Sep 212014

What is the best satellite dish for UK TV in Spain?


Well the first thing is where in Spain are you, as this will determine the size of satellite dish you will be needing for reception of UK TV in Spain.


In my service area, the Valencia and Costa Blanca North area, a satellite dish of 125x135cm is the recommended satellite dish.

These are oval in shape and are called “off set” satellite dishes, as the LNB is located at an “off set” angle to the face of the satellite dish.


We have found that the best performing satellite dish for reception of UK TV in Spain in my service area is currently a 125x135cm satellite dish manufactured by Tecatel –

This is the satellite dish that we recommend for a decent stable signal vrom the new UK TV satellites, Astra 2e and Astra 2F.

The Tecatel 125x135cm satellite dish is the satellite dish we have been using for our satellite installations since February 2014.

We found this Tecatel satellite dish outperform the Famaval “1.4m” satellite dish by about 0.3 to 0.5 db.

This despite the Famaval 1.4m dish being advertised as a “hi gain satellite dish” and that it “outperforms other satellite dishes of a similar size”.

This is from testing a range of similar sized dishes in various locations in our service area.


And these Tecatel satellite dishes are robust and reliable.

In fact they were used to receive BBC TV in Spain, over 15 years ago, before the move to the “big dish” satellite. Many of these satellite dishes are still installed and working today.


Worryingly, many of the famed Famaval 1.4m satellite dishes that I have been called out to help resolve reception problems have usually not been installed correctly. The Famaval 1.4m dishes come with rubber “grommets” that should be fitted between the dish and the supporting brackets. Many installs I have seen do not have these, so the dish is not performing at its best. I have no idea why installers in my area do not use the rubber grommets – there must be a huge stockpile in someone’s van… Much in the same way installers “forget” to use the rubber boots for LNB connections….


  2 Responses to “What is the best satellite dish for UK TV in Spain?”

  1. Hi, The Tecatel dish 125×135 you speak about is how much? posted to Empuriabrava,nth of girona, Which I assume you don,t service Please, Regards

    • You are correct that I do not cover the area.
      And I do not “post” dishes either.

      And, from reception reports I have seen, I think that a 125x135cm dish for that area may still have issues trying to receive BBC and ITV…
      A 120cm dish in Palafrugell doe snot get any BBC or ITV channels…

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