I’m sure most people here who are living in the UK outside Wales are aware of how to receive these services already, but after recently making use of my otherwise redundant satellite dish to receive the available free channels on satellite, I thought I would post a handy guide on how to receive Welsh TV and Radio outside Wales. (Anyone outside the UK who are receiving Welsh broadcasts, whether live or recorded, please feel free to share here!)
Digital Service Customers (Sky, Virgin)
S4C is available on Sky channel 134 and Virgin channel 166.
BBC Radio Cymru is available on Sky channel 0154, Virgin channel 935 and YouView channel 720.
Unfortunately, S4C isn’t available on YouView outside Wales (unless someone can confirm that is is!)
Freeview Services, apps and online
If you have Freesat, S4C is available on channel 120 and Radio Cymru is available on channel 715.
If you have a redundant dish and can lay your hands on a spare Sky receiver, you can still watch S4C and listen to Radio Cymru without a subscription to Sky, or even without a viewing card! Take advantage!!!
If you’re using other satellite equipment, I’m not sure how they will work, but the frequencies you need to receive these channels are:
Satellite: Eutelsat 28A
Symbol Rate: 27.500Mbaud
BBC Radio Cymru
Satellite: Astra 2E
Symbol Rate: 22.000Mbaud
As the above channels are NOT ENCRYPTED, there’s no reason why these cannot be received across Europe either (anyone in mainland Europe who is willing to give this a try, feel free to post your results here!
If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can watch S4C using TVCatchup or TVPlayer apps. They’re available from the App Store or Google Play. You won’t get catch-up on them, but you’ll get live TV! Also on the S4C Clic app you’ll get live TV (minus the adverts, where you’ll just get a “We’ll be back…” message in between the live broadcasts. You will get “catch-up” on S4C Clic for some shows for up to 35 days.
You can also get the BBC iPlayer Radio app from your app store to receive Radio Cymru live shows, as well as catch up on previous shows for up to 7 days.
NB: Most of the information here I have extracted from the internet and where possible, have tested to ensure it is current and correct. Should anyone find any errors, or find any local variations, please let us know here. Diolch yn fawr!