Satellite TV Packages You Can Watch in Europe.
I created this simple guide just to make the browsing through paid tv packages throughout Europe much easier. This list is not exhaustive and I may add some more content later on, feel free to post any missing pieces in the comments.
Astra 2 – 28,2 degrees east.
This satellite is mainly available for people living in UK and Ireland. It is possible to receive it outside of these two countries but you need much, much bigger dish for that, I’d say about 2m in diameter at least, and that still doesn’t guarantees good reception.
Paid packages: Sky UK.
Astra 1 – 19 degrees east.
This is the main satellite of choice for most people wanting free european tv. Mostly German channels on here including the German public broadcasters but also some French and Spanish channels too, lots of sports on the German channels.
Paid packages: Sky DE, Orange France, HD+, Movistar+, ORF Digital, TV Vlaanderen Digitaal, CanalDigitaal, CanalSat France, AustriaSat.
Eutelsat hotbird – 13 degrees east.
This satellite has lots of free to air tv from almost everywhere in the world. Lots of italian stations including the RAI channels, but also Polish, French, Thai, Chinese, Arabic, Russian e.t.c even a couple of english channels including the bbc world service tv. Lots of sports channels there.
Paid packages: Sky Italia, Polish NC+(former Cyfra+) and Polsat, Nova, BIS TV, Orange France.
Thor – 0.8 degrees west.
This satellite is focused mainly on Scandinavian countries which are Swedem, Norway, Denmark and Finland. There are some channels for Baltic countries(Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia) as well.
Paid packages: Canal Digital, UPC Direct.
Amos – 4 degrees west.
This satellite provides packages for Eastern Europe and Middle East including Israel’s Yes TV network and Hungarian T-Home.
Paid packages: T-Home, Yes TV, Viasat Ukraine.
Hispasat – 30 degrees west.
This satellite is reserved for Spanish and Portuguese tv channels. Plenty of sports there
Paid packages: Meo, Movistar+, Nos.
I hope this guide will help you find the right satellites where you can watch your favourite channels. Again, if you feel something is missing here or you want to contribute to the discussion let me know in the comments below.