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Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:22pm
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jmatt75

Posts: 9

Location: La Marina

Hello again everyone

We have SKY television in the UK and we want to bring it over, we have been told that we can do it, by having a UK address. We know we bring the boxes with us but stuck with what to do after that.  Can anyone give us some advice?

Thanks

PeteKnight

Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:57pm

Posts: 355

Location: Villamartin

182 helpful posts

Posted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:57pm

You can get all of the free to air channels without a Sky subscription, you just need a dish and a sat box (a Sky box without a card will do, but isn't ideal as I'll mention later).

The free to air channels include BBC, ITV etc, but not Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Nat Geo, Dave etc. If you want to know what channels you wil get then just pull the viewing card out of your Sky box and see what you get.

In Spain you'll need a larger dish than in the UK, somewhere around 1.5 to 1.8 metres. It will need clear line of sight to the sattelite which is South South East of La Marina. If you want to watch one channel while you record another then you'll need a Twin LNB on the dish and twin cables from the dish to the box. If you're likely to want another box i another took (probably without a Sky card) then think about this when you have the dish installed and the cables run, as a twin LNB won't be sufficient in that case.

If you just want the free to air channels then you can use an old Sky box without a viewing card, but you won't be able to hide the unwanted channels (the subscription channels, plus any others that you're not interested in) and you won't be able to pause live TV or record with this setup.

There are a variety of Chinese made sat boxes that are in wide use in Spain that you could use instead of a Sky box, but my advice would be not to bother, as the user interface is venerally not very nice.

We use a Humax HDR-1000s that gives us the Freesat channels and has a nice user interface. It allows you to record, pause live TV, hide the subscription channels etc. We find that the free to air channels are enough to keep us entertained while we're in Spain, although in the UK we do have a Sky subscription. I think we tend to watch less TV while we're in Spain (we spend about half the year ther, in 6-8 week chunks).

There are systems that allow you to watch all the Sky channels without having a Sky subscription. These are obvioulsy illegal and require a special box and a small (compared to Sky) annual subscription. I've seen one of Thesein use and the quality was excellent, but we are happy with the Freesat solution.

If you have an internet connection and want to use UK catch-up TV then you can, but you may need to use a Smart DNS service such as Smart DNS Proxy:

https://www.smartdnsproxy.com/?afid=15502ab24903

This masks your IP address, so it appears that you're in the UK.

Hope this helps,

Pete.

mal johnson

Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:51pm

Posts: 61

Location: La Marina

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Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 1:51pm

jmatt75, if your not completely TV savvy, try ringing Go Satellite in Quesada, the owner worked for SKY for 25 years, and should be able to sort  out any of your problems.

clivespana

Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:39pm

Posts: 5

Location: Rojales

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Posted: Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:39pm

You will be able to use your sky box in Spain but you will need to bring your card with you. Cards are paired to individual Sky boxes.  You will as Pete says need a bigger dish to bring in the satellite. 

Clivespana

Louid

Mon Apr 3, 2017 12:42am

Posts: 4

Location: Pinoso / El Pinós

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Posted: Mon Apr 3, 2017 12:42am

Hi, we bring our Sky HD box with us when we return from UK. Works perfectly, as said in previous reply you need the correct dish for your location, with a twin feed as in UK so you can record on on and view via the other. This is connected to broadband router via ethernet cable to enable catch up. The new Q box does not work here according to Sky engineers. Keep your UK subscription linked to UK address otherwise Sky will most likely withdraw your subscription. We were told originally that Sky is not legal here so keep your use here quiet from Sky. If you want to watch catchup from British channels, we use a programme called HOLA which gives us a UK IP address as they do not allow access from outside the UK. Hope this helps.

PeteKnight

Mon Apr 3, 2017 7:02am

Posts: 355

Location: Villamartin

182 helpful posts

Posted: Mon Apr 3, 2017 7:02am

Hi Louid, you should be very careful about using Hola VPN.

Just google Hola Security and you'll see why. If the device that you're running Hola on is only ever used for catch-up TV then you should be fine, but if you run it on a device that used for e-mail, internet banking or any website (including this one) that requires username/password access then you should be extremely concerned.

You'd be much better-off paying $48 or 2 years and going for the Smart DNS Proxy service that I linked to in an earlier post in this thread.

I'm a former IT manager and frankly I'd NEVER use a 3rd party VPN service for 2 reasons: Security and Bandwidth. The only type of VPN I'd ever trust from a security perspective is a private VPN tunnel that I'd configured myself between two machines that are both under my control. I don't want my data, including usernames and passwords, passing through other people's servers so that it can be captured, analysed and decrypted. Some websites even pass usernames and passwords as plain text, so sending this data via a 3rd party VPN service like Hola is like handing hackers your login details on a plate.

Pete. 

The Sat and PC Guy

Mon Apr 3, 2017 8:09am

Posts: 35

Location: Javea / Xàbia

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Posted: Mon Apr 3, 2017 8:09am

Louid wrote:

Hi, we bring our Sky HD box with us when we return from UK. Works perfectly, as said in previous reply you need the correct dish for your location, with a twin feed as in UK so you can record on on and view via the other. This is connected to broadband router via ethernet cable to enable catch up. The new Q box does not work here according to Sky engineers. Keep your UK subscription linked to UK address otherwise Sky will most likely withdraw your subscription. We were told originally that Sky is not legal here so keep your use here quiet from Sky. If you want to watch catchup from British channels, we use a programme called HOLA which gives us a UK IP address as they do not allow access from outside the UK. Hope this helps.

"The new Q box does not work here according to Sky engineers." - shows what little they know as they work fine here in Spain.

"We were told originally that Sky is not legal here so keep your use here quiet from Sky. " - it has never been "illegal" to use a Sky card to in Spain. It may be against the T&Cs of the Sky contract, but never illegal.

Paula01

Mon Apr 3, 2017 1:44pm

Posts: 10

Location: Torrevieja

3 helpful posts

Posted: Mon Apr 3, 2017 1:44pm

PeteKnight wrote:

You can get all of the free to air channels without a Sky subscription, you just need a dish and a sat box (a Sky box without a card will do, but isn't ideal as I'll mention later).

The free to air channels include BBC, ITV etc, but not Sky Sports, Sky Movies, Nat Geo, Dave etc. If you want to know what channels you wil get then just pull the viewing card out of your Sky box and see what you get.

In Spain you'll need a larger dish than in the UK, somewhere around 1.5 to 1.8 metres. It will need clear line of sight to the sattelite which is South South East of La Marina. If you want to watch one channel while you record another then you'll need a Twin LNB on the dish and twin cables from the dish to the box. If you're likely to want another box i another took (probably without a Sky card) then think about this when you have the dish installed and the cables run, as a twin LNB won't be sufficient in that case.

If you just want the free to air channels then you can use an old Sky box without a viewing card, but you won't be able to hide the unwanted channels (the subscription channels, plus any others that you're not interested in) and you won't be able to pause live TV or record with this setup.

There are a variety of Chinese made sat boxes that are in wide use in Spain that you could use instead of a Sky box, but my advice would be not to bother, as the user interface is venerally not very nice.

We use a Humax HDR-1000s that gives us the Freesat channels and has a nice user interface. It allows you to record, pause live TV, hide the subscription channels etc. We find that the free to air channels are enough to keep us entertained while we're in Spain, although in the UK we do have a Sky subscription. I think we tend to watch less TV while we're in Spain (we spend about half the year ther, in 6-8 week chunks).

There are systems that allow you to watch all the Sky channels without having a Sky subscription. These are obvioulsy illegal and require a special box and a small (compared to Sky) annual subscription. I've seen one of Thesein use and the quality was excellent, but we are happy with the Freesat solution.

If you have an internet connection and want to use UK catch-up TV then you can, but you may need to use a Smart DNS service such as Smart DNS Proxy:

https://www.smartdnsproxy.com/?afid=15502ab24903

This masks your IP address, so it appears that you're in the UK.

Hope this helps,

Pete.

Hi Pete, am new to the forum, and loving all the useful info!! We have a house in Torrevieja, recently bought over last couple years, and currently live in the UK, till we can figure out how to change things!! But, each time we go there we wander how we can (if needed) watch TV!?!? Our house is old, got an old sat dish on top terrace,(a small one)!!  with what looks to be an old sat box (can't remember who with)?? With even older TV in the property, we haven't really tried it out as assumed it wouldn't work, with your info, I think when we go back in September we're gonna try and get it working!!!  

Thank you for ya post!!

Paul

Paula01

Mon Apr 3, 2017 1:45pm

Posts: 10

Location: Torrevieja

3 helpful posts

Posted: Mon Apr 3, 2017 1:45pm

Oops, meant Paula!!!

Jacob

Tue Apr 4, 2017 4:11pm

Posts: 47

Location: La Marina

14 helpful posts

Posted: Tue Apr 4, 2017 4:11pm

Ok we are with Telecable. Its around 20-30e a month for unlimited channels, all sky movies/ sports, BBC, ITV and lots of Freeview and other channels from Sky, Virgen etc. They also do package deals with phone and Internet

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