Nov 012017
 

Two new HD channels on TDT in Spain

RTVE will start High Definition (HD) broadcasts on its La 2 and Clan channels on Tuesday, October 31st.

For the Clan HD channel, these transmissions will be made within the second RTVE multiplex, the RGE2, and will be already accessible for all the coverage areas of said multiplex in Spain, the same day 31.

For La 2 HD, which is a territorialized channel, the start-up will take place in stages:

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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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Jun 242015
 

The Spanish regulator CMNC has taken action yet again against Mediaset and Atresmedia, the country’s leading commercial broadcasters.

In the case of Mediaset, it has fined the company €229,136 for exceeding the permitted advertising airtime, as stipulated by the General Law on Audiovisual Communication (LGCA), on its channels Telecinco and Cuatro.
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Jun 122015
 

Spain’s Supreme Court will meet on June 23 to decide on whether to order the closure of eight DTT channels.

According to El Economista, the decision, which result in a huge blow for Mediaset and Atresmedia, the country’s two leading broadcasters, has caused a confrontation between by vice president Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria and José Manuel Soria, the industry minister.

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Apr 202015
 

Spain to get three more HD TV channels on TDT.

Spain’s Council of Ministers has announced a public tender for the allocation of six state wide DTT licences.

The licences are for three SD and three HD channels, with each tenderer being able to apply for one in each format.

Feb 192015
 

Spain’s Ministry of Industry has put back by one month the changes to Spanish TV that would see the freeing up of the 700 MHz band. This band has been allocayed for 4G/LTE networks.

El Economista reports that this new delay follows requests by both TV broadcasters and aerial installers (Fenitel).

Reports suggest that about 2.5 million Spanish households have still to retune their receivers, or if they using commula aerial system,have their systems upgraded.

It is estimated that by March 81% of homes will have retuned – 26 percentage points more than in January but still some way short of the 100% target.

The DTT switch was initially scheduled to take place at the beginning of the year but was then put back until the middle of this month.

Dec 212014
 

Spain will get five new Spanish TV channels in 2015.

The Spanish government has confirmed that they will be awarding Spanish TV licences for four new HD and one new SD channels in 2015.
Currently, there are 15 national digital TV channels in Spain:
Six operated by Mediaset (Telecinco, Cuatro, FDF, Divinity, Energy and Boing);
Five by Atresmedia (Antena 3, La Sexta, Neox, Nova and Gol TV);
Two from Veo TV rented to Discovery Max and 13 TV;
Two from Net TV rented to Disney Channel and Paramount Channel.

Dec 212014
 

Spanish TV is due for a few changes in the next few months.

Several Spanish TV channels, that you receive via a TV aerial, are schedule to change frequencies.

This is due to their current frequencies due to be sold off to mobile phone operators for 3G and 4G.

See: http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/10/changes-tdt-spanish-digital-television-changes-tv-spain/

The deadline for his change over was the 31st De3cember 2014.

However, The Spanish government has bowed to the pressure of the industry to delay the switch off until March 31st 2015

For most people, the changes to Spanish TV will simply mean performing a rescan for channels on their set top box or TV

However, those in apartment blocks or communities will have to wait until their “signal head end” is adapted to the new frequencies.

This new delay is due to the fact that by October 2014 less than 10%, and estimates for December 2014 say less than 50%, of buildings in Spain have been adapted for the new Spanish TV frequencies.

Spanish TV channels will continue to be “simulacast” on both old and new frequencies until the new deadline.

 


Oct 282014
 

Changes to TDT – Spanish Digital Television – Changes to TV in Spain

TDT – Television Digital Terrestrial – is broadcast through waves, occupying a part of the frequency spectrum. This spectrum is shared by TV, radio, telephone and other communications.
So far TV has been using those between 21 and 69 channels.
However, in 2007 the European Commission agreed to allocate part of the spectrum occupied by television to mobile phones of the latest generation, known as 4G. In accordance with the European Directive, the Spanish Government stated that before January 1, 2015 channels 61 to 69, ie, the last 9 in the band used so far, will become available for the 4G.
This is what is called Digital Dividend.

So what does this mean?
All television channels broadcasting between channels 61 and 69 in Spain must leave these channels.
These channels will be moved lower in the spectrum.
As a precaution, channel 60 will also be released (Canary Islands).
From the 26th October 2014 channels will start to transmit on their new frequencies.
This means there will be a period where channels are transmitted on two frequencies.

What do I have to do?
If you live in a house with a single antenna installation a simply retune of your TDT set top box will find the channels on their new frequencies.
If you live in an apartment building or community, and use a community aerial facility, this may require old frequency single-channel amplifiers to be changed for new frequency single-channel amplifiers. Hopefully most communities use a programmable TDT amplifier unit, which may require an engineer to reprogram the unit with the new frequencies.

TDT is popular with British expats in Spain, as the majority of channels broadcast films and series in dual audio with original language.
If you require help or assistance with these changes, or require a TV aerial installation to receive TDT, please contact us on : 620 130 292 or info@satandpcguy.com

More information of TDT Digital TV in Spain : http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/spanish_tv_menu.php

Apr 102014
 

Spain’s audiovisual groups have decided which channels will close before 6 May if the government’s position doesn’t change: Xplora, Nitro, laSexta3, La Siete, Nueve, Net TV and Veo TV will all stop broadcasting within the coming weeks.

According to the newspaper El Pais, all the media groups have now made their decisions, although no closure dates have been unveiled.

The only confirmation has come through Twitter, on which Atresmedia’s VP, Mauricio Carlotti, said that the group will close Nitro, Xplora and laSexta3 if the government doesn’t intercede.

The associations of the audiovisual groups and private channels have pointed to the government as being responsible for the closures, and are asking for another solution. However no more moves are expected from the Ministry of Industry.

The Spanish Government, which is also looking to reorganise the radioelectric space in order to free more slots for LTE networks, had 18 months to make a decision since the first Supreme Tribunal’s sentence was published. But after several delays no alternative plan was presented and the Ministry of Industry decided to follow the tribunal’s decision.

source: rapidtvnews.com/index.php/2014040933171/spain-sees-seven-dtt-channels-close-to-closure.html#ixzz2ySc7AaZt

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/

Dec 222013
 

The Spanish national broadcaster RTVE have launched a new HD channel on TDT.

Teledeporte HD has been launched this December.

Teledeporte is the TVE channel dedicated to sport, showing many live sports including football, cycling and Olympics.

Teledeporte HD is a simulcast of the existing Teledeporte channel.

Teledeporte HD becomes the second RTVE HD channel, after TVE HD.

Teledeporte HD can be found on the same frequency as Teledeporte and TVE HD – in many areas this is “Multiplex 22” – frequency 482 MHz.

TDT is the Spanish digital TV system available via a TV aerial. Essentially it is the Spanish version of the UKs Freeview (UK Freeview is not available in Spain!)

Dec 192012
 

With all the recent gossip, rumours, and expat bar chat, about the possible loss of UK TV in Spain, and the threat of the UK satellite TV channels “going off the air in Spain”, I hope this quick question and answer post can help with some explanations about what is happening.

 

Why are we losing reception of out UK TV channels?

Loss of some ITV1 and ITV1 channels, C4HD, 4seven, Channel 5, Five USA and Five 8 from the 4th December 2012 is down to the fact that they moved to a new satellite, Astra 2F.

(see http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?118361-Astra-2F-New-UK-TV-satellite-reception-in-Spain )

The beam for this new UK TV satellite is more focused on the Uk, and so its reception of the channels on this beam are worse than before.

If you have recently lost any other UK TV channels, then this i not as a result of this recently satellite movement.

 

Will I lose ALL my UK TV channels with this satellite change over?

No.

The new satellites have a mix of UK only and European beams see http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2f_satellite_reception_footprint_map_uk_tv_spain.php

Channels on the UK beam you may find are harder to receive than before.

Channel on the European beams should see no changes in reception.

 

Why have these channels changed satellites?

Simply, the current Astra satellites are old and need replacing.

The satellite are old and after 12 years in service are coming to the end of their lifespan.

 

Will this change of satellite affect all of Spain?

Yes. But in some areas of Spain it has had less of an impact than in other areas of Spain.

For example, in the Valencia are, there has only been a very small drop in signal levels for the channels that have migrated to the new satellite.

In some northern areas of Spain like Catalonia and Barcelona, and southern areas like the Costa del Sol, reception of these channels on the new satellite has become worse.  This has meant that these channels are no longer available to on your current satellite dishes.

For Astra 2F Reception reports see http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2f_satellite_reception_footprint_uk_tv_spain.php

 

How do I get these lost channels back?

Simply, get a larger satellite dish.

Although, rather than jumping now and getting a larger satellite dish, it may be best to wait until the bulk of the main UK TV channels, BBC and ITV, move satellites, and gauge the required satellite dish size on their reception also.

 

When will the BBC channels move satellites?

The BBC has said that they will be moving their channels to the second new Astra satellite, Astra 2E. This will be launched sometime early to mid 2013.

See : http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?118711-BBC-Channel-to-move-from-1N-to-2E-in-quot-summer-2013-quot

 

When will the ITV channels move satellites?

We are assuming they will move to the new satellites at the same time as the BBC channels.

 

Will this affect BBC HD channels also?

Yes. The move to the new satellite will affect all BBC channels.

See : http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?118711-BBC-Channel-to-move-from-1N-to-2E-in-quot-summer-2013-quot

 

Will this affect Sky channels also?

Yes. Sky channels on Astra 1n, Astra 2a and Astra 2B will all be migrated over to the new satellites.

When and in what order is not known at the moment.

 

When will these changes take place?

These satellite changes have already started to take place, with the first new satellite Astra 2F. The second new satellite, Astra 2E is expected to be operational mid 2013. The final new satellites, Astra 2G, is expected to be operational mid 2014.

 

Why is Sky changing the footprint for BBC channels?

Sky is not doing anything to BBC channels. Sky does not own the satellites. Sky and all the other UK TV broadcasters rent frequencies from the satellite owners SES Astra.

 

I pay my UK TV License fee when I am in the UK, why can I not watch the BBC in Spain?

The UK License Fee is a UK tax on TV reception equipment in the UK.

The BBC, and all the other UK TV channels, have no obligation to provide services outside the UK. The only but programme rights for the UK only.

Spain has no TV licence fee.

 

Can I pay to watch BBC programmes via satellite in Spain?

BBC Worldwide, the commercial part of the BBC, provide a subscription service called BBC Entertainment. It is designed for the expats market. Although it shows content from BBC and Channel 4, not all content shown in the UK is available on this BBC Entertainment service.

 

EU law (Television without Frontiers) says I can watch UK TV anywhere in Europe?

No it does not.

It does say EU countries cannot block transmissions from other EU countries. But it does not say anything about allowing you to watch UK TV channels in other EU countries.

Television without Frontiers, or now the AVMS Directive, is simply guidelines as to how to govern and regulate TV around Europe.

See http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/europe_television_laws_satellite_tv_costa_blanca_spain.php

 

Didn’t the EU recently say that I could watch Sky TV in Spain?

The recent “pub landlady” ruling, basically said that it is not criminally illegal to use Sky, or other viewing cards, outside their home territory. But the ruling also does not force any broadcaster make their viewing card available in other territories.

 

 

Updates and any other Q&A about these recent changes to reception of UK TV in Spain will be posted at : http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?118755-Loss-of-UK-TV-channels-in-Spain-some-questions-and-answers