How to receive UK TV on a normal size dish in Spain:
Please note that Intelsat 907 was replaced by Intelsat 901 in April 2020 and should work for at least 5 years.
Since the big satellite TV switch-over in 2013 most UK ex-pats lost the ability to receive the main UK channels on their 1.2 metre parabolic dishes.
In this region of Spain a huge 1.9m prime focus dish is now required for Astra at 28.2E and in some areas of Spain a 3 metre dish is not sufficient!
People have found that there is a way to pick up UK TV by using their existing dishes. In fact, their existing 1.2 or 1.3 metre dishes are easily big enough to receive all their favourite channels in HD.
In most of Spain an 80cm dish is sufficient to receive the signals from Intelsat 901 at 27.5ºW.
If you want to do this you will need to do the following things:
1. Get a new receiver to replace your Sky or Freesat box. It has to be a receiver that can handle the high Symbol Rate from Eutelsat AND be able to use “BISS” codes which decrypt the signals.
This Technomate TM 5402 satellite box from Amazon is one which will do the job:
You will need to obtain the BISS codes from the Internet and programme them into the receiver. The codes are changed occasionally. (Last time was around 2016).
The receiver does not come with the codes already installed.
2. You need to move your dish to point to the satellite. The Azimuth is 218º and the elevation about 39º from the Albox area. Your LNB “skew” should be about 29.1º clockwise. (This is opposite to what you have had previously with Astra/Sky at 28.2E) You can go to dishpointer website to calculate your AZ/EL position, from wherever you are.
The channels available from this method are “Freeview” feeds to the UK used for earth stations if the terrestrial signals are disrupted for any reason. No one outside the UK has any authority or rights to watch the channels.
I have seen this LNB recommended for use with Intelsat 901:
Inverto 40 mm Single HGLN Ultra LNB – Black
NEW! Channel 5 HD (VPID 6401)
BBC Red Button 1
BBC One Wales
BBC One Scotland
BBC One Northern Ireland
Channel 4 UK
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4
BBC Radio 5
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC 6 Music
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Asian Network
BBC World Service UK
Of course, you don’t have to do this job yourself, as there are many satellite installers in Spain who will be happy to do it for you, at a price. Moving your dish is very cheap, and the receiver perhaps €100, so it is an economical alternative to paying about €700 for a 1.9 metre dish. It also avoids the awful environmental impact of those 1.9 metre monsters!
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Reviewed 9th June 2020