1 March 2010

Spanish TV via Satellite in the UK

My new satellite system was installed on Friday and it’s wonderful. I thought I might get half a dozen or so Spanish stations but I can actually get 14 and there may be more that I haven’t found yet.

The installation went smoothly, the guys from Challenge TV in Tenterden, Kent, did a great job – have a look at the photo sequence to see what was involved.

Challenge Tv, Tenterden, Kent - van arrives
Challenge TV, Tenterden, arrive to install a new satellite system to pick up Hispasat at 30 °W and Astra at 19.2°E with a motorised dish.
Old Satellite Dish
The old satellite Sky dish used to pick up Hotbird and Intelsat but since they went mainly digital it hasn’t been much use
Inspect old satellite dish
They inspect the old satellite dish, it was about 15 years old and rusty and needed replacing
Old satellite dish comes down
The old satellite dish comes down
Old satellite dish and new dish
The old satellite dish and the new dish – the old dish was 80cm the new one is 78cm
New satellite dish
New satellite dish with its motorised unit
Fixing the mount for the new satellite dish
Fixing the mount for the new satellite dish. This was the skilful part – the mount had to be vertical so that the presets on the motor line up with the right parts of the sky
New dish installed
The new satellite dish installed and now ready to test. We all watched the satellite dish move when a different satellite was selected from the TV
New decoder
The new satellite decoder (SatCatcher Voyager). This is the clever bit that converts the signal into TV language. It can cope with 3000 channels according to the box

For those of you who are technical minded the satellites I can recieve are:
HOTBIRD
TURK1C
ASTRA 1
HISPASAT
INTELSAT 10
THOR 2,3
ASTRA 2A, 2B, 2D
EUROBIRD 1

There may be more to come but so far I have found these Spanish channels:
TVEi
Canarias
Galicia
Extremadura
Madrid
Andalucia
Telesur
Popular
CNC
Vit
TBN
RTPA int
Aragon
EHS

Overall I am delighted with the choice of stations, I feel like a kid in a toyshop, I don’t know what to play with first.

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