How Do You Get UK Satellite TV In Mumbai?

#1 Jul 28th, 2008, 17:03
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Hi - retiring out to Mumbai in next few months- and I'm a technophobe! Is it possible to get anyone in Mubai to set me up to receive UK Satellite TV? - can anyone explain the options open to me? If it's not via an actual dish I believe you can get it rigged up via the internet - but don't you need good broadband connection for this? Any advice gratefully received - thanks!!
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what channel are you looking for , try sopcast.com
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I agree, as per above, focus on the channels you want not the generic idea "satellite service". People from Mumbai will be able to pitch in and answer then.

But, attempting a guess at your question - I assume you get SKY subscription based, some free channels via Sky, and also FreeSat.

Now, all of these channels are carried over 5 satellites - Astra2A|B|C|D and Eurobird1 (pornography is carried on Hotbird( just kidding ). These satellite beam a signal all over England and also parts of Europe - the strength gets weaker and weaker as you get to the edges, just like the beam of a torch.

This beam does not have any strength, zilch, nada over Mumbai so none of the channels carried by those satellites are available via THOSE satellites.

But, other satellites that do have a strong beam over Mumbai may carry those channels so you can still get the channels. Cable TV also may carry those channels - certainly some of the generic TV channels, eg, Discovery, Animal Planet etc are available via cable and and satellite in Mumbai.

Some channels also have a internet feed.

Lastly, the BBC has an intriguing internet based live streaming and programs of the past 30 days for download called IPlayer - http://iplayerhelp.external.bbc.co.u...about_iplayer/.
The catch is that that the TV stream is only available for people in the UK - the radio streams are available worldwide.

One day I'm gonna get off my butt and figure out how to spoof whatever's needed so that I can get the TV stream in the US. One day...

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What channels/ content are you looking for specifically?

There are any number of satellite providers that you can use in Mumbai, and the rest of india for that matter - but if you are after specific content that you have in the UK then there are probably a couple of options:

1) look for the local distributor here of the content you are after. Most of the international satellite and cable channels (BBC, CNN, etc) are here as well.

2) more difficult - find out from your current provider what satellite they use and whether or not its footprint extends this far - but very doubtful (off the top of my head I know that Eutelsat extends from the UK - all the way across europe, most of north africa, all the middle east, and as far as Karachi, but I don't think it gets as far as Mumbai let alone what if any TV content it might carry).

re the Internet TV option - as you've already guessed it will depend on the type, quality, performance of the connection you get. May be the only option if the particular content you are after isn't offered by any of the distributors here.
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Originally Posted by brownboy66 View Post Most of the international satellite and cable channels (BBC, CNN, etc) are here as well.
The operative word is INTERNATIONAL. For example, the programming on BBC America ( pretty much crap IMO and fobbing us off with old stuff and eccentric, endearing but not-with-it stuff like "Cash In the Attic" ) is quite different from the stuff available on domestic BBC 1, 2, 3 and 4.

I suggest the OP looks beyond the generic brand - for example many countries won't allow the nudity and swearing that's acceptable on the BBC ( after the watershed hour) in England. So, when they provide channels that serves several nations, e.g. on BBC International Commercial channels they'll use the lowest common denominator( some might say HCF ) in the selection of available programs. Here's the segmentation that the BBC does for the international audience http://www.bbc.co.uk/tv/

Further complications are ... I'll leave that alone for the moment.

I think the OP, just as I had to, get into a mind-set that programs that were packaged under familiar brands and channels will not be available like that. Part of the fun is finding them again - who knew that A&E, or that US Public Broadcasting (co)-produced "Poirot" or "MidSomer Murders" - so, in India, you might find programs thought of as BBC or ITV programs turning up on A&E or Bravo and so on - in extremis, you just have to beg somebody in England and get them to tape/DVD/upload particular stuff for you - and there are those Swedish pirates of course...


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Good advice skk - and yeah, the branded international version is definitely made for the masses, but if the op is a self declared technophobe as mentioned in his first post then I imagine most of what we've said may have just whizzed by at 186,000 miles per second anyway .
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Thanks for all the advice guys - I was after just the basic channels (eg, BBC1, 2, ITV etc - that would do fine - any ideas?) - anyone got any experience of "slinging" the signal from back home?

Thanks again
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Found this- it's a new direct to home sat service covering Mumbai. Although the UK channels aren't there there are a lot of the 'usual' sat channels. I'm sure that any box can then be tweaked to receive other channels once you have the frequencies.

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http://www.lyngsat.com/ Gives you a complete list of ALL satellites from all countries and the channels they provide free. Will even give you the inclination and azimuth angles to access a particular satellite from anywhere in the world.
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Originally Posted by getsuinthere View Post Thanks for all the advice guys - I was after just the basic channels (eg, BBC1, 2, ITV etc - that would do fine - any ideas?) - anyone got any experience of "slinging" the signal from back home?

Thanks again
For a technophobe, you've got a wacky but doable idea

Yup, the Slingbox technology will certain deliver the goods for you - their support site says you need an upload speed of 256Kbps at your home base in the UK ( you'll need to keep home base in the UK and a subscription going there,plus the internet connection there ) and of course your download bandwidth in Mumbai will also have to be higher than 256 Kbps as per the support site.

But, IMO, these guys always lie, err I mean understate the minimum specifications required - I'd double or quadruple the speed requirements.

To me this is all still in the hobbyist arena, especially remote viewing - its like elephants mating - the amazing thing is it can be done at all !

I can't see myself sitting down with a beer in hand, with the significant other next to me, settling down for an evening of great content British TV - the hitches, hiccups, slowdowns, freezes, brownouts,washed-out color, low contrast, soft focus, small picture,smudgy edges that I confidently expect will drive us wild.

BUT, if you make it work well, join the SlingBox community and talk about it. You'll get guru status, and lots of props !.

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Many people know that you can watch BBC UK TV on the internet via IPlayer - the catch is that its only available for people in the UK; as promised to myself months ago, I can finally got off my butt and hacked ( in the white hat sense ) to see if I can get BBC UK content via IPLAYER here in the US - and the answer is :

Yes we can ! ( unlike the Obama followers who only dream it). A good write up is at:
http://clnet.nl/blog/2009/01/how-to-...side-us-or-uk/

I tested this and watched that eclectic series QI today -
//www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00hd661/QI_Series_6_Fingers_and_Fumbs/

Hulu is an internet service offering US TV programming - again only for those in the USA - that blog also discusses how you can get Hulu from outside the USA. I haven't tried it, NOT because there's nothing worth watching on US TV but because I'll already am in the USA and anyway for proxy/spoofing services I use HotSpot Shield.

Other alternatives on the horizon, not internet but regular program distribution methods based would be the new Dish DVR/Receiver VIP722s - that will have Sling on it - after all Rupert "Dirty Digger" Murdoch did buy SlingMedia. For something less orthodox, I notice that my new DISH VIP722 ( note no s ) HD-DVR/Receiver has an Ethernet and an USB port ! The hacking possibilities here are intriguing.

Finally, if you really are a survivalist/make-do/use-and-reuser and in India that's quite common(recall that "power to the food processor" scene in "Outsourced" ) I know ( and it might become so in the US soon, at that ) - then here's a real crazy DIY mechanism, using data transfer/encoding functionality embedded in many video cameras, that some guy has put together:
http://blog.davidglover.org/2008/06/diy-slingbox-2.html

-skk

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