Sep 202020

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2020

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 122020

ITV are currently testing three new ITV1 HD regions on satellite.

These regions are Central West, Meridian South and London.

So some Sky HD box users may notice that their 103 which is currently ITV 1 SD (Standard Definition), may revert to ITV1 HD soon.

ITV1 HD on Freesat will remain on Freesat channel 111.

However, these three new regions are testing on frequencies on the UK beam.

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Sep 092020

Sky Arts, Sky Tvs dedicated arts and culture channel, will become free for everyone in the UK from September.

The decision to make Sky Arts free to air is, Sky says, a move to support and champion the arts at a vital time for the cultural sector. It puts artists and creatives centre stage on a channel that everyone across the UK can watch.

Sky Arts will be available subscription free on Freeview (UK only, since Freeview is not available in Spain!), Freesat, Sky, and other free to air satellite receivers. Continue reading »

Aug 132020

Sky and the NFL have agreed a new five-year partnership to broadcast the NFL, the first time the league has joined with an international broadcaster to launch a channel dedicated to the sport.

The agreement marks the 25th anniversary of live NFL coverage on Sky Sports and will see ‘Sky Sports NFL’ launching from Thursday, September 3 ahead of the 2020 season, which kicks off on Thursday, September 10.

The brand new in-season channel will be the round-the-clock home of the NFL on television in the UK and Republic of Ireland from the regular season through to the playoffs, with Super Bowl LV live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, February 7.

The channel will screen a minimum of five games a week including every Thursday Night, Sunday Night and Monday Night Football.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK & Europe said: “We are proud of our quarter-century partnership with the NFL and are hugely excited about launching a dedicated channel which will be a first for the NFL with an international broadcaster. Sky Sports NFL will allow us to take our customers even closer to the sport.

Since 2007, NFL has run 28 regular season games.

Sky Sports NFL will broadcast on Channel 407, currently home to Sky Sports Action.

  • Minimum of five live games each week
  • First-pick exclusive game on Sky Sports NFL in the 6pm and 9pm slot every Sunday
  • Every Thursday Night, Sunday Night, and Monday Night Football
  • NFL RedZone
  • Every minute of every playoff game, Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl live
  • Flagship programming from NFL Network, including the popular Good Morning Football and Total Access shows
  • Award-winning documentaries and other content from NFL Films and NBC Sports
  • Brand new weekly shows to review the action and discuss the stories of the league, including original Sky Sports programming
  • Increased coverage across Sky Sports News, Digital and Social platforms
Jul 142020

Viacom, who operate Channel Five, MTV and Nickelodeon channels, will be closing some of their channels on satellite soon.

Paramount +1 (Sky channel 250) closed today (14th July)

MTV Rocks, Club MTV and MTV OMG will all be discontinued 6am next Monday, July 20.

The “+1” channels for MTV, MTV Music and Comedy Central Extra will also be closing.

Apparently this is to blame on a drop in advertising due to Coronavirus, and the downturn in music channel viewing, where people can get their music fix instantly with the likes of Youtube.

Jul 012020

Freesports HD has left Freesat.

According to reports, Freesports HD has been removed from the Freesat programme guide, apparently due to disputes over fees – although this has not been confirmed by either party.

The Freesports channel is still broadcasting, and is still on the Sky guide.
But if you are a Freesat user, then if you want to watch Freesports, then you will have to do it via “non Freesat mode”.

Jun 302020

The Travel Channel has been removed from the Sky EPG today by channel operators Discovery.

This has meant a few Discovery channel number changes:

Travel Channel removed (178)
Discovery History 171 > 177
Discovery Home & Health 177 > 178
Discovery History +1 Move 271 > 277
Discovery Home & Health +1 277 > 278

Travel Channel is still transmitting from the satellite, for how long who knows.

Jun 302020

Earlier this month, some Virgin Media users have been sent a letter to tell them that their current Virgin Media box they are using to access Virgin Media (and therefore Sky UK) pay channels will soon no longer be able to be used for pay tv channels.

They will be issued with a free upgrade to a new Vigin Media box. ( see )

Why is this news and how could it impact your viewing on IPTV?

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Jun 232020

In the next few weeks some Spanish TV channels will be changing frequencies.

Due to the selling off of some of the TV range of terrestrial frequencies for 5g data services, Spanish TV channels on those frequencies are having to move to new frequencies.

So the channels in the  700-800 MHz range will be switched off on the 1st July 2020. Continue reading »

Jun 232020

Sky Cinema will be launching its very own animation channel next month.

Sky Cinema Animation will be available from July 23 2020.

Sky Cinema Animation will be available to all customers at no extra charge.

Sky Cinema Animation will be showing family-friendly favourites (and their sequels) such as The Angry Birds Movie 2, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Despicable Me and How to Train Your Dragon 3.

Jun 222020

After this year’s season, RTL will end its live transmissions of Formula 1 races, which the German broadcaster has been showing on free-TV since 1991.

“The competition for the TV rights has changed, the market has partly overheated and thus left the quite ambitious, yet economically justifiable framework that we have set for ourselves,” said RTL managing director Jörg Graf. “We will now focus all our energy, passion and excitement on football as the number one TV sport and our recently acquired rights package.”

Jun 052020

If you have recently just lost your reception of UK TV channels like Sky News and Pick TV, then this is because they have changed frequencies.

Users with Freesat or Sky boxes will not be affected as these boxes automatically update whenever channel change their frequencies.

But users of cheap / basic “free to air” receivers will have lost these Sky News and Pick TV channels, as your box has not updated with their new frequencies. One of the disadvantages of such boxes.
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Jun 012020

Sky Sports will start to “unpause” their subscribers, and start to bill their customers again.

With live sport starting again, including live Premier League and Championship football, Sky has started to bill its customers for the period 19th June – 30th June. Continue reading »