Expats living in Spain, especially on the more southern coasts, have gone from being able to receive all UK TV channels via their existing SKY satellite dishes to only having a few random channels.
A couple of years ago in a move that was seen by many as a way to stop overseas expats in the Mediterranean receiving SKY, but according to SKY a way to improve the signal in the UK and Ireland by reducing the overall footprint.
In order to do this they actually moved many of the popular channels and all main ‘terrestrial’ channels like BBC, ITV, SKY movies and Channel 4 to new satellite. This focused the satellite ‘beam’ more on the UK and therefore improve reception.
To people in the UK they saw very little, if any. Difference to their reception.
In Spain however and across much of southern Europe, most people suddenly lost their satellite reception.
No more SKY satellite TV.
Well that is not exactly true. Many of the subscribed channels like SKY sports and films still worked but it meant that there was no normal TV to watch those popular soaps, realty shows, quiz shows or cookery programmes that had all become second nature to us.
So what now?
Well it did not take long for the entrepreneurs to find ways to provide UK TV (and more) to expats abroad. It is fair to say that at first there were a few Internet options that were very poor. The service would constantly break up or even stop all together so it was not an enjoyable experience.
Things have come a long way since those days and now there are Internet services that rival, or even surpass what used to be available on SKY satellite. These days with Fibre available in many locations and with normal broadband services averaging over 5 -6 meg, things are much better. 4G and 5G are even options in areas where there is still shaky Internet.
The Features and Benefits of IPTV
IPTV stands for Internet Protocol Television. If you don’t know about it, now is the time to be familiar with the service. The traditional system provides television service through satellite or cable optics. On the other hand, IPTV service is provided through Internet Protocol. NetFlix and VoD are the most common examples of IP.
This new service type is rising in popularity because of the introduction of mobile phones / iPad & Tablets.
Let’s take a look at some of the common benefits of this service.
You can enjoy a lot of benefits if you connect to an IPTV service via your computer and Internet connection. Traditional cable TV transmission is carried out via a network of cables.
And the maximum amount of content is transmitted via this system. On the other hand, the content on an IPTV system is available on the host network system until you request it, which uses less bandwidth. So, the importance of having a strong host network can’t be denied.
Benefits and Features of IPTV
- The service box is linked to a fast broadband connection for the reception of channels
- As soon as the connection is established, you can enjoy your desired channels for free. For some channels, you may have to subscribe as well.
- The biggest benefit is that you can access a lot of channels without any problem.
- You can make a custom list of channels and pay the price for those channels only.
- Aside from this, the extra features you can enjoy include a digital video recorder, Voice over IP, and telephone services.
- You can record your favorite shows if you can’t watch them on time due to some reason. Once you are free, you can watch recorded stuff.
- You can enjoy quality HD videos.
Most IPTV services use a box called a Mag 250, which is a type of receiver connected to the Internet. It connects to a ‘server’, which you can change at any time. The server is basically the service you have subscribed to, to provide your TV services.
These subscriptions vary massively depending on the company you have chosen to use. The box even allows you to record to memory stick and many services come with catch up TV.
One of the best services we have come across is iptvpoint. They have their own servers and provide a comprehensive Video and Audio club as part of the package. With all UK TV, Sports and Films available even within their basic packages we have not seen any to rival them as yet.
IPTV Point has all the necessary features that will offer you the best TV-viewing experience.
- FULL 4K/HD/3D Quality
- Weekly Updates
- Powerful Servers
Our recommendation is always try before you buy. You can purchase the box separately then you just need to load the ‘portal’. Most reputable service providers will let you try the service for a day or two just to see how good they are.
Learn more for more information about IPTVPoint.