Mar 052015
 

Astra 2A frequencies moved to Astra 2E and 2F

Today, it appears that frequencies on the old Astra 2A satellite have been moved to the newer Astra 2E and Astra 2G satellites.

For us in Spain, it means that those channels on the harder to receive Astra 2A north beam, should be easier to receive than before.

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Nov 122014
 

Earlier this week, a number of Sky pay channels, that were on the aging Astra 2A satellite, were moved to the Astra 2E satellite.

This is presumably as Astra 2A is nearing the end of its useful life.

This was a straight swap of channels form one satellite to another.

Channels have stayed on the same frequencies, so no changes are required by anyone- even though Sky digiboxes would make the changes automatically anyway!

Viewers in Spain may notice that some channels, that were previously on Astra 2As north beam and used to be unavailable mid to late afternoon, may not be available all day, now they are on Astra 2Es European beam.

 

 

The list of channels affected are listed below (data from the kingosat.com)

 

 

Home switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2305/2307 English,2311 English).

Eden switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2317/2319 English,2321 English).

GOLD switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2327/2329 English,2331 English).

Yesterday switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2332/2334 English,2336 English).

Dave switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2308/2312 English,2314 English).

Good Food switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2342/2344 English,2338 English).6h-22h

Watch switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2363/2365 English,2347 English).

Alibi switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2322/2324 English,2326 English).

Drama switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2372/2373 English,2374 nar).

Really switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11817.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11817.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2367/2368 English,2369 English).

Discovery Channel switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2305/2306 English,2307 English).

Animal Planet switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2309/2310 English,2311 English).

Discovery Channel +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2317/2318 English,2319 English).

TLC Europe switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2321/2322 English).

Discovery Science switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2325/2326 English,2327 English).

Discovery History switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2329/2330 English,2331 English).

Discovery Home & Health switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2333/2334 English,2335 English).

Discovery Turbo UK switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2337/2338 English,2339 English).

Discovery Channel Ireland switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2341/2342 English,2343 English).

Quest switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2345/2346 English,2351 nar).

Investigation Discovery Europe switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2353/2354 English).

TLC Europe switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11876.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11876.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2313/2314 English,2315 nar).

MTV One U.K. switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2323/2306 English,2307,2308,2309,2322).

VH-1 (Video Hits One) switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2328/2307,2308,2309,2325 English,2327).

MTV Rocks switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2332/2307,2308,2309,2330 English).

MTV One +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2357/2307,2308,2309,2358 English,2359 English).

MTV Hits switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2335/2307,2308,2309,2333 English).

MTV Base switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2343/2307,2308,2309,2341 English).

MTV Classic switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2347/2307,2308,2309,2345 English).

VIVA U.K. switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2349/2307,2308,2309,2350 English).

MTV One Ireland switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2364/2307,2308,2309,2362 English).

MTV Music UK switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2355/2307,2308,2309,2353 English).

MTV Dance switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11895.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 11895.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2339/2307,2308,2309,2337 English).

Home +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2312/2313 English,2316 English).

GOLD +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2323/2324 English,2352 English).

Eden +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2317/2319 English,2320 English).

Watch +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2341/2343 English,2344 English).

Dave switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2359/2361 English,2362 English).

Dave Ja Vu switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2305/2306 English,2307 English).

Good Food +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2336/2332 English,2335 English).

Alibi +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2350/2346 English,2349 English).

Yesterday +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2337/2339 English,2340 English).

GOLD switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2354/2355 English,2357).

Alibi switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2364/2365 English,2366 nar).

Watch switched to Astra 2E satellite at 11992.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 11992.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2327/2328 English,2329 nar).

QVC U.K. switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12032.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 12032.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2311/2312 English).

QVC Extra switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12032.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 12032.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2315/2316 English).

QVC Style switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12032.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 12032.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2326/2327 English).

QVC Beauty switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12032.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S , 12032.00MHz, pol.H SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2330/2331 English).

SET Asia (Sony Entertainment TV) switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12051.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12051.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2349/2350 English).

4Music switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2320/2321 English).

The Box switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2318/2319 English).

Kiss TV (UK) switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2305/2306 English).

Kerrang ! switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2308/2309 English).

Smash Hits ! switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2311/2312 English).

More 4 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2336/2337 English,2338 English).

Ireland Channel 4 Ireland switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2323/2324 English,2326 English).

Channel 4 Ireland +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2328/2329 English,2331 English).

E4 Ireland +1 switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2332/2333 English,2335 English).

E4 Ireland switched to Astra 2E satellite at 12480.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S , 12480.00MHz, pol.V SR:27500 FEC:2/3 PID:2314/2315 English,2316 English).

Feb 062014
 

In answer to a popular question seen on social media and emails sent to me:

BBC channels are not part of the Sky subscription service.

They never have been.

And for the foreseeable future will not be.

Some satellite “experts” have been suggesting to their clients that by subscribing to the Sky HD package that will bring back lost BBC channels.

As the BBC channels are not part of the Sky subscription package, do not even require a Sky viewing card, and are free to air, this is one big “myth”.

 

http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/02/astra-2e-loss-bbc-channel-spain-reception-reports/ http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_footprint_uk_tv_spain.php.

Feb 062014
 

Many thanks for all your reception reports this morning – constant facebook notifications and many emails!!!

We have noted down the reception reports we have received (and nicked form other sources!) on this page:

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_footprint_uk_tv_spain.php.

Until a full 24 hours have passed, to see if there are any daily variation, nothing yet can be set in stone.

For my service area:

Early indications are that 90x100cm dishes (called 1m dishes) may be on the edge of reception, but may just about be adequate.

Early indications are that 100x110cm dishes (called 1.1m dishes) may be adequate.

Those with 1.24/1.4, 1.8m and 2.,4m dishes will have notice no changes.

Reception of BBC channels in the north east of Spain (Barcelona / Tarregona) has reduced (as was expected) for many people with “small” dishes that they have been using for the last x number of years.

Reception of BBC channels in the south and south east of Spain (Costa Del Sol, Almeria) has reduced (as was expected) for many people with “small” dishes that they have been using for the last x number of years.

Also of note is the the Irish RTE channels also moved, and so now have a similar reception as BBC channels.

 

 

It is expected that the ITV and Channel Four that are still broadcasting from the old satellite Astra 1N will be migrated to the Astra 2E UK spot beam in the next few days- maybe as early as tonight / early tomorrow morning.

This will mean that if you have already lost the BBC, you will also lose your all ITV and Channel Four channels.

Freesat and Sky boxes will equally be affected by these changes to BBC, ITV and C4. Sky boxes and Freest boxes receive their signal from the same satellites, using the same frequencies.

And in response to a question I have been asked several times today, subscribing to Sky will not make BBC channels reappear. BBC channels are not part of any sky subscription package.
Once again, many thanks for all your reception reports this morning

Jon

Feb 052014
 

Our previous post mentioned some more Sky channels moving from satellite to satellite. http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/02/uk-tv-satellite-changes-channels-swap-satellites/

Channels have been moved from the temporary Astra 1N satellite, and moved to the “old” Astra 2A satellite.

The channels and frequencies affected, that we can make out are:

12071 H – Sky Sports Active 12090 V – National Geographic HD UK, Comedy Central HD UK, Eden HD, Nickelodeon HD, MTV HD UK

12110 H – Sky Sports F1, Sky One +1, Sky Sports 2 Ireland, Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 3, PBS U.K., Fox U.K., Cartoonito, Sky Living, Comedy Central UK

12168 V – Sky Modern Greats HD, Sky Valentine HD, Sky Scifi/Horror HD, Sky Comedy HD, Sky Disney HD

12148 H – Sky Arts 2, Sky Atlantic (ireland), Sky Sports News, Eurosport 2, Sky Sports 4, Fox +1 U.K., Comedy Central Extra

12207 V – Sky Sports 2, Sky News, Sky News Ireland, Sky One Ireland, Pick TV, Sky Two, Pick TV +1

12227 H – Good Food HD, Cartoon Network, Disney Junior HD, Disney Channel HD UK, TCM HD UK

12246 V – Sky Action HD, NatGeo Wild HD, History, Crime HD, TLC HD

12266 H – Sky Box Office 12304 H – Challenge, Challenge +1

12324 V – Film4 HD, SyFy HD UK, More 4 HD

 

For some channels – like those on frequency 12207 and 12110 you should not notice any changes in reception in my service area (Costa Blanca and Valencia areas). For some extreme fringe reception areas, like the Canaries, you may have noticed you can now receive these channels again. This is because the beam that they are now on, the Astra 2A south beam, has much better reception in your area than the beam they were on, the 1N European beam.

The rest of the channels and frequencies in last nights move may be bad news for some people, especially those with smaller satellite dishes. These channels have moved from the 1N European beam, to the “weaker” Astra 2A north beam. In my service area (Costa Blanca and Valencia areas) the Astra 2A north bam is much harder to receive than the south beam, and requires at least a 1.8m dish.

And that is why some channels have better reception today, and others have worse reception.

 

 

Feb 042014
 

 

Further to our previous post (http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/02/astra-2e-channels-start-move/ ) regarding channels moving from Astra 2A to the new UK TV satellite, Astra 2E, we think we now know which channels and frequencies have moved:

11.720 H : MTV Live HD, Sky Sports 2 HD, Lifetime HD

11.758 H : Disney XD HD, Animal Planet HD, ITV 2 HD, ITV 3 HD, ITV 4 HD

11.778 v : Sky Guide / EPG

11.798 H : Sky Sports HD 1, Sky Sports News HD, Sky Living HD, Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky Sp NewsHD, Channel 5 HD

11.836 H : Sky Action, Sky Comedy, Sky SciFi / Horror, Sky Select, Sky Disney, Sky Family, Sky Movies Premier, Sky Movies Premier +1, Sky Thriller, Sky Valentine, Sky Modern Greats

11.856 H : Eurosport HD, Fox HD U.K., E4 HD, Eurosport 2 HD

11.914 H : Sky Atlantic +1

11.934 V : Sky intro, Sky Box Office

12.012 H : Sky Family HD, Sky Movies Premiere HD, Sky Thriller HD, Sky Select HD UK

12.344 H : Sky Sports HD 4, Sky Atlantic HD, Sky1 HD, Sky Sports 2 HD,

12.383 H : Sky Insider HD, Universal HD UK, Dave HD, E! HD, Alibi HD

12.460 H : Sky 3D, Sky News HD, Sky Arts 1 HD, Sky Showcase HD

Feb 042014
 

UK TV Satellite Update:

It looks, note looks, like some channels from Astra 2A (north and south beams) have been moved to 2E.

So for some sky channels reception in some areas may have changed.

In SPain for the better.

It looks like 11778 – the sky epg frequency on 11778 has also moved – which is good news for Spain, as there is no need to change the “default transponder frequency” as it is now on a stronger beams!

We shall be confirming this during the day, but so far no changes to BBC or ITV channels.

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

 

 

Update :

Reports are that the following frequencies have moved to the new satellite : 11856V, 11.934V, 11.914H, 12.012V, 11.720H,11.739V, 11.758H, 11.778V, 11.798H, 11.836H. None of these carry BBC or ITV or C4.

 

Update : Some channels that used to be hard to receive in the middle of the afternoon even on 2,.4m dishes, because they were on the Astra 2A north beam, are now located on the Astra 2E European beam. Meaning reception of channel like Sky Movies, and some HD channels reception should be better…even on smaller dishes.

 

 

Jan 312014
 

Press release from SES Astra this morning :

ASTRA 2E has now been deployed at its final destination in the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East, where it is co-positioned with ASTRA 2A, ASTRA 2F and ASTRA 1N. Over the coming weeks, BSkyB, Channel4, ITV and BBC programming in this arc will be transitioned to the new satellite with its powerful footprint over the British Isles.

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

The following is a press statement released by SES Astra, who own and operate the Astra 2 satellite, confirming its position and start of operations:

SES’s ASTRA 2E SATELLITE GOES LIVE at 28.2/28.5 DEGREES EAST OVER EMEA
31.01.2014

Luxembourg, January 31st, 2014 – SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the ASTRA 2E satellite enters into commercial service in the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East on February 1, 2014. The satellite was launched on board an ILS Proton launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on September 30, 2013.

Extensive in-orbit tests have since then confirmed the satellite to be fully operational and performing to specifications.

ASTRA 2E has now been deployed at its final destination in the orbital arc of 28.2/28.5 degrees East, where it is co-positioned with ASTRA 2A, ASTRA 2F and ASTRA 1N.

Over the coming weeks, BSkyB, Channel4, ITV and BBC programming in this arc will be transitioned to the new satellite with its powerful footprint over the British Isles.

British newspapers in Spain serving the British community have been referring to the Great British TV Switch-off, with biased opinions by IPTV / internet TV / Smart TV / Brit Box TV sellers. This has confused many expats residents, as they worry about losing reception of the channels from the country they left behind. Many rumours, bar talk and misinformation have been spread about the sudden loss of UK TV in Spain. Many of these rumours have been spread by people wanting to sell lower image quality internet streaming devices- many of which require a subscription even to watch the free channels like BBC and ITV..

Until the Astra 2E satellite is fully operational, and actually has some transponders and frequencies turned on, no-one knows the exact nature of Astra 2Es reception in Spain, despite what some IPTV / internet TV / Smart TV / Brit Box TV sellers claim and the one or two satellite installation companies on the Costa Blanca that have been advertising since summer 2013 that they know the dishes they supply will work with the new satellite!

As reception varies so much over Spain, some areas of Spain maybe better off reception wise, but yes some areas of Spain maybe worse off. It is difficult to generalise about UK satellite TV reception in Spain and is really incorrect to say that all of Spain will lose all UK TV. This is especially so when some areas of Spain can receive some BBC HD channels, ITV1, ITV1HD, C4HD and FIves that are on the first new satellite Astra 2F that has been operational since Decemeber 2012,and can be received on a 1m satellite dish in most of my service area. So, despite all the  IPTV / internet TV / Smart TV / Brit Box TV sellers claim, there will NOT be a total loss of all UK TV channels in Spain.

Jan 142014
 

Astra 2E (the second new UK TV satellite) Update : 14/01/14 : According to various satellite tracking websites tonight, Astra 2E is finally on its way from its test location of 43 east, towards the UK TV location of 28 east. At the time of writing, it is at 42 east and moving slowly.

So it will take several days for it to move into location, and then it is expected a few test frequencies will be fired up, and only then can we start to work out its reception in Spain.

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

Dec 112013
 

Astra 2E News : According to SES, who own and operate the new Astra 2E UK TV satellite, the transfer of channels from 1N to 2E will take place “early February 2014”

Channels in this transfer will include BBC ITV C4 and Sky pay channels.

“The transfer will have no adverse implications for viewers in the UK and Ireland as the affected channels will continue to operate on the same frequencies and will be broadcast at the same, or slightly improved power levels, across the UK and Ireland”

So no changes in UK TV reception in Spain for a couple of months yes, despite what you may have heard on the rumour mill – probably from some “Not So Smart” TV box sellers!!

http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php

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