Hi wonder if anyone can help me. I have an apartment in Torreblanca that I rent out, and I want to get some English channels up and running as at the moment the TV only picks up Spanish TV (some lady reading tarot cards all day long).
I'm going across in 10 days to get something fitted but I don't know what to go for. Ideally I'm looking for something that doesn't involve a monthly subscription and something that doesn't involve me having to programme in new update codes to keep the channels working. I just want something simple that friends/family and other guests can plug and play.
Also if anyone has any tips as to who I can contact that wont pull my eyes out that would be great.
Any recommendations would be much appreciated.
If you are content with the BBC, news and travel channels then you can have any cheap digital satelite box installed. If you want to watch ITV, Channel 4, 5 you will need to have a SKY digibox. You can buy these secondhand off of Ebay and take it with you. You then just need the dish installed. You and your friends can then take your/their own card when you go over. It won't allow you to watch movies or sport because the card won't be matched to the box, but any the basic family pack program will work. Watching SKY channels outside of the UK is in breech of the SKY contract but they tend to turn a blind eye to it.
most boxe can be bought on Ebay
I am wanting to do exactly the same as you in May in my apartment in Mojacar. I would welcome some feedback from you about how you got on.
Does anybody know how much a 1.3m dish cost around southern spain.
We were trying to figure out if you could make a permanent mast/fixture for the dish but remove the dish when not needed as our community don't allow permanent fixtures. That said all the brits are putting them up.
However if you want UK TV you will need a dish, a digibox and card. You can get a Freesat card from Sky for £20 in the UK, but don't tell them you will use it in Spain.
There are lots of places in Spain who will sell you the dish and box; pick up a copy of Sur in English, free at newsagents, and there are loads of ads.
The girlfriend is going to love me for this, she thinks we're having a lazy week in the sun, but i'll be spending the majority of the week trying to get hooked up to some British channels.
I'll keep everyone posted with the outcome.
And if you do phone Sky, for god's sake DON'T tell them that you are using a card in Spain... they will disable the card and the box from future use! BE WARNED!!!
And don't phone them from Spain; they will know and disable tre card. Get a friend in the UK to phone.
If you have SKY in the UK, is it possible to purchase a second viewing card and registering that card to a second SKY box abroad?
Thanks for any input, Scoya.
Overruled by EU rulings made last April...This will require at least a 1.3m dish which can be mounted to point at 28 degrees east (of south). This may be against community rules.
Complexes must provide means to capture ALL public domain signals within the EU. The easiest way to do this is let people install their own satellite. Basically if the complex management refuse to supply you with means to recieve the (recievable) public domain signal you require, then they cant stop you putting up your own dish But this law is new and veague!
You wont need a sky card for this BUT you will still need a 1.3m dish!If you are content with the BBC, news and travel channels then you can have any cheap digital satelite box installed
... AND a sky / solus card....If you want to watch ITV, Channel 4, 5 you will need to have a SKY digibox
C4 C5 are not "Free to air" like the BBC and ITV1,2,3, just "Free to view". They still scramble their signal and you need a sky card or the free version (Solus) to unscramble the signal. (any old sky card will do)
Its quite simple to ring them (from a uk phone - a mobile will do) and say its a new replacement box and the card needs marrying up. Make sure your out of the 12 month contract if you do this!It won't allow you to watch movies or sport because the card won't be matched to the box
Some give better results than others. We live in Tenerife and have bog a standard sky issue Pace (black) reciever, a V1 Sky plus reciever and a brand spanking 160 sky plus box - All work fine with a 90 CM for all but Astra D channels (2.4m dish req for that this far out)Not all Sky digiboxes work in Spain
Use a UK mobile and tell em that your an independant installer upgrading their reciever.And don't phone them from Spain; they will know and disable tre card. Get a friend in the UK to phone.
yes this is NOW true. Sky no longer marry cards to normal bog standard digi boxes for the family package, just for the premiuum channels (sport / movies)I've heard it said that people with SKY subscriptions in the UK, being able to take their viewing card and using it in the SKY box at their properties in Europe. I assume that's not correct in the slightest?
I moved here 2 years ago and bought my Sky box with me and my card, there was already a dish on the property I bought so I got the local TV man to come a realign the dish and it works 100%.
The only problem I have is if we have very heavy rain then I loose the picture but all I have to do is fit a larger disk and that would solve the problem, which I will get round to one day I suppose.
I just pay my monthly subs and every now and again my son receives my updated card which he sends to me and Sky are none the wiser.
Seeing as my apartment is rented out quite often, I couldn't risk getting anything that would hook up to adult channels as it may give some of the elderly guests a cardiac arrest.
I also wasn't too keen on paying a monthly subscription, as I doubt I'd need a load of channels and most people would be content with the basic british channels.
After pricing it up, most were quoting approximately 600 euros for the dish and the digibox, which would pick up bbc1, bbc2 and the news channels. If I wanted ITV, channel 4 and channel 5 I would have to pay an extra 100 euros for the viewing card, however I'm told that channel 5 can lose the signal on an evening.
The good news for me, was that my neighbour on the next balcony had the same required dish, so I arranged to have my digibox wired up into his satellite dish and it saved me a few quid.
The installation, card and receiver ended up costing 420 euro's but i slipped my neighbours a few quid to keep them sweet.
Before I left Spain, I could get BBC1, 2, ITV, ITV2,Channel 4, lots of news channels, a couple of music channels, a couple fo kids channels and a few others such as travel channels etc.
If I was living in Spain or using the apartment a heck of a lot, I may have gone for a subscription package, but if the purpose is rental, the basic package plus the extra card seems a sensible choice.
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