German TV in UK - Digital TV Stick Card
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Wenke Geddert  Identity Verified
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Jan 17, 2008

As my analogue receiver has just packed in, I wonder whether anyone has got experience with receiving German TV in the UK.

In particular:

Are digital TV stick cards, purchased in Germany, working in the UK?

(And yes, before you ask - TV licence fees would be paid in Germany.)

With thanks.

Wenke


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What do you mean, TV stick card? Jan 17, 2008

If you're talking about DVB-T receivers that can be plugged into the USB port of your PC, that's not going to work. AFAIK, DVB-T stations in the UK don't carry German channels. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVB-T_in_United_Kingdom for more information.

When you're talking about your analog receiver, was it a cable receiver or satellite? Anyway, I'm not aware of any "stick-shaped" receivers for cable OR satellite TV, but there are some "boxes", e.g. from Pinnacle or TechnoTrend, that can be plugged into the USB port.

HTH,
Benjamin

[Edited at 2008-01-17 11:41]


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you'll need a sattellite dish Jan 17, 2008

Wenke Geddert wrote:

As my analogue receiver has just packed in, I wonder whether anyone has got experience with receiving German TV in the UK.

In particular:
Are digital TV stick cards, purchased in Germany, working in the UK?


Technically yes, a DVB-T stick works in any country that have DVB-T broadcasts. But as Benjamin said, since German channels aren't broadcast over DVB-T in England, all you will see is English channels + maybe a handful of selected overseas prime channels, if you subscribe to a paid plan.

The sensible option is to go via DVB-S + external sattellite dish.
You either get a standalone DVB-S box and connect it straight to your TV.
Or if you want to watch TV on your computer screen, get a DVB-S tuner card, and connect it to the sattellite dish instead.

As Benjamin also said, there aren't really any USB sticks, but the second smallest thing are small external units that can be connected by USB anyway. Here's a few examples:
http://www.prisjakt.nu/kategori.php?b=s14160231#rparams=k=s14160301

Good luck!

/Jan


[Edited at 2008-01-17 13:41]


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Marinus Vesseur  Identity Verified
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You can watch ZDF online Jan 24, 2008

We watch ZDF online these days, works very well. It's not the same as tv, and movies are not shown, but the news, current affairs, some German series, all in very good quality, as long as you have broadband.

Go to www.zdf.de and click on Mediathek. Next on "Sendung verpasst?"

There is something similar for Dutch tv, although not in the same quality:
www.uitzendinggemist.nl

Enjoy!

- Marinus


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