Sat TV to have or not to have. (1 Viewer)

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I have an Oyster ll satelite system, I know it's old but to upgrade to Oyster V is circa £3-4k, should I spend that sort of money to upgrade or scrap the whole thing and buy a smart TV system ?
 
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This is not an answer I'm afraid, but I am genuinely curious - what can you get on satellite TV that you can't stream? We stream everything from one app or another, and for less that the amount you quote above you could get a Starlink satellite internet system (assuming regular mobile data is not enough for you).
 
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Sats are only useful abroad where data roaming limits are crippling if you watch a decent amount of telly. If you stay in the UK then no point in a satellite. I certainly wouldn't upgrade unless the V version does something extra special that the II version with a Firestick doesn't do.
 
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Why do you need to upgrade? Is it no longer working?

We use a mix, satellite where we can for simplicity without having to switch apps, we can just flick through chanels, and no buffering, we have a firestick and chromecast for windy conditions or when we go too far south.

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I have an even older Oyster 1 system and find it very useful when there is no 4g signal and that seems to happen quite frequently.
It also worked in the north Italy and south France last year which saved bothering with data sims.
So I wouldn't be without it, but I doubt I'd spend that much to update it
 
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We’ve got an Oyster V, which is generally very simple and the GPS location-finding does mean it locates the satellite very quickly. But I very much doubt if we’d buy one now - Firestick also works well, and if it wasn’t for the problems with roaming data would be a better bet anyway.
 
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Oooh what does the £500 upgrade entail 👍🏻

Essentially, it’s a new control box and an associated App. In terms of what it does you’d be best talking to Anthony for the full facts but it, as I understand it, it allows the system to continue to receive channels that have already been, or in the future are likely to be, dropped off current transmissions, it allows lock on to additional satellites (e.g. Intellsat 907) and it allows software updates via an App.

Ian
 
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This is not an answer I'm afraid, but I am genuinely curious - what can you get on satellite TV that you can't stream? We stream everything from one app or another, and for less that the amount you quote above you could get a Starlink satellite internet system (assuming regular mobile data is not enough for you).
scrap the whole thing and buy a smart TV system ?
 
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Sats are only useful abroad where data roaming limits are crippling if you watch a decent amount of telly. If you stay in the UK then no point in a satellite. I certainly wouldn't upgrade unless the V version does something extra special that the II version with a Firestick doesn't do.
cant use a firestick with oyster 2
 
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We’ve got an Oyster V, which is generally very simple and the GPS location-finding does mean it locates the satellite very quickly. But I very much doubt if we’d buy one now - Firestick also works well, and if it wasn’t for the problems with roaming data would be a better bet anyway.
how do you use a firestick with your sat system?
 
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Why do you need to upgrade? Is it no longer working?

We use a mix, satellite where we can for simplicity without having to switch apps, we can just flick through chanels, and no buffering, we have a firestick and chromecast for windy conditions or when we go too far south.
how do you use a firestick is it thro a smart tv?
 
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I have an Oyster ll satelite system, I know it's old but to upgrade to Oyster V is circa £3-4k, should I spend that sort of money to upgrade or scrap the whole thing and buy a smart TV system ?
Where do you get 3-4k from an Oyster V is only just over 2k.
We have a sat dish hardly ever put it up we stream nearly everthing.

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I have an Oyster ll satelite system, I know it's old but to upgrade to Oyster V is circa £3-4k, should I spend that sort of money to upgrade or scrap the whole thing and buy a smart TV system ?
We have an Oyster 1 system, which has been upgraded by Jacksons Leisure, and works a treat via Buttons A & B. It has 2 x LNBs, one which tunes in to Astra 1, (button A), and once locked on to that I press button B, powering the second LNB, which is tuned into Astra 2. I get all the FTA TV and Radio programmes I need. (y)

Yes, I do have a Firestick and mobile internet, but whilst the dish remains trusty and serviceable, it's staying put. (y)

HTH,

Jock. :)
 
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Satellite dish TV is last millennium technology… if you have one then by all means continue using, if you so choose, but investing in new is a complete and utter waste of money! IMHO

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Satellite dish TV is last millennium technology… if you have one then by all means continue using, if you so choose, but investing in new is a complete and utter waste of money! IMHO
I would go along with that one Harvey. When our old system goes belly up, (or Astra 1 discontinues sending out the necessary signal), and with no cheap fix available, it'll be coming off the roof.
A nice airey skylight would fit on there a treat. ;)

Cheers,

Jock. :)
 
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I would go along with that one Harvey. When our old system goes belly up, (or Astra 1 discontinues sending out the necessary signal), and with no cheap fix available, it'll be coming off the roof.
A nice airey skylight would fit in there a treat. ;)

Cheers,

Jock. :)

Or more Solar! It’s the future! 🤪
 
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£4000 will buy you a new TV, wifi system and a LOT of data!

Most smart TV's will have a range of apps - BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Netflix/Amazon (if you subscribe) etc etc

A Firestick just does the same but plugs into the HMDI socket of a non smart TV.

With either you'll need wifi - either off your phone (set it as a hotspot) or a mifi system. (more expense)

Down side of this method is mobile signal is not always brilliant but we have only rarely had issues in 18000 miles of UK and EU touring.

Personally - We don't have a TV - just use a laptop or tablet and connect it to the hotspot on our phone. If we don't have signal we have some stuff downloaded or read/go for a walk! A couple of hours TV a day is not worth £4000 to us.
 
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