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    A place for Newbies in the Free TV Satellite World to learn world about everything from Gurus and Installers. Professionals  in this field can also participate in the Africa Installers forum and be moderators as well.

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    Can anybody else confirm that they are able to post on this forum? Lets do this thing.

    Right now I’m watching The Recruit on MBC Action on Nilesat satellite 11938 V 27500

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    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="640"]Amos 5 satellite is now a zombie satellite. Amos 5 satellite is now a zombie satellite. By U.S. Navy photo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]All satellites come – sooner or later – to an end-of-life. The normal situation is that the dying satellite maintains some on-board fuel so that ground engineers can use these final fuel supplies to boost it out of its normal geostationary orbit of 35,786 kms (22,236 miles) above the Equator. This final firing of the satellite’s thrusters is designed to lift the craft at least another 300 kms higher, and thus well out of the way of its orbiting neighbours.

    Indeed, since 2002 it has been a formal requirement that geostationary satellites are lifted into a so-called ‘graveyard’ orbit.

    But these rules cannot now be applied to Amos-5 which is slowly drifting as an uncontrollable “zombie” satellite. The problem is further compounded by the fact that the satellite will come extremely close to a number of near neighbours as its drifts away from 17 degrees East.

    As the drift continued it moved perilously close to a number of other satellites, including SES-owned AMC-11, each of which were deliberately moved out of the way. At one point it was said that the Zombie had come within 5 kms of AMC-11, which is significantly too close.

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    waingo
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    The truth on disappearance of continental Tanzania TV. http://continentaldigital.co.tz/en/customer-care/25-usajili-wa-continental-decoder-na-chanel-encryption

    the reports says that some Tanzanians channels are now back.

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    The Required Equipment To Recieve Free To Air Satellite TV Channels

    So you want to join the ever growing number of people watching free to air satellite TV, then this is exactly what you will need in terms of equipment. It is pretty obvious that you already own a TV right now; but if you own a HDTV, then its much better because you will get to enjoy quality pictures watching some HD channels already available. There are many channels you will watch on free to air satellite like Movies, International News, Documentaries and so on. I will also suggest that you read wrong assumptions about free to air satellite before you expect a mountain out of an ant hill.

    First a Free to Air satellite decoder
    You just do not need any satellite decoder but a decoder that is an MPEG4, HD receiver. There are quite a number of satellite decoder’s brands in the market like the Technosat, Eurostar, Astrovox, Wiztech, Strong and some others. I will advise you to get an MPEG 4 decoder because most satellite channels are popping up as MPEG 4 and not MPEG 2. An MPEG 4 decoder will receive all MPEG 4 channels as well as MPEG 2 channels but will not show any HD channels. So the best decoder to buy is a HD MPEG4 satellite receiver that will get everything.  Examples of such decoders are Astrovox VSR-8900, Strong SRT 4922 and the more recent Strong SRT4950H. These decoders also come with other amazing features like PVR, IPTV and DiSEqC 1.2 (ability to connect multiple satellite dishes). The price range of these decoders is around Ksh7000.
    Satellite Dish
    Like I mentioned in my other article Satellite beams and dish sizes, the bigger the dish the better.  Do you now know the difference between an offset and a prime focus dish? A typical 90cm offset dish costs Ksh2000 in Nairobi’s Luthuli Avenue. If you have a means to carry a bigger 120cm dish then buy it, it costs around Ksh5500 to Ksh6000. These satellite dishes are available in most shops that sell Dstv along Luthuli Avenue, Nairobi but I understand that they are cheaper in Mombasa.
    LNB and F connectors
    In lay mans words, the LNB is known as “Jicho”. It’s the thing placed in front of the dish where the cable comes from. You can read tips to buying a Good LNB here. F connectors are used to connect the coaxial cable to the decoder on one end and the LNB on the other rend. So you need two of them. F connectors usually cost Ksh5 but if you buy the complete kit, the vendor is supposed to offer them free of charge.
    Coaxial Cable
    A good length coaxial cable is also required. It is safer to buy a longer than required cable than a short one because joints in these cables usually cause signal quality problems. Buy a black cable that will withstand all the weather elements without deteriorating.  Ask for the Astel or Jacobs brand of Coaxial cable commonly sold at Ksh20 per metre.

    That’s all that you need if it will be installed by a professional installer but if you want to install it yourself then you need a satellite finder.

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    GOOD NEWS !!
    Nilesat says it will expand its satellite services from its existing MENA regions to East and South Africa.
    Nilesat’s marketing manager Mohamed El-Sawy is reported as saying it will be investing about $50 million in order to rollout new broadcast services to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, South Africa, Angola and Nigeria in West Africa.
    The satellite operator, which reportedly has new satellites coming on stream in 2017 and 2019, is seeking to enter the highly competitive satellite services sector in the new regions.
    Winston Agaba, managing director of the Uganda Broadcasting Corporation, in an interview with The East African newspaper, says: “There are tangible opportunities for hosting local television channels through the digital migration system and provision of satellite back up links to ISPs. But user costs charged for satellite services are still high and ought to be reduced in order to attract more local clients. For example, the Uganda Communications Commission negotiated a one-year service contract on our behalf with Intelsat and EuroSat worth $370,000. We would prefer average user fees of about $200,000 per year in order to ensure sustainable access to these services.”

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    If that happens it will mean that from anywhere in East Africa we will be able to receive more channels from Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia Botswana, Namibia, Angola and others. Just like viewers in the MENA region can receive Television from Tunisia while in Iraq or maybe Israeli Channels from Yemen. 2017 is not far.

    For the newbies here is how to differentiate C band and Ku band frequencies

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    59 yrs old Early Youth (Pre-Primary School) Teacher Stanforth from Sioux Lookout, likes snowshoeing, coloring pages and bee keeping. that covered visiting Historic Centre (Old Town) of Tallinn. my little pony coloring pages online coloring.

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    <p>58 yr old Aircraft Preservation Manufacture (Avionics) Mosby from Swan Lake, spends time with hobbies like juggling, my little pony coloring pages online and kayaking. Last month very recently traveled to Madara Rider. my little pony coloring pages printable free.</p>

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