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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New TDT Channel. UK Satellite TV Changes. UK TV in Denia Information

The Sat and PC Guy has been installing and maintaining satellite and television systems for the Costa Blanca North for over 7 years. We cover between Calpe to Valencia and inland to Alcoy and Ontinyente. We are able to supply and install a range of dishes, from 80cm to 2.4 meter satellite dishes, and digital satellite receivers, from Sky Digiboxes and the award winning Sky+ Digital Recorder, to Freesat, High Definition and generic receivers.

New TDT Channel – Discovery MAX


TDT provides a large number of Spanish digital channels via a TV aerial. It is the Spanish equivalent of the UKs “Freeview” service. There are no UK TV channels available on TDT. However, on many of the imported programmes from the UK and USA, the dubbed Spanish audio can be changed into the programmes original English audio.

In January 2012, a new channel was launched on TDT. Discovery Max is a documentary and entertainment channel that is now available for free on TDT. Discovery Max shows many of the popular programmes that are available on the Discovery satellite channel, via the Sky or Digital+ subscription service.

You may need to perform a channel scan on your TDT receiver or Digital TV to be able to watch Discovery Max.

UK Satellite TV Changes

In December a number of UK satellite TV channels changed their frequencies. This included the ITV1 Central South and East regions, and the Channel Five group of channels. If you used to access these channels via your Sky boxes “Other Channels” list, then you may find these stored channels no longer work. You will need to add these channels using their new frequency to your Sky boxes “other channels” list.

ITV1 Central South – frequency 11053 H 22 5/6
Channel Fives – frequency 10963 H 22 5/6

The new frequencies for these channels are on a slightly “weaker beam” than previously, and if you are unable to receive them it may mean your satellite dish is either too small to receive their signal, or your satellite dish needs to be realigned properly.

Also, in December 2011, users of Freesat boxes will have noticed that they can now receive Channel Five, Five* and Five USA. These channels used to be only available with a Sky card, but now they are available on Freesat receivers also – from Freesat channel 128 to 131.

Whether you require a satellite system installing, your existing system upgraded or serviced, or more information contact The Sat and PC Guy on 96 281 9796 / 620 130 292.

We also have a popular internet discussion forum at www.satandpcguy.com/forum where you can seek answers and advice for your satellite and TV in Spain questions and problems.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Unprotected joints in satellite cable

I recently visited a satellite dish installation on an urbanisation in Orba, near Denia. The 2.4m satellite dish and Sky digibox had been installed by an installer who lived near the town.

The client had recently been experiencing loss of channels and signals. They had contacted their local installer, who, without even looking at the satellite dish or without using a signal meter, diagnosed the signal reception problems down to a poor Sky digibox (which they had supplied). They advised the client that they would require a new Sky digibox, which would cure their problems of no satellite signal.

The client was unsure of this and contacted me, The Sat and PC Guy, for a second opinion on their problems. A few minutes at the satellite dish determined that the signal was OK at the dishes "head end" and there were no problems with the Invacom LNB on the satellite dish. But there was no signal at the receiver.

A quick check on the roof, and the problem was found.

poor satellite dish installation in orba, near denia

There was a join in the satellite cable. Not unusual, but the join had not been waterproofed by using good quality "rubber" tape, instead just using insulation tape. This insulation tape is not good at all, is not waterproof, and easily "disintegrates" in the Spanish sun.

Taking away the insulation tape and looking at the join inthe cable, the problem of no satellite signal being receive by the Sky digibox became Crystal Clear.

cable burn due to water in sky satellite tv installtion near denia

As the join in the cable had not been waterproof, it was Crystal Clear that rainwater had managed to get into the join. AS the cable is powered, by the Sky digibox, the connection had burnt away, resulting in no connection between the two parts of cable, and hence the loss of signal.

After repairing the cable (as replacing the whole cable was not an option due to the way the cable entered the house to get to the TV area), with a new cable join and waterproof tape, the satellite signal returned to the Sky digibox.

So if this local "installer" had done his job correctly and used a small bit of thought and intelligence, he would have found the problem. But instead tried to sell a new Sky digibox which was totally unnecessary.
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