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My initial inference was that the Alliance appears designed to enable manufacturers to standardise receiver parameters. The benefit would accrue to manufacturers, not to viewers. Each national broadcaster would continue to implement its current restrictive viewing policies, eg Tivu in Italy and TNTSAT and FRANSAT in France, which each require a dedicated receiver with free viewing card registered to a legal domicile in the target country. This would continue to be contrary to fundamental EU principles. Copyright issues are frequently quoted, but Brussels shows no interest in enforcing free movement of goods and *services* to television. Nevertheless, the Alliance should be observed in the hope that some benefit to viewers in all member-states of the EU might ensue.

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MikeB. Agreed : "Reduced costs might even filter down to the consumer" - "might" being the operative word. Kinda like fuel prices on the forecourt :-) But it would be nice. As said, the Alliance is not revealing much yet. Are there TV sets (or boxes) in the EU which equally accept a Tivu, FranSat, TNTSAT etc card (once registered)? I assume this is the Alliance plan. It would be "nice" if there were one card available to all EU citizens for reception of FTA terrestrial services which are also broadcast by satellite. Paid subscription services are, of course, a different world.

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Being responsive: a better menu | Blogs
Wednesday 1 October 2014 7:36PM

The idea is superb, Brian. How do I make it the default page?

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Napoli Mia has changed to DVB-S2 8PSK mode on 11785MHz, horizontal, 29900, 3/4.
I don't have a tivusat box, but assume you should be able to set these parameters in your tivusat box. Make sure you can enter DVB-S2 and 8PSK in manual channel setup mode. Check the installation guide and keep trying!

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Tina, see earlier posts here dealing with this question. Any standard satellite
box and dish will receive Italian broadcasts from Hotbird at 13?E. However, some
primetime programmes on RAI etc will be blocked. To receive all free-to-view programmes you need a tivu box registered to a bona-fide address in Italy with the codice civil. Sky Italia is a separate subscription service.

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If you have a FreeSat Humax receiver with harddisk recorder, it may only recognise the FreeSat satellite at 28?E and not other satellites such as those at 19?E and 13?E. There is a workaround via the STB setting, but timer recordings may not work.

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All free TV channels in the UK
Sunday 12 October 2014 10:06PM

BRIAN, it would be helpful if this very useful listing could include the multiplex used by each channel, not least so as to facilitate manual retuning when required.

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Could be a great step forward. There is currently very poor DAB and 3G coverage in many areas, so they will, of course, ensure the standard is international and prioritise coverage vastly superior to DAB now.

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Mark : is a list of the new DAB transmitters with location and mux details online?

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Aha! The list came up with my posting above :-) Sadly, nothing near here. My new VW has a poor AM/FM radio. Audio quality is miserable unless the signal fills the bar, which it only does intermittently. Another radio cannot be retrofitted - grrr ! I might try a domestic DAB radio with antenna on the roof-rack. Away from home it might work some of the time...

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