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Old Apr 25th 2009, 2:00 pm   #1
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Can anyone tell. If I buy a TV with integrated freeview in Portugal, will I get the BBC and ITV programmes.
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Old Apr 25th 2009, 2:07 pm   #2
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My understanding is that FREEVIEW is terrestrial, ie, uses an aerial to get it's signal from a local transmitter. As there are no local transmitters broadcasting BBC and ITV, the answer is no.

What you need is FREESAT, which requires a satellite dish.
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That was my line of thought. Many thanks for confirming this.
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By golly, he's right.
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What you need is FREESAT, which requires a satellite dish.
There's a discussion about FREESAT going on HERE
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If you buy a Sky box with no subscription to the Sky service you will get all the Free-to-view channels over satelite.
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Does anyone know how many free channels you get?
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Well, if it's with Sky it's these...

http://packages.sky.com/see/FreeAirChannels.aspx

If it's with Freesat then you can find them here:

http://www.freesat.co.uk/index.php?page=whatson.Main
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Can anyone tell. If I buy a TV with integrated freeview in Portugal, will I get the BBC and ITV programmes.
Hi,

Yes you can get FREEVIEW, I have BBC1/2/3/4 ITV1/2/3/4 More4.

I dont get MTV in english but do in German. I have around 25 channles worth watching in English. I also plugged in a Sky box without subscription and received all the free view channels you get back in the UK.

Either way you can get it.

Good luck.
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Yes you can get FREEVIEW, I have BBC1/2/3/4 ITV1/2/3/4 More4.

I dont get MTV in english but do in German. I have around 25 channles worth watching in English. I also plugged in a Sky box without subscription and received all the free view channels you get back in the UK.

Either way you can get it.

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Hi JohnZD, I really think that you may be confusing FREEVIEW with FREESAT with FREE to AIR. FREEVIEW, the original question, is digital broadcast from a ground tower and received by a 'line of sight' aerial, FREESAT is digital received by a satellite dish and FREE to AIR is digital received by satellite dish and displayed along with the EPG (Electronic Program Guide) by SKY boxes without the need for a card. To further complicate things, FREE to VIEW is the SKY card that gets you SKY3, Five, etc

If you can really receive UK FREEVIEW Channels in Portugal I would love to know which direction your aerial (NOT satellite dish) is pointing.
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If you can really receive UK FREEVIEW Channels in Portugal I would love to know which direction your aerial (NOT satellite dish) is pointing.
Yes I'd love to know, I'm in the UK with a Panasonic Plasma TV that has Freeview built in and I can't get the freeview channels (in Berkshire - no where remote!) so very much doubt you are getting Freeview in PT.

Do you happen to live in a complex where the tv aerial is connected to a communal dish?

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I just stumbled across this info on the Radio Popular website. It tells all about the launch of the Portuguese FREEVIEW equivalent(TDT), which only commenced broadcasting on 29 April. It's in Portuguese, but while it says that many channels could be available, the only ones being broadcast are the normal RTP, SIC TVI & RTP Madeira & Azores.
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Yes I think I posted about this ages ago, said it was going to be launched in 2009 but there was a big to do about which channels they were going to have and what frequency it was on (or something to that effect).

I wouldn't hold my breath though!

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We took our own FREE SAT box over to PT and if your dish is big enough ie does not have to be as big as the Sky one but bigger than cabo tv then it works great without any subscriptions. We are in the eastern algarve cant speak for the rest
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