Seville may have been within the satellite footprint. A couple of years ago it was rumoured that the satellite signal footprint would be narrowed and people in Spain would not be able to receive the UK programmes, but I'm not sure whether this ever came to anything. There was a lot of talk on the expat sites that I belonged to and many people obtained VPNs so they could get the TV programs on the internet. There are also lots of firms who offer packages in Spain including satellite installation and programmes packet probably some cable firms too. I'm not sure of the legality of all of this.
I do remember in 2013 staying in a hotel in Menorca and we were able watch a good selection of UK programmes on the TV but a few years later reading reviews of the hotel I read that only the UK News channels were available.
i access i-player, tv hub, channels 4 and 5 and uk tv play through a VPN that costs me €5pm.
for my normal TV i use a streaming service which costs me €8pm and gives me access to all uk channels including $ky sport and movies. i also get BT sports etc and a host of other countries TV channels as well as a multitude of movies and box sets( in total over 5000 channels updated daily).
works really well for me and some other ex pats
I'm quite taken with the idea of the BBC becoming a subscription service and would happily continue to pay my licence fee in that way because it would mean that it would cut down on the freeloading that no doubt takes place at the moment. It would mean that if you don't subscribe via your TV provider then you don't get to access BBC output via either the live broadcast, or iPlayer via their catch-up service.
Here's another thought - if everybody who watched BBC output actually paid for it then perhaps the cost of a licence would fall?
fee is nothing to do with the BBC but is a licence to operate a television
receiver. There have been many challenges over the years with people having
their TVs modified so they could not access the BBC, but they have not
succeeded.We do however need to consider the whole TV reception topic;it is not just the BBC. If people view programmes online then there has to be
some controls and a fee will have to be paid. Making the programmes we watch no matter how abysmal some of them are costs money. When ITV began then financially
it was a success in fact almost an embarrassment with the money rolling in from
advertising. Since that time the independent section has grown although the
adverting income has become less having spread due to all the new
channels/companies that have entered the market. It is interesting to look at
the viewing figures for the various channels, often very low. It is doubtful that the licence fee topic will be reviewedby the government anytime soon – it might not be ideal but the BBC has grown to
such a size that any attempt to properly reform it will be opposed by the
varied self interest groups.There is of course something else to consider. Just how muchtime do we have to view these programmes – there are still only 24 hours in a
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