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13 Nov 2008 00:00 by Karensun Star rating in Orihuela Costa. 1474 posts Send private message

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Some time ago, there was a post saying that re broadcasters ( Torresat - I think ) had been given 30 days to remove the English chanels from thier service. The 30 days will be up soon......does anyone know how true this statement is/was? Especially as I am told that Torresat are currently putting up new aerials and giving out new boxes.
i have read the info about Simulsat and the stuff about the charges and seen also that the charges are to be reduced for ex-Telmicro users. I know that this company is registered in Santa Pola and it would seem that they too are re broadcasters, so are also 'illegal'.
Is this a 'spin off' of Telmicro ?
Our Community is at the point of having a communal English satallite system installed ( as soon as the money has been collected ) BUT some owners are already paying Torresat and others have some TV by other means and off course, no one wants to pay out more money to have satallite TV if the current ( re broadcast ) providers are staying.
How can I find the truth ??
I know this subject has been covered inside out previously but I am hoping someone out there may have more substatial evidence of how the land lies now.

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13 Nov 2008 18:18 by Marksfish Star rating in Vera, Almeria. 2573 posts Send private message

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I can't help much Karen, but the only 100% certain way of getting UK channels is to have a dish pointing at one of the Astra/ hotbird satellites. This way you know you are getting the "real thing" and not re- broadcast several times. You never know when/ if/ how the law will change on the re- broadcasting service banning them totally, then you will be stuffed.

Personally I would try to convince your residents that paying for a "dodgy" service could cost them more in the long run than having a proper dish system installed. Of course, you then have to go to the trouble of getting a registered receiving card if you want subscription channels.


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14 Nov 2008 13:56 by semijubilada Star rating in London/Torrevieja. 1052 posts Send private message

Don't think anyone will be able to say for sure what is going to happen to the re-broadcasters.

Personally it all comes down to the cost and whether you have room for  a 1.8+ dish to get UK programmes.

If Torresat had taken over the Telmicro clients without charging 180+ euros then I would carried on paying 20E a month via direct debit but I was not prepared to pay another years viewing up front.  Same goes for Simulsat.

I'm considering setting up a dish system but do not have the room for a large dish, my neighbour is in the process of installing a 1.4 dish so will see what programmes she gets. 

I suppose you need to weigh up the costs and what programmes you want to watch.  The initial outlay for a Sat system will be expensive but it needs to be weighed up against the cost of setting up a re-broadcast system.

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