Oct 022017

GOLD goes HD on Sky

Sky subscribers can now enjoy comedy channel GOLD in high definition.

GOLD HD launched earlier today.

GOLD, from UKTV, is perhaps best known for its repeat showings of Only Fools and Horses.

Programmes on GOLD HD not from recent years are upscaled to HD on the new service.
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Oct 022017

BBC World News SD on Astra 19.2 closes

The BBC has now ceased broadcasting a standard definition version of its World News channel via Astra 19.2°E.

As first announced at the end of June, the BBC has decided to end its dual transmission of both standard and high definition versions of BBC World News via the Astra 1 satellite cluster.

The HD version of the commercially funded channel, launched in Europe in April 2015, now remains the default way of accessing the channel via Astra 1 following the removal of the SD feed over the weekend.
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Sep 282017

BBC iPlayer adds “from the archive” programmes

The BBC has begun to open up its archives via the iPlayer, with programmes from 1946 to the present day.

Since Monday, the new “from the archive” category allows viewers to delve through a selection of historical BBC programmes, with a total of 450 shows available initially.

The new category has launched with programmes including Louis Theroux UFOs from his Weird Weekend series; Leaving The Cult from the Storyville strand and the full series of Killing For Love.
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Sep 272017

Discovery channels move to UK beam, changing reception in some areas of Spain

The Discovery group of channels, has changed frequencies.

And satellite beams

The channesl used to be on the EUropean beam, meaning nice and easy recpetion across Spain

But yesterday, the channels changed frequencies, and changed to the UK beam.

This UK beam, is the same beam that carries channel like BBC and ITV.

This means that some areas of southern Spain, like the Costa del Sol, and Barcelona area, may find they can no longer access these channels on their current satellite dish. You will now need a larger satellite dish to receive these channels.
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Sep 242017

Solar Outage Time October 2016

It is coming to the time of year when the suns path across the sky takes it behind the UK TV satellites.

This “satellite solar outage” happens around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October).

The satellite solar outage in the loss of some channels for up to 15 minutes mid morning on the weaker channels.


It is also a good time for a bit of housekeeping, as you can use this outage time to see if there are any trees and shrubs casting shadows onto the dish, which means they can be reducing and blocking the signals from the satellite to your dish.

More information on this solar outage can be found here : http://www.satandpcguy.com/uk-tv-astra-satellites/satellite-solar-outage/

Sep 152017

Eurosport gains more cycling coverage

Eurosport is cementing its position as the home of cycling following the acquisition of more broadcast rights.

A new four year deal with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has been announced, starting immediately and running until the end of 2020, will see Eurosport broadcast every major UCI event exclusively in 36 countries and territories in Europe across all disciplines, including the UCI Road World Championships, UCI Track Cycling World Championships and the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
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Sep 152017

Freesat adds premium entertainment and sports

Freesat users will now be able to optionally add access to a number of premium channels following the announcement of a tie-up with TVPlayer.

TVPlayer’s Plus service, available via the Freesat on-demand section, will give viewers the opportunity to access channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Lifetime, Nat Geo, Nickelodeon, Discovery and Eurosport for £5.99 a month or £59.99 per annum. Currently, a special two month free trial is available to new customers. Both live and on-demand/catch-up content is available.

The addition of Eurosport will provide Freesat users optional access to a premium sports channel for the first time, with full access to future Olympic coverage.

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Sep 122017

Skys new EFL deal means more games

Sky has signed a deal worth £600 million that will see all midweek English Football League matches available to stream.

The new agreement means that from the start of the 2019/20 season, Sky Sports Football will show up to 183 matches exclusively live each year in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two, Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy – a 26% increase in the number of games on our current deal.

The deal, which will run between 2019 and 2024, also means that teams in the Championship, League One and League Two will be able to stream games live on their sites if Sky is not broadcasting them.

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Sep 122017

Sky launches Spanish streaming service

Sky has launched a new streaming service for the Spanish market, in the competition against the already well-known offers from Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Movistar, and Wuaki.

The new service offers a selection of Spanish pay-TV channels, TV series and on demand movies.

It’s priced at €10 a month with marketing materials that suggest the service leans more towards the Now TV model than that of the satellite service Sky runs in the UK, Germany and Italy.

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Aug 232017

FreeSports, the new free-to-air sports channel launching soon, has confirmed further details about its service.

The channel, being launched by the people behind Premier Sports and the former Setanta UK service, has confirmed it will appear to viewers on Freesat channel 252, in addition to the previously announced slots on Sky 424 and Freeview / YouView (BT/TalkTalk) channel 95. The channel expects to reach 22 million homes from September.

Further information on sports types to be screened on the channel have also been provided: FreeSports will feature Football, Rugby League, Tennis, Ice Hockey, MMA, Basketball, Cricket, Speedway, Nascar, Athletics and Wrestling, essentially beccoming a free-to-air version of Premier Sports, which already provides coverage of these sports on a pay TV basis.

Currently testing on :
Astra 2E
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Sky Channel Number : 424
Freesat Channel Number :252

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