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Old 15-05-2008, 17:40
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From the Aldi weekly specials leaflet I picked up today.

Available from next Thursday 22nd - while stocks last:

Obviously NOT a "Freesat"receiver BUT is a free satellite set of kit for use 'in home gardens, in caravans, on boats':

"However remote your holiday location, you can tune into hundreds of TV channels, including your favourites from home. Digital free to air satellite receiver...
- dish (with heavy frame to support it on)
- Tevion satellite receiver, 14 day EPG with r/control
- single LNB (from appearance)
- 'paper satellite locator'
- 'satellite bleeper'
- spool of coax/F-plugs/SCART
- car cigarette lighter power cable
- some sundry other bits/pieces

Leaflet is very slim on details BUT will be on the www.Aldi.co.uk website sometime tomorrow Fri 16th - look under the SPECIALS heading - once this week's Thursday 15th's specials get replaced by Specials for Thursday 22nd.

Unusually the leaflet doesnt have their usual 3yr warranty & helpline logos on the Satellite System (unlike other items on the 2 page spread) - so look for them on the online info.
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:29
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The 14 day EPG will only apply to a few channels that actually broadcast a DVB S standard EPG of that length - possibly a few German channels on 19.2. All you will get on Astra 28 is "now and next" EPG
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:43
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Normaly with the Portable Satellite System from Aldi will contain a Comag sl25 digital satellite receiver, and a 35-38cm dish, The Receiver itself is rather good and the full EPG 7 days is designed for the German, Austrian market where the Comag receivers are made www.comag.de for other countrys such as the UK you will only receive a now & next programme guide, another issue is that depending where you are (south coast of Ireland and northeren regions of The UK & Ireland you will have a issue picking up some Astra 2D channels with the 35-38cm dish supplyed but saying that you can pick up a lot of other satellite survices across europe with it like Astra 19e and Hotbird 13e.
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:48
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No flies on your Aldi knowledge fennellal

Looked at the comag site (in English) and the picture of the dish/stand and remote in their "Compete Systems - Mini Satellite System" looks identical to the photos in the Aldi leaflet, although the receiver front doesn't match - it's got a smallish rectangular central display with 2+1 buttons to its right, ie not like the SL25 with its black striped front.

More info from the Aldi leaflet in case that helps anyone ID the receiver:
- up to 4500 programmes
- last programme memory
- automatic scanning
- 10 pre-programmed channels
- 800 page text
- multi-language screen menu
- 8 x multi function timer
- child lock
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:51
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Normaly with the Portable Satellite System from Aldi will contain a Comag sl25 digital satellite receiver, and a 35-38cm dish, The Receiver itself is rather good and the full EPG 7 days is designed for the German, Austrian market where the Comag receivers are made www.comag.de for other countrys such as the UK you will only receive a now & next programme guide, another issue is that depending where you are (south coast of Ireland and northeren regions of The UK & Ireland you will have a issue picking up some Astra 2D channels with the 35-38cm dish supplyed but saying that you can pick up a lot of other satellite survices across europe with it like Astra 19e and Hotbird 13e.
It has been the SL65 for the past two or three years, either with the original Comag name or badged as Silvercrest. Certainly from Lidl, anyway. Not noticed Aldi doing them in the UK until just now!

I have one in my stack. It was only 25 and, as you say, is a truly excellent bit of kit (Apart from occasionally throwing a wobbler when driving my Motorised 110cm Dish!).

That said, Aldi are supplying a "Tevion" Receiver with this particular offer. I'm not familiar with that one.
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:53
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its great that shops like aldi and Lidl sell cheap but great satellite stuff(i wonder in the future they will ever sell HD fta Recivers?)
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:57
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Tevion is a "badge" used for Aldi products - my Tevion DTT PVR is in fact identical inside to a Technosonics one
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Old 15-05-2008, 18:58
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Tevion is a "badge" used for Aldi products - my Tevion DTT PVR is in fact identical inside to a Technosonics one
Thankyou, kind Sir.
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Old 15-05-2008, 19:09
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The 14 day EPG will only apply to a few channels that actually broadcast a DVB S standard EPG of that length - possibly a few German channels on 19.2.
RTL2/ Super RTL being an obvious example.
Why everyone can't do it I do not know (Rhetorical Question )
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Old 16-05-2008, 11:32
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Here's the link to the actual Aldi information now online:
http://uk.aldi.com/uk/html/offers/58_6007.htm

Includes the same picture as was in the store leaflet. Still no mention of a 3yr warranty/helpline (contrast the Car Roof Box offered that has icons for both).

For those unaware of Aldi it's a 2nd tier supermarket, small/restricted size/range but very keen prices and the 'Specials' are put out on display on the day and when they've gone they've gone. (Though some stores might put them out the evening before, particularly on Saturday night for Sunday's specials.)

They have a 30-day returns policy: "Everything’s covered by our 30 Day Refund Policy
Sometimes you can buy something and when you get it home, it’s ‘just not quite right’.
We understand this. So we’re happy to refund or replace any item you buy from us. As long as you
return the item within 30 days of purchase – with a receipt, in original and undamaged
packaging, complete with any accessories such as headphones or remote controls – the Aldi 30 Day
Refund Policy is available to every customer."

So potentially could grab one next Thursday - wait for some of the cogniscenti here to validate if/how it works with Freesat signals (obviously only in SD!) - then either join in, or else return it for a full refund in time.
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Old 16-05-2008, 11:34
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Here's the link to the actual Aldi information now online:
http://uk.aldi.com/uk/html/offers/58_6007.htm

Includes the same picture as was in the store leaflet.
Thanks for that - although the pictured Receiver is a Tevion, the Remote Telecommander appears to be identical to the one I use with my Silvercrest SL65.

Some common roots, there!
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Old 16-05-2008, 12:29
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Does anyone know if this receiver works on 12v, surprisingly the ad does not say.
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Old 16-05-2008, 12:35
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The Majority of the camping kit will run on 12v as they will plug into a cigarette plug in a car or other low voltage sources.
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Old 16-05-2008, 12:35
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Does anyone know if this receiver works on 12v, surprisingly the ad does not say.
As I mentioned in my original listing, if you look at their picture (lot clearer in the leaflet admittedly), there is a "car cigarette lighter power cable" ie with the 100% giveaway end in that picture (it's the one back right of the spool of coax) which IMPLIES that it is 12V DC compatible, but as you remark their listing is short on detail.
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Old 16-05-2008, 12:39
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Does anyone know if this receiver works on 12v, surprisingly the ad does not say.
There's a subtle clue in the words "car cigarette lighter power cable". Probably includes a wall wart too.
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Old 16-05-2008, 14:24
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Maplin have this for 50 (B grade)

http://www.maplin.co.uk/module.aspx?...48737&doy=16m5
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Old 16-05-2008, 20:43
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Yeh but you get a 3 year warranty with Aldi stuff.
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Old 17-05-2008, 00:09
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Yeh but you get a 3 year warranty with Aldi stuff.
You OFTEN or USUALLY get a 3 year warranty on Aldi electronics kit but as I highlighted for SOME reason any reference to such a warranty and helpline are MISSING from both the leaflet and the online details for this offering.

HOPEFULLY you'll get a 3 year warranty but looks like you'll have to check the actual box next week to find out - if that's important to you.
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Old 19-05-2008, 21:51
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I am thinking of getting one of the Aldi satellite kits on Thursday. Can anyone tell me if or what I can expect to pick up if I take it to the Dordogne region in France this summer.
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Old 19-05-2008, 22:25
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I am thinking of getting one of the Aldi satellite kits on Thursday. Can anyone tell me if or what I can expect to pick up if I take it to the Dordogne region in France this summer.
You may need a slightly larger dish for reception of Freesat from France.
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Old 22-05-2008, 17:14
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You OFTEN or USUALLY get a 3 year warranty on Aldi electronics kit but as I highlighted for SOME reason any reference to such a warranty and helpline are MISSING from both the leaflet and the online details for this offering.

HOPEFULLY you'll get a 3 year warranty but looks like you'll have to check the actual box next week to find out - if that's important to you.
I purchased one today. Helpline numbers and web support address are plastered all over the box and manual.

The warranty is 36 months (printed on the back of the manual and stickers saying so on the unit itself).

Hope this helps.
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Old 23-05-2008, 12:52
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And my local Aldi - Milton Keynes - one day on - still had loads of them left - at least 20 sets - so obviously not a 'snap it up' item - seems it comes with a canvas type storage/carry bag - the helpline is an 01.. number too
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Old 23-05-2008, 18:43
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For those unaware of Aldi it's a 2nd tier supermarket, small/restricted size/range but very keen prices and the 'Specials' are put out on display on the day

R.
I've been an ALDI/LIDL fan for years and have shopped in their stores in France, Belgium and Germany. The special offers are throughout Europe at the same time and it is interesting to compare what is sold in different countries usually at the same price. Google ALDI or LIDL followed by .fr/.be/.de and see the offers.
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Old 26-05-2008, 10:12
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I bought one on Thursday and it seems to be ok. It was easy to set up and I quickly discovered that the instructions in the book led me to the wrong satallite. There are directions to the right satallite added at the back of the manual. The only concern is that there are little more than the basic channels unless someone can advise me how to add to that. Also the picture is wide but very narrow does anyone know if that is what I should get.
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Old 26-05-2008, 10:19
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This is probably a stupid question but would this satellite still have to be outside somewhere? Im not allowed to install a satellite dish on the outside of my building but would this work if i left it on my window ledge inside?

Im assuming no, but thought id ask.
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