In September "they" launched a new replacement satellite for the TV channels we watch for free, amongst others. Apparently it is more sophisticated than the old one and the beam is more concentrated on the UK than before. This means that those of us living to the South or West of Perpignan will be losing our English TV. Those living to the North or Bezier area will be OK with a bigger dish. Receptions has been experimented with bigger dishes, but the size that will be needed is huge and some Mayors will not tolerate it. The other two solutions are either a gizmo that allows you to view through your computer...a problem if you live in an isolated area where speeds are slow (like me). The other unfortunately is that we would have to buy a new HD box etc and then will have to pay for our TV. This is not a publicity spiel to get you to buy a new box, but the truth is that in 4-6 weeks we will be losing our channels.
I would like to stress that I do not have any affiliation with anyone connected to the retail of these boxes and am speaking only to make people aware of what is happening, as I have found out several of my friends did not know.
I have no wish to panic anyone into a decision - you must all make your own choice.
If you wish to have more information -as I am not a technophile by any means! - then I suggest you email Herman who owns Skydigi in Ceret (email@example.com) and he will send you the information by return which you can download and read at your leisure.
Those of you who already pay for a Sky package will not be affected and I just hope I can save some of the rest of you from the disapppointment of maybe turning on the TV to find nothing there.
Reason: Webmaster has not "okayed" this information!
But you are right to highlight it, it is good to be forewarned, at least then there will be no shocks!
...by the way have people noticed BBC channels are being "pixilated" a lot lately..wonder why?
So to avoid disappointment for clients and confusion for himself, his abiding by their instructions. SO...if you are thinking of buying a new box from any other retailer please be careful not to waste your money.
I am away all next week but have arranged to contact him on my return and of course I will pass his information on, so watch this space.
This is all getting to be a bit of a nightmare...bit being Brits, we will survive!