Date: Mon, 18 Nov 1996 10:24:22 -0500
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- ABOUT FILMNET
Graham Shevlin wrote:
> I heard a strong rumour last night that Filmnet is planning a new
> anti-piracy gambit.
> They will move in the next 4 weeks from Intelsat 707 to a new
> transponder on Thor at 0.5W. The existing Intelsat transponder will be
> taken over by BBC Prime.
> When their Astra transponder lease expires next spring, they will
> vacate Astra, and after that time will only broadcast from Thor. (The
> rumour says that the Astra transponder is earmarked for the UK's new
> Channel 5 satellite service).
> Thor's transponder footprints are heavily centered on Scandinavia, and
> (according to this month's 'What Satellite TV') a dish size of 2.5
> -3.0 meters is required for satisfactory reception in the UK.
> Living in London, I have a 1.2 meter offset-feed dish, a Cambridge
> Universal LNB, and a Nokia receiver/positioner (which does not have
> threshold extension).
> Last night I scanned all of the current Thor channels to see if I can
> get a picture. I can just about get a D2-Mac decoder lock-up on CNN
> (which appears to broadcast more strongly over the UK than the other
> channels) but the picture is pretty crappy and drop-outs occur
> regularly. There is not enough signal for any of the other channels to
> So - if this rumour is true only the big dish brigade will be able to
> view Filmnet after next Spring (always assuming that Filmnet don't
> adopt the TV1000 policy of flooding the airwaves with ECM's...) I'm
> out of the game unless I can figure out a way of squeezing
> significantly more signal from my current set-up.
I belive that the reason why Filmnet and all other great channels move
are becuse all swedes have their dish pointed on Thor and that
It's there Filmnet has the most of the subscribers
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