Next week the signal will gain strength.

23-04-2008

In December 2014, expats experienced a very poor satellite signal over the Christmas festive season, which lasted from 10 December to 6 January. In the last week of November 2015, there was a poor BBC signal for eight days, so it was a shock for there to be a sudden severe loss of BBC last Saturday in Minorca and in the north of Majorca, followed by the south of Majorca on Sunday.

Sean Connolly from Ocean TV said he has been inundated with calls, asking him if the signal will remain poor from now on or will it recover before falling back again in four to six week cycles? Connolly understands their concerns over future poor signal patterns, especially as the current problem has not mirrored the Christmas 2014 signal pattern. 

This time it has failed at completely different times of the year, so it makes it harder to look in to a crystal ball and actually predict for sure if the signal will actually regain its strength and if so when.

Connolly says there is a complex trigonometric equation that takes into consideration mathematical coefficients such as the movement of the BBC Astra 2E satellite from the old 28.23 east orbit location and its old higher 37.0 degree elevation to its new location since August 2015 to 28.49 east  and shallower elevation 36.9 degree, and it also takes into account that we are three degrees east of Greenwich.

According to Connolly’s calculations, on 18 January the south of Majorca will get back BBC One (West Midlands, East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire, East Midlands, South, South West, Oxford), BBC One and Two Northern Ireland, BBC One and BBC Two Wales, BBC Radio 3 and 4. On 20 January, BBC One London, BBC Two England, BBC Four and BBC1 and 2 HD and BBC Radio 1 and 2 will follow. Minorca and the north of Majorca will also see a return of signal, similar to the south but up to two days later in the week.

Is there room for error in the calculations? Connolly says there could be, but up to now his predictions have been accurate. One week before Christmas 2014, Connolly said the signal would return on 6 January 2015 and it actually returned on the evening of 5 January.

To safeguard against future signal problems,  Ocean TV is currently building a UK satellite IPTV streamer using just four transponders to provide Majorca with eleven subscription free channels (better known as Ocean’s Eleven).  The initial lineup will be just BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 5 +1, 5USA, 5*, ITV3, Film 4, More4+1 BBC Radio, Gold, Radio One Mallorca, Spectrum FM, Sunshine Radio, Big Band Radio (fifties big band), Swedish radio. It will be ready some time in February. It has the ability to connect to your existing TV with a IPTV black box with no need for a satellite dish, just internet if your TV is under five years old and Samsung or LG brand. It can even work with just a smart TV app called Smart IPTV without the need for an external box.  Sean Connolly doubts he will make any money out of streaming UK TV for free to expats in Majorca. He says he is doing it for the laugh. The last time he built something so complex was in 1982 when he was 14 years old, and it was a red LED electronic scoreboard for a Young Scientist competition.   

After next week, Connolly says the signal will gain strength and will not drop significantly until the last week in November.

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David Sumner / Hace over 2 years

Forget satellite.......Go on to your PC/laptop/tablet and download KODI. Look on Utube on how to connect to Pheonix, Sports Devil and many others and watch your tv channels on the internet. Or like me, purchase an M8 box from ebay and link it up to your tv direct (cable is better than wi-fi connection) from your router. Simple!

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 2 years

You are totally wrong,Ron,IT IS ILLEGAL to watch or record LIVE UK T.V. programmes without a T.V. licence,as those who receive a hefty fine and criminal conviction in the UK courts every day find out to their cost. The BBC,Itv and channels 4 and 5 are not licenced to broadcast outside the UK so ANYBODY that watches or records LIVE UK T.V.IS doing so ILLEGALLY,and that is a FACT,the offence is to watch or record LIVE T.V. without a licence,do look it up..

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Mike / Hace over 2 years

Sad jealous people who don't live in England as there is no such place anymore it should be called the mongrel of Europe as its full of anything but English

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keith / Hace over 2 years

I will take that as a no then . I do . oh but then again I live in England now bring on thumbs down .

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Ron / Hace over 2 years

It is not illegal to watch live tv by satellite if your equipment can receive it. Satellites are for everybody and neither BBC nor any other broadcaster can dictate who watches their programmes if they are free to air. BBC and ITV try to restrict European viewing by reducing the reception footprint. Apart from that, although irrelevant to the comments, many Brits. living here (myself included) have holiday homes in UK and are forced to pay for a tv licence although tv is only being watched occasionaly and for short periods.

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Sean Dobson / Hace over 2 years

Given the fact that it is an offence to watch BBC and other channels live T.V. programmes without a T.V. licence,you are watching T.V.illegally anyway so have no grounds for complaint and since the BBC,ITV,Channel 4 and 5 are not licenced to broadcast to Majorca,it's irrelevant whether you would pay the licence fee to receive these broadcasts,you have no legal right to watch them.

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keith / Hace over 2 years

just out of curiosity do people in Majorca pay for the bbc ? only asking

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julian Barnes / Hace over 2 years

sat tv mallorca

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Ron / Hace over 2 years

Full marks to Sean for letting us know the problem. I've been pulling cables and swapping boxes all week thinking the problem was me!! His explanation of the reasons for the loss of signal proves he is a pure mathematical genius. He should now be booked to calculate the tourist tax!

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