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03-01-2010, 10:27 PM
I have an old IHug satellite dish on our roof from when I once used that system many years ago. It is still pointed at where the satellite should be.

Question is if I purchased a proper tuner card for my PC can I use this dish as is to recieve free to air TV from satellites?

I would like to see if I can pick up some of the american feeds if possible. How would I work out the alignment of the satellite dish and any other things?

Just a thought at present to see if it is feasible.

John Veldthuis

03-01-2010, 10:40 PM
Where in NZ are you located?

03-01-2010, 10:41 PM
Not sure about the first part of your question, but for satellite info. go to www.dishpointer.com for a list of satellites and which way to point your dish.

03-01-2010, 11:12 PM
Hi John

The Satellite Ihug use to use no longer uses the KU band as another satellite has taken it place. Not that there was ever anything fta to watch on it.
If it is one of the 90CM or larger Ihug dishes there are are a few things you can do with it.

You could retrofit a Cband LNBF onto it like this

and get Australia network, BBC world and there are some USA feeds there also such as WWE wrestling and other stuff. You can also take things further by adding a KU band LNBF on the side to pick off Optus D1 Freeview channels at the same time.

Yes a satellite PC Tuner card will work , but they tend to have nonsensitive tuners in them.

Have a read here, at vetrun fta satellite forum


Also http://www.nzdtv.com/forum/

or my site

03-01-2010, 11:42 PM
Thanks. I am in Taranaki.

The dish is certainly bigger than a sky dish by some margin. Thanks for the links. I will take a look through them.

04-01-2010, 10:53 AM
As long as it's pointed the right way, or you can point it to the right way, Satellite tuners cards aren't too bad...much easier to get a pvr going with DVB-S than analogue or DVB-T as the stream (MPEG2) is much easier to deal with and much easier on PCs.

Windows 7 MCE supports a lot of sat cards out of the box, and Mediaportal and gbpvr are also good with sat cards. Personally I prefer the Hauppauge ones, so you could look at a Nova S - but I'd recommend for not much more (and depending if you're in a Freeview|HD region) an HVR3000 this card has the DVB-S and DVB-T tuners - only one can be used at once however, but does give you the dvb-t tuner to play with if you want to get into HD later on.