As I posted a few days ago, it is expected that the remaining ITV channels (ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4) that are currently on Astra 1N, will to the Astra 2E’s UK beam in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 11th. February.
This will mean that reception in areas like Spain will change.
And reception of these channels will be the very similar to that of the BBC channels that have recently moved to the same UK spot beam.
That move of the BBC channels to the Astra 2E UK spot beam last week, caused many expats in some areas of Spain to lose these channel on their current satellite dishes. These areas include :
south western areas of Spain – like the Costa del Sol – where it has been reported 3 metre satellite dishes are receiving no signal.
Almeria, which seems to be the area where the signal goes from being receivable to not being receivable – with reports that some 1.8m dishes working fine.
north eastern areas, around Barcelona and Catalunya, which appears to be in a very low signal area.
Areas like the Costas Blanca now seem to have the best reception in Spain, where even some 1m satellite dishes are working fine. This seem to be a payoff for having to have to use 1.8 and 2.4m satellite dishes for the old Astra 2D satellite, which had a signals cold spot in that area for many of the last 15years.