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analogue MMDS

  • 21-02-2013 8:39pm
    Registered Users Posts: 312 ✭✭

    IS analogue MMDS still in operation in Dublin?

    Does it require a special set top box to receive?


  • Registered Users Posts: 15,543 ✭✭✭✭The Cush

    If I remember correctly the then Dublin MMDS licencee, ntl, switched off analogue MMDS when they converted over to digital MMDS in the mid 2000s.

    The analogue MMDS service required a ntl provided receiver.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,417 ✭✭✭✭watty

    All MMDS in Ireland is legally Wireless Cable.

    So you need the UPC provided box and valid subscription, or else it's theft of service.

    There isn't likely any Analogue MMDS in Dublin. A few years ago some ex Chorus areas still had some.

    MMDS uses two different digital systems depending if it was Chorus or NTL. It's now all UPC.

    If you want free UK TV get a dish and satellite receiver (not much bigger than MMDS dish and MUCH better quality).

    If you want free Irish TV get a TV aerial and Saorview TV or setbox.

    ALL MMDS will be turned off in a couple of years at most.

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 11,659 Mod ✭✭✭✭icdg

    No analogue MMDS in Dublin (or Galway, Waterford, or Mayo) for many years now although I can't remember the exact ASO date.

    As I recall NTL didn't want to do digital MMDS at all originally and tried to get rid of its MMDS licences. Once that failed, and they were bounced into doing digital MMDS anyway by ComReg, they rolled it out very quickly and aggressively. At the time NTL only had one digital package (called "Go Digital") which was today's Digital Max. The Digital Value package originally came out of a desire to offer a low spec package that only had the analogue channels plus a few others at a cheaper price in order to entice MMDS customers to switch. It was originally MMDS only and didn't arrive on cable till much later. They switched off analogue MMDS very quickly, I think dual running lasted only a year or two, it certainly happened before the UPC takeover which would place it no later than 2005, quite a feat when they only launched it c.2003-4.

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭Sponge Bob

    Some people pick up a bleed of analogue tv from a UPC cable and reckon it is MMDS. Channel lineup about the same anyway,. :)

  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 138 ✭✭Skull Murphy

    Sponge Bob wrote: »
    Some people pick up a bleed of analogue tv from a UPC cable and reckon it is MMDS.

    No they don't. If they knew what MMDS was, they'd know it couldn't be received in this way.

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