Freesat in Spain
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.
Can you watch Freesat in Spain?
Yes UK Freesat is available in Spain.
To an extent.
Freesat reception varies greatly over Spain.
Reception of the UK TV channels on Freesat in Spain depends where in Spain you are.
And what size satellite dish you have.
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 Freesat 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 dish being the recommended size satellite dish.
However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these Freesat TV 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 Freesat frequency in Spain?
“What is the Freesat frequency in Spain?” and “What is the strongest Freesat signal in Spain?” are two questions that get asked all the time.
There is only one Freesat frequency. This one satellite frequency carries all the data to populate the Freesat TV Guide on Freesat set top boxes. There is no other Freesat frequency that carries this data. You cannot change this “default” frequency on any Freesat set top boxes.
The Freesat frequency is :
Frequency : 11425
Polarisation : Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC : 2/3
Modulation DVB-S QPSK
This Freesat frequency is on the UK beam of the Astra 2E satellite.
What sized satellite dish do I need to receive Freesat in Spain?
In the Valencia and Costa Blanca North areas of Spain, you will require a minimum of a 110 x 120 cm “1.2m” satellite dish.
A 125 x 135cm “1.4m” satellite dish is the recommended size requried for Freesat in the Valencia and Costa Blanca North areas of Spain. We have found that the the 125cm x 1.35cm satellite dish that we install performs much better than other satellite dishes of similar size for the reception of UK Freesat in Spain.
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.
Installers for Freesat 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.