Aug 182014
 

Interesting day today.

1 Freesat HD system installed for clients fed up with their IPTV / xbmc / android brit tv box system – low image quality, always buffering, endless trawling through non working links, little help from the person who sold it…

1 Sky HD install for people fed up with their PAY IPTV service that was always buffering and hard to see images on sports channels. With their new Sky HD system, they commented “we should have done this months ago rather than waste money on that mag250 system”!

And 3 more disgruntled internet tv users wanting a hd satellite system on the answerphone today …

Wonder why this surge all of a sudden…..

Aug 092014
 

We regularly contribute to a local Javea publication, the Javea Grapevine, with the latest news, and views with regards to satellite TV and reception of UK TV in Javea.

This was an article in the June publication.

Terminology

You may have often heard about Freeview, Freesat, Free to air and free to view. But do you know what they mean? Many people and even some satellite installers are often confused about their meaning, and can mean people buying the wrong type of equipment.

Freeview is the name of the consortium that operated the UK’s digital terrestrial TV service. It is transmitted from land based masts, and received by a TV aerial. Freeview IS NOT available in Spain. The Freeview signals simply do not reach into Spain. Freeview is not available via a satellite dish. You cannot connect a Freeview box to a satellite dish and expect to watch UK TV – they are two different incompatible systems.

Spain does not have an equivalent of Freeview (the consortium), but it does have a digital terrestrial TV service – TDT. It offers about 40 channels via a TV aerial, and has the bonus where most UK and USA imported programmes have their original English audio available as well as the “dubbed” Spanish audio.

Freesat is the name of the satellite TV service which offers access to the free TV channels, many of which are on Freeview. Freesat is only available on official Freesat receivers. You cannot get Freesat on a Sky box, although the channels on Freesat are also available on a Sky box (even with no viewing card).

Free to air channels are channels that are available free of encryption (so no viewing card is required) and subscription free. They are available on Freesat and Sky boxes. Examples include BBC channels.

Free to view is not “Freeview”. Free to view channels are channels that encrypted (so a viewing card is required) but are subscription free. Free to view channels are not available on Freesat. They are available on a Sky box. Examples include Sony Movies, Motors TV and LFCTV.

Why do I mention this? Well I often hear of people saying “bring a Freeview box to Spain and use it on your dish to get channels” and “connect your Freeview box to your dish” and “you can get Freeview in Spain”. Over the years I have been called out to people who, based on what they have heard and understood, have brought a Freeview box to Spain and confused as to why a) it will not work with a satellite dish, and b) it only gets Spanish TV channels and no UK channels!

End of cheap (and illegal) Sky TV?

Some installers have been selling systems that can access the full Sky TV package, for a lot less than the official Sky monthly charges. They do this by selling access to illegal cardsharing systems. A satellite receiver, usually an Iberosat or Ariva, is connected via the internet to a server that provides the access codes to unlock the Sky TV channels.

Obviously illegal, but probably not mentioned by the installer.

However, recently if you are using such systems you will have noticed that about a dozen Sky HD channels are no longer available via this system – Sky One HD being one such channel.

It is expected over the coming months ALL Sky HD channels, and maybe even the SD Sport and Movie channels, will have their encryption upgraded, meaning these channels are no longer available on cardsharing systems.

This is because Sky, and other pay TV providers, have been upgrading their encryption software to prevent their channels being access via cardsharing. The only way to continually access these channels via satellite would be using a Sky Digibox and a Sky viewing card with a monthly subscription.

Jon Worby – The Sat and PC Guy

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The Javea Grapevine can be found online at : http://javeagrapevine.com/magazine/

Mar 292014
 

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on Thursday, March 27, that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Europe can legally block piracy sites that illegally distribute copyright-protected material.

The European court ruled on a case brought back in June 15, 2012 before the Austrian Supreme Court, which asked the ECJ to interpret European copyright law.

Distributors Constantin Film Verleih and Wega-Filmproduktionsgesellschaft took legal action against Austrian cable operator UPC Telekabel Wien for not blocking access to kino.to, at the time the largest piracy site in German-speaking countries.

Although the Austrian courts stated that UPC Telekabel should block access to the site, which was closed down in 2011 following police action, UPC Telekabel argued that blocking measures could be evaded by downloaders and would be “excessively costly”.

UPC Telekabel argued that it did not have any business relationship with the operators of the piracy site and it was never established that its own customers acted unlawfully.

The ECJ concluded in its judgment that a “person who makes protected subject-matter available to the public on a website without the agreement of the right holder is using the services of the business which provides internet access to persons accessing that subject-matter.

Thus, an ISP, such as UPC Telekabel, which allows its customers to access protected subject-matter made available to the public on the internet by a third party is an intermediary whose services are used to infringe a copyright.

The Court notes, in that regard, that the directive, which seeks to guarantee a high level of protection of rights holders, does not require a specific relationship between the person infringing copyright and the intermediary against whom an injunction may be issued. Internet users and also, indeed, the ISP must be able to assert their rights. It is a matter for the national authorities and courts to check whether those conditions are satisfied.”

Until now, courts in various countries have reached different verdict in similar cases, with the UK and Ireland among the countries that take action to block piracy sites, while in The Netherlands, the Court of The Hague has lifted the Pirate Bay blockade.

Meanwhile, various trade organisations from the music and movie industry have applauded the ECJ ruling including the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America).

The full ruling by the ECL can be found on the Court’s website.

source: broadbandtvnews.com/2014/03/28/euro-court-says-isps-can-block-piracy-sites/

Aug 232013
 

This is an article / advertising feature that appeared in an expat “newspaper” under the heading of “Spain faces UK TV turn-off” – which is yet another example of misleading and incorrect information about UK TV in Spain and the “rumoured” UK TV Switch Off in Spain”!

RESIDENTS of Spain will find themselves without British television next month if the re-scheduled launch of the Astra 2E rocket is successful.

The rocket is due to blast-off from the Baikonur spaceport in Kazakhstan on September 15, replacing the existing device and providing free-to-air and encrypted direct-to-home digital TV and satellite broadband services for Europe and the Middle East.

The new satellite, however, will not broadcast BBC television channels or radio stations to Spain, leaving residents that receive transmissions through their satellite dishes without the extensive range of British channels.

Mike Crompton, proprietor of an internet tv provider, said: “So far only the BBC has made any formal statement. Alix Pryde, the Corporation’s director of communications, said the new satellite would signal the end of BBC broadcasts in Spain as it looks to focus on the quality of service transmitted to license fee payers in the UK.

“But the signs for other channels are not good. Be prepared to lose your free to air British TV via your satellite dish setup in the not too distant future.”

ITV were unavailable to comment at the time of writing.

Solution

Those viewing via IPTV, a service which provides broadcast via your broadband connection, will not be affected by the change and concerned viewers are being advised to switch to an IPTV provider as soon as possible to avoid being left without the channels.

Crompton said: “We are preparing for a surge in demand for our IPTV service , but we urge viewers to get in touch sooner rather than later so they are not affected by the change.”

The rocket was originally scheduled for launch in July, but was postponed following the failure of the preceding Proton launch.

The Proton-M crashed seconds after take-off, exploding into a fireball and contaminating the crash site with around 500 tonnes of poisonous fuel.

An investigation into the crash found that one of the parts had been incorrectly fitted, causing the rocket to head towards the ground rather than skywards.

source: theolivepress.es/spain-news/2013/08/22/spain-faces-uk-tv-turn-off/

 

Our thoughts and views after someone sent us the article:

A potential scare story, as until the new satellite is launched, tested, positioned, and operational, no-one will know what reception or what sized dish you will need. And this is expected to be late October / November – so no immediate rush.

Some BBC channels are already on the first new satellite, and are accessible on an 80/90/100cm satellite dish in some areas of Spain, like the Valencia area. But yes in other areas of Spain such as Barcelona, Andalucia, and Costa del Sol, a 1.8 or 2,.4m or larger satellite dish may be required – which proved that many of these articles are very general in their information, ,yet actual satellite signal reception is very area specific, and varies a great deal around Spain.

It is all down to signal overspill, and although the “beams” will be UK focussed, there will be overspill into other areas – like there has been overspill onto other areas for the last 20+ years.

The theory is that if you can receive Channel 5, which has been on the first new satellite since December 2012, then you should, in theory, be able to receive any channels on the seconds new satellite, since the satellites are the same make model and have the same footprint. So it could be that many people will not notice any change, but until it hap[pens no-one knows for sure, and anyone saying they know is only guessing.

The article also references someone from the BBC which something she did not say – “Alix Pryde, the Corporation’s director of communications, said the new satellite would signal the end of BBC broadcasts in Spain as it looks to focus on the quality of service transmitted to license fee payers in the UK.”
Here is the article used for this “quote” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/blogaboutthebbc/posts/Changes-to-BBC-Satellite-transponders-in-2013
where she says : “The overspill of the BBC’s services will be reduced so viewers outside the UK will find it even harder to receive them”
“Harder” – not “the end of”.

Is it weird or coincidence that many of these stories / articles come form people selling IPTV services. (someone phoned me recently asking if it was true that everyone would lose ALL UK TV, including all Sky channels in August 2013 – surprise surprise this came from someone living in their village selling “IPTV” android boxes that stream UK TV via the internet). IPTV / internet is fine if you find you are in an area that will have no satellite signal, but:

– why buy an IPTV / Internet TV streaming system now when it may not actually be needed

– how do these IPTV sellers know what the signal will be like when the satellite has yet to be launched – I dare say the satellite owners and engineers do not actually know what the actual reception will be like in Spain!

– although changes will affect Spain, in some areas it could be for the better, others for the worse – as we have found from the first new satellite.

– no matter what you will not lose ALL UK TV channels, as some channels are on a “European” beam, designed for European coverage, and some channels are on satellites not affected by the change over.

– most of these IPTV systems / android boxes simply use the free uktv streams from filmon, or the free XBMC software – so no need to buy anything anyway, as they are available for free on a PC or android tablet!

– if you can get a satellite signal you can benefit from full HD live TV (BBC1HD, BBC2HD, ITV1HD, C4HD, C5HD – and soon more HD from the BBC), something which these IPTV services cannot yet offer – with many live TV streams less than standard definition resolution. Why have a nice 50″ HDTV and supply it with a sub standard definition internet signal ? That’s like having a Ferrari and putting in an engine from a 2CV!

 

And here are a few comments from other readers of the article:

“I do wish the O***e P***s would stop giving space to these expensive IPTV providers when nobody knows which parts of Spain are going to be affected by the satellite switch or whether a larger dish will solve the problem. Until the switch over is complete nobody can say for sure what is going to be lost or gained.”

“I remember similar concerns when the BBC changed to Astra 2D ten years ago, and only the Costa Blanca was affected.”

 

 

 

Jun 092013
 

Galaxy Innovations GI Genius Smart TV IPTV Satellite Receiver Satellite System

The Galaxy Innovations Genius Smart TV digital satellite receiver is an easy way to receive hundreds of channels, free and subscription. It performs well on the Costa Blanca.

It has a USB port to allow you to record onto a USB pendrive / stick.

The Galaxy Innovations Genius Smart TV satellite receiver can also read your Sky card.

The Galaxy Innovations Genius Smart TV satellite receiver can also be used to watch UK TV, movies, series, and other countries TV, via the internet.

With this High Definition Linux IPTV satellite receiver, you can have the best TV from both worlds – direct from the satellite or from the internet.

Use with a satellite dish, and receive your UK TV channels in high definition and Dolby 5.1 digital audio.

Channel list BBC1HD, BBC2HD, ITV1HD and C4HD are all available in super stunning crystal clear high definition.

Use by connecting to your ADSL Internet router, and you can receive the UK TV channels streamed from the internet.

Unlike some IPTV services that charge 20€ per month, these channels are available for free, with no monthly subscription.

More information : http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/receivers/GI_genius_hd_smart_tv_satellite_receiver.php

May 092013
 

Spanish telecom giant Telefonica reported first-quarter earnings Wednesday, revealing that revenue fell 10 percent to €14.1 billion ($18.5 billion), even as net income grew 20.6 percent to €902 million ($1.1 billion).

The company reported that it lost 51,000 pay-TV subscribers in Spain in Q1.

Spain’s Telefonica continues to lose pay-TV (IPTV Spain) customers in its domestic market at a worrying rate, with 50k leaving in the first quarter of this year alone to reach 659k, although its Latin American operations helped partially rebalance these losses.

Across Europe as a whole, Telefónica saw its pay-TV customer base shrink 17% in the first quarter of this year on an annual basis to reach 852k

Revenue from Telefonica’s financially-strapped home market dropped 16 percent in part due to record-breaking 27 percent unemployment in Spain and increased competition from smaller rivals offering cheaper packages of voice, broadband and TV.

Telefonica CEO Cesar Alierta said the mixed results reflect “a progressive stabilization of the business and a greater degree of diversification, together with the constant improvement in the financial position.”