Feb 112014

As expected the remaining ITVS and C4s that were on Astra 1N have now also moved to the UK beams on the Astra 2E satellite.

Signal reception of these is now similar to bbc channels that moved last week.

This means that many areas of southern Spain, like the Costa del Sol , and the Barcelona area, will see a change in reception using their current satellite dishes. So along with any BBC channels that were lost last week, they may now have lost a large number of ITV and Channel 4 channels.

For my service area reception, although slightly weaker, is still available on dishes of at least 1m.

Dec 112013

Astra 2E News : According to SES, who own and operate the new Astra 2E UK TV satellite, the transfer of channels from 1N to 2E will take place “early February 2014”

Channels in this transfer will include BBC ITV C4 and Sky pay channels.

“The transfer will have no adverse implications for viewers in the UK and Ireland as the affected channels will continue to operate on the same frequencies and will be broadcast at the same, or slightly improved power levels, across the UK and Ireland”

So no changes in UK TV reception in Spain for a couple of months yes, despite what you may have heard on the rumour mill – probably from some “Not So Smart” TV box sellers!!

Dec 202012

Just had this emailed to me from someone in the Marbella area:

“Hi I had a new dish installed late November. I was unaware at the time of these changes in reception and loss of channels. It cost me 250 euro and I have only had it for 3 weeks. Can you help me?”

Which confirms that some installers were happily installing satellite systems and NOT telling their clients about the potential loss of UK TV channels, which have been known about for at least 18 months!!

Some companies have also been advertising a “future proof” satellite TV system, which requires another satellite receiver, that works with an encryption system called BISS keys (see for more information on this UK TV from Intelsat 27.5 West system)

Three days after one company said they had installed their first system, the “BISS keys” for this system were changed. The new keys have so far NOT been available on the internet, currently rendering these systems useless and without TV for a week now.


Dec 052012

December 2012 Update : Channel Movement From Astra 1N to Astra 2F
On Tuesday 4th December 2012, a number of UK satellite TV channels and frequencies moved from their temporary satellite home Astra 1N, to their new home on Astra 2F.

The channels and frequencies affected are :
10.964 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (CH5/5USA/5*/Channel 5+1),
10.994 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Granada HD/ITV 1 Central South West SD/ITV 1 Anglia West SD/ITV 1 Meridian North SD/ITV 1 Yorkshire East SD/ITV 1+1 Yorkshire SD),
11.052 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Central South SD/ITV 1 Central East SD/ITV 1+1 Wales SD/ITV 1+1 Westcountry SD/ITV 1+1 Tyne Tees SD)
11.126 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (Channel 4 HD/4Seven SD)

There have been many reception reports for Astra 2F in Spain.

The initial indication are that there are areas of Spain that are now experiencing “no satellite signal” messages for these channels are the southern areas of Spain, like Andalucía, Malaga, Marbella  and the Costa Del Sol.


Previously these areas benefitted from “bonus” reception due to a “side lobe” on Astra 2D, meaning they could receive most of the main UK TV channels on a “medium” sized satellite dish – such as a 1.25m satellite dish

However, with the change of these channels from Astra 1N to Astra 2F, these dishes are now simply too small to receive Channel Five and Channel 4HD.

A larger satellite dish will be required to be able to receive these channels again. What sized satellite dish to be able to receive these channels is currently debateable, as there are numerous conflicting reports for these areas.

However, it may be best to wait until the main bulk of the UK TV channels, like BBC and ITV move to their new satellite, whenever this may be. Only then can you be sure what sized satellite dish you will need to be able to receive these channels. There is no point in buying a 1.4m satellite dish today, if it is unknown and not guaranteed to receive the BBC channels when they move to their new satellite!

And at the moment, no-one knows what that will be.