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TV and Satelite changes on the Costa del Sol

watching-tv-600Here in southern Spain there are now areas which cannot receive terrestrial channels including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. This is because the providers switched their transmission to a new satellite with a more direct focus on the UK.

At present for you to watch UK TV programmes the following options are available today, but please remember the situation is fluid and further options will no doubt become available as time goes by.

SKY – For owners with existing free-to-air Sky boxes, you will still receive the basic channels. If you email us we can send you a list of these. If you have a Sky subscription card you will still receive all the channels as per your package, just no terrestrial.(i.e. no BBC and ITV). If you subscribe to HD you can receive ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, E4, More 4, Channel 5 and 5 USA.

Internet – You may have heard of IPTV. This is the option available via the internet and there are various packages. These options require a minimum of 2Mb download speed via a fixed internet connection with unlimited data, through which BBC and ITV and other free channels are available. We are not recommending this system at present for short-term rentals properties as there are several issues with internet connection and they are quite complicated to use, creating unwanted complaints from guests.

International satellite – This option shows 100’s of TV stations in many languages, but still no terrestrial channels. This is a good option for holiday rental properties as it caters for all nationalities and is fitted for a one-off charge.

Spanish TV (TDT box)– This options gives a selection of Spanish free-to-air channels and only requires an aerial connection within the property, whih is normally standard in most communities. Channels can be put back to ‘original version’ via the remote, meaning there are limited English-speaking programmes.

The situation is constantly changing and also depends upon your property location and type. So please email info@homecareontheweb.com so we can advise you of the options and prices that are available for your property.

Loss of satellite television channels Spain

We have recently received a number of enquiries about a recent loss of certain UK satellite TV channels such as Channel 5 and 4Seven so we have put together some information for our home owners on the Costa del Sol to keep you updated.

The loss of the popular UK satellite television channels is due to them moving from Astra 1N to Astra 2F and more channels are also planning to move satellites between now and next summer. It has been said that if you have lost channel 5 now, it is highly likely you will lose all BBC, ITV channels and the remaining channel 4 group after they make the move to the new satellite.

There are a companies who are offering solutions to this such as IPTV which is television through your internet and some residents have been told a bigger satellite dish is the answer, however if you don’t really miss the channels you have lost, the best thing to do at the moment would be nothing. When more of the channels start to move satellite you will be able to see what you are still able to receive with your current satellite dish, as the coverage received in Spain from the new satellites is unknown. So don’t be rushing out to buy a bigger dish just yet!

If you rent out your Spanish property and are concerned your tenants are losing television channels, rest assured HomeCareontheWeb will answer any concerns from your tenants and advise them of the latest updates and any possible solutions such as filmon.com.

You can read more on this subject and share your reception ability and location on useful threads such as those on eyeonSpain.com. If you require property management on the Costa del Sol visit our website or call 952 839 595

 

 

The beginning of the digital era in Spain

Friday April 2nd marked the end of analogue TV in Spain and the arrival of digital with the final analogue blackout for 20 million homes in Spain.

From this point forward, anyone without a TV or set-top box which is able to receive digital will be without Spanish TV. Over 90% of homes in Spain have access to TDT or have taken steps to convert their TVs to receive the digital signal and so they went ahead with the switch as planned. Please note that Sky and other satellite receivers are unaffected by these changes.

The digital revolution brings numerous advantages. Aside from the improved picture and sound quality you also gain a load more channels, including some kid’s and news channels. The really great advantage is that you can change the soundtrack to the original language. That means that if for example you are watching CSI Miami in Spanish, which was originally recorded in English, you can change the language so that you are watching in English.

If you missed the change-over  we can help you enter the digital age with a simple set-top box. It costs 68€ plus IVA, and for Property Mangement clients we will install it for you completely free of charge on one of our inspections.

If you’d like to have your Costa del Sol property looked after by experts who really care, please contact us today by emailing info@homecareontheweb.com or visit our website to learn about our fantastic Property Management Services in Spain

Upgrade to digital TV now

Digital Television revolutionAs of 15th December 2009, analogue television signals are not broadcast in Spain. This means that anybody that has a television set that is not equipped for digital (TDT as it is known in Spain) will be unable to receive Spanish channels.

Most televisions sold over the last few years will be able to receive digital broadcasts, but for those that don’t have this feature, there is an easy solution, a set-top box.

The digital revolution brings numerous advantages. Aside from the improved picture and sound quality you also gain a load more channels, including some kid’s and news channels. The really great advantage is that you can change the soundtrack to the original language. That means that if for example you are watching CSI Miami in Spanish, which was originally recorded in English, you can change the language so that you are watching in English.

The set-top box costs 68€ plus IVA, and we will install it for you completely free of charge on one of our inspections.

We will be testing all TV sets during our inspections and will advise if this digital upgrade is required. Please note that Sky and other satellite receivers are unaffected by these changes.

If you’d like to have your Costa del Sol property looked after by experts who really care, please contact us today by emailing info@homecareontheweb.com or visit our website to learn about our fantastic Property Management Services in Spain

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