Oct 112021

UK TV Problems in the UK in 2021

In recent weeks, the UK has been hit by a number of situations that has caused all sorts of TV reception issues on most platforms (satellite, terrestrial, cable).

Most viewers will be unaware of the problems, but there have been clues.

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Jun 172020

Sky will show 25 of their allocation of 69 matches on its Pick TV channel.

Pick TV is their “free to air” channel, available on Sky and Freesat receivers. And for the football, they have launched Pick in HD.

However, rights issues means a few changes.

Sky HD box users will be allocated Pick HD on channel 159
Sky HD box users will be allocated Pick SD on channel 895

Freesat HD users will be allocated Pick HD on channel Continue reading »

May 192020

Sky channel reshuffle on 27th May due to two new Sky channels


As Sky is set to launch two new channels on the 27th May, a few of its channels will be relocated to new channel numbers

Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature launch on the 27th May.

At the same time, History and History 2 become Sky History and Sky History 2.

New Sky channel numbers from 27th May 2020

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May 032020

Single Feed Mode on Sky+HD Digiboxes

A Sky+HD digibox is ideally to be used with two cable feeds from your satellite dish. This allows you to use the full potential of your Sky+HD box, and allows you to watch one channel and record another at the same time.

However, in some cases, especially in community satellite installations, it may not be possible to have a second cable feeding your Sky+HD box.

So you have to set your Sky+HD digibox to “Single Feed Mode” to tell they SKy+HD digibox that you are only using one feed.
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Mar 202020

Six Nations Rugby could go behind TV paywall from 2022???

The UK government has rejected the chance to ensure the Six Nations remains only on free-to-air TV by turning down a call to include the tournament as a category A-listed sporting event.

Current category A events, which must have live coverage made available to free-to-air channels, include the rugby union World Cup final, the football World Cup, Wimbledon, the Grand National and the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

However, the Six Nations will remain a category B tournament, meaning live coverage can go behind a paywall provided highlights or a delayed broadcast are shown on terrestrial TV.
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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

Sky TV Price Rise on 1st April 2020

Sky TV packages will be having their usual price increase on the 1st April 2020.

This follows BT Sports price increase earlier in the year.

The basic entry Sky Entertainment pack will increase by £2 per month.

The Sky HD pack will increase by £1 per month.

But, as always, if you are paying the full price, you can always contact Sky and ask for a discount, especially if you have their Sports package. Discounts of up to 50% can be had for an 18 month period.

If you dont ask, you dont get.

Jan 272020

Sky to launch new more new channels on its basic TV package

Sky Documentaries and Sky Nature will be laucnhed and be part of Sky’s basic entertainment service and via Now TV’s Entertainment Monthly Pass.

Sky Documentaries will be the home of real life stories from award-winning film makers, including HBO and Showtime documentaries and new Sky original documentaries.

Sky Nature will be home to natural history programming, dedicated to exploring the beauty and wonder of the natural world. The channel will feature landmark Sky original series, including Sky’s existing David Attenborough collection, and will become the home of the Love Nature channel’s programming on Sky.

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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

Dec 172019

Free La Liga matchdays for Sky viewers as La Liga TV announces Sky launch

LaLigaTV is set to launch on Sky on 13th January, exclusively broadcasting all live matches for 2020. (apart from those La Liga matches that kick off in the 3pm Saturday afternoon slot, which will be delayed in the UK until after this blackout)

In a special introductory offer, La Liga TV will broadcast free of charge for all 8.5 million Sky UK TV households, as well as commercial premises across the UK, for two whole matchdays of LaLiga Santander in mid-January.
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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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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.

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