English speaking free to air TV channels in North Cyprus

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English speaking free to air TV channels in North Cyprus

Post by Admin » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:30 pm

There are a limited amount of English speaking free to air satellite TV channels available in North Cyprus. The majority (especially the English speaking movie channels) have Arabic subtitles which doesn't suit everyone. English speaking TV channels are available from several different satellites - Nilesat and Es'Hailsat are the two most popular. They deliver more than a thousand TV channels between them, but unfortunately, this number only includes approximately 12 English speaking channels - the main channels of interest to English speakers are BBC World News, CNN, Euronews, Aljazeera News, MBC 2 (Movies), MBC Action/MAX (Movies), Dubai One (American TV series and some Movies) and two, or three other channels of general interest. None of the UK's free to air channels are available (BBC, ITV etc.) and you will not see any English Premier League Football on any of the free to air channels available from either of these satellites.

A satellite dish installation to Nilesat, or Es'Hailsat will provide the above mentioned channels which are free to air - there is no monthly/annual subscription to pay after the initial cost of installation. Usually of interest to holiday home owners who want to keep up with international news, current affairs and maybe watch the odd movie when they are visiting their holiday home in North Cyprus.

With quality components, correctly installed, this system will work satisfactorily (even when the weather is particularly bad). It is a good system to have as a backup to an internet TV system which will not work when there is a problem with the internet which can be a regular occurrence in North Cyprus, especially during the winter months.

A good quality satellite dish installation with LNB, cable (either, fitted through the conduit in the walls, or neatly pinned to the exterior walls) - properly drilled and filled where the cable passes through the wall, including a fully configured satellite receiver with the English speaking channels saved to the list of favourites costs approximately 900 TL.

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