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  1. Hi, I live in Navarra in northern Spain – 100kms south of Pamplona, I have a 1.4m dish and this morning I lost all my BBC channels.

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  3. Hi Jon,
    We have a 90×100 dish with the Black Ultra LNB you supplied us with in Playa Gandia’
    Lost all BBC today except patchy BBC Northen Ireland.
    All ITV gone except +1

    • No ITVs have moved, yet.
      So the loss of those would suggest your dish is out of alignment – maybe by the 100+kmph winds over xmas and new year.
      Which would also mean the loss of the BBCs – 90×100 is on the edge of reception.

      • Hi
        You should have no issues with a 120 dish in Gandia. It needs to be accurately aligned, and maybe a better LNB.
        I can get all channels almost all day (not between 0100-0730 tho) on my 80cm dish just outside Gandia, so your dish should have no issues at all.

  4. We live in Frigiliana, Nerja, Malaga. No reception of BBC with 1.4m dish. Any ideas yet if a larger dish will give a an adequate signal and what size please?

  5. Can you explain dish sizes please. Cant understand the ref to 90x100cm, 100 x 110cm and 1.25×1.4m.
    What size dish is needed in Benidoleig(nr Ondara)I am moving house soon so need to plan. At moment I have a 1.9 dish and I can still get BBC and Sky but may move to an apartment so need smaller dish (or IPTV)

    • Dish sizes are more complex than the seem.

      In most countries dish sizes are measured horizontally,.
      In Spain, they are measured vertically.
      So for most a dish measuring 90x100cm would be a 90cm dish, in Spain a 1m dish.
      And a dish measuring 125×140 would be a 1.25m dish in most countries and a 1.4m dish in Spain.
      Even more confusing, some measure the face of the dish, and others also use the outer rim also. The “1.9” you mention can be a called a 1.8m dish, until you include the outer rim, then it is a 1.9m dish.
      it is a bit early to say but it looks like a 100x110cm (1.1m) dish may be the minimum in Benidoleige

      So I try to mention the actual dish size to try and stop confusion.

  6. We have a 3 mtr dish that we have been using to obtain English Tv in Gran Canaria, we have lost BBC at the present time and are expecting to lose ITV this week, is there any way we can receive programmes other than via the internet.

  7. Hi,i got a dish 1.2 meters,we live in mallorca on the north.

    Do i need a bigger dish to watch itv and bbc channels?

    I watch all the others like itv2 hd itv 3hd itv 4 hd,and all the itv +.

    If you can respond will be very appreciate

    Thank you very much.

  8. Please Could You Advise .What Size Dish I would Need To Receive BBC AND ITV Channels iIn Aguillas Murcia Region ,I Have A 1.3 Dish At Present No Signal,Could Please Give A Price Regards John Horrigan

  9. From what I understand, when all the transfers have been completed to 2E, the satellite operator can tweak the beams to make them even narrower meaning even bigger dishes will lose reception in time.

    • I don’t think they can tweak the beams now, these are all when the satellite is being built. What they may be able to do is change the position of the satellite slightly, but too much will impact the UK also. And they can tweak the power levels, up or down, which can change reception levels

  10. Austria Calling

    we have lost all UK Beam Channels, using a 1.25 dish with SKYHD package, Swiss freind using 1 meter still has all channels, Olympics only on BBC RB2, will install 1.5 next week keeping fingers crossed.

  11. we live in Cuevas del Campo, Andalucia and have a 1.3 dish but have lost all BBC channels, ITV to follow, is there anything we can do to get reception, Derrick

    • Those signals have not gone.
      Those signals are still there.
      Only they are now weaker than before.
      And those channels have been lost as their current dish, that has been fine for x number of year, is now too small to receive these new weaker signals.
      So for many areas, it is simply a question of a larger dish. How larger a dish depends where you are.

  12. 20 miles inland from Ayamonte on the Costa de la Luz, all ITV, Channel 4, including Film 4 have gone overnight. Also TCM – although TCM+1 still working.

  13. we are being told we can add a small box to our existing small dish here in Tarragona and recover all lost channels, any thoughts? Thx

    • No special box can magically get your channels back if your dish is too small to receive the signals in the first place.
      If your dish is too small to receive the signals only upgrading to a larger dish will get them back.
      If your dish is too small to receive the signals getting a new receiver will not help, as they can only work with signals they can receive.

  14. All BBC channels lost in Madeira on 1.8 and even 2.4m dishes. Receiving C4 Ireland and ITV 2, 3, 4 C5 on sky subscription

    • BBC and ITV channels are all free to air.
      So Sky and Freesat boxes can receive them.
      Channels on Sky boxes and Freesat boxes use the same satellites and the same signals.
      So usually if you cannot receive a channel on a Freesat box, it is unlikely you will do so on a Sky box.

      That said, yes the signals are still available in the Marbella area, but you require a very large satellite dish to receive them…maybe a 2-3m dish…?

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