Buying Satellite

I regret to say that I remember little about Buying Satellite magazine, except that I wrote a fair few articles for it between 1993 and 1995. It was during the first flush of the home satellite TV and I was writing on the same topic for perhaps half a dozen other magazines so it was all a bit of a blur. I suspect that when I eventually complete this section of the archive Iíll find that I was reviewing and writing about the same pieces of equipment for several magazines at the same time, sometimes under different names (magazine editors used to get quite touchy about that sort of thing). I was always very careful, though, and although the product was the same I always tailored the article or review to the magazine and its readership.


Anyway, back to satellite TV and in the early 1990s it was just starting to take off in a big way. As so often happens it was the most exciting part of the technologyís life-cycle with lots of innovative and wacky products and plenty of mistakes and dead ends. More importantly it marked the beginning of multi-channel TV in the UK -- remember up until then we only had four terrestrial channels --- paving the way for today's digital multimedia revolution.


There is much more to say about satellite TV, though, particularly the period before Astra, Sky and minidishes. This is part of my archive that Iím really looking forward to compiling, a crazy time when I had no less than five 2-metre dishes set up in my back garden, but that's another story...


Amstrad SRD700 receiver

Amstrad STV 2100 TV/STV combo

Arab Satellite TV channels

Astra 1D Preview

Beginners Guide to Satellite TV

Communal Satellite TV systems

Connecting your system

Digital TV Primer

DIY Installation

Dracom 950SR receiver

Drake ERS600 receiver-positioner

Echostar SR-8700 receiver


High Performance LNB Megatest

Hitachi C2574TN Opus 25-inch TV

Home Cinema - Top Ten Questions

Hooking up to Hi-Fi

Installation Insight


Italian Satellite TV channels

IRTE & Zeta Select-A-Sat

Little Wizard & Pro Arm

LNBs Explained

Manhattan 9000 receiver

Maspro ST8 system

Maspro ST8 IRD Mk II Astra receiver

Matsui VSR-1500 combi VCR STV receiver

Minerva SAT 5000 receiver

Multisatellite LNB arms

Multiroom TV

Polish Satellite TV Channels

Remote Control Roundup

Satellite TV in every Room

Small Screen NICAM TV Megatest

Upgrading from Astra

VideoPlus Explained


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