Torresat / Teleast seem to be in the midst of a major changes with the current investigations into the legality of their Costa Blanca & Costa Calida UK TV rebroadcasting operations.
Costa Blanca South
Retransmission in both La Mata & Quesada, signal strength appears to have been reduced 50-60%. This is likely be down to the fact the microwave signal strength was over the legal limit. This will have an affect for those on the outer periphery of transmission. In the instance of Quesada mast, we have received calls from people in Catral who are struggling with signal.
There is likely to be changes in the other transmitters, but so far can only report on what we have found the last few days.
They have also moved frequencies from low horizontal & low vertical – to mid vertical & mid horizontal – 500mhz or so upwards. Would assume this is also due to interference issues & the current investigation.
This could prove positive for those with satellite dishes that have been suffering a little cross interference from this. Over the next few days we are asking our engineers to check to see if this has an affect on existing users that had issues previously – one example being 10714H in La Mata – channel 4, film 4, in theory if moved up above this, then satellite signal should return – microwave signal was swamping a couple of satellite frequencies (which is illegal – hence the likely change).
Calls received from a number of surrounding locations – one urbanisation in its entirety off in San Cayetano – though a nearby neighbour with an antenna pointing towards La Union, is o.k?
This will cause a headache both for their installers & clients as it will need every box to be retuned. Given the level of aggravation & work involved in doing this, it can only be assumed this is a preventative measure in the hope it is a couple of less things they can be pulled into court or shut down for! They had better hope the chosen frequencies do not interfere with anything else otherwise it will be a pointless exercise & will lead to further complications / investigations.
You have to ask the question if they had the potential to alter frequencies to not interfere with legal satellite UK TV in the first place, why didn’t they? Deliberate act? Purely speculation of course