TV Reception in Spain

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  1. armychef

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    Me again, Can anyone recommend a decent TV and satellite dish for use in Spain, I'm thinking of buying the Avtex 16" TV - Thanks
     
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    TV in Spain

    Hi Armychef,

    Can't help with the gas question as we have Gaslow fitted, but our experience with TV reception might be helpful. We have an automatic 85cm Oyster system fitted, but we could not get a home signal when we pitched up at Cabopino, just North of Marbella. Everyone else on site seemed to have those huge, 1.25m dishes which they set out on the ground. Mind you they were mostly caravanners, and those we spoke to said that unless we had such a dish, forget it. So we relied on the hundreds of films on our hard drive, plugged into our 13" Avtex. Others may have diffent experiences than ours, in which case we may both learn something from other replies!

    Cheers, Gary
     
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    As Gary said-unless you have huge dish in Spain it's not good.
    Some sites do ,however, have TV sockets on pitch-but the choice of channels can be limited.
    Check on campsites web site-it's usually the ones that have a lot of 'longstay' visitors.
    Villasol in Benidorm is one and Marjal eco site is another :BigGrin: Others will know many more.

    Mike
     
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    Thanks guys useful info guess it will be the DVD option for me!
     
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    Avtex, iPad.

    People fall for the name and pay the price.

    But loads on here have good service out of supermarket sub £100 TVs.

    You just have to get one with an external power supply that plugs in and the buy a 12V supply to replace it.
     
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    Avtex, iPad. Both great pieces of kit. You get what you pay for in this life.
     
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    we watched tv on laptop in spain portugal maroc turkey and all in between , local sim or wifi and away you go . :Wink: stan oops for got www.filmon .com :thumb:
     
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    Well we live in Spain and have a Mobilsat 80cm Auto dish fitted on the roof and have stayed all over Spain and can receive most of Sky UK channels.
    Depends were you are some areas we can get channel 5 or 5* or 5USA, however it can be done. The system also allows us to lock into 19E and 13E both of which have english audio ( which you change in the menu )
    How long this will last depends on how soon Sky UK change the transponders onto the new sats, but this could take years.
    You can as we did at first buy a freestanding 80cm dish or bigger and set it up outside, but we found that a pain in the ass and since I fitted the auto system have not looked back.
     
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    Mike not true we live 19km from Majal site and only yesterday whilst at my MH doing some maintenance moved MH outside garage and put sat dish ( 80cm ) up and locked onto BBC1,2 ITV sky 1 sky sports etc, granted not 5USA or channel 5 but 95%.
     
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    I stand corrected :BigGrin:Frankly I was going on what I've been told-I don't even bother trying with my Kathrein system in Spain.

    Mike
     
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    Mike, the problem is not your system, but those who use a stand on the ground system. They have problems finding the Sky UK sat on 28.2E and then say cannot be done on a 80cm dish. Firstly your auto system will lock into the sat in seconds, however depending on line of site, weather and were you are in Spain depends on what you will decode. I live near Alicante and get 95% channels, however if we go up to Barcelona then it's 75% and down towards Portugal 85% sometimes 95%. The receiver I use is called a VU Solo2 ( google it ) price is high, but the tuners is the best on the market right now. This allows me to receive ALL SKy UK regions including Ireland so I get Setanta Sports when available.

    If you don't try it you will never know.
     
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    Then I will never know :BigGrin:
    Thx for the info but,I would never subscribe to Sky as we would only use about 5% of what we pay for and TV is not an important part of our lives.

    I think that 'high' is an understatement with regard to cost of tuner- £374.99 at Amazon leaves me searching for an adjective that I can use on a familly forum :BigGrin:

    Mike.
     
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    Mike, there are loads tuners on the market at 1/4 of that price, however like a good MH you buy the best you can afford. As for subscribing to Sky UK I don't and never have as waste of money , however cannot go into the details of how I decode the scrambled channels on this forum. If you want the details on how best PM me.
     
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    Thx John-I'll have to take raincheck on that as you seem to be not accepting PM's-I'm away until Mon eve after tonight.
    Mike
     
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    Mike, just received PM from another member so know it works. Try again after Monday and I will get back to you.
     
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    This is the message I get :BigGrin:

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    Mike, how strange as replied to two this morning. I will check setting or reset my account- please try in about 10 minutes. I will contact Jim see whats happening.

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    thats the way to go filmon is the nutz for it
    as for tv on sites like marjal all u get if ys lucky is itv2 and its crap but on armerello in benidorm its sat tv straight into ya tv unless u want to carry a massive dish use the net or some sites in spain personally i wouldnt bother with the expense of a dish and decoder the last 1 i had i gave the bloody thing away in portugal :Laughing:
     
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    The problem with using the B/band whilst on site is the more using it to watch TV the less it works as most sites cannot handle the bandwidth. Filmon is good, but 90% of the time will freeze if the providers B/Band cannot cope and everyone is using the thing. This I know for fact as in Portugal last year ( Mal and Chris can confirm ) the system locked up if more than 4 people were using filmon at the same time............
     
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    john if u mean pedro's jesus u couldnt even get a web site to open most times but once they had sorted it and installed new boosters and such it was perfect i also managed to watch it with np on the aires at lagos but with my booster at armerllo and benisol (benidorm) bonterra park (benicassim) and most sites i visited between marjal and portugal was ok yes it can pause when streaming but i never found it that bad
     

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