Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No end to the blank screens

As most will know by now, Guardia Civil raided the offices of television re-broadcaster Telmicro Levante SL. in Algorfa and San Luis, Torrevieja. In Algorfa the whole industrial estate was cordoned off and anyone who had dealings with the company were taken away for questioning. Equipment and computers from both offices were impounded and the premises sealed off. Officers of he Guardia Civil were posted outside to prevent anyone from entering the premises.

Nobody is saying why the action took place because the operation is being kept secret. Meanwhile rumours abound.

Problems with the Telmicro Levante SL service first occured in May when the signal for Sky programmes was lost. At the time the company stated, via their TV channel, that they had been ‘forced to undertake the transition to new English language channels’.

When Sky Sports channels reappeared in June a further message appeared which seemed to suggest the re-broadcasting of Sky could be the source of the problem.

Telmicro concluded that there were several channels that were being transmitted free to air by different companies. Amongst them were Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3 which we all know cannot be transmitted.

BSkyB  clearly state that they only authorise the reception of Sky TV in the UK and Ireland. Their terms and conditions expressly prohibit reception elsewhere in Europe.

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