Apr 032020
 

BBC Satback Update : Intelsat 901 now at 27.5W

The replacement for the Intelsat 907 satellite, that carries the BBC Satback service, Intelsat 901 has now arrived at 27.5 west, thanks to the MEV that was attached to Intelsat 901 and pushed it into place.

Satellite locations :
Intelsat 907 is located at 27,543 W Continue reading »

Mar 222020
 

German channels going HD only in 2021

A number of German channels broadcast on Astra 1 at 19 east will be closing down their standard definition (SD) channels and will only be available in high definition (HD) only.

This will be happening in January 2021.

Channel affected by this are :
Das Erste,
tagesschau24,
ONE ARD-alpha.
Phoenix
Arte
and the ARD regional channels.

So if you watch these channels via satellite, and are using an SD decoder, then you will need to upgrade to a HD decoder before the end of the year.

Mar 012020
 

Temporary Loss of UK satellite TV signals in the morning? Dont worry, it is just the biannual solar outage time

It is that time of year again when the Sun / Solar Outage can affect the power of satellite signals your satellite dish is receiving, resulting in a loss of some of the more weaker UK TV channels via satellite.

Don’t panic – it is the bi-annual sun outage and normal this time of year. This occurrence happens in March and October for a couple of weeks every year, 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).

These solar outages occur when the sun is directly behind the satellite and the suns energy swamps the signal with interference.

This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for up to 20 minutes and can take place up to 15 days.

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Feb 292020
 

Some Sky Cinema channel frequency and beam changes

Over the last few days some Sky channels have changed frequencies.

They have also moved from the European beam to the UK beam.

This has meant some viewers of these channels in some areas of Spain getting “no signal” messages, as their satellite dish is now too small to receive those signals for these channels.

The channels affected are : Continue reading »

Feb 292020
 

Intelsat 907 / 901 update at 27.5 West

For more information on the service provided by I907 at 27.t west, please see here : https://www.satandpcguy.com/intelsat-bbc-satback/

We know that the Intelsat 907 satellite used at 27.5 west is low on fuel, and needs replacing.

We know that there is a plan to replace this I907 satellite, as posted here.

Well, this week, MEV1 successfully docked with the Intelsat 901 satellite. The docking was autonomous. The MEV-1 achieved this by driving a probe into the IS-901’s engine nozzle and then opening some “fingers” to lock the two spacecraft together. This will allow Intelsat-901 to extend its 19-year mission of relaying TV and other services by another five years.

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Jan 282020
 

Biss Key on Intelsat 907 at 27.5°West for the “Satback” service

Arqiva, who operate the UK Freeview service on behalf of the UK broadcasters, are leasing a transponder on the Intelsat 907 satellite located at 27.5 degrees West. In a deal signed in April 2007, Arqiva will use IS-907 to feed the signal to 90 main transmitter sites around the UK. The service on Intelsat 907 satellite is used for “emergency back up feeds” for the UK Freeview system, should the Freeview mast relay service lose its feed from their parent transmitter.

The service is commonly knownw as “BBC-Satback”.

For some expats living in Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol where the main Astra 2 UK beam signals are very weak, the Satback service is one method of receiving some basic UK TV channels. However, as these signals are not for public use, they require certain receivers, and firmware patches and “BISS CODE” to hack into the encrypted signals.

For more information on the Satback Service on the Intelsat satellites at 27.5 West click HERE

BISS CODES for the Satback Service on the Intelsat satellites at 27.5 West
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Jan 032020
 

A few UK TV channel closures happening in the near future…

Sewing Quarter – closed 30th December.
VH-1 UK – closes 7th January 2020.
5Spike – to be replaced by Paramount Network 7th January 2020.
Box Upfront – due to close at 6am on 9th January 2019
Universal TV – closes 27th January 2020.
Horse & Country – closes 31st January 2020

Oct 302019
 

Sky Deutschland to increase security to combat piracy

German pay-TV operator Sky Deutschland is set to implement the same “anti card sharing” security as Sky UK in a bid to combat piracy of its channels.

Through the so-called unique pairing, the Sky receiver is paired up with the smartcard and no longer functions in third-party devices that are not offered by Sky. Pirates had previously used this as a loophole.
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Oct 102019
 

Intelsat successfully launch their “Mission Extension Vehicle, or MEV” for their old satellites – Major Intelsat 907 News for BBC Satback

This one is for those watching / hacking into the Freeview back up on Intelsat 907 for their 10 channel UK TV fix!

The Intelsat 907 satellite is approaching its end of life…we have known this for a few years now. In fact, a few months ago Intelsat updated their “Estimated End Of Life” expectancy for the Intelsat-907 satellite to Q1 2020. This is cutting it fine for a replacement!

However Intelsat have launched (on Wednesday 9th October 2019) their first “Mission Extension Vehicle, Continue reading »

Sep 222019
 

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2019

It is that time of year again when the Sun / Solar Outage can affect the power of satellite signals your satellite dish is receiving, resulting in a loss of some of the more weaker UK TV channels.

This is information for people who may be experiencing this for the first time, and a nice reminder for those that have lived here before

This occurrence happens in March and October for a couple of weeks every year, 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).

This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for upto 20 minutes.

Continue reading »