All you need to pick up foreign language TV and radio in the UK is one of our satellite TV systems incorporating a satellite dish and a set top box. The dish is directed to the appropriate satellite(s) to receive channels in your chosen language(s).
Are there any monthly fees or subscriptions?
No - all the channels promoted in the foreign language section of the website are free to view, there are no subscriptions and no monthly fees (unless otherwise stated).
Will it work on any TV?
Yes it will - all the set top boxes we supply can be connected to any UK or European standard TV, from the oldest analogue to the latest LCD and Plasma TVs. Our equipment has both SCART and traditional aerial-type connections.
Where does the dish go?
A south-facing wall is the perfect installation site because all satellite signals can be received although east and west facing walls can receive selected satellites. Do not worry, however, if you do not have a wall facing the correct way; the satellite dish may be raised above the roof line or installed discreetly in the garden. Non-standard installations will incur an additional cost.
Use this link to see which way your property faces - Google Maps
What if I already have (or want) Sky?
No problem - you can have two separate dishes or choose one of our Frontier dish systems which allow the simultaneous reception of multiple satellites. As an Authorised Sky Agent we can arrange any aspect of a Sky system including Sky+ and Sky HD.
What if I want channels in multiple languages?
Some satellites transmit channels in many languages, some just one language.
It basically states that unless a licencing scheme is in place schools can record broadcasts for educational purposes and also as long as the recordings are labelled correctly ie each recording must have the date, time, title and broadcaster on it somewhere usually with a label stuck to the front.
The ERA licence only covers programmes which our members have rights to which generally speaking is everything from terrestrial t.v. and some freeview channels that are produced by the same people ie E4, BBC3, BBC4 and all the ITV channels.
In the case of satellite TV, because there are no licences in place for the channels it means schools can record them for educational purposes.
Victoria James The Educational Recording Agency Limited 14 Hanover Square London W1S 1HP www.era.org.uk
What about radio channels?
You can listen to the channels through your TV as radio channels are broadcast alongside the TV channels via satellite. You do not need a special radio or hi-fi system.
What about installation?
TPS has a UK-wide network of certified installation engineers ensuring your system is installed to the very highest standard. Once your order is placed installation will usually take place within 10 days.
What if I want to install the system myself?
We will provide you with the necessary fixings to mount the dish to a brick wall along with 10m of cable and all necessary cable clips. If you need more than 10m of cable order it here. We would suggest that you buy a meter to help with the alignment.
Can I have more than one dish on my property?
This document is provided by our local authority as a guide.
There must be no obstacles to the line of sight to the satellite. A good rule of thumb is that the distance to any object should be twice the height of the object eg if you have a 10m high tree which is 20m away there should be no problems. If you feel there may be an obstacle to the reception please contact us to discuss the alternatives.
Will it interfere with my cable TV, Sky, Freeview, DVD player etc?
No. The satellite system is completely separate from your existing equipment and can be integrated to operate alongside it. It can easily be connected to your video recorder, DVD recorder and hi-fi system too.
I live in a flat with a shared dish system. Can I still get foreign language TV?
You may need permission from the property owner, landlord or management company to install an additional dish. Alternatively the existing dish may be changed or adapted to accept signals from the satellite you require.
What if I want foreign language TV & radio in more than 1 room?
There are two options: a set top box in each room you want to watch TV, or a cable between rooms allowing you to share the set top box from the main location. With a set top box in each room you can watch different channels in each room; with a cable between the rooms you must watch the same channel in each room. Neither of these options will affect the viewing of your existing channels in either room.
What happens if I move house?
Your satellite system moves with you. There will be a charge for removal and re-installation of your equipment.
Is there any teletext? What about programme listings?
Many channels have a teletext service just like UK channels. Links to websites with programme listings for specific languages are provided where possible in the language-specific sections.
Can I buy a system in instalments?
We can arrange monthly repayments over 2, 3 or 4 years. Please ask for written details.
My question is not answered here - what should I do?
You may find the answer in the language-specific sections of the website. If not, we're at the other end of a phone for friendly, professional advice. Or if you would like us to contact you, simply email us with details of your enquiry, your telephone number and a convenient time for us to call. Contact us