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low bandwidth tv solutions??

Post by lp66 » Mon 18 May 2015 09:44

We have a sky dish so can get plenty of tv channels, but not the ones I want!! picky I know but I would like to watch/listen to the BBC every now and again. The problem is that we have very limited bandwidth - 1.5mbs at best - and so the usual internet solutions aren't practical for us and wondered if anyone in a similar situation had found a solution, or could suggest anything...

I'd be very grateful for any advice

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Post by Nigel » Mon 18 May 2015 10:20

Have a look at the Intelsat 907 option.....you will need a 100cms dish for good reception and a box. ( about £100) ..you will get BBC 1 2 3 4 ITV 1 C4...there are downsides as the signal is encrypted ( but codes easily found) and you don't get Prog guide...no regional BBC 1 Progs only London....but for me works well

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Post by neil mitchell » Mon 18 May 2015 13:18

I use an IPTV company called UKExPattv. They have their channels in Standard Definition but also have the BBCs and ITV in High Definition and Low Bandwith. I looked at BBC1 on the low bandwith and it isn't perfect but pefectly watchable. They claim to be able to deliver SD on 1.5Mbs so you might even get that. I have tried the HD which requires 4Mbs but it isn't really hugely better than SD so I stay with that even though we get a reliable 7Mbs.

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Post by Pearsonb » Mon 18 May 2015 15:24

If you use the BBC iplayer, you can record programmes locally and then play them back later. That allows you to have good quality output.

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Post by russell » Mon 18 May 2015 18:10

TVPlayer (www.tvplayer.com) gives you various streams for each channel from 208 kb/s to 2503 kb/s and will automatically select the highest definition stream that will work for you. Should work OK on your 1500 kb/s connection. You will need a VPN as it is UK only.

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Re: low bandwidth tv solutions??

Post by Allan » Mon 18 May 2015 20:09

lp66 wrote:We have a sky dish so can get plenty of tv channels, but not the ones I want!! picky I know but I would like to watch/listen to the BBC every now and again. The problem is that we have very limited bandwidth - 1.5mbs at best - and so the usual internet solutions aren't practical for us and wondered if anyone in a similar situation had found a solution, or could suggest anything...

I'd be very grateful for any advice
If you have a subscription with Sky then you can use Sky On Demand to download most BBC and ITV programs and then watch them after they have downloaded - you will need a Smart DNS or VPN. it works happily with low bandwidth connections

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thanks!

Post by lp66 » Tue 19 May 2015 18:11

thanks for all your suggestions - will have a look into them and hopefully find a solution.

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