The BBC Is No Longer Available To British Expatriates In Spain
It looks as if British expatriates in Spain won’t be able to watch their favourite BBC shows, this means programmes like Eastenders and even Dr Who will no longer be available to expats. The reason for this rather sudden and in many respects unfortunate change has been a satellite switch.
The BBC is available around the world, and it has meant the British broadcasters iconic shows have been available to many who otherwise would not have even known about them. Many British expatriates in Spain were not informed of the change, and it created a situation where expats were reported to be running around upset and like headless chickens. Figuratively not literally.
Necessary change for the BBC
While increased exposure for the BBC in Spain can only be positive, a spokesman for the channel has said that their service was only ever intended for licence payers in the United Kingdom. What does this mean for those who want to watch the BBC in Spain? Simply put, they will be required to purchase a satellite package like BBC Worldwide. Failing that they may be able to stream the shows over the internet. The latter being a popular option for many, with services like Netflix becoming the way in which television and movies is enjoyed.
Spain is a popular destination for Brits looking to build a new life abroad, but research has shown that these Brits also like to enjoy their home comforts. One of which is their television shows, and not having the BBC in Spain has kept these particular expats nervous for many years.
Before the satellite change, the BBC was available in Spain because the range of the channel stretched that far. But the change means the channel will be able to tighten up their footprint, impacting on those outside the UK and some of the smaller islands since they will no longer be able to watch the channel. For the BBC this may have been a necessary step, but most British expatriates in Spain are not best pleased.