Freesat box issues

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Oct 072016
 

Freesat have been doing some software updates and fixes in the last few days. These updates are on the Humax range of Freesat Freetime set top boxes. Freesat said: We’re making some essential changes to the way we deliver connected services to our smart Freesat set-top boxes today. As a result you may experience some [...]

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Freesat in Costa del Sol

 

Freesat in Costa del Sol

Freesat in Costa del Sol

UK TV is available to expats in Southern Spain and the Costa del Sol and Gibraltar areas of Spain.

However, with the recent introduction of new UK TV satellites reception of some channels in the Costa del Sol and Southern areas of Spain can be hard.

Reception of the main Freesat TV channels, like BBC and ITV, via satellite, using a Freesat set top box, may mean you have to have a very large satellite dish.

Current estimates are that the size of satellite dish required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat would be at least 4 meters.

 

It is the size of satellite dish that is required to receive BBC and ITV direct from the broadcasters via satellite in the Andalucía and Southern Spain areas that many feel is very restrictive. The size of satellite dish required means that other alternate methods of receiving UK TV are required, such as via the “Intelsat 907 Freeview Back Up” satellite, or via IPTV / Internet TV systems.

However reception of many Sky TV Pay channels in Andalucía and southern Spain, like Sky Sports and Sky Atlantic, is easier, and requires a “small” satellite dish, may be a 90x100cm “1m” dish, or the larger 125x135cm “1.4m” satellite dish.

The map on the link below shows a reception map and the size of satellite dishes for Spain that are able to receive the main UK TV channels.

Reception Reports / Satellite Dish sizes to receive BBC and ITV UK Satellite TV Costa del Sol areas of Spain

 

For IPTV solutions for the reception of UK TV in the Costa del Sol area of Spain we recommend “The Sat and PC Guy“, one of the best satellite TV installers for UK TV and IPTV in the area.

Freesat in Andalucía

 

Freesat in Andalucía

Freesat in Andalucía

Freesat TV is available to expats in Southern Spain and the Andalucía areas of Spain.

However, with the recent introduction of new UK TV satellites reception of some channels in the Andalucía and Southern areas of Spain can be hard.

Reception of the main Freesat TV channels, like BBC and ITV, via satellite, using a Freesat set top box, may mean you have to have a very large satellite dish.

For some eastern parts of Andalucía, a minimum 1.8m or 2.4m satellite dish is required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat and Sky.

For some western parts of Andalucía, 2.4m or 3.1m satellite dish is the minimum size required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat.

It is the size of satellite dish that is required to receive BBC and ITV direct from the broadcasters via satellite in the Andalucía and Southern Spain areas that many feel is very restrictive. The size of satellite dish required means that other alternate methods of receiving UK TV are required, such as via the “Intelsat 907 Freeview Back Up” satellite, or via IPTV / Internet TV systems.

However reception of many Sky TV Pay channels in Andalucía and southern Spain, like Sky Sports and Sky Atlantic, is easier, and requires a “small” satellite dish, may be a 90x100cm “1m” dish, or the larger 125x135cm “1.4m” satellite dish.

The map on the link below shows a reception map and the size of satellite dishes for Spain that are able to receive the main UK TV channels.

Reception Reports / Satellite Dish sizes to receive BBC and ITV UK Satellite TV Andalucía areas of Spain

 

For IPTV solutions for the reception of UK TV in the Andalucía area of Spain we recommend “The Sat and PC Guy“, one of the best satellite TV installers for UK TV and IPTV in the area.

Freesat in Costa Blanca

 

Freesat in Costa Blanca

Freesat in Costa Blanca

Freesat TV is available to expats in the Costa Blanca area of Spain.

Even with the recent introduction of new UK TV satellites reception of all UK TV channels is very good.

Reception of the main UK TV channels, like BBC and ITV, via satellite, using a Freesat set top box, will mean you have to have a satellite dish measuring a minimum of minimum 110x120cm.

For areas of the Costa Blanca North, a minimum 125x135cm satellite dish is required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat.

For some areas of the Costa Blanca South, a minimum 1.8m satellite dish may be required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat.

With the very good satellite signals in the Valencia and Alicante areas, UK TV by satellite via Freesat is still the best option for watching UK TV channels in that area.

The map on the link below shows a reception map and the size of satellite dishes for Spain that are able to receive the main UK TV channels.

Reception Reports / Satellite Dish sizes to receive BBC and ITV UK Satellite TV Valencia areas of Spain

 

For installation of Freesat Satellite TV systems in the Costa Blanca North (Valencia to Calpe areas) area, we recommend “The Sat and PC Guy“, one of the best satellite TV installers for UK TV and Freesat TV in the area.

Freesat in Valencia

 

Freesat in Valencia

Freesat in Valencia

Freesat is available to expats in the Valencia area of Spain.

Even with the recent introduction of new UK TV satellites reception of all UK TV channels is very good.

Reception of the main UK TV channels, like BBC and ITV, via satellite, using a Freesat set top box, will mean you have to have a satellite dish measuring a minimum of minimum 110x120cm. For some areas of Valencia, a minimum 125x135cm satellite dish is required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat.

With the very good satellite signals in the Valencia and Alicante areas, UK TV by satellite via Freesat is still the best option for watching UK TV channels in that area.

The map on the link below shows a reception map and the size of satellite dishes for Spain that are able to receive the main UK TV channels.

Reception Reports / Satellite Dish sizes to receive BBC and ITV UK Satellite TV Valencia areas of Spain

 

For installation of Freesat Satellite TV systems in the Valencia area, we recommend “The Sat and PC Guy“, one of the best satellite TV installers for UK TV and Freesat TV in the area.

Freesat in Barcelona and Catalonia

 

Freesat in Barcelona and Catalonia

Freesat in Barcelona and Catalonia

Freesat is available to expats in northern Spain and the Barcelona and Catalonia areas of Spain.

However, with the recent introduction of new UK TV satellites reception of channels on Freesat in the Barcelona Catalonia and northern areas of Spain can be hard.

Reception of the main UK TV channels, like BBC and ITV, via satellite using Freesat set top box, may mean you have to have a very large satellite dish.

For some eastern parts of Catalonia and northern areas of Spain, a minimum 1.8m satellite dish is required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat.

For some western parts of Catalonia and northern areas of Spain, 2.4m satellite dish is the minimum size required for reception of BBC and ITV via Freesat.

It is the size of satellite dish that is required to receive BBC and ITV direct from the broadcasters via satellite in the Barcelona Catalonia and northern Spain areas that many feel is very restrictive. So many are turning to alternate methods of receiving their UK TV in the Barcelona Catalonia and northern Spain. Alternate TV viewing methods like IPTV, Filmon, Android Smart boxes, Brit TV boxes, and MAG250 IPTV boxes have started to become popular.

The map on the link below shows a reception map and the size of satellite dishes for Spain that are able to receive the main UK TV channels.

Reception Reports / Satellite Dish sizes to receive BBC and ITV UK Satellite TV Barcelona Catalonia areas of Spain

 

For IPTV solutions for the reception of UK TV in the Barcelona and Catalonia area of Spain we recommend “The Sat and PC Guy“, one of the best satellite TV installers for UK TV and IPTV in the area.

Freesat in Spain Reception Reports

 

Freesat in Spain Reception Reports

Freesat in Spain Reception Reports

A reception report map detailing the locations and satellite dish sizes that are able to receive the UK Beam of the Astra 2 UK TV satellites.

The UK Beam is  The reception reports I am receiving are all being fed into a map collated by a member of the “satellites.co.uk” website. This will help give us a more accurate picture as to the impact of Astra 2E reception in Spain, and other areas of Europe.

The Astra 2E reception report map used on this webpage is used with permission from its owner “Analoguesat” from the www.satellites.co.uk website.

Marker with black dot = successful reception
Pin = no or unstable reception

Colours indicate dish size used for the reception report
up to 1m – green
1m – 1.49m – pale blue
1.5 – 1.99m – yellow
2m – 2.49m – purple
2.5m and above – magenta

 

Freesat in Spain

 

Freesat in Spain

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Can you receive Freesat in Spain?

Yes UK Freesat is available in Spain.

To an extent.

Due to the satellite beams that the satellite signals are transmitted from, Freesat reception varies greatly over Spain, and therefore reception of the UK TV channels on Freesat in Spain depends where in Spain you are, and what size satellite dish you have.

Most of the main Freesat channels, like BBC and ITV, are on the “UK beam” or “UK Spot beam” of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G satellites. This UK beam signal footprint is different to the previous UK TV satellites UK beam. This has meant that reception of channels on the new Astra 2 satellites will be different to previous reception.

For example in the areas between Valencia and Alicante, the Freesat channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam can still be received on a small satellite dish – as small as a 110x120cm satellite dish, with a 125x135cm satellite dish being the recommended size satellite dish.

However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these Freesat TV channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam has become harder. For example, in areas such as Barcelona, Catalonia and Zaragoza, you need at least a 1.8m satellite dish to receive these channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, whereas previously you only needed a smaller satellite dishes. It is a similar story in the south of Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Almeria, Seville, Gibraltar and even Portugal, where even the larger 2.4m satellite dishes are struggling to receive these channels on the Astra 2 satellites UK beam.

A small number of Freesat channels are on the European beam of the UK TV satellites. The European beam give very good reception across the majority of mainland Spain. This means that the Sky TV pay channels can be received in Spain on a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 80x85cm.

 

 

What sized satellite dish do I need to receive Freesat in Spain?

As the signals that carry Freesat channels vary so much across Spain, then so do the size of satellite dish required to receive those signals.

Some areas of Spain can receive Freesat channels perfectly well using a 110x120cm satellite dish.

Other areas of Spain require larger 1.8m and 2.4m satellite dishes.

And in other areas of Spain, the size of satellite dish required means that other alternate methods of receiving UK TV are required, such as via the “Intelsat 907 Freeview Back Up” satellite, or via IPTV / Internet TV systems.

 

 

Can you legally watch Freesat TV in Spain?

Yes.

It is totally legal to view other countries satellite TV channels from Spain. EU Laws fully support this.

To watch UK TV channels via Freesat in Spain you do not have to pay the UK TV License.

And as Spain has no TV Licence system in operation, there are NO ongoing costs for watching Freesat in Spain.

 

 

 

Freesat FAQs

 

Freesat FAQs

Freesat in Spain

What is the Freesat frequency? 

“What is the Freesat frequency in Spain?” and “What is the strongest Freesat signal in Spain?” are two questions that get asked all the time.

There is only one Freesat frequency. This one satellite frequency carries all the data to populate the Freesat TV Guide on Freesat set top boxes. There is no other Freesat frequency that carries this data. You cannot change this “default” frequency on any Freesat set top boxes.

The Freesat frequency currently (Sept 2016) is :

Frequency : 11425

Polarisation : Horizontal

Symbol Rate: 27500

FEC : 2/3

Modulation DVB-S QPSK

This Freesat frequency is on the UK beam of the Astra 2E satellite.

Freesat Freetime

 

Freesat Freetime

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Connecting your Freesat Freetime set top box to the internet, then you can use Freetime.

Freetime allows you to scroll back through the last 7 days of TV without leaving the Freesat TV Guide.

With Roll Back TV, you’ll never miss your favourite show again.

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You can catch up on the last seven days of TV on channels from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 without leaving the TV guide. So whether you’re looking for the show last night that everyone’s talking about, or just want to catch up with what was on earlier in the day, you can find it all in the Freesat Freetime TV Guide.

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It uses the UK TV Catch UP services, like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, and Demand Five to allow you to watch programmes that you may have missed.

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Note that Freetime is not available on all Freesat receivers. Currently Freesat Freetime is only available on some Humax Freesat set top boxes, and Samsung and Panasonic Smart TVs.

 

 

Freesat Freetime in Spain

To use Freesat Freetime in Spain, you will require a UK TV Router that provides you with a UK IP Internet address.

Without a UK TV Router that provides you with a UK IP Internet address, your Spanish IP Internet address will be known, and content on Freesat Freetime will be blocked.

We can provide a UK TV Router that provides you with a UK IP Internet address, making it look like you are connecting to the internet from the UK< and not Spain, making the UK TV Catch-up services like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4 and Demand 5 available.

 

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