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Postby leevitoria » Sun 28 Dec 2008 23:19 GMT

All right then, after 3 years of having very limited access to British TV, it's time to do something about it.

Can anyone put me in the direction of getting access to British TV?

I'm not bothered about having Sky.

Just BBC1, BBC2 ITV, 4 AND 5.

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Lee
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Postby Kay » Mon 29 Dec 2008 02:25 GMT

I don't know anything about these sort of technical things, but our pal Martin Pickering specialises in satellite TV.

We have a page, written by Martin, about satellite TV in Europe. Perhaps you could read that to get the gist of what's involved.

http://www.britishexpat.com/index.php?id=192

Then maybe have a look at Martin's site:

http://www.satcure.co.uk

He also has a forum for discussion of such issues:

http://notonyourtelly.co.uk/forum/index.php

Perhaps you'll be able to find the answers there. Good luck!
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Postby pueblopedro » Mon 5 Jan 2009 11:15 GMT

Just to add to Kay's recommendation of Martin regarding ALL things satellite, and to say that your requirements will differ, depending on what part of Spain you live in.

You can use Sky, which broadcasts over 200 TV and radio channels, which are available without subscription, including BBC1-7, ITV1-4, Ch4, E4, More4, Film4, and Ch5, again reception will depend on where you live, type of digibox, LNB, and size of dish employed.

The very best thing to do is seek other people in your area and ask questions about the service and equipment they are using.

You could then either order from Martin and he will ship to Spain at reasonable cost, (though he may advise purchasing the dish, which may have to be up to 2m diameter!), locally, or use a local company recommended by a neighbour.

For the record, we live in Antequera, Malaga province in Andalusia and use a Pace 2600 box, plus a Grundig 3000 (both now obsolete), a 1.3m dish and a dual LNB - downconverter of unkown origin, and apart from periods of really bad weather, receive everything you require, and more.

I have a page link entitled 'UK TV in Spain' on my website, which as well as offering detailed advice, has many links to good informational sites, including Satcure, (home page of Martin).

Just follow the links and check out the neighbours, then shop around.
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Postby Kay » Mon 5 Jan 2009 12:19 GMT

Here's a direct link to pueblopedro's TV page. (Dave, thanks for your help.)

http://www.spainforyou.net/sky/index.html
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Postby pueblopedro » Mon 5 Jan 2009 12:46 GMT

Hi Kay - You are welcome - I didn't want to just put the link in and have Dave jumping all over me for breaking the rules :wink:, thanks for that!
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Postby Kay » Mon 5 Jan 2009 13:11 GMT

No worries, you're welcome. Thanks for being concerned about the rules. 8)

(For anyone confused: advertising and blatant self-promotion aren't allowed. Genuinely helpful links are - but not links from those whose sole purpose appears to be to tout for business or promote their own website. It's usually quite easy to spot the difference.)
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Postby Satandpcguy » Tue 6 Jan 2009 15:55 GMT

Hi

Reception of UK TV in spain varries greatly depending whre you are in Spain. For example in the North or Spain many of the channels can be received on an 80cm dish, but in other areas, like the Costa Blanca a 2.4m dish may be required. Even then with a dish that size some channels are not available 24/7 (BBC2,3,4 being notoriously tricky!). And you will also loose channels during heavy could or rain.

You do not need any form of monthly subscription for BBC ITV or C4 or for about 100 or so other channels although admittably some of these are Shopping and "Text and Sex" channels.

You will require a good dish (either a 1.8 or 2.4 famaval portuguse dish is most common on the Costa Blanca), a good LNB (an invacom Twin) and a decent receiver (either freesat or sky - see below)

And just to confuse things Freesat pops up as an alternative to Sky. Both Freesat and SKy use the same signals (almost - will expalin later) so reception of channels on both of these systems is about equal. Many free channels (BBC ITV C4) that area able to be received on a SKy receiver can also be received on a Freesat receiver.

However,

the Freesat version of Channel Five shares the same frequency as BBC2 so no 24/7 coverage. Skys version of Five, which is still currently encrypted (and requires a Sky card either freesatfromsky or sub) can be easily received on an 80cm dish in most of Spain.

Fiver US and Fiver are not available on Freesat yet....

And to go further, ITV HD is currently only available on Freesat HD boxes. C4 HD is currently available with a Sky card (freesatfromsky or sub). BBC HD is available for free on both systems.

Dont confuse the UK Freeview services as being the same as Freesat....some channels on Freeview (The UK digital TV services only anvailable via a TV aerial) are only available via subscription on satellite (like Dave, UK History). Spain does have its own version of Freeview, called TDT, and has about 30ish digital spansih channels.. some of which allow you to change the audio into the programmes original soundtrack (so for a US movie you can change the language from Spanish to English).

Best advise is to speak to neighbours and ask for recommendations, and maybe ask to see their systems and ask about the channel availability (especially those channels you want to watch). Failing that the local UK press will carry adverts for install companies...

Hope this helps....
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