Dec 052012
 

December 2012 Update : Channel Movement From Astra 1N to Astra 2F
On Tuesday 4th December 2012, a number of UK satellite TV channels and frequencies moved from their temporary satellite home Astra 1N, to their new home on Astra 2F.

The channels and frequencies affected are :
10.964 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (CH5/5USA/5*/Channel 5+1),
10.994 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Granada HD/ITV 1 Central South West SD/ITV 1 Anglia West SD/ITV 1 Meridian North SD/ITV 1 Yorkshire East SD/ITV 1+1 Yorkshire SD),
11.052 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Central South SD/ITV 1 Central East SD/ITV 1+1 Wales SD/ITV 1+1 Westcountry SD/ITV 1+1 Tyne Tees SD)
11.126 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (Channel 4 HD/4Seven SD)

There have been many reception reports for Astra 2F in Spain.

The initial indication are that there are areas of Spain that are now experiencing “no satellite signal” messages for these channels are the southern areas of Spain, like Andalucía, Malaga, Marbella  and the Costa Del Sol.

 

Previously these areas benefitted from “bonus” reception due to a “side lobe” on Astra 2D, meaning they could receive most of the main UK TV channels on a “medium” sized satellite dish – such as a 1.25m satellite dish

However, with the change of these channels from Astra 1N to Astra 2F, these dishes are now simply too small to receive Channel Five and Channel 4HD.

A larger satellite dish will be required to be able to receive these channels again. What sized satellite dish to be able to receive these channels is currently debateable, as there are numerous conflicting reports for these areas.

However, it may be best to wait until the main bulk of the UK TV channels, like BBC and ITV move to their new satellite, whenever this may be. Only then can you be sure what sized satellite dish you will need to be able to receive these channels. There is no point in buying a 1.4m satellite dish today, if it is unknown and not guaranteed to receive the BBC channels when they move to their new satellite!

And at the moment, no-one knows what that will be.

  4 Responses to “December 2012 Update : Channel Movement From Astra 1N to Astra 2F”

  1. I am in Andorra and have lost the BBC’s . My dish is 75cms,quad LNB , Sky box and a Humax box. How do I get the channels back ?

  2. We have a house in Jimena de la Frontera – on the Cadiz/Malaga border. We have a very large, in excess of 1 metre, satellite dish but the receiver only currently receives Sky News and Pick TV. We would like to receive UK Freesat when we move in permanently. We are there again at the end of October and would like to get it sorted out then. Could you please let us know what the best/cheapest options are. Thanks

    Louise

    • A 1m dish is not “very large”.
      The 1,8s and 2,.4m dishes we needed for the last dozen years in the COsta Blanca were considered large.
      But then they were considered small when in Greece and Cyprus they needed 4m dishes!

      If you want to receive the Freesat channels like BBC and ITV then you will need a very large dish – maybe 4m or maybe even larger.

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