Sky Satellite TV System Installations

 

Sky Satellite TV System Installations

Sky Satellite TV systems provide access to both free and pay TV channels. Official Sky TV viewing cards and Sky HD or Sky+HD digiboxes are required.

 

110x120cm Satellite Dish and Sky HD Receiver Installation
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110x120cm Satellite dish Installations, wall bracket or floor stand, Single Output High Gain LNB, Cabling, Sky HD Receiver,

 

 

110x120cm Satellite Dish and Sky+HD (Recording) Receiver Installation
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110x120cm Satellite dish Installations, wall bracket or floor stand, Twin Output High Gain LNB, Cabling, Sky+HD (Recordable) Receiver,

 

 

1.25 x 1.35m Satellite Dish and Sky HD Receiver Installation
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1.25 x 1.35m Satellite Dish, wall bracket or floor stand, Single Output High Gain LNB, Cabling, Sky HD Receiver

 

 

1.25 x 1.35m Satellite Dish and Sky+HD (Recording) Receiver Installation
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1.25 x 1.35m Satellite Dish, wall bracket or floor stand, Twin Output High Gain LNB, Cabling, Sky+HD (Recordable) Receiver

 

 

 

 

More information?

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Jan 302017
 

Sky prepare for loss of Discovery channels

Sky have made preparations for the loss of the Discovery TV Group of channels…

Contract negotiations between Sky and Discovery have meant the potential loss of 12 channels operated by Discovery from the Sky TV package. (More information here )

The loss of channesl is expect to happen on the 1st February 2017, unless a last minute deal can be reached.

In the meantime, Sky has prepared a “generic” screen, informing customers that the channels are no longer available on Sky TV packages, which will “go live” on the 1st February 2017.

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Sep 012016
 

Makes of popular satellite receivers being used in Spain are the Vu, Vu Duo+, Openbox, Skybox, GI and Iberosat.

Why are they popular? Well because they are used to card share, offer cheap access to pay TV channels from the likes of Sky UK.

Obviously these systems are highly illegally a fact which many “installers” of these system in Spain fail to tell their clients when installing them.

However a recent development means that users of these satellite receivers may soon lose all their Sky pay channels!! Again, something which installers in Spain are not mentioning to their clients.

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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 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

Sky TV Spain

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

Aug 142015
 

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.

Is watching free to air UK TV channels like BBC ITV in Spain legal?

Firstly, the free to air UK TV channels like BBC ITV C4 and Fives.
It is not illegal to watch these channels via satellite direct from the broadcasters.

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Mar 152015
 

Sky has announced it is ‘changing’ its satellite TV subscription prices in June.

Notes on the the Sky TV sign-up pages on the Sky website advise new subscribers that Sky TV prices are changing on the 1st June.
Interestingly it does not say if subscription prices for current Sky subscribers will also increase in June.
Subscribers are advised that as part of Sky’s terms and conditions, Sky may “increase prices by up to 10%” during a minimum contract term.

No further details about the amount of the price change, or if there will be changes to the Sky package bundles as a result of these price changes.

Sky recently paid a record amount to retain Premier League football rights through to 2019, which heightened fears among fans about price changes.

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 212015
 

Sky Deutschland card sharing pirates convicted

Three criminal cases have issued fines and suspended prison sentences to operators of card sharing servers in Germany.

Card sharing allows illegal access to pay-TV services. These cases related to cardshareing for the Sky Deutschland satellite TV service.

The Audiovisual Anti-Piracy Alliance (AAPA) reports one case resulted in a suspended prison sentence of 1 year and 6 months plus a fine of €2,000 being imposed on the principal offender of a card sharing operation. The court stated in its decision that the card sharing operation which had 423 users caused damage of €430,000, creating an income of €143,000 for the card sharing server operator and a loss to the fiscal authority of €34,000.

Another case decreed that card sharing activity was computer fraud on a commercial scale; the fraud being committed jointly with the users. The court cases against the users are being handled locally at the place of residence of the users: the first ones have already been concluded with the users being convicted.

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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