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Into the darkness

Back in Spain, where the ex-pat community is in a state of fear and foreboding over the imminent switch of FreeSat broadcasting to a new satellite with a  smaller footprint. There’s been a lot of misinformation, much of it circulated, it is said, by people with an interest in selling streaming devices which are probably illegal and probably don’t work, but it does seem that dark skies are looming.

That’s FreeSat, but what about Sky? It’s estimated, possibly conservatively, that there are a million ex-pat subscribers to its channels, each one paying five hundred quid a year or more through UK proxies. That raises an interesting question. Will Newscorp be prepared to watch an annual income stream of half a billion pounds vanish from its coffers? Let’s wait and see.

What I find hard to understand is why, in modern Europe, where every EU citizen can cross every EU border, a television signal may not.


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  1. Diana
    January 15, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    also in Spain and equally unable to find any information about freesat reception. We had been told that everything would change back in November, but nothing did. Now, apart from Ch.5 not recording although we can view(!) all is the same. we would like to know if we need a new dish, retuning – or maybe start watching Spanish TV which appears even worse than the UK channels. All helpful suggestions welcome.

  2. January 15, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    There was a satellite launch failure last year, delaying the changes.

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