New Catalan channel on Eutelsat 12 west

A new addition to the free Spanish channel list. Canal Catala , broadcasts in Catalan from the Atlantic side of south – Eutelsat 12 west.

New Catalan Channel

Viewers with a motorised dish and HD receivers, will be able to see the usual group of channels on Hotbird and Astra1 plus the new Catalan channel
Details for tuning : Freq 11179 Vert s/r 22400 FEC 2/3 Mpeg4

Chile satellite tv

Although the satellite Hispasat carries channels for South America most are inaccessible to us in Europe, due to the direction of the ‘Americas’ beam used. This channel ‘Tv Chile’ is beamed from another satellite at Norway!!

The channel is receivable here in the Uk and can be combined with the other Spanish channels from Astra on a single dish

Chile tv here in the Uk
Chile tv here in the Uk

see Chile Page of main site

Spanish and …..

Having met some amazing couples on my travels installing satellites, I am aware that  not everyone wants just Spanish channels. I have been asked for Greek and Spainish, French and Spanish, German and Spanish, Dutch and Spanish….. and the list grows every day.

If you would like a quote for satellite tv from 2 countries, I am always happy to come up with new solutions.

Dont forget too, that Uk channels can be combined with Spanish on a  single dish, you dont have to have 2 dishes ( ** except Hispasat , if you want Valencia tv **)

TVE News :- Astra 1 to stop TVEi broadcasts

It has at last been announced that TVE will cease its broadcasts from Astra1 satellite from 30th June 2010.

To continue watching TVEi it will be necessary to add an extra LNB to your dish and a switch to select between the 2 satellites, the receiver will need reprogramming to operate the switch correctly.

Since TVE first announced their policy to only broadcast from Hotbird, we have been offering new Spanish satellite customers our ‘Spain2’ system. If your system was installed before this, or you would like to modify your dish and receiver please email me ( info@satellitetveurope ) for a quote.

Pictures freezing or breaking up

I am often asked what could be at fault, my pictures sometimes freeze up or break up, can I repair it myself?

Well, if you have some replacement equipment, it is just a case of elimination. The greatest tool a professional would have is a meter, to monitor the dish signal. But without one, there are a number of  simple checks you can do, and it may save you  replacing expensive equipment.

The faults that occur include

Cable deterioration
LNB failing
Receiver off tune
Receiver tuner failing
Dish needing alignment.
Any of which will cause the symptoms above, if your installation is old, the cable is quite likely and not too costly to replace. The LNB is a complex piece of electronics and is outside in the heat of summer and the extreme cold of winter and of course the arch enemy of all electronics – water, may have penetrated the case or the cable. It would certainly be cheaper to replace the LNB at around £10, than to first try the reciever! The Technomate TM-1 is a good general purpose replacement for most LNBs.
As a first step , reboot and retune the receiver and monitor the pictures for a while, have the break ups stopped?
Dont forget of course the connections to all these items and especially the outside ones. Checking the alignment of the dish is easy with a meter, but a quick check using the signal display from the receiver is all that is needed to check alignment. Simply press gently with a finger first on the top edge of the dish, then the bottom, the west side and last the east side all whilst someone watches the display. A correctly aligned dish will show a dip in level as you push the dish off line in each direction. If the signal rises in any direction, it is in need of adjustment slightly in that direction, be careful not to overdo it, there are a lot of satellites close together, it is very easy, to stray into the path of the next one along.
Having eliminated the cable, LNB, alignment and connections the receiver may be at fault, they are not repairable cheaply, replacement is the only cost effective solution. A common problem is capacitors in the power supply unit and although this may be easy to spot, as some capacitors  ‘dome’ up making it obvious what has failed, but  if the power unit has one failing capacitor bear in mind that all the capacitors are the same age and subject to the same conditions so just replacing one capacitor may not be enough. For the free channels the Manhattan XT range of receivers is a good replacement for your old receiver.

What Else??

Several of our readers have asked, what else can I see when I purchase a satellite system to receive Spain?

Several other European countries can be received, using the same satellite gear. Spain can be combined on a single dish with several others, the easiest to tune in would be Germany, France or a few channels from Poland. So a Spanish setup on 19 degrees , could also receive these 3 countries.

With the addition of an extra LNB adaptor and Diseqc switch, many more channels become available, Italy for example broadcasts over 350 channels free, with football being shown occasionally too! On the same satellite there are many more Polish, Arab and Middle Eastern channels without encryption.

To see what is available in addition to your Spanish channels , have a look at my Spain 2 Package on the main site

Spanish Satellite Channels in the Uk

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Spanish Channels

June 2018 :

This post is now updated, since the advent of TDT – the main channels shown below ARE available and at no monthly cost – see TDT page.

TDT manufacture is now all HD, the older SD (standard defn) is no longer made.

For anyone from Spain but living in the Uk, here is a satellite service for you. All your favourite tv programmes delivered via satellite. Our service is called Satellite Tv Europe our website is  www.satellitetveurope.co.uk We install dishes and digital receivers compatible with all the main Spanish broadcasting services.

The main channels, TVE1, TVE2, Antena3 cuatro Telecinco, La Sexta etc. free in Spain, are not free via satellite and require a subscription to Canal Plus

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You can subscribe directly to Canal+ ( formerly  Digital Plus) ONLY if you have an address in Spain and pay via a Spanish bank account, then all the Canal Plus packages are available to you …. see Plus website.   Alternately you can purchase a Canal Plus Card. It is paid in advance ( 18months) it has the same  channels and is available from several european dealers. It is fairly expensive though at 1200Euro for the 18 month period , even for the cheapest card.

Free to Air Spanish Channels

There are still a few Spanish channels broadcast FTA ( free to air ) the main ones are listed fully on our Spanish page

We can install ,anywhere in the Uk, just send your requirements and location for a quotation.

 
Question: I already have Sky, can I also have Spanish TV?

You need a separate receiver as the Sky box is disabled from using multi satellite and unable to cope with the different data rates ( symbol rates ) of the spanish broadcasts. The dish for Canal plus needs to be at least 65cm to avoid picture freezing, but to avoid having 2 dishes it is possible to combine Sky and Canal Plus on one dish. ( NOT possible with the new TDT satellite as it is too far west )

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Combining Spanish with Uk, French and German

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For those wanting both Sky and spanish, German French and Italian broadcasts , there is the Force Multi dish. This new wide angle dish is superb for giving hundreds of free channels from all over Europe and some from the middle east

Note this is only for the Astra 1 spanish channels  – Hispasat is too far west to combine the signals on one dish. For Hispasat and Uk channels you will need 2 dishes but at least the Uk dish will only be a small one.

If you have need for other language broadcasts then a motorised satellite dish is the answer, the ultimate in sheer numbers of channels receivable, a motor system can log in some 5000 channels when installed, of which over half are viewable free ( FTA free to air ) and the others require various subscription cards to view.

To checkout the prices and to order go to the Spanish Channels page and click the quote me button on any package of interest.

Students of language , Colleges and schools can make use of these services too , we install multi room setups in a number of different formats to suit all needs.

Receivers – our main receivers are from the popular Technomate range, both SD and HD models which have proved themselves very capable in fixed dish and motorised dish installations, the remote can be operated in two modes FAVourites or SATellite mode. In favourite mode, a user may save a list of favourite channels under his own name eg. Andys Fav. other users may have their own lists. In Satellite mode, the user simply selects the satellite with left/right keys , and channel with the Up /down keys. The receiver will take most major  subscriptions cards without an additional CAM unit.

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Our installer Andrew, always spends some time after installation to make sure the customer is familiar enough with the equipment to navigate to the desired channel and can operate it with any existing equipment like a Sky box, Tv, video or disc recorders and Hi Fi.

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For a Quote to install Spanish channels watch this help with coordinates, then click the Quote Me button