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Sep 192021
 

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2021

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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Sep 112021
 
Emma Raducanu’s US Open final will be shown live on FREE-TO-AIR TV tonight (Saturday 11th September 2021)  after Channel 4 sealed a last-minute deal with Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime will share its live coverage of Emma Raducanu’s US Open final against Leylah Fernandez with Channel 4 on Saturday evening
The broadcasters held talks through the night over a sub-licensing deal that would enable the match to shown live on Prime and on Channel4 at 9pm this evening.
A deal has been struck with Channel 4, with Amazon pledging to reinvest that money – believed to be a seven-figure sum, according to the Press Association – into British women’s tennis to help fund the next generation of players.
The broadcaster has declined to comment on the amount Channel 4 are paying for the licence to screen the match, but Sportsmail understands it is more than £1 million.
May 292021
 

Channel Rescan for Ferguson Arvia satellite receivers

A guide to how to scan for channels on a Ferguson Ariva satellite receiver.

This is useful for when channels change frequencies, as this box will NOT automatically update to the new frequencies.

(This is annoying, as some installers sold these Ferguson Ariva boxes as Freesat boxes, which they are not Freesat boxes. If they were Freesat boxes, then they would have the Freesat logo on them, with the Freesat 7 day programme guide, and automatic channel updates!)

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May 272021
 

BBC Red Button Streams for Summer 2021

As usual, the BBC will be launching some extra “Red Button” streams on satellite TV over the summer.

These “pop up” channels allow the BBC to show a bit more Sport over the summer months, including multiple Wimbledon courts.

The stream have now appeared on satellite for tests

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May 262021
 

GB News will launch at 8pm on Sunday 13 June with a special programme entitled “Welcome to GB News”.

The channel has already started broadcasting test content on Freesat channel 216 and Sky channel 515.

On satellite, GB News is only availablein HD only. Those with SD satellite receivers will not be able to watch GB News.

GB News has also unveiled details of its programming and schedule, including its breakfast show line-up.

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May 222021
 

The Six Nations is set to stay on free-to-air television after tournament organisers reached an agreement in principle with existing broadcasters BBC and ITV to continue sharing coverage of the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Six Nations Rugby said it had entered into ‘exclusive discussions’ with the two broadcasters over a four-year deal which will run from 2022 to the end of the 2025 edition of the tournament.

The BBC will broadcast all Scotland and Wales home Six Nations matches. ITV will show all England, Ireland, Italy and France home games.
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May 222021
 

With Sony Movies being offloaded, and being bought by another company, their channels will be renames to reflect the new ownership by Narrative Entertainment. GREAT!

These changes will happen on Tuesday 25th May 2021.

These are the old and new channel names, and their Sky channel numbers..

Sony Channel (157) rebrands to GREAT! tv . GREAT! tv showcases the best collection of classic entertainment from the UK and the US.

Sony Channel+1 (257) rebrands to GREAT! tv+1. GREAT! tv showcases the best collection of classic entertainment from the UK and the US.

Sony Classic (​​319) rebrands to GREAT! movies classic. GREAT! movies classic showcases important and iconic movies from the 40s to the noughties.
Sony Classic +1​ (​​320​) rebrands​ to GREAT! movies classic+1. GREAT! movies classic showcases important and iconic movies from the 40’s to the noughties.

Sony Movies (​​​​321) rebrands to GREAT! movies. GREAT! movies offers the best blockbusters, classics and cult favourites, drawn from a carefully curated, contemporary library.
Sony Movies +1 (​322) rebrands to GREAT! movies+1 . GREAT! movies offers the best blockbusters, classics and cult favourites, drawn from a carefully curated, contemporary library.​

Sony Action (323) rebrands to GREAT! movies action. GREAT! movies action is the home of high-octane action, featuring the best of war films and westerns, as well as Hollywood blockbusters and classic cinema.​
Sony Action+1 (324) rebrands GREAT! movies action+1. GREAT! movies action is the home of high-octane action, featuring the best of war films and westerns, as well as Hollywood blockbusters and classic cinema.

May 172021
 

Disney has confirmed plans to close down the Fox channel in the UK on the 30th June 2021.

Fox launched as a general entertainment station launched in 2004 as ‘FX’, and transmits such shows as Family Guy, American Dad, The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.

This leaves National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild as the only Disney operated “linear” channels in the UK, after Disney closed all of its UK children’s channels in 2020.

“On 30 June the Fox channel in the UK will close,” a spokesperson confirmed to Broadcast. “Many titles will become available on Star on Disney+ and will be announced in the near future.