Feb 082017

Music channel 4Music has dropped its encryption and is currently broadcasting free-to-air on satellite.

4Music, a joint venture between Channel 4 and Bauer Media, has since its launch been encrypted on satellite.

It was available without subscription, using a “Freesat from Sky” “free to view” viewing card.

A switch to free-to-air status would pave the way for the channel to be included on free-to-air satellite service Freesat, something a lot of viewers have requested over the years.

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Aug 112015

With many people and installers getting confused with terminology used for TV, hopefully this guide will help people understand what is and is not available in Spain.

It should also help people to determine what equipment they require to receive UK TV in Spain.

Many times I have been contacted by people who have read incorrect information on the internet, or given bad advice by people. Most have Freeview boxes, and were attempting to connect them to a satellite dish, or expecting UK TV when connecting them to a TV aerial in Spain – both of which is not possible, despite what they may have been told.

Channel Types:
Channels can be broken down into four categories:

Free to air – channels that are transmitted “in the clear”, with no encryption, or subscription. Examples include BBC, ITV, Channel Four.

Free to view – channels that are transmitted with encryption, so require a viewing card, but do not require a subscription.Examples include Motors TV, LFCTV.

Pay channels – channels that are transmitted with encryption, so require a viewing card, and a subscription. Examples include Sky One, Sky Atlantic, Sky Sports

Pay per view – channels that are transmitted with encryption, so require a viewing card, and one off payment. Usually boxing and WWE Wrestling

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Aug 022015

UK Freeview is not available in Spain, despite UK TV installers other people in Spain saying UK Freeview IS available in Spain.

UK Freeview is only available in the UK.
UK Freeview is received by a TV aerial in the UK.
UK Freeview is transmitted from land based mast in the UK, masts such as Emley Moor and Crystal Palace.
UK Freeview signals do not reach Spain. They do not even cover the UK 100%!
UK Freeview cannot be received by a satellite dish. They are two different broadcast systems.

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May 082015

Confusion About Free UK Television in Spain – Freeview – Freesat – Free to air – Free to view – Satellite TV in Spain for expats

Many people are confused about whether they can receive free UK television in Spain. The subject of what UK channels you can receive is something we are always being asked. Terms such as free UK television in Spain, Freeview and Freesat are always cropping up so we shall explain it to you.

Many people, even satellite installers in Spain, get confused about Freeview and Freesat. If satellite TV installers are unable to get their terminology correct, then no wonder British expats on the Costa’s in Spain are getting more and more confused about how to receive UK TV in Spain.

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May 082015

BT Sport will have a free-to-air version of BT Sport from the next football season, it has been confirmed.

When BT Sports announced they had secured the live broadcast rights for the UK for Champions League and Europa League, they announced that they would be making some matches available free to air.

There had been speculation as to whether BT would licence matches to third-party broadcasters, like ITV, who currently show the free-to-air matches, with Sky broadcasting the rest to Sky Sports subscribers.

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Apr 272014

Free to air and Free to View – terminology confusion

FTA stands for ‘Free-to-air‘ – which means that the channel does not need a viewing card or even a sky digibox, any digital satellite receiver is fine.

FTV stands for ‘Free-to-viewthe channel needs a viewing card (either a subscription or a non subscription “Freesat from Sky”) and a Sky-branded digibox.

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These are just some of the popular channels that are FTA and do no need any sky viewing card whatsoever :

ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 (plus all timeshift versions)
Channel4, Five, BBC1HD, BBC2HD, ITV HD, STV HD
Film4, E4, More4, (plus all timeshift versions)
True Movies1, True Movies2, Movies4men, Movies4men2, Men & Motors,
CBS Action, CBS Reality, Chart Show, The Vault, Fizz, Bliss, Scuzz, Flaunt,,
BBC News24, Sky News, Bloomberg, CNN, Euronews
CBBC, Cbeebies, CITV, Pop, Tiny Pop, Pop Girl, Kix!
plus well over 50 digital radio stations, far too much to list.


Current FTV channels that require a 1-off payment “freesat from sky” viewing card, or a subscription card and a sky branded digibox are-

Liverpool FC TV

Motors TV

Sony TV

Sony Movies TV


Sep 102013

BT Sport to stage second “free” evening

On Friday 13th September, BT Sport will be showcasing its rugby coverage free-to-air, with live coverage of Harlequins v Northampton in the Aviva Premiership between 7pm and 10pm.

BT Sport first went free-to-air on 1st August; its launch day.

The free Rugby coverage will also be shown on BT Sport for viewers with Sky or Virgin Media, where the existing BT Sport 1 channel will be switched to free-to-view.