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Just exchanged my PiLOTE for a Bailey Autograph, and wondering on what would be best in relation to the TV, a digital aerial or digital satellite, the TVs have built-in tuners for both.

If I have a free standing satellite dish how easy are they to tune in the stations, and is it a hassle taking it down and putting it back up, and if I went for a roof mounted dish, would they work in Southern Europe, I ask obviously as they seem to be so expensive!

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The satellite foot print for normal channels like bbc1 itv etc was reduced a few years ago and now you will not get them on a motorhome size dish in Southern Europe. You will get some channels, Sky news, pick, challenge, travel etc but they are all pretty grim.

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Personally I would always take the largest portable dish you can accommodate.
It gives the flexibility when surrounded by trees and other obstacles and a better chance of a signal the further south you go.

Just my 2p worth.
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The satellite foot print for normal channels like bbc1 itv etc was reduced a few years ago and now you will not get them on a motorhome size dish in Southern Europe. You will get some channels, Sky news, pick, challenge, travel etc but they are all pretty grim.

Suitcase jobs are tricky to set up but some people like them. Our camos dome is great and works with a flick of a switch but cost £1400 nine years ago. I probably wouldn't bother now though
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Personally I would always take the largest portable dish you can accommodate.
It gives the flexibility when surrounded by trees and other obstacles and a better chance of a signal the further south you go.

Just my 2p worth.
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It really depends on how important telly is to you and i dont mean that in a derogatory way.

If its important to you and you plan on going abroad then satellite is a must as its the only way you will get tv. The further south you go the bigger dish you will need.

For the UK As far as terrestrial TV goes you have to realize that some places will be ok to get on a basic antenna that you can point. But in other areas you wont get anything especially in places like Scotland in them hills and so in those places a satellite is the only way you will get it efficiently as long as you can "see" the satellite.

Personally i have a dome but as its not aligned with the current beam settings at the mo i dont use it but have always got digital terrestrial tv through my swingable antenna. I also carry a small suitcase sat system as a back up. Throw the clonking great case away if you get one as the whole gubbins apart form the dish fits in an ice cream container. The dish can be stowed away easily on its own.
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It really depends on how important telly is to you and i dont mean that in a derogatory way.

If its important to you and you plan on going abroad then satellite is a must as its the only way you will get tv. The further south you go the bigger dish you will need.

For the UK As far as terrestrial TV goes you have to realize that some places will be ok to get on a basic antenna that you can point. But in other areas you wont get anything especially in places like Scotland in them hills and so in those places a satellite is the only way you will get it efficiently as long as you can "see" the satellite.

Personally i have a dome but as its not aligned with the current beam settings at the mo i dont use it but have always got digital terrestrial tv through my swingable antenna. I also carry a small suitcase sat system as a back up. Throw the clonking great case away if you get one as the whole gubbins apart form the dish fits in an ice cream container. The dish can be stowed away easily on its own.
TV is not a big thing for me in reality, however one of our children is Autistic and part of his routine before bed is channel surfing, they have to be visible channels that he can view! I guess that I'll look into a larger dish. Thanks for your advice.
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TV is not a big thing for me in reality, however one of our children is Autistic and part of his routine before bed is channel surfing, they have to be visible channels that he can view! I guess that I'll look into a larger dish. Thanks for your advice.
Does the channel surfing have to be in English? If not, you can pick up a couple of alternative satellites once you lose UK signals on Astra 2 which will give access to lots of foreign language channels wherever you are. Be aware that if you see/hear about Intelsat 907 (which we use) as a method of receiving UK channels with a normal dish in Southern Europe it will only give you 5/6 channels for surfing.


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TV is not a big thing for me in reality, however one of our children is Autistic and part of his routine before bed is channel surfing, they have to be visible channels that he can view! I guess that I'll look into a larger dish. Thanks for your advice.
Does the channel surfing have to be in English? If not, you can pick up a couple of alternative satellites once you lose UK signals on Astra 2 which will give access to lots of foreign language channels wherever you are. Be aware that if you see/hear about Intelsat 907 (which we use) as a method of receiving UK channels with a normal dish in Southern Europe it will only give you 5/6 channels for surfing.


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Thanks for the info Malcolm, doesn't need to be in English, he understands both French and Spanish, but it's usually just the images that he needs as the channels change to quickly for him to take in the sound.
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