Mar 192016

ITV is set to launch three new regions in HD on Sky and Freesat at the end of March.

On 31st March 2016, technical changes will take place on satellite allowing ITV to launch HD variants of ITV Anglia (East), ITV Yorkshire (West) and ITV Tyne Tees.

The HD services will replace the existing out-of-region HD version on the current ITV HD channel number slot.

Sky and Freesat viewers in the ITV Anglia, Tyne Tees and Yorkshire regions are being advised to check any recording bookings and series links they have scheduled on or after 31 March 2016 and re-instate them, if necessary.

ITV advises that most digital satellite boxes will be able to pick up the changes automatically but some viewers may need to reboot their box if there is a loss of ITV HD from 31st March.

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Mar 072016

ITV has started testing more ITV HD regions on satellite, which are expected to be made available to viewers later in the year.

Test streams of ITV HD Yorkshire and ITV HD Tyne Tees in HD are now broadcasting, bringing the current total of ITV regions testing in HD on satellite to three, following the earlier addition of ITV HD Anglia.

Viewers in the affected regions will soon be able to receive their regional news programming on ITV HD.

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Jun 182015

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite at the Astra 28 east slot is now live and carrying channels.

Although at the time of writing there has been no official statement from SES or any broadcasters.

But about a dozen frequencies have moved to Astra 2G from Astra 2E, Astra 2F and the aging Eutelsat 28A over the last few days.

As a result of these moves, most UK viewers should see a slight improvement in signal.

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Mar 272014

ITV has rolled-out two further HD regions on Freesat.

ITV1 HD Central (West) and ITV1 HD Meridian (SE) variants will be available on Freesat channel 119.

There are now four ITV 1 HD regions available:
•Border, Granada, Tyne Tees and Yorkshire ITV1 regions will receive ITV HD Granada. There’s no change to the ITV HD service on Freesat.
•Central, Wales, West and Westcountry ITV1 regions will receive ITV HD Central (W) with West Midlands regional news on channel 119 instead of London.
•Anglia and Meridian ITV1 regions will receive ITV HD Meridian (SE) with news from the south east on channel 119 instead of London.
•London ITV1 region remains as it was, receiving ITV1 HD London.

Some Freesat set top boxes may need a reboot to ensure you have the correct ITV1 HD region.
Some Freesat set top boxes may need a new Freesat channel scan to restore the correct ITV1 HD region.
It my also be worth while checking any scheduled recordings, which may need to be set up again.

Mar 272014

Central and northern Scotland’s STV has confirmed it will be launching its HD channel on Sky and Freesat on 28th April 2014.

Freesat HD viewers will be able to tune in to STV HD on Freesat channel 119.
Sky viewers will be able to watch STV HD on channel 103 in the STV West region (Glasgow newsroom) or channel 178 in the STV East and ex-Grampian regions.

This is because the STV HD channel will be a simulcast of STV West and eligible for an HD/SD swap on Sky in the region where it matches the SD channel only.