Here 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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can advise you of the options and prices that are available for your property.