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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Sky 3D TV

This week Sky TV announced the launch of 3D TV.

More information is available via this link

Sky 3D TV

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

Can I stop paying Sky and use my satellite receiver to get Freeview ?

The simple answer is "No".

Freeview is the name of the UK digital TV system that uses hilltop terrestrial transmitters to TV aerials / antennae.

Whereas "Sky" is a satellite-to-dish TV system service.

Free-to-AIR (FTA) channels are ones that can be received without needing a Sky viewing card or a monthly subscription.

Free-to-VIEW (FTV) is a term for satellite channels that need a viewing card to watch, but not to collect a subscription, some examples of which are Fiver and Five USA

The free-to-AIR satelite service backed by the main UK TV broadcasters (BBC and ITV) is called Freesat.
The free-to-VIEW service operated by Sky is called fSfS or Freesat from Sky.

All free to air channels should be available on ALL satellite receivers.
All free to view channels are only availabe on receivers able to read /use a Sky viewing card, such as Sky digiboxes.

If you stop your Sky TV subscription, (after the 1 year minimum contractualperiod) you will still be able to watch the hundreds of free-to-air channels, and your card wil become a freesatfromsky viewing card, allowing you to watch the free to view channels also.

Some of the channels on the Freeview service are subscription only on satellite, such as Yesterday (UKTV History) , Dave, Virgin 1, and Sky Sports News.

You will need a Sky viewing card Five, Fiver, Sky Three, Viva TV, Liverpoll FC TV, and some alternate "extra" versions of ITV1 (on frequency 12408 V), Channel 4 (on frequency 12480 V) and Channel Five )on 12422 H) - the so-called "free-to-view" channels.

It is not possible to plug an aerial into a Sky Digibox to receive Freeview channels because the boxes have not been designed this way, and are only compatiable with their own system.

A sky viewing card is not needed to watch BBC services, and has not been required for some 6 years, or required for many ITV channels for about 4 years. However a Sky viewing card is required to get the correct BBC ONE BBC TWO and ITV1 regions on 101 102 and 103. This is all done by using the postcode of the address that the skyc ard is registered at.

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TTon4 Gone?

Anyone know where TT on 4 (Channel 4) has gone?

It was the only British TV channel broadcasting FTA on a Europe-wide transponder (12480 MHz, 27500 MS/s, Vertical), even if it was just a test signal and availble to expats in the Costa Blanca Spain for free, with no Sky viewing card, adn available on a small satellite dish.

It ceased broadcast on the 13th January 2010, and the channel label was deleted as well which suggests its not coming back.

You can still access Channel 4 on this same satellite and frequency., but you will require a Sky viewing card.

Using your Sky remote control:
Go to services,
add channels:
12,480 V 27500 2/3
Find Channels
It will find a Channel 4 and a Channel 4 +1
Press the yellow button to put a tick next to them
Then select to save new channels........

Channel 4 & Chanel 4+1 will now be in your Services, Other channels list.

If you have a freesat from sky card you can only access the Channel 4's on that frequency setting.

If you have a subscription card, and the "variety" mix, then you can also add and watch the E4 and More4 channels

More information :
TTon4 gone?
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Sky TV on the Costa Blanca, Spain

What Size Satellite Dish Do I Need to Receive BBC ITV Sky TV on the Costa Blanca?

It is important to ensure that you are using the correct size satellite dish to receive the Sky TV channels you want to watch.

A Sky TV minidish, used in the UK, is pretty much useless for reception on the Costa Blanca. Many Sky TV channels can be received on an 80cm dish, but if you want to watch the main UK television channels, like BBC ITV C4, then a much bigger dish will be required.

Generally to receive the main UK television channels, like BBC ITV C4 , in the Costa Blanca area, either a 1.9m or 2.4m satellite dish is required.

With a 1.9m or 2.4m satellite dish, you should receive BBC1, ITV1. ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 for 24 hours a day.
This does depend on your exact location, and the site for the satellite dish. Trees, houses, walls, mountains can all reduce the satellite signals that the satellite dish should be receiving.

So it is entirely possible that even on a 2.4m satellite dish you may loose some Sky TV / Freesat TV channels, when the signal is weakest.

The majority of the Sky TV subscription package is available 24 hours a day in Spain.

Some channels, particularly the Sky Movies channels, may fade out during the late afternoon. These channels are on the notoriously tricky North beams.

Of course the size of satellite dish is dependent on a few things such as what channels you want to watch, what is your budget, your location, and where to site the dish.

Don't forget the the weather can affect the reception of channels - heavy cloud or rain can weaken the already weak signals - it is not always sunny in Spain. Summer haze around the coast can also weaken the signals.

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