UK Television in Europe

In recent years the availability of UK television channels across Europe has changed, thanks to changes in satellite transmission. 

Where satellite reception is not possible, various broadcasters have launched services which give viewers outside of the UK access to British TV content.

Here a516digital brings various reference guides together in one place: find out how to legally access UK television in Europe.

Click (or touch) any of the dark blue headers below for more information:

UK TV via Satellite 
Including reception of UK services from Astra 2E/F and G, the satellites which carry Freesat and Sky channels.

The British TV channels you can receive outside of the UK is dependent on whether you live under the satellite's footprint. Read more.... Updated.

Based on reader's reception reports, a listing of dish sizes needed in each area. Usually conservative, because signals fluctuate throughout the year. Read more...

Find out more about the BBC's international TV channels. Read more... Updated.

Satellite tuning information for the BBC's international TV and radio news services Read more... Updated.

Transponder frequencies for BBC UK TV services broadcast on satellite. For viewers within the satellite overspill area (UK spotbeam). Details...

Transponder frequencies for Channel 3 TV services broadcast on satellite. For viewers within the satellite overspill area (UK spotbeam). Details...

Transponder frequencies for Channel 5 services broadcast on satellite. For viewers within the satellite overspill area (UK spotbeam). Details...


UK TV via cable or terrestrial platforms outside of the UK
There are three areas of Europe beyond the UK where reception of the main channels, such as BBC One is possible via local cable networks. More...

Find out more about the BBC's international TV channels. Read more... Updated.

Alternatives
Including legal online services supplied by the broadcasters. Remember, you can download content from the BBC iPlayer before you leave the UK to watch abroad within the next 30 days.

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and 5 don't endorse the retransmission of their services around the world on internet streaming sites. This page outlines some of the limited legal alternatives that are available, including Cirkus and ITV Essentials. More information... Updated.