There are 11 subscription free HD TV channels available via satellite, including BBC1HD, BBC2HD, BBC3HD, BBC4HD, ITV1HD and C4HD. Much better image resolution on a HD TV than a TV rebroadcaster or internet IPTV system!
Satellite Dish Installations in my service area (Calpe to Valencia) :
a 100x110cm (1.1m) satellite dish will work for people with limited space. Standard installation of this dish is from 200 euros.
a 125x135cm (1.25/1.35m) satellite dish would provide better reception and is the “recommended” dish for my area. Standard installation of this dish of from 275 euros.
More information on our 125x135cm (1.25/1.35m) satellite dish installations: http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/satellite_dish_installations_costa_blanca_spain_125m.php Wall of Shame – we have updated our Wall Of Shame’s fourth page to show some of the poor installations we have come across and been asked to fix.
http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/wall_of_shame_bad_poor_satellite_installations_costa_blanca_page4.php Astra 2C : UK TV moves into position for back up purposes – and if some UK TV channels do move on to Astra 2C then there should be no worries about reception in Spain, due it its very generous footprint.
Just because the new UK TV satellite, Astra 2E, was successfully launched last night, there will NOT be any changes for for several weeks yet – despite some IPTV / Internet TV providers saying “changes are imminent could be as soon as two weeks from today”.
This is because the satellite has to be tested first, and this is done at another location (43 east).
Once that has been completed it will take several days to move from 43 east to the UK TV slot at 28 east. This will be known, as it is possible to track the satellite on various websites.
This is assuming it follows the same process as the first new Astra 2 satellite, Astra 2F, which was also launched late September 2012, and operational with UK TV channels from December 2012.
Again some IPTV / Internet TV providers say “You will not get any advance warning of when the actual switch over to the new satellite will take place” – but the movement of the satellite to its correct geostationary UK TV slot is surely some indication!
Only then will channels start to move from the temporary Astra 1N to Astra 2E.
And only then will we get any meaningful data as to Astra 2Es reception in Spain, with its signal overspill into mainland Europe and Spaina nd Portugal, again despite some IPTV / Internet TV providers saying BBC ITV C4 and Fives “will no longer be available to the majority of Europe including Spain and Portugal.”
There seem to be more confusion about the future of UK Satellite TV on the Costa Blanca and Spain, so I hope the following helps to calm nerves and help with some of the truths, lies, facts and rumours that are going around at the moment about “loss of UK TV in Spain!” and the “UK TV Switch off”.
Yes there are changes happening to UK TV via satellite.
No you will not lose ALL UK TV, and changes are NOT happening in July 2013!
Basically some of the previous satellites used for UK TV are old and need replacing.
The first new satellite, Astra 2F, is already up and working. Since December 2012 it has been transmitting some UK TV channels on its “UK beam” such as C4HD, 4seven and Channel 5.
The second new satellite, Astra 2E, was expected to be launched on the 20th July 2013, and be operational and transmitting channels from September. However a failed launch of another rocket at the launch site in Kazakhstan on the 2nd July will mean that the launch will inevitably be delayed, for about two to three months.
When the channels moved to the first new satellite, Astra 2F, some areas such as the Costa del Sol lost reception of these channels on their current satellite dishes. In other areas, such as between Valencia and Alicante there has been no noticeable change in reception. This proves that reception characteristics vary a lot in Spain, making it hard to generalize on reception across Spain.
No-one will know what reception of the second new satellite, Astra 2E, will be like in Spain, and the size of satellite dish required to receive those TV channels on its “UK beam” until the satellite is actually launched, tested, positioned, operational and transmitting channels. It may be that reception of Astra 2E may be similar to Astra 2F. It may be that you simply need a larger satellite dish to the one you are currently using. It has been said that if you can currently receive Channel Five from the first new satellite, then you should be able to receive the channels from the second new satellite, but no-one can actually say until it happens.
However, you should not lose ALL UK TV and all Sky TV channels when the satellite change over happens.
Firstly, some of the UK TV channels are on a satellite that is not part of the change over, and so their reception should not be affected.
Secondly, many of the Sky Pay channels may be transmitted from the new satellites “European beams”, just as they are today, and have been in the past. These European beams tend to be more easily available in most areas of mainland Spain, and so again, their reception should not be affected.
There are some people suggesting that if you subscribe to Sky HD pay package, you will not be affected by these changes and you will not lose your BBC and ITVs. This is incorrect, as channels Like BBC, ITV and C4 are all “free to air”, available subscription free, even without a viewing card.
It does seem that a lot of these “you will lose all UK TV IN Spain” scaremongering tends to come from companies and individuals who are selling IPTV / internet TV. Yes, for some people in Spain IPTV / internet TV may be the only solution. However, if you are in area where you can still receive the UK TV channels direct from the satellite, then you will benefit from having the main UK TV channels available subscription free and in high definition. Live UK TV streaming from the internet tends to have a much lower resolution than standard and high definition TV from satellites. And this is more noticeable when used on larger screen TVs, where the image is not as sharps as it should be.
The Sat and PC Guy has been installing and maintaining satellite and television systems for the Costa Blanca North since 2003. We cover between Calpe to Valencia and inland areas including Alcoy and Ontinyent. We are able to supply and install a range of dishes, from 80cm to 2.4 meter satellite dishes, and digital satellite receivers, including Freesat, and Sky HD digiboxes. We also supply and install TV aerials for the reception of Spanish digital TV.
Whether you require a satellite or Spanish TV system installing, your existing system upgraded or serviced, or more information contact The Sat and PC Guy on 96 281 9796 / 620 130 292 or see our website: www.satandpcguy.com or our blog : www.satandpcguy.com/blog or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/satandpcguy
Many people living on the Costas in Spain are currently worrying a little about the coming changes satellite TV reception, which may, or may not, affect Freesat TV, UK TV and Sky TV reception in Spain later this year.
This is all down to some of the current UK TV satellites being replaced with new satellites.
The first new satellites, Astra 2F, is already in operation. In some areas of Spain, there have been no changes in reception to channels that are on this new satellite. However, in other areas of Spain, particularly the Costa del Sol, reception of channels on Astra 2F, as been affected, especially the loss of Channel Five when it switched satellites.
The second new satellites, Astra 2F, is schedule for launch on the 20th July 2013, and expected to be in operation sometime in September 2013.
For all the latest news about the new UK TV Astra satellites, and more information about “the big switch off” of UK TV in Spain, please see :
Interesting to hear that some companies offering “IPTV” in Spain, as ring people up and saying “You will lose your Satellite TV later this year, but our IPTV system will work fine”
A few points: a) How do these companies know what the signal will be like in Spain for a satellite that has not yet left the factory, and will not be operational until September? b) How do these companies know if all of Spain will be affected or only some areas be affected – like the fact between Alicante and Valencia we can get the first new satellite nice and easily on a 1m satellite dish… c) No matter what, you will always be able to receive SOME UK TV channel via satellite, as some of the channels are on a “European beam” which is nice and easy to receive, and some channels are not even on the Astra satellites that are being replaced! d) They fail to mention what the quality of IPTV / internet TV is like – which is pretty poor when you watch it on your 50” HD TV – especially when compared to the full 1080 HD image which you can get on Freesat HD and Sky HD – which you can get on a 1m satellite dish!
True, later this year things may change, they may not, they may change for the better, they may change for the worse.
But until it happens, no-one knows for sure.
So why do these companies insist that they know that all of UK TV in Spain will end later this year, and try to confuse and scare people into thinking they will lose their UK TV channels in Spain come the new satellites, Oh I know – doom and gloom for sales purposes, and to confuse people into buying something when in fact, come September, all UK TV may still be available in Spain!