Apr 062016
 

According to reports, one of the biggest IPTV service suppliers has been shut down.

The IPTV service supplier is based in the UK and was closed down “due to legal reasons”.

Details of this are not readily available, but although we do know a name of the provider, until we have more facts about the situation we will not be publishing it.

This IPTV service supplier provided IPTV streams for resellers. This means that many of their clients will no longer have access to the IPTV streams.

A number of customers using this IPTV service, are based in Spain, and used its service for UK and Scandinavian channels.

As this IPTV server is based in the UK, then it is probably safe to assume that this shut down was prompted by UK broadcasters, in conjunction with the Police and FACT.

This could be a good reason not to use an IPTV service based in the UK, for UK TV IPTV content. Once identifier that your IPTV service provider is based in the UK is when you pay in “Pounds Sterling” or where your provider says the price you pay may change as “we pay in pounds so it may vary a little”.

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Feb 202016
 

Internet TV – IPTV Spain

We are now offering IPTV (Internet TV) Systems.

IPTV Spain

Three packages available :

IPTV Package 1: UK TV Lite – Our basic IPTV Package

IPTV Package 2: UK TV Full – Our most popular IPTV Package – the UK TV Full Package with 14 Day Catch Up, “TV series boxsets” and “Movie Club”

IPTV Package 3: UK TV Full + EPL – Our popular IPTV Package for football fans – the UK TV Full + EPL Package with 14 Day Catch Up, “TV series boxsets” and “Movie Club”

Monthly and Yearly payments available.

More information and prices :

https://www.satandpcguy.com/iptv-internet-tv/

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Jul 022015
 

Officers from a UK-based Regional Organized Crime Unit (ROCU), the Government Agency Intelligence Network (GAIN) and the Federation Against Copyright Theft have carried out more raids in pursuit of ‘pirate’ Android TV boxes. More than a thousand devices were seized in two locations this morning and at least two people have been arrested.

After a joint investigation by the Metropolitan Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) into the sales of set-top boxes programmed to provide access to movies, TV shows, live sports and subscription channels without permission, officers raided locations in the south and Midlands areas of the country.
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Jun 102015
 

Astra 2G Satellite : News Update : 10 June 2015 :
Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite is now slowly moving towards the UK TV slot at 28 east.
At the time of writing it is at 32 degrees east, and as it is moving at about 0.5 degrees a day, will be at 28 east by the 15th June.

Once in position, it is expected that channels on the aging and failing Eutelsat 28A will be moved to Astra 2G. Also some channels from the two other new satellites, Astra 2E and Astra 2F, will also move to Astra 2G.

Which channels, and onto what beam will not be known until they do move.

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Apr 202015
 

Game of Thrones fans who downloaded the season five episodes that leaked onto torrent sites early are receiving warning letters on behalf of HBO.

According to reports, HBO is tracking down the people who watched those leaked “Game of Thrones” episodes. Though no serious legal action is being taken at the moment, the company is said to have sent “thousands of warnings” to those with Internet connections that shared the shows.
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Mar 062015
 

This weeks satellite TV news – 6 March 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.

Latest news can be found at www.satandpcguy.com/blog

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Sep 142014
 

Astra 2G Launch Date update

 

Astra 2G is the third and final new UK TV satellite.

It was expected to be launched earlier in 2014, but this has been delayed by politics (Ukraine situation) and another Proton rocket failure.

Astra 2G is now expected to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome sometime in Q4 2014, most likely November or December.

This would mean that Astra 2G could be operational in February or March 2015.

 

Astra 2G is expected to have the same signal footprints for its satellite beams as its “sister” satellites Astra 2E and Astra 2F.

The British expat rumour mill has suggested that Astra 2G will mean expats in the south of Spain (Almeria, Costa del Sol, Malaga) and Portugal (Algarve) that lost their BBC and ITV channels in early 2014 will regain their channels. This is rumour an is not expected to happen.

a) Astra 2G has similar reception to that of Astra 2E and Astra 2F.

b) Why would the BBC and ITV channels move from their Astra 2E satellite to another satellite just to restore reception in south of Spain and Portugal?

 

Likewise, the rumours and scaremongering by some XBMC / Android box / Brit TV box / Costa Smart TV / IPTV boxes suggesting that this final new UK TV satellite will mean a total loss of all UK TV in Spain are also untrue. Just like it was totally untrue (well for my service area and most of Spain) for the previous two new UK TV satellites!

 

 

 

https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2g_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

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Sep 022014
 

The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in the north-western city of Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites.

The arrest marks the third carried out by PIPCU in the streaming sector.

Early Monday, officers from PIPCU arrested a man in Manchester in the north of England. Police say the 27-year-old is believed to have operated a series of websites which offered access to subscription-only TV services.

PIPCU say that the domains were sports-focused, so given the premium pay TV landscape in the UK it seems probable that they infringed the rights of BSkyB and possibly the Premier League. Police are yet to confirm the details.

The man was arrested at his home in the North West by the City of London Police’s specialist IP unit where detectives found evidence of what is described as an “industrial size” streaming operation, including 12 computer servers streaming a wide range of sporting events from across the world, which have since been seized and taken away.

The operation was supported by Greater Manchester Police with the suspect being taken to a local police station for questioning.

DCI Danny Medlycott, the newly appointed Head of PIPCU, said that the September 1st operation was the unit’s third arrest in relation to online streaming and sent out a strong message that we PIPCU was homing in on those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.

“Not only is there a significant loss to industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system,” he said.

PIPCU is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Lead Force for Fraud. It is a specialist police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 and is initially being funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit was set up in the summer of 2013, and has quickly grown to become one of the world’s most active anti-piracy operations.

The unit employs a wide range of strategies, from writing to domain registrars and threatening them, to working with advertisers in order to strangle the revenues of ‘pirate’ sites.

PIPCU also relies on old-fashioned police work to deal with sites that fail to heed their warnings to tow the line. This has resulted in several arrests in the UK and the closure of dozens of domains, torrent site proxies in particular.

With key partner the Federation Against Copyright Theft and its members including the Premier League and BSkyB, piracy of TV-destined content has become an area of interest to PIPCU, particularly that involving live sports.

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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…..

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Aug 152014
 

The Premier League starts this weekend

Watch it Live and in FULL In HD

Only Sky, BT Sport, BeIN Sport, Canal+ Spain

Or watch it from some dodgy internet need that is probably less than Standard TV definition, and play “spot the ball”, “spot the player” and “find a working stream”….

https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/bein_sports_premier_league_2014_2015.php

https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/live_football_on_satellite_tv_costa_blanca_spain_fixtures_2014-2015_sky_sports_bt_sports_tv_fixtures.php

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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

www.satandpcguy.com – our main website with information about UK TV in Spain

www.satandpcguy.com/blog – the latest satellite TV news for the Costa Blanca and Spain

email: info@satandpcguy.com

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

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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/

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Feb 232014
 

Telefónica has agreed a multi-year rights deal which will see it launch a dedicated F1 channel on its IPTV platform Movistar TV.

The agreement with Formula One Management, the commercial rights-holder for the motor racing series, starts with the forthcoming 2014 F1 season.

Telefónica said that the new channel will provide live coverage of all races, Qualifying and Practice sessions through any connected device, both inside and outside the home.

Movistar F1 will also include original content and supplementary information about the sport.

The new channel will launch in time for the 2014 season-opener in Melbourne, Australia on March 16.

Coverage will be free of commercial breaks during live coverage.

Coverage will include access to up to six different feeds – similar to that offered by the Sky Sports F1 service.

Spanish commercial broadcaster Antena 3 and Catalan public-service broadcaster TV3 last month agreed extensions to rights deals for Formula 1 covering the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

 

 

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Aug 262013
 

The following image is being used by one retailer of IPTV systems, and basically using scare tactics and incorrect information about the potential loss of UK TV in Europe into pressuring people into buying their product.

Their image shows Europe, and a signal footprint for the new UK TV satellite, Astra 2E, scheduled for launch on the 15th September, and to be operational later in the year.

Their image sayings that any people in the RED area will not be able to receive any UK TV signals, specifically BBC ITV C4 and Fives, from this new satellite.

THIS IS WRONG.

The map they have used is an SES Astra predicted signal footprint map showing the predicted coverage where a 45cm and 60cm satellite dish is expected to receive those signals. The inner blue area on the map is the expected area of reception for a satellite dish of 45cm. The outer blue area on the map is the expected area of reception for a satellite dish of 60cm.

See the original Astra 2E signal footprint reception map here: https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_footprint_map_uk_tv_spain.php

The map simply does not show what size dish will be required for many people in those RED areas.

Their suggestion that anyone living in a RED area will not get any signals for these UK TV channels is incorrect.

They are ignoring what the map they have used actually shows, which is the predicted reception for users with a 45cm and 60cm dish. The map does not say anything at all about reception in other areas of Europe, with people using larger dishes.

This “promotional pack” is saying that ANYONE living in the red area will lose the BBC ITV C4 and Five channels, ignoring the fact that a) no-one will know what reception of the new satellite will be like until it is launched and operational, and b) how they are misrepresenting what the map is actually showing for their own gain.

And this map is the same map for the first new satellite, Astra 2F, which can be received in most areas of Spain. For example in the Valencia area, this satellite can be received on a 1m satellite dish, which does disprove this maps reception inside the RED area!

 

This is just another example of many of how deceitful some IPTV and Internet TV sellers can be, into scaring people into buying a system that they may not need.

I wonder if Trading Standards in the UK, where the company that issues this advertisement says it is registered, can do anything about such misleading and false advertising….

Remember, if and when the new satellite does come into operation, and you are in an area that can receive the satellite signals, then you are best to invest in a satellite TV system rather than an IPTV systems. Especially so if you want image quality and high definition images for live UK TV. Many of these IPTV / Internet tv services offer low quality low resolutions for their live UK TV services, sometimes with a resolution as low as 400. Normal TV has a resolution of 576, and high definition has a resolution of 1080. Thus you can see that these systems, although they may sounds good, simply do not offer the image quality that can be offered by direct from satellite TV systems.

See examples of the image quality offered by IPTV / Internet TV systems for live UK TV channels here: https://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/uk_tv_smart_tv_xbmc_android_streaming_picture_quality.php

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Jul 242013
 

According to the rumour-mill, people living in Orba are being told by someone (ie probably someone who sells internet TV boxes) that they will lose ALL UK TV and Sky TV on the 7th August 2013.

And that the MUST buy their Smart TV internet TV IPTV box from them NOW to make sure they do not loose their UK TV.

Another incidence of scaremongering advertising, so a product that people may not actually need.

So here we go again:

You will not lose ALL UK TV.
You will not lose ALL Sky TV.
If anything does happen, it will not be in August, but much later this year.

Why buy a internet TV box when you do not even know if your satellite TV system will be affected?

Why buy a internet TV box which gives a much lower picture resolution when your satellite TV systems may still provide you with all the channels you want?

How does this person selling these boxes know what is going to happen in 6 months time? He’s got the date wrong for a start. But if he is that confident of what he says, ask him for this weeks winning lottery numbers!

We posted this a few months ago when the rumour mill went again into overdrive

https://satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/05/iptv-sales-talk-confusing-and-scaring-worried-expats-about-the-future-of-uk-tv-in-spain/

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