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6 Dec 2012

Losing TV Channels in Spain

This might explain why I lost a couple of channels the other day! - not a problem for me but unfortunately they had all the cartoons on that my little monster likes to watch in the morning whilst getting ready for school!!!!.....

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Satellite TV: not free to anything anymore

Free To Air TV?has long been one of the things that, to some people, makes living in Spain that bit better. Yes, we all know we shouldn’t get it but ...
However, in the last few weeks rumours have been flying around about the satellite being moved and everybody, or just some, losing their UK TV?channels. Some said that you’d need a 4-metre wide dish to pick it up again that would cost around €3000 but, who wants to look like Goonhilly Down satellite station? One rumour was that you’d be OK if you paid for Sky and it would only affect the people that had just Free To Air cards, but that isn’t so.
Channel 5, 5*, 5USA and some ITV channels have already gone. On Thursday many more ITV channels will disappear and on the 16th of this month we are likely to lose all the BBC channels as well.
One reader said: “You can’t sell your house here, and now I won’t even be able to watch bloody Corrie!” In the summer it wouldn’t be so bad as you can do a lot of things outdoors but, just before Christmas? It’s all a bit much, isn’t it? Those that have been watching “Homeland” won’t be able to see the last episode unless you can get it on your computer somehow, assuming you even have internet at home.
Nobody knows quite how bad it is going to be but satellite companies are working hard to find alternatives that are not going to cost the earth.
Still, to look on the bright side, at least there’s plenty to see and do over the festive season with bars and restaurants having special events going on. There’ll no doubt be some English version films at the cinemas and we could all pop along to Malaga to see the lights. It will be very interesting to see what happens to the “birth rate” among the ex-pats in nine months time !
We will, of course keep you updated with any news but, in the meantime we have received this report from Eurosat in Torreblanca:

“As you are possibly aware as from 4th December here on the Costa del Sol we have lost reception of More4/ 4-7 + Channel 5/5+1/5star/5USA also Channel 4 HD/Channel 4-7.
“This is due to a new satellite (Astra 2F) which is now active, and the satellite provider has transferred the signal from the old satellite Astra 1N to this new satellite Astra 2F.
“If you have the internet, you can check out which TV/Radio channels will be affected by looking at ALL the channels showing under the Astra 1N will be affected, but channels shown on Eutelsat 28A + Eutelsat 28B + Astra 2A + Astra 2B will still be receivable. (Sky Sports / Sky Movies / Documentaries / Lifestyle / Music TV).
“There will still be a lot of free TV channels receivable but not the UK regional channels (including BBC Radio channels).”
Not great news, but this is the situation.
There are other options available for receiving these UK channels but the lowest cost option is that you will need to have access to the internet.
It may be possible to receive the UK channels through a bigger dish ( at the moment we can view the existing ASTRA 1N channels using a 110cm dish) – but we "guess-ti-mate" that a dish size greater than THREE METRES may be required for this new satellite !
Eurosat in Torreblanca are now testing this new satellite to see what size may be required, and should have some results in the next day or two!
If you are a Sky subscriber with “HD” there is some good news, you will still be able to receive Channel 5 HD and also ITV 2/3/4 HD BUT not ITV 1HD, or any BBC channels.
HOWEVER There is another solution providing you have access to the internet. Further details are available from European Satellite Solutions in Torreblanca (opposite the Gardenia Park Hotel Tel 952-661-456 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 952-661-456 end_of_the_skype_highlighting).
Reece Electronics are also looking into solutions – call 607 383 578 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 607 383 578 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.


  1. thank you kate its really nice and great to view, i really like it and i find it very helpful...

  2. Great Information, Ive found a local Spanish IPTV provider with all the channels that will be lost,

  3. They offer an excellent product, the quality of picture is also very good, tested on very poor internet connection and it still performed very well. 10/10 in our opinion.

  4. Great article. I just got Mrs Jamieson an IPTV system from

    They offer a really professional service and it only costs €14.95 per month.

    The picture quality is brilliant and "she who likes to be obeyed" is very happy.