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Davehodgo 30th November 2009 10:23 AM

british t.v in spain
 
i live in the malaga province and i would like to have british t.v. i cannot have a dish as my balcony is to small and my commudad won't like anything pertruding over the balcony is there any other ways of getting british t.v. any help would be great.

greytop 30th November 2009 11:03 AM

Do they not have a communal area oin the roof you can access. That's where my 1.9m dish is. Otherwise you may be stuck with trying to access it via the internet using a proxy site in the UK - or your own if you have a house there with a PC in it. I've not had much luck with the first but as I have a dish I've not really researched it, just wanted to look at some old stuff.
Better still use the Spanish TDT service and improve your language skills ;) They do have some English content these days and more if you subscribe to Canal+ I think.

Ricardodaforce 30th November 2009 11:49 AM

I've never understood this need to watch British TV when you've made the decision to leave the UK.
I met a guy last week who's lived in Spain 17 years and can't speak Spanish at all.

MrMark 30th November 2009 12:00 PM

Once you learn Spanish well enough, you'll find that a lot of programs are the same US imports shown on British tv (eg CSI, House etc) just dubbed into Spanish. Other programs like the Apprentice or Life on Mars (La Chica de Ayer) are re-made in the Spanish setting. Of course there's always the internet. I don't know if people in Spain can get IPlayer, but if you still have a contact in the UK, this may be an option

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slingbox

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The Slingbox is a TV streaming device that enables users to remotely view their home's cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) programming from an Internet-enabled computer with a broadband Internet connection.

Londoner_at_heart 30th November 2009 12:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Ricardodaforce (Post 83660)
I've never understood this need to watch British TV when you've made the decision to leave the UK.
I met a guy last week who's lived in Spain 17 years and can't speak Spanish at all.

I do understand. I can't stand dubbed shows. And come on, you can't compare Jonathan Ross with, say, Pablo Motos. I'm sorry but I can't go back to Spanish TV. If I were British I'd try to find another way of learning Spanish. Like going to the bar with Spanish friends. But NOT watching Sálvame and the like.

greytop 30th November 2009 12:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Ricardodaforce (Post 83660)
I've never understood this need to watch British TV when you've made the decision to leave the UK.

It's called personal choice ;) Luckily we're not all the same. O sí prefieras, se llaman "personal choice" y fortunamente que todos no son iguales. Leo la prensa española todos los dias pero su TV (el contenido no la lengua) no me gusta.

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I met a guy last week who's lived in Spain 17 years and can't speak Spanish at all.
I doubt it's British TV that's responsible for that!! It's one of the reasons I live in a smallish town away from the urbanisations. When you go to one of the Costa towns with a large Brit population many times even if you try some Spanish they will answer in English (or German etc).

Davehodgo 30th November 2009 01:19 PM

i am actively learning spanish and would keep my spanish t.v system as well. but i'm with greytop its personal choice, i miss Top gear and some of the bbc documentaries. has anybody heard of tv via Cable somebody mentioned it to me but i don't know much about it?

ValenciaSon 30th November 2009 01:30 PM

Is Spanish and British TV mutually exclusive? Maybe for some but for others, I would imagine there is room for both. I occasionally turn on TVE Internacional to try to get the Spanish perspective on the news and shore up some, my Castellano but I won't be ditching American tv anytime soon.

Londoner_at_heart 30th November 2009 01:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Davehodgo (Post 83665)
i am actively learning spanish and would keep my spanish t.v system as well. but i'm with greytop its personal choice, i miss Top gear and some of the bbc documentaries. has anybody heard of tv via Cable somebody mentioned it to me but i don't know much about it?

I miss Top Gear too, and the documentaries, and Have I Got News For You (even though I still can't understand it all). Top Gear is now available (voiced over) in La Sexta I believe, but they are showing it from Season 1 -so pretty all episodes on air now!

Londoner_at_heart 30th November 2009 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by ValenciaSon (Post 83667)
Is Spanish and British TV mutually exclusive? Maybe for some but for others, I would imagine there is room for both. I occasionally turn on TVE Internacional to try to get the Spanish perspective on the news and shore up some, my Castellano but I won't be ditching American tv anytime soon.

I would say they are, in a way, exclusive. If you're used to British (or American) TV, Spanish programming and never-ending commercial breaks can be unbearable. I'm sure there are some exceptions, there has to be nice programmes out there but I just can't be bothered to keep looking for them. I'd rather read a book or watch a series online or go out.

Re BBC's iPlayer, sadly you need a UK IP address -although I hear it's not hard to get a dynamic IP if you download some software or other. Maybe someone a bit more knowledgeable than me can shed some light on this?

Legazpi 30th November 2009 02:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Londoner_at_heart (Post 83669)
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Re BBC's iPlayer, sadly you need a UK IP address -although I hear it's not hard to get a dynamic IP if you download some software or other. Maybe someone a bit more knowledgeable than me can shed some light on this?

If you google "vpn tv" you'll see a few companies that offer software that effectively "hides" the fact that you are not in the UK. This means you can watch all the online content from the BBC, etc from Spain. Somebody told me they were paying 7€/month and that it was pretty good (I can't remember which company it was though). The content will come through to a PC but you can easily hook a PC up to most TVs.

dimonió 30th November 2009 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by ValenciaSon (Post 83667)
I occasionally turn on TVE Internacional to try to get the Spanish perspective on the news and shore up some, my Castellano but I won't be ditching American tv anytime soon.

Hi. You are in the lucky position of being able to get TVe. Since Sky withdrew the service in the UK the only way I can find is through the "TVE al al Carta", but I have a feeble internet connection speed at home which hardly makes it worth the effort. I find I spend more and more time listening to my Pure Evoke internet radio which is absolutely brilliant for sourcing stations from all round the world and seems to connect much better.

delgado 30th November 2009 08:24 PM

TDT
 
Hi, why don't you buy yourself a TDT box (shouldn't cost you more than about 30Euros), basically the Spanish equivalent of a Freeview box. It's not quite British TV, but you can change the language of anything that is dubbed back to English by simply changing the audio settings.

Hope this helps!

Londoner_at_heart 30th November 2009 09:33 PM

I was just watching Peep Show on youtube. Seriously, the day we see something this good on Spanish TV, I'll get over my British TV obsesion. Promise.

fawlty 1st December 2009 08:52 AM

Download and run this. It is safe and free. Happy viewing!:

http://www.filmon.com/tv/

Davehodgo 1st December 2009 12:22 PM

has anyone heard about the cable option? also there are rumours that in fuengirola there are big satelites so all you need a reciever box and have it like you would freeview back in the Uk. has anybody else heard of that.

any help would be great:)

from a newly married man.

Dave

Stephen 1st December 2009 09:58 PM

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Originally Posted by dimonió (Post 83679)
Hi. You are in the lucky position of being able to get TVe. Since Sky withdrew the service in the UK the only way I can find is through the "TVE al al Carta", but I have a feeble internet connection speed at home which hardly makes it worth the effort. I find I spend more and more time listening to my Pure Evoke internet radio which is absolutely brilliant for sourcing stations from all round the world and seems to connect much better.

TVe is still on other satellites. I got a box from ebay for just over £40 and get about 10 Spanish TV channels including TVe and 7 or 8 radio channels.

Davehodgo 7th December 2009 11:29 AM

update
 
update, the satelite man is coming around on wedneday only problem is my flat is facing the wrong way not sure if we will get a signal yet. so prayers would be welcome. good deal though satelite and box 200 channels all british ones on there for 199 euros including installation.

thanks for your comments

Londoner_at_heart 7th December 2009 01:39 PM

Good luck, Davehodgo, keep us posted.

Is that a one-off cost?

Davehodgo 15th December 2009 01:44 PM

yes its a one off cost not bad hey, i ought to get commision for this lol:)


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