Ah, the joys of TV! After a long day at work, whats better than kicking back with a little supper and a good show?
“Can I Watch English Television in a Spanish Country?”
Just for plugging in your television you’ll pick up about 20 or 30 channels for free. Everything is in Spanish, and while its a good way to learn the language, many people don’t find it all that relaxing.
You can purchase TVCable, which will have some programming in English, but the majority will be Spanish – this is a Spanish country after all.
Until last week, I didn’t know of a better option. Introducing: DirecTV. DirecTV has a little booth in the mall and Fredi Torres (copy of his business card below) explained how it works. When I asked him if there were many English channels, he explained that almost all of them are. The channels need to be switched to Spanish. Because its digital, you can alternate between languages just like on a DVD.
I’ve included a copy of their recent flyer below. Here’s a summary:
The Family Pack (the entry level package) costs $26 and includes:
- 6 National Channels
- 63 International Channels
- 30 Audio Channels
- 6 Radio Stations
The Preferential Pack costs $34 and includes:
- The same as above, plus 31 additional International channels.
Add 9 HBO channels for $10 and/or 8 MovieCity channels for $8.
You are required to purchase a decoder. There are three options:
1) Digital Decoder. Costs $15 with credit card, or $30 with bank debit.
- Programming Guide
- Programming Synopsis
- Programming blocking, based on rating, time, age or cost
- Change language or subtitles.
2) Decoder Plus. Costs $50 with credit card, or $75 with bank debit.
- Same as above, plus
- Pause live tv and rewind
- Record up to 100 hours of your favorite programming and watch when you want.
- Rewind/Fast forward live tv in 4 different speeds.
3) Decoder Plus, with HD. Costs $75 with credit card, or $100 with bank debit.
- Save as option 2, but in HD.
- Also, record up to 400 hours of your favorite programming.