Jun 152016
 

Sky Movies is to be re-branded Sky Cinema in July, bringing the service in line with the name used in Europe.

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Sky will premiere a new film every day, including the latest Star Wars film this summer, as part of a rebrand of Sky Movies as Sky Cinema.

The move will see a 75% increase in the number of films debuting on Sky from 8 July.

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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.

Sky TV in Spain 110x120cm 1.2m offset satellite dish

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.

Sky TV in Spain 125x135cm 1.4m offset satellite dish

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 :

 

Sky TV channels in Spain

 

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.

 

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 Channel Four TV channels via satellite until around 2025.

 

Sky+ / Sky Plus Digiboxes

Sky+ digiboxes are Personal Video Recorders (PVR) which uses an internal Hard Disk Drive. This allows you to record and pause (sometimes known as Timeshift) TV channels. They also allow you to watch one TV channel whilst recording the other by the use of its twin tuners, which does require two cable connection from the satellite dish to the Sky Plus digibox. The Sky Plus recording functions are available free with any Sky TV subscription. If you do not have a Sky TV subscription you can pay 10 per month for a subscription to activate these functions. Sky+ digiboxes do function in Spain.

 

Sky High Definition /Sky HD

Sky HD allows you to receive and watch Sky HD channels on a HD TV. There are a number of subscription free HD channels available, such as BBC One HD and Channel 4HD, and an increasing number of subscription HD channels. HD provides more lines of data of the image, meaning that HD transmissions offer much higher quality of image than Standard Definition (SD) channels. Sky HD requires a Sky HD or Sky+HD digibox.

 

 

Sky TV Channels

A selection of the channels available on the Sky TV subscription packages.

sky oneSky One : Channel and frequency Information

sky sportsSky Sports : Channel Information

sky sportsSky Sports : Frequency Information

sky sports f1Sky Sports F1 : Channel and frequency Information

sky moviesSky Movies : Channel and frequency Information

sky atlanticSky Atlantic : Channel and frequency Information

daveDave : Channel and frequency Information

discovery ukDiscovery Channel : Channel and frequency Information

nat geoNational Geographic Channel : Channel and frequency Information

UK Satellite TV Costa Blanca

 

UK Satellite TV Costa Blanca. UK TV Costa Blanca. Sky TV Costa Blanca. UK TV Channels Costa Blanca. Freesat Costa Blanca.

UK Satellite TV Costa Blanca

UK TV is available to expats in the Costa Blanca area of Spain.

Even with the recent introduction of new UK TV satellites reception of all UK TV channels is very good.

Reception of the main UK TV channels, like BBC and ITV, via satellite, using a Sky digibox, or Freesat set top box, will mean you have to have a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 90x110cm “1m”.

For some areas of Costa Blanca, a minimum 110x120cm satellite dish is required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat and Sky.

For some areas of Costa Blanca, a minimum 125x135cm satellite dish is required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat and Sky.

With the very good satellite signals in the Costa Blanca area, UK TV by satellite (via Sky or Freesat) is still the best option for receiving and watching UK TV.

Reception of many Sky TV channels in Costa Blanca , like Sky Sports and Sky Atlantic, is easier, and requires a “small” satellite dish, may be a 90x100cm “1m” dish, or the larger 125x135cm “1.4m” satellite dish.

The map on the link below shows a reception map and the size of satellite dishes for Spain that are able to receive the main UK TV channels.

Reception Reports / Satellite Dish sizes to receive BBC and ITV UK Satellite TV Costa Blanca areas of Spain

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

 

 

 

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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.

sky original bundle channels

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 :

 

Aug 112015
 

With many people and installers getting confused with terminology used for TV, hopefully this guide will help people understand what is and is not available in Spain.

It should also help people to determine what equipment they require to receive UK TV in Spain.

Many times I have been contacted by people who have read incorrect information on the internet, or given bad advice by people. Most have Freeview boxes, and were attempting to connect them to a satellite dish, or expecting UK TV when connecting them to a TV aerial in Spain – both of which is not possible, despite what they may have been told.

Channel Types:
Channels can be broken down into four categories:

Free to air – channels that are transmitted “in the clear”, with no encryption, or subscription. Examples include BBC, ITV, Channel Four.

Free to view – channels that are transmitted with encryption, so require a viewing card, but do not require a subscription.Examples include Motors TV, LFCTV.

Pay channels – channels that are transmitted with encryption, so require a viewing card, and a subscription. Examples include Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Sports

Pay per view – channels that are transmitted with encryption, so require a viewing card, and one off payment. Usually boxing and WWE Wrestling

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Jan 232015
 

This weeks Satellite and TV in Spain News – 23 January 2015

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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

 

 

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Oct 122014
 

Sky Movies Bundle Advert – Sky TV Spain

 

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

 

 

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Oct 122014
 

Sky Family Bundle Advert – Sky TV Spain

 

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

 

 

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