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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!)

– Press the menu button on the remote

– Use arrow buttons to go to installation menu

– Arrow down to antennae connection and press OK

– Ensure this says Fixed Antennae

– Press the back button

– Arrow down to satellite list and press OK

– Arrow down to Astra2A E28.2 and press OK (little heart symbol will appear beside it)

– Press the back button

– Arrow down to single satellite search and press OK

– Use arrow keys to select

– Satellite Astra 2

– FTA Only: Yes – this ensures that on the the free channels are scanned. No need for the pay channels to be scanned, since they are unavailable on this box

– Scan Channel: TV + Radio

– Network Search: Yes – this will update the frequency data table in the box with any new activate frequencies found on the satellite

– Scan Mode: Blind Scan

– Arrow down to search and press OK

– And wait. The scan will take 5-10 minutes, maybe longer

– At end of search, just press OK to save scanned channels

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

The BBC Red Button streams are on frequency Continue reading »

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.

May 142021
 

ITV continue with their channel satellite shuffle, with a number of SD (standard definition) channels moving to new frequencies.

ITV channels currently on Astra 2E transponder 44 are being moved to different transponder. This will affect SD versions of ITV Central West, Granada, London, Wales, ITV+1 Meridian East, ITV2, ITVBe and ITV4.

The these channels will be moving to transponders 53 ( 10891 H 22000 5/6 ) and 54 ( 10906 V 22000 5/6 ), taking up capacity cleared with the recent closures of many ITV1 and ITV1+1 regional channels.

Also, ITV1 HD Meridian East has also moved frequency, Continue reading »

May 112021
 

It appears that ITV are still rearranging their channels on satellite.

In recent weeks we have had closure of some ITV 1 SD and ITV1+1 SD regions, new ITV1 HD regions appears, ITVBE+1 close, and ITV3 move to a new frequency ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/2021/04/10/itv-changes-on-the-13th-april-2021/ )

And today it appears that ITV1 SD London, Granada and Wales, may be moving frequency soon also.

Transmissions for these three ITV1 SD regions, currently on 10.758 V, have appeared on another ITV operated frequency, 10.891 H 22000 5/6 DVBS QPSK, indicating a probably transponder swap soon.
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May 022021
 

A SOLAR STORM travelling at more than 500 kilometres per second is due to collide with Earth on Sunday, and it could have enough of an impact to affect Earth’s satellite technology.

A hole in the equatorial region of the Sun’s atmosphere has appeared, researchers have said. The hole is spewing solar particles at a speed of 500 kilometres per second, or 1.8 million kilometres per hour. Unfortunately for Earth, it is in the direct path of the stream of solar particles.

Categorised as a G1 class storm, the impacts are expected to be minor but could include power grid fluctuations, impact on satellite operations, and even impacts on migratory animals when it hits today, 2nd May 2021.
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May 012021
 

Andrew Neil’s new British news channel GB News is gradually approaching its launch.

On 28 April, it broadcast a “test signal” on channel 236 of Freeview and YouView TV services, tweeting “we’re hard at work building Britain’s New Channel.

And now GB News has confirmed it has been allocated a Freesat channel number.
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Apr 102021
 

A reminder of some UK TV changes for ITV1 and ITV1 HD and ITVBE that will be happening on Monday 13th April 2021.

Since late last year, ITV has been making changes to how it uses its local ITV1 regions. The aim has been to make ITV1 HD as the default option to Sky HD and Freesat HD users.

To do this and increase capacity on their satellite transponders for more ITV1 HD regional versions, they have been closing some of the standard definition regional versions of ITV1. Also, ITVBE+1 will also be closed. Continue reading »