How many of you were tempted to having the 1 metre dish installed because you were told that's all you needed to receive Sky. How many of you were actually told that this was purely a short term thing whilst Sky set up a new satellite so they could narrow the beam onto the UK so much tighter that the overspill we were getting here in Spain would be greatly diminished. Not many, I bet.
I have customers who are now reporting to me that they have no TV to watch apart from the local Spanish channels. Well, that's not exactly true. You see, on the links page on my website, there have been links to watch TV for free for nearly two years.
We have never had a TV system in Spain, we've always watched UK TV through the internet, originally using a VPN (Virtual Private Network) which also allowed us to watch the catchup services of BBC, ITV, Channel 4 & 5. Nowadays, the only need for the VPN is for the catchup service because the two websites you can just go to and watch TV are geared up so you don't need them. Best of all, it's FREE! What could be better than that?
OK, where do we find them? The first, and easiest, is www.filmon.com; you can watch loads of programs on there including 5 star, 5 USA, Dave apart from the 'normal' BBC & ITV and many more. If you did want to subscribe, then you can watch in HD AND record a program while you watch another.
As well as filmon, there is www.myiplayer.com. This website has programming from UK, USA, Australia, Canada, France, Germany and more. Not only that, you can even watch a plethora of sports channels including Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 & 4 without it costing you a penny. There is a slight downside to this website; it's advert driven and you get a load of adverts blocking the viewing area for up to one minute before you can view it but that's a small price to pay. Additionally, not all streams are available all day but many channels have multiple streams so if one isn't working, just try one of the others. One word of warning about the adverts is, the close buttons are not in the obvious places - you need to look at them carefully or you'll end up with page after page of adverts on screen.
Myiplayer also has details of free VPNs that allow you to watch the catchup services along with details of how to set them up.
.One thing to remember if you wish to consider streaming live TV, I recommend you have at least 6M reliable internet. That lets out the dodgy wi-fi purveyors (you know who I mean) It can work on lower bandwidth but at busy times, you will get buffering where the program stops because your internet cannot bring the signal in quick enough.
That's OK, I hear you say, but I don't want to sit in front of the computer to watch TV. Guess what, you already are. What do you think that big flat screen jobbie is that you watch now. There are ways to connect your computer to your flat screen TV so you don't have to sit in the spare room in front of your laptop or whatever pc you have there.
Bottom line is, why pay a fortune for something you are guaranteed to lose because it's illegal. Get it for free while you can.