Mar 052015

Astra 2A frequencies moved to Astra 2E and 2F

Today, it appears that frequencies on the old Astra 2A satellite have been moved to the newer Astra 2E and Astra 2G satellites.

For us in Spain, it means that those channels on the harder to receive Astra 2A north beam, should be easier to receive than before.

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Feb 052014

It looks like over night a number of Sky pay channels moved satellites.

It looks like they moved from the Astra 1N satellite to the Astra 2A satellite.

And some moved to the “tricky” to receive North beam – meaning their reception is harder to receive than before.

Early indications are that the following frequencies have moved.



Some channels affected include : Sky Action HD, Sky Sci and Horror HD, Sky Modern Greats HD, Sky Drama and Romance HD and Sky Comedy HD. And a few more Sky HD channels.

Feb 042014


Further to our previous post ( ) regarding channels moving from Astra 2A to the new UK TV satellite, Astra 2E, we think we now know which channels and frequencies have moved:

11.720 H : MTV Live HD, Sky Sports 2 HD, Lifetime HD

11.758 H : Disney XD HD, Animal Planet HD, ITV 2 HD, ITV 3 HD, ITV 4 HD

11.778 v : Sky Guide / EPG

11.798 H : Sky Sports HD 1, Sky Sports News HD, Sky Living HD, Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky Sp NewsHD, Channel 5 HD

11.836 H : Sky Action, Sky Comedy, Sky SciFi / Horror, Sky Select, Sky Disney, Sky Family, Sky Movies Premier, Sky Movies Premier +1, Sky Thriller, Sky Valentine, Sky Modern Greats

11.856 H : Eurosport HD, Fox HD U.K., E4 HD, Eurosport 2 HD

11.914 H : Sky Atlantic +1

11.934 V : Sky intro, Sky Box Office

12.012 H : Sky Family HD, Sky Movies Premiere HD, Sky Thriller HD, Sky Select HD UK

12.344 H : Sky Sports HD 4, Sky Atlantic HD, Sky1 HD, Sky Sports 2 HD,

12.383 H : Sky Insider HD, Universal HD UK, Dave HD, E! HD, Alibi HD

12.460 H : Sky 3D, Sky News HD, Sky Arts 1 HD, Sky Showcase HD

Nov 252013

Sky has advised all broadcasters of planned maintenance on 28th Nov, between 0100 and 0300, which will result in a “brief outage of between 10-20 seconds” when the PID values change. About 80 channels are affected, on 6 Outstreams.

What does this mean.

Well firstly, it may affect any planned Sky+ recording scheduled for that time.

It certainly does not mean a move of channels to the new Astra 2E satellite, as that is still at the test location of 43 east, and simply cannot make it to 28 east in time for this outage.

It sounds like it is nothing to do with BBC ITV C4 or Five channels and the so called “Big Switch Off of UK TV”, as this is message from Sky, not the other broadcasters. Nothing has been mentioned by, for example, the BBC, who are getting good as notifying viewers of changes to satellites frequencies and settings these days.

Some people are speculating that these changes are part of the satellite replacement programme that is currently going on. It is thought that the remaining channels on Astra 2A, may well be moved to Astra 2F, in preparation for a final move to the new Astra 2E satellite later. This move would allow Astra 2A, an old and deteriorating satellite, to be moved out of the way, before Astra 2E is located there.

This may be of benefit to many expat TV viewers in Spain, because some of the channels currently on Astra 2A, such as Sky Movies, can be hard to receive, particularly around mid to late evening. This is because of the reception nature of the Astra 2As north beam, where even 2.4m satellite dishes can struggle to keep these channels in 24/7!

This would also mean Sky box users in Spain no more having to change the default transponder frequency setting from 11778 (2a north beam) to another, as 11778 will be on a beam much easier to receive…and would also ensure that the full 7 day Sky guide data is available 24/7.

However, this is speculation, and may simply be, as Sky say, a change of some channel settings, and Sky digiboxes should automatically update to any new frequency and channel settings.
Users of other types of satellite receivers being used for reception of Sky TV in Spain, may have to perform a channel rescan.

We shall have to wait and see…

Jan 262013

Here are more details on the channels affcted by this weeks satellite move.

Our previous post ( ) mentioned some of the channels and frequencies that had moved satellites.

It appears that all of the affected frequencies and channels used to be on the Astra 2A satellite.

They are now on a different satellite – this could be either Astra 2F, the new UK TV satellite recently launched, or (unlikely) Astra 1N, the “temporary” UK TV satellite, which is also carrying the majority of the BBC and ITV channels.

Becasue these channels are now on a different satellite, this has meant that their reception in some areas in Spain has changed.

Channels that used to be on the Astra 2A North beam used to be hard to receive, especially mid afternoon, even on 2.4m satellite dishes, when the beam was at its weakest. Since these channels have moved to another beam, on another satellite their reception in Spain should have improved. Improved to an extent that they should be available in most areas on a 1m satellite dish.

However, Sky TV users in the extreme edges of reception, like the Canary Isands, Tenerife, will have lost these channels, as the bnew beam these channels have moved to is not available in that area. There is not a lot people in these areas can do. Their only hope of getting these channels back are if they eventually move and stay on a more “generous beam”


Sky Channels and Frequencies Affected

Sky TV Frequency 12070 H 27500 FEC 2/3 Transponder 19 Moved from Astra 2a north

Sky Sports Active


Sky TV Frequency 12090 V 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder 20 Moved from Astra 2a north

National Geographic Channel UK HD, Comedy Central UK HD, Nickelodeon UK HD, Eden HD


Sky TV Frequency 12148 H 27500 FEC 2/3 Transponder 23 Moved from Astra 2a north

Sky Arts 2, Sky Atlantic Ireland HD, Sky Sports News UK, Sky Sports News Ireland, Sky Sports 1 Ireland, British Eurosport , Sky Sports 4, Fox UK +1, Comedy Central Extra UK


Sky TV Frequency 12168 V 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder 24 Moved from Astra 2a north

Sky Movies Modern Greats HD, Sky Movies Drama & Romance HD, Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror HD, Sky Movies Comedy HD


Sky TV Frequency 12188 H 29500 FEC 3/4  Transponder 25 Moved from Astra 2a south

Dave UK HD, Watch HD,, Animal Planet Europe HD, MTV UK HD


Sky TV Frequency 12207 V 29500 Transponder 26 Moved from Astra 2a south

Sky Sports 2 UK, Sky News UK, Sky News Ireland, Sky News active, Sky 1 Ireland, Sky 2 UK, Pick TV, Pick TV+1, Community Channels


Sky TV Frequency 12226 H 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder 27 Moved from Astra 2a north

Good Food Channel HD, Cartoon Network UK HD, Disney Cinemagic UK HD, Disney Channel UK HD


Sky TV Frequency 12266 H 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder 29 Moved from Astra 2a south

Sky Sports News HD, ESPN America UK HD Five HD


Sky TV Frequency 12324 V 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder  32 Moved from Astra 2a north

Discovery Channel Europe HD, ESPN UK HD, Syfy UK HD, Sky Movies Box Office HD


Sky TV Frequency 12363 V 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder 34 Moved from Astra 2a south

Sky Sports 3 HD, Sky Sports F1 HD


Sky TV Frequency 12480 V 29500 FEC 3/4 Transponder 40 Moved from Astra 2a North

Channel 4 Ireland, E4 Ireland, More 4 Ireland, Smash Hits, Kerang, Kiss, The Box, 4Music