicol says, new Astra narrow beams will only be receivable on larger dishes - greater than 90cm in some parts of the Continent. Assuming you don't need subscription channels (trickier), any quality FTA satellite receiver will work with a dish of sufficient diameter.

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michael's 857 posts GB
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
scott tyldesley
10:17 AM

hi i live in manchester u.k
i am in czech republik and have purchased a sky link - cs link card.
what angle does my sat need to be at,and will a standard dish be ok. for viewing back home in manchester.

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scott tyldesley's 1 post CZ
Neil Bell

11:49 AM

Scott Tyldesley I don't think a standard size dish will be big enough. I live in London and have a 1.2 metre dish pointing at Astra 3A 23.5 degrees East which works perfectly on HD & SD Czech channels on my Panasonic receiver but sometimes its a bit iffy on SD channels on my old Fortec Star Passion +. I think that this may be because the HD channels broadcast on a Europe wide beam but the SD channels are more closely focussed on the Czech/Slovak Republics. As to angles you can find precise details on line depending on your post code but as a rough guide its a bit to the right of the English channels on 28.2 East and a bit to the left of the German channels at 19.2 East. If you have a receiver with the CZ channels already tuned in it will be easier to find and better than a signal meter.

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Neil Bell's 106 posts GB
Sunday, 12 January 2014
10:27 PM


which channels can you receive through 'Freesat'?? Is it just the basic bbc channels or can you also get E4 and ITV2 for example

oh, we live near Frankfurt, Germany

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Cheryl's 1 post DE
Wednesday, 12 February 2014

10:41 AM

Cheryl: It will be all the unencrypted free-to-air channels that you can get on Astra2/EB1 through Freesat in Frankfurt. You might need a slightly larger antenna for some Astra2 channels because these use the fixed UK spotbeam which gets progressively weaker the further south and east you go across Europe from the UK. In terms of dish size if you want to receive everything from Freesat I would say at least 90cm, preferably 1m diameter.

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Anthony's 70 posts GB
Monday, 10 August 2015
6:51 PM

I am based in Germany and have a COMAG SL35 box that was receiving all free view channels eg. bbc1 e4 5usa and the like i lent it to a friend before he bought one and plugged it back in and now will not pick up any of the channels ive tried all the different astra sats and my dish hasnt been moved any ideas im guessing its somthing to do with the setup but cannot figure it outAny help would be greatly appriciatedThanksMatt

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Matt's 1 post DE
Friday, 16 February 2018
John Seston
2:25 PM

Hi, My request is quite simple really but there does seem to be a lot of conflicting talk as to the best and most economical way to get the main British T.V. channels here in Bavaria, I am right on the Austrian border, (Garmisch-Partenkirchen ) which may help someone who can give me some honest advice please.

Kind Regards

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