AS expected, ITV and Channel 4 followed the BBC to a new satellite this morning, which does not reach those living on the Costa del Sol.
The switch to the UK spot beam has been a hot topic of discussion in Southern Spain, with expats nervously awaiting the switch for years.
All BBC channels disappeared from screens at 4:30am last Thursday.
The new Astra 2E satellite will improve reception in the UK but, as shown in the map, doesn’t extend to Andalucia.
Sue Cook in Mijas tweeted: “I am in mourning – no more Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby or Lorraine Kelly in the morning – UK TV all gone from Costa del Sol.”
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.