AS much as British expats love the Spanish sun, we miss our British TV.
Which is why hundreds of businesses circle that need like Griffon vultures over Andalucia – many honest, many less so.
The magic boxes offering Sky, Premier League, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, thousands of movies and series, often never arrive once paid for.
“If the boxes do arrive, you’ll throw something at it and be watching the game in the pub by the second half because most run on free apps,” says Pete Molloy from AA Free English TV, who’s been in the industry for 15 years in Spain.
Here are his top three tips to avoid losing your hard-earned cash.
“If AA Free English TV can warn you against one thing it is one-off payment bargains. Don’t do it. Kodi free apps are unreliable and will fail after a short time – you will be 80-140 euros worse off and frustrated,” says Pete.
Due to the volatile industry and technology, customers will periodically face issues or demand new channels.
If a provider is offering a lump sum purchase without an annual subscription, it could be because the box is low-quality. You could also later find servers shut down and have no means to fix it.
“I tell people I could sell those boxes but I don’t want customers coming back to me when it goes wrong,” says Pete, whose AA Free English TV can supply IPTV for English TV in Spain, Dutch TV in Spain, Nordic TV in Spain, Scandinavian TV in Spain, among others.
The Sky isn’t Blue
“You can get Sky TV in Spain using your box from the UK, but not all your functions will work. If Sky find you are using it in Spain, your card will be deactivated and you will have no Sky TV in Spain, or Sky TV in the UK. Sky are very protective of their brand,” says Pete, who is based out of Orihuela on the Costa Blanca.
“So if an IPTV service provider mentions ‘Sky’ in their adverts, they’re either very brave or very stupid.”
Sky have been known to issue legal letters to IPTV service providers in Spain, while a Malaga-based illegal TV streaming service was busted in March, 2019, after Premier League filed complaints.
Another warning sign, says Pete, is people offering IPTV in Spain for less than 100 euros annually, as the service could well be inferior.
“You can buy an IPTV box from as cheap as 50 euros a year, but you will be getting very poor quality. It’s likely the apps won’t function properly.”
Pete says he provides customers with the ‘truth’ about IPTV systems, ensuring that no customer is left without English TV in Spain.
“Anybody could get shut down at any moment – we have no idea where the server that supplies the system is,” he adds.
Pete also prides himself on being available 365 days a year including bank holidays.
“I’ll send emails to my customers at midnight, if it’s relevant, and will always answer the phone whether it’s a bank holiday or Christmas. The clients always come first,” he says.
“Without you, the client, there is no AA Free English TV.”
AA Free English TV supplies TV channels for any country via IPTV and we install free to air, one-priced satellite TV for the British in Spain.
This post was published in partnership with AA Free English TV.