“UKTVDirect from satellites using a small 60cm satellite dish” – Yeah Right!
There is a “new” type of rebroadcasting currently being pushed on a number of EXPAT forums, in Costa Blanca Newspapers, and around most of Europe, which claims that you can receive UK TV channels direct from the satellite using on an 60cm, and claim (again!) that it is 100% legal – which of course it isn’t!
Its true, the signals are direct from a satellite – but they are not direct from the satellite used for the UKTV channels! The system uses a totally different satellite to rebroadcast channels to Spain. To put in simply, all this system does is rebroadcasting free to air channels via a satellite and not via a land based mast. You are getting these signals from a third party and not directly from he main UK TV satellite!
Some “distributors” of this system are saying that it is all in HD…which is correct…in about 1% of the sense. They are using HD technology to compress 24 channels onto one frequency. Non of the channels are in HD, although you do need a HD receiver to decode these channels. They are also encrypted…to stop people stealing their “stolen” signals. International Copyright law states that you cannot redistribute material, like TV channels, without permission from those channels, and especially not for profit without this permission!
Again, be wary of people offering this system. It comes with all the risks of a normal rebroadcaster, transmitting channels without the channel permission. Although many laws in the EU state that you can freely rebroadcast channels that are available free on satellite, many of these companies are overlooking all the national, EU and international copyright laws, that state that you can only broadcast copyrighted material (i.e. channels) “with the owners permission”.
The BBC have reiterated the point that they do not licence any company in any EU country (apart from in Holland and in Switzerland) to rebroadcast their channels or copyrighted material, and those that would wish to do so would have to seek permission from them.
The kit is at least 500 euros and will require a annual subscription. Bear in mind that many of the channels offered can be easily received in Spain FOR FREE on an 80cm dish!!
Discussion of this service has been removed from many satellite and expat forums due to questions over its legality, and so far investigations have not revealed the company who is operating these signals…much contact has been via an untraceable HOTMAIL email account. And most questions about its legality have been “tactfully ignored” – as you can see from this thread where the agent “charles” repeatedly ignores questions about this service, and just insults those asking him! In fact most of the information about this service came from two other posters “mmmmmm” and “spanman”, who look to be clued up about the system, but were continually told “you don’t know nothing its all rumours” by “charles” who then does not supply any answers about why they are wrong! Why so secretive if the service is 100% legal!?!?! More on this thread
Another update on this story : 3rd August 2009: I have heard that the UK broadcasters are pursuing legal options with the satellite operator. These “new” rebroadcasters are using Intelsat – a satellite company which is also used for distributing Freeview to the UK, and for links and feeds (i.e. used by news channels), and this company has close business ties with many official broadcasters.