Digital TV in Spain – Digital Terrestrial Television (TDT) – Televisión Digital Terrestre
Televisión Digital Terrestre (Terrestrial Digital Television) also know as TDT, is Spain’s version of the UK’s Freeview system.
Digital TV in Spain provides digital television channels via your normal terrestrial TV aerial on the roof.
The old poor quality terrestrial analogue signals have now been turned off, as part of the Europe wide analogue TV switch off programme, and being replaced by high quality digital signals. These digital signals provide much clear picture quality, multiply audio options and more channels. Whereas you could normally receive on 9 – 12 Spanish television channels, there are up to 30 Spanish television channels available digitally, depending on your location.
Most digital terrestrial channels on TDT are available for free – free to air.
Between 2009 and 2015 there were also a few Pay TV / Subscription TV channels available on TDT. The first Pay TV on TDT was GOL TV – a football channel, which shows a number or football matches from various leagues around the world, including the English Premier League and the Spanish La Liga. GOL TV ceased transmitting on TDT in July 2015.
There are no UK channels available on Spain’s TDT Digital Terrestrial service. However many channels broadcast their programmes with their original audio as well as the dubbed Spanish audio. So if a programme is being broadcast that was made in the UK or USA, then you may be able to change the Spanish audio soundtrack into an English Audio soundtrack. Normally this is done by pressing the Audio button on the remote control and selecting the required language.
TDT is not available in all areas, due to the signals being weak due to location (i.e. mountains). In some areas unable to receive the TDT signals from the main transmitters, local re-transmitters have been erected to provide better coverage.
Spanish TV Installations
To receive Digital TV in Spain you will require :
- a TV aerial
- possibly a aerial signal amplifier
- a digital tuner – either by a separate digital terrestrial set top box, or a TV with a built in digital tuner.
We can supply and install the equipment required for reception of Digital TV in Spain starting from 100 euros – Spanish TV Installations
TDT Frequencies in Spain
Many TDT channels are on the same frequencies across the whole of Spain.
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.