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05-06/2015 —

TELE-audiovision International —


Jim Edstein first constructed a

reliable roof on which he could

then set up his typhoon-proof

antennas. Here he is seen next

to one of his 3-metre antennas.

Both antennas are aligned

towards THAICOM at 78.5°E,

with the dish in front picking up

C band signals and the second

one behind taking care of the Ku

band. “I can receive 20 free-to-

air channels from the C band,

which are then taken over by a

customer in the United States

who in turn offers the program

lineup in the Roku box. In

addition, I pick up the Truevision

package on the Ku band, which

consists of ten sports channels

that are in very high demand by

customers in the Philippines.”

then, one of Jim’s clients told TELE-sat-

ellite that “Jim solved the problem by

streaming European channels via the


A few years have passed since then,

and it appears that Jim has upped the

ante. In no small part this was helped

by a peculiar characteristic of almost

all Internet service providers in Tai-

wan, whose plans in most cases in-

clude unlimited Internet traffic. It’s no

secret that video streaming requires

considerable bandwidth resources, but

it you know no limits that’s not a big

deal. Not only does Jim use unlimited

Internet traffic, he also managed to get

hooked up to a fibre-optic line with vir-

tually no other users to share capacity

with. We wanted to find out how all this

came about and visited Jim deep in the

mountains of the Taiwanese country-

side. He lives in a place called Alishan,

which might be a very small town by

anybody’s standards, but one that eve-

ry speaker of Chinese surely has heard

of: There is a very popular Chinese folk

song celebrating the sheer beauty of

the girls of Alishan.

Actually, that is exactly how Jim’s

story began in the first place, since his

wife is an Alishan girl. Jim Edstein is

originally from Australia and he walks

down memory lane with us. “I first ar-

rived in Taiwan in 1988 and it was at a

friend’s party that I met my future wife.

She’s from Alishan.” Up until 2010 this

village was more or less cut off from the

outside world, since it is located deep

in the mountains of Taiwan’s Chiayi

county. The drive from Chiayi City alone

takes almost two hours along twisting

mountain roads. It was this remoteness

that triggered Jim’s interest in satellite

reception technology. “I phoned around

quite a bit on my hunt for an installer

who would be ready to set up a satellite

antenna with me in Alishan.” But to no

avail: None of them would bother driv-

ing all the way up to Alishan. It just did

not seem to be worth their while. “So I

was left with only one option: To do the