Yesterdays spectacular rocket failure in Russia will delay the launch of the new satellite carrying Astra 2E. This is the satellite which will replace Astra 1N, which currently delivers the main BBC/ITV Uk channels as far south as Spain and all over europe. This has not been an event to look forward to, as the thousands of Uk expats living in Spain were to lose their Uk tv with the deployment of this new satellite.
All over Europe, broadcasts are being restricted, either by sales of cards or equipment or by technical means, using spot beams to make the satellite footprint only cover the country of origin. Is this really what we want, In a supposedly more open Europe?
PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOES NOT AFFECT ANYONE IN THE UK, ONLY British citizens in Spain watching the main Uk channels by satellite. The projected deployment of August this year, will now be delayed.
After the satellites are changed over , expats will still be able to watch Uk tv via internet, with a suitable IP box