Yes! YES! - now everyone will watch German TV, starting of F1 and spreading more and more while watching with listening to commentary with amplifiers bought Aldi, a German company. This is how we will win that war after 70 long years.
Don't be so sure. I have a hi-fi amplifier made by Cambridge Audio (right here at home), and a midi system kicking about doing nothing. *coughaiwajananaxispowersetccough* Besides, surely an Aldi amplifier will be made in China...
Also, go on like that and there'll be a surge of people hopping over the channel to buy a French satellite receiver at that massive Carrefour in Calais, et voilà, Formule Un avec TF1 et pas avec les Allemands. Plus, a couple of cases of Cabernet Sauvignon won't go amiss while we're there. That's a proper hassle, though.
JeremyMcClean wrote:Dinizintheoven, you are a hero. No idea what you just did but you got Sky for 1/16th of the price for a season. Wish I could do that to get Speed channel in n.a. ... but nobody in my neighborhood owns a satellite (within visible distance anyways...)
I had very little idea what I was doing at the start - even less idea than Murray had about Jean-Denis Délétraz - and I probably wouldn't have investigated if Bob (on the previous page) hadn't implied he was trying to get RTL through Virgin Media. At that point I thought "hang on, what...?", I went on the internet and soon found a ton of guides on how to do what a lot of people intended
to do, explained (eventually) in terms so simple a chimpanzee could do it. Even so, I suspect a lot of people might have given up along the way; pointing the dish the right way is very finnicky and I was forewarned how frustrating it might be. A bit of trial and error, though, and it worked, so the world must know.
I should point out I can't actually pick up Sky for free, and of the 855 channels my box has found, probably 500-600 of them are scrambled. RTL, RTL2 and SuperRTL are not, whether they come from Germany or Austria, and that is most likely as much as I'll ever need.
I am aware that the setup I'm using is far from perfect. On one hand, even if RTL have long advert breaks, the Five Live commentary will just keep on going regardless. However, if RTL show a replay, what the Five Live commentators are saying will not explain what's going on. It may
turn out that this method is far from satisfactory, we will see - one thing I do know is that I am not in a viable position to be shelling out £22.50 a month for Sky Sports, and even taking into account the fact that I'll not see the first race live anyway, were I to get Sky Sports from the Malaysian GP onwards, I've got to keep the package for seven months to get me up to the race in Austin, and that works out at £157.50. The £40 satellite system picking up RTL will still be there next season, and afterwards... I suppose you could say that I can get Sky's F1 races for a quarter of what it would have cost me this season, or one sixteenth if I stick with RTL/Five Live until the end of the 2015 season, provided RTL don't welch on their free-to-air agreement the way the BBC did. I can only hope they don't
What I may do is, when we get to the Malaysian Grand Prix, report on my first "proper" RTL/Five Live experience.
DanielPT wrote:You should not do the victory dance just yet. In my cable provider I once had RTL and when F1 switched from open signal to pay-per-view channel people moved on to RTL. For a few races at least because after this the signal was codified only for the race. Lots of complaints after the cable provider said that it was their fault because since RTL did not had the rights to broadcast the race outside Germany, their signal was scrambled for the race only (afterwards the same thing happened for football matches and soon the channel was dropped by the cable provider (TF1 suffered the same fate)) regarding only their satellite feed. I sure hope that doesn't happen with you...
There may already be a get-out clause here. Phoenix, or others in Spain, who's showing F1 there? I can pick up a lot of Spanish channels, and I wonder if there's another hidden option that I haven't investigated yet.
Other than what Klon says about the EU regulations, cable would be a lot easier to control; maybe RTL was only scrambled for you in Portugal (and other countries that aren't Germany) and was unscrambled within the German borders. Satellites would have to scramble the whole lot, even for its target market, and if there are going to be satellite kits sold without any unscrambling device (like I've got), that'd be shooting themselves in the face.
I suppose what I could do is set up my video to record the RTL broadcast while I'm in Wales, and see if there's something for me to watch when I get back. The agenda I will have if there isn't will be terrifying.