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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Feb 272015

This weeks satellite TV news – 27 February 2015

Our weekly round up of the latest satellite TV news, including news about Sky TV in Spain, Freesat in Spain, UK TV in Spain, Spanish TV in Spain, and Internet IPTV in Spain.

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Feb 202015

This weeks satellite TV news – 20 February 2015

Our weekly round up of the latest satellite TV news, including news about Sky TV in Spain, Freesat in Spain, UK TV in Spain, Spanish TV in Spain, and Internet IPTV in Spain.

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Apr 212014

How can I watch Freeview in Spain?

The simple answer is that you cannot watch freeview in Spain.

This is because you cannot receive the freeview signals in Spain.


Freeview is transmitted in the UK by the local TV transmitters and is received by a TV aerial.

The freeview transmissions from the TV transmitter masts simply do not reach Spain. In fact the freeview transmissions do not actual cover the UK 100% either!

The nearest freeview transmitter to Spain is in the Channel Islands. But again the transmission from this mast are simply not strong enough to reach Spain.

So you cannot receive freeview in Spain.

More information on freeview available here:


However, many of the channels on freeview are available on Freesat, which is available in Spain.

Freesat is transmitted from satellites and are received using a satellite dish. Freesat was designed to help in provide digital TV in the UK for areas that could not receive freeview signals.

More information on freeview available here:


Freeview is not the same as Freesat – a common misconception. Even by some satellite installers here in Spain do not know the difference and still to this day advertise freeview as being available in Spain.


Apr 182014

Freesat provides subscription free UK TV

Freesat in Spain – Free UK TV in Spain

Freesat is available in Costa Blanca/ Valencia / Spain on a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 90x100cm (depending on the are you live in).

There are 11 high-definition channels on Freesat: BBC1HD, BBC2HD, BBC3HD, BBC4HD, CBBC HD, CBeebiesHD, BBC News HD, ITV1HD, C4 HD, Russia Today HD (RT HD), NHK HD.

This is a complete list of channels presently available on Freesat.

The region of BBC and ITV you will receive on 101 102 103 119 is determined by the postcode you enter during the set up process of your Freesat digital satellite set top box.

Channels available on Freesat (April 2014) : 205 (168 TV / 37 Radio)
101 BBC One (BBC One HD in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
102 BBC Two HD
103 ITV
104 Channel 4
105 Channel 5
106 BBC Three HD
107 BBC Four HD
108 BBC One HD (BBC One in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
109 BBC Two
110 BBC Alba
112 ITV+1
113 ITV2
114 ITV2+1
115 ITV3
116 ITV3+1
117 ITV4
118 ITV4+1
119 ITV HD (UTV HD in Northern Ireland)
120 S4C Digidol
121 Channel 4 + 1
122 E4
123 E4 + 1
124 More4
125 More4 + 1
126 Channel 4 HD
127 4seven
128 Channel 5+1
129 5USA
130 5USA +1
131 5*
132 Channel 5+24
134 CBS Drama
135 CBS Reality
136 CBS Reality +1
137 CBS Action
138 Horror Channel
139 Horror Channel +1
140 BET
141 BET+1
142 True Entertainment
143 More>Movies
144 Now Pick
145 Challenge
146 Viva
147 BBC Three
148 BBC Four

200 BBC News HD
201 BBC Parliament
202 Sky News
203 Al Jazeera Eng
204 Euronews
205 France 24
206 Russia Today HD (RT HD)
207 CNN
208 Bloomberg TV
209 NHK World HD
210 CNBC
211 CCTV News
212 BBC News

300 Film4
301 Film4 + 1
302 True Movies 1
303 True Movies 2
304 Movies4Men
305 Movies4Men +1

400 Showcase
401 Information TV
402 Showcase 2
403 Food Network
404 Food Network+1
405 Travel Channel
408 The Active Channel
409 Holiday & Cruise
410 Film On TV

500 Chart Show TV
501 The Vault
502 Flava
503 Chart Show Dance
504 B4U Music
505 Starz TV
506 Bliss
509 Zing
510 Clubland TV
511 Planet Pop
512 NOW Music
515 Vintage TV
516 Heart TV
517 Capital TV
518 Kiss
519 The Box
520 Heat
521 Smash Hits
523 Magic
524 Kerrang!

601 CBeebies HD
602 CITV
603 POP
604 POPGirl
605 Tiny Pop
606 Kix
607 CBBC
608 CBeebies

650 Psychic Today
651 Community
660 Sony SAB
661 Rishtey
662 Colors
690 Inspiration TV
691 Daystar TV
692 Revelation
693 Islam Channel
694 God Channel
696 TBN Europe

700 BBC Radio 1
701 BBC Radio 1 Xtra (BBC R1X)
702 BBC Radio 2
703 BBC Radio 3
704 BBC Radio 4 FM
705 BBC Radio Five Live (BBC R5L)
706 BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra (BBC R5SX)
707 BBC 6 Music
708 BBC Radio 4 Extra
709 BBC Asian Network
710 BBC Radio 4 LW
711 BBC World Service
712 BBC Radio Scotland
713 BBC Radio nan Gaidheal
714 BBC Radio Wales
715 BBC Radio Cymru
716 BBC Radio Ulster
718 BBC London 94.9 (available on London postcode only)
719 Capital FM
720 Capital Extra
721 Classic FM
722 Gold
723 XFM
724 Absolute
726 Absolute 80s
729 Jazz FM
730 Planet Rock
731 talkSPORT
732 Smooth Radio UK
733 Heart
734 LBC Radio
750 RTÉ Radio 1
751 RTÉ Radio 2 FM
752 RTÉ Lyric FM
753 Raidió na Gaeltachta
777 Insight Radio
786 BFBS Radio
790 TWR

800 QVC
801 Price Drop
802 Bid TV
803 Tristar
804 TV Warehouse+
805 Gems TV
806 TV Shop
807 JewelleryMaker
808 JML Direct
809 JML Living
810 Ideal Extra
811 The Deal Channel
812 Ideal World
813 Create & Craft
814 QVC Extra
815 Jewellery Channel
816 QVC Beauty
817 Rocks and Co1
818 QVC Style
820 Thane Direct
821 High Street TV

870 Babestation
875 Playboy TV Chat

900 On Demand
901 BBC iPlayer
903 ITV Player

950 BBC 1 London
951 BBC 1 Channel Islands
952 BBC 1 East Midlands
953 BBC 1 East (E)
954 BBC 1 East (W)
955 BBC 1 North West
956 BBC 1 North East & Cumbria
957 BBC 1 Northern Ireland
958 BBC 1 Oxford
959 BBC 1 South East
960 BBC 1 Scotland
961 BBC 1 South
962 BBC 1 South West
963 BBC 1 West Midlands
964 BBC 1 Wales
965 BBC 1 West
966 BBC 1 Yorks
967 BBC 1 East Yorks & Lincs
968 BBC 2 England
969 BBC 2 Northern Ireland
970 BBC 2 Scotland
971 BBC 2 Wales
974 Channel 4
975 Channel 4 + 1
977 ITV London (ITV HD via red button)

999 Freesat Info

Freesat – subscription free UK TV – available in Costa Blanca/ Valencia / Spain


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Dec 012012

Is Freesat TV in Spain as good as Sky TV in Spain?

Freesat digiboxes receive the same “free to air” satellite television channels as a Sky box.

Free to air channels are those channels that do not require a Sky viewing card to watch.

So a Sky box with no viewing card receives the same channels as a Freesat box.

Freesat boxes in Spain use the same satellites and sa,e frequencies for the channels as a Sky box in Spain uses.

There are no seperate Freesat satellites, or special Freesat frequencies that can be used that are any different than a Sky box in Spain uses.

So if you are in Spain, and want UK TV in Spain, then if you are in an area of Spain that requires a 2.4m Portuguese satellite dish for reception of BBC TV for a Sky digibox in Spain, then you will still need a 2.4m Portuguese satellite dish for reception of BBC TV using a Freesat box in Spain.

There are some differences between using a Freesat box in Spain and using a Sky digibox in Spain. Obviously, a Sky box will be able to read and use a Sky card, where are the Freesat box cannot, which is useful for the few “free to view” channels like Sony TV, Motors TV and Viva TV. A Freesat HD PVR is able to record onto its built in hard disk drive, yet to record using the built in hard disk drive on a Sky+ or Sky+HD digibox you need to be a Sky TV subscriber. These differences ar the same whether you are watching UK TV in Spain, UK TV in France, UK TV in Italy or in England.