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If CBC shuts down all their OTA stations across Canada, with the money saved could they not lease KU band space to blanket Canada? They could limit it to DVB-S. Lots of cheap used STB available as well as 18" dishes.
 

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Sure they could, assuming they could negotiate a suitable deal to meet their needs. When ya consider the cost of satellite time (unknown to me) I am sure it adds up quickly.
 

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It depends if content rights would allow them. To date, it is content rights that keep their feeds encrypted.
There is a difference between FTA and freely available. For example, Shaw's LTSS is freely available to qualified people with Shaw Direct equipment, even though the signals are encrypted. The main thing stopping free availability are carriage agreements. If, for example, the CBC made free availability a requirement for carriage by BDUs then anyone with the right equipment should be able to receive the signal free of charge. Considering the signal carriage conditions the CRTC imposes on BDUs and the precedent set by LTSS, I wouldn't be surprised if it was within it's mandate to require this.
 

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Most Canadian TV is on satellite 107West (Anik).

CBC news is available on C band. Also, about 10 CTV HD channels from across Canada.

The Weather Network and 2 AMI HD channels also. The rest are French channels.

On the other Anik sat (111West), there is a City-TV channel.

This is enough Canadian TV for me! Lots of excellent American programming on the other satellites.

I recently stopped my Shaw subscription (getting too expensive) and ordered a C band dish.
 

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What size dish do you have cbandsat, I'm curious to hear what your setup is to receive those two satellites.

I am angry that the CBC shut down in St. John. It's a city for crying out loud, they could have converted it to digital, then I would be able to get it over here on OTA in Digby, NS lol.

I'm hoping someday when we get a different government they'll make another raid to provide CBC at least to a few more cities.
 

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I am using a 10ft mesh dish and it works reliably across the whole satellite arc. If you just want the Canadian sats, you could probably just use a 7 or 8 footer!
 

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With a 24 inch round Bell dish and a Avenger lnb, I easily get Anik F2 at 111W. If I am correct, TP is 11770 and there is a live_1, live_2 and occ_use_something but I fail to get SCN or City as listed at some sites. Is it gone or just that it's on another TP and my dish is too small or bad timing?
I also have no problem getting 97W. Which other satellites would give me some content with that small dish? I read that some get 30W with a 25 inch dish. Which TP is the strongest on 30W?
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I've been using a round 25" dish to receive 30W for many years now. TP 11885/V/27500 is strong at Q 70 here in Mississauga.

Check with Satbeams.com for the footprint for your location. You may need a different size dish based on your location.

However for reliable reception a min of 33" dish works well for me.
 

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CityTV and SLN at 111W are C-Band channels, 11770 is the only Ku-band signal there.

I don't know of anyone successfully using a dish smaller than 36" to get C-band channels.

-GA-
 

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AMI audio no longer FTA on SHAW Direct

I recently noticed that AMI Audio is no longer a FTA channel on SHAW DIRECT, it used to be either a Zero Key or Fixed Key that could be picked up with any DCII receiver on KU, It should still be on C-band. While I am not sure, I suspect that this is because of the Skinny Basic TV has AMI Audio as part of the channel selection for $25 offered by SHAW DIRECT. This will affect both FTA and those who have LTSS who received it as a bonus.
 
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