the Satellite demise?

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  1. mentaliss

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    Well we have been touring along the coast of southern Spain now for over 14 days and stopping off at various camp sites, were now at the CABOPINA camp site near Marbella and meet many Brits who camp here for several months at a time, most of them have Satellite dishes of varying size's all of them were able to pull in BBC, ITV etc etc but due to the recent ASTRA satellite bandwith ?? change they can no longer. ... To add injury to their frustration some have paid hundred's if not thousands of pounds for retro fitted Satellite dishes on their MH's only to find they can only watch spurious English Language channels..:Sad::Sad:
    So if your not multilingual what's the point of a Sat' dish when travelling aboard?
     
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    I suppose watching Corrers in Spanish just ain't the same :Sad:
     
  3. Mikeco

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    If you are touring around then you will have a problem unless you pay for a decent internet connection and use Filmon.
    As we are on a site for 3 months we are sharing a 1.4m dish which is picking up BBC and ITV okay.

    Mike
     
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    Well presumably once it settles down, peeps will work out 'work rounds' - but it's early days yet but at the end of the day - if the progs just aren't being beamed to places outside the scope of the new Satellite, then that's that.

    People amused themselves prior to TV so they'll just have to amuse themselves again, if they want to go and stay in southern climes, won't they?

    (Said she who has never really wanted a TV set in a van and still doesn't TBH. We don't even watch it much at home!)
     
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    we are the only nation that expects the locals to speak English learn the lingo if your are going to live there :thumb:
     
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    And rightly so. Johnny Forriner should bloody learn English :Smile:
     
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  7. mentaliss

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    Sorry Mike Im confused, as far as I know its not possible to pick up Uk channels from a 1.4 Dish, based in sourthern Spain which is what my Topic's about, any Sat PRO'S out there who are aware of this:Smile:
     
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    I'm in Southern France at the moment and picking up the channels ok on my 85cm dish, which wasn't the case when I was in Spain. Apparently there are blackspots in various locations, see the link below which may help:

    http://www.skyinmadrid.com/pages/news.html
     
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    It should only be a problem if you are wilding. If on a site you should have TV hookup. We still are able to watch UK TV in Benidorm through the site hookup. Have no idea if my Oyster is working or not.
     
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    With a 85cm dish you will loose the BBC's ITV's Channel fours and FIVE circa the Alps and the Pyrenees, and if you draw a arc from about Bordeaux to Lyon with a dome.

    If you have a Sky subscription, not Freesat from Sky or free channels from Sky but a Monthly Sky subscription you will no be able to view your subscribed channels a long way across Spain, and most of Italy with your dish and a much improved service with a dome. This of course you shouldn't do though as it breaches your terms and conditions with Sky so I am NOT advocating that you understand.

    The changes are to give the millions of people in the UK who pay for all of this a much better service, so a tighter higher quality footprint over a smaller area.

    Imagine that up in the satellite there is a man with a massive Mag lite torch, the beam can be narrow and very bright, or very wide but wishy washy which is what we did have.
     
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    That's interesting wasn't Sky/BBC part of the reason for the Astra block due to the legality issue of the Uk contract between Sky and BBC Uk based licence fee??
     
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    Interesting article in that link about the impact on internet speeds in Spain linked to the BBC changes - i.e. it sounds as if large numbers of ex-pats switching over to internet based services is overloading the network.
     
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    Some people on our site in Portugal are getting some channels on this satellite

    http://en.kingofsat.net/tv-27.5W.php

    Some form of encryption so decoder needed somebody selling them locally but we never bother anyway.
     
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    We got all our channels in the Alps this February.

    It kept the kids off our backs!:BigGrin:
     
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    We are currently on the south coast of Sicily.

    Just watched the T20 cricket on Sky Sports 2, what a great win for England v Sri Lanka.


    The only channels missing are, all BBC, ITV1, and Channel 4 and some of the "4" channels.


    I have got Ch 5 HD, ITV 2, 3 and 4 ALL in HD.
    All Sky Sports HD, Eurosport 1 & 2, BT Sports 1 &2 HD.
    All Sky Movies, DAVE, Gold, Sky News, CNN, Euronews etc.


    In fact the whole Sky package except The channels mentioned before.


    We lost BBC, ITV 1 and Ch 4 of NW Spain. We got them back again in Marseille for a day, lost them when we left Marseille for Sardinia and we have been all the way up the Adriatic to Ravenna with no other losses.


    And if you need Corrie you can watch the repeats on ITV 2 HD...


    SO IT'S NOT ALL BAD.....!
     
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    Yes for some reason they have put ITV2 HD, ITV3HD and ITV4HD on the Southern beam, but only HD

    Overall if your a Sky subscriber things haven't worked out too bad :thumb:
     
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    You may be out of the footprint for the channels listed below, apparently they were not transferred to Astra 2E with the rest of the BBC package (quote below), it may be worth looking for these in the 977 region of your box while on your travels, we shall be trying these while away in the next few months, let us know if and where you do get them.:thumb:


    'A small number of channels are unaffected by the change. These are on the multiplex “DSAT 8” which is carried on Astra 2F (also at 28.2°East). These are BBC ONE Scotland HD, BBC ONE Wales HD, BBC FOUR HD, BBC NEWS HD, CBeebies HD.'
     
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    A 1.4m dish works at la Manga, watching BBC 1 at the moment.

    Mike
     
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    Tried on all these, as well as a manual search.


    All BBC regional and national channels including from 951 to 979 disappeared at the same time off NW Spain. We got them back in Marseille but as soon as we headed south again they were lost...
     
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    if you are using a skybox try putting 12480 v 27500 in the add channels menu. this is a transponder for the irish channel 4 and is on the pan european beam so is easier to recieve. worked for me on my oyster when all the bbc's and itv had disappeared. better than nothing :Smile:
     
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