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Loss of Sky & UK TV Channels in Spain

December 16, 2012

Loss of Sky & UK TV Channels in Spain.

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Loss of Sky & UK TV Channels in Spain

December 16, 2012

Will we be losing Sky TV ?

Speculation has been rife across southern Spain in recent weeks that subscribers to Sky, the digital satellite television and radio service from the British Sky Broadcasting Group, are about to lose certain channels, due to the service soon to be carried via a new satellite.
The rumours have, perhaps unsurprisingly, been met with dismay from the many thousands of British foreign residents who are currently able to enjoy their favourite programmes shown on the primary British television channels, including BBC 1, ITV and Channel 4, via the Sky platform.
SUR in English contacted Sky’s communications department several times for comment. It quickly became apparent that the corporation’s senior press officers did not know anything about the rumoured changes and, after waiting for two days for them to investigate, a spokesman simply told this newspaper: “Sky sells subscription services in the UK and Ireland and customers are only permitted to access their Sky services at their registered address.”
It was suggested that SES Astra, the Luxembourg-based company which operates the satellites over the UK and Europe, should be contacted for clarification. No-one, however, was available from the firm for “on-the-record interviews.”
Of the situation, Mark Wood of The Sky Doctor says: “These satellites have an orbit life of about 12 years so it was expected that at some point they would have to change. It has been talked about for a while that the Astra 2F satellite would replace Astra 1N, but we had no idea that the Astra 2F would have such a reduced spot beam. Some channels have already migrated, others will do so soon.”
Carl Smitham from Pro-Sky Communications comments: “This satellite [Astra 2F] has three beams, a UK spot beam, a European beam, and a west African beam. The UK spot beam is extremely tight to cover as much of the UK as possible.
“However it is still possible [to reach a signal] outside of the UK, and actually covers most of France and Spain, but Andalucía seems to be a major issue with reception of this particular beam.”
Jason Wild from Future Lifestyle Installations explains: “This will mean BBC 1, BBC 2, BBC 3, BBC 4, ITV 1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 will no longer be available in southern Europe using the usual satellite dishes. Sky subscription channels, such as Sky One, Sky Sports and Sky Movies, on the whole, should not be affected.
“And if you possess Sky HD with subscription box you should still be able to receive ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and Channel 5 in HD.”
When?
So, when do they expected that the ‘freeview’ channels will be lost due to the switchover to a UK satellite beam from the current European one being used?
It seems it is a question of ‘wait and see’.
“The switchover is taking place as we speak. ITV, 4Seven and Channel 5’s selection of channels are the first to go. Expect more to disappear gradually, but there is no official date – but two we have heard of are the 16th of this month but also the first few days of January,” says Jason Wild.
Similarly, Carl Smitham affirms: “This Sunday, 16th of December, is, apparently, the day of gloom. But this is not guaranteed, although it is from a good source. More recently, I found out that the changes may not occur until mid 2013.”
However, The Sky Doctor’s Mark Wood, believes that the change will not happen before Christmas. He says: “No-one really knows as we’re all in the hands of SES Astra; they are the only ones who know and they’re not very forthcoming with such details.
“My hunch is that it [the switching of satellites] will not take place this month. I expect it will happen in the early part of 2013.”
The BBC comments on the changes on its blog
In a recent blog post, the BBC’s Director of Distribution, Alix Pryde, writes: “In February 2012, SES retired [the satellite] Astra 2D and BBC services moved to a new temporary home on Astra 1N. Astra 1N is due to take up its permanent position in 2013 (19°East), so the BBC’s services will move to their new permanent home on Astra 2E (28.2°East) when that becomes operational … during summer 2013.
“In all likelihood the move of BBC services from 1N to their new permanent homes will have no impact on UK households. Astra 2E and 2F have the same, tighter but slightly more powerful UK spot beams which means that UK households should get a slightly stronger signal.
“The overspill of the BBC’s services will [however] be reduced so viewers outside the UK will find it even harder to receive them. I know that this causes unhappiness to some of you living outside the UK. However, it is entirely appropriate because the BBC domestic services are for people living in the UK only. For viewers outside the UK, BBC Worldwide offers a number of channels which are available in various territories.”
The internet: the future of watching British television in Spain?
Even a three metre dish, which would be prohibitively large and costly for many people, would not be able to resolve the issue of a loss of certain channels, say experts contacted by SUR in English.
This, according to many, means that streaming programmes through the internet will provide the best, if not only, way to watch the likes of BBC 1 and 2 in southern Spain.
Fuengirola resident and Sky viewer, Mary Worsley, says: “I guess that what they say about the internet being the future of watching television is true!
“But for me, as someone, who rarely uses the internet and who doesn’t possess a computer, it’s quite a daunting prospect – a prospect I’m dreading as TV is a vital link to ‘home’ for me and many others, especially the elderly.”
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Marbella Film Festival This weekend

October 7, 2012

12.00-2.00 Spinning Kite Hong Kong 110min

2.00-3.30 Pulp UK 94 min

4.00-6.00 Big Black Germany 101 min

6.00-7.30 Dorfman USA 90 min

8.00- 9.30 Shorts group “D” 92 min

• You bring something back UK 8 min

• Myra UK 14 min

• Hanging UK 13 min

• Killer Heels UK 6 min

• For The Children Netherlands 4 min

• Vengeance + Vengeance (A) Singapore 19 min

• In Which a Wife Suffers a Loss UK 9 min

• O Bilhete Brazil 9 min

• Muri Puliti (A) Italy 8 min

Screen Two

 

11.30- 1.00 Shorts Group “B” 86 min

• Erinnerungen Germany 16 min

• INK Russian Federation 4 min

• Solipsist Austria 18 min

• The Depression of Detective Downs (A) USA 19 min

• 1st July unhappy birthday Hong Kong 25 min

• It is what it is (A) UK 4 min

 

1.00-2.30 Shorts group “C” 92min

• Obit woman UK 33 min

• Fantoons: The Edge (A) UK 3 min

• Lisa Czech Republic 10 min

• Anecdote USA 15 min

• Tehuelchina Argentina 13 min

• Blood of Pomegranate Iraq 9 min

• Angel Ireland 9 min

 

3.00-4.30 Shorts group “D” 92 min

• You bring something back UK 8 min

• Myra UK 14 min

• Hanging UK 13 min

• Killer Heels UK 6 min

• For The Children Netherlands 4 min

• Vengeance + Vengeance (A) Singapore 19 min

• In Which a Wife Suffers a Loss UK 9 min

• O Bilhete Brazil 9 min

• Muri Puliti (A) Italy 8 min

 

5.00-6.00 Love & Politics (Doc) USA 53 min

 

6.00-7.30 Shorts group “A” 87 min

• Parallax USA 12 min

• Invisible UK 15 min

• Tilting at Skyscrapers USA 8 min

• El Viaje de Ida (A) Germany 15 min

• Hallowed Be Canada 11 min

• Ethereal Spain 26 min

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Prince Albert of Monaco in Puerto Banus, Marbella

October 7, 2012

Prince Albert of Monaco was spotted out last night in Puerto Banus here in Marbella. He was out on the town and spotted in La Sala Restaurant.

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Buying or selling property in Marbella ? Why I should be your Agent.

October 2, 2012

CHRIS NEWSHAM REALTOR IN MARBELLA

http://www.chris-newsham.com

tel 0034 68 68 97 101

 1. Full Time Agent

As your full time agent I am able to commit and devote my time towards you and your transaction.

2. Respect for your Time

I understand that your time is valuable. I will listen to what you are looking for and show you the type of house you are looking for that is in your price range.

3. Single Point of Contact
Once we’ve found your dream home I keep on top of every detail of your transaction. I help counsel you on an offering price and handle the negotiations on your behalf. I monitor and keep a watchful eye on the many deadlines that are a part of the contract. I work hard to make sure your purchase or sale is as stress and hassle free as possible.

4. Negotiation

Negotiation is one of the most important aspects to your transaction. I am able to remove myself from the emotional aspect of the transaction and help you obtain the best possible deal for you and your family.

5. Paperwork
It is not uncommon for a real estate file to contain several inches of important documents. I will not only make sure that all of the necessary documents are completed, but that they are done so in a timely manner.

6. Marketing Plan
To help position your home to sell quickly I develop a customized marketing strategy. While other agents are cutting back on advertising, I realize it’s a key component to the sales process.

7. Integrity
I will always answer your questions truthfully and to the best of my knowledge. I strictly follow the Real Estate code of ethics and have strong moral values.

8. Market Conditions
As your agent, I will keep you up to date with the new listings in your area and any changes to the market which can affect your purchase or sale. I utilize the latest technology to help you every step of the way. Being a full time agent allows me to continuously check market conditions and alert you as new properties come on the market.

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Cartier throw lavish party in Puerto Banus, Marbella 2012

September 29, 2012

Cartier in conjuction with Engel & Volkers Real Estate in  Puerto Banus threw a very lavish party last thursday Sept 27th 2012. Guests were treated to canapies and Cartier champagne flowed all evening. VIP guests were playing black jack and roulette at the tables inside the Cariter shop, guests included Gunilla Von Bismark, Isabel de Borbon, Elly Ashmawi, Neveen Ashmawi and Realtor Chris Newsham from Marbella Mansions.

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Star Wars troops into Malaga

September 23, 2012

Saturday the 22nd September 2012, the streets of Málaga will be invaded by the evil imperial troops of Darth Vader! But fear not, we aren’t really under attack; this unique spectacle is actually a well rehearsed and staged event organised by the 501st Legion Spanish Garrison.

So what on earth is the 501st Legion? If you are a fan of the popular Star Wars saga then you’ve probably heard of them; for those of you who don’t follow these sci-fi classics, the 501st Legion is an international fan-based organisation dedicated to the construction and wearing of amazing screen-accurate replicas of Star Wars uniforms, including Imperial Stormtroopers, Siths, Bounty Hunters and, of course, Darth Vader.

Members if the 501st Legion – in this case the Spanish Garrison – make appearances at promotional and charitable events and have the full support of the films creator, George Lucas. On this occasion, they have joined forces with the ‘Fundación Luis Olivares’, a charity dedicated to helping children with cancer (and their families) in the hope that the fans and spectators who attend the parade will help support this worthy cause.

On Saturday afternoon (from 5pm to 10pm) 60 members of the 501st Legion Spanish Garrison will take to the streets of Málaga in a memorable afternoon for children and die hard Star Wars fans.