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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lost BBC Channel Islands on Sky 988 in Spain???

If in the last few days, you have lost your reception of BBC Channel Islands on Sky 988, and other BBC 1 regions in Spain then please read the following link

Changes to BBC1 TV frequencies - Sky Channel 988 Channel Islands in Spain

The BBC, not Sky, have been reallocating their channel to different satellite transponder frequencies.

This means that some channel you used to watch with full all day reception may now only be avilable for part of the dat.

One example is BBC1 Channel Islands on Sky channel 988.

Before today, Monday 18 October, this was regarded as being one of the strongest BBC regions for watching BBC1 TV in the Costa blanca and Spain. After todays changes, it is now one of the weakest satellite TV channels!

However, one of the benefits is that now, expats in weak signal areas like Spain, can now watch increease reception of BBC2 - using the BBC2 Wales and BBC2 Northern Ireland variations on Sky Channel 991 and 992

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Important changes to BBC TV frequencies this weekend

Important changes to BBC TV frequencies this weekend

There are some important changes happening on the BBC frequencies:


BBC1 West (Bristol)
BBC1 Channel Islands
BBC1 East (West) (Cambridge)

are all leaving their current frequency, and moving to the frequency currently used by BBC2 England - 10773 H
This means that their reception will be as per BBC2 England.
This means that BBC Channel Islands will no longer be recognised as being the strongest BBC1 region.

BBC1 Manchester
BBC1 Leeds
BBC 1 Tunbridge Wells

are all leaving their current frequency, and moving to the frequency currently used by BBC RAdio 5 Live and BBC1&2 Scotland - 10.802 H
This means that their reception will again be as per / similar to BBC2 England.

BBC1 Wales and BBC2 Wales

will be moving from their current frequency to 10.788v - moving from a weaker horizontal to a stronger vertical frequency. So these Wales regions reception will be as per most BBC1 regions ie - almost 24/7 on most big dishes. Meaning some areas will have 24/7 reception of a BBC2 region.

BBC1 Northern Ireland and BBC2 Northern Ireland

will be moving from their current frequency to 10.817v - moving from a weaker horizontal to a stronger vertical frequency. So these Northern Ireland regions reception will be as per most BBC1 regions ie - almost 24/7 on most big dishes. Meaning some areas will have 24/7 reception of a BBC2 region.

Why the changes?
The BBC have had to have a move around to amke space for the BBC1 HD channel.
This will be starting on Wednesday 3rd November.
The BBC had to make space for this channel, which will be on the same frequency as BBCHD channel.
The BBCHD channel will continue to operate showing "the best of the BBC in HD", and the BBC1 HD channel will be a simulcast of BBC1 London.

It will mean that if you watch BBC1 Channel Islands, then you will find that its reception has changed.

It will also mean that you should now have much better coverage of BBC2, either via BBC2 England (reception not changing), BBC2 Northern Ireland, and BBC2 Wales. The latter two regions have almost the same schedules as BBC2 England, with some minor changes for regional programmes.

Freesat and Sky boxes will automatically update themselves on Monday 18th October 2010 with these new frequencies.

Those with Non Sky or Freesat boxes will have to rescan the channels to make sure your boxes have the new BBC1 and BBC2 frequencies.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Sky Sports on Freesat - options being considered

Freesat is looking to take advantage of Ofcom’s Wholesale Must Offer rules, offering a pay-TV package, even though many of its set-top boxes don’t feature the necessary conditional access smart card slot.

Managing director Emma Scott told The Guardian that the option of offering subscribers the ability to sign up for Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 was currently being discussed at board level. However, no final decision has been made, and there are concerns that any pay offer might run counter to the Freesat brand

In order to offer pay-TV services, however, Freesat would require the approval of the BBC Trust, and the move would also run counter to its brand name.

Freesat, launched by the BBC and ITV as a joint venture in May 2008, has built a customer base of 1.25 million, ahead of expectations, and is projected to reach 2 million by the end of switchover in 2012. It offers more than 150 channels, high definition and access to the BBC iPlayer.

More than half its customers are former Sky homes, followed by Freeview homes upgrading, with the majority opting for high-definition boxes.

"There is a real gap in the market for people who love and want free television," Scott said.

The British TV market is currently delicately poised, with half consisting of free-to-air homes and half of pay-TV subscribers, principally through BSkyB and Virgin Media. Freesat is financed by a £10.7m annual budget, which comes from shareholders and revenue.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Film4 HD to launch on July 20 - on Virgin Media ONLY

Virgin Media has announced that Film4 HD will become available on its cable TV platform on July 20.

Launching on position 429 on Virgin Media's electronic programming guide, Film4 HD will offer a daily lineup of British, American and foreign films in high definition, alongside interviews and exclusive programming.

The channel will also carry movies produced by Film4, such as Mike Leigh's Happy Go Lucky, Ken Loach's Looking For Eric and the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire.

While announcing Film4 HD in March, Virgin Media's director of digital entertainment Cindy Rose said: "Channel 4 has a great track record in delivering innovative and compelling content and we're delighted to bring some of their very best films and most popular programmes to our customers in stunning HD.

"As more and more households become HD-ready, we're lining up content that makes the most of high definition and are making HD available to all our of customers for no extra fee."

Channel 4 head of VOD and channel development Sarah Rose added: "We're really excited to be launching Film4 HD and showcasing some fantastic British films to millions of viewers in high definition.

"There's a growing appetite for HD and our lineup of Channel 4 HD, E4 HD and now Film4 HD provides a great choice of HD content for viewers."

For the Film4 HD launch, Virgin Media has rearranged the Film4 bouquet of channels on its EPG, which runs as follows:

428 Film4
429 Film4 HD
430 Film4 +1

In May, Channel 4 confirmed plans to increase the development and financing budget at Film4 by 20% to help the division back more British filmmaking talent.

Source: _http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/digitaltv/news/a243471/film4-hd-to-launch-on-july-20.html

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Friday, July 9, 2010

ITV TV Frequencies for Sky and Freesat Receivers.

ITV Channel Frequency settings for Sky TV and Freesat TV.

Reception of the frequencies on Astra 2D are the ones that require a "big dish".

There are some ITV1 regions that require a Sky card to view. These regions of ITV1 are NOT available on Freesat.

10758 V 22000 5/6
ITV 1 London
ITV 2
CITV (07-19)
ITV 4
ITV 1 Granada
ITV 1 Anglia North
ITV 1 Central West


10832 H 22000 5/6
ITV 4 +1
ITV 1 Wales
ITV 1 Westcountry West
ITV 1 Westcountry South West
ITV 1 Border England


10891 H 22000 5/6
ITV 1 Border Scotland
ITV 1 Tyne Tees North
Men & Motors
ITV 1 Meridian South
ITV 1 Meridian South East
ITV 1 Anglia South
ITV 1 Yorkshire West
ITV 2 +1

10906 V 22000 5/6
Channel Islands ITV
STV North
STV West
STV East Ulster TV
ITV 3
ITV 3 +1 (19-07)
(STV - Scottish TV)


12402 V 27500 2/3
ITV1 Anglia West
ITV1 Central SW
ITV1 Meridian North
ITV1 Meridian SE
ITV1 Tyne Tees South
ITV1 Yorkshire East

(Sky card required for these ITV1 regions)


11973 V 27500 2/3
ITV 1 Central South
ITV 1 Central East
ITV1 HD

(Sky card required for these ITV1 regions)

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Some Changes to TDT – Important Sky Card Information – Sky Boxes switching off

Some Changes to TDT – Important Sky Card Information – Sky Boxes switching off

TDT is the Spanish Digital Television service available via your TV aerial. With TDT you can receive around 30 digital Spanish Channels. Although there are no UK or English channels on TDT, you can, in many cases, change the language of certain UK and USA imported programmes from the dubbed Spanish into English. In most cases this can be done by simply pressing the “Audio” button on the remote control.

Sony Entertainment TV no longer available

One of the TDT channels that transmitted a number of American TV imports was the Sony Entertainment Channel – SET. However, you may have noticed that in the last few weeks it is now unavailable, or you are getting a “channel scrambled” message. This is because SET is no longer being broadcasted on TDT. It has been replaced by AXN. However, AXN is the second pay channel on TDT, the first being GOL TV.

To watch these Premium TDT channels you require a Premium viewing card, and a TDT receiver or a TDT Integrated TV with the ability to read the card. Currently a monthly subscription of around 15euros is required for access to both Gol TV and AXN.

High Definition Channels on TDT

Over the coming year some more HD TDT channels will become available. I say more, as in some areas of the Valencia area it is possible to receive Canal 9 HD. Later in the year TVE, and Telecinco are expect to launch their TDT HD channels. In order to receive these TDT HD channels you will require either a TDT HD set top box, or a TV with a built in TDT HD receiver.

Important Sky Card information

As many are aware Sky TV recently replaced their viewing cards from the Blue with Yellow house cards to the all white cards. On the 1st March 2010 all the old blue yellow house cards were deactivated and no longer “unlock” any of the Sky TV channels.

The new white cards have also thrown up a few interesting surprises.
Sky card require a constant signal from the satellite to “keep the cards alive”. If the cards do not receive this “keep alive” signal over a few weeks, then the cards can “go to sleep”. If the cards have “gone to sleep” then one the encrypted channels you will see a message informing you that “This is the wrong cards for this set top box”.

The old blue Sky cards could be “woken up” by leaving them in ANY Sky digibox over a period of 24 / 48 hours, and the channels would eventually reappear. However, the new white Sky cards can only be woken up by leaving them for 24/48 hours in the Sky box that he cards were originally activated in.

Sky Boxes Switching Off Randomly

Since the beginning of March 2010, some Sky boxes have been experiencing an issue where they are switching off at random times, even if you have turned off the Autostandby feature on the Sky box.

The Autostandby feature automatically puts the Sky box into Standby mode if the box has been switched on and no remote control buttons have been touched for 4 hours – supposedly helping you save some power by not having the box turned on all the time.

However, on the Pace 430N Sky receivers, a software update from Sky has been causing the boxes to shut down at random times. You can confirm your make of Sky box by looking at the sticker that should be on the bottom of your box. By pressing Services, 4, 5 and accessing the System Details, software version 3.8.8 is the one that is causing the issues. All other Sky boxes and software versions are at the moment OK.

You can correct this problem yourself, by performing a manual software update which rolls back the software to the previous working version.
This process should be done in the morning, and only if you are getting the background music playing when you enter the Sky menu system, as the frequency for the software download may not be available on small dishes or in the afternoon, and performing it when the frequency is not there could damage your Sky box.

1 Unplug your sky box from the power
2 Press and hold the BACKUP button on the Sky box – not the remote control.
3 Still pressing the Back up button, reapply the power.
4 Keep pressing the back up button on the Sky box until RED YELOW and GREEN light glow on the front panel of the box. A “Downloading” message may also appear on the screen
5 Once these lights have appeared you can release the Back up button, as the box has now started the software download.
6 The Sky box will reboot once the download has been completed. You can confirm if the correct software has been downloaded by going once again into the System Details (Service, 4, 5) and checking that the Software version is now 3.7.6

I should better reiterate that this process should only be down if you can get the download frequency (11778) indicated by the background music on the sky menu screen, that you may also have to re add those “extra” ITV1, C4 and Five channels you have added into your Other Channels lists, and that you perform this upgrade at your own risk and I cannot be held liable if it fails and / or damages your Sky box.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

TDT via satellite - interesting survey results

A recent survey saw that an overwhelming 98% responded that they wanted a Satellite DTT as in other countries.

Many of the current problems of TDT reception are due to grey areas, where TDT signals are either very weak or nonexistant. In Spain 1.5% of the population live in these TDT grey areas, which rises to over 35% if you count areas bloccked by buildings. A total of more than 2 million households would receive NO TV in a position today and another 3.5 million million have pixilation, Fadding or white noise along the coast.

This could be solved by TDT by satellite

According to the latest survey on satellite DTT, 97.7% of Internet users who responded to the consultation want access to TDT channels via satellite for free, as in most European countries, such as France, Italy and the UK (Freesat).

Unlike in Spain, the governments of these countries have opted for open models in the distribution of DTT by the alternative pathway of the satellite, making it easier for all who want access to this modality.

The result is that any French citizen, English or Italian has only to approach a distributor (dealer or supermarket) to buy the receiver and the corresponding card (if required - not in the UK, but in France - TNTSAT) for a price of around 100 euros.

Another difference is that in these cases the package is available by satellite is the same as the land based transmitters and includes the HD channels and pay channels.

In Spain access to satellite DTT is much more restricted because we have to go to an installer approved by Abertis and meet certain requirements and procedures, which lengthen the process and make it expensive: The installer goes to the user's home (which should be in shaded area) to check that there is no possibility of receiving the TDT signal and draws up a report submitted by Abertis. Abertis gives its approval and delivery to the user keys that can unlock the receiver and the card (also approved by Abertis). Once these unlocked, the installer returns the address of the user to proceed to the final installation. The average cost of a satellite installation of DTT in Spain is around 400 euros.

In addition, each receptor is only for a TV and its reception capacity is limited to two transponders on Hispasat.

The survey, which was attended by 8545 Internet users, giving results very clear about how you should distribute satellite DTT in Spain:

- 8348 people, 97.69% of participants want a cheap satellite DTT and free access, as in other countries.

- 1.33% DTT Satellite wants a free access, no matter the price.

- 0.44% The states that do not need satellite DTT in Spain.

- 0.41% is satisfied as currently distributed by Abertis.

And the 0.12% estimated that DTT is not necessary as some satellite channels are available in packages of payment.



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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Facebook "Videos" virus and scam

Facebook "Videos" virus and scam

Thousands of Facebook users are reporting that they have been hit by a malware attack posing as a video of young bikini-clad women on a beach.

The messages are posted on the walls of Facebook members, seemingly from their friends and associates on the site, with a thumbnail which appears to be an image of a young woman's bottom in a bikini.

The messages read:

, this is hilarious! lol Distracting Beach Babes [HQ] Length: 5:32

The "Distracting Beach Babes" scam appears to be the latest incarnation of the widespread "Sexiest Video Ever" assault.

The "Sexiest Video Ever" messages reads:

, this is without doubt the sexiest video ever!

accompanied by what appears to be a video with the title "Candid Camera Prank [HQ]". The message has what appears to be a movie thumbnail of a woman on a bicycle wearing a short skirt, and the video's length is given as 3:17.



See the Facebook Sexiest Video Ever attack and how it works on the video below







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Friday, April 30, 2010

Sony SET TV on TDT

Sony Entertainment TV SET has been replaced by AXN on Spains TDT service.

This is the reason why you can no longer get SET on TDT and are getting a "scrambled" or "encrypted" message.




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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Loss of UK TV BBC ITV Astra 2d signals in Spain in the mornings

Well its that time of the year again when you may be experiencing some signal loss on yur Sky UK satellite TV systems.

For about 10 minutes a day, there will be a temporary loss of the UK TV channel frequencies via the Astra 2D satellite for about 10 or 15 minutes a day.

This will normally be happening at around 11 am CET.

This is beacuse the Astra 2D satellite, that carries BBC and ITV channels, is directly in line with the sun. It is assumed that he suns energy swamps the signals from the "weaker beamed" Astra 2D satellite, resulting in a loss of BBC ITV Channel 4 channels in Spain for this short amount of time.

This happens twice a year. There are two times in the year when the sun, Astra 2d and the earth are in alignment and the sun causes this drop out in signal. It happens early March and in October.


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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Have you lost Five, Fiver and Five USA in Spain?

If you have recently lost Five, Fiver and Five USA, and are getting a message on the screen saying "This programme is not available", then I am pretty sure that you are using a blue Sky viewng card.

This old blue Sky card will need to be replaced with a new white Sky viewng card.
Since April 2009, Sky have been issuing new replacement Sky cards.

On 1st March 2010, Sky started to deactivate the old blue Sky cards.

Should you wish to continue to watch the free to air TV channels then you will need a new replacement Freesat from Sky viewing card.
You can still get Five without a viewing card, by using the frequency settings as per these instructions : http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/extra_secret_frequencies_channels_sky.php



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Monday, February 15, 2010

Freeview vs Freesat vs Freesatfromsky vs Sky

I was asked this question earlier and I thought it may be good for here also...

"Please excuse my ignorance - but is freeview the same as freesat?"

FREEVIEW
"Freeview" is the brand name of a UK Digital TV service ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE UK. it is available via TV aerials on the houses, and is only transmitted from TV transmitters in the UK. you will need either a freeview "set top box" or a TV with freeview built in.

Freeview is not available in spain.

Freeview channels are listed at http://www.freeview.co.uk/

There are channels on freeview that you have to pay for on freesat!

Spain has its own version of "Freeview" called TDT - 30ish digital Spanish TV channels via a TV aerial...many programmes you can change the programmes into their original audio...not always English as a few German programmes have cropped up...you will need a TDT "set top box" or a TV with TDT built in.

FREESAT
You have "Freesat" receivers - they only have about 100 channels on their EPG at the moment. they receive "free to air" channels. Freesat receivers will have the Freesat logo on them.

Freesat Channel List

FREESATFROMSKY
You have Sky receivers and a £20 "freesatfromsky" card, - many more channels than Freesat. They receive "free to air" channels and Five, Five US and Fiver, Sky Three, Liverpool FC TV and Viva TV ("known as "free to view" channels)

Freesat From Sky Channel List


SKY TV SUBSCRITPION

If you have a sky receivers and want to pay monthly used for Free to air, free to veiw and subscription channels...

Sky Channel List

Note that many installers are using generic receivers (sometimes called Free To Air receivers) and calling them Freesat or Freeview receivers which may be confusing people. Official Freesat and Sky receivers have a full 7 day programme guide...generic FTA receivers only have now and next programme infomation.

Genuine Freesat recivers have the Freesat logo on them:

Note that reception of Freesat Sky and other UK TV channels depends on your location and dish size


REBROADCASTING
Be wary of:

- companies offering BBC and ITV on a small dish - these can only be legitimatly received direct from the Astra 2D satellite for free via a minimun of 1.4m dish (some areas 1.8m)

- companies offering BBC and ITV for a monthly subscription - BBC and ITV are free on satellite and do not need a subscription

- companies offering "Freesat" with only 20 or 64 channels - by satellite you will recieve over 100 free tv channels, not 20 or 64. the BBC have over 15 regional variations on satellite alone

- companies offering Sky Sports for less than £36 per month or ESPN sports for less than £14 per month - the costs of legitimate subscriptions to these channels.

- companies showing other countries sports channels like Showtime

- companies saying they get BBC and ITV from a satellite (like Hotbird) other than Astra 2 - BBC and ITV are only broadcast on one "satellite constellation (those satellites at 28.2 to 28.5 degrees)

as these companies will more than likely be a rebroadcasting servies whos signal may be terminated just like Telemicro.

PETAL DISHES
Some companies are jumping on the rebroadcsat switch-off bandwagon and offering inferior and poor quality "petal" satellite dishes. In my and many other installers opinion these "fortecstar" petal satellite dishes are a waste of money - one installer said that the 2.4 petal dish performed as good as a 1.4m solid dish and "avoid if you can".

If in doubt, try and find out how long the company has been installing for - check past issues of local newspapers, as since the problems with Telemicro lots of new installation companies have appeared on the scene, and offering poor dishes and receivers in an effort to make money for themselves out of the situation. Be wary of companies using just a mobile phone number, a free hotmail and gmail email addresses and free websites.

ADVANTAGES OF TRUE SATELLITE INSTALLATIONS

With a Sky or Freesat receiver you can get BBC interactive, Sky Active and a full 7 day programme guide. you may need a big dish, youo may pay more for the installation, but at least the signal is pretty much gaurenteed as it it a digital signal direct from the satellite and is not reliant on a third party.

Pure digital broadcasting, not reliant on second or third or fourth generation signals as the signals gets past from one rebroadcast transmitter to another. many ex rebroadcasting clients have commented on how ggod the signal direct fromt he satellite is compared to that of a rebroadcasted signal.


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Saturday, February 13, 2010

TDT in Spain - The Spanish TV version of UK Freeview

UK Freeview TV in Spain


You will not be able to receive FREEVIEW in Spain. It is impossible to get Freeview in Spain. Freeview is only available in the UK, and is only able to be received in the UK via a TV aerial. The nearest Freeview transmitter is in Cornwall, and that transmitters signal is not powerful enough to reach Spain.

UK Freeview TV in Spain



Digital Terrestrial TV in Spain - TDT

There are no UK channels available on Spain's TDT Digital Terrestrial service. TDT only has Spanish TV channels, however, on the many UK and USA imports, you are able to change the Spanish language / soundtrack to that programmes original (probably English) language / soundtrack.

Spanish TDT Channels

Depending on your locating on the Costa Blanca Spain, TDT can provide around 30 digital TV channels.

Here is a list of the channels that are available form most TDT transmitters in Spain.


La2 and Teledeporte show some UK Premiership FA and Carling Cup football, and sometimes some 3pm Saturday matches.

Sony Entertainment TV, K33/300, TV3, Disney Channel, La1, Antenna3, Neox, Nova, Quatro, La Sexta, Cinco all have the ability to transmit in English (or original language!).

TDT Channels in Spain

The big Spanish analogue TV system is slowly switched off across the country, total shutdown is expected to be the 31st March. Many main Spanish TV channels like TVE will only be available omn digital TV systems. However some smaller more local TV stations will continue to be available on analogue TV systems, but for who long....





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Thursday, January 28, 2010

UK TV In Spain Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive Freesat in Spain?
Can I watch Sky TV in Spain?

These and many more questions are always being asked as people try to decide what is the best way to receive UK TV channels in Spain on the various satellite and digital terrestrial services.

With this in mind, we have created a number of pages which tries to answer all your UK TV in Spain questions.

Frequently Asked Questions - UK TV in Spain

Frequently Asked Questions - Freesat TV In Spain

Frequently Asked Questions - Freeview TV in Spain

Frequently Asked Questions - Sky TV in Spain

Frequently Asked Questions - TDT in Spain

If a specific question is not answered on these pages then you can always try our forum - http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/

Sunday, January 24, 2010

What UK TV Channels are available on small dish in the Costa Blanca of Spain

UK TV Channels Available on Small Dish Costa Blanca Spain

Here is list (correct as at December 2009) of the UK TV channels that you should be able to receive on the Costa Blanca area of Spain on a small satellite dish. These can be received on most (if not all) digital satellite receivers, including Sky TV and Freesat TV digiboxes, and also other "generic" decoders like Darkboxes or Manhatten satellite receivers. This is because all these UK TV channels are available for free - meaning that they do not require a Sky viewing card to watch them.

These UK TV channels are available on a small satellite dish, about 80cm to 1m satellite dish) as these channels are on the Astra 2A south beam frequencies, the Astra 2B south beam frequencies and the pan European Eurobird 1 beam frequencies.

Popular Channels
S4C
CBS Reality
CBS Reality +1
CBS Action
CBS Drama
Film24
Information TV
BBC Alba
Travel Channel
Travel Channel+1
Food Network
Food Network+1

Movie Channels
Zone Horror
Zone Horror+1
True Movies
True Movies 2
Movies 4 Men
Movies 4 Men+1
Movies 4 Men2
Movies 4 Men2+1

Music Channels
Chart Show TV
The Vault
Flava
OMusic TV
Channel AKA
Starz TV
Bliss
Skuzz
Flaunt
NME TV
Clubland

News Channels
Sky News
Bloomberg
BBC News
BBC Parliament
CNN
S4C2
Euronews
CCTV-9
Russia Today
France 24
Al Jazeera
Press TV
NHK World TV

Children's Channels
POP
Tiny POP
Tiny POP+1
POPGirl
POPGirl+1
Kix!

Other Channels



Luxe TV

Body in Balance

Rural TV

Horse and Country

Fitness TV

My Channel

BEN

AIT International

True Ent

BET

BET+1

propeller

OHTV

Controversial TV

Unexplained TV

NTAI

Channel M

HiTV

OBE

Sumo TV

Fashion TV

wedding tv

wedding tv asia

Renault TV



Religion Channels



God Channel

GOD Europe

Wonderful

TBN Europe

DAYSTAR

revelation

UCB TV

Inspiration

Loveworld TV

EWTN

Gospel Channel

Genesis

Failth

KICC TV

DBN



Radio Station Channels



BBC Radio 1

BBC Radio 2

BBC Radio 3

BBC Radio 4

Classic FM

Absolute

Capital

Planet Rock

Heart

Galaxy

XFM

Choice FM

BBC World Service

BBC Radio Scotland

BBC Radio Wales

BBC Radio Ulster

BBC Radio Asian

BBC Radio 6 Music

BBC Radio 7

BBC Radio 1Xtra

RTE Radoi 1Xtra

Gold

LBC

Kiss

Magic

NME

Caroline

Absolute 80's

Jazz FM





BBC Sports Interactive Service Streams



To watch the BBC Sports Interactive service stream on Sky boxes



BBC News

Red Button

3001

Select



or



BBC News

Red Button

Sports

Sports Multiscreen



To watch the BBC Sports Interactive service stream on Non Sky Boxes



Select from the channel lists

Stream-0
Stream-1
Stream-2
Stream-3
Stream-4
Stream-5
Stream-6

These streams are available on frequency 12441 polarisation v symbol rate 27500



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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to get UK Freeview in English on the Costa Blanca, Spain

How to get UK Freeview in English on the Costa Blanca, Spain

You cannot receive Freeview on the Costa Blanca, Spain.

"Freeview" is the brand name of a UK Digital Terrestrial TV service.

It is transmitted from TV transmitters in the UK - ir terrestrial transmitters.

The nearest Freeview transmitter to Spain is in Cornwall, and its signal is not strong enough to be received in Spain. In fact it is was strong enough, then it may be that they would only need on TV transmitter mast in the UK!

However, many channels available on Freeview are also available on satellite - for free. These channels include: BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Channel 4, Five.
 
There are also channels that are available for free on the Freeview system that you have to pay for, via a Sky TV subscription and viewing card, on satellite - like Dave, UK History.

You cannot use a Freeview receiver / digibox to receive Freesat TV or Sky TV. Freeview receivers are not compatiable with satellite signals and as such, Freesat TV and Sky TV receivers are not compatiable with Freeview terrestrial siganls (although there may be some combined Freesat Freeview receivers available.)


In Spain, you do have a digital terrestrial TV service, called Television Digital Terrstrial - TDT.
It delivers up to 30 digital TV channels. These are Spanish TV channels. There are no UK TV channels available on TDT. However, you can, in many cases, changed the imported American and UK programmes from their dubbed Spanish audio soundtrack into their original English lanaguage audio soundtrack.

I am sure I saw the latest ITV1 "I'm A Celebrety Get Me Out OF Here" with Ant and Dec on Siete, a Digital TV channel available in Spain. What is the Spanish translation of "Why eye man!"?

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

No more TTon4 onthe Costa Blanca?

Are you asking where has TTon4 gone?
Has your TTon4 Channel 4 disappeared!
Are you missing your TTon4 Channel 4 programmes!

Unfortunately, from the 13th January 2010, the Channel Four test channel TTon4 is no longer available to viewers in the Costa Blanca Spain area.

TTon4 was used by many to view Channel 4 without a Sky viewing card, and best of all, it could also be viewed on a small satellite dish, where are the normal Channel 4 channels required a big 1.8 or 2.4m satellite dish, or a Sky viewing card.

If you have a new white Sky viewing card, then all is not lost. You should still be able to watch Channel 4, by using th other version on the same frequency. These versions are the Irish versions of Channel 4, so not all programmes will be exactly scheduled as the UK version of Channel 4.

You can add these Irish Sky viewing card versions of Channel 4 to yur Sky box as follows:
Press Services
Press 4
Press 4
Type in the Channel 4 frequency of 12480, polarisation V, Symbol Rate 27.5 and and FEC of 2/3.
Press Find Channels
This should bring up a list of channels on this frequency.
Navigate to the first "Channel 4", and press the YELLOW button.
This places a tick next to the channel.
Press Select and you will see the Channel List updated.
Press Select.
Pres the Sky button.

To view this added channel Press Services, and navigate to your "other channels" list and select "Channel 4" from the list.

  

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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sky Default Transponder Settings Costa Blanca Spain

Sometimes a Sky Digibox will crash and display the message "No Satellite Signal is Being Received".


This normally happens when there has been a power cut. When the power is restored, the box just gives the "no signal" message. For short power cuts, an interruptible power supply (UPS or SAI) should prevent this.

When a Sky digibox is turned on it tries to download information from a specific default frequency from the satellite. The digibox must have this information to start to work.


The default transponder frequency setting that the decoder is initially set on (11778) is one of the weaker signals in Spain and the Costa Blanca. So should you experience one of Spain frequent power cuts during this period, your digibox may be unable to boot up.

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.

1 Physically unplug your box from the mains supply for (at least) ten seconds.

2 Plug the box back into the mains

3 Wait two minutes

4 Turn the box on with the remote - until the box shows a green light, not a red one.

5 Press the Services Button.

6 Press, in succession but without pausing, 4, 0, 1 and Select You should now be in the Installer's Menu.

7 Press 2 - Default Transponder

8 Select the Frequency (GHz) box line and type in 12129 (the default is 11778). If this doesn't work, you can also try 12441, 12051 or 12207.

9 Scroll down and select Polarization. This should show V. (There are only two choices, V and H; if necessary, change by pressing the right key (to the right of Select) on your remote.

10 Scroll down to Save New Settings and press Select. This will bring you back to the Installers Menu.

11 If the process has been done correctly you should see the current date and time at the top left of the screen. This means the box has managed to located a signal from the satellite and the information download has started.

12 Press Back Up Three Times. Your screen should now display "Searching For Listings".

13 Wait a couple of minutes for channel 998 to "come in". (On some small satellite dish systems, the actual channel may not "come in" but then programme information banner at the bottom will be populated with the programme information - once this is populated then your channels should all be available)

The process is now complete, and you should be able to select the channel of your choice.

You do not have to do this process for Freesat or Generic receivers, just Sky receiver.


If you want to see how this process works, you can watch a video of the operation

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