AT half past four this morning, many British expats in southern Spain finally lost all BBC channels.
All free channels from ITV and Channel 4 are likely to also be switched to the new UK-focused satellite very soon, probably on the morning of Tuesday, 11 February.
The switch to the UK spot beam has been a hot topic of discussion in Southern Spain, with expats nervously awaiting this day for years.
The new Astra 2E satellite will improve reception in the UK but, as shown in the map, doesn’t extend to the Costa del Sol.
Olive Press readers have been getting in touch to express their disappointment at having lost all BBC TV and radio channels.
“There are people running around like headless chickens wondering how they can get it back,” said Het Farrington, inVilanova Cataluna.
Areas which have seen complete loss of BBC channels are Costa Del Sol, Andalucia, Southern Portugal, much of Catalunya, the Canary Islands and also Italy.
Gibraltar should also have been affected but some residents claim to still be receiving BBC 1 HD and BBC 2 HD, with all other channels reportedly coming back today. Those in Malaga are also reportedly still receiving BBC channels.
Once migration is completed, satellite operator SES Astra is likely to make adjustments which could affect the quality of reception once more.
Sky channels are less likely to be affected as it is probable that they will be broadcast via the pan European beam that can be received in Southern Spain.
However, BBC, ITV and C4 will all be lost from Freesat and Sky boxes and subscribing to Sky will not bring them back.
But there are alternatives to continue getting UK TV. Some free services already exist, such as Filmon, which are viewed on a computer screen or connected to the television, although picture quality can be poor.
Another alternative is to subscribe to a professional streaming service and connect an IPTV set top box to the main television.