A good alternative to Sky TV in North Cyprus is Orbit Showtime Network (OSN) which is a Middle East and North African satellite TV broadcaster based in Dubai. Broadcasting 150+ channels (50+ in High Definition) OSN brings live sporting events and various TV shows from major networks and studios - a full list of the channels and TV packages is available from http://www.satellitecyprus.net/osn_cyprus/
OSN carries much of the same content as Sky TV. Broadcast in English language, the channels include great content from the BBC, ITV and Sky TV. Customers can choose from an array of TV channel groups and tailor their subscription to suit their viewing preferences. Viewers who do not follow sports for example, do not need to include the sports group of channels in their subscription. In other words, customers only need to pay for the channels in the genres that interest them.
North Cyprus falls within OSN's signal footprint from the Nilesat satellite and reception in North Cyprus is good. OSN is, like many other brands and products in North Cyprus, supplied using grey market channels, but this is not an illegal IPTV system. Customers can obtain OSN satellite subscription packages on genuine OSN receivers for which OSN are being paid. This is a 1080p High Definition satellite TV system, not to be confused, or compared with the lower quality IPTV packages that are available on the Android operating system and most importantly, receiving the OSN signal does not rely on the internet, so there is absolutely none of the 'buffering' issues that are associated with internet TV.
Various viewing options are available for example, live TV can be freeze framed, fast forwarded etc. and different channels can be watched and recorded simultaneously.