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"The cable from your PC to the HDMI jack on your TV, does it have some length restrictions before quality deteriorates?"

I think the maximum cable length for HDMI is about 8 meters. And no the signal does not deteriorate. If your main computer is too far away, you could think about buying a second cheap desktop computer, place it near the computer, and use it as a dedicated torrent/ media computer. There are other options such AppleTV or Chromecast which stream wirelessly to your TV using WIFI.

A bit tricky to set up , I have not used them. Or you can buy a product such as WDTV, which is a small box you place next to your TV. It plugs into your TV using a HDMI cable. You then take a external hard drive full of movies and plug it with usb into the WDTV. You then play direct off of the WDTV, with no computer connection. I took a 100 gig external hard drive full of kiddie movies for my daughter ,and used a WDTV to play them for her. That way I can use my computer to do my work while she is watching movies. I use a 8 meter HDMI cable for my set up, and use a wireless mouse to control the computer screen which is now on the TV.

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"Is Pirate Bay like Megaupload and Rapidshare? I used both in the past to download & watch movies on the computer monitor, but both are pretty much dead now."

Haha yeah the media companies are working hard to close torrent sites down. Megaupload was shut down,

as well as a few other sites such as Demonoid....But Pirate Bay seems to be

pretty tough as they are still operating, and seem to keep moving their servers around... :-)

I use Pirate bay and Kickass for almost all of my movies.

I've never bothered to try any of these options, since I assumed that our TOT ADSL would never be up to the task here in our village. Am I right about this? Current download reading is 306 kbps or 35.6 KB transfer rate. It is normally much less ( half) than this.

Incidentally, after we cancelled our TrueVision satellite, it was 8 months ( and many visits/phone calls) before we received the refund of our 2,000 Baht deposit.

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"The cable from your PC to the HDMI jack on your TV, does it have some length restrictions before quality deteriorates?"

I think the maximum cable length for HDMI is about 8 meters. And no the signal does not deteriorate. If your main computer is too far away, you could think about buying a second cheap desktop computer, place it near the computer, and use it as a dedicated torrent/ media computer. There are other options such AppleTV or Chromecast which stream wirelessly to your TV using WIFI.

A bit tricky to set up , I have not used them. Or you can buy a product such as WDTV, which is a small box you place next to your TV. It plugs into your TV using a HDMI cable. You then take a external hard drive full of movies and plug it with usb into the WDTV. You then play direct off of the WDTV, with no computer connection. I took a 100 gig external hard drive full of kiddie movies for my daughter ,and used a WDTV to play them for her. That way I can use my computer to do my work while she is watching movies. I use a 8 meter HDMI cable for my set up, and use a wireless mouse to control the computer screen which is now on the TV.

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"Is Pirate Bay like Megaupload and Rapidshare? I used both in the past to download & watch movies on the computer monitor, but both are pretty much dead now."

Haha yeah the media companies are working hard to close torrent sites down. Megaupload was shut down,

as well as a few other sites such as Demonoid....But Pirate Bay seems to be

pretty tough as they are still operating, and seem to keep moving their servers around... :-)

I use Pirate bay and Kickass for almost all of my movies.

I've never bothered to try any of these options, since I assumed that our TOT ADSL would never be up to the task here in our village. Am I right about this? Current download reading is 306 kbps or 35.6 KB transfer rate. It is normally much less ( half) than this.

Incidentally, after we cancelled our TrueVision satellite, it was 8 months ( and many visits/phone calls) before we received the refund of our 2,000 Baht deposit.

You have ADSL that is slower than a dial up modem ?? Ouch. Normally if the connection is slow, the movies just take longer to download.

With a fast connection ( relatively) of about 5 mb and a reasonable amount of seeders for the movies, I can load a bunch of movies into Utorrent

and most of them will be fully downloaded by the next morning. If you have a really really slow connection it may take simply too long to download a movie, maybe weeks. In any event just download and install Utorrent, go to Pirate Bay,download some movies, and see how long it takes.

Also with a thousand movies on a 1 terabyte external drive, it now becomes easy to swap movies among your friends that also have large movie collections. I do not own a single DVD or CD disc, with the exception of some old disks that came with hardware drivers. So this system works better if your movies are on a external drive, so now very easy to move movies around.

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When you get your internet connection via the True cable, do you need the True TV subscription to stay connected to the internet, or are these two separated services?

IOW: if you cancel your shitty True TV subscription, are you still able to get the True cable internet service?

Yes I had true TV , as well as true cable internet in Chiang Mai. I canceled true tv service only and it did not affect the internet service. They are separate services.

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"I have just received by monthly bill from Truevision. Not only have they stopped broadcasting the ELP but they've increased my monthly rental by Bht 282.48. (Gold package, two set top boxes)."

Are we talking about cable and/or satellite?

I've got the Gold satellite package that I pay for annually, so it's still 6 months 'til I would see an increase, I assume, but lately I've wondered whether renewing next year made sense. Some of the History, Discovery, National Geographic stuff is interesting, but other than that, whenever I do turn on the TV I spend 5 minutes checking what's on ... usually in vain.

My building gives us Sophon cable for Baht 200 a month. It's pretty horrible, but Baht 200 a month for horrible is better than about Baht 1500 a month for horrible. I realize True has little control over content of those channels they offer, but most of the movies and series seem to be little more than soap operas or police over-the-top dramas that hinge to a large extent on vampires or guns or vampires with guns, none of which appeals to me.

Take the sophon and for everything else use torrents and internet. Sophon is okay for the Thai soaps for the wife and news channels for me. Sure the rest is junk but you catch the odd good film. I only pay 3000/ year. Can't understand people using True, particularly if you need multiple boxes. For the football, perhaps an excuse to go out!
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I had CTH installed last week (for EPL). Phoned True and asked what I needed to do to cancel their service. Cutting a long story short they reduced my contract by the same amount I'm paying to CTH.

I intend to ditch Truevisions Gold and get CTH. Does this mean True are giving you a service 900 baht a month cheaper. If so i might stay with them.

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GMMZ needs a big dish.

IPM and DTV use a small 60cm dish.

I think, gonna get either DTV or IPM for my new house, need channel 7 lakorn.

DO IPM and DTV look at the same sat as True (I think so but not entirely sure)?

As stated GMMZ does not require C band dish - but to get 300 channels it would - for normal Thai and subscription mix of 70 plus channels only the Ku 60-75cm dish is required (in fact it is designed to directly replace a True receiver with no change in dish required).

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GMMZ needs a big dish.

IPM and DTV use a small 60cm dish.

I think, gonna get either DTV or IPM for my new house, need channel 7 lakorn.

DO IPM and DTV look at the same sat as True (I think so but not entirely sure)?

As stated GMMZ does not require C band dish - but to get 300 channels it would - for normal Thai and subscription mix of 70 plus channels only the Ku 60-75cm dish is required (in fact it is designed to directly replace a True receiver with no change in dish required).

Thanks,

I might try a GMM Z mini, at 550bht it sounds a good deal then.

I only need Thai channels 3,5,7 and already have a True dish and LNB on the house.

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Direct replacement for True receiver - but would recommend the next grade receiver as some channels can not be turned with the mini and do not believe it will tune new channels as they become available (from reading - do not have). The HD receiver might be a good option if you want to plug USB media and playback on the TV as it supports most formats - I note 9Sat sells it with one year full subscription package making it about the same cost as normal tuner and subscription. But if all you want is the basic Thai channels the mini should work fine and not much cost.

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Direct replacement for True receiver - but would recommend the next grade receiver as some channels can not be turned with the mini and do not believe it will tune new channels as they become available (from reading - do not have). The HD receiver might be a good option if you want to plug USB media and playback on the TV as it supports most formats - I note 9Sat sells it with one year full subscription package making it about the same cost as normal tuner and subscription. But if all you want is the basic Thai channels the mini should work fine and not much cost.

Ordered it from 9sat, arrived next day (567bht delivered).

Plugged it in to the true dish in the garden, and box worked but no $ channels worked, phoned the GMM call center, gave them my name, OTA update happened while on the phone, 3,5,7 and a load of other channels now working.

How did GMM call center know my name ???????

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I forgot to add that there is almost everything on YouTube and if you are English and a sad person like me you can even keep up with Coronation Street

I`m sorry chap, but that has to be one of the saddest comments I have ever read... I`d have kept that one to myself if I was you...

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