Jun 292015
 

Earlier today the last few remaining frequencies from the old Eutelsat 28A satellite were moved to the three new Astra 2 satellites.

This also meant a move for the Freesat Electronic Programme Guide data stream.

These latest moves are to remove channels from the aging Eutelsat satellite, which has been in orbit since 2001.
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May 282015
 

There have been reports that one of the old UK TV satellites, Eutelsat 28A, is operating on very low power levels.

This low power has affected reception of some Sky and Freesat channels on the Eutelsat 28A satellite.

Over the past week, reception problems occurred on some Sky and Freesat channels, including ESPN HD, CBS Reality, Bonanza Bonanza and Bloomberg.

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Feb 012014
 

As part of the recent deal between the two satellite companies that provide UK satellite TV, SES Astra and Eutelsat (
http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2014/02/ses-eutelsat-settle-ukireland-satellite-frequency-dispute )

It is expected to see services such as the Freesat EPG, NHK World, CBS Drama, Bloomberg and True Movies 1 and 2, and the other channels currently broadcast on transponders on the Eutelsat 28A satellite moving across to SES-operated satellites, including Astra 2E, 2F and the forthcoming Astra 2G.

Another reason for this is that the Eutelsat 28A satellite is widely seen as getting towards the end of its operational life.

This may mean a change in reception for the channels currently on Eutelsat 28A.
The Europe beam for the three Astra satellites 2E doesn’t cover the east as well as Eutelsat 28A, so there may be difficult times ahead.

And if the Freesat EPG moves to a UK beam on one of the new Astra satellites, then it may mean that areas that cannot receive that beam may struggle to use their Freesat boxes properly.

 

Feb 012014
 

The long running dispute between satellite operators SES and Eutelsat is over, as a series of agreements are reached between the two companies affecting who and how satellite services are delivered to the British Isles and beyond.

Last October, the dispute resulted in numerous Sky and Freesat channels changing frequencies following a court ruling in Germany, which prohibited Eutelsat from broadcasting numerous satellite services on a band of frequencies that SES claimed rights over. Sky and Freesat had to update their Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs) to point receivers first to temporary and then permanent new frequencies, minimising disruption to viewers.

Both Eutelsat and SES claimed rights over a block of frequencies (11.45 – 11.70 GHz and 12.50 – 12.75 GHz) – totaling 500 MHz – to use for satellite services at the UK/Ireland satellite orbital postition 28.2/5 degrees East. Eutelsat used to broadcast satellite services in this frequency band from its Eutelsat 28A satellite.

Eutelsat and SES settle their dispute and conclude a series of agreements concerning the 28.5 degrees East orbital position
Luxembourg, Paris, 30 January 2014 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) and SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that the two companies have concluded a series of agreements including a comprehensive settlement of legal proceedings concerning the right to operate at the 28.5 degrees East orbital position and containing long-term commercial as well as frequency coordination elements.

The first agreement ends the arbitral procedure between Eutelsat and SES that was initiated in October 2012 under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. The dispute concerned a right of use of 500 MHz spectrum at the 28.5 degrees East orbital position. Eutelsat ceased to operate this spectrum on 3 October 2013 and SES has operated this spectrum since that date. The dispute over this right of use has now been resolved, with SES continuing to operate its satellites at this location, and Eutelsat independently commercialising part of the capacity of the previously disputed frequencies.

According to the second agreement between both companies, Eutelsat has therefore contracted long-term satellite capacity on the SES satellite fleet at the 28.5 degrees East orbital position. Eutelsat will commercialise over Europe on the SES fleet 125 MHz (eight transponders) of the formerly disputed 500 MHz. Eutelsat will also commercialise on the SES fleet the 250 MHz (12 transponders) which was not the subject of the legal proceedings. The 20 transponders will be operated on three new satellites which SES is deploying at the 28.2/28.5 degrees East neighbourhood – ASTRA 2F, ASTRA 2E and ASTRA 2G – of which the first two have been launched and are operational, while the third is planned for launch later this year.

The third agreement between the two companies addresses technical frequency coordination under the rules of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). It will allow both parties an optimised use of their respective spectrum at a number of orbital positions over Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It confirms and clarifies in technical terms the geographic coverage and transmission power levels for frequencies at these positions.

Michel de Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat, said: “Guided by key objectives to deliver clients impeccable service and to optimise spectrum use, Eutelsat and SES have taken a pragmatic and business-like approach to reaching this settlement. These long-term agreements clarify the conditions for interference-free operations, enabling each company to independently expand its commercial activity in a competitive environment. Eutelsat is committed to delivering innovative services at one of the most vibrant neighbourhoods in the broadcasting market and can now further improve the productivity of its in-orbit resources and future investments.”

“The agreements with Eutelsat create a secure framework for operations in major broadcasting and data markets in Europe, Middle East and Africa”, said Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES. “They are beneficial for our whole industry and, above all, for our customers and end users as they experience optimal satellite services. The agreements allow SES to fully leverage its satellite and fleet investments and operate its assets and frequency spectrum efficiently. We can focus on further commercialising our satellite capacity and ensuring excellent services for customers and users worldwide.

source : eutelsat.com/home/news/press-releases/2014/press-list-container/eutelsat-and-ses-settle-their-di.html

Both companies released details of three agreements today, bringing the dispute to an end: Under the terms of the first two agreements, the arbitral procedure between Eutelsat and SES that was initiated in October 2012 under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris has been concluded.

Eutelsat will hire satellite capacity from SES, consisting of 8 transponders covering 125 MHz of the disputed 500 MHz, plus additional capacity consisting of 12 transponders, covering a 250 MHz band of frequencies that weren’t in dispute.

The deal is expected to see services such as the Freesat EPG, NHK World, CBS Drama, Bloomberg and True Movies 1 and 2, currently broadcast on the last 12 remaining live transponders on the Eutelsat 28A satellite moving across to SES-operated satellites, including Astra 2E, F and the forthcoming Astra 2G.

The Eutelsat 28A satellite is widely seen as getting towards the end of its operational life.

Oct 052013
 

Below is a list of the channels and frequencies affected by the recent “satellite shuffle” between Eutelsat 28A and Astra.

Note that for some people in some areas of Spain, channels on the Astra 2F UK beam may be unavailable, as your satellite dish may be too small to receive these frequencies.

As a general rule of thumb, if you can receive Channel Five, then you should be able to receive those other channels on Astra 2Fs UK beam.

If you are struggling to receive those channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, then it may be possible to search for the channels on their “Final” frequencies, as some of the channels are actually operating on their final frequencies.

On a Sky box, you simply go to the “Add Channels” menu option, and then add the channels to your Sky boxes “Other Channels” list, accessed via the Services Menu.

Hopefully by the 10th October, all channels will be on their final frequencies, and the Sky Guide and the Freesat Guide channel lists are all correctly “mapped” to the new frequencies.

These changes have nothing to do with the new UK TV satellite, Astra 2E, that was recenctly launched and expected to be operational late November / December 2013.

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Oct 032013
 

More Sky / Freesat channel frequency changes – many channels moving satellites from Eutelsat to Astra

Further to http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/10/sky-freesat-channel-changes-many-channels-moving-satellites-from-eutelsat-to-astra/ there have been a few more UK TV channels that have changed their satellite and satellite frequencies over the last day or so.

This is nothing to do with new satellites, more to do with old agreements.

The changes to many channels today and yesterday as the channel are moved from the Eutelsat satellite to the Astra satellites – as mentioned a few days ago in our blog : http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/09/some-uk-tv-frequency-changes-over-the-next-few-weeks/

This is part of an agreement, where by some of the frequencies that were allocated to Eutelsat, hav now been reallocated to Astra.

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Oct 012013
 

Over the last day or two, some people with Freesat or “free to air” or “generic” satellite receiver, may notice that many of the “cheaper” channels are no longer available.

This is nothing to do with new satellites, more to do with old agreements.

The changes to many channels today and yesterday as the channel are moved from the Eutelsat satellite to the Astra satellites – as mentioned a few days ago in our blog : http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/09/some-uk-tv-frequency-changes-over-the-next-few-weeks/

This is part of an agreement, where by some of the frequencies that were allocated to Eutelsat, hav now been reallocated to Astra.

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Sep 272013
 

Over the next few weeks, some UK TV channels will be moving frequencies (and satellites).

These changes should be unnoticed for Sky and Freesat users, but some users with “generic” free to air receivers may have to perform a rescan should they lose a channel.

These changes are nothing to do with the new UK TV satellite Astra 2E ( http://www.satandpcguy.com/Site/astra_2e_satellite_reception_testing_news_updates.php ).

Basically UK TV come from satellites operated by two companies, SES Astra and Eutelsat.

Recently, some frequencies currently used by Eutelsat, have been allocated to SES Astra. This means that the channels on those frequencies will be affected.

Some channels may simply move to new Eutelsat frequencies.

Other channels may move frequencies and satellites, from Eutelsat to Astra.

One such case is RT- UK SD (Russia Today) – http://www.satandpcguy.com/blog/2013/09/rt-sd-russia-today-satellite-frequency-changes-coming-soon/.

It looks like many changes will be happening, on both Astra and Eutelsat satellites, as channels on existing frequencies are shuffled around to accommodate these changes – which is probably the reason for this spate of channel frequency changes ( http://www.satandpcguy.com/forum/showthread.php?91374-Important-Sky-TV-and-Freesat-TV-Channel-Frequency-changes-and-updates&p=122133&viewfull=1#post122133 )