UNDERSTANDING SATELLITE TV

Introduction

Due to the geographic limitations of terrestrial TV, satellite TV is a popular choice for vehicles, as these transmissions serve a much larger geographic area. Maxview manufacture an extensive range of roof mounted and portable satellite systems which are available with various options to suit your travelling requirements. The information below, outlines the various factors which must be considered when choosing your preferred satellite system.


Required Equipment

To receive and watch satellite TV, you will require a TV, a satellite receiver or TV with integrated receiver and a satellite system. Satellite receivers are available on subscription (such as Sky Q™) or with Free to Air functionality, requiring no subscription.

The satellite receiver you have will also dictate the compatibility with a system. For example if you have a Sky Q™ receiver you will need to ensure that you choose a Sky Q™ compatible satellite system.


Choosing Your Satellite System

You will need to decide if you would like a permanent roof mounted system or a portable satellite system

Deciding between a permanent and a portable system is really down to personal choice, budget and available roof space.

Satellite system characteristics at a glance.

Fixed roof mounted systems

  • Convenience, no unpacking/packing system each time you park on site
  • Systems can be adjusted inside vehicle when required
  • Larger dish sizes available
  • Safe, secure and out of reach for added peace of mind
  • Professional installation, for neat unobtrusive cabling
  • Can be professionally moved from one vehicle to another.

Portable systems

  • Ideal if you have limited space on your vehicle roof
  • Lower set up cost, ideal for smaller budgets
  • No permanent installation required
  • Multi-purpose, use on land or inland waterways
  • Consider stowage of system when not in use


Selecting Your Dish Size

The dish size determines the geographic area from which you can receive your desired satellite, this area is known as the satellites ‘footprint’.
For UK channels, we require the Astra 2 satellite.

Generally, the larger the dish, the greater the geographic area or ‘footprint’ from which you should receive satellite TV. Typically, to receive Astra 2 a
65 cm dish offers coverage into the middle of France, whilst an 85cm dish will offer coverage approaching the Spanish border. Once you are out of this footprint you will still be able to lock onto Astra 2 but receive a more basic range of channels.

The official Astra 2 footprint is displayed below, as well as our estimations for Maxview’s specific dish sizes. These maps are designed to help you make an informed decision on your required dish size, based on the areas you wish to travel.

  • ASTRA 2E - Maxview Estimation

    ASTRA 2E - Maxview Estimation

    Estimated footprints for the Maxview satellite dish sizes based on our geographic research.

  • ASTRA 2E - Official Footprints

    ASTRA 2E - Official Footprints

    Image release by SES Astra for the Astra 2 satellite, for UK TV channels.

Key: Satellite Dish Size

35 - 40CM
55CM
65CM
75CM
85CM

2. REFERENCE TABLE BELOW

MODEL: APPLICATION: 35CM - 40CM 55CM 65CM 75CM 85CM
SEEKER WIRELESS ROOF MOUNT
CONNECT ROOF MOUNT
TARGET ROOF MOUNT
CRANK UP ROOF MOUNT
VUQUBE II PORTABLE & ROOF MOUNT
PRECISION PORTABLE
PRECISION I.D PORTABLE
PRECISION WATERWAYS PORTABLE
REMORA 40 PORTABLE

Still require help?

If you need a little help choosing the perfect roof mounted satellite system for you, click here to download our helpful guide

If you need a little help choosing the perfect portable satellite system for you, click here to download our helpful guide