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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Channel Five Reception in Oliva Costa Blanca and Spain - confusion by installers not knowing the correct situation

Earlier this week I received an email from someone, that included an email from another satellite dish installer based here on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

The text of this emails is as follows:

Due to broadcast frequency changes made by Channel 5, the signal for Channel 5 in standard definition is now similar to that for BBC 2 England, this means:

On small dishes (less than 1.8 mts) there will be no signal.

Unless you already have a Sky HD digibox or upgrade to a Sky HD box , in which case Channel 5 HD is still available.

Upgrading to HD - if you have a 2.4 dish this will also give you BBC1 and BBC HD which will stay on. Please contact us for more information on this.

On larger dishes (1.8 & 2.4 mts) you can now only receive Channel 5 in the morning.

Sorry this is bad news but this change is made by the broadcaster not "COMPANY NAME REMOVED". I will let you know if there is any more news.

This information is incorrect in so many ways.

Due to broadcast frequency changes made by Channel 5, the signal for Channel 5 in standard definition is now similar to that for BBC 2 England, this means on small dishes (less than 1.8 mts) there will be no signal.

This is incorrect.
The recent frequency changes made by Channel Five mean that smaller satellite dishes, even 80cm satellite dishes are still able to receive Channel Five.

The frequency changes for channel Five are NOT on a similar satellite or reception to BBC2 England. In fact they are similar to what they used to be.

If you are unable to receive any of the channel five channel on their new frequency on your 1.8m dish then you have serious problems with your satellite installation, a s these channels are easily available on an 80cm satellite dish here in most of Spain.

On larger dishes (1.8 & 2.4 mts) you can now only receive Channel 5 in the morning.
One of the 4 or 5 regional versions of Five will still be unavailable on 2.4m dishes past mid afternoon. But there are still the other regional versions that you can add to your sky box "other channels" list. You can add these by searching for the channels using frequency 10965 h 22 5/6.

The channel five channels on this frequency do NOT require a 2.4m dish and should be available 24/7 even on a smaller 80cm satellite dish in Spain.

To say Channel Five will only be available in the mornings only even on 2.4m satellite dishes is totally incorrect.

Unless you already have a Sky HD digibox or upgrade to a Sky HD box , in which case Channel 5 HD is still available.

There is no need to upgrade to Sky HD and receive Channel Five HD.
Unless you want to watch Five HD. All channels fives are available using a standard definition Sky box, like the Pace 2600 or Sky+ boxes.

Personally, I would not be surprised if this is a "cash in" scheme from this company to try and get people to buy a Sky HD box from them, by falsely claiming there is no other way to receive Channel Five 24/7 on small 80cm or big 2.4m satellite dishes.

This is shocking that a satellite installation company would send this email to its clients, with this misleading information in what can only be an attempt into tricking people into buying a SkyHD box from them.

There is no need to buy a Sky HD box if you have lost reception of Channel Five.

You can still receive Channel Five on a normal standard definition Sky box.

I mentioned this in a previous blog
http://costablancasatellite.blogspot.com/2011/11/lost-channel-five-in-spain-no-satellite.html

And now you only need a Sky card to watch Five HD, as all the other Channel Five channels, including 5* and Five USA are now free to air and no longer require a Sky card to view.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Channel Five, Five * Five USA - change of frequencies for reception on Sky boxes. Channel Five in Oliva

Channel Five and its sister channels Five* and Five USA has today changed frequency.

It is no longer available on its old frequency of 12442 H.

The Channel Fives are now located on the new frequency of 10965 H 22000 5/6

This new frequency for the Channel Fives is on the new Astra 1N satellite.

This new Channel Five frequency has a very good strong signal here in Spain and the Costa Blanca, and should be easily available on an 80cm satellite dish. If you can receive True Movies (sky channel 321), then you should be able to receive Channel Five on its new frequency. If you cannot receive Channel Five, and you are receiving a "no signal is being received" message, then either your satellite dish may need to be realigned, or it may be too small toreceive Chanel Five on the new frequency..

Sky boxes should will automatically change to the new Channel Five frequency, and users need to do nothing.

Freesat boxes: this does not affect Freesta users at the moment, but you will have to performa Freesat channel scan on the 8th December 2011 to inlcude the Five channels into your Freesat channel list.

Any other receivers will need to be manually updated, via the installation menu, for the new Chanel Five frequency on Astra 1N

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Channel Five, Channel 5 +1, 5 USA and 5* to join freesat, and be free to air in Oliva

Channel 5 have announced that Channel 5 +1, 5 USA and 5* (plus their +1 timeshift channels) will all be joining the Freesat platform in December.

Channel 5+1 will launch on Freesat on EPG channel number 128 on Tuesday 6th December.
Presumably it will alos launch on the Sky EPG.

5* and 5 USA, as well as their relative +1 services, will also launch on Freesat on Thursday 8th December. The relevent Freesat EPG channel numbers wil be as follows:

129: 5 USA
130: 5 USA +1
131: 5*
132: 5* +1

So it looks like the fives will be available free to air, with no sky card on a small dish for the foreseeable future. So that means ITV1, C4 and Channel Fives will be available on a small 80-cm satellite dish in Oliva

No mention of Five HD joining Freesat soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Channel 4 HD - change of frequencies for reception on Sky HD and Freesat HD in Oliva

Channel 4 HD - change of frequencies for reception on Sky HD and Freesat HD in Oliva

Channel 4 HD has today changed frequency.

It is no longer available on its old frequency of 12606 V.

Channel 4 HDs new frequency is now 11123 V 22000 2/3

This new frequency for C4HD is on the new Astra 1N satellite.

This new Channel 4 HD frequency has a very good strong signal here in Spain and the Costa Blanca, and should be easily available on an 80cm satellite dish.

Sky HD boxes will automatcially change to the new Channel 4 HD frequency, and users need to do nothing.

Freesat HD boxes should also change to the new C4 HD frequency, but in some cases a Freesat scan may be required.

Any other receivers will need to be manually updated, via the installation menu, for the new C4 HD frequency on Astra 1N.

Channel 4 HD is a free to air HD channel from Channel 4. It is available for free on any digital satellite receiver, including a Freesat HD receiver and a Sky HD receiver. No viewing card is required for Channel 4 HD. In many cases channel 4 HD can be received on a small satellite dish in Oliva.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

UK TV Satellites - Astra 2A, Astra 2B, Astra 2C, Astra 1N, Eurobird 1 - and reception in Oliva. UK TV in Oliva

UK Satellite TV is provided by FIVE satellites.

Four of these satellites are operated by SES Astra of Belgium, and one, Eurobird, is operated by Eutelsat.

SES Astra operate Astra 2a, Astra 2b, Astra 2d and Astra 1N.

Eutelsat operate Eurobird 1.

These satellites provide the UK And Europe with the UK satellite TV channels, such as the BBC, ITV and those provided on the Freesat and Sky satellite platforms.

These five satellites are located at 28.2 to 28.5 degrees east of south.

Each of these satellites operate a number of "beams". Each of these beams have different reception characteristics, especially in fringe reception areas like Spain and the Costa Blanca. This is the reason why channels like Sky News can be reepived in Spain on a smller satellite dish than channels like BBC TV Channels, as these channels are distributed across these different beams.

There are a number of "siganl reception maps" or "footprints" for these beams, but they have to be treated with some caution. Many of them are the theoretical reecption, and are different to the actual reception.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Changes to the BBC Sports stream frequencies - loss of BBC News and Sports streams in Oliva

As part of the BBCs process to close down one of their satellite transponder frequencies in a bid to save money, the BBC Sports streams have changed frequencies.

As mentioned on http://costablancasatellite.blogspot.com/2011/09/have-you-lost-bbc-news-bbc-alba-and-bbc.html , BBC News, BBC Alba and BBC Parliament have moved to another frequency.

The BBC Sports streams have now moved onto this vacated frequency.

Sky box and Freesat box users will not have to do anything, as your boxes will automatically update tot he new frequencies.

Users of non Sky and Non freesat "generic" or free to air boxes will have to performa scan of the new frequency for the BBC SPorts Streams.

The new frequency for the BBC Sports stream is 11954 h 27.5 2/3.

They are currently showing as channels with the names of "6711 6712 6713 6714 6715".

This process by the BBC will mean that users of Sky boxes and Freesat boxes, who used to use the BBC News channel and the Red Button 3001 process to access the BBC Sports Multiscreen streams on a small satellite dish, will no longer be able to receive these BBC Sports stream, as you will no longer have access to a BBC channel on your small satellite dish to launch the Red Button application.

UPDATE:

At the moment (30/9/11) you can add the BBC Streams from the new BBC Sports stream frequency of 11954H.

Services
4
4
input frequency of 11954 H
find channels
press yellow next to the channel labelled as "6711 6712 6713 6714 6715" which will place a tick next to those channels.
Save

These stored channels will appear in the the Sky box's "other channels" list.

However, there will be video, but no audio.

So the current workaround is:

In the services menu, go to 4 systms set up,
then language and subtitles,
and change the Favourite language to anything other than English,

You can currently get audio on the new "streams", and its still fine on most of the other channels also

Sunday, September 18, 2011

BBC News frequency changes affecting reception on Sky TV and Freesat TV in Oliva

During this week - commencing 19 September 2011

BBC News will move to new frequency 10803 H 22000-5/6
BBC Alba will move to new frequency 10818 V 22000-5/6
BBC Parliament will move to new frequency 10788 V 22000-5/6

BBC News will be moving to a weaker satellite beam, and this beam may not be available 24/7 even on the big 2.4m Portuguese satellite dishes in Spain.

More information on

http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?78664-BBC-News-Alba-and-Parliament-Red-Button-frequency-changes-in-September-and-Octoberv

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sky Sports on Sky TV in Oliva Free Weekend September 24 to 26

Sky Sports are giving non-Sky Sports customers a whole weekend of world-class sport for free.

From 6am on Saturday September 24 to 6am on Monday 26, even if you don't have a Sky Sports subscription you can watch all the sporting action on all five Sky Sports channels including Sky Sports News.

And for those of you who have the HD box and an HD package with Sky or Virgin Media, you can feast your eyes on all the weekend's action in stunning HD on Sky Sports HD1, HD2, HD3 & HD4 as well as Sky Sports News HD



More information at http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?82282-Sky-Sports-Free-Weekend-September-24-to-26

Monday, September 12, 2011

BBC Astra Satellite Frequency Changes in September and October 2011 - may affect your Sky TV / BBC TV reception in Oliva

The BBC is making some changes to BBC News, BBC Parliament and BBC Alba.

These channels will be moving from their present transponder / frequency (11954/H/27500), which is available nice and easy for expats as it is a wide European beam, to transponders / frequencies on the narrow beam Astra 2D.

This will mean that expats wanting to watch these three channels, BBC News, BBC Parliament and BBC Alba, and who cannot receive the narrow beam Astra 2 transmissions where domestic BBC, ITV, Channel4 and Channel 5 are to be found, will be affected, as they will no longer be able tor recevie these channels.

The changes are due to BBC cost cutting and the corporation will also be cutting the number of Red Button streams, thus releasing a whole wide band transponder, and saving the BBC an estimated £5m a year, by no longer renting that transponder.

This will also mean that those people who use a Sky box, and the BBC News Red Button service to access the BBC Sports Red Button serives, will no longer have access to a BBC channel to launch the red button appplication, and so they will lose access to the sports on those "bbc streams.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Alicante-Valencia rail link land grab

THE REGIONAL public works council has released details of the land that is to be expropriated ahead of the building of the Alicante to Valencia coastal rail link.

The building of the rail line will see property in Alicante, Muchamiel, Campello, San Vicente, Agost, Monforte, Villajoyosa and Benidorm expropriated.

Owners of the affected land now have two months in which to view the plans in their respective town halls and present their appeals should they wish to do so.

Last April, regional government reached an agreement with the public works ministry under which it agreed to build the 82 kilometre stretch of the line between Alicante and Dénia and the ministry would build the remaining 58 kilometres from Dénia to Gandía.

The cost of the project has been put at 1,500 million euros and it envisages a rail link between Alicante airport and Benidorm that will move people between the two destinations in just 36 minutes. Benidorm is listed as being one of the 50 most populated urban areas in Spain yet it is the only one that does not have a proper main line rail link.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Channels changes on Sky Freesat and Generic receivers in Spain (True Movies)

If you watch the following channels on a non Sky or non freesat box in the Oliva area:

Bliss
Chart Show
Dance Nation
Flava
Kix!
NME
Pop
Pop Girl / +1
Scuzz
The Vault
Tiny Pop / +1
True Ent
True Movies 1
True Movies 2

Then you will have to perform a channel rescan as, the channels have recently changed their frequency and the new frequency for these channels will be 11307V 27500 2/3

It is thought that one reason for this change is the fact that their old frequency was prone to interference from DECT / wireless phones, BT homehubs, some wireless internet routers and some home equipment. Some of the channel even run adverts saying if you are having interferance and channel drop outs, then move your DECT / wireless phone or internet roouter away from the satellite receiver and cabling.

If you use a Sky box or a freesat box then the changes will be done automatically.

If you are using a non sky or non freesat receiver - a generic receiver - then, should you wish to still receive these channels then you will need to perform a rescan of the new frequency.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Concerts in the Gardens of the Casa de Cultura de Gandia August 2011

Gandía el Festival Polisonic.

Summer Concerts in the Gardens of the Casa de Cultura de Gandia August 2011


The Concerts in the Gardens of the Casa de Cultura de Gandia (Palacio Marques de Gonzalez de Quiros) which is on the Paseo, are as follows.

Thursday 4th August 22:30 "Barcelona Bluegrass Band" Entrance Free.

Friday 5th August 22.30 " I Contramaglia" Italian band "Nostalgia for the Tango". Entrance €5.00.

Saturday 6th August 22:30 "Septo Santiaguero". Rythms of Cuba. Entrance €5.00.

Thursday 11th August 22:30 "Xarnege" Traditional music of the Pyrenees. Entrance Free

Friday 12 August 22:30 "F Collective" The passion of Flamenco. Entrance €5.00.

Saturday 13th August 22:30 "Sons of the Delta" UK/ USA group. Blues. Entrance €5.00

Thursday18th August 22:30 "Andreu Martinez Band" Rock and Jazz. Entrance Free.

Friday 19th August 22:30 "The Jive Aces" UK/ USA group. Swing for Dancing. Entrance €5.00

El 4 de agosto: Barcelona Bluegrass Band a las 22:30h, entrada grauita. (Música country & western)

El 5 de agosto: I Contramilonga a las 22:30h, la entrada cuesta 5€ (Tango)

El 6 de agosto: Septeto Santiaguero a las 22:30, la entrada cuenta 5€ (Ritmos cubanos)

El 11 de agosto: Xarnege a las 22:30h , entrada gratuita. (La tradición musical de los Pirineos)

El 12 de agosto: F Collective a las 22:30h, la entrada cuesta 5€ (Flamenco)

El 13 de agosto: Sons of the Delta, a las 22:30h, la entrada cuesta 5€ (Blues)

El 18 de agosto: Andreu Martínez Band, a las 22:30h, la entrada es gratuita (Rock y jazz)

El 19 de agosto: The Jive & Toni Elizabeth Prima, a las 22:30h, la entrada cuesta 5€ (Swing)

Summer Concerts in the Gardens of the Casa de Cultura de Gandia August 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Free UK TV channels available in Oliva on a small satellite dish

You do not always need a big Portuguese 2.4m satellite dish to receive some UK TV channels in Oliva.

In fact you can receive most of the Sky TV channels in Oliva on a small 80cm satellite dish.

But even if you do not want to subscribe to Sky TV in Oliva, then there are number of free TV channels available in Oliva on a small 80cm satellite dish.

In some areas some of these channels may require a 1meter satellite dish, as some of them are operating on the very edge of satelite reception in Oliva.



BBC Sports Interactive streams

BBC Alba
BBC Parliament
BBC News
Sky News
Bloomberg
Al Jazeera English
CNN
France 24 (in English)
CCTV 9 News
Euronews
Russia Today
NHK World TV
PCNE Chinese
Abu Dhabi TV
SC4 digital

CBS Drama
CBS Action
CBS Reality
CBS Reality +1
Horror Channel
Horror Channel+1
True Movies,
True Movies 2
Movies for men
Movies for men +1
Movies for men 2
Movies for men 2+1
Men and Movies
True Entertainment

Food Network
Food network +1
Travel Channel
Travel Channel+1
BET
BET+1
Satandpcguy
Body in Balance
Contoversial TV
TBN Europe
God Channel
God Europe
Gospel Channel
Create & Craft
Horse & Country
Bid Tv
Wedding TV
wedding TV+1
QVC

Pop,
Pop Girl,
Pop Girl +1,
Tiny Pop
Tiny Pop+1
Kix

NME TV
Dancenation TV
Bliss,
Flava,
Chart Show TV,
The Vault,
WTF
Scuzz,
Clubland TV,
propellor

BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4

Cream
Filth
Flirt TV
Dirty Talk TV

In addition, with a "freesatfromsky" viewing card, a non subscription white Sky card, then you can also receive ITV1, Channel 4 (Ireland), Five, Five*, Five USA, Pick TV, Sony TV, Liverpool FC TV., and with a Sky HD box, Five HD.

This list is correct as at July 2011. Channel reception can change. Reception will depend on your exact location in Spain.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain. Freesat TV in Oliva.

Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain

The Freesat version of UK TV s Channel 5 is free to air, meaning you need no viewing card to watch this channel.

Channel 5 reception on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain can be difficult.





This is because the frequency used for Freesat Channel 5 is an Astra 2D horizontal frequenxcy. This is perhaps the weakest frequency for UK TV on the Costa Blanca.

This means that reception of Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain can be limited.

In many cases you will not be able to receve Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain 24/7, even if you have the biggest 2.4m satellite dish or even a 3.1m satellite dish.

Yes even on the Famaval Portuguese 2.4m satellite dish, supposably the best perfomring satellite dish for UK TV on the Costa Blanca Spain, can struggle to recevie Channel 5 24/7.





For more information please visit:

The Sat and PC Guy - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

"I have no signal quality on my Sky dish in Oliva."

You access the signal test screen on a sky box via the services, signal test option.

This is a test screen and shows the signal strength and signal quality of a particular satellite signal.

In most cases the satellite frequency that this test screen measures is frequency 11778 v 27.5 2/3.

This is a weak satellite frequency in Spain. It is a weak Astra 2 north beam frequency. This frequency is weakest at 5pm. In many areas of Spain in the afternoon this frequency can be unavailable, even on the big 2.4m Portuguese Famaval satellite dishes.

So it is entirely possible for this signal test screen on a Sky box to show "not locked" or no signal at all, yet you are still able to receive other frequencies (and channels).

The loss of these satellite frequencies can be reduced with an accurately aligned satellite dish.




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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What are the free to air satellite frequency numbers for Sky TV in Oliva Spain?

What are the free to air satellite frequency numbers for Sky TV in Oliva Spain? What are the frequency numbers for Sky TV in Oliva Spain?


A Sky HD digibox will automatically tune to the frequencies used for Sky TV and Sky HD TV in Spain.
A Freesat box will also automatically tune to the frequencies used for UK TV and UK HD TV in Spain.

The frequency numbers for Sky TV in Spain and UK TV in Spain on either a Sky box or Freesat box are exactly the same as if you your use if you were watching Sky TV in the UK.

Just because you are using your Sky box in a different country does not mean that the Sky Tv channels are using different frequencies for reception.

The Freesat box or Sky box will use whichever of the 90plus frequencies it needs to use for the channel you have selected to watch.

Here is a list of frequencies on the four satellites (Astra 2A, Astra 2B, Astra 2D and Eurobird 1) used for Freesat TV and Sky TV

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/sky_freesat_frequency_settings_spain.php

However, due to reception of UK satellite TV being sometimes "tricky", there are some extra frequency settings for some of the "free to air" main UK TV channels. Some ITV1 regions, Channel 4 and Channel Five are available on other frequencies. Sometime you may have to manually add these channels to your Sky box. And these are really the only "secret" and extra frequencies for Sky TV.


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Receiving Sky TV in Spain and the Valencia area of the Costa Blanca and Costa Azahar

Here are some webpages about the reception of Sky TV in Spain, and UK TV in the Costa Blanca and Costa Azahar areas of Valencia.

Sky TV in Calpe. UK TV Installers for Calpe. Freesat Reception in Calpe.

Sky TV in Denia. UK TV Installers for Denia. Freesat Reception in Denia.

Sky TV in Gandia. UK TV Installers for Gandia. Freesat Reception in Gandia.

Sky TV in Javea. UK TV Installers for Javea. Freesat Reception in Javea.

Sky TV in Lliria. UK TV Installers for Lliria. Freesat Reception in Lliria.

Sky TV in Oliva. UK TV Installers for Oliva. Freesat Reception in Oliva.

Sky TV in Ontinyent. UK TV Installers for Ontinyent. Freesat Reception in Ontinyent.

Sky TV in Xativa. UK TV Installers for Xativa. Freesat Reception in Xativa.

Sky TV in Valencia. UK TV Installers for Valencia. Freesat Reception in Valencia.








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Friday, June 24, 2011

Are you losing your UK satellite TV signals and Sky TV signals this summer in Oliva?

Many people think that the satellite signals are at their strongest in the summer.
Personally I notice little difference in the signals over the year.

However, there is an issue with the signal in the summer.

In the past few years this has affected both satellite TV and TDT TV in Spain.

One of the main reasons for losing your UK TV and Sky TV signals in Spain, is due to the heat and humidity.

The heat and humidity acts as a barrier and reduces the signals coming though the atmosphere.

Many afternoons this week, when the weather has been very hot and humid, I have noticed the weaker UK TV channels, those on the Astra 2D satellite horizontal frequencies like BBC2 England, have been pixilating much earlier than usual. This pixilation has been occurring at about 2pm.

However, on calmer cooler days, the channels have been performing as they should, with no pixilation at all.

So it may be worth noting that your big Portuguese satellite dish may well be perfectly aligned, and the LNB on it may be at the best skew setting, but even then there are some things, like the weather, that can still hamper reception of UK TV and Sky TV in Spain.

For more information please visit:

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Confusion About Free UK Television in Spain - Freeview Or Freesat?

Confusion About Free UK Television in Spain - Freeview Or Freesat?

Many people are confused about whether they can receive free UK television in Spain. The subject of what UK channels you can receive is something we are always being asked. Terms such as free UK television in Spain, Freeview and Freesat are always cropping up so we shall explain it to you.

Many people, including satellite installers in Spain, get confused about Freeview and Freesat. If satellite TV installers are unable to get their terminology correct, then no wonder British expats on the Costa's in Spain are getting more and more confused about how to receive UK TV in Spain.

As British expats move to the warm coastal areas of southern Spain in the Mediterranean, they find it frustrating that they are not able to watch the UK television programmes such as BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, or the other 100plus other UK TV channels, including Sports, movies and news, that are available to view for free. Although they try to watch local Spanish television channels, some feel the quality of programmes on Spanish TV is not that good as UK TV, they do not show many popular UK TV programmes like Coronation Street or Eastenders, and not all programmes are available in English, (although the switch to Digital Terrestrial Television - TDT - has meant a lot more UK and USA imported programmes are available in English.)

Receiving Freeview in Spain

Freeview is a free digital TV package that is available to people living in the UK. It is not, like many people say, available outside the UK especially Spain. You cannot receive Freeview in Spain. Freeview is a UK only digital television system that is transmitted from the land based television transmitter masts, like Emley Moor and Crystal Palace. The signals from these terrestrial transmitters are not strong enough to reach Spain.

Many UK TV channels are available on "free to air" satellite systems. British expats around Europe can watch their favourite UK TV channels for free via free to air satellite in Spain. Free to air means that there is no monthly subscription to pay, unlike the pay TV channels offered on satellite packages offered by Sky TV.


Receiving Freesat in Spain

Freesat is the name of a brand of satellite receivers designed to receive these free to air UK satellite television channels. You can also use a Sky digibox or any other digital satellite receiver to receive the free to air signals. A Sky digibox without a viewing card will still be able to receive BBC and ITV channels, and all the channels a Freesat receiver can receive.

You can receive many of the UK free to air TV channels by installing a small satellite dish and a digital satellite set top box. However, due to the frequencies used, the main UK TV channels such as BBC and ITV may not be available on these small satellite dishes, and therefore much larger satellite dishes will be required, from 1.8m to 2.4m.

It is worth noting that a Sky digibox without a Sky viewing card will receive the same channels as a standard Freesat digibox.

Both Sky digiboxes and Freesat digiboxes use the same satellite frequencies. So if you cannot receive BBC1 on a Sky box withoyour exisitng satellite dish, then you will not be able to receive BBC1 on your Freesat receiver with the same dish!

Spain does have its own version of Freeview, called Television Digital Terrestrial - TDT. Using a TDT set top box, you are able to receive around 30 digital Spanish television channels via your TV aerial on your roof. The digital aspect allows a much clearer picture than the old analogue TV system, and has the option to change the Spanish dubbing soundtrack on UK and USA imported programmes into the original version. It should also be noted that some UK "Freeview" set top boxes do not work in Spain correctly, as they are programmed for the UK TV service and not the TDT service.



So if an installer says that they are able to install a UK Freeview television system for you in Spain, ask them a few questions. As Freeview is a service received by a TV aerial, then why are they installing a satellite dish? Will you able to receive all the UK Freeview channels, like "Dave" and Sky Sports News, for free on their system, as many channels available for free on Freeview are in fact subscription only on satellite. Remember You cannot receive Freeview in Spain!



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Sunday, June 19, 2011

How to get ITV2 on Sky in Oliva, Spain?

ITV2 is on Sky channel 118.

It is on Sky channel 118 no matter what country you are in.

The only issue is where in Spain are you located and what size satellite dish you have installed.

In many areas of Spain, along the Mediterranean coast, you may well need a 2.4m Portuguese Famaval satellite dish to ensure reception of ITV2.

ITV2 is only available on one frequency and one frequency only.
Frequency 10758
Polarisation V
Symbol Rate 22000
FEC 5/6
ITV2 is available free to air, with no sky viewing card.

There is also ITV2 HD available.
Frequency 11758
Polarisation H
Symbol Rate 29500
FEC 3/4
And will be availble on your Sky channel list.
ITV2 HD requires a Sky HD subscription.


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How do I tune Sky HD in Spain

Your Sky HD box will automatically tune to the frequencies used for Sky TV and Sky HD TV in Spain.

The Sky TV frequency settings for Spain are the same as you your use if you were watching Sky TV in the UK, or France, or Germany, or Portugal.

Just because you are using your Sky box in a different country does not mean that the Sky Tv channels are using different frequencies for rception.

There are some extra frequency settings for "fringe reception" areas like Spain and Portugal.


Sky Default Transponder Frequency Settings for Sky TV digboxes Costa Blanca Spain
Used for helping boot the Sky box up


For reception of stronger signals and alternate regional variations of ITV1 and C4





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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Getting "no signal" for Teledeporte on Spanish TV in Oliva?

Recent changes to some of the frequencies used for Spanish TV may mean that you are receiving a "NO SIGNAL" message when trying to watch some Spanish digital TV channels.

One of the more popular Spanish TV channels affected is Teledeporte, the free sports channel on TDT.

Basically, some of the TDT channels have changed frequencies.

So all you need to do to get them back is to rescan, normally using the "install" options on your TDT receiver.

This should scan all the available frequencies used for TDT and your channels should then reappear.

This may not be the case for some community systems, where additional "frequency modules" may need to be installed to receive these new frequencies.

More information on this issue at

Changes to Spanish TV. Changes to frequencies used for TV in Spain.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Can I use a Sky box in Oliva?

Use of a Sky box outside the UK

If you have paid for a Sky box, and that box is not part of any Sky UK discount installation agreement, or subject to the 12 month new installation discount agreement telephone connection stipulation, or part of Sky multiroom, then the Sky box is yours and not Skys. You can do with it what you want and take it wherever you want. The are no restrictions on "non discounted" Sky boxes in or out of the UK, as they are not Skys property. They are your property.

There are restrictions on those boxes that are discounted by Sky, via their discounted UK installations, and on the cards themselves. But no restrictions on buying a nondiscounted Sky box.

Sky (UK, Italy, Germany etc) are one of the few that actually allow you to own your Sky box. Other broadcsaters, like Spains D+ rent the boxes, and there is a small charge in your monthly sub for this. So D+ boxes remain D+, not the clients. Which is why D+ receivers are hard to come by in other countries.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Changes to BBC1HD and BBCHD frequencies June 2011

The BBC has changed some of the frequency parameters for its HD channels.

Frequency: 10,847MHz (vertical polarity)
Modulation: DVB-S2, QPSK
Symbol Rate: 23.0
FEC: 8/9

Changes are happening to the BBC HD channels on Astra 2D.

Sky HD users should not have any problems, as the Sky HD boxes will automatically update.

Some Freesat users may have to reset their Freesat HD boxes, or perform a Freesat scan.

Users of other "generic" HD receivers, will have to rescan the BBC HD frequency, ensuring their receivers work with the new DVBS2 transmision standard.

If you are getting the "no satellite signal" being received then a simple receiver reboot may cure the problem.

More information :

BBC HD Frequency Changes June 2011

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sky TV in Oliva. Freesat TV in Oliva

For reception of Sky TV in Oliva or Freesat TV in Oliva ideally a 1.8m satellte dish is required. Ideally, a 2.4m satellite dish would be better, should budget and space be available.

Freesat TV Oliva Costa Blanca Spain

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In the Oliva area, and its surrounding towns like Gandia and Denia, I have fond that the best satellite dishes for Sky TV in Oliva, are the Portuguese satellite dishes.

The best performing 1.8m satellite dish for Sky TV in Gandia and surrounding areas, is not the so called "professional" Famaval satellite dish, but the other so called "economical" satellite dish. Both dishes are from Portugal, but I have found that the so called "economy" satellite dish, easily outperforms the so called "professional" Famaval satellite dish.

However, I have found that the best satellite dish for the area is the Famaval 2.4m satellite dish.

The local satellite reception knowledge "The Sat and PC Guy" has of the Oliva area, mean that he can advise you as to the best satellite dis, the best satellite receiver and the best TV system for you needs.

We have been installing Sky TV in Oliva for over 7 years and have numerous happy and satisfied clients. We have also helped out many clients from other satellite TV installer companies, who are either no longer around to hepl out, or who are based well away from Oliva and have no knowledge of Sky TV reception in the Oliva area.

Best Default Transponder Frequency Settings for a Sky box in Oliva

When a Sky receiver / digibox / box is turned on the first time the first thing the box tries to do is, amongst other things, to download approximately 6 hours of EPG information from a specific default frequency (or Transponder) from the satellite. The Sky digibox must have this information to start to work and allow you to watch Sky TV..

Unfortunately, the default frequency (transponder) that the decoder is initially set to look for (11778) is one of the weaker signals in Spain and the Costa Blanca, especially during the afternoons, even on a 2.4m dish! So should you experience one of Spain's frequent power cuts during this period, your Sky digibox may be unable to find this frequency, fail to boot up, and display the on screen message "No Satellite Signal Being Received".

Therefore, to assist the digibox to receive the bare minimum information it requires boot up the default frequency must be changed to another frequency to enable the initial information download.


Best Default Trasnponder Frequency Settings for a Sky box in Oliva

What size satellite dish do I need for Sky TV in c?

What size satellite dish do I need for Sky TV in Oliva?

Well at the end of the day the best satellite dish size you need depends on what UK TV channels you actually want to receive.

In Oliva, much of the Sky TV channels can be received on an 80cm satellite dish!

Yes an 80 cm satellite dish.

For example, an 80cm satellite dish can receive Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sport 3 in Gandia all day 24/7.
Sky Sports 4 and Sky Sports News will need a bigger dish, either a 1.8m Portuguese satellite dish (sometimes incorrectly refered as a 1.9m satellite dish!), or ideally a 2.4m Portuguese satellite dish.

With the correct size satellite dish (1.8m or 2.4m Portuguese satellite dish), and the correct Sky digibox, ALL of the Sky Movie channels are available 24/7 in Oliva.

In some areas a 1.8m Portuguese satellite dish will be enough for reception of the BBC1 and BBC2 and BBC HD channels in Oliva. Ideally a 2.4mm Portuguese satellite dish is prefered, should budget and space be available.

Ideally a SkyHD+ satellite digibox is required. The Sky HD boxes have a better and more sensitive tuner inside, and perform better that the "legendary" PAce 2600, renounded to be the best Sky digibox for Spain. Many UK TV satellite channels can be received with No Sky subscription.

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Important changes to TDT "Spanish Freeview" frequencies - affecting Spanish TV in Oliva

There are saome important frequency changes affecting TV in Oliva. These changes affect digital Spanish TV reception across most of Spain and is part of Phase 2 of the digital switch over in Spain.

All channels on frequency / multiplex 66 have been moved and transferred over to new frequencies.

This has affected the following Spanish digital TV channels:

Teledeporte
Intereconomía
Veo7 TV

A rescan on your TDT set top box will need to be performed to make sure you can continue to receive these Spanish TV channels.

In some cases a call for a TV engineer / TV installer will be required, as your existing system may not be able to receive Teledeportes new frequency. This is especially true for community TV systems, where individual amplifier modules are installed.


Phase 2 of Spain’s digital switch over is aimed to free up the digital TV frequency spectrum between from 62 to 69. This is so these frequencies can be sold off to other telecoms companies, like mobile phone operators.

It is also worth noting that Teledeporte is now labelled as TDP.


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