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Thursday, May 21, 2009

UK Freeview In Spain

How can I view / watch Freeview in Spain?

A question I get asked many times!

You cannot receive UK Freeview in Spain, but you can watch some of the channels that are on the Freeview by satellite.


Let me explain.

"Freeview" is the brand name of a UK Digital TV service ONLY AVAILABLE IN THE UK. Freeview is transmitted in the UK only by the local TV transmitters, like Emley Moor. It is received by TV aerials, and a Freeview receiver (either a set top box or intergrated Freeview TV.)

Freeview is not the same as Freesat – a common misconception - even by some satellite installers here in Spain who do not know the difference!!!

Freesat is transmitted from satellites and only receivable via a satellite dish.

However, many of the channel available on Freeview are also available for free on satellite, either via a Sky receiver or a Freesat receiver. There are channels on Freeview that you have to pay for on Sky - like Dave, UK History.

The Spanish version of Freeview is TDT. With TDT you can receive around 30 Spanish digital TV channels. Many of these TDT channels have programmes and films made in the USA and English, and in many cases, you are able to change the audio soundtrack of these into English.

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