Jul 192015

Browsing the local expat newspapers this weekend, I looked at the adverts from other satellite TV companies in the area.

One advert from one company caught my eye.

One of their installation options offered a “Ferguson Freesat HD digibox”.

However Ferguson do not make a Freesat receiver.

None of their receivers have the Freesat logo, Freesat software, Freesat Programme Guide, or Freesat Automatic Updates.

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Jul 042015

When areas of southern Spain and Portugal lost access to the free to air signals carrying BBC and ITV due to the changes in satellite footprints caused by Astra replacing their old satellite with new satellites, some expats turned to the Intelsat 907 and BBC SATBACK system to continue to receive their UK TV channels.

Essentially the BBC SATBACK system is run by Arqiva and is there as an emergency back up should the links for the Freeview TV system in the UK fail. If there is a failure in the Freeview distribution network, then the main UK TV channels can still be transmitted on Freeview by using these satellite feeds instead.
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Apr 292015

As we mentioned on this blog earlier, ( ) today ITV2HD and ITV4HD joined ITV3HD on the Uk beam.

Sky boxes were mapped over to the new frequency at around midday today.

This has meant that expats in some areas may have lost their ITV32HD and ITV4HD channels.
Some expats relied on ITV2HDs repeats for their soaps (Corrie and Emmerdale), but from today, reception in some areas is now harder. The switch means some expats have lost access to ITV’s sports coverage and Coronation Street and Emmerdale replays in areas where the main ITV channel wasn’t receivable via satellite.

For example, expats in southern Spain may have been using a smaller 125×125 or “1.4m” satellite dish to watch ITV2HD and ITV4HD, and they will now have last these channels, as their dish is now too small to receive those channels.

This was not totally unexpected. Tests for these two ITV HD channels have been on the UK beam for a few weeks now.

It may signal an end to the Sky abnd ITV contract, and may mean these ITVHD channels may soon go free to air..

Feb 092015

Regional Spanish broadcaster Andalucía TV is set to return to Astra and Hispasat in Canal+ deal.

Canal Sur, the international channel from Radio Televisión de Andalucía (RTVA) is set to return to satellite DTH as a free-to-air channel thanks to a new distribution agreement with the Canal+ group.

Canal Sur started its satellite broadcasts in February 1996, but had to stop transmission this January due to lack of funds. The move led to disappointment with viewers of the channel in Spain and with expats in Germany and other countries; even viewers in Andalucia were affected by the removal of the DTH broadcasts, as terrestrial reception proved to be unsatisfactory in some parts of the province.