Will my UK TV work in Spain?


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If TDT is Spains version of UK Freeview TV, can I get BBC and ITV and other UK TV channels via Freeview in Spain?

You cannot get BBC, ITV or any other UK TV channels on TDT. TDT is a Spanish TV system, and provides Spanish TV channels only. Even using a UK Freeview receiver in Spain, you still will not be able to receive BBC or ITV via a Spanish TV aerial on TDT.  You will not be able to receive Freeview in Spain. Freeview is only available in the UK, and is only able to be received in the UK via a TV aerial. The nearest Freeview transmitter is in Cornwall and the Channel Islands, and that transmitters signal is not powerful enough to reach Spain.


Will my UK digital Freeview box work in Spain?

Some UK Freeview TV boxes do work in Spain and receive the channels on TDT. However, some UK Freeview boxes may not be able to change programmes into their original language as some UK boxes are programmed to look for English, Welsh and Gaelic language “tags”, where as in Spain they use different language tags like “Dos” or “VO” (Version Original), or “Multi” or “Und”.

Any company offering “UK Freeview in Spain” should not be approached, as it is impossible to receive Freeview in Spain, and they clearly do no know what they are talking about if they are offering it in Spain! (if you are unsure, ask them to use an official Freeview branded receiver set top box, connect it to a normal TV aerial, and see if they can receive Freeview – the EPG should have the Freeview logo on it if they are using an official Freeview receiver)


Will my English / UK TV work in Spain?

This is a question I get asked a lot of times….

Simple answer is Yes, a UK TV will work in Spain.

There used to be issues with the older analogue TV systems, where for example, if you connect a Spanish TV aerial into an English TV, you had pictures but no audio. This is because British TV sets operating on the British system (PAL-1) where are Spain uses the PAL- BG standard. This mean that you may get picture but not sound.

These days TVs do not have this problem with Digital TV in Spain, as the digital signls are pretty much standard around Europe. Also TV today pan European settings available via their menu systems.

In addition, any device, like a satellite receiver or a Televisión Digital Terrestre TDT set top box, you buy in Spain and connect to your TV via the SCART / EURO or HDMI connectors will work.

Mar 102017

FA Cup 6th Round (Quarter Finals) Fixtures and TV Coverage

Saturday 11 March 2017

12:15 Middlesbrough VS Manchester City
Live on BT Sport Two
Live on Teledeporte (Spanish TV)

17:30 Arsenal VS Lincoln City
Live on BT Sport Two

Sunday 12 March 2017

14:00 Tottenham Hotspur VS Millwall
Live on BBC One
Live on Teledeporte (Spanish TV)

Monday 13 March 2017

19:45 Chelsea VS Manchester United
Live on BBC One
Live on Teledeporte (Spanish TV)

Spanish TV Channels on Digital TV


Spanish TV Channels on Digital TV

Spanish TV Channels on Digital TV

Here is a list of the Spanish TV Channels on Digital TV that are available via TDT.

La 1: public service broadcasting network (available in HD).
La 2: second nationwide public channel.
24h: 24-hour news channel. Also on digital satellite & cable operators.
Clan: children/teen channel. Also on digital satellite & cable operators.
Teledeporte: sports; also on digital satellite & cable operators (available in HD).

Antena 3: general programs (available in HD).
laSexta: general programs (available in HD).
Neox: children/teen channel and general programs.
Nova: woman-oriented programs, lifestyle, TV series and movies.
Mega: men-oriented programs.
Atreseries: TV series (HD).

Telecinco: general programs (available in HD).
Cuatro: general programs (available in HD).
Factoría de Ficción: TV series and movies.
Divinity: women-oriented programs, lifestyle and celebrity gossip.
Energy: men-oriented programs.
Boing: children channel.

Discovery MAX: free-to-air Discovery Channel documentaries.
13 TV: Catholic-oriented general programs

Disney Channel: free-to-air Disney Channel.
Paramount Channel: free-to-air Paramount Channel movies.

9KissTV: young adult-oriented general programs.
Channel availability depends on your local transmitters



Spanish Digital TV Frequencies for Spain

Pay Digital TV Spain

Analogue TV Switch Off in Spain

Jun 242015

The Spanish regulator CMNC has taken action yet again against Mediaset and Atresmedia, the country’s leading commercial broadcasters.

In the case of Mediaset, it has fined the company €229,136 for exceeding the permitted advertising airtime, as stipulated by the General Law on Audiovisual Communication (LGCA), on its channels Telecinco and Cuatro.
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Jun 122015

Spain’s Supreme Court will meet on June 23 to decide on whether to order the closure of eight DTT channels.

According to El Economista, the decision, which result in a huge blow for Mediaset and Atresmedia, the country’s two leading broadcasters, has caused a confrontation between by vice president Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria and José Manuel Soria, the industry minister.

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Feb 192015

Spain’s Ministry of Industry has put back by one month the changes to Spanish TV that would see the freeing up of the 700 MHz band. This band has been allocayed for 4G/LTE networks.

El Economista reports that this new delay follows requests by both TV broadcasters and aerial installers (Fenitel).

Reports suggest that about 2.5 million Spanish households have still to retune their receivers, or if they using commula aerial system,have their systems upgraded.

It is estimated that by March 81% of homes will have retuned – 26 percentage points more than in January but still some way short of the 100% target.

The DTT switch was initially scheduled to take place at the beginning of the year but was then put back until the middle of this month.

Jan 062015

Andalucía TV has ceased it satellite transmissions.
The loss of Andalucía TV has caused uproar among dish owners, upset about the loss of the satellite TV signal.
Andalucía TV was available free to air on Hispasat 1E (at 30 degrees West) and Astra 1L (at 19.2 degrees East).
Andalucía TV was a regional TV channels for Spain, and carried programming from Canal Sur TV and Canal Sur 2, two other local SPanish TV channels.
Radio Televisión de Andalucía, that operates Andalucía TV, said that its programmes would be available via the Ono, Telecable and Movistar cable TV / IPTV networks.

Dec 212014

Spain will get five new Spanish TV channels in 2015.

The Spanish government has confirmed that they will be awarding Spanish TV licences for four new HD and one new SD channels in 2015.
Currently, there are 15 national digital TV channels in Spain:
Six operated by Mediaset (Telecinco, Cuatro, FDF, Divinity, Energy and Boing);
Five by Atresmedia (Antena 3, La Sexta, Neox, Nova and Gol TV);
Two from Veo TV rented to Discovery Max and 13 TV;
Two from Net TV rented to Disney Channel and Paramount Channel.

Dec 212014

Spanish TV is due for a few changes in the next few months.

Several Spanish TV channels, that you receive via a TV aerial, are schedule to change frequencies.

This is due to their current frequencies due to be sold off to mobile phone operators for 3G and 4G.

See: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/10/changes-tdt-spanish-digital-television-changes-tv-spain/

The deadline for his change over was the 31st De3cember 2014.

However, The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry to delay the switch off until March 31st 2015

For most people, the changes to Spanish TV will simply mean performing a rescan for channels on their set top box or TV

However, those in apartment blocks or communities will have to wait until their “signal head end” is adapted to the new frequencies.

This new delay is due to the fact that by October 2014 less than 10%, and estimates for December 2014 say less than 50%, of buildings in Spain have been adapted for the new Spanish TV frequencies.

Spanish TV channels will continue to be “simulacast” on both old and new frequencies until the new deadline.


Dec 142014

Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Mediaset for breaching the Law on Audiovisual Communication.

In particular, the broadcaster’s channels Cuatro and Telecinco stand accused of violating the maximum permitted airtime of 12 minutes per hour for advertising and teleshopping.

As this is considered a minor offence, Mediaset faces the prospect of a fine of up to €100,000 for each violation.

Atresmedia and its TV channel La Sexta are also accused of exceeding the transmission time allowed for advertsing and teleshopping messages.

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