Has anyone seen the IGOCOLO website? You can actually rent a satellite receiver in Europe and watch on your PC. I used the free trial, and had over 600 channels from Hotbird and an arabic satellite. I am Polish, travelling abroad, so really just used the 15 Polish channels. But there are Arabic, italian, french, etc.
I haven't actually bought the service yet, but if there are any expats out there, it is worth checking out. Post results here.
I disagree. I have signed up for the service, and you actually control your own satellite reciever. That means no downtime, digital picture, and customer service. Those sites you posted above have only 1 or 2 of the channels, and they are such bad bitrate and completely unreliable.
You can always find a free online version somewhere. Even HBO is online somewhere, but it is unwatchable. I am glad that I can see TVP, Kultura, Polsat and Polsat news.