As an alternative you could visit some of the bars in Vilamoura which have it. I know of one, which is "Waves" behind the TenisGolfMar apartments, but I expect there are more.
Hope this helps
They will close the account and have no more to do with you. As soon as they "know" you are viewing it abroad they are breaking broadcasting rights.
Unless it is a freesat card you will not be able to use the card for 1 box in another. They are married to an individual box.
Technically it is only supposed to be used in the UK but as I am a UK resident and not Portuguese I can't see the harm. You can bring the box without a card at all and you will get all the BBC channels including radio but not ITV CH4 & 5
I am an expat living in tenerife and work with the technology albeit on the IT side. I posted a comprehensive guide in replky to some people moving out to Malta here....
With regard to the BBC preventing sky being picked up abroad. Thats the opersite of the actual reason...
BBC wanted to go completely free to air (no sky or other card required). EU rules state anyone can pick up signals if they are in the public domain (free to recieve). So all the European channels complained and the in responce Sky (who own Astra 2) narrowed a footprint to just cover the Uk and moved the BBC (and other free channels) there. So now we all need a very big dish to get it. BUT we are not breaking any laws in recieving it and we dont have to pay a licence fee as were not governed by the UK.
Sky channels on the otherhand charge a subscription (are not free) and the illegal bit comes in when you buy a 'dodgy card' or lie about your address.
Over 200,000 expats "lie" about their address which nets sky about 5 million pounds a year. Hence they only cut you off if you make it obvious like telling them your moving abroad!
Sky are more interested in closing the 'Dodgy card' (conterfit cards) dealers down as Sky receive nothing from these subscribers.
By knowingly allowing anyone abroad to view material which is not covered under the copyright fees or whatever, Sky are actually breaking the law and leaving themselves open to prosecution by the film companies etc and we know that the RIAA and US Studios take this route for major damages whenever they can.
So as soon as SKY get an inkling they have to terminate. (The viewer maybe an RIAA agent)
The satellite footprints cover ALL of Europe (even down here in Tenerife) and the BBC wanted to get rid of the need for a card to unscramble their signal. Under EU law it is ok for individuals to receive free signals. The rights issue on BBC signals in Europe now has nothing to do with Sky, as they are not broadcasting using their scrambling system and viewers do not need to have a sky card to pick it up, just a digital reciever and dish.
There is soon (how soon is anyones guess) to be a new EU law allowing Ex patriates to subscribe to their homeland subscription TV services as long as the signal is available to them in their location within the EU. This will indirectly affect changes to "rights" laws within the EU.
The sky contract states that you can not take the card outside the UK.
I don't want to appear pedantic but this is not true. Paragraph 5(d) of BSkyB's terms and conditions states,
'The Viewing Card must not be used outside the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.'
This indicates that it is not against the terms and conditions to take the card abroad only to use it once you are there.
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