Oct 052013

Below is a list of the channels and frequencies affected by the recent “satellite shuffle” between Eutelsat 28A and Astra.

Note that for some people in some areas of Spain, channels on the Astra 2F UK beam may be unavailable, as your satellite dish may be too small to receive these frequencies.

As a general rule of thumb, if you can receive Channel Five, then you should be able to receive those other channels on Astra 2Fs UK beam.

If you are struggling to receive those channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, then it may be possible to search for the channels on their “Final” frequencies, as some of the channels are actually operating on their final frequencies.

On a Sky box, you simply go to the “Add Channels” menu option, and then add the channels to your Sky boxes “Other Channels” list, accessed via the Services Menu.

Hopefully by the 10th October, all channels will be on their final frequencies, and the Sky Guide and the Freesat Guide channel lists are all correctly “mapped” to the new frequencies.

These changes have nothing to do with the new UK TV satellite, Astra 2E, that was recenctly launched and expected to be operational late November / December 2013.

Frequency changeChannels included on the affected transponder
(not a full list)
Pre 30/09/2013 FrequencyTemporary Frequency
Final Frequency
from 04/10/2013
11.508 H10.921 H
Astra 1N UK beam
Sky Living+1
Sky Two Ireland
11.527 V10.979 V
Astra 2F UK beam
12.515 HBT Sport 1 (SD)
BT Sport 1 (SD)
11.546 H11.171 H
Astra 2F UK beam
12.545 HZee TV
11.565 V12.305 H
Astra 1N PE beam
N / ASky Box Office
11.585 H11.156 V
Astra 2F UK beam
12.574 HBT Sport 1 HD
BT Sport 2 HD
11.603 V12.187 H
Astra 1N PE beam
N / ASky Box Office
Fox News
National Geographic
At The Races
11.623 V12.402 V
Astra 1N PE beam
12.610 VRT (Russia Today)
CNBC Europe
11.662 H12.129 V
Astra 2A South beam
12.604 HBET
11.681 V12.422 H
Astra 2A South beam
12.633 HAl Jazeera English
Men and Movies
12.523 V11.082 H
Astra 2F UK beam
12.522 VHeart TV
Capital TV
Planet Pop
Gems Tv
12.560 V11.112 H
Astra 2F UK beam
N / ATravel Channel
Horse and Country
QVC Beauty
12.6430 H12.441 V
Astra 2A South beam
12.663 HEuronews

*beam information may be incorrect, as various sites show different beam date for the same frequency!

Further blog post about these satellite frequency changes for UK TV between Astra and Eutelsat





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  12 Responses to “A list of the channels and frequencies affected by the recent “satellite shuffle” between Eutelsat 28A and Astra.”

  1. I live in near Gibraltar and no longer access sky news HD on 501. I get access sky news on 517. A few other Hd channels have gone off. Ant suggestions?


  2. Loss of those channels are down to the fact that in your location, your dish is too small to receive those channels.
    There are a few suggestions to get your channels back:
    Get a larger dish.
    Move to an area that can receive those channels.
    Wait until the Astra satellite changeover has finished, and you may find reception of some channels is better than before, but others may be worse than before.

  3. Loss of channels can be down to a number of things, like your dish is too small for your area, or your dish is warped, or your dish is not aligned correctly, or your LNB is not aligned correctly…

    But there have been no satellite or frequency changes to BBC ITV channels.

    Also, during the mornings, for the next week or so, it is coming to that time of year when the sun moves directly behind the satellites, and the energy from the sun can swamp out the weaker channels for up to 15 minutes. There is nothing you can do about this I am afraid.

  4. I´ve just lost Boxnation amongst a few other channels. I live in the Barcelona area of Spain. Can anyone provide me with information on the likelihood of this channel being available to me once more?
    Also what (if any) are the options to get it back?

  5. Dan: Yes Boxnation is one of the channels affected by this satellite swap.
    Until the satellite swap is completed (10th Oct), no one can really say if they will return to an “east beam” or stay on a UK beam…if the latter then you will need a larger dish – as there is some confusion on frequency websites as to which beams they are on may be on

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  7. All these “satellite shuffle” changes, moving channels from Eutelsat to Astra has now been completed. Sky and freesat boxes are now “mapped” to the new frequencies. If you lost channels in the last few days, like BT Sports, this is because they were temporarily placed on a “uk beam”, whose reception is a bit trickier for some in Spain, than its “European beam” where they now reside.

  8. I live in the south of Sweden and I have a medium sized dish. I lost signals to BT Sports and other channels and happened to have them back again but lost them again not quite long. Is there anyone who can be of help to me? I use a dreambox 800HD.

  9. Pen: You need to make sure you are using the correct frequencies for the channels you have lost.

    BT Sports SD are on 12515 H

    They are also on the European beam of 2F, whose reception differs to reception in the past, and it may be that your dish either needs to be realigned, or you need a slightly larger dish to be able to receive the signals. For example, a 1.25m dish in Helsinki is not receiving these signals, and a 2.4m dish slightly north gets them but with a lot of pixilation.

  10. Hi,
    I waited patiently while the changeover took effect and watched the channels that were unaffected. Once it was obvious that the channels I had were the only ones available to me ( I have a 1.35 m dish) I called in my satellite installer. Very quickly he re-aligned my dish etc – and I received every channel with excellent reception – including channel 5 that I previously couldn’t get. Unfortunately, this lasted about 24 hours and over the last week or so most of the channels are unwatchable and breaking up ( EXCEPT channel 5 ironically). Several people in my area have said they had the same problem ( Costa Calida, Murcia), good reception when re-aligned but it was short lived. Is there any point in my calling someone out again and is there anything I can do myself to get the channels back.

    • Unless your dish has moved out of alignment again (winds?), and you can fine tune your own dish, then there will be very little you can do your self.
      It may be your dish is on the very edge of reception, and is just a tad too small to receive stable signals.

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