Bye Bye BBC for many expat viewers

Astra 2E Satellite

The BBC switched satellites in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving many British satellite TV viewers and radio listerners in Spain with no coverage.

While viewers in the Costa del Sol and Almeria using satellite receivers have lost the BBC, the Costa Blanca still has good reception.

There have been mixed reports from viewers in Mallorca, where some viewers appear to have lost BBC whilst others still have perfectly good reception; those who have lost the BBC channels in Mallorca should contact a professional company in the area to check whether their reception could be improved by readjusting the position of the dish.


Other channels are also due to  be moving to the new satellite, but as yet no dates have been given.

Alternative methods of viewing British television from abroad are on offer, such as the IPTV service, however these will come at a cost. Viewers would need to pay a monthly fee and an initial connection charge. The service is via the internet; those with poor internet connection may be able to take advantage of an ‘MIFI’ router which enhances internet reception.

Please leave messages below in the Comments section or on our Facebook page to let us know if you have been affected by the change, so that we can build up a more detailed picture of UK television coverage across Spain.

SIMILAR STORIES: –Expat TV wait is over – BBC switches satellites

UPDATE: you can now watch UK television via the Euro Weekly News on


  1. We have lost BBC on Mojacar Playa. We have 10 MB adsl but this is not good enough for IPTV. Looks like no more BBC unless you readers who can suggest a solution.

  2. Following the recent change over to the new satellite Astra 2e many people in Mallorca have reported problems with the reception of the following channels, BBC channels, ITV channels and channel 5…there has been a lot of scare mongering going on about the need to change to ip (internet based) systems to receive the BBC and ITV channels, but that is simply not true …these channels can be viewed in Mallorca with a correctly installed and aligned satellite system, we are currently running a 1.7m offset satellite with a high gain Lnb and are able to view these channels with no problems at all.
    If you are experiencing problems with reception please contact us at INFINITY SATELLITES
    Email: [email protected]
    Tel: +34 971 695 720
    Mob: +34 699 211 905

  3. If you have at least 2mb internet download FILMON to your computer and you can watch all channels, if you have a smart tv you can down load it to your tv.

  4. Have lost all bbc channels early this morning near catral area in costa blanca area. Have a 1.1 metre dish. Not sure if a larger dish might solve the problem or not?

  5. We live in Galicia near Ourense and have lost all BBC radio and television channels. However our friends who live 30 kms away still have all their BBC channels. I agree with Bill. It appears that the footprint of the new satellite is not quite correct.

  6. I live in Quesada and have a 1.9 m dish and have no problems.
    The MIFI router box is interesting as I would like to get sport but need 6 mb and only get 3.5. To do this I need to buy the Netbox so will look into it.

  7. FILMON is the way to go…get better reception on my PC than I do when using BBCiPlayer…have 10MB Broadband, which as we know is about 3MB at the best of times! But a friend recommended Filmon and it is great. All I need anyway. You can watch it direct on a web page browser or download it to the PC.

  8. I live in the South of France and have lost all BBC and ITV channels via satellite. However, my needs are now amply catered for via Euro Weekly News TV connections

  9. We are in northern Italy and have lost all our BBC channels. So much for the BBC trying to spread it’s message of promoting good television and the arts throughout the world.


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