What is Freesat TV?
Freesat was launched on 6th May 2008.
Freesat offers free to air, subscription free UK TV via satellite. It was was designed for those areas of the UK that are unable to receive the UK terrestrial digital service, Freeview.
For a one-off payment you can receive over 150 TV and Radio channels.
And with a Freesat HD set top box, you can receive 11 high definition (HD) channels.
What channels are on Freesat?
All the main UK television channels, such as BBC ITV Channel 4, Channel Five, are available on Freesat. There are also 11 TV channels available in high definition (HD).
Are there any ongoing costs?
Freesat is just that, a free service.
Once you have purchased and installed the equipment, you can watch over 150 UK TV channels for free. No subscription is required.
In fact all of the channels available on Freesat are also available on a Sky digibox or other satellite receiver, as the channels are transmitted “free to air”, free from encryption, so no viewing card is necessary.
What about HD?
High definition (HD) offers up to five times as much picture detail as standard TV transmissions. Picture detail, sharpness and colours are all increased with HD, making viewing TV even more enjoyable. And HD channels can also provide better sound, with programmes and movies offering full Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Freesat HD offers 11 UK TV channels in HD.
Freesat Set Top Box
There are three types of Freesat set top boxes. The basic standard definition model, the high definition HD model, and the high definition HD+ recording model.
When we install a Freesat system, we use official Freesat receivers. Some satellite installation companies along the Costa Blanca and Valencia area may offer you an Iberosat, Ferguson Ariva or GI Galaxy Innovations satellite receiver, claiming they are Freesat receiver, which they are not. Offical Freesat receivers have the Freesat logo on the receiver, remote control and the packaging.
Freetime on Freesat
Connecting your Freesat Freetime set top box to the internet, then you can Freetime. Freetime allows you to scroll back through the last 7 days of TV without leaving the Freesat TV Guide. It uses the UK TV Catch UP services to allow you to watch programmes that you may have missed.
Note that Freetime is not available on all Freesat receivers.
Note that to use Freetime outside the UK, you will require a UK TV Router that provides you with a UK IP Internet address.
Freesat in Spain
Can I receive Freesat in Spain? Yes !
Most of the main Freesat channels, like BBC and ITV, are on the “UK beam” or “UK Spot beam” of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G satellites. This UK beam signal footprint is different to the previous UK TV satellites UK beam. This has meant that reception of channels on the new Astra 2 satellites will be different to previous reception. In the areas between Valencia and Alicante, our service area, the Sky channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam can still be received on a small satellite dish – as small as a 110x120cm satellite dish, with a 125x135cm satellite dishbeing the recommended size satellite dish.
However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these Sky TV pay channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam has become harder. For example, in areas such as Barcelona, Catalonia and Zaragoza, you need at least a 1.8m satellite dish to receive these channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, whereas previously you only needed a smaller 80cm satellite dish. It is a similar story in the south of Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Almeria, Seville, Gibraltar and even Portugal, where even the larger 2.4m satellite dishes are struggling to receive these channels on the Astra 2 satellites UK beam.
A small number of Freesat channels are on the European beam of the Astra 2E, Astra 2Fand Astra 2G satellites. The European beam give very good reception across the majority of mainland Spain. This means that the Sky TV pay channels can be received in Spain on a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 80x85cm.
It is totally legal to view free to air, unencrypted, satellite TV channels directly from the satellite.
What is the Frequency for Freesat?
There is only one frequency for Freesat.
Polarisation : H
Modulation: DVB-S QPSK
Symbol Rate : 27500
FEC : 2/3
This frequency is on the UK beam of Astra 2E.
If your satellite dish is not large enough to receive this frequency for your locations, then your Freesat set top box will not function correctly. For example, if you are unable to receive this frequency when you are using the set up wizard, you will not get past the Postcode validation check, and your installation will fail.
This is the only frequency that carries the data required for the Freesat Programme Guide. There are no other frequencies, nor can you change this frequency setting on the set top boxes.
Freesat Installers in Spain
We can supply and install satellite dishes, LNB, and Freesat receivers in the Valencia / Costa Blanca North area of Spain, so that you can watch subscription free UK TV in Spain.