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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Will UK TVs work in Spain?

Will UK TVs work in Spain?

Generally yes.

However the tuner inside the TVs may be different as

Spain uses VHF and UHF and the UK only UHF.

Any external equipment like DVD players, or satellite receiver will also work, as long as they are connected via a SCART, component or HDMI cables.

You may find you are unable to watch Spain analogue TV services, as they use a different frequency for their audio, so you may get a picture but no audio. This is not so much an issue as Spain has now moved to Digital Terrestrial TV.
 
 





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ITV Regional changes

ITV are making some changes to the ITV1 regions on freesat on Tuesday 23rd February 2010, in preparation for future service improvements. This will only affect customers who receive ITV1 Central South and Central East, and residents on the Isle of Man. Customers in these areas using freesat+ will need to re-select any ITV1 programmes scheduled to record after Tuesday 23rd February 2010. This includes all series linked programmes on ITV1, where you have selected a whole series to record automatically. To re-select your recordings, simply go to the programme in the 8-day onscreen programme guide, and set it to record by pressing the record button on your remote control.

Satellite Frequency Settings For Sky TV in Spain

Frequency For Sky TV in Spain

A question that is asked frequency on Google is "What is the frequency for Sky TV in Spain?"

The answer is simple: you use the same frequncies for Sky TV in Spain as if you were in the UK.

UK TV abroad uses the same satellites and satellite frequencies as if you were using your Sky digibox in the UK. The UK TV channels available on Sky (of Freesat) come from the same group of four satellites: Astra 2a, Astra 2b, Astra 2d, and Eurobird 1. All UK TV channels are transmitted from one of the 90plus satellite transponder frequencies on these four satellites.

So if you want to watch Sky Sports 1 HD in the UK you will be using a satellite frequency of 11798 H 29500 3/4. If you want to watch Sky Sports 1 HD in Spain you will use the same frequency.

Here is a list of those frequencies used on Astra and Eurobird satellites for UK "Sky" and "Freesat" TV in the UK and abroad.

Sky Freesat Frequency Settings



There is of course another reason for asking this question - which could be interpretated as "What is the best default transponder frequency setting for Sky TV in Spain?"

I have mentioned this many times in other posts, so here are some links:

Best Transponder Frequency for Sky and Freesat in Spain and abroad

Default Transponder Frequency Settings for the Costa Blanca Spain

Default Transponder Frequency Settings for the Costa Blanca Spain (HD EPG)


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Why some UK channels are not for free on satellite / Freesat but they are in the UK on Freeview?

Why some UK channels are not for free on satellite / Freesat but they are in the UK on Freeview?

Hardly a day goes by without someone contact me asking for the frequency for Sky Sports News on Freesat.

There is no Sky Sports News frequency for Freesat receivers.

Although Sky Sports News is available for free on Freeview in the UK, on satellite Sky Sports News is a PAY TV channel only, and requires a monthly subscription to view. So even if you do input the Sky Sports News frequency of 12148 H 27.5 2/3 onto your Freesat receiver you still will not be able to watch it as you require a Sky SUBSCRIPTION.

There are many UK TV channels that are like this, that are available for free in the UK on Freeview, but not available on Freesat.

These channels include:
Sky 3
Yesterday
Dave
Dave ja vu
Virgin1
Five USA
Fiver
Quest
4Music
Viva
Sky Sports News

Some of these channels are available without a monthly Sky subscription, but do need a free to view card (also known as a freesatformsky viewing card.) These channels are Five USA, Fiver, Viva, Sky 3.

This also proves that you cannot receive Freeview in Spain. Freeview is a UK only TV service transmitted from the land based transmitters in the UK. These Freeview signals just do not reach Spain. So if you get a UK TV satellite installer who says they can get you Freeview, dont believe them as they cannot - test the installers by asking if the above channels will be available for free just like they are on Freeview.

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