Sky in Spain...

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  1. Phill_1981

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    Hi everyone,

    My parents have just bought a villa in spain that is wired up for satellite. What is the easiest/cheapest way to get Sky out there?

    Can we buy a cheap box on ebay and copy our UK viewing card? or is that illegal? :rolleyes:

    Anyone else got a place abroad with Sky TV.

    Any advice appreciated.

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    You can get free TV over most of europe, you do not need to subscribe to anything. Free BBC! ITV etc.

    All you need is any digibox and a freesat (might be different over eurpope) card i think, your likely to need a slightly bigger dish than the one you have in the UK
     
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    Ha ha, I just phoned Freesat (sky) to ask them about it and told me any sky outside of the UK is illegal :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: oooopppps!
     
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    Depending on where you are you'll need up to a 2.4m dish to pull in all the channels. Sometimes 1.2m or 1.8m will be enough.
     
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    My parents have a place near Estepona which needs a 1.2m dish, they just take they're box with card with when they go. With a place out there not needing to carry so many clothes etc its not that bigger deal.
     
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    Where in Spain, Phil?

    Some areas are very dodgy. The Costa Blanca is very hit and miss.

    A. Dork
     
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    There is a freesat service that is LEGAL but i'm not sure what it's called. I'll ask my father who lives in Cyprus- i think its the same sort of service there.

    I think its a case of buying a more local freesat card, i.e Spainish Freesat. But if you where to buy a freesat card here it may work with the right dish.
     
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    Near Alacante, its all wired up for satellite though
     
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    My parents have a place near Estepona which needs a 1.2m dish, they just take they're box with card with when they go. With a place out there not needing to carry so many clothes etc its not that bigger deal

    Some friends of mine used to live there too. They just plugged in their UK Sky box and he got his Mum to continue the subscription from the UK. Lots of Ex-pats did this. No problem, think he had a biggish dish though.
     
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    I think that a higher quality for the lnb helps reduce the dish size.

    Their dish was only installed a few months ago and ITV works which was a consideration that allows many less scrupulous satalite people to charge more for a larger dish.
     
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    Why did you tell them that??
    If your parents still have a UK address, just tell the Freesat people that they have had a second hand Sky box installed and just need a free-to-air card for it to watch the free channels. There is no phone connection required for the free service (which is how they check up on users who have subscriptions). It is necessary of course to live in the UK and pay the television license fee to obtain the Freesat card.
    A word of caution though - just because there is a satellite install at the property does not mean that it will pick up all of the UK channels. They will probably just have to try it and see. If the reception isn't good, they may have to get someone out to fit a bigger dish. Don't forget though that the BBC moved their signal not too long ago, onto a satellite with a transmission footprint which is much more tightly focussed over the UK. Hence some ex-pats in southern Spain found their signal went kaputt.
     

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