Mar 022016

Channel 5 HD, Channel 5’s high definition channel, has today moved from the European beam to the UK beam.

The move has been made from a Sky operated transponder, to a transponder controlled by Channel 5.

It joins the rest of the Channel Five group of channels, including 5STAR and Spike

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Dec 022015

Today some ITV1 HD frequencies changed their parameters

Most Sky digibox and Freesat users should automatically update to the new settings

Users of other receivers may have to perform a channel scan to find the ITV1 HD channels on their new frequency.

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Nov 202015

A change in transponder parameters affecting NHK World HD and RT HD was made this week.

New frequency settings for NHK World HD and RT HD

(Astra 2, 28.2-5 East)

•Frequency / Polarisation: 11.225 / V
•Symbol Rate: 23.000 (23.0 Mbaud)
•FEC: 2/3
•Broadcast standard: DVB-S2, 8PSK

Viewers using free-to-air satellite receivers should use the new parameters listed below to regain access to the channels. Viewers with Sky or Freesat boxes that are affected should initially reboot their boxes. Some Freesat users may need to do a new Freesat scan to regain access to the channels if a reboot doesn’t work.

Nov 052015

On Sunday 1st November, BeIN Sports changed some of their channel frequencies and the satellites they operated on.

With no prior warning.

If your satellite dish is aligned to Nilesat at 7 West, then you will have lost BeIN Sports 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15.

These BeIN Sports channels (BeIN Sports 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15) are now only available on their satellites at 25.5 east, Es’Hailsat.

If your satellite dish is already aligned to Es’Hailsat at 25.5 East (or Badr at 26 east), then you will also need to perform a rescan of channels, as some of the BeIN Sports channels have changed their frequencies also.

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Nov 052015

BeIn Sports have announced new package details for its Middle East service.

BeIN Sports MENA (Middle East and North Africa), is expanding its current service, primarily a sports bouquet, with additional entertainment and movie channels.

The service will also offer live coverage of all 32 matches of the FIFA Euro 2016.

The new BeIN Sports MENA service comprises of channels including Fox Movies HD, Star Movies HD, StarWorld HD, Fox HD, National Geographic Channel, NatGeo Wild, NatGeo, People BabyTV, and news channels including BBC Arabiya, BBC World News, CNBC Arabiya, Rusiya Al-Yaum, France 24 in French and Arabic as well as three Al Jazeera channels.
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Apr 132015

The frequency used for Sky News and Pick TV (and a few other Sky channels) is changing this week.

Currently the frequency 12207 V has an FEC of 2/3.

On the 16th April 2015 at 0430, the FEC for this frequency will change to 5/6
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Apr 082015

Some frequency changes today –

CBS Action has moved from 11222 H to 11389 H,
Horror ch+1 has moved from 11222 H to 11389 H,
Magic has moved from 11222 H to 11389 H
BONANZABONANZA has moved from 12515 H to 11389 H,
JewelleryMaker has moved from 11222 H to 11389 H

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Aug 092014

Are BT Sports to launch a “red button” extra channel service soon?

During July a number of new channels appeared on the BT Sports transponder.

The later, actual channel names have appeared – BT Sport Red Button.

This suggest some form of BT Sport multiscreen service.

Perhaps this is looking forward to the next football season when BT Sport have exclusive rights for Champions League matches. With these Red Buttons services, then BT Sports will be able to show all matches live, which would be difficult to do on their current two channels.

Or this will help this season when BT Sport can cover 170+ Europa League matches.

It is unknown when these BT Sports Red Button services will officially launch.

BT Sport Red Button Frequency Details.

Transponder 73,

Frequency 12.515 H, 22.000, 5/6.

50330 – BT Sport Red Button 1
50331 – BT Sport Red Button 2
50332 – BT Sport Red Button 3
50333 – BT Sport Red Button 4
50334 – BT Sport Red Button 5
50335 – BT Sport Red Button 6
50336 – BT Sport Red Button 7
50337 – BT Sport Red Button 8

Dec 062013

Some new BBC HD channels are, according to rumours, expected to launch on the 10th December 2013, on Sky HD and Freesat HD.

The channels have been testing for a few days, indication that they will soon be launched.


BBC Three HD Frequency: 10847 Vertical 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK Satellite: Astra 1N

BBC Four HD Frequency: 11024 Horizontal 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK Satellite: Astra 2F

CBBC HD Frequency: 10847 Vertical 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK Satellite: Astra 1N

CBeebies HD Frequency: 11024 Horizontal 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK Satellite: Astra 2F

BBC News HD Frequency: 11024 Horizontal 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK Satellite: Astra 2F


Sky HD and Freesat HD channel numbers are still to be confirmed.

Sky HD digiboxes and Freesat HD set top boxes will automatically update to include these new channels.

Users of other satellite receivers will need to perform a channel scan, usually available via the installation menu (check your user manual for details).

More frequency information and settings for BBC TV on satellite at :

Channel numbers for these new BBC HD channels, for Sky HD and Freesat HD users can be found at :

Nov 262013

A few channel frequency and name changes (Sky and Freesat boxes should automatically update)

More 4 HD has left frequency 12266, H  More 4 HD is now on a new frequency 12324 V SR:29500 FEC:3/4 SID:3944 PID:513

Channel 5 HD has left frequency 12266 H  Channel 5 HD is now on a new frequency 11798 H SR:29500 FEC:3/4 SID:3945 PID:513

MTV Classics has been renamed to MTV XMAS

NOW Music has been renamed to NOW Christmas

Movies 24 has been renamed to Christmas 24 Movies 24+ has been renamed to Christmas 24+

Nov 152013

Prior to their launch on the 10th December, some new BBC HD channels have appeared on satellite today.

It has appeared on a BBC HD transponder of Astra 2F, prior to their launch on the 10th December 2013.

11023 H 23000 2/3
Tagged as 8931 and 8932.

Due to their HD settings, these tests cannot be added to your Sky box.

They are both currently showing CBeebies HD.

Perhaps one “tag” is for Cbeebies and the other for BBC Four HD.
In the same way these two channels “share” their SD frequency.

CBBCHD and BBC Three HD and BBC News HD are expected to also launch shortly, either in December or early 2014.

Sky HD digboxes and Freesat HD set top boxes will automatically update them selves with any new channels when they officially launch and are given a “EPG” Programme Guide number.
Users of other receivers will have to perform a channel scan to receive the new channels when launched.

BBC3 HD / CBBC HD now testing on 10847V 23000 2/3 tagged as 6951/52

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 ( ).

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) –

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 ( )

Sep 272013

Due to some satellite changes, some UK channels will be moving to a temporary transponder / frequency from September 30.

They will them move again on October 4 to the final destination transponder / frequency and satellite.

For RT-UK SD (Russia Today UK) , this means:

Sky users, and Freesat box users should see the changes handled automatically by set-top boxes, with no viewer action required.

(Although some Freesat boxes may not do this until their “midnight” housekeeping, so performing a Freesat scan should make the channels on their new frequencies available earlier)

However, people with generic Free-to-Air satellite receivers will have to do a rescan at each transponder change.

RT-UK SD (Russia Today) : Frequency changes:

Until September 30: Broadcasting as now on Eutelsat 28A, 11.623 Horizontal. Symbol Rate 27500; FEC 2/3. (txp D9S)

From September 30 to October 10: Broadcasting on Astra 1N, 12.401 Vertical. Symbol Rate 27500; FEC 2/3. (txp 36)

From October 4 onward: Broadcasting on Astra 2F, 12.610 Vertical. Symbol Rate 22000; FEC 5/6. (txp G8) [NB. Change to Symbol Rate and FEC]

Jun 202013

Further to the BBC Red Button HD service has been removed from satellite.

bbc red button

According to report, this is down to issues with Sky and their software. Simply put, both Sky and Freesat receivers required two different sets of data on the same satellite transponder. This allows both receivers to access the channels via their respective Electronic Programme Guides (EPG). However, the Freesat data needs to pass through an hub, operated by Sky. This is because both platforms use different systems and technologies.

The BBC say “that we’re working with Sky on both matters”.

BBC Red Button HD remains available on Freeview HD at channel 303 and Virgin Media at channel 994.

May 302013

With the Wimbledon tennis championships coming soon, there has been speculation about the BBC coverage of the tournament.

In previous years the BBC Red Button service on the TV, via Freesat and Sky, has offered about 5 separate streams each showing a different match.

With last years “budget cuts” these streams were reduced to a single Red Button feed

So some viewers were left wondering what would happen to their tennis coverage.

Well over the last few days a number of “new” BBC channels have appeared on various frequencies on the UK TV satellites.

A new HD channel tagged as “8900” has appeared on frequency 11023 H, 23000, FEC 2/3. This channel has programme data “This is BBC Red Button HD”.

In addition, two more “channels” tagged as “54380” and “54381” have appeared on frequency 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 and are showing a BBC test loop.

So perhaps the BBC are temporarily expanding the number of Red Button screens for their Wimbledon coverage?