Sky TV in Spain – A Guide to getting Sky TV in Spain

 

Sky TV In Spain – A Guide to getting Sky TV in Spain

Sky TV in Spain

The Sky TV pay channels are currently transmitted from three UK TV satellites : Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G.

Previous satellites used for Sky TV were Astra 2A, Astra 2B, Astra 2C, Astra 2D and Eurobird 28.

 

Equipment required for Sky TV

To watch Sky TV pay channels, users required a Sky digibox, a Sky viewing card and a satellite dish with Low Noise Block LNB.  The satellite dish collects the signals and reflects them to the LNB which collects the signals and sends then down the cable to the Sky digibox which then turns those signals into pictures and sounds.

Over the years Sky have produced a number of digiboxes, from the basic standard definition digibox, to the recording Sky+ digibox, and then onto the Sky+HD digiboxes in use today. The latest, SkyQ, is expected to be available in 2016.

 

Sky TV channels in Spain

Sky TV pay channels are broadcast with encryption, and can only be viewed by the use of a Sky subscription card. The amount of Sky TV pay channels that are “unblocked” will depend on the subscription charge you pay. As far as I know, it is NOT illegal to use a Sky viewing cards or watch Sky TV channels in Spain. However, you are breaking the terms and conditions of your Sky contract. The Sky contract states that the Sky viewing card is only for use within the UK only. This is due to how the broadcaster rights for the programmes on the channel that are on Sky TV are sold around Europe.

The Sky contact also states that the Sky card and Sky digibox must be connected to a UK telephone line or internet service. However, this is only true if you have had your Sky viewing card and Sky digibox supplied by Sky as part of a Sky installation. In the UK Sky heavily discount the installation cost. All equipment is their property for 12 months, and to ensure that it stays where is should they require the decoder to call back to the Sky computers every so often. After 12 months the equipment, the satellite dish and Sky digibox is yours and you can disconnect them from the telephone system. With installations in Spain, you are personally buying the decoders and dish so the equipment is yours from the start and although, as you did not get the equipment direct from a Sky you do not need to connect to the telephone or internet system.

 

Sky TV Reception In Spain

Sky TV in Spain is, contrary to what some people believe, still available.

The Sky TV pay channels are currently transmitted from three UK TV satellites : Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G.

The majority of the Sky TV pay channels are on the European beam of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and 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.

Some Sky TV pay channels 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 dish being 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.

The expected mission lifespan of the current UK TV satellites, Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2Gis approximately 12 to 15 years. So we can expect no further changes to reception of Sky TV in Spain via satellite until around 2025.

 

What sized satellite dish do I need to receive Sky TV 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.

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A 110x120cm offset satellite dish

A 125 x 135cm “1.4m” satellite dish is the recommended size required for Sky TV 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 Sky TV in Spain.

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A 125x135cm offset satellite dish – best satellite dish for Sky TV in Valencia / Costa Blanca

Sky Digiboxes

There are a number of types of Sky Digiboxes set top boxes. The basic standard definition model, the standard definition Sky+ recording digibox, a the high definition Sky HD digibox and the high definition Sky+HD recording model.

When we install a Sky TV system, we use official Sky TV digiboxes. 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 Sky TV digibox, which they are not. Official Sky TV digiboxes have the Sky logo on the receiver, remote control and the packaging.

More on Sky Digiboxes here

 

Installers for Sky TV in Spain

We can supply and install satellite dishes, LNB, and Sky Digiboxes in the Valencia / Costa Blanca North area of Spain, so that you can watch Sky TV in Spain.

See our installation pages at : 110x120cm satellite dish installations and 125x135cm satellite dish installations.

 

 

More information?

If you want more information on our satellite TV system, or want to arrange an installation, or a viewing please contact us using the form below :

 

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The Sat and PC Guy is one of the top satellite installers for UK TV installations in the Costa Blanca North and Valencia areas of Spain.

The Sat and PC Guy offers TV systems to suit all requirements and needs for your home, bar or business. Whether you are looking for a new installation, upgrade or maintenance of your TV system, then we can assist you.

The Sat and PC Guy has been installing and repairing satellite TV systems since 2003, with family members installing satellite TV systems years prior to that.

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The Sat and PC Guy can install new satellite systems, conduct fault-finding, carry out satellite dish re-alignments, removal of old satellite dishes, and upgrade your current system, or provide additions viewing locations.

With a Freesat HD satellite system you have the best free UK TV – 150 subscription free UK TV channels. Click here to view our range of Freesat Satellite TV System Options

With a Sky HD TV satellite system you not only have the best free UK TV, but also the UKs largest number of subscription channels. Click here to view our range of Sky Satellite TV System Options

We also provide one of the best, if not the best, IPTV service for UK TV. IPTV is television via your internet. Our IPTV service offers three IPTV packages to choose from, monthly or yearly payment plans, a vast “on demand” library of TV series and movies and an unrivaled 60 days catch up on the most popular channels. Others may offer “hundred of channels from around the world” but we offer just those channels you want to watch. More information on our IPTV internet TV systems here.

We can also provide solutions for Spanish TV, French TV, German TV and more

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Our best selling satellite TV installations for reception of British TV and English TV in Spain

We use only the best satellite dishes, LNBs, receivers and cabling for all our satellite TV installations. Our test show that, compared to other satellite dishes used in the area, our satellite dishes are the best performing satellite dishes for reception of UK TV in our service area.

 

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110x120cm high performance satellite dish,
strong wall bracket or floor stand,
high performance single feed LNB,
Official Freesat HD satellite receiver with 8 day EPG,
fully installed
More information on our 110x120cm Satellite dish installations

 

 

 

 

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125x135cm high performance satellite dish,
strong wall bracket or floor stand,
high performance single feed LNB,
Official Freesat HD satellite receiver with 8 day EPG,
fully installed.

More information on our 125x135cm Satellite dish installations

 

 

Our satellite services on the Costa Blanca include:

Freesat HD and Freesat+HD Satellite Systems
Sky HD & Sky+HD Satellite Systems
Satellite Dishes
New LNBs
Sky cards and Sky Contracts
European satellite TV
Digital TV aerials
Maintenance, repair and upgrades to existing equipment

 

Current UK TV satellite reception in the Valencia and Alicante areas of Spain has never been better and a satellite dish TV system is still the best way to watch UK TV in the area. NOW is the time to upgrade from your existing “rebroadcast” or “cable” provider to a free to air no monthly subscription service such as Freesat. With Freesat HD you can enjoy superior picture quality, Dolby digital sound, and subscription free recording, rather than paying for an inferior “rebroadcast” or “cable” provider.

Or if you want more channels, then opt for a Sky TV subscription, and their award wining Sky+HD digibox.

 

 

 

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IPTV Spain / Internet TV in Spain / IPTV Providers Spain.

We also provide one of the best, if not the best, IPTV service for UK TV.

IPTV stands for Internet Protocol TV. This is basically television distributed over the Internet.

Our IPTV service offers three IPTV packages to choose from, monthly or yearly payment plans, a vast “on demand” library of TV series and movies and an unrivaled 28 days catch up on the most popular channels. Others may offer “hundred of channels from around the world” but we offer just those channels you want to watch.

More information on our IPTV internet TV systems here.

We do not supply or install “Android” based IPTV systems that use the Kodi media player platform. We believe that these are a vastly inferior TV system, that does suffer from complex menu systems, constant failing links, poor reliability and low picture quality.

 

 

 

Our service area in the Valencia and Costa Blanca North area of Spain

We are based in Gandia, which allows us to cover the Valencia and Costa Blanca North area of Spain.

We install :
UK TV In Gandia, Freesat TV in Gandia, Sky TV in Gandia and IPTV in Gandia,
UK TV In Oliva, Freesat TV in Oliva, Sky TV in Oliva and IPTV in Oliva,
UK TV In Valencia, Freesat TV in Valencia, Sky TV in Valencia and IPTV in Valencia,
UK TV In Ontinyent, Freesat TV in Ontinyent, Sky TV in Ontinyent and IPTV in Ontinyent,
UK TV In Xativa, Freesat TV in Xativa, Sky TV in Xativa and IPTV in Xativa,
UK TV In Javea, Freesat TV in Javea, Sky TV in Javea and IPTV in Javea,
UK TV In Denia, Freesat TV in Denia, Sky TV in Denia and IPTV in Denia and
UK TV In Pego, Freesat TV in Pego, Sky TV in Pego and IPTV in Pego.

We also cover many of the Urbanisations in the area including Monte Pego Urbanisations, Monte Pedreguer Urbanisations, Las Basettes Urbanisations, Cumbre de Sol Urbanisations, Montgo Urbanisations, and many more.

We do not currently install our satellite TV systems or IPTV systems in the following areas : Gran Alacant, Torrevieja, Murcia, Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Lanzarote, Majorca, Tenerife, Barcelona, Madrid, The Costa Del Sol, Costa Calida, Andalucia, Gibraltar, Almeria, Granada, Torrevieja, Mazarron, Fuengirola, Marbella, Malaga, Cadiz, Huelva, Portugal, France, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Turkey or Italy! Even though we get many requests to do so!

 

 

Website Stuff

We can help improve your Satellite TV reception, in the event that you have lost your favourite UK TV channel, or are suffering from poor satellite signals, “no satellite signal is being received” messages, or channels are are “pixelating”. We have lost of information about the questions and rumours you may have been hearing, especially from “Android Brit TV box” sellers, and from adverts and stories in local English Newspapers in Spain : “So what is all this I am hearing that British TV channels in Spain going off air”, “what is the latest news about the Sky switch off in Spain”, “Are we losing freeview channels in Spain?”, “Will we lose UK TV in Spain this year?”,”Is Sky changing satellites in Spain”, “Rumours about Loss of bbc and itv in spain in 2013”, “Loss of bbc and itv in spain due to new satellite”, “Are all these rumours being spread by sellers of IPTV Spain / Internet TV in Spain true, or scaremongering?”, “Will Spain lose sky t.v?”,”Is satellite tv going to be switched off in Spain?” and what about Sky TV in Spain in 2015, Sky TV in Spain in 2016, and Sky TV in Spain in 2017.

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Sky TV in Spain

 

Sky TV

Sky TV channels in Spain

Sky UK, formerly known as British Sky Broadcasting or BSkyB, is the UK’s largest pay-TV broadcaster. In 2015 Sky had 11 million pay TV customers.

BSkyB was created in November 1990 by the equal merger of the two main UK Satellite TV operators at the time, Sky Television and British Satellite Broadcasting. It was an anlogue TV service, and transmitted from the Astra 1 group of satellites located at 19.2 east.

Sky Digital, BSkyB’s digital satellite service was launched on 1 October 1998.  In October 2001, BSkyB closed its analogue service. Sky Digital offered a number of improvements over its analogue service, from improvement in picture and sound quality, an increase in the  number of channels on offer and an interactive services. The increased number of channels required more satellite capacity, so the Astra 2 group of satellites located at 28.2 to 28.5 east were allocated  for UK satellite TV.

The Sky TV pay channels are currently transmitted from three UK TV satellites : Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G.

Previous satellites used for Sky TV were Astra 2A, Astra 2B, Astra 2C, Astra 2D and Eurobird 28.

 

Sky TV in Spain

Sky TV in Spain is, contrary to what some people believe, still available.

The Sky TV pay channels are currently transmitted from three UK TV satellites : Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G.

The majority of the Sky TV pay channels are on the European beam of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and 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.

More information on Sky TV in Spain here

 

Sky TV Channels and Sky Bundles

Sky TV offers pay TV channels, requiring a monthly subscription.  Sky TV has three “bundles” of popular entertainment channels, as well as the additional Sky Sports and Sky Movies packages.

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Sky Original Bundle Channels

Sky break their entertainment packages into three Sky Bundles – The Original Bundle, The Variety Bundle and the Family / Box Sets Bundle.

On top of the three entertainment Bundles, Sky also offer Sky Sports Package and Sky Movies / Cinema Package channels.

More information on Sky TV Bundles here

 

Sky Box Sets

Sky Box Sets

Sky Box Sets gives you the opportunity to watch whole seasons of some of the most gripping, terrifying and hilarious television shows around. You can watch Box Sets at your leisure. Select a Box Sets, wait for it to download, and then start to view.

More information on Sky Box Sets here

 

Sky On Demand

Sky On Demand

On 26 October 2010 BSkyB launched Sky Anytime+.

In September 2012, Anytime+ was rebranded as Sky On Demand, along with the addition of a Catch-up TV section in the guide.

The Sky On Demand service differs from the original Sky Anytime service, as is allows the user to select programmes they wanted to watch from a vast library.

More information on Sky On Demand here

 

Sky HD

Sky HD was launched by Sky TV on 22 May 2006.

Currently, Sky TV customers with the entertainment channels package or Family Bundle, can obtain selected channels in HD by subscribing to the Family Bundle. The Family Bundle presently carries a £5 per month premium over the cost of the regular Variety Bundle.

Sky TV customers can access HD versions of Sky Sports and Sky Movies by upgrading to a separate HD pack subscription, currently priced at £5.25 per month. But you MUST already subscribe to the Family Bundle also.

More information on Sky HD Channels here

 

Sky 3D

Sky TV UK announced that they will be launching a Sky 3D channel in 2010. This will bring content such as sport, entertainment events, and other three-dimensional programming to its subscribers.

The Sky 3DTV system will require a special 3D ready television, Sky+HD PVR box and the special 3D TV shutter glasses, required for the 3D TV experience.

More information on Sky 3D here

 

Freesat From Sky

Freesat From Sky offers all the main “free to air” UK TV channels, and also a handful of “free to view” channels.

Most of the free to air channels on Freesat From Sky are also available on Freesat. Free to air channels are channels that are available subscription and encryption free,meaning they do not require any form of viewing card to watch.

Free to View are channels that are available subscription free, but are encrypted. This means they require a “free to view” or a “Freesat From Sky” viewing card.

More information and a full list of FTA and FTV channels on Sky receivers

 

Equipment required for Sky TV / Sky Digiboxes

To watch Sky TV pay channels, users required a Sky digibox, a Sky viewing card and a satellite dish with Low Noise Block LNB.  The satellite dish collects the signals and reflects them to the LNB which collects the signals and sends then down the cable to the Sky digibox which then turns those signals into pictures and sounds.

Over the years Sky have produced a number of digiboxes, from the basic standard definition digibox, to the recording Sky+ digibox, and then onto the Sky+HD digiboxes in use today. The latest, SkyQ, is expected to be available in 2016.

 

 

Sky Cards Spain

Sky provide its subscribers with subscription viewing cards, Sky Cards. These all the viewers to access the pay TV channels that they have subscribed from the Sky Subscription packages.

Sky also produce a freesatfromsky viewing card, that allows access to the “free to view” channels.

More information on Sky Viewing Cards here

 

Sky Channel Numbers

Here is a list of the Sky TV Channel Numbers on a Sky digibox, where the channels are broken down into separate genres.

 

Sky TV Installer in Spain

 

We can supply and install satellite dishes, LNB, and Sky Digiboxes in the Valencia / Costa Blanca North area of Spain, so that you can watch Sky TV in Spain.

More information on Sky TV Satellite TV Installations in Spain here

See our installation pages at : 110x120cm “1.2m” satellite dish installations and 125x135cm “1.4m” satellite dish installations.

 

 

 

More information?

If you want more information on our satellite TV system, or want to arrange an installation, or a viewing please contact us using the form below :

 

UK TV in Spain

 

How to Watch UK TV in Spain

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UK Satellite TV

In order to receive UK satellite TV in Spain, you will require :

a satellite dish – the size of dish required will depend where exactly you are in Spain,
a Low Noise Block (LNB)
and a digital satellite receiver / decoder – like a Sky digibox or a Freesat set top box.

The satellite dish collects the signals and reflects them to the LNB which collects the signals and sends then down the cable to the digital satellite decoder which then turns those signals into pictures and sounds.

Many satellite TV channels are available for free (with no subscription) and there are also Pay TV channels that require a viewing card and a monthly subscription – like the Sky TV channels.

 

 

Satellite Signals (North Beams, South Beams, UK Beams, Astra 2 Satellites)

The UK Satellite TV channels like BBC, ITV and Sky TV are broadcast from a series of satellites located at 28.2 to 28.5 degrees east.

Currently these UK TV satellites are : Astra 2E, Astra 2F, and Astra 2G .

Previous UK TV satellites have been Astra 2A, Astra 2B Astra 2C, Astra 2D and Eurobird 1 / Eutelsat 28A.

These satellites transmit signals aimed at Europe but the coverage on the ground varies considerably, due to the beams the satellites transmit their signals on.

The two old satellites, Astra 2A and Astra 2B, have two beams, a north beam and a south beam. The north beam is / was harder to receive in Spain than the south beam. This is why some UK Satellite TV channels were unavailable mid afternoon, even on the larger satellite dishes. Astra 2D had a narrow beam or spot beam, heavily focused on the UK. This beam used to carry the BBC and ITV channels, and this beam was the reason why areas of Spain like the Costa Blanca required big 1.8m and 2.4m satellite dishes.

The new UK TV satellites, Astra 2E, Astra 2F, and Astra 2G have a new UK beam, whose UK Satellite TV reception in Spain differs a lot from previous UK beams.

It is also worth noting that the BBC TV, ITV, Sky TV and other channels on the satellite do not own any satellites; they just rent the frequencies on them from the satellite owners – Astra. It is, therefore, a misconception that “Sky change the signal footprints of the satellites” as in fact the signal footprints are determined many months before the satellite is even built!

UK Satellite TV channels on Freesat TV and Sky TV satellite systems use the same group of satellites and (generally) the same frequencies. You do not need two different dishes to get both systems.

The default transponder frequency setting for Sky TV in Spain is 11778, V, 27.5, 2/3 – Sky Default Transponder Frequency Settings

 

UK Satellite TV Changes

UK Satellite TV Changes

In February 2012, the channels on Astra 2D were migrated over to Astra 1N. Astra 1N was a temporary satellite, as Astra 2D was coming to the end of its operational lifespan. This has meant that many UK Satellite TV channels like BBC and ITV, that previously required a large 1.8m and 2.4m satellite dish, were available on smaller 80cm or 100cm satellite dishes in Spain.

In February 2014 the UK Satellite TV channels on Astra 1N were migrated over to Astra 2E, their new permanent satellite home. This has meant that reception of many UK Satellite TV channels like BBC and ITV changes in many areas of Spain. Some areas, like Valencia and the Costa Blanca, can still use smaller satellite dishes, but other areas of Spain now require the much larger 1.8m and 2,4m satellite dishes.

 

UK Satellite Reception in Spain

The reception of UK TV channels via satellite varies depending where in Spain you are and what sized satellite dish you have.

UK Satellite TV Reception and Satellite Dish Sizes for Barcelona and Catalonia

UK Satellite TV Reception and Satellite Dish Sizes for Valencia

UK Satellite TV Reception and Satellite Dish Sizes for Costa Blanca

UK Satellite TV Reception and Satellite Dish Sizes for Andalucía

UK Satellite TV Reception and Satellite Dish Sizes for Costa del Sol

 

Getting UK Satellite TV Abroad. How can I watch British TV outside the UK?

A question we are asked many times – how can I watch UK TV overseas?

The main reason why UK Satellite TV is restricted to the UK, and not freely available abroad, is mainly down to broadcast rights, copyright and territories.

All TV programme producers sell their programmes to be broadcast in certain regions and countries. Broadcasters pay to show content in those territories, normally under some exclusivity deal. If these programmes were able to be viewed freely in other countries, then the programme makers may not be able to get sales from other countries channels…and therefore not make any money! Some channels are not so strict, as they rarely have such “copyrighted” material, and hence why such channels as BBC News and Sky News can be freely available around Europe.

You are only allowed to watch Sky TV subscription channels if you’re living in the UK Republic of Ireland. Sky will not accept subscriptions from outside of these areas, as they will only issue Sky TV subscription viewing cards to UK and ROI addresses.

As the satellite signals used by Sky TV are available outside the UK, due to the nature of how satellite broadcasting scan send a signal over a large area such as Europe, many of these programmes are encrypted and only available with a sky TV viewing card issued to a UK address.

 

Free to Air TV / Subscription Free UK TV in Spain

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There are over 200 channels including BBC TV and ITV channels available to watch for FREE without any form of subscription. These are referred to as Free To Air (FTA) channels.

Many UK TV channels are available subscription free on satellite. Channels like BBC ITV Channel Four and Channel Five are all available without any form of subscription or viewing card.

It is NOT illegal to watch UK Satellite TV channel like BBC, ITV outside of the UK. It is generally accepted that signals designed to be limited to a specific country, like the UK, may “overspill” to other countries, and be able to be received with the relevant size dish.

The main UK broadcasters have to use this “weak signal” satellite for their channels to try and ensure that their channels are not easily available outside the UK. This ensures compliance, to the best of their ability, without affecting the reception in the UK, of their contract and copyright agreements with the programme makers.

However, it is still possible to receive and watch these free to air channels, even though the broadcasters have tried to limit their “reach” across Europe by having their channels on this weak signal, by he use of the big satellite dishes. As far as I am aware, you are not in breach of copyright laws by viewing them, as the signals are unencrypted, free, and the broadcaster has taken steps to limit the reach of these channels, then there is little that can be done.
In fact the Freesat official site says:

“Freesat is run as a UK service for television viewers in the UK. The broadcast signal is focused onto the UK, and Freesat equipment is only sold in the UK and requires a UK postcode to install. However, it may be possible outside the UK to use a satellite receiver to pick up channels available on Freesat. We recommend you take advice from a specialist satellite retailer or installer.”

Click here for more information on Freesat TV in Spain

 

Sky TV Systems

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The main UK Satellite TV pay provider, Sky TV, also operates from the satellites at 28.2 to 28.5 degrees east. These channels are broadcast with encryption, and can only be viewed by the use of a Sky subscription card. The amount of channels that are “unblocked” will depend on the subscription charge you pay.

Sky TV and Sky Digiboxes allow you to receive and watch non-subscription and subscription UK TV channels. No subscription is required for the main UK TV channels, including BBC ITV Channel Four and Channel Five. But for pay tv channels like Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Dave, Discovery, National Geographic, Sky Sport, Sky Movies, then a Sky viewing card and a Sky subscription is required.

As far as I am aware, it is NOT illegal to use a Sky viewing cards or watch Sky subscription TV channels outside of the UK. However, you are breaking the terms and conditions of you Sky contract, which states that the Sky viewing card is only for use within the UK only. This is Sky’s method of ensuring that their contracts with the film, sports and other TV program makers is satisfied, as a Sky card can only be issued to a UK address.

Click here for more information on Sky TV in Spain

 

UK Internet TV in Spain / UK IPTV in Spain

In recent years watching UK TV via the Internet has become more and more popular. Without the need of a satellite dish, TV channels can be watched using an internet box (eg Android or MAG box), with options for free and pay IPTV services.

Click here for more information on IPTV Internet TV Suppliers in Spain

 

Intelsat 907 – BBC SATBACK system

In areas of Spain like the Costa del Sol that are unable to receive the main UK TV channels like BBC ITV and Channel Four without using a giant 4m+ satellite dish, people have been looking for alternate ways to receive their UK TV. One method being used is the Intelsat 907 BBC SATBACK system.

Click here for more information on the Intelsat 907 – BBC SATBACK system in Spain

 

Cardsharing Systems in Spain

Cardsharing is a method to use one satellite subscription card with more than one satellite receivers in a same time. In practical terms an original legitimate subscription card could be used in a receiver; then another box that is in another room, or even a thousand miles away, could access the smartcard via ‘local network’ or ‘internet’ to clear channels that the subscription card allows.

Cardsharing may be cheaper than using an official viewing card and subscription, but it is ILLEGAL. And despite UK TV installers in Spain saying these systems offer “All Sky TV Channels for less”, they DO NOT offer ALL Sky TV channels, as the Sky HD channels are NOT available on these systems.

For More information on Cardsharing in Spain please click here

 

High Definition (HD) / HD TV in Spain

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To receive and view HD channels you will require a HD decoder and a HD TV. There are a number of free HD channels available, such as BBC HD and Channel4HD, and an increasing number of HD subscription channels. The number of HD channels is slowly increasing and eventually all channels will be in HD. There are two forms of HD, 720 and 1080. These refer to the number of lines of data the TV’s can replicate, so a 1080 HD TV provides a picture with more lines of data than a 720 HD TV, and thus a clearer and more defined picture.

Both Freesat and Sky provide options for receiving HD programmes.

 

Freeview / TDT

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You cannot receive or watch UK Freeview in Spain. Freeview is not the same as Freesat – a common misconception. Freeview is transmitted in the UK only by the local TV transmitters, and is only receivable via a TV aerial, and Freesat is transmitted from satellites and only receivable via a satellite dish. So you cannot receive UK Satellite TV in Spain on Freeview or on TDT

The Spanish version of Freeview is TDT. Although it only broadcasts Spanish television channels, many programmes are available to watch in English.

See our TDT pages for more information.

 

Other Satellite TV Options

There are many other English satellite television channels available on other satellites, such as Arabsat, Nilesat, Astra, and Hotbird but the main UK channels are only available from one “satellite constellation”.

 

 

Choosing a Satellite Installer In Spain

Finding a satellite installer in Spain should not be such a problem, but choosing the right satellite installer can be.

Click here for more information on choosing a Satellite TV Installer in Spain

 

 

European Laws regarding UK TV in Spain

There are numerous European TV Laws, with most integrated into EU countries national Laws.

Many of these European TV Laws are to standardise TV regulation across the EU Member States.

For example, standardizing the number of advert minutes per hour.

More information on European TV laws here

 

Legalities of watching UK TV Via Satellite and the Internet in Spain

Is watching UK TV in Spain legal?

A question that has confused expats living in Spain for several years.
And the answer is yes and no.
It all depends which UK TV channels, and how you watch them.

More information on legalities of watching UK TV in Spain here

Feb 272015
 

This weeks satellite TV news – 27 February 2015

Our weekly round up of the latest satellite TV news, including news about Sky TV in Spain, Freesat in Spain, UK TV in Spain, Spanish TV in Spain, and Internet IPTV in Spain.

Latest news can be found at www.satandpcguy.com/blog

 

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Feb 202015
 

This weeks satellite TV news – 20 February 2015

Our weekly round up of the latest satellite TV news, including news about Sky TV in Spain, Freesat in Spain, UK TV in Spain, Spanish TV in Spain, and Internet IPTV in Spain.

Latest news can be found at www.satandpcguy.com/blog

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Feb 132015
 

This weeks satellite TV news – 13 February 2015

Our weekly round up of the latest satellite TV news, including news about Sky TV in Spain, Freesat in Spain, UK TV in Spain, Spanish TV in Spain, and Internet IPTV in Spain.

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Oct 122014
 

Sky Sports Bundle Advert – Sky TV Spain

 

An advert for the channels available in Skys Sports Bundle – October 2014

 

 

Sky TV in Spain : http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/sky_tv_in_spain_menu.php

Oct 122014
 

Sky Movies Bundle Advert – Sky TV Spain

 

An advert for the channels available in Skys Movies Bundle – October 2014

 

 

Sky TV in Spain : http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/sky_tv_in_spain_menu.php

Oct 122014
 

Sky Family Bundle Advert – Sky TV Spain

 

An advert for the channels available in Skys Family Bundle – October 2014

 

 

Sky TV in Spain : http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/sky_tv_in_spain_menu.php

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