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Thursday, June 23, 2011

European Grand Prix Valencia. BBC Coverage

European Grand Prix Valencia. BBC Coverage

European Grand Prix
Venue: Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia
Date: 24, 25 & 26 June
First practice 0855-1035, BBC Red Button, Radio 5 live sports extra, online.
Second practice 1255-1435 BBC Red Button, Radio 5 live sports extra, online.

Third practice 0955-1105 Red Button, Radio 5 live sports extra, online.
Qualifying 1210-1415 BBC One, BBC 1 HD, 5 live, online.

Sunday - race coverage 1200-1535 BBC One, BBC1HD, 5 live, online.
F1 forum 1530-1630 Red Button & online.
Highlights 1900-2000 BBC Three, BBC HD

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Confusion About Free UK Television in Spain - Freeview Or Freesat?

Confusion About Free UK Television in Spain - Freeview Or Freesat?

Many people are confused about whether they can receive free UK television in Spain. The subject of what UK channels you can receive is something we are always being asked. Terms such as free UK television in Spain, Freeview and Freesat are always cropping up so we shall explain it to you.

Many people, including satellite installers in Spain, get confused about Freeview and Freesat. If satellite TV installers are unable to get their terminology correct, then no wonder British expats on the Costa's in Spain are getting more and more confused about how to receive UK TV in Spain.

As British expats move to the warm coastal areas of southern Spain in the Mediterranean, they find it frustrating that they are not able to watch the UK television programmes such as BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5, or the other 100plus other UK TV channels, including Sports, movies and news, that are available to view for free. Although they try to watch local Spanish television channels, some feel the quality of programmes on Spanish TV is not that good as UK TV, they do not show many popular UK TV programmes like Coronation Street or Eastenders, and not all programmes are available in English, (although the switch to Digital Terrestrial Television - TDT - has meant a lot more UK and USA imported programmes are available in English.)

Receiving Freeview in Spain

Freeview is a free digital TV package that is available to people living in the UK. It is not, like many people say, available outside the UK especially Spain. You cannot receive Freeview in Spain. Freeview is a UK only digital television system that is transmitted from the land based television transmitter masts, like Emley Moor and Crystal Palace. The signals from these terrestrial transmitters are not strong enough to reach Spain.

Many UK TV channels are available on "free to air" satellite systems. British expats around Europe can watch their favourite UK TV channels for free via free to air satellite in Spain. Free to air means that there is no monthly subscription to pay, unlike the pay TV channels offered on satellite packages offered by Sky TV.

Receiving Freesat in Spain

Freesat is the name of a brand of satellite receivers designed to receive these free to air UK satellite television channels. You can also use a Sky digibox or any other digital satellite receiver to receive the free to air signals. A Sky digibox without a viewing card will still be able to receive BBC and ITV channels, and all the channels a Freesat receiver can receive.

You can receive many of the UK free to air TV channels by installing a small satellite dish and a digital satellite set top box. However, due to the frequencies used, the main UK TV channels such as BBC and ITV may not be available on these small satellite dishes, and therefore much larger satellite dishes will be required, from 1.8m to 2.4m.

It is worth noting that a Sky digibox without a Sky viewing card will receive the same channels as a standard Freesat digibox.

Both Sky digiboxes and Freesat digiboxes use the same satellite frequencies. So if you cannot receive BBC1 on a Sky box withoyour exisitng satellite dish, then you will not be able to receive BBC1 on your Freesat receiver with the same dish!

Spain does have its own version of Freeview, called Television Digital Terrestrial - TDT. Using a TDT set top box, you are able to receive around 30 digital Spanish television channels via your TV aerial on your roof. The digital aspect allows a much clearer picture than the old analogue TV system, and has the option to change the Spanish dubbing soundtrack on UK and USA imported programmes into the original version. It should also be noted that some UK "Freeview" set top boxes do not work in Spain correctly, as they are programmed for the UK TV service and not the TDT service.

So if an installer says that they are able to install a UK Freeview television system for you in Spain, ask them a few questions. As Freeview is a service received by a TV aerial, then why are they installing a satellite dish? Will you able to receive all the UK Freeview channels, like "Dave" and Sky Sports News, for free on their system, as many channels available for free on Freeview are in fact subscription only on satellite. Remember You cannot receive Freeview in Spain!

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Getting "no signal" for Teledeporte on Spanish TV in Valencia?

Recent changes to some of the frequencies used for Spanish TV may mean that you are receiving a "NO SIGNAL" message when trying to watch some Spanish digital TV channels.

One of the more popular Spanish TV channels affected is Teledeporte, the free sports channel on TDT.

Basically, some of the TDT channels have changed frequencies.

So all you need to do to get them back is to rescan, normally using the "install" options on your TDT receiver.

This should scan all the available frequencies used for TDT and your channels should then reappear.

This may not be the case for some community systems, where additional "frequency modules" may need to be installed to receive these new frequencies.

More information on this issue at

Changes to Spanish TV. Changes to frequencies used for TV in Spain.

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Sky TV in Valencia and UK TV in Valencia

A few good website full of informatoon about reception of Sky TV in Valencia and UK Freesat TV in Valencia.

If you want Sky or Freesat and are living in the Valencia community, then these two websites are a must to read about what you need to watch UK TV, what size satellite dish you need, the best Sky digibox for your needs, and the best Sky TV pay package and viewing card.

Sky TV in Valencia Blog

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Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to get to Valencia

There are many ways to get to Valencia.

By car: a number of motorways ensure easy access into the heart of Valencia. The A7 even links Valencia to the French border, whist the A3 links Valencia to Madrid.

By train: Valencias main train station is the Estación del Norte (North Station). It has lines to the south, the north and Madrid. It also have new AVE high speed train lines for quick journeys.

By Air: Valencias Aeropuerto de Manises (Valencia Airport) is located just outside the main city. Tghere are rewgular flights flights to all major cities over Europe as well as regular scheduled services from Spanish centres including Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga.

By sea : several ferry routes operate from Valencia Port. These include routes to Barcelona and the Ibiza islands.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Important changes to TDT "Spanish Freeview" frequencies in the Valencia area

As part of Phase 2 of the digital switch over in Spain, some channels on TDT "Spanish Freeview" have changed their frequencies. This affects TV reception not only in the Valencia area, but across the whole of Spain.

All channels on frequency / multiplex 66 have been moved and transferred over to new frequencies.

This has affected the following Spanish digital TV channels:

Veo7 TV

A rescan on your TDT set top box will need to be performed to make sure you can continue to receive these Spanish TV channels.

In some cases a call for a TV engineer / TV installer will be required, as your existing system may not be able to receive Teledeportes new frequency. This is especially true for community TV systems, where individual amplifier modules are installed.

Phase 2 of Spain’s digital switch over is aimed to free up the digital TV frequency spectrum between from 62 to 69. This is so these frequencies can be sold off to other telecoms companies, like mobile phone operators.

It is also worth noting that Teledeporte is now labelled as TDP.

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