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Expats in Spain Struggle for UK TV after Satellite Shutdown


BBC Pulls the Plug on Satellite Signal – What’s Next for Your TV Viewing?

Last week, the familiar hum of satellite signals carrying beloved British shows across Europe was silenced as the BBC flicked the switch off its satellite transmission. For many seasoned expats, this came as a jolt, disrupting their nightly ritual of tuning into BBC and ITV, amongst others. Now, with the dust settling, the question on everyone’s lips is: what’s the next move?

In a move that surprised few, satellite transmission provider Arqiva ceased broadcasting the satellite backup signal, affectionately known as BBC Satback, via the Intelsat 901 satellite at 27.5°W. The reason? Well, it seems Intelsat 901 is reaching the end of its life, its fuel tank running on empty after a valiant refill in 2020 to eke out its existence. The signal vanished into thin air on Thursday, April 4th, leaving viewers stranded without their trusted TV companions. Social media platforms buzzed with complaints, queries, and disbelief as the reality sunk in.

So, where do we go from here? Enter the Telstar 12V satellite at 15°W, potentially the savior for those yearning for their dose of British telly. With a larger dish, there’s a glimmer of hope that the BBC Satback service might still be within reach. Yet, the specifics remain shrouded in mystery. One thing’s for sure: satellite dish suppliers are sure to be tinkering away, striving to crack the code and restore our televisual lifelines.

But fear not, dear viewers, for alternatives do exist. While the BBC may have pulled the plug, there’s a plethora of options waiting to be explored. From the wonders of Sky, albeit sans BBC, ITV, and Channels 4 and 5, to the world of IPTV (Internet Protocol Television), there’s a solution for every taste and preference.

IPTV providers offer a tempting array of packages, granting access to a smorgasbord of UK and international channels, complete with a generous catch-up service. Sky enthusiasts need not despair either, with a little internet wizardry and a VPN to mask your location, the sky’s the limit (pun intended). Just ensure your trusty satellite dish measures up to the task, as size does matter when it comes to capturing that elusive Sky signal.

And let’s not forget the wonders of BBC iPlayer and its ilk. Suppliers are on hand to furnish you with all the necessary gadgets and gizmos, from Sky cards to receivers and routers, complete with VPN capabilities to keep the signal flowing seamlessly.

So, as the dust settles and the remote control beckons, remember: where there’s a will, there’s a way. Whether it’s IPTV, Sky, or BBC iPlayer, the world of television awaits, ready to whisk you away on another televisual adventure. Just be sure to tread carefully in this brave new world of TV viewing, sticking to reputable suppliers and steering clear of dubious offers that may lead you astray. After all, in the ever-evolving landscape of TV technology, it pays to stay one step ahead.


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