Nick MacKechnie
#8 wire kinda guy.....

New Set top box for the home office

Wednesday, 8 October 2008 10:21 by Nick MacKechnie

Hi All,

I’ve been spending a bit more time out in the home office, and decided a TV wouldn’t be a bad thing, so after some research, I decided to buy a higher end model of the unit I use in the lounge for my office.

I picked up a Dreambox 7020si via a contact I had made on Ebay some months back for $US305.


When we moved into our current house, we had a four car garage. Within the 1st week of moving in, I had hired a concrete saw, a jack hammer and was digging a trench to drag cat 6 cabling between the house and the garage. The garage has been split into half, and an office built at the back for me to retreat to when I needed to work, as well as relax.

I managed to pickup a cheap dish with 3 LNB's, so my mate Murray and I installed it up on the garage roof on the weekend. So this box is tuned into Optus D1, D2 and C1 and works superbly!

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Sky TV's push into high definition

Thursday, 12 June 2008 10:03 by Nick MacKechnie

Sky TV, today announced it was spending $22 million over two years on high definition broadcasts.

It’s aiming to get 80,000 set top boxes installed. The new high definition set top boxes would cost $599 or could be rented for $15 a month.

Given it's high definition, it will be interesting to see if this means SKY will dedicate appropriate bandwidth to it - the reason I say that is if you are watching a great game of rugby for example on a nice big plasma, often the quality of the picture can be reduced due to supply and demand of the signal (bandwidth)... Time will tell..


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