Have been researching possible TV systems for a friend of mine who wishes to receive Sky TV on his boat. I emailed a few suppliers asking for prices/options and was surprised to get this response from one of them,
Thank you for your mail.
I am afraid that the satellite TV world is changing at a pace. Most of the current satellites are due for retirement. They are being replaced by a new generation of TV satellite. Whist this change has slowed slightly due to a faulty satellite, and a failed launch vehicle it is ready to get back on track any time now.
The effect of this is that by next year almost no British programming will be available on satellite in the Mediterranean. It is already limited. The reason for this is that the new satellites will be firmly targeted at the UK. Some estimates suggest that BBC1 ITV etc will be difficult to receive 'south of Paris'
You do not say what type of boat you have or where you are based, however it is unlikely you will receive much in the way of popular UK programming on any small boat system.
Much as I would love to sell you a system, you would not thank me for it.
I hope at least some of this makes sense?
Eurotek marine ltd.
Does anyone have further thoughts or knowledge about this? I know Sky won't be bothered about us boat people as we would be such a small percentage of their customer base but surely there must be literally thousands of ex-pats in Spain
who subscribe to Sky who it appears will loose their service
. Surely that can't be right can it?
Its worth noting that I have included the companies details as I must say, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by their honesty. Here I am enquiring about a product that can easily cost a few thousand pounds and they would rather turn me down than provide something that may not work in a year or so. A rarity to find such integrity these days!