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UK Channels in France & Spain

The signal that carries BBC ITV Ch4 etc from the Astra 2 satellite moved in February 2014 to a spotbeam that is more concentrated over the UK (See below). This means that the signal is weaker across Europe and that a larger dish is now required  to receive transmissions.  We are getting feedback from users in France and Spain and the consencus is that a 1.2m to 1.5m dish is now requiired to get a signal. It is always better to speak to a local installer to see what experience they have had in your specific area. 

Why has the signal changed?

UK broadcasters are subject to very strict broadcasting copyright rules and must do what they can to limit the reception of programmes to the agree territory. 

BIG Dishes 

We sell large dishes suitable to receive the signal in France and parts of Spain.  There is a not a huge difference in performance betweens models when comparing gain figures. Large dishes are difficult to transport on a normal courier so ideally need to be either collected or sent via a specialist delivery company. We have arranged several cooperative deliveries via dealivery companies that specialise in deliveries to France, Spain and the rest of Europe. We can register your interest if you email andy@satshop.co.uk we can let you know when the next coop delivery will take place. Alternatively you can collect from our shop in Southborough, Tunbridge Wells.


It is possible to stream content from the UK from website such as www.tvcatchup.com or via UK broadcasters own websites. You will need a VPN  connection offered online from companies such as www.hidemyass.com to hide your location. 

There are several Streaming receiver that carry uk channels. 

Alternative satellite feed

There is a selection of UK channels broadcasting from Eutelsat 27.5w that can be received using an adapted satellite receiver. A 1m satellite dish will receive this satellite across most of western Europe. 

Channels available via 27.5w as follows

BBC Three
CBeebies UK
BBC Four 
BBC News
BBC Parliament
BBC Red Button 1
BBC One Wales
BBC One Scotland
BBC One Northern Ireland
ITV London
Channel 4 UK
BBC Three
CBeebies UK

BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4 FM
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 6 Music
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC 1Xtra
BBC Asian Network
BBC World Service UK

We can deliver across the UK and can also quote for the rest of Europe. 


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